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TOM VEK Leisure Seizure (Island) With the lead single serving as a solid stylistic benchmark for the album, his new album delivers punch after punch of eclectic, innovative pop. (album, June 6)
THE KIXX Already Gone (BPM) The video for this track has attracted 70,000 YouTube views. An upbeat clubfriendly production underpins solid, radiofriendly pop. (single, June 5)
JOSHUA RADIN I Missed You (14th Floor) Upbeat summer pop that will lead the campaign for Radin’s new studio set The Rock And The Tide, released on August 1. (single, July 25)
WASHED OUT Eyes Be Closed (Weird World) The lead single from debut album Within And Without is an atmospheric soundscape of dreamy synths, samples and a psychedelic vocal. (single, July 4)
MIDNIGHT LION All Greatness Stands Firm (L&K) Compelling debut single from this Scottish group who emerge from the same management stable as Adele, Tom Vek and Jamie T. (single, June 20)
MS DYNAMITE Neva Soft (Dynamic Ventures) A strong Labrinth production gives this single a real sonic bite, as an edgy beatdriven backdrop gives way to an infectious chorus hook. (single, July tbc)
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JAMES BLAKE Lindisfarne (Polydor) Pitchfork teams up with Martin de Thurah (Limit To Your Love) for the compelling video to this new single, which was filmed in Berlin. (single, June 20)
GIVERS Up Up Up (Glassnote/Island) Early specialist play from Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens is already in the bag for this Louisiana quintet, who have signed to Glassnote. (single, July 4)
GUILLEMOTS I Must Be A Lover (Geffen) With a busy festival season ahead, Guillemots offer up this David Kostenproduced emotive and summery technicolour soundscape. (single, June 19)
OSSIE Set The Tone EP (HyperDub) From the label that brought Burial to the world’s attention comes Ossie, who brings a deft jazzy touch to UK bass. A major new talent. (EP, June 20)
Kobalt has signed LMFAO to a worldwide administration deal outside of the UK, Europe, Israel and Russia.
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Who: Belle and Sebastian Where: Roundhouse, Camden When: May 31 Why: These Glaswegian indie popsters are back in town, touring their latest album, Write About Love. Expect dark, wry lyrics, jangling guitars and the epitome of all that is twee and fey.
Industry insiders embrace IP review
■ REVAMP FOR SARM STUDIOS Trevor Horn’s Sarm Studios is being redeveloped next year to include new studios, office premises, townhouses and flats. The West London studios will be fitted out with two new studios, offices for Stiff, ZTT and other music businesses, a set of luxury townhouses and “a small selection” of flats. The studio also said it intended to concentrate on longterm bookings, a move that takes Sarm back to a policy it used to operate in the Seventies, when Bob Marley lived and worked at Sarm. However, this will mean redundancies. Horn said the studios would move from in-house staff to a “pool of highly-trained freelance engineers and producers that we can call on”.
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THE UK MUSIC INDUSTRY GAVE a warm welcome last week to the publication of Professor Ian Hargreaves’ Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, with a feeling of relief that the report rejected Fair Use.
At the start of the review, many in the industry had perceived the independent report as “hostile” because it had launched on the premise that major technological groups such as Google would not establish themselves in the UK because the copyright regime did not allow for Fair Use, as it does in the US.
But Hargreaves concluded that the introduction of fair use “was unlikely to be legally feasible in Europe”.
Other key recommendations were: ● the creation of a Digital Copyright Exchange ● the establishment of a “limited private copying exception” ● the UK should support EC moves to establish a framework for cross-border licensing ● the Government should legislate to enable licensing of orphan works.
The industry broadly welcomed the review (see pages 4-5) which, if adopted into law, could simplify the licensing of copyright material and encourage the growth of new digital music businesses.
“Modifying copyright laws so that it reflects the real world should be embraced,” said We7 CEO Steve Purdham.
7digital CEO Ben Drury added, “7digital believes that in the digital age removing barriers to licensing and increased transparency is critical to ensuring the UK can remain at the forefront of digital content creation.”
Among publishers, there were concerns over proposals to establish a limited copying exception. PRS For Music chief executive Robert Ashcroft said proposals would require a lot of careful work before they could be implemented.
“In terms of format shifting, we need to ask what are the implications for cloud services? We need to think about the boundaries between instant, fun, mash-ups which are shared with friends and when that becomes a commercial exploitation,” he said.
Ashcroft and MPA CEO Stephen Navin welcomed the call for the formation of a Digital Copyright Exchange, which reflects moves by the publishing community to build similar databases.
However, Navin called into question the size of the project and the implications this could have on the music industry on an international level. ■ SEE ANALYSIS ON PAGES 4-5
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■ EMI TO LICENSE CONTENT TO SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE eMUSIC EMI is the final major label to license its content to subscription download service eMusic. Only releases from EMI that are more than 12 months old will be available to the service’s users. Beatles’ tracks are not, however, part of the deal and will remain exclusively on iTunes for the foreseeable future. Initially launched as an independent-only service, eMusic has steadily signed deals with major labels, starting with Sony in Q3 2009. A deal with Warner Music followed in January 2010, while Universal signed up in October 2010. All of this major label content is currently only available to eMusic users in the US.
■ NAPSTER LAUNCHES ‘UNLIMITED PLUS MOBILE’ Napster has launched its new service, Napster Unlimited plus Mobile, placing portability and handsets at the centre of its offering. Apps for iPhone and Android have been developed for the service and both are now live. Subscribers can auto-synchronise their account across multiple platforms and devices – such as PC, mobile and tablet. Subscriptions cost £10 a month and offer unlimited access to Napster’s catalogue of 15m tracks. A “home entertainment streaming-only subscription option” is also available for £5 a month, offering unlimited access on PC, web-enabled TVs and wireless home audio devices.
■ SONY NAMES OBERMANN AS NEW SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT Sony has named Ole Obermann as SVP, international, global digital business. Obermann will be based in London, overseeing the UK and the Continental Europe digital teams and co-ordinating with Germany. Sony said that the new structure would help it to “serve the marketplace more efficiently by creating a unified European-based team that enables us to be faster and more effective at spotting and executing on business opportunities in the region with both new and existing partners”.
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Tinie is first to go platinum in US
new singer-songwriter attracting A&R interest; Jake Morley – singer-songwriter supported by Radio 2 DJs; Josh Flowers – Leeds singer-songwriter whose Islands EP is getting radio play.
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Tinie Tempah has become the first British rapper to go platinum in the US with a debut single, after Written In The Stars topped 1m sales.
EMI said Tinie had gathered considerable momentum in the US: MTV picked him to play their MTV Garage
■ DATA BREACH PUTS FRENCH ANTI-PIRACY LAWS ON HOLD Following a data breach at Trident Media Guard (TMG), the company tasked with monitoring and identifying possible online copyright infringers, France’s three-strikes anti-piracy laws have been put on hold. ArsTechnica writes that “the French government has ‘temporarily suspended’ its acquisition of new TMG Data while an investigation is underway”.
■ T IN THE PARK UNVEILS 16 ACTS FOR T BREAK STAGE T In The Park sponsor Tennent’s Lager has revealed the 16 up-and-coming acts who will be given the chance to impress
■ HARGREAVES REPORT Kwaku (editor, Black Music.com): “So the fears of the music industry have been shown to be unnecessary – the Hargreaves Review has ‘done good’. But are all Fair Use provisions bad, particularly in a world where access, copying, adapting and remixing of content is so easy by ‘prosumers’?
“Don’t think this Fair Use argument has been put to bed with this review. I expect Hargreaves to be highlighted from different quarters at our questioning seminar on June 24: Talking Copyright: What’s All The Fuss?”
at SXSW; RollingStonefeatured him in its Hot List and TV appearances have been lined up on shows including Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The artist is focusing on the US, where his debut album Disc-Overy at this year’s festival on the T Break stage. The T Break judging panel, made up of 13 music industry professionals, have been busy pouring over more than 1,000 demos of the freshest unsigned artists in Scotland since the call for entries closed on April 11. The successful acts who will perform at the July 8-10 festival include: Aerials Up, Boycotts, Cancel The Astronauts, Carnivores, Church Of When The Sh*t Hits The Fan, Conquering Animal Sound, Crayons, Discopolis, Fatherson, Lady North, Marrik Layden Deft With Scatabrainz, Otherpeople, PAWS, Reverieme, The Lafontaines and United Fruit. They will join a T In The Park line-up which includes Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Foo
Andrew Robinson: “No surprise to see the music industry rejoicing at stamping out fairness, but as a politician, I would advise doing so a bit less publically!”
■ LIVE INDUSTRY AWAITS LICENSING LEGISLATION Edwina Lightfoot: “I understand they are also considering the possibility of venues not requiring licenses as long as they don’t sell alcohol. Sadly it is drinks sales that pay for the musicians. If they can’t sell drinks, there will be no reason to put on live music. Catch 22 or what!
Dave: As a gigging musician, this is ridiculous. The only reason we get paid is because we can bring in customers to the pubs and clubs.
was released last week, but appeared at Radio 1’s Big Weekend event in Carlisle last weekend.
He returns to the UK for festival dates and a tour later this year.
For more on this week’s US charts, go to page 48.
Fighters, The Strokes, Beyoncé, Pulp, The Script, Plan B, Slash, Tinie Tempah, Tom Jones and Jessie J.
■ MUSIC WEEK PLANS STELLAR LINE-UP FOR BREAKOUT EVENT The next edition of Music Week’s Breakout takes place on Wednesday June 8 at Proud Galleries, Camden. Breakout takes places on the second Wednesday of each month and is free to Music Week readers before 9pm. This week’s line-up includes: Queen Of Hearts – Popjusticesupported A&R buzz electro artist whose lawyer is Paul Lennon at Statham Gill Davies; Paper Crows – Future Cut-produced duo managed by Dougie Bruce at XIX Management; Cave Painting – Brighton-based act managed by industry veteran Keith Bourton (Soul II Soul, Public Image Ltd); Daughter – 21-yr-old singer-songwriter Elena Tonra supported by the Communion stable
The line-up for the Acoustic Stable includes: Rae Morris – Blackpool-based
■ PRINCE, MORRISSEY AND THE EAGLES COMMIT TO HOP FARM Vince Power has extended his Hop Farm festival to three days after securing Prince as a headliner on Sunday July 3. It will be the first time Prince has played in the UK since he broke sales records at a 21-date residency at The O2 in 2007. Now in its fourth year, the Hop Farm Festival will also see performances from Morrissey and the Eagles. The event starts on July 1 in Paddock Wood, Kent.
■ BIG GIG CONCERT SELLS OUT AFTER ONE DAY Tickets for 2011’s Big Gig event sold out a day after going on sale. The event will see artists including Alexandra Burke, Chipmunk, JLS, The Saturdays and Pixie Lott perform at the concert, which is set to take place at Wembley Arena in October. It will be broadcast on stations including MTV, GMTV, London Tonight, CD:UK, TOTP Saturday, Popworld and Newsround and will be hosted by Sam and Mark.
■ MUSICMETRIC CHART USES ONLINE BUZZ TO RANK ACTS Musicmetric launched a new chart which dynamically ranked all the bands playing at Liverpool Sound City based on their online buzz. Launched at the festival, Fantracker allowed users to see detailed information about fan feedback on social networks, where their music was being downloaded and what web mentions an artist was getting, as well as their overall Musicmetric rank and their similar artists. Musicmetric is a service which measures artist buzz. See www.musicmetric.com for more.
■ ARTISTS FILE SUITS AGAINST UNIVERSAL OVER ROYALTIES Four acts have taken legal action against Universal Music Group in a dispute over digital royalty payment rates. The acts – Rob Zombie, White Zombie, Whitesnake and Dave Mason – have filed a classaction suit against Universal in the San Francisco district court. The case that has arguably triggered all of this is FBT Productions’ suit over Eminem royalties last year. In September, the US 9th circuit court of appeal declared the productions company was entitled to 50% of Universal’s revenue from Eminem’s digital sales after signing the rapper to an
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exclusive deal in 1995. When Eminem left the label to move to Universal, the major said FBT was entitled to a 12% royalty on “records sold”, but in the preiTunes era, the digital royalty rate wasn’t made clear. Universal said, “This complaint suffers from serious flaws and weaknesses, not the least of which is that the claims asserted are not appropriate for class treatment. We will vigorously defend against it.”
■ CORRECTION Music Week would like to clarify that Fernando Garibay is signed to Warner/ Chappell publishing, not Sony/ATV as reported in last week’s issue. (GaGa Gives Birth to Fully Formed Ideas.)
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