FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Good news for fans of the line "Sorry, the web page you have requested is not available, we received an order from the Courts requiring us to prevent access to this site" (you've all got that on a t-shirt, right?). The highest of all courts (apart from the higher ones) the High Court has issued another injunction ordering UK internet service providers (except, seemingly, the one we use... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: This weekend sees the end of November, and therefore the end of Movember and the hardship of having to grow a moustache for charity (confession: it's not actually that bad). I'm doing it for the second year to remember my dad who sadly died in January 2013 from advanced prostate cancer, to support charities that support mens' health, and to have a bit of laugh in the process... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: "I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera", wrote Taylor Swift in the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. "The only memento 'kids these days' want is a selfie". Sure, that's a nice little soundbite, but what does that change actually look like in the real world? Well, it looks a bit like this. You've probably seen that video of One... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES More web-blocks instigated
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LEGAL Kim Dotcom bail hearing continues
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DEALS Sigma sign publishing deal with BMG
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Decca GM Rebecca Allen promoted to MD
Universal's production music unit launches BBC Orchestral Toolkit
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL ERA boss outlines case for Monday to be Global Release Day
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LIVE BUSINESS Ex Sankeys Brooklyn site to reOpen
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MEDIA Non-stop Christmas carols station launches
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ONE LINERS Ed Sheeran, MIDEM, Camp Bestival and really quite a lot more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #233: Liam Payne v Selfies
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7DIGITAL - LABEL & PROMOTIONS MANAGER - GERMAN-SPEAKING (LONDON)
7digital is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Label & Promotions Manager to join our team based in East London. The Label & Promotions Manager will be solely responsible for all label relationship and promotions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria as well as our G/S/A websites and apps and all social media. They will work closely with other Label & Promotions Managers as well as internal content teams to ensure content availability and to run promotions.

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WARP PUBLISHING - COPYRIGHT AND ROYALTIES COORDINATOR (LONDON)
Warp Publishing's London office is looking for a full-time copyright and royalties coordinator to provide administrative support to an expanding team. The candidate will be highly organised and meticulous, with good numeracy skills. Along with being passionate about Warp artists, the ideal candidate will have a good understanding of copyright and a great eye for detail. Some experience with royalties is necessary and Counterpoint knowledge would be a big plus.

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[PIAS] UK - RADIO PLUGGER (LONDON)
[PIAS] UK is seeking an experienced radio plugger to join its growing in-house promotions team. The successful candidate will be based at the company's Bermondsey head office and will work as part of a team offering radio promotion services for its in-house and distributed label partners.

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MN2S - DIGITAL MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Leading independent booking agency MN2S is looking for a Digital Marketing Assistant. Our booking agency represents both emerging and world-renowned DJs, producers and live performers across a spectrum of underground and mainstream sounds. In addition, we represent personalities from the world of sports, media and entertainment, arranging bookings for appearances and speaking engagements.

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CANVAS - PR FREELANCER (LONDON)
Canvas is hiring a London-based, PR freelancer to work across various international music campaigns.

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SUNLIGHT SQUARE RECORDS - PART TIME DIGITAL MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
We are looking for a smart, ambitious and hard-working internet savvy person to join us as a paid part-time Digital Marketing Assistant to help support the execution of digital marketing campaigns for our releases and services. This is a good chance to gain real-world music business experience and to mature your music marketing skills.

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!K7 - ARTIST MANAGER ASSISTANT (LONDON)
!K7 Records is a multi-faceted music services and label group founded in 1985, with offices in London, New York and Berlin, and an international team of 26 music industry professionals. Located in our London office, we are looking for a day to day Artist Manager Assistant to support our key artists.

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INGROOVES - MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (LONDON)
Based in London, England, with a split role of project management, business development and ongoing client relationship management. The candidate will be both; running album campaigns as part of the company's artist services team INresidence and helping introduce new clients to INgrooves Music Group alongside managing key label clients.

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INGROOVES - MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL LABEL AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT (LONDON)
Based in London, England, with a split role of project management, business development and ongoing client relationship management. The candidate will be both; running album campaigns as part of the company's artist services team INresidence and helping introduce new clients to INgrooves Music Group alongside managing key label clients.

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DEF - ARTIST PROJECT MANAGER (LONDON)
DEF Ltd is an international music company working in the artist management sector extending into label services, rights management and publishing. DEF is working worldwide with Moby, Royksopp, The Knife, Mylo, M83, Robyn and Fever Ray amongst others. We are now looking for someone who can come in and join our small dedicated team to be an Artist Project Manager starting in January 2015.

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NAME PR - SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Name PR is looking to hire a Senior Account Manager with significant experience in music and tech media relations. One of the world’s leading music industry PR agencies, Name PR clients include Merlin, Kobalt, the International Music Summit and Cooking Vinyl.

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MACHINE MANAGEMENT - DAY-TO-DAY ARTIST MANAGER (LONDON)
Machine Management is looking for an experienced day-to-day Artist Manager to join the management team. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with minimum 2-3 years' experience to develop in this very busy and internationally focused role. Based in offices in East London, the position will be working primarily with one of the company's biggest talents, is very much a 24/7 role and will involve some travel.

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MERLIN - TECHNICAL OPERATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Merlin is seeking a qualified, enthusiastic Technical/Operations specialist to assist in maximising the effectiveness and success of Merlin’s agreements. Candidates must carry an excellent working knowledge of the technical and operational aspects of the digital music industry. This should include working knowledge and substantial experience in managing content delivery and operational maintenance of agreements with digital services. A proven set of established relationships in the sector would be advantageous.

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More web-blocks instigated
Good news for fans of the line "Sorry, the web page you have requested is not available, we received an order from the Courts requiring us to prevent access to this site" (you've all got that on a t-shirt, right?).

The highest of all courts (apart from the higher ones) the High Court has issued another injunction ordering UK internet service providers (except, seemingly, the one we use, which blocks nothing) to stop their customers from accessing pesky copyright infringing file-sharing piracy sites, like BitSoup and Torrentfunk.

As much previously reported, in the UK - and some other jurisdictions - so called web-blocking has become a preferred tactic for the music and movie industries to try and stop people from accessing unlicensed sources of content. ISPs are forced to block sites deemed by the court to exist primarily to enable and encourage copyright infringement.

The problem, of course, is that there are plenty of sneaky tricks to be employed to circumvent all and any web-blocks, and a simple Google search for a blocked site usually guides people to their illegal content buckets of choice.

But rights owners hope that some users will stop accessing such services just by being alerted to their illegal status. Though everyone agrees that Google needs to be kicked into participating in this party for web-blocking of file-sharing sites to truly work. Record labels and movie studios are yet to find shoes big enough to kick the Google monolith, but they're asking for a pair for Christmas.

The latest web-block injunction lists no less than 53 services, the biggest batch to be blocked in one sitting. 32 of the sites were named by the Motion Picture Association and the other 21 by record label trade group the BPI. According to the BBC, the latest court ruling brings the total number of blocked sites in the UK to 93.

The MPA's Chris Marcich says: "Securing court orders requiring ISPs to block access to illegal websites is an accepted and legitimate measure to tackle online copyright infringement. It carefully targets sites whose sole purpose is to make money off the back of other people's content while paying nothing back into the legitimate economy".

Kim Dotcom bail hearing continues
Kim Dotcom is a flight risk according to prosecutors in New Zealand, who today continued in their bid to have the often controversial founder of defunct file-transfer business MegaUpload put back behind bars.

As previously reported, Dotcom, who was bailed shortly after the US authorities swooped in to shut down the MegaUpload platform and company in 2012, is still fighting extradition to the US where he would face criminal charges of money laundering and copyright infringement, all relating to his former business.

While America's extradition attempts continue to rumble on nearly three years later, it emerged earlier this month that prosecutors in Dotcom's adopted home country of New Zealand were seeking to have the MegaUpload man put back into prison over allegations he had broken the conditions of his bail. Further restrictions were put in place on Dotcom's movements around the country as a result of the complaint, pending this week's hearing.

According to The Age, earlier today prosecutors said that Dotcom had associated with his former MegaUpload colleagues in 2012 in direct breach of his bail terms. New Zealand prosecutors also questioned - as have the US authorities, movie studios and record labels - how Dotcom has been able to invest in new businesses, set up a political party, live a seemingly lavish lifestyle and hire the services of expensive legal experts given all his assets relating to MegaUpload were meant to have been seized in 2012.

Dotcom's opponents think he has access to hidden funds that stemmed from the MegaUpload empire. Or in the prosecutor's words earlier today: "The court cannot take Mr Dotcom at his word regarding finances". The prosecution think that Dotcom seemingly having access to funds of unknown origin mean he probably has the means to flee if and when it looks like America's extradition application will be successful.

Dotcom's reps argue that monies their client has spent since 2012 stem from his income post-MegaUpload. As for the bail breach, his legal man in court said that the term regarding contacting other MegaUpload execs was only in place for a few months after his client's original arrest and besides, there was no evidence he had, in fact, breached that condition.

The case will now continue on Monday when it is thought the judge will make a decision regarding extending or withdrawing Dotcom's bail.

As also previously reported, Dotcom himself says that the US authorities have left him penniless because of the costs of fighting legal battles on various fronts, and prosecutors have deliberately chosen now - just as his core legal team in New Zealand stand down due to Dotcom's depleted funds - to try and have his bail revoked.

Sigma sign publishing deal with BMG
Oh what, another BMG deal to report on? Couldn't they just save them all up and give us a summary at the end of each month, or something? This one sees British drum n bass duo Sigma - aka Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie - doing a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis UK and BMG's joint venture in the US with Primary Wave Music.

BMG Chrysalis Senior A&R Steve Sasse said this: "We are looking forward to helping Cameron and Joe maintain their impressive chart run and to fully realise their songwriting potential. We are delighted to be working with them, Primary Wave, [management company] Insanity and [record label] 3 Beat".

Sigma's manager, Josh Brandon added: "[We] are hugely excited to be working with everyone at BMG, as well the team at Primary Wave. Both companies are achieving great things and it's a pleasure to become part of the family".

Currently working on their debut album, which is expected to be released next year, Sigma have already scored two number one hits in 2014 with 'Nobody To Love', a reworking of Kanye West's 'Bound 2', and 'Changing', which features guest vocals from Paloma Faith. Look, here she is guest vocaling all over the video for the track.

Decca GM Rebecca Allen promoted to MD
Universal Music UK yesterday announced the promotion of Rebecca Allen to the role of Managing Director at its classical label Decca Records.

Allen was already General Manager of the division and her promotion comes as previous Decca overseer Dickon Stainer takes on the expanded role of CEO Of Global Classics for the major. Though he retains the title President of the Decca Records Group, and Allen will report into both him and Universal UK big cheese David Joseph.

Confirming all this, Stainer told reporters: "Becky is an exceptionally skilled and versatile executive. Her outstanding drive and personality have taken Decca into new areas of repertoire globally, and this well-deserved promotion heralds a new and ground-breaking era for the label".

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Universal's production music unit launches BBC Orchestral Toolkit
BBC Production Music, which operates as an imprint of Universal Music Publishing's production music division, has announced the launch of the 'BBC Orchestral Toolkit', which, and I quote, is "a revolutionary new concept offering media professionals the ability to easily re-create the legendary BBC custom music score sound from their own editing suites". Because who wants to work with real life musicians anymore?

The various whizzbangs and widgets within the toolkit work on Mac and PC within editing software packages including Final Cut and Avid, and "gives editors the ability to build a dynamic score that follows pictures - either by restructuring existing musical passages, constructing new ones, or by creating a free-time orchestral sound collage".

Here's a quote from Gary Gross, Worldwide President of Universal's production music business: "We are always looking for creative ways to help our clients make their jobs easier, without sacrificing quality, and with the BBC Orchestral Toolkit we really believe we've accomplished this again. While there is no substitute for a custom score in your production, the BBC Orchestral Toolkit comes as close as possible to having an orchestra at your fingertips".

Meanwhile, giving the thumbs up from the BBC's side, Dominic Walker, Director at BBC Radio & Music added: "The BBC Production Music label features prestigious orchestras, composers and soundtracks from programmes such as 'Human Planet', 'Desperate Romantics', 'Rome', 'Living Planet' and many others, allowing users to create productions with big and amazing filmic sound. We are really proud to launch the BBC Orchestral Toolkit and further enhance our service".

ERA boss outlines case for Monday to be Global Release Day
Entertainment Retailers Association boss Kim Bayley has written a blog post further detailing why the organisation and its counterparts Stateside are now pushing for Monday to be the Global Release Day, rather than Friday, as proposed by the major labels.

Currently new releases hit stores - physical and digital - on different days around the world. In the UK, of course, we take Monday. Meanwhile, the US goes for Tuesday and Australia Friday. Both retailers and labels are in agreement that all countries moving to one single release day is a good idea, but which day that should be has been debated since the move was proposed earlier this year.

As previously reported, earlier this week ERA and a number of US retail groups announced that they were now all in agreement that Monday was the day that would work best for everyone.

"Gut reaction and an unswerving conviction that you are right may be an admirable trait in an A&R man, but it fails to cut the mustard in the more pragmatic commercial business of music retailing", wrote Bayley yesterday. "That's the key to ERA's objections to the major record company-sponsored plan to enforce a worldwide Friday release date from next summer. Our view is that the numbers simply don't add up".

Amongst the arguments she put forward are that, contrary to some claims, there would be considerable risks and costs involved in the UK and US moving from early-in-the-week release days to Friday. In part, this would be due to losing release-day sales boosts in an otherwise quiet part of the week, as well as the increased costs of having to have extra stock delivered at weekends.

"On costs, our research was clear", she said. "Taking additional staff and delivery costs into account, a switch to Friday would need to generate a minimum of £8 million in additional retail sales a year just for retailers to break even, ie in a market which is clearly falling we would need an increase of £8 million just to stand still (and that's without the additional costs to the record companies themselves which would inevitably be passed on to retail)".

Questioning the IFPI's predictions of the sales boost a Friday release day would deliver, Bayley notes that the label trade group itself concedes that 95% of the perceived benefits of a Friday release could also be achieved on a Monday.

And so, even if the ERA is not confident in the IFPI's numbers in general, she concluded: "For us it's a no brainer: if we can capture 95% of the benefit with none of the costs, why would anyone even consider a Friday? Adding risk and cost for a minimal benefit just doesn't make sense".

Read Bayley's blog post in full here.

Ex Sankeys Brooklyn site to reOpen
The former site of the short-lived Sankeys Brooklyn club venue - which, it was confirmed last week, was closed down after only a month in business - has been re-branded as a new 'space' named Open. And it will erm... 'open' this weekend, confirms the MD of its operator Ibiza United.

This follows Sankeys' previously reported break-up with Ibiza United, which was originally working with the Manchester clubbing brand on the launch of a New York outpost. Last week Sankeys boss David Vincent, on confirming that Sankeys Brooklyn, like Sankeys Manhattan before it, was being shut down, pointed the finger at his US business partner for "failing to deliver on any of the agreed terms", leaving him and his team "unsupported financially and operationally".

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Ibiza United's Managing Director Antonio Piacquadio didn't take kindly to those accusations and says that, because of Vincent's "false and misleading statements ... Ibiza United has decided to sever its ties with the Sankeys organisation in the United States". Which in itself disagrees with claims made by Vincent that it was Sankeys that "terminated [its] relationship with the franchisee".

Piacquadio adds that the "unsuccessful launch of Sankeys Brooklyn [took place] without our operational or musical input", which, again, goes against Vincent's allegations that he and Team Sankeys "never had any control".

So that's a whole lot of wild contradictions, isn't it? I don't know, this is worse than the plot of a Michael Bay film. Anyway, to cut a long story short, Sankeys Brooklyn is shut, Open is open, various people ain't happy.

Non-stop Christmas carols station launches
Following the news that veteran radio DJ Robin Banks is in conflict with his current employer, Jack FM in Reading, over his refusal to play any Christmas songs whatsoever on his breakfast show until at least 23 Dec (he could face disciplinary action apparently, though this "conflict" has the smell of publicity stunt about it), a former producer at Capital and Heart is launching a radio station that will only play festive music.

But don't be expecting any Pogues or Slade or Jona Lewie on this new radio channel, because Christmas Carols Radio will be playing only proper Christmas carols. You know, songs with Jesus and kings and mangers and lots of "Hallelujahs". 24 hours a day.

According to Radio Today, former Global Radio man Ben Vane, who is now training to become an Anglican vicar, says of his new radio venture: "We play nothing but Christmas carols - no novelty Christmas music, just choirs singing traditional carols. As far as we know we're the only internet radio station in the world playing nothing but Christmas carols. And we're proud of it!"

In amongst all the carols there will be some reflections on the Christmas story penned by Vane himself, possibly discussing how pretty much everything you think you know about the nativity isn't actually mentioned in the bible.

But hey, stop your cynical meanderings there Mr Grinch, we'll have no Robin Banks-esque Scrooginess here. Non-stop carols on the radio, what more could you want? 24 hours a day. Seven days a week. Erm, twelve months a year?!?!?!

Vane: "We know you're most likely to listen in December, but we've decided to broadcast Christmas Carols Radio all year round to make sure we're listed in the places you'll be looking for us". Hallelujah indeed.

Wonder if they'll play anything from the Neighbours Christmas album circa 1989.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Movember Closing Parties
This weekend sees the end of November, and therefore the end of Movember and the hardship of having to grow a moustache for charity (confession: it's not actually that bad). I'm doing it for the second year to remember my dad who sadly died in January 2013 from advanced prostate cancer, to support charities that support mens' health, and to have a bit of laugh in the process - mainly at myself! If you haven't donated to anyone yet, I'll gladly take your money.

For those who've got involved this year, there are a couple of official parties taking place this weekend - the first at York Hall in Bethnal Green tonight, the second on Sunday at Horatio Todds in Belfast. Tickets are a fiver, or free to anyone who's raised over £50 with their facial hair. There'll be fun, games, live music and "some great interactive experiences", whatever that means.

If you're looking for something more in the traditional Club Tip vein, Mantra in Windsor will be holding a Movember 'house' party tonight. DJs on hand (and hopefully moustachioed) will be Jay 'We Love Ya' Evans, Paul Linney and Marcin 'Frequency' Sadowski. There'll be a raffle too. And who doesn't like a good raffle?

Friday 28 Nov, York Hall, 5 Old Ford Rd, London, E2, 7pm, £5. More info here.

Friday 28 Nov, Mantra, 19-21 The Arches, Goswell Hill, Windsor, SL4 1RD, 9pm - 2.30am, Free before 11pm or £10 after. More info here.

Sunday 30 Nov, Horatio Todds, 406 Upper Newtownards Rd, Belfast, Antrim, 7pm, £5. More info here.
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Ed Sheeran, MIDEM, Camp Bestival and really quite a lot more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Martin Varsavsky, CEO of WiFi network Fon, is to give a 'Living Room Of The 21st Century'-themed keynote speech at next year's MIDEM convention, which takes place in Cannes on 5-8 Jun. Varsavsky says he aims to "outline how new devices like the Gramofon and Sonos will transform the music experience, making music social and enjoyed by all involved". A likely story.

• Japan-based pop punks Scandal are to release a special edition of their sixth LP 'Hello World' on 19 Jan, featuring two extra tracks (on physical formats only). And NB: the band play London's Islington Academy on 26 Apr. Tickets for that here, and check out the video for album opener 'Image' here.

Approved pop soloist Laura Welsh has detailed a new single titled 'Ghosts' that she'll release on 11 Jan, a week pre her first LP 'Soft Control'. And what do you know, it's produced by fancy hit producer Greg Kurstin. So don't delay, stream 'Ghosts' today.

• Also approved Brighton beats-and-vocals pairing have shared a remix of 'Kisses', a track off their winning 'Broken Circuit' LP, featuring added verses by grime MC Trim. There's really nothing in 'Kisses' (which is released as a single on 19 Jan) not to like, so play it here.

• Lars Von Trier's fave approved dark disco act OOFJ have released a new video for their song 'You're Always Good' and, boy, does it make my skin crawl. That is to say, it's quite 'atmospheric', and things.

• The also also approved Alex G, who despite making slackerish pop is no slacker himself, has split off (from sessions for his newest LP 'DSU') a track that doesn't feature on that record. Anyway its name is 'Soaker', and you can listen to it at this link.

• Hip-hop-leaning jazz pack BadBadNotGood have taken Future Islands' big hit 'Seasons (Waiting On You)', and flipped it via a new remix. It's slightly less unbearable than the original, so why not try it for size here.

• You know gnarly Brighton band Gnarwolves? Well, they've gone and fashioned an official clip for their track 'Bottle To Bottle'. It's part skate video, part diary of the band's life and (mainly drunk) times over the past year. Watch now.

• That Ed Sheeran has confirmed ANOTHER show at London's Wembley Stadium, and this one's on 12 Jul 2015, which is a Sunday. The third show is Ed's way of catering to a phenomenal thirst for tickets to his other two Wembley shows on 10 and 11 Jul, which only go on general release today. The end (I think).

• Woman's Hour! No, not the BBC Radio 4 show, silly, the solemn-looking band from London! They've signed on to play a Best Fit Five Day Forecast show at London's The Lexington on 16 Jan, this following the release of their first and only LP 'Conversations' earlier this year. Get tickets here.

• Finally, Rob Da Bank's kid-friendly festival Camp Bestival has confirmed that its theme for 2015 will be... 'Camp Bestival Goes Wild'. Which means visitors can anticipate a back-to-basics type feel, lots of families dressed like animals and games like mud-slinging and cannibalism. Okay, not cannibalism. Anyway tickets to next year's event, which takes place in Dorset on 30 Jul-2 Aug, are available here. Click this link to listen to THE David Bellamy snuffling his way through an introductory trailer.

CMU Beef Of The Week#233: Liam Payne v Selfies
"I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera", wrote Taylor Swift in the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. "The only memento 'kids these days' want is a selfie".

Sure, that's a nice little soundbite, but what does that change actually look like in the real world? Well, it looks a bit like this.

You've probably seen that video of One Direction's Liam Payne stuck in a 'selfie line' at this week's ARIA Awards in Australia already. You've probably tweeted it seven times in the last two days. But if you didn't just sit and let it play at least another ten times, I'm not sure we can be friends. It's by far my favourite Vine since this one forced the phrase "on internet" into my vocabulary.

Look at Liam's face. It's almost eerie how the smile drops between each photo. If that was part of a movie about a popstar who falls out of love with fame, you'd tell people that the acting in it was too unsubtle to be believable.

Still, you do have to sympathise with him a bit. At least in the old autograph days, you could get by without having to smile. And if anyone asked why you looked so miserable, you could just say your hand was hurting from signing all these fucking autographs. True, you'd run the risk of the autograph hunter telling a few friends that you were a bit of a dick. Though if you faked a laugh in the right way, they'd probably just tell everyone about how you shared a bit of a joke together and what a nice bloke you were. Good times.

Now, if the conceit that you actually enjoy engaging with endless processions of fans slips even for a moment, it's captured in a six second video and shared far and wide on internet. There's no escape. And you can't even say something like, "my face was hurting from pretending to smile 500 times", because that would suggest to everyone smiling was a special effort, and therefore your life wasn't a constant flow of utter joy.

So, when responding to the viral vid on Twitter yesterday, while Payne admitted that he was "a little tired" while stuck in that particular selfie line, he insisted that he "wasn't faking it" when he smiled for the smartphone. Brushing it off, he added: "I usually find when you're taking a photo you don't smile until somebody's about to take the photo. Sorry to disappoint but I don't walk around [grinning] all day... that would hurt!"

Actually, now I think about it, that does kinda read like he's saying smiling is an effort and that the life of a popstar isn't endless pleasure. Sort of. Though when we do turn this whole episode into a movie, it's going to be more like this. In fact, someone see if Nic Cage is free to play Liam now. Let's get this thing moving.

In other One Direction news, this week they broke US chart history when they became the first group ever to have their first four albums all debut at number one in the Billboard 200 chart. Here's a picture of them all celebrating after they were told the news.

 
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