A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days...
Robbie Williams turns on Oxford Street Christmas lights. Robbie Williams is pressing an 'on' button wired to Oxford Street's Marmite-sponsored Christmas lights today, coincidentally the same day his new album is out. He's also going to sing live, as are Leona Lewis and boyband Lawson. But unlike Robbie, Leona and Lawson aren't allowed to touch the light switch.
UK Music Video Awards. The UK Music Video Awards will take place at The Empire cinema in London's Leicester Square this Thursday, with host Adam Buxton guiding attendees through the 30 categories that make up its constituent parts. Well, 31 if you count the public voted People's Choice Award.
Student Radio Awards. Also taking place this Thursday, but with considerably fewer categories, is the Student Radio Association's Student Radio Awards. Taking place at the IndigO2 venue in London's O2 Dome complex, the ceremony will honour the finest burgeoning talent in radio who you may well be hearing a lot more of in the future - past winner's include Radio 1's Greg James and Absolute Radio's Mark Crossley.
ACUMEDIA networking evening. CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will chair a panel debate entitled 'How to make money as a musician in the wonderful world of pirates' at this regular networking night in Brighton, taking place at the city's Latest Music Bar on Wednesday at 6.30pm. Entry is free.
Unconvention. Not one but three Unconvention events will take place this coming weekend in Manchester, one focused on how music and football can work together to forge social change; one on the rhyme, punk, rave, party, reggae and dance culture of the city's Hulme and Moss Side communities; and one exploring South Asian music in the UK. Check the Unconvention website for all the details.
New releases. Well, as mentioned above, Robbie Williams has a new album out this week. It's called 'Take The Crown', it features the chart-topping single 'Candy', and it will almost certainly be number one come Sunday (and all that despite the Radio 1 snub). Almost certainly not vying with Williams for that position but still worth a listen are Jonny Greenwood's new soundtrack album, and more conventional album releases from Rolo Tomassi, Cold Pumas and Ital. Meanwhile Francois & The Atlas Mountains will re-issue their 2009 album 'Plaine Inondable', Kitsune releases a tenth anniversary compilation, Rufus Wainwright and Paul McCartney feature amongst contributors to a new collection of Christmas songs, and Friendly Fires collate the latest addition to the LateNightTales series. Releasing singles and EPs this week are former 'X-Factor' finalist Frankie Cocoza, Holy Shit, Disclosure, Doldrums, The Ramona Flowers and Big Black Delta.
Gigs and tours. Well, amongst the many acts performing one-off shows in London this week Diplo, Boy Better Know, Magnetic Man and Channel One will also take part in a Red Bull Culture Clash show at Wembley Arena. Soundgarden will play the Shepherds Bush Empire for the first time since 1994, Death Grips will be over at the Electric Ballroom celebrating their recent departure from Sony Music, Meursault will perform with a string section at the Islington Assembly Hall, Chromatics will have one night in Heaven, Melody's Echo Chamber will play Cargo and Sinead O'Connor will play what is either a one-off show or the start of a five month tour featuring only four dates all in London (depending how you look at it). Also kicking off touring action this week are DJ Fresh, Bon Iver, Skream, Animal Collective, Patrick Wolf, Andrew Bird, Coheed & Cambria, Ladyhawke, Kindness, Haim, Halls, Blood Diamonds, Exitmusic, Ital and Still Corners. Plus there's an interesting tour put together by eco-conscious promoter Make Noise featuring Radio 1's Benji B and others where the entrance fee is one old electronic device to be recycled.
LUTFI CASE AGAINST SPEARS FAMILY DISMISSED
As previously reported, Lutfi was suing for defamation, assault and breach of contract; defamation over a book written by Britney's mother that accused him of escalating her daughter's very public mental breakdown in 2007/8; assault over an altercation between Lutfi and Britney's father Jamie in 2008; and breach of contract in a bid to win a cut of pop star Spears's earnings from 2007 and 2008, on the grounds Lutfi was her manager during this time and therefore was due a management commission.
Although Britney herself was never due to testify, her mother had already taken to the witness stand as part of the trial, as had Lutfi himself, and the former boss of Spears's record label. One time Jive Records boss Barry Weiss denied that Lutfi ever acted as Britney's manager, saying that the singer managed her relationship with her record company herself while the star's long term rep Larry Rudolph was out of the picture.
Jamie Spears told TMZ on Friday he was "thrilled" by the quick ruling, adding that while he wished he'd had an opportunity to give his side of the story in the witness stand, reliving his daughter's darkest days had been very painful, and even more so for her mother.
DRINK DRIVING LIKELY CAUSED SUICIDE SILENCE FRONTMAN'S DEATH
Jolie Carmadella, mother of Lucker's five year old daughter Kenadee Isis, paid tribute to her husband, but admitted he had battled with alcohol addiction. She told the band's fans: "He was an alcoholic, and it's a been a big battle. I tried to stop him. I was in front of him begging him not to leave the house. Begging him, 'Just seriously, for us, don't leave'. And he did. And this is what happened. It's a wake up call".
She added: "He was an amazing man. He was a wonderful father and a great husband. And now he's gonna miss out on watching Kenadee grow [up], because he decided to drink and ride. Just don't. Just think before you guys do something stupid. Please learn from this. Please".
As previously reported, numerous artists from across the metal fraternity paid tribute to Lucker after his death last week, with Blabbermouth collating some of them.
ORIGINAL VERSION OF 1903 HOLST COMPOSITION PERFORMED FOR SECOND TIME
The original version of Holst's 'Wind Quintet' was performed in his hometown of Cheltenham this weekend after it was restored by a musicologist. Originally published in 1903, the piece went missing in the 1920s. When it resurfaced in 1978 it was reworked by Holst's daughter Imogen and republished in 1983, and it is that version of the piece that has since been (albeit rarely) performed.
But this weekend a version of the 'Wind Quintet' thought to be the same (more or less) as Holst's original was performed, after being reconstructed by musicologist and Holst scholar Raymond Head. Ahead of the performance Graham Lockwood, Chairman of the Holst Birthplace Museum, told the BBC that he thought this was only the second time the composition had been performed as Holst originally intended.
NO DOUBT PULL VIDEO AFTER NATIVE AMERICAN GROUPS PROTEST
The video for the latest single from the band's comeback album 'Push And Shove' has a Wild West theme, and sees Gwen Stefani and bandmate Tony Kanal dressed as Native Americans, dancing with a wolf in a tepee before fighting other band members dressed as cowboys. It apparently ends with Stefani being caught and tied up by a sheriff character.
The band said this weekend that, while they had consulted Native American friends before releasing the video, they never wanted to cause offence, and now that various groups had hit out at the promo they had decided to pull it from the web and other video channels.
In a posting on their website, the band said: "As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialise Native American people, their culture or their history. Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realise now that we have offended people".
They added: "This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately. The music that inspired us when we started the band, and the community of friends, family, and fans that surrounds us was built upon respect, unity and inclusiveness. We sincerely apologise to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are".
SANDÉ WINS THREEFOLD AT MOBOS
And look, here's the full list of winners:
Best UK Male: Plan B
Best R&B/Soul Act: Emeli Sandé
Best Album: Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events
Outstanding Contribution To Music: TLC
RADIO ACADEMY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES CONFIRMED
The timing of the Hall Of Fame event is somewhat embarrassing for BBC London, which announced it was axing Baker's afternoon show just last week, leading to the popular host launching a very vocal attack against management at the Beeb's London channel, during what he decreed would be his last show for the station. BBC London bosses had intended Baker to stay with them until Christmas.
Confirming this year's inductees, Absolute Radio boss Clive Dickens, in his guise as Chair of the Radio Festival, told reporters: "The PPL Hall Of Fame Dinner is set to be an exciting night of celebration for the industry. The awards evening acknowledges those people who have shone continuously in their chosen medium and who have brought fascinating and inspiring content to audiences".
KANYE WEST TO RELEASE 'CRUEL WINTER' FILM/LP
First, some facts. The rapper/GOOD don has just premiered a new short film come trailer captioned 'Cruel Winter', an echo of this year's Cannes Film Festival-aired short, which previewed the release of 'Cruel Summer'. Also, Q-Tip 'hinted' (read: blabbed) about the 'prospect' (read: certainty) of a 'Cruel Winter' when speaking to MTV last month.
So basically, this all adds up to it being a very 'Cruel Winter' for Kanye West and GOOD Music. And Q-Tip.
Anyway. The trailer.
CAT POWER TOUR WILL GO ON, SANS EXPENSIVE GORILLAS
Says Marshall via Instagram: "All I wanna do is sing my damn songs a give my best to the fans that love me. Not having funds to have my stupid light show for fans has put me in a corner. But I was born in a corner... refuse to lose".
EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER TO PLAY SHEPHERDS BUSH DATE
They say in perfect sync: "After standing on stage together again, selling out this tour and receiving such an incredible response from you all, it's become clear we're now hitting our stride. This month the band has taken on a life of its own, and musically we have unfinished business together. The story continues".
Tickets for the 12 Apr show, far off as it may be, are on sale now.
CODY SIMPSON POSTPONES SOLO SHOWS TO TOUR WITH BIEBER
Cody explains it all: "My mate Justin Bieber has offered me the chance to open for him on a lot of the upcoming Believe tour dates. This is going to force me to delay my trip to Europe and the UK in November. I am really sad that I will not see my European and UK fans but I will be there in February and March. I have been so excited about meeting my UK and European Angels since we announced the 'Paradise' tour and it hurts me to have to wait longer".
Tickets for all cancelled shows will still be valid at the new ones, which are:
19 Feb: Glasgow, Concert Hall
NEW SEASON OF CMU TRAINING COURSES ANNOUNCED
The Social Media & Fan Engagement course on 14 Nov provides an overview of social media platforms in 2012, including which ones matter in music, how social media activity should be planned, managed and measured, and how artists, labels, managers and music brands can truly engage fans online.
The Music Rights course on 21 Nov provides a concise guide to copyright in the UK, including how intellectual property works, the basics of licensing and collective licensing, how rights are monetised, how the music rights industry is changing, and an overview of the piracy challenge.
The Promoting Music course on 27 Nov looks at how artists, labels, events and music companies can use media, social media and other platforms to reach, enthuse and engage fans. It includes an overview of the music media in 2012, a summary of the traditional record industry marketing campaign, insights on how to better engage media, ideas for alternative approaches to music marketing, and a beginners guide to social media tools.
The Future Of The Music Industry course on 4 Dec looks at the different ways music can be monetised, the different companies that unlock different revenue streams for artists, and the deals artists need to make to succeed. Starting with an overview of the traditional record deal, followed by insights into alternative revenue and investment streams, the course also considers the alternative deals that will be struck by artists and music companies in the future.
Bookings are now open for all courses, which are held in East London. CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke says: "In an ever changing industry, it's important to pause occasionally, review where we are at, and look at current trends and best practice in both your own part of the music business, and across the wider industry. Our courses are a simple and cost effective way to do just that".
CMU Insights will also soon announce a new evening course for music business professionals taking place over eight weeks and covering rights, deals, media, social media and ways to monetise music. More information about that new course will be announced soon.
CMU BUSINESS EDITOR TO LEAD DEBATES IN BRIGHTON AND MANCHESTER
This Wednesday (7 Nov) he will lead a panel debate at ACUMEDIA, the regular networking event staged by Brighton-based law firm ACUMEN Business Law. Jake Shillingford from BIMM and Jim Kimberley of the band Bruise will tackle the issue of 'how to make money as a musician in a world full of pirates'. The event takes place at Brighton's Latest Music Bar, and doors open at 6.30pm. Entry is free.
On Sunday 2 Dec, Chris will also take part in the Wall of Sounds Conference 2 at Band On The Wall in Manchester. He will provide an overview of the music industry in 2012, and ten tips for new bands looking to make it happen, before chairing a panel with label owners and manager Howard Mills, musician and producer Anif Akinola and Band On The Wall CEO Gavin Sharp.
At the same event Vanessa Reed from the PRS For Music Foundation will ask the question "Where are the women in music?", as well as providing advice on her Foundation's funding programmes. More info at bandonthewall.org/events/3747/.
PSY TO SPEAK AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY
BBC News quoth Oxford Union scholar Finbar McLoughlin as saying this: "We're expecting the chamber to be full to capacity to hear what Psy has to say. It's great for our members to be able to welcome someone who has had a huge impact on life in such a short space of time".
Also booked by the Union as representatives of all that is "topical and current" in popular culture are McFly (who'll address the Union today), Charlotte Church and PR personality Max Clifford.
And now, who wants to watch this again?
O2 CLUBBING SPACE UNCERTAIN AS PROUD2 COMPANY GOES UNDER
The business, a joint venture between the Proud Group and Dome operators AEG Live, seemingly went into administration after the Proud2 space temporarily lost its licence following a stabbing incident on 2 Sep.
Greenwich Council subsequently restored the venue's licence, subject to some changes in security arrangements, last month, but the space is yet to reopen and no future events are currently being promoted on the Proud2 website. Events that had been due to take place in the space in September had to be relocated after the licence was revoked.
Rumours that the Proud2 company had gone under began to circulate shortly after the venue's temporary closure, while newer reports suggest that the Proud Group unsuccessfully tried to rescue the business by appealing to its business partner and landlord AEG to reduce rental payments. Though the exact timeline isn't yet clear, a notice from Proud2 Limited announcing a creditors meeting under the 1986 Insolvency Act, dated 17 Oct, was published by the London Gazette last Thursday.
Neither Proud nor AEG Live have as yet commented on the future of the Proud2 company or venue. It remains to be seen if the expected closure of the Dome outpost of the Proud empire has any impact on the wider group, which operates a number of galleries and club spaces around London, and which has invested a lot into the development of its Proud2 space.
As previously reported, when Fabric tried to launch the same venue as Matter, the collapse of its Dome venture took the main Fabric business to the brink too.
BAKER IN TALKS WITH RADIO 2 AND TALKSPORT
As previously reported, Baker lashed out at his BBC bosses after hearing that they were axing his daily show on the London station, criticising management for both the decision and the way they had communicated it to him. Despite his bosses planning for him to continue presenting his daily show until the end of the year, Baker declared last Thursday would be his last appearance on the station.
Baker will continue to present his sport-themed show for another BBC station, 5Live, it has been confirmed, though any deal with TalkSport would presumably require a departure from that BBC outpost too, the commercial sports station being a head-on competitor to 5Live.
Though, and despite Baker's outburst against BBC London management on Thursday, the DJ could end up back with two different shows for the Corporation, following rumours that Radio 2 is also interested in hiring the presenter, presumably for a weekly slot.
It's thought BBC London was also hoping to negotiate a weekly programme with Baker after axing his daily show, but that seems unlikely after last Thursday, especially given the DJ continued to slag off his former bosses on Twitter on Friday, accusing them of being obsessed with "sending reporters out on a double decker bus to hear people's problems", which, he said, he wouldn't do because "it's fucking awful radio".
PITBULL IS BRILLIANT, AS HISTORY WILL TELL YOU
The rapper told Q: "People don't understand brilliance until after the fact - which happens with all artists, whether that's Picasso, Michelangelo, Van Gogh".
Critical success may have eluded him so far but, unlike Van Gogh, Pitbull has already enjoyed commercial success. Though he mainly puts that down to a good solid grounding in drug dealing - a trade he joined at the tender age of fifteen.
On his route into and through the music industry he said: "I took the mentality of everything I was doing on the street and applied it to music. It's hustle. All you're doing is moving a product. It's almost like the '48 Laws Of Power'. I never read the whole book, I only read the Cliffs notes, but those 48 laws can either manipulate you to be a really good person or a really bad person. It can teach you to be a snake or a gentleman. The guys I looked up to were gentlemen. I took the gentleman route".