MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Just in case there was any doubt - and I know Steve has been going around doubting all over the place, and I have my suspicions about Melanie too, who I'm pretty sure is a secret doubter - Adele was the most popular recording artist worldwide in 2015. That's despite her monumental "fuck you" to the music industry's most committed 50 million customers... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Tomorrow night Highasakite play their first ever UK headline show at Hoxton Hall in London. That they've never topped the bill at a show here before seems unbelievable - they're an incredible live band that we should have all been demanding to see, not just nonchalantly waiting around for them to organise something eventually. I mean, they did organise... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the SFX bankruptcy and its potential knock on effects, the RIAA adding streams into its Gold and Platinum sales awards, the PRS/PPL joint venture on performance rights licensing, and Rita Ora's legal battle with Roc Nation. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES IFPI gives 2015 to Adele
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Warner Music promotes Stu Bergen to new role
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LIVE BUSINESS Online petition calls for less secondary ticketing regulation
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BRANDS & MERCH ESA Excellence Award nominated Jägermeister discusses the background to its JägerHaus
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES WhoSampled announces Spotify integration on iPhone app
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EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU Insights announces masterclass for brands, as music rights event approaches
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OBITUARIES Maurice White 1941-2016
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RELEASES Deftones announce "ONE of the greatest albums"
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Beyonce is coming (to the UK and Ireland on tour)!
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ONE LINERS Jermaine Dupri, iHeartMedia, Sufjan Stevens, more
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AND FINALLY... LA Reid boasts he was first to spot the talent of Justin Bieber's haircut
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DHP FAMILY - PROMOTIONS CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Building on our success DHP are looking for an enthusiastic and pro-active Marketing Co-ordinator to work with the current marketing team and deliver marketing solutions and campaigns for our London based business.

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BUCKS MUSIC GROUP - PAID INTERNSHIP (LONDON)
Mute Song is seeking a dynamic individual to join the company as Music Publishing Assistant. This position presents a terrific opportunity for a bright and engaging person to embark on a rewarding career in music publishing.

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MUTE SONG - MUSIC PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Mute Song is seeking a dynamic individual to join the company as Music Publishing Assistant. This position presents a terrific opportunity for a bright and engaging person to embark on a rewarding career in music publishing.

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BEGGARS MUSIC - COPYRIGHT AND ROYALTIES ANALYST (LONDON)
Beggars Music are looking to hire an experienced Copyright and Royalties Analyst, based in their London office. The role would be best suited to someone with experience of either working within music publishing administration or a collection society.

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LISTEN UP - PRESS MANAGER (LONDON)
We are hiring an experienced Press Manager to join the press team at Listen Up. The candidate will need 2-4 years' experience experience in a similar role with a thorough knowledge of artist and label campaigns. We are looking for an enthusiastic and articulate individual with strong writing and organisational skills.

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AEG LIVE - TICKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
We are now hiring a Ticketing Assistant to join our team. The successful candidate will support the day to day operations of the ticketing team for events within AEG Live & Goldenvoice.

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YOUR ARMY - MUSIC EVENTS AND PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Your Army is seeking a dynamic Music Events And Press Officer to join its expanding and busy Press Department and Promotions Team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years experience working across national music events and festivals alongside an adept understanding of both new and established artist campaigns.

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FMLY - BOOKING AGENT (BRIGHTON)
FMLY London is a booking agency based in Brighton and we are looking to expand our team and currently have an opening for an established booking agent.

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SECRET ROAD - MUSIC LICENSING CREATIVE (LONDON)
Secret Road Music Services, Inc is a boutique music services company based in Los Angeles, California that focuses on music licensing, music publishing and artist management. We are seeking a Music Licensing Creative to join our London team working out of offices in Kings Cross.

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CIRCUS RECORDS - PART-TIME PAID INTERNSHIP (LONDON)
Electronic record label seeking a pro-active, knowledgable intern for 20 hours per week to help out in all departments including label management, social media, press and merchandise. Main responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting the label team with DJ and club promotion, press, social media and other more general label activities.

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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING - COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
In April 2016 we’ll be launching an Artist Engagement project to help us elicit support for our campaigns from prominent musicians. Esmée Fairbairn have awarded us funding to build on the success of our #MusicWithoutBarriers and Club Attitude campaigns. We are seeking a part-time Communications Assistant to work with us for two years.

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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING - ARTIST ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
In April 2016 we’ll be launching an Artist Engagement project to help us elicit support for our campaigns from prominent musicians. Esmée Fairbairn have awarded us funding to build on the success of our #MusicWithoutBarriers and Club Attitude campaigns. We are seeking a freelance Artist Engagement And Community Co-ordinator to work with us for two years.

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THE ORCHARD - INTERACTIVE MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
We’re looking for a savvy, seasoned digital music marketer to promote The Orchard’s distributed artists in Europe and beyond. The ideal candidate’s specialty lies in creating and executing strategic digital marketing campaigns designed to generate publicity and awareness, build audiences, engage fans, and drive sales and revenue for new releases and catalogue titles.

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CREAM - SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL EXECUTIVE (LIVERPOOL)
Do you live and breathe social media? Have a passion for electronic music and festivals? Have a flair for design? Work well as part of a team? Enjoy working in a fast paced commercial environment? Then this could be the perfect job for you. Rare opportunity to join the Cream marketing team based in our new Liverpool offices.

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NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS - ONLINE PROMOTIONS AND NEW MEDIA (LONDON)
Nuclear Blast UK are looking for maternity cover for the role of Online Promotion and New Media. The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of social media (including scheduling posts, adverts and maintaining label and roster channels), as well as managing online communities.

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LISTEN UP - OPERATIONS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Listen Up is seeking an administrator to provide support to our expanding Operations Team. You will report directly to the Operations & HR Manager, working alongside the Office Manager and Accounts Manager to ensure company administration is completed to a high standard.

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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.
 
8 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: The Music Rights Sector
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10 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Key Developments In Music Rights
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15 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: The Live Sector, Brand Partnerships & Fan Services
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17 Feb 2016 CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar
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18 Feb 2016 CMU Insights @ Output 2016
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22 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Social Media Tools
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29 Feb 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Music Media
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6 Mar 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fan-Orientated Business
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16 Mar 2016 CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar
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17 Mar 2016 CMU Insights @ Convergence 2016
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13 Apr 2016 CMU:DIY x Urban Development Industry Takeover Seminar
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14 Apr 2016 CMU Insights @ Music 4.5: Playlists 2
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18 Apr 2016 CMU Insights Masterclass: Music Business Explained - For Brands
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6 May 2016 CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week 2016
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19-20 May 2016 CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2016
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IFPI gives 2015 to Adele
Just in case there was any doubt - and I know Steve has been going around doubting all over the place, and I have my suspicions about Melanie too, who I'm pretty sure is a secret doubter - Adele was the most popular recording artist worldwide in 2015.

That's despite her monumental "fuck you" to the music industry's most committed 50 million customers. And her concurrent "fuck you" to all the artists who reckoned you had to deliver a new record before quarter four to dominate the musical year. More fool you committed music consumers and quarter two releasing artists. That's the lesson here, by the way.

Anyway, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has declared Adele its Global Recording Artist Of The Year for 2015, which means she dominated across physical formats, downloads and streams. Well, not streams. But who cares about streams?

Says IFPI boss Frances Moore: "I'm delighted to be able to honour Adele as the most popular global recording artist of 2015. Her album '25' has been the runaway global sensation of the year, breaking records across the world and reaching a vast audience of fans. All of the artists in our top ten chart have achieved incredible success - and Adele's achievement is simply phenomenal".

You can now officially stream Adele's new single 'When We Were Young', by the way, if you must. Maybe do a little jig to it to celebrate the fact she's now shifted over eight million copies of '25' in the US. Or maybe let it wash over your mind as you imagine Adele on that flip-phone declaring "fuck you Spotify, fuck you Deezer, fuck you Sheeran, fuck you Swift, fuck you Bieber, fuck you 1D, fuck you Coldplay, fuck you Maroon 5, fuck you Smith, fuck you Drake, fuck you The Weeknd, fuck you all". She should make that her next b-side.

And here's the IFPI's top ten global artists of the world. Oh look, 50% Brits, including the top two. Yeah, Fuck You World. That can be the title of Adele's new b-side.

1. Adele
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Taylor Swift
4. Justin Bieber
5. One Direction
6. Coldplay
7. Maroon 5
8. Sam Smith
9. Drake
10. The Weeknd

Warner Music promotes Stu Bergen to new role
Fresh from its "look at us artists, aren't we NICE" moment last week, Warner Music got on the phone to tell each and every one of us that the man Stu Bergen has a brand new job title, now that he's doing a brand new job. Yes, the Stu is now CEO of International and Global Commercial Services.

If you're thinking, well, that's nice of the NICE major, but what the hell does that mean? Well, it means he'll oversee Warner's recorded music operations outside the US and the UK, and the company's global marketing team, and Warner Classics, and WEA, and label services business ADA. All while being so incredibly NICE. Busy guy.

Says Warner Music top man Steve Cooper: "Stu's promotion recognises his leadership in helping focus our global firepower on breaking artists and building careers. Drawing on his deep understanding of the worldwide marketplace, he has fostered a dynamic, innovative environment that is driving both unprecedented local success and outstanding global performance. I join everyone at WMG in congratulating Stu on this well-deserved appointment".

Bergen himself reckons that "in the era when technology has removed musical barriers between nations and cultures, success can come from anywhere and translate everywhere". But he's not interested in his own success, people. No, it's all about the artists at NICE old Warner. "It is critical that we draw on the full worldwide strength of our organisation to cultivate hit music and superstar artists, as well as generate groundbreaking business models and creative marketing strategies", he goes on.

Nice.

Online petition calls for less secondary ticketing regulation
If, like me, you're one of those people who [a] loves the ticket touts and [b] hates Mumford & Sons, well, get your petitioning fingers ready. Because there's a campaign going on over there on the internet calling on the government to ensure those self-serving popstars and sinister concert promoters don't get their way and bring to an end that long-held tradition that all music fans enjoy: ie being able to buy tickets to your favourite artists' shows at a massive, wallet-eating mark-up.

As much previously reported, the government is currently reviewing the secondary ticketing market - ie the online marketplace for reselling tickets - as a result of commitments made in last year's Consumer Rights Act. Professor Michael Waterson is leading the review, and various promoters and artists are calling for tighter regulation of the resale market, among them pesky Mumford and his sons.

But "as fans who regularly attend live events, we urge [Waterson] to support our right to resell tickets without restrictions being imposed by event organisers" says a petition posted to the change.org website last week, so far signed by 1184 people. "Event organisers are lobbying hard to make it easier to cancel or void tickets that have been offered for resale without their permission" it goes on. "But we believe that fans should be free to resell tickets that they have purchased wherever they want".

Continues the petition: "Further restrictions on resale will mean that many fans will be unable to sell tickets they bought for events that they can no longer attend. In many other cases, it will push people away from legitimate resellers and into the arms of street touts, where no protections apply".

I'm not sure the former is true, given that many anti-tout promoters provide an endorsed resale platform where tickets can be resold at face value, and that practice could be extended across the live sector. Though that second point is possibly true. It's certainly the standard argument put forward by secondary ticketing websites when trying to counter calls for more regulation of the online touts.

Which is something music fan and petition organiser Simon Gentry possibly picked up listening to the recent CMU Podcast conversation on the topic. Or maybe in his role as Director of Corporate And Public Affairs at MWW, the PR firm working on the Fan Freedom UK campaign, the pro-secondary ticketing initiative that spun off from its StubHub-backed US counterpart last year. One or the other. I bet it was the CMU Podcast.

Anyway, "please support the fans, please support the right to resale" concludes the petition. "This is a BS petition marketed by StubHub and other ticker resale websites - anyone who signs this is an idiot", adds the first commentator.

Sign up, or not, here.

ESA Excellence Award nominated Jägermeister discusses the background to its JägerHaus
This Thursday, the European Sponsorship Association stages its annual awards in London, celebrating the best in sponsorship and brand partnership activity from the last twelve months. CMU is partnering on the music category this year, and in the run up to the big event we will speak to each of the nominees to find out about their shortlisted projects, what they involved, and how each brand worked with their music partners.

Today we talk to Jägermeister's Samantha Green about the drink brand's JägerHaus project, which toured five music festivals last summer. "Over the years Jägermeister has invested heavily across its music and events programmes, though there hasn't always been a consistent message across our activity", she tells us about the motivation for the festival venture.

"And while JägerMusic has always succeeded in defining what Jägermeister is about in terms of image and attitude, our focus at events has traditionally been about driving sales rather than consumer engagement. So, we've been active at a large number of events, and driven sales, but our level of consumer engagement and impact was more limited".

She goes on: "We also faced the challenge of how to extend consumption of key 'serves' like the Ice Cold Shot and our long drink Root56. So our objective in 2015 was to drive deeper consumer engagement at music festivals, leveraging our music heritage and JägerMusic programme in an innovative way that could amplify our presence and drive the trialling of our wider product range. Thus the JägerHaus was born!"

The brand worked with agency Frukt on the venture. "The basic concept was to create a multi-room venue called The JägerHaus which we would tour to a number of summer festivals in the UK. It was a 20mx20mx9m music venue full of hidden messages and unexpected experiences, that also hosted some of the UK's most exciting bands and DJs. The building had a dystopian look and feel, and was constructed from a bespoke mixture of materials so to look like it had emerged from the undergrowth".

Read the full interview here, and find about more about the ESA Excellence Awards here. And while we are in a band/brand partnerships mood, CMU Insights has just announced a new masterclass aimed at brands working with music taking place on Monday 18 Apr at the London HQ of law firm Lewis Silkin.

The masterclass will explain how the music industry and music rights work, and the different music companies brands need to form relationships and deals with depending on the nature of their music-based marketing activity. Places at the masterclass are just £125, including VAT and booking fee, and can be bought here.

WhoSampled announces Spotify integration on iPhone app
WhoSampled has announced an update to its iPhone app, integrating Spotify to allow users to scan their libraries and playlists on the streaming platform for the tracks sampled within them. Premium Spotify subscribers can also play full songs within the WhoSampled app.

"WhoSampled's unique flavour of discovery is essential for anyone looking to learn more about their music", says WhoSampled CEO Nadav Poraz. "We are excited to be enabling Spotify's massive audience of dedicated music lovers to enjoy the WhoSampled experience seamlessly with their personal music collections for the first time".

Android users will be able to access the new features later this year.

CMU Insights announces masterclass for brands, as music rights event approaches
The team at CMU Insights have just announced another masterclass ahead of this week's music rights event.

On Monday 18 Apr, CMU's Chris Cooke will host a session aimed at brands working in the music space. It will explain why artists have several different business partners, and who controls what, and how that will impact on how a brand's music campaign is organised and managed.

The event will also provide a concise and user-friendly guide to music rights, and will explain why understanding the difference between recording and song rights, and reproduction and performing rights, is important to ensure brands don't have any nasty surprises when they start working with music. Full details of the event are online here.

Meanwhile, this Wednesday the London HQ of Lewis Silkin will host the CMU Insights masterclass 'Key Developments In Music Rights', bringing attendees fully up to speed on all the latest developments and controversies in music copyright, including safe harbours, making available, private copy, 1972 and Spotify's legal battle over mechanical rights in the US

There are still a few tickets available at just £99, click here to book.

Maurice White 1941-2016
Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White died at his LA home last week, aged 74, due to complications related to Parkinson's disease.

A former session drummer for Chess Records, White formed Earth, Wind & Fire - which included his younger brother Verdine on bass - in 1970. They released both their debut album, 'Earth, Wind & Fire', and its follow-up, 'The Need Of Love', the following year to critical acclaim. The peak of their commercial success came with 1975 album 'That's The Way Of The World', which opened with hit single 'Shining Star'.

White ceased touring with the band in 1994 due to the Parkinson's disease he had been diagnosed with a number of years earlier. However, he maintained executive control of Earth, Wind & Fire, overseeing their continued performance and recording - led by Verdine, now the last remaining founder member of the group.

White also worked as a record producer, including on many Earth, Wind & Fire records and his own 1985 solo album. He and the band were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000.

Maurice White is survived by his wife, two sons and two brothers.

  Approved: Highasakite
Tomorrow night Highasakite play their first ever UK headline show at Hoxton Hall in London. That they've never topped the bill at a show here before seems unbelievable - they're an incredible live band that we should have all been demanding to see, not just nonchalantly waiting around for them to organise something eventually. I mean, they did organise something eventually, but I just think it should have happened a lot sooner. Is that clear? OK, good, glad we sorted that out.

Back home in Norway, Highasakite are appreciated to a more reasonable level. Their debut album, 'Silent Treatment', holds the record for the longest consecutive run in the Norwegian Top 40 at 94 weeks. The demand for their gigs has also helped to develop them into the impressive live act I previously mentioned that they are.

The band's second album is due for release later this year, and they've just released the first single from it, 'Someone Who'll Get It', which should have anticipation racing: it has what is possibly the best chorus the outfit has ever written.

It also marks a shift in tone from their debut LP, which runs throughout the new record. "There are not many love songs on the album", says frontwoman Ingrid Helene Håvik. "Because I haven't been in that state of mind for a long time. Global warming and war have been my main concern".

I'd tell you to prepare yourself for that tomorrow night, but the Hoxton Hall show is all sold out, so that only works if you already have tickets. But they've also announced more UK and Ireland gigs in May, including at London's Village Underground on 24 May.

Listen to 'Someone Who'll Get It' here.

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Deftones announce "ONE of the greatest albums"
Oh mate, Deftones have confirmed that they will release their new album, 'Gore', on 8 Apr. That's a bit of bloody good news, isn't it? They've also released the record's first single, 'Prayers/Triangles', which sounds exactly like Deftones and that is why it is perfect.

Channelling Kanye, frontman Chino Moreno said of the album: "Out of respect for Pac, Big, Stevie, Michael, Hendrix, 'Gore' is ONE of the greatest albums not the greatest, just one of".

Would you like to see the band live though? Yes, you would. They'll play their rescheduled Wembley Arena show on 3 Jun, just ahead of their appearance at Download Festival on 11 Jun. So those are your opportunities.

Unless you live in a different country, in which case there are other opportunities. I suppose you could travel to another country form the UK too. But I don't see why you would when there are two fine opportunities right here at home. Maybe you have friends abroad who are Deftones fans. I don't know. Please don't write in to tell me.

Here's 'Prayers/Triangles'.

Beyonce is coming (to the UK and Ireland on tour)!
Beyonce headlined the Super Bowl halftime show last night, backed by house band Coldplay (which hardly anyone seems to have noticed). She performed new song 'Formation', the video for which premiered over the weekend. And she announced a world tour, which will be coming to the UK in June and July.

The video uses footage from the 2012 short film documentary 'That BEAT', which its producers initially claimed had been taken without credit. Though a spokesperson for the singer later said in a statement that the footage was both licensed and credited.

Beyonce's video director Melina Matsoukas also thanked the short film's makers for making "'Formation' whole", to which 'That BEAT' producer Chris Black responded: "Lol, your 500k budget wasn't enough to make your video 'whole'".

So that was a nice little bit of controversy. But what about these tour dates? They're coming, don't worry. But first we need someone to explain to us why this tour is exciting.

Unfortunately, the singer herself did not offer a quote to go along with the tour announcement, but here's American Express's Vice President Of Global Experiential Marketing, Walter Frye, which is almost as good: "American Express has a longstanding relationship with Beyoncé and we are THRILLED to partner with her again for the upcoming 'Formation' World Tour. We are proud to bring our card members around the world closer to Beyoncé - a global icon and an artist we know they love - with access to purchase tickets for her tour before the general public".

Brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it? And that's whetted my appetite right up. Tickets for the UK shows go on sale next Tuesday, 16 Feb. Dublin tickets will be available on 15 Feb.

And here are those dates:

28 Jun: Sunderland, Stadium Of Light
30 Jun: Cardiff, Millennium Stadium
2 Jul: London, Wembley Stadium
5 Jul: Manchester, Old Trafford
7 Jul: Glasgow, Hampden Park
9 Jul: Dublin, Croke Park

Jermaine Dupri, iHeartMedia, Sufjan Stevens, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Your good mate Jermaine Dupri has signed on with agency CAA for representation across his career as an artist, producer and all round industry type.

• iHeartMedia last week announced Alissa Pollack as its new EVP, Global Music Marketing as part of an initiative to leverage "iHeartMedia's extensive pool of listener data and deep music and consumer insights to benefit advertising partners, brands and artists". Fun times.

• Sufjan Stevens' 'Carrie & Lowell' album is brilliant. Like, just so great. Listen to it seven times today. And watch this new live video of the title track.

• Brooke Candy has released a video for new single 'Happy Days'. "I am exploring sounds that are bit more polished and digestible", she says of the development of her style on this track.

• Andrew Bird will release a new album called 'Are You Serious' on 1 Apr. I am serious. Here's the first single, 'Capsized'.

• The Comet Is Coming have announced that they will release their debut album, 'Channel The Spirits', on 1 Apr. Here's 'Do The Milky Way' from last year's 'Prophesy' EP.

• Coldplay will be performing at the BRITs on 24 Feb, but if you want to see them play a full show the same night, you can catch them elsewhere in the same building at the IndigO2 venue. They'll be raising money for War Child, playing the final BRITs Week show. Tickets are £75, more info here.

LA Reid boasts he was first to spot the talent of Justin Bieber's haircut
Epic Records boss LA Reid would like you all to know that it was he - and only he - who was first to spot the global commercial, media and consumer engagement potential of what is almost certainly the most iconic pop property of the last decade: Justin Bieber's haircut.

"At four on the dot, Usher walked into my office with this adorable fourteen year old boy", reminisces the music industry veteran in his new book, or so notes the Huffington Post. "This kid was beautiful, like a woman can be beautiful and men rarely are, and he turned it on as soon as he stepped into the room. I could see immediately that Justin's hair would be every bit as important as his songs".

Overplaying the importance of the songs a little bit there, I think, but, Reid concludes: "Justin was simply beautiful - his super-power was his face". Which I think makes him Face Man. Which I think means Justin Bieber is a character in the 'A-Team'. It's full of revelations this new LA Reid book.

 
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