THURSDAY 26 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Moves to introduce a three-strikes system to combat online piracy in Australia are on hold, with the country's music industry seemingly happy to focus on web-blocking for the time being. Although plans for three-strikes were pretty well developed in Australia, with internet service providers under pressure from government to participate in the scheme, agreements... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Something of a music industry veteran already despite only being in her early 20s, Effie has laid some pretty solid groundwork before fully launching her pop career. Having worked with artists such as Lemar, Ghetts, FOOR, O'D and others, as well as releasing her own EP 'Conquer' in 2014, she's now preparing for a run of solo releases this year... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Australian three-strikes put on hold as government denies plans to cut copyright term
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LEGAL One killed, three injured in shooting at TI show
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS EU report reckons 170 million euros lost to music piracy in 2014
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Dubset confirms deal with Spotify
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MEDIA Belly and The Weeknd pull out of Jimmy Kimmel performance over Trump appearance
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ARTIST NEWS Bataclan survivor writes response to Jesse Hughes
Jay-Z raps response to Beyonce's Lemonade
Brian May and Paul McCartney go VR
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ONE LINERS Secondary ticketing review, Robert Plant, Elektra, more
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AND FINALLY... Birmingham tram named after Ozzy Osbourne unveiled
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FABRIC RECORDS / HOUNDSTOOTH - LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking for a new Label Manager to work alongside us in supporting the Fabric Records and Houndstooth labels. The successful candidate will have proven experience of strategising, managing and implementing release campaigns from start to finish, a thorough understanding of sales, marketing and distribution and a sound grasp of the challenges of the modern music market.

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PARTISAN PR - PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Partisan PR is seeking an online and print publicist. We require a quick witted, resourceful applicant with impeccable writing skills, a great, no-nonsense ear for new music and the adaptability and initiative to thrive working across the shifting landscape of social, online and print media.

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SENTRIC MUSIC - CATALOGUE ADMINISTRATOR (LIVERPOOL)
Sentric Music are looking for a Catalogue Administrator to join the Rights Management team based in our Liverpool office where they will help manage sub-published catalogues.

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OUTPOST MEDIA - SUPERSTAR PR ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Fast growing music PR agency Outpost Media is looking for a sharp Account Manager who loves PR and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require an encyclopaedic music knowledge, a passion for clubs and gigs and be obsessed with popular youth culture.

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SIX07 PRESS – FREELANCE SENIOR PR (LONDON)
Six07 Press is a well-established, independent music PR company, based in Camden. Are you an individual with a couple of years’ experience in music PR, who is able to take your acumen and apply it directly to our roster?

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SIX07 PRESS – FREELANCE JUNIOR PR (LONDON)
Six07 Press is a well-established, independent music PR company, based in Camden. This is a great chance for someone who has a tremendous sense of fun and creativity and would like to work in music PR.

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FIRE RECORDS – IT DEVELOPER / PROGRAMMER / SUPPORT (LONDON)
Fast growing North London music company Fire Records is looking for a full time IT genius and developer to support a close knit team, covering a variety of roles.

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YOUR ARMY - PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Your Army is seeking a dynamic Press Officer to join its busy press department and promotions team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of one year’s experience working across both print and online media alongside an adept understanding of both new and established artist campaigns.

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!K7 - LABEL MANAGER (BERLIN)
The !K7 Label Group is looking for an experienced Label Manager to join its Berlin team. We are looking for a highly organised and motivated individual to manage all aspects of our release campaigns whilst driving artist and label development.

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INGROOVES MUSIC GROUP - INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
The position of International Digital Account Manager is responsible for the development and growth of key accounts in the digital music industry outside of North America. You will work closely with label representatives to ensure maximum visibility for our key projects and manage relationships with external accounts and internal teams at INgrooves.

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MINDS ON FIRE - PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Minds On Fire, a dynamic music publishing company, is looking for an assistant to work across all aspects of the company. Reporting to the two directors, the role will involve managing the extensive works database, song registration, liaising with sub publishers, updating the website / social media platforms and assisting with synchronisation.

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A guide to upcoming events from and involving CMU, including seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions from CMU Insights and workshops from CMU:DIY, plus other events where CMU journalists are speaking or moderating.
 
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Australian three-strikes put on hold as government denies plans to cut copyright term
Moves to introduce a three-strikes system to combat online piracy in Australia are on hold, with the country's music industry seemingly happy to focus on web-blocking for the time being. Although plans for three-strikes were pretty well developed in Australia, with internet service providers under pressure from government to participate in the scheme, agreements could not be reached on who would pay for the anti-piracy programme.

A number of countries have considered both three-strikes and web-blocking as anti-piracy tactics. The former involves persuading or forcing ISPs to send increasingly stern warning letters to suspected file-sharers, with the threat of legal action or other sanctions if users continue to access content from unlicensed sources. The latter involves courts ordering ISPs to block access to websites deemed to be rampant copyright infringers.

In the UK, Parliament adopted a form of three-strikes, but then that never happened and the entertainment industry found it could instead secure web-block injunctions under existing copyright law. Meanwhile in Australia, both were being actively considered by government for a time, but in the end web-blocking got underway sooner.

And now reps from both the internet and entertainment industries have told the Australian government that they want to put the three-strikes initiative - aka the Copyright Notification Scheme - on hold. They said in a letter to the Australian Communications And Media Authority: "While the text of the [CNS] code was agreed between the parties, negotiations were still under way to finalise an associated commercial agreement to address a range of issues, including cost sharing, underpinning the operation of the [scheme]".

It went on: "It has not proved possible to reach agreement on how to apportion all of the costs for the overall operation of the CNS. This lack of agreement is not due to any shortage of good-faith effort by the parties. Efforts to resolve the impasse included the joint commissioning of a comprehensive study by an independent consultant to identify the range of real-world costs that would be incurred".

According to ZDNet, the boss of the ISP-repping Comms Alliance had already confirmed at a recent conference that both the internet and entertainment industries were now of the opinion that web-blocking should be prioritised over three-strikes.

John Stanton said: "What we're looking at doing is making a joint approach to the minister with rights holders to say, 'well, given the focus is on website blocking at the moment, let's put that [three-strikes] draft code into abeyance, and not have the ACMA seek to further examine it for possible registration, and we'll come back in twelve months and see whether it makes sense to try and reinvigorate those commercial discussions".

Elsewhere in Aussie copyright news, the country's Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has denied rumours that his government is considering a proposal to reduce the copyright term on literary, musical and artistic works from the current life of the creator plus 70 years.

The term reduction is one of a number of proposals in a recent report by the government's Productivity Commission, many of which would be controversial within the content industries, including an expansion of Australia's fair dealing copyright exceptions and an extension of safe harbour protection for internet platforms, in contrast to the reduction of safe harbours the music industry is lobbying for in the US and Europe.

But Fifield has insisted that a cut in the copyright term is not on his government's agenda, saying: "Recently, it has been wrongly claimed that the government is planning to reduce the life of copyright to fifteen to 25 years after creation, rather than 70 years after the death of the author as it is currently. This is not something the government has considered, proposed, or intends to do. The false claim is based on a finding in a recent draft Productivity Commission Report into Intellectual Property Arrangements".

One killed, three injured in shooting at TI show
One person was killed and three others injured in a shooting back stage at a TI concert in New York last night.

Police report that the shooting took place at around 10.15pm at the Irving Plaza venue near Union Square, during a support set by Maino & Uncle Murda. Videos uploaded from inside the 1000 capacity venue show fans fleeing after shots rang out.

One man was shot in the chest and killed, while another is in a critical condition after being shot in the stomach. A woman and another man, thought to be rapper Troy Ave, sustained leg wounds. As yet, no arrests have been made.

TI was reportedly inside the venue at the time of the shooting, though left unharmed. He also had a second performance scheduled last night at the nearby 1 OAK nightclub, although this was shut down by police, according to reports.

EU report reckons 170 million euros lost to music piracy in 2014
Those missing the days when it was all about "look at all the money we're losing because of bloody piracy", rather than "look at all the money we're losing because of fucking YouTube", here's something that will warm your nostalgic hearts. A new report on the music sector from the European Union Intellectual Property Office concludes: "look at all the money we're losing because of bloody piracy". Bloody piracy. It's the new YouTube.

The EUIPO's Executive Director, António Campinos, says: "The question of whether piracy reduces or increases sales of recorded music has been the subject of many studies with contradictory results". He's right you know, lots of contradictory results. "Our study's results are in line with the prevailing consensus", he continued, seemingly now ignoring the past contradictory findings, "and find that piracy reduces the revenue of legitimate industry in both digital and physical formats".

I used to try to work out what the methodology was for these 'money lost by piracy' studies, but they were always dubious, and these days I'm too distracted by all the free music on YouTube to bother.

But if you're wondering, this report reckons that: "170 million euros, or 5.2% of all music sales, were lost in the EU in 2014 due to music piracy. Overall, in music sales, 57 million euros were lost in physical formats (eg CDs) and 113 euros million in digital formats. This was equivalent to 2.9% of all music sales in physical formats and 8.8% of all music sales in digital formats".

So, there you go. Fans of retro record industry gripes can download the full report here.

Dubset confirms deal with Spotify
Following its recent deal with the National Music Publishers Association in the US, unofficial mix distribution firm Dubset has confirmed an agreement on the other side of the fence with Spotify.

As previously reported, Dubset has a technology that scans unofficial mixes and works out which songs and recordings are contained within. The distribution firm then aims to get licences for all the works featured, supply the mix to streaming services, and divvy up the resulting loot between all the various copyright owners and the remixer. Which sounds like an awful lot of work, let's hope these mixes get streamed a lot.

Dubset announced a deal to provide its cleared unofficial mixes to Apple Music in March, and is now set to pump its content to Spotify too. And if you think Dubset CEO Stephen White could be more THRILLED about this latest development, then you're a fool. "We couldn't be more THRILLED to be working with the team at Spotify to deliver this content to music fans all over the world", said he.

Added Spotify's Stefan Blom: "Our number one job at Spotify is to deliver great music to fans whenever and wherever they want to listen to it. This deal with Dubset enables us to serve fans of dance music with the mixes they crave while ensuring that artists, labels and publishers get paid fairly. It's a great day for music fans all over the world".

What a great day indeed. And with stats unleashed at the EDM-focused International Music Summit this week claiming that dance music fans are twice as likely to subscribe to streaming services as fans of other genres, let's fill those streaming platforms with mixed-up bleeps, I say.

Belly and The Weeknd pull out of Jimmy Kimmel performance over Trump appearance
Canadian rapper Belly pulled out of an appearance on 'Live With Jimmy Kimmel' yesterday after realising that Donald Trump would also be a guest on the show. Belly was set to perform his single 'Might Not' with The Weeknd on the programme.

"I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world - from religion to race", the rapper said in a statement to Associated Press. "I just didn't want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that the majority of us don't agree with. I'm here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music. I create songs people go to sleep and wake up to, songs that they fall in love to".

He continued: "For me, being Muslim and being somebody that appreciates my access here in America, I love the fact that I'm able to be here. To play my part in this business is a privilege and a beautiful thing. The fact that I could lose that ability through the actions of someone such as Donald Trump isn't right to me. At all".

Numerous musicians have come out against the assumed Republican presidential candidate, as his campaign has gained more traction in the US, of course. Though earlier this week Neil Young relaxed his views on Trump using his music at political rallies.

But, hey, in this modern world we can create our own TV. Here's John Oliver's recent 'Last Week Tonight' piece on Donald Trump followed by the video for 'Might Not'.

  Approved: Effie
Something of a music industry veteran already despite only being in her early 20s, Effie has laid some pretty solid groundwork before fully launching her pop career. Having worked with artists such as Lemar, Ghetts, FOOR, O'D and others, as well as releasing her own EP 'Conquer' in 2014, she's now preparing for a run of solo releases this year, starting with new single 'Pressure'.

The first single from a new EP, 'Pressure' is a well-crafted production and an instantly ear-grabbing song. On it she creates just the right balance of laidback cool and wall-shaking drama. Currently also working on the new Ghetts album, alongside producer Rude Kid, there's plenty more to come from Effie.

Start with 'Pressure' here.

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Bataclan survivor writes response to Jesse Hughes
A survivor of the attack on the Bataclan theatre in Paris last November, Ismael El Iraki, has written a response to recent comments made by Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes.

As previously reported, Hughes was interviewed by a right wing website last week about the attack in which 90 members of the audience at an Eagles Of Death Metal show in the Parisian venue were killed. Despite having previously apologised for comments accusing the venue's security guards of having prior knowledge of the attack, he reiterated those claims again, saying that he was sure at least some of the attackers were in the venue earlier in the day.

He told the website he had noticed a security guard, who he claims he later realised was one of the attackers, staring at a friend earlier in the day. At the time, he said, he "just chalked it up to Arab envy", adding that he believes "when a Muslim sees a cocky American dude with tattoos, he stares at him".

Writing his response, El Iraki said: "So you say the security crew was in on it and was warning every Arab they saw ... I happen to be an Arab and to look very much like one. I got a big black curly beard and the skin tone to match it. I also happen to live and breathe rock n roll".

"I could not look more Muslim if I tried", he continued. "But apparently, the big bad Muslim conspiracy missed me. Damn, they forgot to warn me. They also forgot to warn Djamila, and all the other Arabs who got shot and killed that very night. They forgot to warn my fellow Moroccan Amin, who was shot that very night. Apparently, a few weeks later, they also forgot to warn Leila, another fellow Moroccan, who got killed in the Ouagadougou attack. Silly international Muslim conspiracy. They really cannot do any job well".

"You say Islam is the problem", he wrote. "I say: All you fucking bigots and your fairytale shit stories are the problem. Racism and refusal to recognise one another as complex human beings is the problem. Reducing others to what you think you know is the problem".

"You saw those guys", he concluded. "Those marble-eye, brainwashed, horrible assassin motherfuckers were unable to even recognise a fellow human face. Dude, don't be like that. Just don't. Don't imagine that you are facing that awful fundamentalist deathwave alone. Because this is the world we live in now, and we're all in this shit together. Muslims and Arabs are caught up in it with you, they face dying a random, stupid death like you".

Read Ismael El Iraki's full letter to Jesse Hughes here.

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Jay-Z raps response to Beyonce's Lemonade
Right, everyone can relax. Jay-Z has responded to 'Lemonade'. Not with his own album, as had been rumoured. Or on a joint album with Beyonce, which had also been mooted. No, with a verse on someone else's remix.

Appearing on Fat Joe and Remy Ma's 'All The Way Up' remix, he raps: "You know you made it when the fact your marriage made it is worth millions. Lemonade is a popular drink, and it still is. Survival of the littest".

So, I think that clears everything up. You can listen for yourself on Tidal, if you want. Which I'm assuming you don't.

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Brian May and Paul McCartney go VR
Virtual reality is our future. And that future is being ushered in by Brian May and Paul McCartney. Obviously. Who else?

May has actually been working in the field for a number of years now with his London Stereoscopic Company, and next month is due to launch a £25 OWL Virtual Reality Kit, which looks a bit like a Viewmaster with a smartphone in it.

"Virtual reality has already taken the technology world by storm, and most of the virtual reality devices you'll find will be things that surround your eyes, like the Google Cardboard thing, like the Oculus Rift", said May at a launch event, according to Music Ally.

"That's how people thought this particular reproduction of virtual reality should be experienced. But people get fatigued quickly from these things, and they get annoyed because they can't reach in to get to their phone controls. I quickly realised [the OWL] was in some ways a better way of viewing virtual reality".

You'll be able to get your hands on the OWL next month, but if you've already got a virtual reality set up, right now you can watch the first two parts of a new six part Paul McCartney documentary series, in VR! Each episode sees the former Beatle discuss memories and anecdotes, as well as sharing archive and never before seen footage, all in VR, in the run up to the release of his new compilation, 'Pure McCartney'.

"It is an honour to be part of such a tremendously talented team of artists, tasked with documenting the thinking of this great man, in order to bring his fans a new means of experiencing some of his greatest songs", says director Tony Kaye. "His musical genius is now on display for the world in an entirely new light".

The first episodes - 'Coming Up' and 'Dance Tonight' - are available to watch now on virtual reality video site Jaunt.

In other virtual reality news, what claims to be the first dedicated music VR platform - MelodyVR - will officially launch later this year with a catalogue of performances from artists including Skepta, Annie Mac, Fall Out Boy and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Keeping with the theme of old rockers getting in on the act, The Who's Roger Daltrey says of working with MelodyVR: "In the olden days, 1971, Pete Townshend wrote a science fiction musical called 'Lifehouse' about a future where people didn't have to leave the home to get real life experiences from outside their four walls, we thought he was mad! But he proved to be right. MelodyVR have managed to bring this to life".

Here's to never going outside again...

Secondary ticketing review, Robert Plant, Elektra, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• The government's report on secondary ticketing is out - as is a summary of its consumer survey - so go read for yourself, and look out for a summary in tomorrow's CMU Daily.

• Robert Plant has cancelled his appearance at Guy Garvey's Meltdown festival in London next month, as it now clashes with Led Zeppelin's plagiarism trial over accusations that they stole parts of 'Stairway To Heaven' from another act.

• Warner Music is launching its Elektra brand in France, and has nabbed Julien Creuzard from Universal's French division to run it. But what will Elektra France set out to achieve? "To attract and produce exceptional musical talent", that's what. Controversial.

• Lonny Olinick is now SVP Strategic Business Development at Kobalt, so do please all update your rolodexes. He will report into Kobalt boss Willard Ahdritz and is tasked with ensuring the firm "continues to drive transformational change within the music industry". My very favourite kind of change.

• Management firm Three Six Zero has promoted Tiffany Yo to the role of VP Digital Innovation. She was previously Head Of Digital at the firm and will now, finally, have a job title that allows her to innovate. Good.

• Pond frontman Nicholas Allbrook has released a video for new single 'A Fool There Was'. His new solo album 'Pure Gardiya' is out tomorrow.

• Noah Kin has put out a new video for 'The Void'. He's playing The Jazz Café tomorrow night too.

• McFly have postponed their June tour dates to September, after drummer Harry Judd sustained acute disc herniation at C6/7 level. I don't really know what that means, but it sounds bad. "I've honestly tried everything to make it work, but I'd never want to do a tour where I wouldn't be able to give you guys the 110% performance you deserve every night". Pedants might want to point out here that it is impossible to give 110% ever, acute disc herniation at C6/7 level or not.

• Labrinth will play a one-off show to warm up for the festival season at the Oval Space in London 1 Jun.

• Caro Emerald has announced a sizeable UK tour for March and April next year. Take a look at the dates here.

Birmingham tram named after Ozzy Osbourne unveiled
Ozzy Osbourne is in Birmingham right now as we publish this to formally unveil a new tram bearing his name. Rock n roll... ing stock. Ha ha!

"It's a great honour to have a new tram named after me", says Osbourne in a statement. "I'm proud to be a Brummie and this means so much".

Osbourne is appearing at the Corporation Street tram stop for the naming ceremony. The tram will run on the city's newly extended tram line, which is expected to begin carrying passengers next week, after driver training has been completed.

Trams were reintroduced to Birmingham city centre after 60 years last December, three days after Osbourne's 67th birthday. No, those two things aren't actually connected, but I felt like we hadn't had enough tram facts and needed to crowbar something in to round this story off. Now I have. Bye.

 
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