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TODAY'S NEWS
Top Stories
New Zealand passes formalised three-strike plans
In The Pop Courts
Murray prosecutors want to bring in his lady friends
Obituaries
Roger Nichols dies
Reunions & Splits
You Say Party split
Release News
Smiths to re-release The Queen Is Dead for Record Store Day
New Santigold track streaming
Ladyhawke promises new material
Black Lips announce album details and tour
Gigs & Tours News
Charlie Simpson to preview album at intimate gig
Festival News
BBC Proms programme announced
Festival line-up update
The Digital Business
Another MySpace exec goes
UGC YouTube vids paying increasing amounts into music biz
US students do not equate file-sharing with shoplifting
The Media Business
Bauer reshuffles stations, keeps local FMs
Virgin may bid for Absolute
And finally...
Ricky Martin criticised by religious leaders back home
Friday Glee


 
FRIDAY 15TH APRIL
THE MUSIC BUSINESS WEEK IN FIVE
Well, hello there, and it's been another rather busy week here at CMU HQ, what with the wonderful Great Escape getting ever closer, the latest series of CMU Training courses underway, early starts at the Beeb to discuss HMV, and, in Andy's case, some Standon Calling battle of the bands judging to be getting on with. And next week will likely be even busier, if only because we have to squeeze everything into four days.

 
There'll still be some time for another CMU Training course though, on Wednesday, when we will be telling you all and everything you need to know about promoting music through print, online, broadcast and social media. It's a packed day, but is always very well received, and it'll cost you just £95 to come along. Check all the info and book via theCMUwebsite.com/training.

Meanwhile, here's your week in five...

01: Warner's owners decided to sell to one buyer. The closing date for the second round of bidding to buy some or all of Warner Music was last Friday. Although the majority of the bidders made offers for either the Warner Chappell publishing company or the Warner record labels, on Tuesday the music major's board decided to only consider those bids that sought the company in its entirety. It is thought at least four parties made such a bid, but only three are now in the running. CMU report | WSJ report

02: And so did Citigroup re EMI. The US bank, which is expected to sell their big music asset later this year, has reportedly given assurances to EMI top man Roger Faxon that they intend to sell the company to one buyer as a going concern, rather than splitting the firm up. This is good news for Faxon [a] because it makes it more likely he'll still have a job after any sale and [b] it might mean his grand plan to more closely integrate EMI's publishing and recordings businesses might have a chance to come to fruition. CMU report | The Guardian report

03: The labels considered helping out HMV, by offering more favourable credit terms on back catalogue CDs, so the retailer has to pay a lot less upfront on such stock, which can sit in their stores for some time. Any such renegotiation of terms could cut between £10m and £15m off HMV's capital requirements. It's thought the new terms are HMV's idea. The labels have previously gone on record as saying they'll do whatever they can to help HMV tackle its current cash flow woes, though whether they'll go this far to help remains to be seen. HMV need to bring in some quick cash and/or cost savings to meet the terms of their bank loans. CMU report | Telegraph report

04: Copyright extension was back on the agenda in Europe, according to reports. The European record industry is desperate to have the copyright term on sound recordings extended from the current 50 years, but has so far not persuaded all the institutions of the European Union who have the power to make such a thing happen. Copyright extension was last discussed in Brussels in 2009, but this week it was reported that the current Hungarian presidency of the EU hope to get it back on the agenda this Spring. There were also reports that Denmark, who previously opposed extension, had changed their viewpoint on the issue. CMU report | Techdirt report

05: Spotify announced freemium cut backs, presumably to keep licensing costs down and/or placate label execs, especially in the US, who fear free streaming services that are too good will stop arguably more commercially viable subscription services from ever getting off the ground. From May free users of Spotify will be limited (immediately or eventually, depending on account type) to ten hours listening a month and only five plays of any one song. CMU report | Spotify blog

And that's your lot. There'll be no CMU Daily next Friday, or the week after, what with all that hot cross bun eating and tedious knot tying going on, so there won't be a Week In Five for a few weeks. But your CMU Weekly podcast won't be affected by all this bank holiday nonsense, so sign up for that and you'll still your weekly digest of all things music business.

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU
 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Shake It presents Intec Digital at Pulse
Going from strength to strength, Carl Cox returns home for his first UK dates of the year, kicking off at a new 4500 capacity London club, Pulse, which opened last month. As well as a high quality set from our Coxy, the night also features tech house-ters Layo & Bushwacka!, plus Yousef, Crosstown Rebels, Jon Rundell, Damien Lazarus and Clive Henry.

 
Early bird tickets are sold out, but there are still tickets available for this heavyweight line up. Also, everyone has the following four days off - so there's no excuse!

Thursday 21 Apr, Pulse, 1 Invicta Plaza, Southbank, London, SE1 9UF, 10pm - 6.30am, £17, more info from www.pulseclub.co.uk


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Working in an open plan environment the position covers all aspects of digital and mobile retail, marketing and administration. The role will include the creation and delivery of meta data and all related information; managing and developing relationships with all major on-line retail sites; liaising with aggregators and direct deal retailers; overseeing and managing the company website; liaising with internal marketing and label managers; liaising directly with label clients; and creating and developing new business opportunities.

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GET INVOLVED SEEKS SOCIAL MEDIA/DIGITAL PR ASSISTANT
We're looking for a young, creative social media expert who loves tweeting, is fixated by Facebook and knows their Instagram from their Storify. Supporting our Digital PR team you'll help create content for social media platforms for clients and live events and write for our blog. Please email orla@getinvolvedltd.com with your CV and your hottest tip for the 'next big thing' in social media. The position would suit a student or a recent graduate looking for work experience in the music industry and would be based at our offices in Queens Park 5 days per week.

"The best music business training event I have attended; relevant and up to date, your knowledge of and enthusiasm for the industry is simply exceptional" from delegate feedback

We are currently taking bookings for the following CMU TRAINING courses:

PROMOTING MUSIC - MEDIA, SOCIAL MEDIA AND MORE
How to build a profile for your artists - the state of the music media, traditional and new publicity techniques, social media and the future of music PR. Wed 20 Apr 2011

MUSIC BUSINESS MODELS - MAKING MONEY, FINDING INVESTMENT
How to make money out of music - both now and in the future, with a look at alternative investment and revenue streams, and a new approach to monetising artists and their music. Wed 4 May 2011


For more information or to book visit www.theCMUwebsite.com/training





NEW ZEALAND PASSES FORMALISED THREE-STRIKE PLANS
New Zealand's long time in development three-strikes system has been finalised and put on the statute book, and it's ended up being pretty draconian.

Parliamentarians in New Zealand were among the first to back the concept of introducing punitive measures against persistent file-sharers, though the initial three-strikes proposals put forward by the country's government were not especially well thought out, in particular no consideration had been given to who would administer complaints by content owners against individual net users, nor how accused file-sharers might appeal.

But a more formalised system has now been developed, and it was passed into law by the country's parliament this week. Under the new system, internet service providers will be forced to send out warning letters to net users whom the content owners suspect of file-sharing. The accused will be given fourteen days to respond.

Where letters are ignored or file-sharing continues, cases will be passed to a Copyright Tribunal who in first instance can order fines of up to $15,000 be paid, and if that doesn't work order that a file-sharer's net connection be suspended for up to six months.

When it goes live in September, the system will initially only apply to file-sharing on fixed-line net connections, but will be extended to the mobile internet in October 2013.

While those who oppose three-strike style systems will find fault with most elements of the new law, they might object in particular to the fact that the tribunal will assume a content owner's claims of copyright infringement against a file-sharer are correct unless the accused provides evidence to the contrary. And also that accused file-sharers will not have an automatic right to bring a lawyer to a tribunal hearing, though they can request to do so.

The new laws received very little opposition in the New Zealand parliament, though were criticised elsewhere, not least by the country's ISP community. The boss of one, EOL's Terry Coles, told the National Business Review that more persistent file-sharers knew how to hide their file-sharing from the content owners, rendering the new measures ineffective.

Coles: "No one can see them, so no one will be able to see what they're downloading. The people on the internet who drive this sort of thing are a lot smarter than the people who make the rules, I think, or they're certainly a lot more IT savvy, anyway".

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MURRAY PROSECUTORS WANT TO BRING IN HIS LADY FRIENDS
Prosecutors in the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial have asked that they be able to provide details of the medic's relationships with three separate women when the case goes to court next month. Murray, of course, is accused of causing the death of Michael Jackson by negligently administering the drug propofol.

Prosecutors say that on the morning Jackson died, Murray called one woman, took calls from another, and was texting a third. The doc's legal people say that information relating to Murray's personal life are irrelevant to the case, but in a court filing submitted this week prosecutors argued that the contact the doctor had with three separate women that morning are "relevant to show Dr. Murray's level of inattentiveness and distraction while he was responsible for the care of Mr Jackson".

They also note that the doc didn't mention the phone calls or texts when he initially gave a statement to investigators about Jackson's death, possibly implying that he knew he had been overly distracted while treating his pop star patient that morning. According to the prosecution, phone records show Murray made eleven calls during the time when, they argue, he should have been monitoring Jackson, who he had just given a shot of a very powerful sedative.

If they are allowed to testify, the prosecution also say that the three women in question will confirm that when they first met Murray in the weeks before Jackson's death he told them he was caring for Jacko, something which, the prosecution argue, showed the doctor's willingness to breach patient-doctor confidentiality for his own benefit.

Murray denies the charge he caused Michael Jackson's death through negligence.

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ROGER NICHOLS DIES
Producer and digital audio pioneer Roger Nichols has died at his home in Burbank, California, at the age of 66. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Nichols was born in Oakland, and initially trained as a nuclear engineer, working at the San Onofre nuclear plant in southern California, before starting a career in the music industry.

During that career he was honoured with seven Grammy awards, six of which were for Steely Dan albums, but he also worked with other high profile artists, such as John Denver, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder and Yo-Yo Ma.

Nichols also earned the nickname 'Mr Digital' during the early years of digital recording, and invented a tape restoration process, audio plug-ins, the first digital microphone and the first high fidelity digital audio drum machine.

He is survived by his wife Connie, two daughters, a sister and a brother.

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YOU SAY PARTY SPLIT
Canadian five piece You Say Party have split up, a year after the untimely death of their late drummer Devon Clifford, who suffered a brain haemorrhage on stage in Vancouver, dying two days later on 18 April 2010. The band changed their name following the tragedy, of course, dropping the 'We Say Die' bit.

The group announced the news via press release, explaining that the past twelve months haven't been easy. Band member Stephen O'Shea says: "Call it a hiatus. Call it a break. Call it whatever you want... It's been a hard year for us. Not a bad year. We've experienced wonderful support from people. But you gotta listen to your body and your mind when it begins to revolt against what you think it is you have to do. We're gonna stop for a while, and we're gonna work on who we are as people".

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SMITHS TO RE-RELEASE 'THE QUEEN IS DEAD' FOR RECORD STORE DAY
The Smiths' third album, 'The Queen Is Dead' is to be re-released for Record Store Day, which, I'm sure you must be aware by now, takes place tomorrow. Guitarist Johnny Marr and mastering engineer Frank Arkwright have reworked the LP onto 10" vinyl format, of which 1500 limited edition copies will be made available. Which is nice.

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NEW SANTIGOLD TRACK STREAMING
Santigold has unveiled the first track from her new album. 'Go', which is streaming on Jay-Z's news website Life + Times, and features Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs. No news on when the album itself will be released.

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LADYHAWKE PROMISES NEW MATERIAL
Ladyhawke has announced via Twitter that her new material is on the way. The New Zealand singer, who has been working on a second album with producer Pascal Gabriel at his home in southern France, wrote: "Getting the ball rolling, first single out in the nxt few months. Can't wait to get back into it again!"

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BLACK LIPS ANNOUNCE ALBUM DETAILS AND TOUR
Black Lips have announced that their fifth album is called 'Arabia Mountain', and is scheduled for release on 6 Jun. The tracklisting for the album, which has mostly been produced by Mark Ronson, is as follows:

Family Tree
Modern Art
Spidey's Curse
Mad Dog
Mr. Driver
Bicentennial Man
Got Out And Get It
Raw Meat
Bone Marrow
The Lie
Time
Dumpster Dive
New Direction
Noc-A-Homa
Don't Mess Up My Baby
You Keep On Running

They've also announced three upcoming UK tour dates, as follows:

19 May: London Garage
22 May: Leeds Brudenell Social Club
24 May: Glasgow Stereo

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CHARLIE SIMPSON TO PREVIEW ALBUM AT INTIMATE GIG
Charlie Simpson will play a one off show at the Tabernacle in London on 10 May, where he'll be showcasing songs from his new solo album 'Young Pilgrim', which is out in August, and a single from which, 'Down Down Down' is already doing the rounds. In fact a demo version of the single and two other tracks are available for free as an EP from www.charliesimpsonmusic.com. Tickets for the preview gig go on sale today.

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BBC PROMS PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED
The programme for this year's BBC Proms was announced yesterday, and in amongst the usual suspects and more traditional classical concerts are a request show, a comedy show and a concert that will feature a record breaking 1000+ performers.

The request show will take place 2 Sep and feature the Budapest Festival Orchestra - conductor Ivan Fischer is set to have a stack of musical score on hand so that his audience can, to a point, select what gets played. On 13 Aug the rather fine piano-wielding funny man Tim Minchin will host the first ever Comedy Prom.

And on 17 Jul a record breaking two orchestras and ten choirs will amass for a performance of the Havergal Brian symphony 'The Gothic'. Of that, BBC Proms boss Roger Wright joked: "It will be the first concert to sell out because once you put the performers in there, there is hardly any room for the audience".

Tickets go on sale on 7 May, more here: www.bbc.co.uk/proms/

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

KENWOOD HOUSE PICNIC CONCERTS, Kenwood House, North London, 24 Jun-16 Jul: Liza Minelli will be bringing a bit of glitz and glam to the proceedings at this English Heritage-hosted concert programme, joining a superstar line-up that includes Tom Jones, Jools Holand, James Blunt and Katherine Jenkins. www.picnicconcerts.com

ICELAND AIRWAVES, Various Venues, Reykjavík, 12-16 Oct: Organisers have snagged Merill Garbus aka avant garde experimentalist Tune-Yards, to their ever-expanding roster, with Young Galaxy, Deathcrush and Karkwa also new introductions to the line-up. The Vaccines, Beach House and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs are some of the acts already booked to appear at the eclectic world music showcase. www.icelandairwaves.is

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 22-26 Jun: Excluding those naughty sorts who've already self-confirmed, a few picks from the just-announced and absolutely vast Glasto line-up are Wu Tang Clan, Metronomy, Friendly Fires, The Kills, Wild Beasts, The Walkmen and QOTSA. But this is but the tip of the Glastonbury iceberg, so head to the website for the full rundown. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

LATITUDE, Henham Park Estate, Suffolk, 14-17 Jul: Latitude line-up additions are coming in at a steady trickle, with US indie types They Might Be Giants, Brazilian psych-rockers Os Mutantes and DJ Goldierocks new to the bill. Mark Lamarr is another recent booking, set to return with his Saturday 'God's Jukebox' slot. Previously confirmed headliners are The National, Suede and Paolo Nutini, who head up a score of acts including Deerhunter, British Sea Power, and Glasvegas. www.latitudefestival.co.uk

MELTDOWN, Southbank Centre, London, 10-19 Jun: The Ray Davies-curated culture fest is newly poised to host artistes including Sandie Shaw, Paloma Faith and Ronnie Spector, with Cambodian popsters Dengue Fever also amongst the recent confirmations. They join an existing line-up that includes Wire and Yo La Tengo. www.meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London 27-28 Aug: A horde of further talent has been heaped upon the SW4 bill, with Annie Mac, Wretch 32, Pete Tong, YasmIn, Breakage and Laidback Luke all fresh additions to a line-up that already boasts Underworld, Pendulum and Magnetic Man. www.southwestfour.com

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ANOTHER MYSPACE EXEC GOES
So, yet another executive departure from the faltering MySpace Music. Dmitry Shapiro, who joined the music bit of the digital firm as Chief Technology Officer last summer, has announced via Twitter he's quitting to launch his own company. Shapiro reported to Courtney Holt, who quit as boss of MySpace Music in February.

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UGC YOUTUBE VIDS PAYING INCREASING AMOUNTS INTO MUSIC BIZ
According to Billboard, between a third and a half of the licensing money paid by YouTube to music companies comes from unofficial videos that sync other people's music, rather than the actual video put out by the artist or label. And in some cases the unofficial videos using any one track can be generating much more money than the proper pop promo, despite the ad rates being less when an advert appears next to unofficial user-generated content.

They quote YouTube's music partnerships man Glen Brown as saying: "So far the conversation is about official music videos, but we're seeing that user videos are becoming just as interesting in terms of both views and financials".

Of course sometimes labels demand such unofficial videos be removed from YouTube, though some insiders say this is usually more because an artist doesn't like the way their music has been used, rather than because of any policy on the labels' part who recognise that, while they earn less when their music is experienced via an unofficial video (because ad rates are less), they are still earning money.

Labels earn when their music is used in such videos via YouTube's ContentID system, which is also used by content owners who want their content automatically removed from the web platform. Says Brown: "Content ID is often described as a blocking tool but in the vast majority of cases it's a monetization tool. It's the thing that's made UGC blow up into this brand new business line".

YouTube, of course, would like fair use provisions in copyright law altered so that neither labels nor artists would have the right to veto their music being used in UGC videos where the creator gets no commercial gain and the label and publisher is paid a royalty for the use of their music.

Elsewhere in YouTube news, the web firm has published a crazy little video all about copyright, which any user issued with a copyright violation notification by the web company (based on complaints by content owners presumably) will be forced to watch, apparently. You can watch it here, even if you've not been filed with a copyright violation notice.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=InzDjH1-9Ns

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US STUDENTS DO NOT EQUATE FILE-SHARING WITH SHOPLIFTING
A report in a journal called Psychology, Crime & Law says that American students regard stealing CDs as a much worse act than nabbing music via P2P file-sharing networks. Which isn't a surprise really, and presumably in part because you can be prosecuted for shoplifting by the police if you take a CD, whereas first offence file-sharing will, in the main, get you a harshly worded letter. Plus, of course, it's easier to associate a tangible value to a piece of plastic than the ethereal sounds contained on it.

According to Ars Technica, the 172 students in Midwest USA surveyed said that shoplifting a CD was "morally wrong" and "they were socially influenced not to do it", while illegally downloading music was "not as morally wrong, there's virtually no social influence not to [do it and there's] no obligation to obey the law". The male students surveyed were generally more blasé about illegal downloading, having more contempt for the music industry and more confidence they wouldn't be caught if they illegally shared music.

So gloomy reading for content owners then. Though the author of the piece in Psychology, Crime & Law admitted that the survey he was writing about was now a few years old, and that things were changing so much in the internet space - in particular with the increase in the number of legitimate content services - that perhaps if the same survey was done now, or in the near future, attitudes to file-sharing might change.

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BAUER RESHUFFLE STATIONS, KEEP LOCAL FMS
Bauer Media have reshuffled their radio station portfolio into two new groups, Bauer Place which will include all the local stations (which were previously referred to as the Big City Network) and Bauer Passion which includes those stations which have more or less national reach on digital, so things like Kiss, Kerrang!, Q and The Hits.

The reshuffle is of most interest to advertisers really, who buy ad packages across Bauer's radio stations, though it is possibly of wider interest in that the creation of the Bauer Place network shows the media firm is planning on keeping its big local radio brands alive, rather than going the Global Radio route and rebranding all local stations as either Capital FM or Heart, creating quasi-nation stations in the process.

Bauer Radio Group MD Dee Ford told CMU: "Bauer's stations are more influential than our competitors because for us, radio is personal. We work relentlessly on the product and personality of each individual station to ensure it is reflective of either the passions of our listeners or the places where they live. The creation and launch of the Bauer Place and Bauer Passion portfolios will give our advertisers and partners measurable commercial advantage by allowing them to customise campaigns to reach and engage directly with their audiences through a mix of interests and geographic locations".

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VIRGIN MAY BID FOR ABSOLUTE
According to the Daily Telegraph, Richard Branson is thinking of buying back Virgin Radio UK, what is now known as Absolute Radio, of course. As previously reported, Absolute's current owners TIML are taking offers for the national radio station. Apparently Branson's Virgin Radio International division is keen to relaunch its presence in the UK.

Various radio groups are expected to bid for Absolute's national AM and London FM licence, and given Branson is thought to not want to "overpay" for the station he may well not be successful if a bidding war begins. If he was successful, the Telegraph says the station would likely be rebranded Virgin Radio once again.

Of course the Virgin Group didn't own Virgin Radio UK for about half of its time in existence, having sold it to Chris Evans in the late nineties who subsequently sold it on to SMG. When SMG sold it to TIML the Virgin Group blocked the continued use of the Virgin name by the new owners.

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RICKY MARTIN CRITICISED BY RELIGIOUS LEADERS BACK HOME
Having won plaudits in the US for formally coming out last year and providing young gay Americans with a good role model, there has been some high profile criticism of Ricky Martin back in his home country of Puerto Rico, according to gay community website On Top, with one church leader declaring the popstar was "an ambassador for hell".

Wanda Rolon, who is a preacher at the island's First Christian Church of La Senada Antigua, apparently made the statement in a Facebook rant about Martin's sexuality, though strangely she subsequently denied claims she was homophobic.

Rolon is not a lone critic, it seems, with another religious leader on the island, Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez of San Juan, also criticising Martin for being open about his homosexuality. Says Martinez: "I admire Ricky for the great artistic gifts the Lord has endowed him, but please, for the love of his children, for whom I imagine he wants the best, try to set an example to our youth of the great values we all share, besides sex".

He continued: "[The Roman Catholic church] does not reject the homosexual [but] their immoral actions and behaviors, and trying to promote homosexuality or sexual promiscuity among our youth, indeed, is immoral regardless of where it comes from".

Yeah, whatever you say Luis, whatever you say.

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FRIDAY GLEE
An upcoming episode of 'Glee' might include a version of Rebecca Black's YouTube hit 'Friday'. And I'm going to leave you to dwell on that fact for the whole weekend (FYI tomorrow is Saturday).

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