FOUR BIDDERS REMAIN IN EMI PUBLISHING CATALOGUE SALE
An assortment of possible bidders came forward expressing interest in the song catalogues for sale, with nine submitting initial offers, but insiders say that only four parties are now still bidding. Bids are in from BMG, Because Music and a joint venture between Kobalt and the G2 Investment Group, while Warner Music is expected to submit an offer in the next 24 hours (even though technically the deadline for second round bids has closed).
The sale is being coordinated by lawyer John Branca, one of the executors of the Michael Jackson estate, which owns half of the Sony/ATV company.
LOUIS WALSH WINS DAMAGES FROM THE SUN OVER ASSAULT CLAIMS
As previously reported, in June last year Leonard Watters told Irish police he was groped by Walsh in the toilets at a Dublin nightclub. The Sun reported the story, but less than a week later Watters admitted he had lied about the incident, and was himself promptly arrested and jailed for wasting police time.
Reading a statement from the company to the Dublin court, the Guardian reports, NGN's legal rep Eoin McCullough said: "The Sun published an article in its editions of 23 Jun 2011, in which we reported that Louis Walsh was being investigated in relation to a sexual assault on Leonard Watters. In fact, it transpired that Leonard Watters had made a false statement to [Irish police force] An Garda Siochána, and he has since been convicted in relation to this matter. The Sun fully accepts that the alleged assault did not occur in the first place and Louis Walsh is entirely innocent of any such assault. The Sun unreservedly apologises to Louis Walsh for any distress caused to him as a result of our article".
Walsh's lawyer Paul Tweed, said: "This is a prime example of what we would look to see come out of [the] Leveson [report, due to be published today]. We are not trying to gag the press or stop investigations, but if there was a strong body that we could have rung before to get them to stop the story for 24 hours, we could have provided proof that Louis wasn't even in the place at the time and all this would have been avoided. They gave us just a few hours [notice about the story], they were determined to run it".
Meanwhile, speaking outside the court, Walsh himself said that he was "relieved" the litigation was over, adding that he had informed the writer of the story, The Sun's celebs man Gordon Smart, that the allegations were false prior to publication but "no amount of pleading could stop them [from publishing the story]".
He said: "Gordon Smart called me and said 'you could be nicked for this'. I told him it was not true; it was totally totally not true, but they still ran the story. It has been a very traumatic experience for me. I will never get over it. I am very satisfied with this total vindication for me, but I remain very angry at the treatment at the hands of The Sun. I was absolutely gutted and traumatised that these allegations against me should have been published, particularly as I had made it clear at the time there was not one iota of truth in them, and was totally bewildered who would have made up this type of story".
RECORD OF THE DAY AWARDS PRESENTED
Amongst the many gongs dished out were three presented in association with CMU, one championing up and coming music journalism talent, Best Student Music Writer, which went to Sam Briggs of York University, and two more celebrating the music publication and writer most popular in 2012 amongst the UK's student music writers, which went to Pitchfork and Alexis Petridis respectively.
The other winners were as follows:
Magazine Of The Year: Q
Editor Of The Year: James McMahon, Kerrang!
Best In-House PR Person: Duncan Jordan, Bella Union
Best In-House PR Department: 4AD
Best PR Campaign For An Established Act: Bat For Lashes (Anna Mears, Dog Day Press)
Outstanding Contribution To Music PR: Regine Moylett
MORE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARDS PRESENTED
Here are the latest additions:
Lightening In A Bottle (USA) - Outstanding
And here is a quote from AGreenerFestival co-founder Ben Challis: "This year we saw a reduced number of events winning our award - 41 winners, down from 47 in 2011. The appallingly wet weather in the UK certainly had a negative effect, as did festival cancellations around the world, and the global recession didn't help either. But we are so proud of our winners, especially as some events had to battle against extreme weather just to stage their shows. All are worthy winners".
Four winners of Green Inspiration Awards have also been announced, for eco-initiatives that have particularly impressed the AGreenerFestival team. And those go to...
DAMIEN HIRST TO DESIGN A BRIT
Confirming this plan, BRITs boss David Joseph, he off of Universal Music, told CMU: "We are delighted that Damien will become the third extraordinary creative Briton to re-imagine the BRIT statue. He is truly one of the most important British artists ever and his unique vision will make winning a 2013 BRIT an even more special proposition".
James Corden will host the British music industry's big bash for the 425th year running when it takes place next February in that popular London venue, The Rubbish Tel Co. Yes, guess who had a run in with O2 last week. But I promise not to let that fact influence our coverage of the BRIT Awards. And the good news is, I don't have a Mastercard, so the chances of that company pissing me off are very low.
ADELE SELLS OVER TEN MILLION COPIES OF 21 IN THE US, NOT WORKING HARD ENOUGH SAYS LOUIS WALSH
Learning the news, Adele said: "What an incredible honour. A huge, huge thank you to my American fans for embracing this record on such a massive level".
You'd think with all that success Adele might have earned herself a bit of a rest. Not so, says Louis Walsh. In fact, he thinks she's been downright lazy, using having a baby as an excuse for being so. Bad Adele. Walsh told Q: "If I [was managing] someone like Adele, no way would she not be working now. Fine, have a baby, but then get back out there before they forget who you are! She'd be on every other TV show and there'd be another album ready. Work the room! That's my philosophy".
To be fair, I think Adele's policy of being a little bit more difficult to pin down has been working alright so far. Did I mention the ten million albums thing?
MTV ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW FOR 2013 SHORTLIST
Voting for the winner will open on 14 Jan at brandnew.mtv.co.uk with the public's top choice unveiled on 1 Feb.
BMG SIGNS FORMER ALISHA'S ATTIC SONGWRITER
Confirming the new publishing deal, Poole's manager Anna Carpenter told CMU: "You can't ignore what BMG are doing - working internationally across all their offices to deliver not just in the UK, but in Europe and the US too. Karen and I are delighted to be working with Kate Sweetsur and her creative team".
While the there mentioned Kate Sweetsur, BMG Chrysalis's Senior Creative Director, added: "Karen Poole is one of the UK's great top-line writers and we and the whole international BMG team are looking forward to working with her and with Anna to maximize her huge potential".
LOW TO RELEASE NEW LP
The band's Alan Sparhawk shares this concise summation of its themes: "It's about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archaeology and love".
Now, view a very visible 'Invisible Way' promo trail.
THE DRUMS' JONNY PIERCE TALKS "SELF-INDULGENT" SOLO DEBUT
A modest Pierce, who is now 'teasing' the record via new track 'I Didn't Realise', has this to say: "Some might say it's strange for a man to bare his soul the way I do on this album, but I wanted to do something that exposed me for who I am even more so than anything I have done with The Drums... I wanted to be as self-indulgent as possible with this album. This is pop done the way I think it should be done".
And with that, this is Pierce's (apparently) exemplary pop hit 'I Didn't Realise'.
WILD BEASTS TO PLAY SMOTHER IN LONDON, ONCE
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA SHARE EURO LIVE DATES
VERONICA FALLS TO TOUR
Savour the tour's six dates after a look at the video for the band's new single 'Teenage'.
8 Feb: London, Shoreditch Church
FESTIVAL LINE-UP ADDITIONS
SONAR BARCELONA, various venues, Barcelona, Spain, 13-15 Jun 2013: Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Two Door Cinema Club, Lindstrøm & Todd Terje, Vatican Shadow, Fantastic Mr Fox, Hot Natured, Baradien, Eduard Escoffet. www.sonar.es
SONISPHERE FRANCE, Snowhall Park, Amnéville, France, 8-9 Jun 2012: Slayer, Korn, Bring Me The Horizon, Children Of Bodom, Epica, Amon Amarth, Marillion, Sabaton, Dragonforce, Headcharger, Dagoba. fr.sonisphere.eu
SOUNDWAVE, Tisno, Croatia, 19-21 Jul 2013: Bonobo, Kelpe, Submotion Orchestra, Om Unit, Riot Jazz, Channel One Soundsystem, Kutmah, Anchorsong, Kidkanevil, Yungun & Mr Thing, Craig Charles, Eliphino, Rich Reason, Gilla, Mikey J. www.soundwavecroatia.com
WILL.I.AM LAUNCHES IPHONE CAMERA THING
Yep, Will.i.am has launched a new range of iPhone accessories known collectively as i.am+ foto.sosho (just trips off the tongue, doesn't it), which will not only make your iPhone look like a shit camera from the 80s, but also enhance the picture taking and photo editing capabilities of the phone. It also adds a slide out keyboard, further ensuring that your phone will no longer easily fit into your pocket.
Essentially, the i.am+ foto.sosho is a camera into which you dock your iPhone. This then gives you a fourteen megapixel camera to play with, along with an app on which you can tart up your photos. Users will also be given a profile page on www.i.am where their can share their awesome shots.
Will told The Daily Telegraph: "We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock you phone into our device and it turns you smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera".
Selfridges, which will exclusively sell the devices - starting at £199 - from 6 Dec, went one step further and claimed that it will "turn your iPhone into a fashionable camera". That's right, a fashionable camera. Oh, at last.
In the unlikely event the you want one of these things, you can register your interest here.
DEADMAU5 LIGHTS UP WHOLE LONDON SQUARE WITH NOKIA
Unless you were one of the 250 people who got access to the show live, or one of the savvy net users who thought to Google your way to Nokia's live stream, you'll have to wait for the official post-event video to be put online to see quite how it all turned out. That's imminent.
In the meantime, look, we got a quote for you from the mouse man himself, you lucky lucky people you. Remember when everyone had a Nokia phone? Happy days. Let's read the DJ's words then go play Snake: "Playing Millbank Tower was an incredible experience, so it's great to be back in London to team up with Nokia again. The new show was a totally different concept from last year, but equally inspiring and technically challenging".
VEVO HAS PAID $200 MILLION TO RIGHTS OWNERS, SAYS VEVO
According to Caraeff, VEVO now "generates more money for the music industry than any other service focused on music video", and that, he says, is because of the high quality of the content, compared to video sites where a lot of content comes from unofficial sources. Added the VEVO chief: "The audience that loves music should be treated and valued the same way as the audience that loves the Super Bowl, and revenue should flow as such".
Although still best known for its YouTube-powered element, where VEVO content sits on the Google video site's platform, VEVO has also been rapidly expanding the other access points to its service, making its videos available via other partners, as well as its own apps and VEVO.com website.
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SOUNDROP OPENS UP TO THIRD-PARTY DEVELOPERS
People like David Guetta, who has already had an Soundrop-enabled Spotify app made for him by the helpful folks over at EMI, allowing users to vote their favourite songs from his catalogue up to the top of a playlist, amongst other features. Imagine, a playlist that only played David Guetta's music. Eesh. Still, it gives you an idea of the possibilities of the SDK, so go and take a look.
Soundrop founder and CEO Inge Andre Sandvik told CMU: "We're enabling the next generation of music apps to be social by design. Soundrop is the perfect tool to create a more engaging app, and the SDK and platform make the whole process less stressful, easier and, we hope, a lot more fun".
Josh Saunders, Head Of Technical And Creative, EMI Music added: We are always looking for new ways to team up with innovative digital partners and the opportunity to work with the Soundrop SDK within the Spotify client on David Guetta's artist app was a very exciting proposition. We strive to innovate with all our artist apps and this live data-driven approach in David's artist app has taken things to the new level with regard to fan engagement".
More information here.
ZAYN MISSED OUT ON ONE DIRECTION'S JOHNNY DEPP PARTY DUE TO NERVES
Malik told The Sun: "I was too nervous to go. I am a massive, massive fan and I didn't want to embarrass myself so I let the boys go without me. Hopefully, there will be a next time. The boys said he was totally cool. I kind of regret it for sure and the lads said I was a scaredy cat. Some of our fans get so excited or nervous when they meet us and that's how I was at the thought of being with Johnny. But instead of lapping it up and enjoying it, I ran the other way".
Amazingly, there is no 'Zayn Malik looking sad' Tumblr that I can link to here. I can however inform you that Googling for such a thing brings up some rather alarming fan fiction.