Well now, it seems that PRS for Music has taken legal action against Soundcloud. In an email sent out to PRS members, the body explains that “after careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against SoundCloud.”
PRS is responsible for collecting publishing royalties for musicians, for things like radio plays and public performances. The issue with SoundCloud stems from the fact that despite having over 175m unique listeners per month, SoundCloud “continues to deny it needs a PRS for Music licence for its existing service available in the UK and Europe, meaning it is not remunerating our members.”
PRS describes this move as a “difficult decision”, but “one we firmly believe is in the best, long-term interests of our membership.” In its letter of claim, PRS has identified 4,500 musical works by PRS members which are available on SoundCloud, “so that they understood the scale of our members’ repertoire and its use on the service. We asked them to take a licence to cover the use of all our members’ repertoire or otherwise stop infringing.”
This marks the latest step in a turbulent year for SoundCloud. DJs and producers who once relied on the platform have openly criticised it after a succession of mix takedowns, in many cases, it seems, due to pressure from Sony. Earlier this month, several high profile accounts were suspended or deleted due to copyright claims – in certain cases, over music that the uploader owned the rights to.
Wolf Alice are back with a good track and an even better video. Plus, some newer acts such as Viola Beach and White Giant.
Lauren Mayberry from Churches has again made public the kind of comments that she has to put up with as a female musician. With the release of Churches’ new video, a fairly elegant and simple film, Mayberry has seen numerous comments on a 4chan thread; many of which describe her as looking like a ‘slut’ in the video. What is 4chan by the way? I didn’t know either but, in short, it seems to be a place where gobshites go to conjugate. This isn’t the first time Lauren Mayberry has felt the need to name and shame these kind of people, she wrote an open letter for the Guardian some time back on the subject also.
Fair enough if you’re attracted to a musician, that’s always been an element of that in popular music (I’m sure Elvis’ looks didn’t harm his gaining female fans) but when did it get to the stage where guys meet in forums to tell each other how they would like to “lick her asshole sweat”. What the fuck. Grow up, be a man and stop acting like a little teenage sad-case. I completely support what female artists bring to the music scene and I stand by the opinion that many are putting out the most interesting music of late. Good music is good music. Here’s a reminder of that, including the Leave A Trace video in question –
Damn, who are these guys? Here is Desire from Dilly Dally and I love it. Feels new but with a slight nostalgia of The Breeders, Pixies… even a little Nirvana maybe –
And if you feel like a bit of dancing after that, here’s Hot Chip’s new one. Happy Friday.
Vice’s Noisey site has premiered an extended promotional video for the new NWA movie Straight Outta Compton. Not sure what to expect of this movie but all signs are looking good so far…
And here’s Miguel’s new track, for no other reason than the fact that it is called NWA and fits in nearly with this post. And it’s pretty good. So there.
…and with an awesome track, this is Mountain at My Gates. I’m loving’ it to be honest. Here’s a kind of 360° video they made for your eyes’ viewing pleasure –
Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of Kurt Vile’s best tracks yet in my opinion –
And some other new tracks out this week…
Wow, this is a hell of a trailer in fairness. I never heard about the Suicide Squad comics before but it sounds like a great concept, and something well worth introducing into the new DC Cinema Universe. The first installment of this new universe was Zac Snyder’s Superman outing Man of Steel. The forthcoming installments in this world include Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
The Squad entails a group of villains who are charged with ‘suicide missions’ – essentially bad guys made to do good things. These bad guys include Will Smith as Deadshot, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang (originally cast with Tom Hardy), Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and, last but not least, Jared Leto as the Joker. Although initial online photos of Leto as the Joker were a little under-whelming, he seems much more promising in this trailer. All round, it looks weird and wonderful and something that will really stand by itself.
Santigold is back, the Libertines are back, Kendrick is alright and Skrillex’s new video is nuts.
Happy birthday to one of my favourite films of all time – Back to the Future. The original sci-fi comedy was released on 3 July 1985 when I was about two years of age. I grew up with it being watched in our house about three-four times a year for the next sixteen odd years. And it still gets pretty regular play by me now! OK, now I sound mental but man it’s cool. And so funny. No wonder that Time Out recently named it one of the best movies of the 80s also, check out the rest of the list here – http://www.timeout.com/london/film/the-30-best-80s-movies
It’s also worth noting that we are now in the year that Marty and Doc flew to in the first sequel – though we have to wait until 22 October before we all apparently start dressing like Griff and his gang. “What happens to us in the future Doc, do we become assholes or something?” Yep, seems so.