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The record labels are in bed with Spotify , and now they’ll be in its app tray too. Tomorrow morning Spotify launches its second round of apps — 12 new ones from labels like Warner Music Group, Def Jam, and indie favorite Matador. There’s also more ways to discover and rate songs with apps like TweetVine that charts popular songs from Twitter, and Filtr that generates playlists based on your Facebook Event guests.
BY Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Jamaica Observer staff reporter email@example.com The original Desert Boots by Clarks BRITISH shoe manufacturer Clarks has teamed with reggae label Trojan Records to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Originals Desert Trek brand and its role in Jamaican culture, according to a statement from Clarks. The statement said Clarks will use the song Let Your Yeah Be Yeah by ska group, the Pioneers as part of its official campaign.
From UMG and Netbiscuits press release: UMG will leverage Netbiscuits’ market-leading B2B web software platform to launch mobile websites and services for UMG ‘s broad array of chart-topping artists. By doing so, UMG will be opening up even more channels of content discovery and delivery to music fans everywhere. Through these artist-branded mobile websites, UMG will offer fans the ability to interact with other fans and to make purchases directly from their handset. Based on the mobile websites, Netbiscuits enables UMG to set up smart hybrid apps for all major platforms, including the iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile devices.
UPDATE #2: Via Billboard : Sources say about half the layoffs are at the company’s distribution arms, Universal Music Group Distribution and Fontana. Also confirmed as being cut: Jim Flammia, VP artist and media relations at Lost Highway Records, and Interscope publicist Jennie Boddy.
<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-14188" title="supply_demand" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/business/2010/01/supply_demand.gif" alt="supply_demand" width="256" height="256" /> Anyone who still remembers the basic principle of Economics 101 understands, on a gut level, one big problem with recorded music: It costs too much . The price of music has everything to do with supply — in that the major labels and music stores set the price of music — and little to do with how much the consumer is willing to pay — in that they either buy at those set prices, get their music for free, or throw up their hands and buy an iPhone app or Blu-Ray disc instead.
Last Wednesday, veteran rapper Busta Rhymes appeared at the launch of Google Music to support his partnership with the newly launched platform -- an announcement that came in confluence with his surprise signing to Cash Money Records , revealed the same day. The former Universal Motown recording artist, whose career-long manager Chris Lighty broke the news of his departure from the shingle in May 2011, has been plotting the alliance since splitting with his former label home. The deal, which Lighty describes as an "outside the box" venture, is a four-album contract with Cash Money, which will handle all physical distribution, as well as a one-off digital distribution agreement with Google Music, which holds exclusive online sales rights for Busta's next album, "E.L.E. 2: End of the World" (due first quarter of 2012).
Yesterday, Google Music announced that their service is opening up to a broader audience and that it will integrate with the music store on Android Market to make music discovery, purchase, and sharing easy and fast. Today, we’re excited to launch the Google Music App for Google TV. The app syncs with your Google Music account in the cloud, so there is no need to stream from a computer or download songs to the TV. Simply download the Google Music app for Google TV from Android Market, login with your account, and enjoy your entire music library through your HDTV and home theater system. Google Music for Google TV plays in the background while you enjoy other apps on your Google TV.
Entertainment Weekly : When iTunes officially sold its 10 billionth download yesterday, it wasn’t to a 14-year-old girl pinging Ke$ha tracks from her MacBook Pro to her third-gen iPhone 3G in geometry class….The lucky winner of a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card (and a whole lot of press) is 71-year-old Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia, a retired real estate agent, onetime Navy radar operator, and grandfather of nine who just wanted Johnny Cash’s 1958 single “Guess Things Happen That Way” for his new Nano, a birthday gift from his children. And he bought it on a PC: “I do not own a Mac, no,” he chuckles. “I knew somebody was going to ask me that question.”
Music fans of tomorrow are kids of today, and the way they pay for digital content is through virtual worlds like Farmville and Penguin Town, which turn the acquisition of virtual goods — and digital music is nothing if not a virtual good — into a game. Conduit Labs’ Music Pets app for Facebook may look cute, but it could have tangible ramifications for how music is discovered and sold in the future. The goal of Music Pets is to entertain a virtual pet by training it to like the music you like, then using points to send the pet out to find more music to add to your collection. It sounds silly, but this cartoon-ish virtual world includes every element of the real-world music experience: getting recommendations, deciding whether you like songs, collecting music, and going over to your friends’ “houses” to play songs from your collection, which, as with just about everything else, requires that you expend points.
Le projet est incertain, mais le calendrier est clair. " Si nous le faisons, nous le ferons cette année ", a déclaré ce matin Jonathan Miller , reponsable des activités numériques du groupe News Corp ., au MIPTV, alors qu'on l'interrogeait sur un projet de service musical par abonnement sur MySpace , le réseau social racheté par Murdoch en 2005. " Il est plus probable que pas probable " que MySpace se jette dans le bain, a précisé Jonathan Miller, qui anticipe également " une résurgence de l'industrie de la musique " à la faveur d'un essor de nouvelles sources de revenus pour le marché. Ce projet en cours chez MySpace fait écho à sa vision des réseaux sociaux : "MySpace a perdu son mojo car il n'a pas travaillé sur sa technologie.
Also of note: An Attempt to Explain How Much Artists Earn Online… The Guardian : But last year it was claimed that over a five-month period, 1m plays of Lady Gaga’s hit Poker Face – one of the most popular songs on the site – earned her just $167.