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The UK record industry enjoys a boost at the hands of HerMajesty


Indie production hero Stephen Street on his history and today’s industry issues

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The Kaiser Chiefs reveal the lessons they have learnt in a 16-year career


Warner launches label services division T


he crowded UK label services sector this week welcomes a

significant new player to its ranks:WarnerMusic. The major has launched new

divisionWarnerMusic Artist and Label Services, offering established artists and independent labels access to a suite of specialised marketing and distribution services. Two famous acts, Johnny

Marr and Orbital, have already signed up to the model – while MusicWeek understands another well-regarded artist is on the cusp of joining them. Building on the Alternative

Distribution Alliance (ADA) offering, the service promises to give successful independent musicians the opportunity to leverageWarnerMusic’s international marketing and promotions expertise. Artists and labels can choose to work with a range of

Services, here we come: Johnny Marr is one of the first big names to start working with Warner’s new division

Dan Chalmers

and buying; synchronisation and licensing. Reporting into Christian

Tattersfield,CEO ofWarner Music UK, the new division will be overseen by Dan Chalmers, managing director of Rhino & ADA UK.Chalmers will manage the new dedicated teams of marketing and promotion execs and work with them to deliver tailored release strategies. Tattersfield said: “Our

priority is to cultivate an environment that allows artists to achieve their full potential. “We are opening the door for

WarnerMusic UK to create deeper relationships and new commercial partnerships with successful independent acts. “AsMD of both Rhino and

ADA,Dan has extensive experience in working with the big-name artists that we will continue to attract to this new service.” Chalmers added: “We are

specialist support functions, including: physical and digital sales and distribution; digital

marketing; promotion; publicity; manufacturing; brand partnerships;media planning

working with industry legends in JohnnyMarr and Orbital. The creative diversity of these

artists demonstrates the full range of marketing and distribution expertiseWarner Music Artist and Label Services can provide. I look forward to working with Christian and the rest of the team to bring in even more exciting acts.” Orbital worked withWarner

Music Artist and Label Services to release their most recent album.The duo utilised a number of specialist operations including label management, retail and online marketing, manufacturing, radio and TV promotion, as well as media planning and buying. Rob Holden,manager of

Orbital, said: “WarnerMusic’s Artist and Label Services allowed us to produce an album in our own way, then use the power and strategic expertise of a major label to support its successful release.”


The livemusic industry’s biggest players have joined forces to bid for a new‘.tickets’domain,which they believe could curb online ticket fraud once and for all. International internet registry

organisation ICANNis thisweek set to announce a shortlist of 2,000 applicants for newdomain wordswhichwill complement .com, etc.These include ‘.music’– likely to be one of the most hotly contested domains.

However, the live

industry hopes that it will snag ‘.tickets’– which it can then turn into aKitemark of trust for consumers looking to buy fromapproved vendors.The application results will be known early next year. The livemusic group is being

led byAccentMediaLimited andTheDotTickets Organisation,which have been

set up by ticketing industry veteran SteveMachin (formerly of Ticketmaster, LiveNation) and

AndyLenthall,GMof the Production ServicesAssociation. The likes of STAR,AIF and

theMMF have already backed the bid - andMusicWeek understands the trade’s biggest promoterswill soon join them.

UKGovernment figures

suggest that ticket fraud inthe sport and entertainment industries cost consumers, event organisers and credit card providersmore than£168min2010 alone. SaidMachin: “Ticket fraud is

the scourge of the live entertainment business.We believe our ‘.tickets’application is an independent and structural solution, that can be controlled, trusted and communicated

Read our label services special, featuring some of the sector’s biggest

players, on pages 19-28

Live industry unites for online ‘.tickets’ anti-fraud bid

simply and consistently to customersworldwide.” JonWebster,CEOof the

MMF, added: “Stamping out fraud in ticketing is a significant challenge for the live industry and one that theMMF feels strongly about. TheDotTickets Organisation proposalwill create a safe, secure and trusted environment online,making it easier for fans to spot scams and to visit only trustedwebsites.”

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