Glastonbury 2016 – the highlights
Glastonbury Festival is over for another year, with the likes of Adele and Coldplay having provided ‘I was there’ moments for the attendees. After the day began a little bit behind schedule, thanks to a woodchip delivery, Muse headlined on Friday night. Many began the festival somewhat morosely after the Brexit result, but bands like Foals encouraged us to “forget about all that stuff”, at least for the moment. Other first day highlights came from Christine & The Queens, Skepta (joined on stage by BBK crew members) and Bring Me The Horizon. Saturday saw the likes of The 1975 and Tame Impala perform at Worthy Farm, with newer acts like Dua Lipa and Lady Leshurr also impressing – but it was all about Adele, really, and you can read our take, plus everyone else’s, online now. After great sets from Mac DeMarco, PJ Harvey, and Grimes, Coldplay closed the festival last night with some special guests – Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb came on for Stayin’ Alive and To Love Somebody, and the festival’s own Michael Eavis appeared for My Way. Coldplay – who now have the record for headlining Glastonbury, with four performances in the bag – also covered Viola Beach’s Boys That Sing in a touching tribute to the band.
Women In Music awards return
Music Week’s Women In Music awards will return for a third year on Friday, November 11. This year’s edition, organised by Music Week in partnership with AIM and UK Music, will once again be held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine. “The Women In Music awards are an opportunity to shine a light on what already exists, but has been under-appreciated in the past – our brilliant women,” said AIM’s chair and CEO, Alison Wenham. “It’s a day out, it's a day to say, Thank you.” Last year’s winners at Women In Music included Later… With Jools Holland producer Alison Howe (Media Pioneer) and Jo Charrington, SVP of A&R at Capitol Records, who received the new 2015 accolade, Businesswoman Of The Year. Other categories include Inspirational Artist, Campaigner and Rising Star. Details of the nominations process and how to buy tickets will be coming at the beginning of July.
Music Reports to work with US Copyright Office
Rights administration platform Music Reports Inc., is offering electronic filing of mechanical licenses for on-demand streaming with US Copyright Office, automating the Notice of Intent (NOI) process and enabling new releases to be instantly licensed for distribution. This service is now available to any on-demand music provider that needs clearances to operate in America. Under section 115 of the US Copyright Act, notice must be given to the composition owner of the licensee’s intention to distribute the work, and if the owner is not registered with the Copyright Office, the notice can be filed with the Copyright Office itself. Royalties for these tracks that are yet to be filed are accrued until ownership is determined, and publishers can register their catalogues and claim unmatched tracks through Music Reports’ free publisher-facing web portal.
Beyoncé wins big at BET Awards
Beyoncé took home four awards from the BET Awards last night, including Best Female R&B/Pop Singer. The event, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, honours artists, actors and athletes across 20 categories, and saw a surprise performance by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. Best Female Hip Hop Artist went to Nicki Minaj, while Drake won the male equivalent, as well as Best Collaboration, for his appearance on Rihanna single Work. Skepta was named Best International Act UK, beating Kano, Lianne La Havas, Tinie Tempah, Krept & Konan and Stormzy. NWA memoir flick Straight Outta Comption was named Best Movie.
One in four Isle Of Wight attendees use SecondScreen
Roughly a quarter of festival attendees at Isle Of Wight 2016 used its SecondScreen app this year, with over 11,000 downloads in just the first day and over 17,000 users downloading the app over the weekend. The London-based tech start-up builds tailored social media apps to create local networks for music events and talent. The customisable white label service allows fans to interact directly with intimate, backstage content that is unavailable anywhere else. Every SecondScreen app is uniquely branded for artists and events, with the likes of Anastacia and Sound City having also used the company. The technology allows clients to incorporate everything from photo and video sharing, to ticket and merchandising purchase through to custom line-ups and tour dates with independent newsfeeds for optimum content sharing. The concept for SecondScreen is the brainchild of 22-year-old founder Niall Green and music agent, Solomon Parker.
Warner/Chappell Production Music wins 2016 PromaxBDA Local Gold Award
Warner/Chappell Production Music has won a 2016 PromaxBDA Local Gold Award, for Use Of Original Music In A Promo. This is the second consecutive year Warner/Chappell Production Music has won in this category. The winning piece, Listen to Larry, was created in conjunction with KTVT-TV, and was used to promote the accuracy and dependability of KTVT-TV’s weather broadcast. The PromaxBDA Local Awards celebrate local media. Warner/Chappell Production Music’s president and CEO Randy Wachtler stated: “I’m thrilled this fantastic collaboration with KTVT-TV has won! We are proud to have been a part of this popular campaign.”
New Music Week out now
The new issue of Music Week is out now, with the industry’s reaction to Brexit on the front page. Inside, there’s a neighbouring rights special, as well as an interview with Tegan & Sara and profiles on Buma Rocks and Music Venue Trust.