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NME EDITOR KRISSI MURISON MOVES TO THE SUNDAY TIMES
Murison originally joined the NME team in 2003 in a work experience position, working her way up to Deputy Editor, before leaving in February 2009 to become Music Editor of Nylon magazine in New York. Though she returned later the same year to take over the position of NME Editor from Conor McNicholas, who had been in the role for six years.
Once at the reigns, Murison reworked the magazine to offer more in depth articles and features with a cleaner design, which proved popular with many in the music industry. She also shifted the apparent target demographic from the younger audience the magazine had courted under McNicholas to a more mature one. However, the redesign failed to reignite the publication's circulation, which had fallen rapidly under McNicholas and continued to drop significantly despite Murison's improvements.
Announcing her departure, Murison said that her time with NME had been "exhilarating, inspiring and completely unforgettable".
Meanwhile NME Publishing Director Emily Hutchings added: "Everyone at NME is obviously sad to see a talent like Krissi go but due to her great achievements while working as editor she leaves NME in great health and the brand is stronger than ever".
REST OF ORIGINAL GUNS N ROSES LINE-UP EXPECTED AT HALL OF FAME SHOW
As previously reported, Rose this week published an open letter announcing he would not attend the Hall Of Fame induction, seemingly unwilling to share a stage with his former bandmates, and requested he not be inducted in his absence.
Said Rose: "Taking into consideration the history of Guns N Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall, for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in 'our' induction (that, for the record, are decisions I don't agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things... no offence meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame induction ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected".
At the Revolver Golden Gods metal awards show in LA on Wednesday night, which took place shortly after Rose's statement was published, Slash - there to pick up the Riff Award and to play with Alice Cooper - refused to comment. But Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, who was interviewing his fellow metallers on the red carpet (well, technically the black carpet), was more forthcoming with his opinions.
Said Snider: "Someone just told me that it's official Axl is not gonna sing at the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, and I said it's crap. I said, if he can't put this stuff aside for an event like that, for a recognition like that, to do the cool thing, and just in respect of what you guys have done, I think it's totally screwed up".
But all Slash would say to Snider about the whole Hall Of Fame debacle was "I'll be there". Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Matt Sorum are also all expected to be on hand to received the Hall Of Fame honour this weekend, which will be handed to them by Green Day. Also set to be inducted this year are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, The Faces and the Small Faces, Laura Nyro and Donovan.
TUNECORE BOSS HITS OUT AT GROOVESHARK
As much previously reported, Universal Music has been pursuing litigation against Grooveshark for some time. They believe that the digital company - which lets users upload music to its catalogue, and in theory removes unlicensed content if made aware of it, inline with its obligations under US copyright law - operates a deliberately shoddy content takedown system, so that it is able to make large amounts of copyrighted music available without a licence, but avoid liability for copyright infringement claims (in the US at least) by theoretically complying with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Though Universal's latest lawsuit actually focuses on allegations that Grooveshark has its own staff upload unlicensed content to its platform which - if true - would mean the takedown system the firm operates, shoddy or otherwise, wouldn't help the company avoid liability for infringement. Grooveshark denies the allegations, while Sony Music and Warner Music have backed their rival's litigation. Meanwhile EMI, which had licensed Grooveshark in settlement of an early lawsuit, has revoked that licence and begun new legal action.
But what about the indies and self-releasing artists? Well, now the boss of TuneCore, which represents self-releasing acts in the digital domain, has hit out at Grooveshark too, accusing the company of "knowingly and willingly using a legal loophole to steal from artists and songwriters".
In a blog post published yesterday, Jeff Price added: "Even worse, [Grooveshark bosses] try to defend themselves by having the attitude of 'hey, we love artists and all we are doing is trying to support them'. What a load of crap".
Noting that the digital service claims to have over 30 million users, Price continues: "When you have 30 million people coming to your website, you have a lot of web traffic. This means you can start making money by charging entities to advertise on your site. After all, you reach tens of millions of consumers. Just think of all the money Grooveshark makes by selling ads".
He continues: "There is just one really big, big problem: they don't get licenses and don't pay the artists, the labels and/or the songwriters for the use of the music that's making them tons of money. I can assure you, 99% of the hundreds of thousands of TuneCore artists whose music is in Grooveshark have not been paid a single penny".
Supporting the 'deliberately shoddy takedown system' accusations made by the majors, Price says that, far from supporting artists, Grooveshark exploits what amounts to a loophole in American copyright law to profit from music it doesn't pay for. "Some scumbag saw this legal loophole, and must have thought something like: My meal ticket is in. Here is a way to make a lot of money by using music without having to pay artists, labels or songwriters".
To say Grooveshark was actually set up to deliberately and exclusively exploit a copyright loophole for profit is almost certainly unfair, though Price's blog does confirm that people at all levels of the music industry, from the majors to the self-releasing grass root artists, do now believe that is what is happening at Grooveshark towers. Meaning the digital service may struggle to find any friends in the music community willing to speak in its favour once the major label lawsuits it now faces reach court.
Read Price's blog here: blog.tunecore.com/2012/04/grooveshark-trolling-the-sea-of-artists-to-make-a-buck.html
SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD LONGLIST ANNOUNCED
Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, which is running the award in partnership with the Scottish Music Industry Association, Andrew Dixon told CMU: "In such a nation of music lovers, it's no surprise that The Scottish Album Of The Year Award is such an eclectic and entertaining list and brimming with talent. In this 'Year Of Creative Scotland', the awards are a brilliant way to raise the profile of our musicians. Congratulations to all of the artists!"
Here's the longlist in all its glory:
SKINNER RESURRECTS LABEL TO SIGN MAN LIKE ME
So The Beats label is back. And according to Music Week, the next Man Like Me single will come out on 28 May via it and Cartoon Records, with an album to follow, which will include a version of the duo's previous single 'London Town' reworked by Skinner himself.
Man Like Me are probably best known for their cover of Jona Lewie's 'You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties', made famous by an Ikea sync. Meanwhile, during its relatively short-lived former life, The Beats released early works from Professor Green and Example, which were both pretty good early finds on Skinner's part with hindsight.
PHILCO FICTION SIGN TO SOMETHING IN CONSTRUCTION
As well as this, the band have just been asked to support Neon Indian at Village Underground in East London on 6 Jun. They will also support Visions Of Trees at the near by Old Blue Last on 11 May, followed by two shows in Brighton for The Great Escape.
Now watch the video for album track 'Finally', it is good: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0lGxiWjZOU
LIL WAYNE WORKING ON ALBUM OF LOVE SONGS
Of the title and content he told MTV: "That's 'loved' spelled backwards, and it's my version of love songs".
But what do you mean by your version of songs, Lil? "What I mean by my version of love songs is meaning they're not saying, 'I love you'. It's all material I did when I was locked up".
Oh, that's nice.
MOONFACE STREAMS SIINAI COLLABORATION
You can stream the full album, entitled 'With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery', on The Line Of Best Fit and read a track-by-track explanation from Krug: www.thelineofbestfit.com/2012/04/album-stream-track-by-track-moonface-with-siinai-heartbreaking-bravery/
Or, if you're pushed for time, just check out album track 'Headed For The Door' here: soundcloud.com/jagjaguwar/moonface-headed-for-the-door
You'll be able to catch Moonface and Siinai live at Cargo in London on 26 May.
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PAWS ANNOUNCE CASSETTE RELEASE
Says frontman Phillip Taylor: "We recorded it by ourselves all in one day. We had a brand new bunch of songs and whenever we have new songs, we always try to record them as soon as we possibly can. With the exception of 'BAINZ', they were all written/completed in a week and recorded by the weekend. I think it's a good representation of what we are up to just now".
Speaking of 'BAINZ', check out the video for that here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBb7wdBdQpI
QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS
A spokesperson for the band explained: "Queen acted immediately in looking for an alternative venue in an aim to avoid disappointing all those fans who had so desperately looked forward to seeing them at Knebworth. Coming in the lead into the Olympics, most of the venues they first approached were unavailable, being taken as official London Games 2012 venues. As the setting of some of the band's best remembered concerts, the idea of returning to this historic Hammersmith venue really appealed to them".
Then everyone sat quietly and looked at the floor.
BLOC PARTY ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
Says frontman Kele Okereke: "I know it's been a long two and half years since Bloc Party last performed in the UK. Well it seems that wait is over ... We will be playing choice cuts from our new record as well as some more familiar jams".
The dates are as follows:
19 Jun: Glasgow, Garage
THE WALKMEN ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW
You can watch a trailer for the new album right now. Look, here it is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QTziS8bvi0
BUSDRIVER HITS THE UK NEXT WEEK
Busdriver released his latest album, 'Beaus$Eros' earlier this year, and chatted about it with CMU back in January. Read the interview here: www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/qa-busdriver/
20 Apr: Birmingham, The Rainbow
LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE
The Liverpool Sound City festival and convention, and for the first time this year an Expo event, take place on Merseyside from 17-19 May. More at www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk
FORMER WARNER BROS BOSS LAUNCHES JOINT VENTURE WITH UNIVERSAL
There have been rumours for a while that Whalley, who before his decade at Warner had a stint at Universal helping grow the Interscope label in the 1990s, would return to the mega-major. Some reckoned he would head up EMI's Capitol division (another of his former employers) if and when Universal's acquisition of its rival is cleared by competition regulators. Billboard reckons that could still happen down the line, but for the time being Whalley's focus will be his new joint venture.
Meanwhile the trade mag quotes Universal boss man Lucian Grainge as saying: "As we continue to expand opportunities for new artists and their music, Tom and his label are a natural fit. His renowned ability to spot new talent and work in true partnership with artists complements the creative vision that [we at Universal share]".
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EMI NORDICS LAUNCHES INNOVATION LAB
Confirming the new division, EMI Music Nordics Chairman Stefan Blom told reporters: "The Nordic countries have long been at the forefront of innovation both creatively and commercially in music and so by forming our new Innovation & Insight team and Innovation Lab we're creating a structure and resource that will enable us to further develop our best-in-class capabilities and ensure that EMI Music continues to provide our artists with the smartest, fastest and most effective service possible".
COURTNEY'S DAUGHTER SAYS TWITTER SHOULD BAN HER MOTHER
And recently she's apparently been using her Twitter account to accuse her late husband's former bandmate Dave Grohl of trying to seduce her nineteen year old and currently engaged to be married daughter. Grohl then took to Twitter to deny the allegations, which he called "upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue".
And Frances herself - who usually ignores her estranged mother's more random remarks - also felt the need to clarify things, saying via the tweets: "While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I'm in a monogamous relationship and very happy. Twitter should ban my mother".
BEEF OF THE WEEK #106: PRESIDENT OBAMA V KANYE WEST
But Obama picked Mr Z this week when asked which rapper he preferred, reaffirming his opinion that West is a "jackass". Albeit a talented jackass. Said the Prez: "Jay-Z [is my favourite]. Though I do like Kanye. He's a Chicago guy, smart. He's very talented".
Reminded that, after West's infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV awards event where Taylor Swift had won over Beyonce, he had called the rapper a "jackass", Obama clarified: "[Well], he is a jackass. But he's talented [too]".