TUESDAY 3 MAY 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Boom. That's SoundCloud Go going live in the UK and Ireland. Who'd have thought it would have caused a sonic boom? But it's big news, see. Now you're not signing up to SoundCloud's new-fangled subscription service due to indifference rather than geography. So, yes, SoundCloud has put its premium service live across the British Isles, having turned the service... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: UK rapper Rex Domino is preparing to release his debut EP 'God's Teeth' on 26 May through Moosehead International Airport. With a style grown out of spoken word shows, which led to collaborations with producers including Shlomo and DJ Yoda, for this release he's worked with Polar Kid and Stanky. Together they have crafted him a heavy electro sound... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Warner Music and the indie labels' opposition to Sony/ATV becoming wholly owned by Sony Corp, ATP's latest cancellation, the continued question over YouTube's position in hell, and the man taking Kanye West to court over a tweet. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES SoundCloud Go launches in UK and Ireland
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LEGAL French parliament votes to axe three-strikes in seven MP vote
Swedish IP enforcer calls for web-blocking and domain seizing powers
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Warner Music adds Ynon Kreiz to board of directors
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LIVE BUSINESS T In The Park gets licence for 2016
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MEDIA Bruno Brookes to deliver in-store radio to Europe's Subways
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THE GREAT ESCAPE CMU@TGE Previews: The data pioneers
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ARTIST NEWS Radiohead doing cryptic stuff again
PETA condemns Justin Bieber for petting tiger at party
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AND FINALLY... Eurovision final to be aired on US TV for the first time
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OUTPOST MEDIA - SUPERSTAR PR ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Fast growing music PR agency is looking for a sharp Account Manager who loves PR and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require an encyclopedic music knowledge, a passion for clubs and gigs and be obsessed with popular youth culture.

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LISTEN UP - SENIOR PRESS MANAGER (LONDON)
Listen Up provides a bespoke 360 promotional service offering radio, club, online and print campaigns in the UK and worldwide, consistently delivering results to clients in a diverse range of musical genres.

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BIGBOX - PART TIME JUNIOR PR ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Bigbox are currently looking for a part-time Junior PR Assistant to join us three days a week. This is a junior role, ideal for anyone looking to take the first steps in music PR and really get to grips with the inner workings of a press team.

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LIVE NATION - EVENT TICKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Live Nation Music UK is seeking a London-based Event Ticketing Manager to maximise ticket sales for Live Nation events by providing effective ticketing information and advice; and proactively managing inventory, ticket agents and allocations.

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PROPELLER RECORDINGS - RADIO PLUGGER (LONDON)
We are recruiting a new radio plugger to join our expanding PR department. Working with both internal label and external clients, you will have a proven track record in national radio promotion and online PR experience is a plus.

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FABRIC - COMMUNICATIONS & PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Fabric is looking for a self-motivated and proactive individual to join the press and promotions team as communications officer. Their main role will be to create and maintain the content across our communications channels and play a key role in the implementation of our marketing and press campaigns.

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ROBOMAGIC - OFFICE ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Due to expansion we are recruiting an office assistant to complement our existing team. The role would suit a second jobber who has worked within the music industry ideally the live sector.

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!K7 LABEL GROUP - INTERNATIONAL SALES & MARKETING MANAGER (BERLIN)
The !K7 Label Group is looking for an experienced sales and marketing professional to help direct, implement and manage robust sales campaign and marketing strategies across multiple artist and label projects for both our in-house and partner labels.

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YOUR ARMY - ARTIST MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Your Army are offering a full time position working in our artist management division. The ideal candidate will have experience of working within a management company and an independent record label.

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RENEGADE MUSIC - PROMOTIONS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Renegade Music are currently looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist our small team in all areas of club, student and retail promotions, based in our riverside offices in Barnes, London.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
 
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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.
 
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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21 May 2016 CMU:DIY x The Great Escape 2016
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kicks off 6 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminars Programme: How The Music Business Works
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6 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Making Money From Music
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13 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Rights Work
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15 Jun 2016 CMU Masterclass: Music Business Explained - For Brands
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20 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: How Music Licensing Works
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27 Jun 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: The Music Rights Sector
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4 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Merch, Live & Brands
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6 Jul 2016 CMU Masterclass: Navigating The Digital Market
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11 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Social Media Tools
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18 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fanbase - Music Media
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25 Jul 2016 CMU Insights Seminar: Building A Fan-Orientated Business
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SoundCloud Go launches in UK and Ireland
Boom. That's SoundCloud Go going live in the UK and Ireland. Who'd have thought it would have caused a sonic boom? But it's big news, see. Now you're not signing up to SoundCloud's new-fangled subscription service due to indifference rather than geography.

So, yes, SoundCloud has put its premium service live across the British Isles, having turned the service on in the US back in March. The paid-for version of SoundCloud, which offers a stack more music content and offline listening, was a long time coming, of course, it taking some time to persuade all the record companies to come on board, Sony Music being the last to do the deal. On the publishing side, PRS signed an agreement last year as part of the settlement of its litigation against the streaming site, while Sony/ATV recently extended its directly negotiating deal to the European market.

SoundCloud is also switching on advertising in the UK today, which [a] gives content creators the option to monetise their free-to-access content by allowing ads to appear around their audio and [b] means another benefit of paying £10 a month is that any ads now set to appear to freemium users won't if you go premium.

Confirming the UK and Ireland launch, SoundCloud chief Alexander Ljung said: "We received an incredible response from our community of creators and listeners alike with the launch of SoundCloud Go in the US earlier this year, and we're excited to expand our offering to our listeners in the UK & Ireland".

He went on: "Creators are, and always have been, at the core of everything we do at SoundCloud. And it's through this monetisation of the platform, which also includes the introduction of ads to the free service, that we will eventually enable them all to be paid for the work they share with the world".

Record companies which liked SoundCloud as a marketing platform had been calling for the digital firm to introduce monetisation options for years, even though they then took their time to sign up to the subscription service SoundCloud bosses developed. Though SoundCloud itself is also banking on the addition of subscriptions and ads bringing in much needed new revenues, to help safeguard the long-term future of the company.

The big question now, as the subscription service starts to roll out around the world, is whether SoundCloud can turn its loyal audience of freebie users into paying customers, given the advertising business alone is unlikely to be sufficient to satisfy either the music industry or the digital company's shareholders. Time will tell.

French parliament votes to axe three-strikes in seven MP vote
France's trois-strikes anti-piracy law was back in the spotlight last week after an almost empty National Assembly voted to axe the graduated response system that was set up to combat online copyright infringement.

France was one of the first countries to embrace the three-strikes system for combating online piracy, in which internet service providers are forced to send increasingly stern warning letters to suspected file-sharers, with the threat of some kind of sanction if three letters are ignored. Initially that sanction was going to be internet disconnection, though the system was watered down somewhat once up and running, with political support for the initiative wavering at various points in subsequent years.

Nevertheless, the body set up to run trois-strikes - Hadopi - continues to dish out warning notices, and in a few hundred cases further action has been taken after repeated warnings about infringing activity were ignored. As it currently stands, the French anti-piracy programme continues to enjoy government support.

Which is why ministers will be kicking themselves for letting a vote on the future of Hadopi go through the lower house of the French parliament when only seven MPs were in attendance. According to Next Inpact, the country's Green Party got a motion calling on Hadopi and three-strikes to be abolished by 2022 through the National Assembly four votes to three.

The proposal still needs to get through the country's Senate, where the government will almost certainly see it off, but the Greens say the sneaky National Assembly vote really aimed to put the spotlight on the fact that some politicians - including French President François Hollande - have previously questioned the logic of the current anti-piracy programme, but then continue to support the operations of Hadopi.

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Swedish IP enforcer calls for web-blocking and domain seizing powers
Sweden's National Co-ordinator For IP Enforcement has called on the country's government to introduce some of that trendy web-blocking, so that he can force internet service providers to block access to piracy websites. Paul Pintér also wants increased powers to seize the domain names of copyright infringing operations.

Web-blocking has become a preferred anti-piracy tactic in a number of countries, though in other jurisdictions a change in the law is still needed to enable rights owners to go this route. According to Torrentfreak, Pintér reckons that Sweden, home of The Pirate Bay, and of the most high profile of all the legal battles against the file-sharing site, now needs those laws.

Though his call for new powers to seize the domain names of piracy operations is perhaps more interesting. As previously reported, the authorities in Sweden have been trying to seize the Pirate Bay's .se domain for some time, the piracy site having lost alternative domains in numerous other countries. But those efforts have been caught up in all sorts of legal wranglings that are still ongoing. Pintér's proposals, submitted in a memorandum to ministers, would remove those legal problems in the future.

The push for web-blocking in Sweden comes as it has been revealed 330 websites have already been blocked in Portugal, where a government-instigated agreement between the content industries and the country's ISPs enabled web-blocking just last summer. It makes Portugal home to some of the most rampant web-blocking by entertainment companies, though - as always - the impact of the anti-piracy measure remains limited by the fact it is usually pretty easy to circumvent the blockades, usually with the help of a trusty search engine.

Warner Music adds Ynon Kreiz to board of directors
Warner Music has elected Ynon Kreiz to its board of directors, bringing its total number of members up to twelve. Kreiz was previously CEO of Maker Studios, the YouTuber multi-channel network bought by Disney in 2014.

"Ynon's global perspective and proven track record of innovation in the entertainment and media space make him ideally suited to join the WMG Board", says CEO of Warner's parent company Access Industries, Len Blavatnik.

Warner Music CEO Stephen Cooper adds: "I am very pleased to welcome Ynon to our board. With his extensive experience in founding, running, and advising companies in a spectrum of arenas - including digital content development, video and TV production and distribution, and online and interactive programming - he will be an expert voice as we continue to find new ways to grow our business and nurture the careers of our artists and songwriters".

The smallest of the major labels will conduct its latest earnings call this Friday. Music & Copyright recently calculated that Warner had made the biggest market share gains of 2015, increasing by 1% to 17.1%.

T In The Park gets licence for 2016
T In The Park is 'go' everybody, and not subject to the whims of any osprey this time either. Despite Perth & Kinross Council being very critical of the way the music festival was staged at its new home on the Strathallan Estate last year, the local authority has green-lighted the 2016 edition of the event.

As previously reported, before Perth & Kinross Council even published its damning report about the 2015 edition, the festival's promoter - Live Nation subsidiary DF Concerts - had already announced a number of organisational changes for T2016, including hiring former police officers to oversee security and traffic arrangements. Its subsequent licensing application ran to hundreds of pages.

Councillors considered that application for over five hours last week, as well as hearing from local residents who continue to oppose the festival taking place on the Strathallan Estate. DF boss Geoff Ellis was joined by Melvin Benn - seemingly now Live Nation UK's angry-resident-placator-in-chief - to run through the series of logistical changes that are planned this year, including a larger site, lower capacity, extra car parks and a free bus service.

After much debate, councillors voted unanimously to allow this year's festival to proceed, but only provided a one year licence, rather than the three-year approval promoters were seeking, meaning approval for 2017's edition will be subject to the various changes working this time round. But Benn said he was "comfortable" with the one-year arrangement.

He is quoted by STV as saying: "We're delighted to have received our licence for 2016 and we'll be happy to be judged on this year's event. We've robustly addressed the shortcomings from 2015, we have a brand new team in place with a huge amount of expertise and the council has recognised the sheer volume of work that has gone into this year's planning".

He went on: "T In The Park is Scotland's national festival and fans will be able to book their tickets safe in the knowledge that their biggest issue this year will be choosing who they want to see. The changes we've made to the management structure, arena, security, campsite and travel will make for a positive festival experience".

Bruno Brookes to deliver in-store radio to Europe's Subways
Bruno Brookes is going to provide in-store radio entertainment in Subway restaurants (do we call them restaurants?) all across Europe. Well, not him personally, but the media firm he set up.

That company, Immedia, has done a deal with the European Independent Purchasing Company, a not-for-profit organisation owned by Subway, and it will offer Subway franchisees the opportunity to stream music and chit chat made by Brookes' business.

The deal covers UK, Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Finland and Sweden, which together have over 3400 Subway branches. Regional variations will be available using each market's local language.

Says Simon Aldred of EIPC in Radio Today: "Working with Subway stores and Immedia, we're pleased to provide a high quality in-store radio solution for Subway franchisees across many European countries. Immedia have a strong understanding of the needs of the franchisees which has helped them design and deliver a solution that supports Subway branding and marketing messages both nationally and regionally, driving real financial benefits".

Says Brookes: "We are delighted to be working with the Subway brand and EIPC and look forward to adding a new dimension to the already superb Subway store experience".

Superb indeed. And now superber.

CMU@TGE Previews: The data pioneers
We are now just a couple of weeks away from this year's edition of new music festival The Great Escape which, once again, will feature the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conference at the heart of its convention programme. Each day in the CMU Daily, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke is previewing the sessions we will present this year - currently those in the full-day strand 'Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let's make buzzwords happen!'

The need for better copyright data has been quite the talking point of late, with much debate about how we can improve the efficiency and transparency of the way digital income is processed. Though it is worth remembering that the issue isn't that the music industry doesn't have any databases - actually it has lots of databases - the question is how might we go about creating a one-stop, accurate, publicly accessible block of music rights information. Or maybe the real question is this: is such a thing actually achievable or desirable? Are we better off trying to get existing databases to talk to each other?

Either way, those organisations and companies with interesting music data solutions already in development have to be part of the conversation, which is why we'll be having that very conversation as part of the data strand at CMU Insights @ The Great Escape this month.

Four conversations, in fact. I'll be talking one-on-one with representatives from four key music data projects, including Robert Kaye from the long-established and always evolving MusicBrainz; Niclas Molinder from the very exciting start-up Auddly; Åsa Carild from the collecting society-led ICE venture; and Phil Sant from Omnifone which, although best known for powering other people's digital music services, is actually more interesting today for the music data it has amassed, and the products it is now building around all that.

All four will provide useful updates on their projects, but also valuable insights as we endeavour to map the way forward in addressing the music industry's data problem. 'The data pioneers' takes place at 3pm on Thursday 19 May as part of the full day strand that is outlined here.

TGE delegates get access to all of CMU Insights @ The Great Escape and all the other festivities that take place over the three days of the festival - passes are £230 and available here. This year tickets are also available for just the convention side of the proceedings for £100 and those can be bought here.

  Approved: Rex Domino
UK rapper Rex Domino is preparing to release his debut EP 'God's Teeth' on 26 May through Moosehead International Airport.

With a style grown out of spoken word shows, which led to collaborations with producers including Shlomo and DJ Yoda, for this release he's worked with Polar Kid and Stanky. Together they have crafted him a heavy electro sound for his melodically rapped vocals, as heard on new single 'Sam's Spoon'.

You can catch Rex Domino live in London at The Social this Friday. There's also an EP release show at Number Five Denmark Street on 25 May.

Listen to 'Sam's Spoon' here.

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Radiohead doing cryptic stuff again
Radiohead just did a cryptic thing ahead of the release of their new album, as they tend to do. I feel I need to work on the enthusiasm you're supposed to have when you write about these things.

At the end of last week, Radiohead's website and social media accounts went blank, as did Thom Yorke's Twitter account. The other members of the band didn't bother though, which leaves them available to be scoured for cryptic information. Colin Greenwood said he was excited about this. Could be important. Ed O'Brien meanwhile asked: "Anyone get anything good in the post today? I got a catalogue, neat!"

I got a catalogue too, but it was one of the many I get for a previous resident of my house. They sure did like their catalogues. Other people got stuff not only addressed to them, but slightly more interesting: a leaflet with an embossed Radiohead logo, which reads "Sing a song of sixpence that goes Burn The Witch. We know where you live".

This led to speculation that 'Burn The Witch' is the title of the new album. Then this morning a video was posted to the band's Instagram account and subsequently fed out to the other empty social media profiles. It answered all the questions you might have. Not really, it was just a short clip of a stop motion animated bird tweeting. Tweeting is what we used to called the noise birds make when they sing in the olden days. The bird was not tweeting to Twitter. The bird was tweeted to Twitter though. Is this helping?

Anyway, at some point Radiohead will stop pissing about and just announce the album. Brian Message of the band's management company Courtyard recently said that the album would be out in June. But the band then said that they only have a vague idea of who Brian Message is and that no one should listen to anything he says.

The album will almost certainly be out in June.

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PETA condemns Justin Bieber for petting tiger at party
Justin Bieber has made some people angry. I know, it seems unlikely that Justin Bieber 2.0 - aka the world's nicest guy - could do such a thing, but it's happened.

Animal rights group PETA has condemned the singer for attending a party in Toronto put on by his father at which a live tiger was present. Instead of pointing at the tiger and saying, "Hey dad, it's really not cool to have a live tiger at a party", he posted a picture of himself stroking the tiger to Instagram.

Bieber's father and the owner of Bowmanville Zoo, which for some reason loans out tigers for parties like this one, have also come in for criticism. Though Justin is obviously the better target to ensure press coverage. Look, here's some right here.

"Exotic animals used for entertainment are usually torn away from their mothers at a young age, beaten into submission by trainers, and forced to live in cramped enclosures", said PETA in a statement. "Tigers used in this way are denied everything that they need to be happy, and we can only imagine that the tiger Justin posed with has experienced a life of misery".

It is, of course, not Justin Bieber's first run in with animal welfare campaigners. Back in 2013, the old JB received a monkey for his birthday while on tour in Europe. When he failed to produce the correct paperwork to bring the animal into Germany shortly afterwards, he abandoned it, leading to much criticism.

Eurovision final to be aired on US TV for the first time
America will finally feel the full force of the Eurovision Song Contest, after the European Broadcasting Union signed a deal to screen the final in the US for the first time. They'll be letting them have a song in the competition next.

"We are THRILLED that the world's biggest entertainment show is being broadcast live in one of the biggest TV markets for the very first time", says Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand. "The Eurovision Song Contest is now a truly global phenomenon and we are extremely happy that US viewers now get to join those all over Europe, Australia and Asia in experiencing the Grand Final of world's longest running annual TV music competition".

The show will be aired by the Viacom-owned Logo - best known as the home of 'Ru Paul's Drag Race' - live and without adverts on 14 May. If you've ever wondered what an advert for Eurovision in the US might look like, wonder no more.

 
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