FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The UK government yesterday confirmed another two years of funding for the City Of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit, or PIPCU, which has been spearheading a number of anti-piracy initiatives since its launch last year. The specialist policing unit was set up with money from the government's Department... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Congo Natty rocked Ramsgate beach earlier this year at a free festival I stumbled upon, so I can confirm first hand his ability to energise a crowd. The sometime Rebel MC is joined this weekend by drum & bass pioneer Dillinja, who really shouldn't need any introduction, what with his excellent Valve label and sound... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: So, one time Radio 1 deejay Mike Read knows a thing or two about getting angry about pop songs. His boycott of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax' in 1984 - occurring while he was still spinning records at the nation's favourite - propelled the track straight to number one in the charts. And maybe, for a few... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES IP crime policing unit gets two years more funding
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LEGAL US courts side again with EMI in Duke Ellington dispute
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS New Asia Pacific boss for Warner Music
Believe and Kartel collaborate on Poppy Appeal single release
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MEDIA New editorial hires at Noisey
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EDUCATION & EVENTS City Showcase finalises programme for Apple Store seminars
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OBITUARIES Alvin Stardust 1942-2004
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RELEASES Run The Jewels stealth-release RTJ2
Panda Bear trails Grim Reaper LP with creepy new single
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Elton and Britney staying on in Vegas, with J-Lo potentially on the way
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ONE LINERS Brian Eno, by:Larm, Chuckles x Tinchy and more...
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #228: Mike Read v Mike Read
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IP crime policing unit gets two years more funding
The UK government yesterday confirmed another two years of funding for the City Of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit, or PIPCU, which has been spearheading a number of anti-piracy initiatives since its launch last year.

The specialist policing unit was set up with money from the government's Department For Business, Innovation & Skills, though initial funding was only guaranteed until 2015. But back in April, Mike Weatherley MP, in his guise as IP Advisor to David Cameron, called on the future of the unit to be guaranteed beyond that initial funding period. And yesterday IP Minister Lucy Neville-Rolfe confirmed another £3 million had been allocated that will assure the unit's work can continue until 2017.

She told reporters: "We've seen significant success in PIPCU's first year of operation. This extra support for the unit will help them to build on this impressive record in the fight against intellectual property crime, which costs the UK at least £1.3 billion a year in lost profits and taxes. With more money now being invested in ideas than factories or machinery in the UK, it is vital that we protect creators and consumers and the UK's economic growth".

Meanwhile the City Of London Police's Steve Head added: "Since launching a year ago PIPCU has quickly established itself as an integral part of the national response to a problem that is costing the UK more than a billion pounds a year. Much of this success is down to PIPCU moving away from traditional policing methods and embracing new and innovative tactics, to disrupt and dismantle criminal networks responsible for causing huge damages to legitimate businesses".

Perhaps unsurprisingly, PIPCU has proven popular with the copyright industries, which appreciate having a specialist policing unit to liaise with on piracy matters, especially where they reckon criminal action rather than civil litigation is a better response to high-level copyright infringing activity. And indeed record industry trade body the BPI not only liaises closely with the unit, but also has one of its internet investigators on secondment there.

Welcoming the government's new commitment to fund the City Of London Police's IP work, the BPI's Copyright Protection Unit chief David Wood said in a statement: "The work of PIPCU to date has been invaluable in tackling piracy, which is recognised as a significant threat to musicians' income, investment in new businesses and the growth of the UK's creative economy. This funding demonstrates the commitment of the UK government to promoting respect for intellectual property, which acts as the backbone of growth for our world-leading creative and digital media sectors".

He went on: "Over the next two years, we hope that the combined efforts of the government, enforcement bodies and the voluntary measures undertaken by the creative sector - through Creative Content UK - will result in a step change in attitudes towards piracy and usage of legitimate channels for online content".

US courts side again with EMI in Duke Ellington dispute
A court in New York has denied the estate of Duke Ellington the right to reinstate a lawsuit against the EMI music publishing business which centred on a royalty dispute.

As previously reported, Ellington's grandson went legal because local EMI subsidiaries were taking commissions off publishing royalties generated by the jazz great's music before handing the money over to the major's US division, which then pays the Ellington estate its cut.

Such a practice is pretty common in the music rights sector, but the lawsuit argued it was specifically forbidden in Ellington's original 1961 contract with a US publisher subsequently acquired by EMI.

The lawsuit was first filed in 2010 and EMI prevailed, a court ruling that the term in Ellington's contract regarding local subsidiary commissions only applied to international divisions that existed at the point the contract was signed.

Ellington's grandson sought a second chance in court, with both sides presenting their arguments last month. But, while appeal judges were not unanimous on the matter, the majority concurred with the lower court's interpretation of the 1960s contract.

As also previously reported, the widow of 'Daydream Believer' songwriter John Stewart also recently sued EMI Music Publishing - now controlled by Sony/ATV of course - about a very similar dispute. It remains to be seen how his legacy contract is interpreted in relation to this matter.

New Asia Pacific boss for Warner Music
Warner Music Group yesterday announced that Simon Robson, currently COO and CFO for Warner Music UK, will take over leadership of the major's Asia Pacific division from 1 Jan next year, reporting into Stu Bergen, President, International at Warner Recorded Music. He takes over from Lachie Rutherford who will retire and step down in December this year.

Confirming Robson's appointment, Bergen said: "Simon is one of our organisation's most impressive executives whose strategic and operational expertise, as well as his keen commercial instincts and his deep knowledge of the region, mean he is ideally placed to lead Warner Music Asia Pacific into the next phase of its evolution. I am confident that Simon will help us seize the many new opportunities emerging for our artists and our business there and I look forward to all he will accomplish in his new role".

Back in the UK, Peter Breeden will take over as CFO of Warner's British business, a promotion from his current role as SVP & Finance Director.

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Believe and Kartel collaborate on Poppy Appeal single release
Label services companies Believe Digital and Kartel Music Services are working together to oversee the release of this year's Poppy Appeal single in aid of the Royal British Legion, which is a recording by Joss Stone and Jeff Beck of a 1970s song by folk man Eric Bogle, 'No Man's Land (Green Fields Of France)'.

Confirming his company's involvement in the project, Believe's Lee Morrison told reporters: "We are thrilled to be working alongside the prestigious Royal British Legion and close business partners Kartel on this momentous campaign for a truly great cause. We're honoured to help deliver a brilliant single from Joss Stone and Jeff Beck, one which will contribute hugely towards RBL's Poppy Appeal".

Meanwhile Kartel's Charles Kirby-Welch said: "We're privileged to be working alongside The Royal British Legion with our partners Believe on this fantastic single and would also like to thank our UK physical distribution partners Proper Music Group for their support on this campaign".

The Royal British Legion's Director Of Fundraising, Charles Byrne added: "This is a wonderful tribute, inspired by two of our country's greatest musical talents, Joss Stone and Jeff Beck. In partnering with Believe's extensive digital distribution network and Kartel's expertise in project management and physical distribution, we have every confidence the single will be a great success".

The single will be released on 3 Nov ahead of Remembrance Sunday on 9 Nov.

New editorial hires at Noisey
Vice's music platform Noisey has announced the appointment of two new members to its editorial team in the form of Joe Zadeh, formerly at Clash magazine, who becomes Associate Editor, and Emma Garland, who has previously written for The Guardian and The 405, who joins as Staff Writer. They will work with Executive Editor Sam Wolfson and Assistant Editor Ryan Bassil.

Confirming the new appointments, Vice UK's Head Of Music Alex Hoffman told CMU: "We're thrilled to welcome two people as talented as Joe and Emma to the Noisey team; with them on board we'll be bolstering the daily editorial output from the site, to sit alongside the existing plethora of world-class reporting, original music videos and hilarious shit that makes Noisey the unique music destination it is today".

City Showcase finalises programme for Apple Store seminars
The full programme has been confirmed for three days of talks and panels on all things music business aimed at future talent - both on stage and behind the scenes - which will take place at the Apple Store on Regent Street from 13-15 Nov under the banner Finding The Future. It's a free seminar programme presented by City Showcase.

The likes of Alex Boateng from Island Records, Colin Barlow from RCA, Claire Horseman from Coda, Daniel Lloyd-Jones from Sony/ATV, Ed Horrox from 4AD and Ivor Wilkins from MAMA & Company will all take part in the sessions, with moderators including that there Chris Cooke from CMU, who I'm referring to here in the third person, as if it wasn't me writing this article. How pretentious is that? But I bet that panel on brand partnerships will be fab. In fact, I'm definitely going to that.

Meanwhile, here is City Showcase's Nanette Rigg on the three day event, which will also include performances from buzzy new acts: "City Showcase has always stood for new artists, ideas and ways to market and this presents the perfect platform to encourage the next generation of creatives to keep pace with trends and be innovative, unique and stand out from the crowd".

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Alvin Stardust 1942-2004
Singer, entertainer and one-time glam-rock star Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a brief illness, this following him recently being diagnosed with prostate cancer. His manager confirmed yesterday that Stardust, real name Bernard Jewry, died at his home in Billinghurst, West Sussex, with his wife Julie Paton, four children and family at his side. His first LP in thirty years, titled 'Alvin', will be still released as he intended on 3 Nov.

Born in North London in 1942, Stardust's first intro to showbiz came as a teenager when he did occasional work as a roadie for Shane Fenton And The Fentones. Original frontman Johnny 'Shane' Theakstone died suddenly at only sixteen of a heart condition, and the band later asked Jewry to replace him, with the outfit going on to have a string of moderate hits in the early 1960s.

After a quiet time playing the club circuit, a solo Jewry, then still going by Shane Fenton, was chosen by pop impresario and Magnet Records boss Michael (now Lord) Levy to front songwriter Peter Shelley's 'My Coo Ca Choo', with Levy creating and shaping the mean, moody, black-haired Alvin Stardust alias to capitalise on the glam rock craze of the day. The track was released in 1973, and started off a chain of charting singles for Stardust spanning the 1970s and 1980s, not least 'Jealous Mind', 'Pretend' and 'I Feel Like Buddy Holly'.

Having watered down his mean image considerably since 'My Coo Ca Choo', even teaching kids the Green Cross Code in a 1975 TV advert, Stardust moved more into family entertainment in later years, acting and singing in a number of musicals and TV shows, playing the Child Catcher in a 2005 production of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' at the London Palladium, and appearing in series like 'Hollyoaks' and 'Doctors'.

Paying his respects to the late star, Lord Levy has said: "He was one of the most professional artists that I had the privilege of working with. He was a real gentleman. Whenever he did TV or a radio appearance he would always thank the staff or the producer. He knew the score and knew what he was doing. He knew he had been given an opportunity and was prepared to graft to make the most of it".

Meanwhile Stardust's manager Andy Davies adds: "Alvin and I had only started working together over the last couple of years because he and I believed that musically he still had a great deal to give and explore, and so we recorded an album that is a testament to an artist who gave his career to music. I may not have known him long but even in that short time he proved to be one of the most genuine and likeable men I've ever met. His passing is a huge and sad loss".

 
 

Congo Natty & Dillinja at The Forum
Congo Natty rocked Ramsgate beach earlier this year at a free festival I stumbled upon, so I can confirm first hand his ability to energise a crowd. The sometime Rebel MC is joined this weekend by drum & bass pioneer Dillinja, who really shouldn't need any introduction, what with his excellent Valve label and sound system which he set up with Lemon D. Support comes from Mungos Hifi and Mala.

Saturday 25 Oct, The Forum, Kentish Town, London, 9pm-4am, tickets £9.50-£19.50, info here.

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Run The Jewels stealth-release RTJ2
At last, a big and bold release to compensate for a fairly lax Q4 so far And no, sorry, it isn't anything to do with Rihanna and/or Kanye. It is, in fact, the Death Grips-style shock DIY-leak of the new Run The Jewels LP - 'RTJ2' - by RTJ's Killer Mike and El P, earlier this morning (GMT). And it's free, by the way. Here's the link to go get it. GO!

The big giveaway has only happened several days in advance of the official 'RTJ2' release date; which may prove an irritant for fans who've already ordered (ie paid for) the 11-track long-player on vinyl or CD via the band's site. Still, the online reaction so far looks to be all-positive and appreciative, so maybe not.

Anyway this is a tracklisting to browse, and a featured 'RTJ2' track in the Zack de la Rocha-guesting 'Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)', to take in while you wait for the download to... download.

Jeopardy
Oh My Darling Don't Cry
Blockbuster Night Part 1
Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) feat Zack de la Rocha
All My Life
Lie, Cheat, Steal
Early feat Boots
All Due Respect feat Travis Barker
Love Again (Akinyele Back)
Crown feat Diane Coffee
Angel Duster

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Panda Bear trails Grim Reaper LP with creepy new single
Speaking of RTJ-style sneaky, ahead-of-time releases, Panda Bear has applied that very tactic to a new EP featuring a lead single in 'Mr Noah', this itself the first sign of a new LP he has waiting in the wings, titled 'Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper'.

Fated to be Animal Collective man Noah Lennox's first solo release of any length since 2011's 'Tomboy', 'Grim Reaper' already has a microsite with its own trippy trailer, a tracklisting, and a sale-date of 14 Jan 2015.

Then there's the EP, which is available either via iTunes, or as a free grat gift to anyone paying for the album in advance, or to stream via Spotify.

Climb the dizzying spiral stair of 'Mr Noah' following a quick skip over the 'Grim Reaper' tracklisting...

Sequential Circuits
Mr Noah
Davy Jones' Locker
Crosswords
Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker
Boys Latin
Come To Your Senses
Tropic of Cancer
Shadow of the Colossus
Lonely Wanderer
Principe Real
Selfish Gene
Acid Wash

Elton and Britney staying on in Vegas, with J-Lo potentially on the way
It's time for a go on the 'popstars with Las Vegas residencies' fruit machine of news, as present-day Vegas headliners Elton John and Britney get an extension and a 'cash injection' respectively, and gossip circulates that potential-Vegas-attraction-to-be Jennifer Lopez may or may not be in talks to take a paid vacation in Sin City herself.

So, point one. It's been confirmed that Elton John's big 'Million Dollar Piano' show at Caesar's Palace, which premiered in 2011, will go on for another three years. John will also replace Celine Dion on a series of her headlining dates in early 2015, whilst she takes time off to care for her husband Rene Angelil, who has throat cancer. It's unclear when (and even if) Dion will be back in the Vegas spotlight, and it's also highly likely she won't appear as initially billed at the Caesars Palace's Colosseum arena on New Year's Eve, a show that's at the moment still pending a headline act.

Next, it's relative Las Vegas newb Britney Spears, who's been given a raise for 'allegedly' miming all her greatest hits at the Planet Hollywood-based Axis arena over the past year. Spears - who first revealed scant details of her 'Piece Of Me' residency by, basically, vomiting in a helicopter - has brokered a deal with Planet Hollywood promoters to play more shows (140 over two years as opposed to the initially-agreed 96), and be paid more per show. TMZ reports that Brit will bank $475,000 for each date she does, over $150,000 more than was stated in her original contract. Which isn't half bad, as pay rises go.

Third and last, Jennifer Lopez might possibly be 'doing a Celine/Britney/Elton' and getting her own show, also at The Axis, soon. TMZ claims J-Lo is in the 'final stages' of sealing a deal with a $350,000 per show paycheque attached. Yeee-haaa, I sure hope some of that's true! Let's all maybe wait on official confirmation before booking our flights, though.

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Other notable announcements and developments today...

• NASA has a SoundCloud now, space cadets, via which it'll upload audio clips from various historic flights and current missions, such as a shuttle launching. Nothing from actual space, because in space no one can hear... um, anything. Boldly go and browse the clips now.

• Big CMU favourite Frankie Rose has made a GiveForward page to raise money for her family, who have been rendered "suddenly destitute and homeless" following a "random act of violence". Have a look, and maybe give a little if you can, via this link.

• Having 'hit if off' on an eppy of ITV's 'Celebrity Juice', Tinchy Stryder and The Chuckle Brothers have released a single together, and made a video for SBTV to go with it. I can't even. 'To Me, To You (Bruv)' is on iTunes right now, and profits from all sales will go to the charity ACLT, which raises awareness of leukemia, blood cancers and organ transplants.

• Ambient man Brian Eno, is to re-release four of his LPs, from 1992's 'Nerve Net' to 1997's 'The Drop', via All Saints Records this December. Each will have a bolt-on disc of rarities, unreleased tracks, and other complicated goodies. Extensive info on the All Saints site.

• NYC rap mutts Ratking have let go the new video for 'Cocoa 88', the hidden closing track to their first and only LP 'So It Goes'. Watch the trio and co-star DJ Dog Dick in it now.

• Scott Walker and Sun O))) have unveiled the Gisèle Vienne-directed video for 'Brando', the doomy, halting first track on their fifty-minute-long collaborative LP 'Soused'. Dance gaily (not) to it via this link.

• Oslo's by:Larm festival has listed the first lot of acts confirmed to play its 2015 iteration. And they are: Samaris Anna Of The North, Karl William, Long-Sam and Sabina Ddumba. Tickets to/details of the event, which takes place between 4-7 Mar, are here.

• FKA Twigs, AKA the odds-on fave artist to win this year's Mercury Prize next week, has listed a big-capacity new live date at London's Roundhouse on 19 Feb. The link to get tickets has been live since 10am today, and here it is.

CMU Beef Of The Week #228: Mike Read v Mike Read
So, one time Radio 1 deejay Mike Read knows a thing or two about getting angry about pop songs. His boycott of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax' in 1984 - occurring while he was still spinning records at the nation's favourite - propelled the track straight to number one in the charts. And maybe, for a few minutes earlier this week, the radio man thought the 'self-defeating-boycott phenomenon' might this time play in his favour.

Because you see, Mike Read isn't just a champion player of other people's pop records. Oh no, he's a many layered man is Mike Read. For starters, he's an accomplished songwriter. Few can forget his Oscar Wilde themed stage musical 'Oscar'. Because it shut down after just one performance meaning hardly anyone ever heard it in the first place.

But that's not the only additional layer to Readie. Oh no, he's also rather political. In fact, he used to be a regular at the Conservative Party Conference. Few can forget his ten minute political rap at the big Tory bash back in 2006. Because everyone in attendance was euthanised shortly afterwards for the safety of both them and their family members.

These days, however, Mike Read has shunned even the rap-loving Tories, and is now a big fan of the UKIPs. Not because he's racist, mind. No, he's just very angry about THEM. You know, THEM. Bloody THEM. Coming over here, meddling with our stuff. If only we could stop THEM. Get rid of THEM. Show THEM who's boss. THEM's the problem, see. Get rid of THEM and it'll be cream cakes for tea. For everyone. Forever.

But enough of reciting UKIP's 2015 General Election manifesto and back to the Readster, who recently penned a song just for his new political friends, who are still on a high, of course, after their recent by-election win in Clacton. And as we all know, whereas the Tories love nothing more than a good old rap, the UKIPs prefer a calypso of an evening, and Read, it has to be said, knows his audience.

And so earlier this week UKIP announced via Facebook that their "celebrity member" had a record out and that all its supporters should buy a copy right away from iTunes or Amazon, to send the tune right to the top of the hit parade. Some people duly downloaded the track, though others got a little bit bothered about Read's anti-immigrant lyrics and even more so the cod Caribbean accent the deejay adopted when performing his tune.

Some - including Read's former employer - picked holes in some of the 'fact'-based lyrics, while the charity which UKIP had declared would benefit from sales of the record announced it wouldn't be able to accept the cash. Said the Red Cross: "As a neutral organisation, we cannot benefit from something which overtly supports one political party. In addition, the Red Cross has a proud history of helping refugees and asylum seekers who are negatively referred to in the lyrics".

Clearly it was all political correctness gone mad. A conspiracy, no doubt, engineered by THEM again. Bloody THEM. I mean, clearly Mike Read's 'UKIP Calypso' was no different than, erm, The Beatles. And Elvis. And The Rolling Stones. No different at all. As UKIP's Commonwealth Spokesman Winston McKenzie said: "From ever since the beginning of time, The Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones - they've taken up the black man's music".

I'm pretty sure neither The Beatles nor Elvis nor The Rolling Stones have been doing that from the "beginning of time", but let's not nitpick, clearly Read's ditty was just "an old-fashioned political satire". Or at least that's what the deejay reckoned when he came out in defence of his record at the start of the week. And that accent? "You can't sing a calypso with a Surrey accent" he cleverly pointed out. "I love all the cultures and creeds around the world".

Go Readie. Stand your ground, why don't you? Against all those right-on lefties trying to stop the working man from buying this record. People like, erm, Mike Read. "I've asked the record company to withdraw the single immediately" he subsequently announced on Wednesday. "I'm so sorry that the song unintentionally caused offence. That was never my intention and I apologise unreservedly if anyone has taken offence".

Aha, clearly it was all political correctness gone right. And so it looks unlikely the UKIPs will top the hit parade after all thanks to the meddling of one Mike Read. Just another THEM.

 
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