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Executive Shuffles: ASCAP, Atlantic, AGI, Lionsgate

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DeDe Burns is now Vice President of ASCAP‘s new Global Customer Services department. Burns’ previous title was Vice President of Membership & Strategic Services.

Steve Robertson, Atlantic‘s Senior Vice President of A&R, has relocated to Nashville from Orlando. Atlantic says they are expanding their A&R presence.

Amy Dunning has been named Head of Music for Lionsgate‘s Motion Picture Group. Dunning was previously Senior Vice President of Downtown Music Publishing.

Allison Schlueter is now AGI‘s President of Digital Marketing. Schlueter was most recently Vice President of Digital Marketing at Island Records.

 

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Mark Kozelek Dropping ‘Down in the Willow Garden’ EP

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Mark Kozelek’s jam-packed future already includes the release of a spoken word LP and a collaborative album between his Sun Kil Moon project and Jesu. You can now add a solo EP to the round of upcoming releases, with Kozelek’s Down in the Willow Garden due to drop October 7 through his Caldo Verde Records. The newly announced EP contains four tracks and, best of all, will come free with the purchase of any Caldo Verde release come October 7. Though unconfirmed, it’s presumed that the title track, which appears in two different versions, is modeled after a traditional Appalachian…

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Jason Aldean on Spotify: “Artists Don’t Make Crap, Writers Are Getting Cheated”

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Nine months ago, country star Jason Aldean pulled his music from Spotify.  This morning, he issued the following statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

Honestly, there’s been so much stuff about that, and I’ve been misquoted. The ultimate goal is I want fans to have the best experience they possibly can. I want fans to hear my music whenever they want. But there’s also a right and wrong way to do it.

 

It’s easy for everybody to stand back and not take a stand. They think there will be a backlash or don’t understand how it works. It’s easier to go along with what everybody else is doing.

For me, I got a lot of friends who make a living writing songs, and those guys are getting cheated.

Taylor Swift, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and myself, a lot of guys are starting to see that as well.  That’s all it was about.  You want it to be fair.

As artists, we don’t make crap off of streaming.

Lots of major record companies are part owners in Spotify, so they’re gonna get their money regardless.  I’m more about the small guy.  I’m on a smaller label.  I’m an indie guy.  I’m not the big commercial grocery store.  I’m the mom-and-pop store.

 

I don’t want to see this affect the music biz for the long term, but I was always taught to stand up for what I believe in.  Spotify has changed their stance a little bit, and that’s cool.  I’m starting to see that.  But my stance hasn’t changed at all.

 

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Morrissey’s Debut Novel ‘List of the Lost’ to be Released in September

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While a recent cancer scare and a reported sexual assault at the hands of a TSA official are but two possible topics Morrissey could cover were he to write a second autobiography, we’ll first be treated to the Mancunian musician’s first full-length piece of fiction. His long-in-the-works debut novel has been given the title List of the Lost, and it sees release this September via Penguin Books UK. The singer’s True to You website revealed the rough due date today (August 22), though Penguin has yet to officially announce the book on their end. Reportedly, the New Fiction…

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Wiz Khalifa ‘Slammed and Cuffed’ at LAX Airport for Riding Hoverboard?

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In what may be one of the most bizarre arrest stories we’ve heard in a while, rapper Wiz Khalifa reports that he was put into handcuffs today (August 22) for riding around Los Angeles’ LAX airport on a hoverboard. As explained on Khalifa’s Twitter account, the incident apparently took place this afternoon, with the artist having been approached in the airport by a handful of police officers for using his hands-free scooter. A pair of videos were soon uploaded, with one finding Khalifa telling officers that he wasn’t doing anything wrong, and warning them that they’ll be showing up…

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Dead Ghosts Celebrate ‘Love and Death and All the Rest’ on New LP

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Vancouver-based garage rockers Dead Ghosts recently reissued their 2010 self-titled debut through Burger Records, but now they’re looking ahead with the announcement of a brand new full-length.   Given the all-encompassing title Love and Death and All the Rest, the new set of songs is due out on October 16 via Burger. It will be the band’s third album and follows 2013’s Can’t Get No.   Love and Death and All the Rest hears the band taking a refreshing DIY approach to recording, eschewing a standard studio in favour of a dilapidated barn on the outskirts of Vancouver. According to a…

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Jim O’Rourke Announces Avant-Jazz LP with Akira Sakata, Chikamorachi, Merzbow

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It has been a year of plenty for U.S.-born/Japan-based musical adventurer Jim O’Rourke, who has already released the solo LP Simple Songs, plus the PBK team-up Unidentified Again. Now, he has yet another album on the way, this time a collaboration with Akira Sakata, Chikamorachi and Merzbow. The record is called Flying Basket. It is made up of four numerically titled tracks, which each clock in at more than 15 minutes in length. It will arrive on September 18 through Family Vineyard. An announcement describes Flying Basket like this: “There’s minimalist…

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New Order Line Up Vinyl Reissue Campaign

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New Order are all set to break a nine-year silence with a brand new studio album next month with the release of Music Complete. Exclaim! recently spoke to drummer Stephen Morris about the band’s forthcoming ninth album, saying they “approached writing in a different way and concentrated more on beats and using synths and bass lines first, and then guitars… [unlike] the last couple of records [where it was] done it the other way around.” Fans can hear what Morris means on September 25, when Music Complete is released via Mute. But it appears that the band have even more planned for that…

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Breaking: Spotify Apologizes for Spying on Its Users; Plans Total Overhaul to Privacy Policy

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On Wednesday, Spotify quietly updated its terms and conditions to grant itself sweeping abilities to track every location, movement, and online activity of its users, even when those users weren’t using Spotify.  That data, including information pulled from friends’ profiles, would then be transmitted to advertising partners.

This morning, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek back-pedaled on those terms and promised an entirely new set of terms of conditions, to be updated next week.  He also pointed to the ability for users to opt-out of certain data collection activities, a claim that contradicts language in the recently-updated terms.

The following is a statement on the matter shared with Digital Music News this morning from Ek.

We are in the middle of rolling out new terms and conditions and privacy policy and they’ve caused a lot of confusion about what kind of information we access and what we do with it. We apologize for that. We should have done a better job in communicating what these policies mean and how any information you choose to share will – and will not – be used.

 

We understand people’s concerns about their personal information and are 100 percent committed to protecting our users’ privacy and ensuring that you have control over the information you share.

 

So let me try and clear things up.

 

In our new privacy policy, we indicated that we may ask your permission to access new types of information, including photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and your contacts. Let me be crystal clear here: If you don’t want to share this kind of information, you don’t have to. We will ask for your express permission before accessing any of this data – and we will only use it for specific purposes that will allow you to customize your Spotify experience.

 

Photos: We will never access your photos without explicit permission and we will never scan or import your photo library or camera roll. If you give us permission to access photos, we will only use or access images that you specifically choose to share. Those photos would only be used in ways you choose and control – to create personalized cover art for a playlist or to change your profile image, for example.

 

Location: We will never gather or use the location of your mobile device without your explicit permission. We would use it to help personalize recommendations or to keep you up to date about music trending in your area. And if you choose to share location information but later change your mind, you will always have the ability to stop sharing.

 

Voice: We will never access your microphone without your permission. Many people like to use Spotify in a hands-free way, and we may build voice controls into future versions of the product that will allow you to skip tracks, or pause, or otherwise navigate the app. You will always have the ability to disable voice controls.

 

Contacts: We will never scan or import your contacts without your permission. Spotify is a social platform and many people like to share playlists and music they discover with their friends. In the future, we may want to give you the ability to find your friends on Spotify by searching for Spotify users in your contacts if you choose to do that.

 

Sharing: The Privacy Policy also mentions advertisers, rights holders and mobile networks. This is not new. With regard to mobile networks, some Spotify subscribers sign up through their mobile provider, which means some information is shared with them by necessity. We also share some data with our partners who help us with marketing and advertising efforts, but this information is de-identified – your personal information is not shared with them.

 

Again, we have heard your concerns loud and clear. We are also going to update the new Privacy Policy in the coming weeks to better reflect what we have explained above. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing us at privacy@spotify.com. We’re listening to you and we take your concerns very seriously.

 

Daniel

 

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Breaking: Dr. Dre and Apple Apologize for All Those Beat Up Women

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Both Dr. Dre and Apple have now apologized for numerous incidents in which Dr. Dre brutally beat up women.  In at least two cases, those women still suffer serious injuries more than two decades later, with subsequent bullying by Dre limiting career growth and options.

Those incidents, though numerous, were entirely omitted from the recently-released film, Straight Outta Compton.  Apple had previously refused to respond to the matter, despite numerous requests for comment.

The following statement was issued by Dr. Dre to the New York Times this morning:

“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life.  However, none of this is an excuse for what I did.  I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.”

“I apologize to the women I’ve hurt.  I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”

In addition, Apple, now an employer and partner of Dre’s through the acquisition of Beats, issued the following statement:

“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago.  We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”

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