IMNZ News to July 6: So many new releases – Muscles, Parabolas and Panaceas

International and Industry Action

Just a reminder that nominations for the Vodafone NZ Music Awards 2015 close TODAY – Monday July 6.
VNZMA50Unless otherwise specified,nominations are open to NZ recordings released during the eligibility period of 1 July 2014- 30 June 2015. You can view the 2015 Terms & Conditions of Entry here.
Key Dates
– Technical Awards & Finalists Announcement – Tuesday 13 October 2015
– Vodafone NZ Music Awards – Thursday 19 November 2015

DEUCE Radio Show  comes to New Zealand
DEUCE is a UK-based company offering services to independent artists around the world, with a focus on radio plugging. DEUCE founder Rob Saunders is pleased to announce that the Deuce Radio Show is now being broadcast on 3 FM radio stations in New Zealand: Akaroa FM, M.A.D FM and FM Te Anu. Akaroa FM was set up as a tourist information radio broadcasting on low power on public frequencies some years ago.  Dave Edwards designed and built the station with his partner in the venture at the time; Bob Parker, who later went on to become Mayor of Christchurch.  Akaroa Radio now broadcasts content and shows from all over the world, and you can listen to the Deuce Show  every Sunday at 8pm (New Zealand time) by visiting their website 
 broadcasts live from West Auckland as well as streaming around the world. Broadcasting content that will appeal to all ages, you can listen to the Deuce Show on M.A.D FM every Thursday from 8pm (New Zealand time) or by visiting Broadcasting all over the Te Anau area on the 88.3FM frequency, FM Te Anu is a father and son radio station for the work place, playing a range of music from Easy Listening to Rock between the hours of 12.30pm to 6am. You can listen to the Deuce Show every Thursday from 3.45pm (New Zealand time) if you are in the Te Anau frequency area.  More information can be found at The Deuce Show is a weekly broadcast featuring bands and artists promoted by DEUCE and is presented by Matt Barker.  At present, they have 26 radio stations worldwide broadcasting the shows including the UK, USA, Italy, Australia, Slovenia, Spain and New Zealand to name but a few; 8 of which broadcast on an FM frequency.  You can listen to all of the latest Deuce Shows by visiting

NZ On Air announces New Tracks for July
NewTracks is the new name for the Kiwi Hit Disc. It is NZ On Air’s digital music delivery system, developed and funded by NZ On Air to service the broadcast media with quality music from New Zealand.
Format(s): Hip Hop/RnB/Reggae/Pop/Alternative/Indie/Dance/Electronic/Rock/Metal
01         Like Michael Jackson    Savage             Hip Hop & RnB
02         Burn     Jupiter Project & Mac Mylo featuring Lil Trigarow, M.E.Z. & TIMES x TWO           Hip Hop & RnB
03         Hobby  Rei       Hip Hop & RnB
04         Koko Rice         Rosie featuring GiantKilla           Hip Hop & RnB
05         Love Will Never Go        L40       Reggae & Roots
06         Love To Love You         Deach   Reggae & Roots
07         King and Queen            Beau Monga     Pop
08         Written In The Water       Gin Wigmore     Pop
09         Just Too Cool   Lightning On Me            Pop
10         Standing Out In The Crowd        The Babysitters Circus   Pop|
11         18         Nyssa Collins    Pop
12         It’s Just a Nightmare      Boy Wulf          Pop
13         Accelerate         Ciaran McMeeken          Pop
14         Serendipity       Gala     Pop
15         I Dreamed A Dream       Bic Runga         Alt & Indie
16         Railway Lines    Anthonie Tonnon           Alt & Indie
17         Nothing Bunnies On Ponies        Alt & Indie
18         Sacred Heart     Glass Vaults     Alt & Indie
19         Trust Trust         Knives At Noon             Alt & Indie
20         Open Road       RIVE     Alt & Indie
21         Better Off On Your Own She’s So Rad    Alt & Indie
22         Burst of Colour Cymbol 303 & This Pale Fire      Dance & Electro
23         Living The Dream          Gladius & Ryan Enzed   Dance & Electro
24         Wonder Woman            Leonard Charles            Dance & Electro
25         My Friend         Fungi    Rock & Metal
26         Take Your Time HUSK   Rock & Metal
27         Become The Enemy      Like A Storm     Rock & Metal
28         Life And Death  Out Cold A.D.   Rock & Metal
Listen to NewTracks on Spotify…

Powertool’s Melbourne Invasion
Melbourne is about to experience an invasion of New Zealand musicians later this week, as Powertool Records are bringing three of their finest acts to Melbourne this July. From July 9th to 18th, venues across Melbourne will reverberate to an eclectic mix of New Zealand music, from the psychedelic swamp rock of Brother Love, to a unique brand of avant garde pop and “eclectotronica” courtesy of Gold Medal Famous, and the alternative pop genius of Vorn. Levitating Churches, Miniatures, Eli and Bev, Ninety Nine and Kakariko round out the Australian supports. However we must note that Levitating Churches features erstwhile ex-pat New Zealander Matt Alien (Slavetrader). Artist/musician Mia Schoen will also be doing a rare live performance, as will Matt Middleton (originally from New Zealand as well) under his legendary Crude moniker.  Find the tour dates here.

New Release Fanfare

Dudley Benson – Muscles
Dudley Benson has just released the Muscles EP – a set that brings together the first single from his next album ZealanDudley Benson Musclesdia, three remixes, and the new song “I Lost My Voice” – an electronic reworking of his 2008 song “On the Shoulders of the Earth”. The download-only EP is yours, courtesy of iTunes | Bandcamp | SoundCloud  If you missed the music video, featuring bruises, fists & black gems – here it is Meanwhile, 134 donors have given $8,500 towards a goal of raising $12,000 for Benson to complete his third album, Zealandia! DONATE HEREthe campaign has 3 days left to go.

Nakita Turner Parachutes in
Parachute’s newest Artist Development alumni Nakita Turner has taken to crowd funding to record her debut EP, raising over $10,000 in three days. With her 2014 anti-bullying song ‘One Voice’ travelling the world, 16-year old Cantabrian Nakita Turner is embarking on another campaign; releasing a debut EP as an independent artist. She’s travelled a long way since she first wowed the 20,000-strong crowd at Parachute 2013’s Mainstage, and after two years as an artist in development, Nakita’s now signed to SMOKE management, working towards a batch of songs for a 2016 release, with a tour to boot. Check out the campaign on Spark My Potential, and help Nakita’s voice travel even further. Her campaign ends on July 20.

‘All That A Man Can Do’ – Tony Lee gives back with new single
Hamilton based singer/songwriter Tony Lee writes authentic salt of the earth songs with heartfelt lyrics. An artist with passion and an understanding of hooks and melodies, Tony Lee’s music has evolved over the years from being in various rock bands to focusing on a solo career. His brand new single ‘All That A Man Can Do’ is a compelling track that flows with a punk rock edge and Celtic twist.  The accompanying video is a funny, poignant animation created by UK award winning animator Neil Whitman who is known for his work with Robbie Williams and Chris Rea. The video portrays an unlikely superhero with the best of intentions whose actions seem to be forever misconstrued. View ‘All That A Man Can Do’ video here.  All digital sales from Lee’s single will be donated to brave 2-year old cancer patient, Mason Cowen, the son of Lee’s good friends and former flatmates.  ‘All That A Man Can Do’ is now available for purchase via iTunes.

Imagine This releases compelling new music video for ‘Find A Way’
New Zealand based rapper/songwriter/producer Imagine This effortlessly bridges the boundaries between genres such as hip hop, trap, glitch, ghetto funk and house music. The sophisticated new video for his inspired latest single ‘Find A Way’ was directed by Ollie Dale of Virtually Famous.  The video converges upon the blood sweat & tears of several New Zealand athletes including Jalin Möhlenbrock who is currently Nation Champion on the Uneven Bars, Tony Angelov, WMC NZ Professional Heavyweight Champion 2011 and owner operator of City Lee Gar Gym and lastly, Muaythai fighter Oscar Remihana. View ‘Find A Way’ here on YouTubeOrphan furnished the beat for ‘Find A Way’ while kiwi vocalist Gemma Copas lent her soulful voice to the track. Imagine This has climbed bestseller and popular download charts around the world with ‘Apply the Pressure’, ‘Shake It Out’ and ‘To Get Ya’ all reviewed and awarded 8/10 in Mixmag (UK) in 2013. The Imagine This EP Back From the Dead was charted by both A-Trak and Diplo before being added to the BBC Radio 1 regular playlist in 2013 and his track ‘Funk I’m Kickin’ was Number 1 on Juno Records (UK) for 3 weeks.  ‘Find A Way’ is now available for download on Soundcloud.

Michael Houstoun With The Rodger Fox Big Band – Concerti
It may seem an incongruous pairing on the face of it, but Michael Houstoun and Rodger Fox have something vital in common – a passion for music, and it shows. Their first recording together, Concerti, is comprised of four substantial arrangements for jazz orchestra and concert piano, straddling two worlds in celebration of a common musical language. The combination of Michael Houstoun at the Steinway piano and Rodger Fox’s suave trombone, with special guests and his Big Band in fine form, is a rare treat for listeners. A movement of Prokofiev’s famous third Piano Concerto bristles in this arrangement by Grammy award-winning Bill Cunliffe (USA) for an 18-piece Big Band. Two other arrangements by Cunliffe, Fox’s long-time friend and masterful collaborator, will be new to listeners but not for long. David Lisik, Rodger’s colleague and a composer at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, has arranged a Mike Nock work for this album. Read more…

Reuben Bradley – Cthulhu Rising
Dark and mystical, the nightmarish tales of famed horror author H. P. Lovecraft set the tone for Reuben Bradley’s bold new album on Rattle Jazz. Cthulhu Rising employs a musical language that is markedly different to those demonstrated on Reuben’s previous Rattle Jazz releases, the Tui Award-winning Resonator (2011) and the Tui nominated Mantis: The Music of Drew Menzies (2012). Featuring two- time Grammy-nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti (USA), and equally renowned ex-pat bass player Matt Penman (NZ/USA), this new album is a treat for lovers of beautifully constructed, superbly played contemporary jazz. The compositions themselves are mostly through-composed, creating an atmosphere that puts listeners in ‘the space’ as much as in the notes.  There’s a sense of fantasy and demise that Lovecraft fans will savour, and jazz fans will relish. Read more…

Phil Broadhurst Quintet – Panacea
This new album from Phil Broadhurst is the third instalment in what he loosely describes as his ‘Dedication Trilogy’. Where Delayed Reaction celebrated the life and career of Michel Petrucciani, and Flaubert’s Dance paid homage to a number of the artists who have influenced his writing and performing (from Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett to Many Katché, Elaine Elias and Tomaz Stanko), the music on Panacea springs from the often-unconscious influences that form the building blocks of a composition. Phil says that these derive not only from the wide jazz landscape explored in his radio programme “The Art of Jazz”, but also from experiences arising from playing and teaching. “These pieces are dedicated to a number of NZ jazz musicians I’ve had the pleasure of working with who have passed away in recent years like Beaver and Tony Hopkins. Panacea is a tribute to a fine exponent of jazz- fusion, the late guitarist Martin Winch. The tune is named after the band I co-led with him in the late 70s…Pukeko becomes an homage to Jimmy Rowles’ classic jazz ballad “The Peacocks”, a connection realised only after the tune was completed, while Knee Lever refers to a component of Neil Watson’s newly acquired pedal steel guitar. Japanese Shadows is adapted from a theme written for my son Cameron’s film of the same name.” Read more…

Ron Samsom And The Neutrino Funk Experience – Ace Tone
A regular sideman on numerous Rattle Jazz releases, Ron Samsom’s first album as band leader is an affectionate, no-holds-barred, pumping homage to 70s jazz funk. Ace Tone bristles with energy and attitude – on every level, this album kicks! There is confidence to burn from every one of the talented collaborators on Ace Tone, confidence that stems from years of application and understanding, but more importantly a deeply intuitive, visceral connection with the propulsive heart of hard-grooving jazz. But what makes this music truly infectious and wholly authentic is the passion and warmth at it’s core, the sheer joy of groove, and grit, and pump! Read more…

Flying Out newies
There are a few short form releases this week, including Dudley Benson’s Muscles EP (as above), a Disco Mix 12″ from Lord Echo and California’s DJ Day, and a new EP from Rob Aickin. There’s a handful of new singles too, including a new tune from an undeniable legend in the form of Bic Runga, the debut single from Yoko-Zuna featuring Team Dynamite, “Crazy” from Ed Waaka, and “B.A.D.” from Tipene. And you can now pre-order the new Marlon Williams album on LP, along with “New Gold Mountain”.

On the Live Front

Parabola West Winter Warm-Up Tour
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(Quirky Records) is the sound of Auckland singer/songwriter Amy Tucker.  Enjoy an hour of originals & covers as Parabola West kicks off her Winter Warm-Up Tour. Her catchy indie-pop tunes have been featured on NZ radio, and her debut EP “Did You Hear?” is currently selling across America, UK, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Her tour started on Friday July 3 in Hamilton, and she is also visiting Mt Ruapehu, Foxton, Titahi Bay, Hastings, finishing again in Hamilton on July 9.  See the tour dates here…

Here’s the AF GUIDE – upcoming events at the Audio Foundation and around NZ.
Coming up around NZ:
Monday 6 July
Vitamin S Pool Night – Wine Cellar, Auckland, 8pm
Coming up at the Audio Foundation:
Wednesday 8 July – AF Film Night: ‘David, Moffett and Ornette’ + ‘Sound??’ (Rahsaan Roland Kirk & John Cage), 8pm Read more…
Thursday 9 July – Conrad Wedde & Puck Murphy Water Shrine #1 exhibition opening, 5.30pm. Read more…
Friday 10 July – Monopoly Child Star Searchers (US), Kraus, Ducklingmonster, 8pm. Read more…
Saturday 11 July – Musical Electronics Library Fundraiser w/ Trip Pony, Ron Gallipoli, Centre Negative, Ben Holmes, 8pm. Read more…

Around the World

Facebook Launches a Complicated Video Monetization Program

by Nina Ulloa of Digital Music News

(Updated 7/3/15 10:30 AM PST: Facebook is negotiating to bring major labels music videos to news feeds. “Let’s hope Facebook also plans on bringing in indie labels”, says DMN.) 

monetisationNews recently came out that Facebook was in talks with major labels. Now Facebook’s video monetization plan is here. Facebook will split revenue from video ads with creators. The split is the same as YouTube, 55% goes to creators and 45% goes to Facebook.

Before you get all excited about your newfound revenue, realize that Facebook’s algorithm is pretty complicated. According to Fortune, ads will only be shown when Facebook mobile users watch multiple suggested videos in a row. Ads will play between videos, and the money will be split between the creators of the videos that came before and after the ad.

For example, say Company A has a 3 minute video, then an ad plays, then a one minute video from Company B plays.
Company A would get 3/4 of 55% = 41.25% of revenue. Company B would get 1/4 of 55% = 13.75% of ad revenue.

The new revenue program is starting with a few dozen partners, including Funny or Die, NBA, Fox Sports, and others.

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

Photo from Flickr by Nick Ares used with the Creative Commons License.

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Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 25 June 2015




This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 17 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive plat x1
2 7 44 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 2 10 Lucky Stars Don McGlashan Border/DRM
4 1 Runaway Days The Warratahs NativeTongue/Southbound
5 3 5 Multi-Love Unknown Mortal Orchestra Rhythm
6 8 295 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
7 4 50 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
8 11 100 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
9 9 81 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Bubbs/Rhythm/DRM
10 5 194 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
11 1 A Cuppa Tea And A Lie Down The Able Tasmans FlyingNun
12 205 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
13 10 15 Citizen TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
14 6 5 XXEP Janine And The Mixtape LittleMixTape
15 48 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
16 9 Drylands Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
17 20 42 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
18 1 Weightless Sally Stockwell Ellamy/Southbound
19 13 25 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
20 14 7 Live At The Matterhorn Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 25 June 2015

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 15 White Lines Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 27 So High Six60 Massive plat x1
3 3 34 Special Six60 Massive plat x2
4 4 17 Purple Six60 Massive
5 7 167 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
6 5 17 Exhale Six60 Massive
7 6 24 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
8 9 96 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
9 8 15 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive
10 63 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet plat x1

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 28 June 2015

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 11 White Lines Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 24 So High Six60 Massive plat x1
3 3 6 Love To Love You Deach Empire
4 4 34 Special Six60 Massive plat x2
5 8 47 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet plat x1
6 6 4 Mountain The Phoenix Foundation PhoenixFoundation
7 3 Calling You Shayna King DRM
8 9 36 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
9 1 Together Jody Direen DRM
10 1 Like Michael Jackson Savage SavageEntertainment

McLaughlin Law Music Law Newsletter: Recording Agreements – Part 2




Having looked in the last edition of our Music Law Newsletter at some of the different kinds of Recording, Licensing and Distribution Agreements available these days, this time around we’ll be moving on to look at some of the key points to be aware of in these agreements.

One of the most important aspects of any agreement is being clear on just how long it will run for.  For Recording and also for Licensing Agreements this is usually defined around how many albums you are required to make for the record label.

Exclusive License
Under a Licensing Agreement the record company will also retain an exclusive right to sell your albums for a certain period after you’ve delivered the last of your required albums.  This can be for a period of up to 10 years or even longer.  At the end of this period you’ll get full rights back in all your recordings.

Under a Recording Agreement however, even once you’ve delivered the required number of records, the record label will in fact own these records forever. They do of course though continue to pay you royalties forever.

End of Agreement
It is important to note though that under both Recording and Licensing Agreements you will generally be free to make records for whomever you choose after you’ve delivered the last required record under your deal.

Distribution Agreements
Production and Distribution and straight Distribution Agreements are effectively set up in the same kind of way as Licensing Agreements although it is not uncommon to see these types of agreements apply to just one album or maybe one album with an option, exercisable by the record label, to distribute your next album too.  The period that the label will have rights in your recordings will however be much shorter than a Licensing Agreement, perhaps only 3 years in some cases.

When it comes to payment under Recording Agreements and Licensing Agreements you will generally receive a percentage of the income received by the record company for each album sold.  This amount is what we commonly know as ‘royalties’.  Now although a percentage of the income may sound like a fairly straight forward calculation, be warned that there is usually a lot more detail in Recording Agreements and Licensing Agreements around defining exactly what your royalty is!

Published Price to Dealer
For starters your royalty will not be paid on the price you see your album selling in the stores at, but rather on the basis of the price that the record label sells the albums to the store at.  This is known as the Published Price to Dealer or ‘PPD’ for short.  This calculation works slightly differently in the case of digital sales however.

There are usually also deductions provided for from the royalties otherwise payable, including to allow for any TV advertising that may be done to support the album and also deductions if your album is sold at less than full price – which of course happens a lot, even for well-known artists.  There is also likely to be an allowance for the record label to provide additional discounts to retailers to encourage them to stock the album.

In terms of payment, Production and Distribution and straight Distribution Agreements are set up in a slightly different way.  Under these types of Agreement the record label will take a set percentage of the total income received from selling the album, usually somewhere around 25%, before paying the balance on to you.  In the case of Production and Distribution Agreements the record label’s costs of physically producing the albums or encoding and uploading them to digital music services will also be a cost that will be deducted out of any payments due to you.

Payment Procedure
Although the amount you get paid under any agreement is probably going to be your primary concern you also shouldn’t underestimate the importance of the provisions that relate to how this payment is actually made to you.  For example, be very aware of how often the record label is required to pay you.  This can range anywhere from perhaps monthly in the case of some Distribution Agreements through to a more traditional quarterly or six monthly for Recording Agreements and Licensing Agreements.  Other provisions around your ability to audit the books of the record label to ensure you are being correctly paid are also very important to have included.

The final key aspect of agreements in the recording industry that is vital to consider is the issue of what territory the agreement applies to.  Under Licensing Agreements, Production and Distribution Agreements and Distribution Agreements, the territory refers to the areas in which the record label is entitled to sell your album.

For most deals signed out of New Zealand the ‘territory’ will normally be limited to just New Zealand and often Australia.  This means you are in theory free to try and find other labels outside of these two territories to help you release your album.  However, for a lot of Artists getting an overseas release in another territory, (other than perhaps a digital only release,) is always going to be difficult unless you are actually permanently or semi-permanently based in that territory, or can prove you are committed to touring there on a regular basis.

The World
Under Recording Agreements you’re generally required to provide your services as a recording artist to the record label for ‘the world’, so the issue of territory isn’t quite as important here.

IMNZ Albums Chart to 18 June, 2015




Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 18 June 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 16 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive plat x1
2 3 9 Lucky Stars Don McGlashan Border/DRM
3 2 4 Multi-Love Unknown Mortal Orchestra Rhythm
4 5 49 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
5 4 193 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
6 6 4 XXEP Janine And The Mixtape LittleMixTape
7 7 43 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
8 10 294 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
9 11 80 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
10 8 14 Citizen TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
11 15 99 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
12 14 Stone And Wood Phil Doublet Quirky/DRM
13 24 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
14 6 Live At The Matterhorn Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
15 12 84 Home Brew Home Brew FMG/Universal gold x1
16 18 12 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars
17 7 Narcocorrido Head Like A Hole Rhythm/DRM
18 20 6 The 9th Sam Hunt With David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights Rhythm/DRM
19 6 Quicksand Black River Drive Rhythm/DRM
20 41 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant

IMNZ Singles Chart to Thursday June 18, 2015

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 18 June 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 14 White Lines Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 26 So High Six60 Massive plat x1
3 3 33 Special Six60 Massive plat x2
4 4 16 Purple Six60 Massive
5 7 16 Exhale Six60 Massive
6 6 23 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
7 5 166 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
8 10 14 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive
9 95 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
10 9 13 Mother’s Eyes Six60 Massive

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