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Paul McCartney prepares YouTube Original concert.

Scheduled for Friday, September 7th, McCartney will perform the concert on his YouTube channel in support of his latest album, Egypt Station.  The livestream starts at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

Does YouTube fear Article 13?

Ahead of a crucial vote on the Copyright Directive on September 12th, Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s Chief Business Officer, spoke out against Article 13.  The bill would force YouTube and other user-generated content platforms to pay rightsholders a fair share in royalties.

Kyncl said the bill would hurt content creators.

“Despite best intentions, I believe this may now be at risk as European policymakers prepare to vote on a new European Copyright Directive on September 12.  In fact, some parts of the proposal under consideration – and in particular the part known as ‘Article 13’ — potentially undermine this creative economy, discouraging or even prohibiting platforms from hosting user-generated content.”

Viagogo skips Parliament hearing.

At the Culture Select Committee hearing on secondary ticketing, Viagogo failed to show up.  The fraudulent secondary ticketing platform had also failed to show up last year to a session on ticket scalping organized by the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports Select Committee.

Christopher Mille, Viagogo’s Head of Business Development, pulled out at the last moment.  The company justified its absence, blaming a recent investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority agency into Viagogo’s illicit business practices as well as a lawsuit filed against Kilimanjaro Live.

“These developments…require Mr. Miller to address matters that are awaiting adjudication in a court of law, therefore in our view contravening the sub-judice rules confirmed by the House Of Commons in 2001.”

The absence prompted the Chair of the Culture Select Committee to warn “fans should not trust such an outlet.”

“[The move] demonstrates the fear that Viagogo feels about [any] scrutiny of their operations.”

YouTube/Twitch rival secures 9-figure investment and a partnership with Live Nation.

Led by 21st Century Fox, Caffeine – a social broadcasting platform focused on entertainment, sports, and eSports – has secured $100 million in a funding round.  In addition, the platform has partnered with Live Nation to stream concerts starting Q4 2018.  Finally, Caffeine Studios, a new joint venture owned by Caffeine and Fox Sports, will produce content for the video platform.

More British festivals choose cashless systems.

2000trees Music Festival has become the latest festival overseas to use a ‘cashless’ RFID system.  The 10,000-capacity event rolled out 100 point-of-sale terminals across 55 sales outlets supplied by PlayPass.  The Jika Jika! Festival in Northern Ireland also used the RFID system supplied by Event Genius.

BTS leads top US Fall tours.

StubHub has revealed Elton John and BTS lead its top upcoming touring acts in the US between Labor Day and Thanksgiving 2018.  The lists are male-dominated, with Taylor Swift being the only female artist to appear.

In total ticket sales per show, Elton John took the top spot, followed by Ed Sheeran, BTS, Bruno Mars, and Drake and Migos.

In average sales per show, BTS took the top spot, followed by Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Eric Clapton.

Ty Dolla $ign arrested.

Officers in Atlanta arrested the rapper on drug charges.  They found marijuana and cocaine in his car.  Ty Dolla $ign was charged with possession of cocaine and under an ounce of marijuana along with obstruction.  He would’ve performed at G-Eazy’s The Endless Summer Tour.

Organizers cancel LouFest.

The cancelation comes just 2 days before the St. Louis music and arts festival was scheduled to take place.  LouFest would’ve featured 41 artists and groups, including Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, T-Pain, Michael McDonald, Kacey Musgraves, and several others.

Organizers attributed the cancelation to “several financial hurdles,” including two key sponsors backing out, debt from past events, and scheduling and contract problems with artists.

BMGPM expands into Southeast Asia, announcing key executives.

Confirming the expansion of its operations in the region, Andy Wong, Director of Business Development in Asia, will lead the BMG Production Music (BMGPM) team in Hong Kong.  He’ll report to Andrew Jones, Vice President of Production Music in Asia Pacific.  Wong previously served as Regional General Manager at Universal Production Music Asia.

Aiden Chan, Manager of Hong Kong, and Wesley Chan, Junior Account Manager and Music Supervisor, will join BMGPM in Hong Kong.  Both had served at Universal Production Music during Wong’s tenure.

In Singapore, Jeff Long will serve as Manager of Singapore and Malaysia.  Reporting to Wong at BMGPM, Long previously served at Universal Production Asia.

James Grant Group announces a key acquisition.

Per MBW, the UK management and professional services company has acquired London-based company Machine Management.  JGG has also appointed Machine founder Iain Watt as Managing Director of its music division.  He’ll report to CEO Neil Rodford.

James Grant Group manages talent management offices, including Hall Or Nothing in the UK and Deckstar in Los Angeles.

UMG’s Caroline announces a new partnership.

Chicago rapper Joey Purp confirmed his partnership with Universal Music Group’s distribution and services arm.  He earned fame through two releases as part of rap duo Leather Corduroys within the SaveMoney collective alongside Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Towkio, and Kami.  The partnership comes ahead of the rapper’s album, Quarterthing, dropping on September 7th.

Cooking Vinyl Publishing announces a key appointment.

Ryan Farley, a former A&R Manager at Warner/Chappell Publishing UK, will serve as Managing Director at Cooking Vinyl Publishing.  His signings at Warner/Chappell included Madeon, Starsmith, Max McElligott, Clock Opera, and Cold Specks.

Warner Music Nashville announces a promotion.

In the newly created role, Tom Martens will serve as Vice President of Radio and Streaming at Warner Music Nashville.  He’ll oversee the label’s three radio promotion teams – WAR, WMN, and WEA.  Martens previously served as National Director of Radio and Streaming.

RCA announces a promotion.

Val Pensa will now serve as Senior Vice President of Pop/Rock Marketing at RCA Records.  She previously served as Vice President of Marketing and will remain in the company’s New York headquarters.

Warner/Chappell UK announces a key appointment.

Rich Robinson will serve as Executive Vice President of Sync and Creative Services at Warner/Chappell Music in London.  In the role, he’ll build the Creative Services team outside the US, lead international sync strategy, coordinate markets outside the US, and work closely with Mike Smith, Managing Director at Warner/Chappell UK.  Based in London, Robinson report to Carianne Marshall, the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

Coroner confirms how Dolores O’Riordan passed away.

The Westminster Coroner’s Court stated O’Riordan, lead singer for The Cranberries, drowned in a bathtub after drinking multiple bottles of alcohol.  Toxicology tests revealed her blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit for driving.  Police found five miniature alcohol bottles and a bottle of champagne in her room.

Coroner Shirley Radcliffe said,

“There’s no evidence that this was anything other than an accident.”

Tony Camillo passes away.

Camillo, a veteran producer, composer, and studio owner, was 90.  His family revealed last year Camillo battled Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.

Camilo worked with multiple major artists in the 70s, including Gladys Knight and the Pips, Eric Carmen, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Grand Funk Railroad, Peaches and Herbs, and many others.  He also launched his own label, Venture.

Burt Reynolds passes away.

Reynolds, a veteran actor, director, and producer, passed away following a cardiac arrest at a hospital.  He was 82.  Reynolds was currently filming Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, featuring Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio.  He released ‘Let’s Do Something Cheap and Superficial’ in 1980, a single for the soundtrack for Smokey and the Bandit II.

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One Response

  1. Remi Swierczek

    Paul McCartney has sold his soul to Google/YouTube controlled music hunger games!
    Curious how much extra cash he has received for this CREDIBILITY buster from free jukebox to MANKIND .