Category Archives: Music

Can Social Media Marketing Break a New Artist?

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There’s a contest over at MySpace. It’s called Crash the Super Bowl and it’s a contest to win a record contract and a 60 second video to be played at the next Super Bowl. The contest is down to 10 artists and the clock is ticking down in this round of voting.

Kina Grannis, one of the 10 artists still in the running, is working hard to win. She has her blog, Two Weeks for Kina, going full steam and she has made a play to get out the tech vote using social media marketing. With the help of Digg, TechCrunch and Robert Scoble she seems to be breaking out with the tech fans. The Cute Girls Sing Awesome Song About Digg post at Digg has over 4000 votes as I write this and is the top post of the day.


Comes With Music – Is it Total Music?

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Nokia announced Comes with Music that will provide for free music on Nokia’s music phones for up to one year. The company said that it has agreed with the Universal Music Group to offer free 12-month access to Universal artists’ music for buyers of Nokia’s music phones. Once the year is complete, customers can keep   …Continue Reading


RCRD LBL Uses Ads to Provide Free Music

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I came across RCRD LBL today on my stroll around the net today. RCRD LBL is a network of ad supported online record labels and blogs offering completely free music and multimedia content from emerging and established artists. All the music is released in DRM-free MP3 format and will work on any personal computer or   …Continue Reading


French Downloaders May Lose Access to the Web

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Reuters is reporting that Internet users in France who frequently download music or films illegally risk losing Web access under a new anti-piracy system unveiled on Friday. The three-way pact between Internet service providers, the government and owners of film and music rights is a boon to the music industry, which has been calling for   …Continue Reading


Gracenote’s Jim Hollingsworth Talks About Powering The Digital Media Experience

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Jim Hollingsworth, SVP of Gracenote, met with me at Digital Hollywood. Jim was kind enough to go through interview twice, as it appeared our first take didn’t seem to record. It took some work, but I was able to recover the first interview session and I’m glad because the first take is almost always the   …Continue Reading


Universal’s Total Music May Not Play Well

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Business Week is reporting that Universal chief Doug Morris is enlisting other big music players for a service to challenge iTunes and the iPod. The world’s most powerful music executive aims to join forces with other record companies to launch an industry-owned subscription service. BusinessWeek has learned that Morris has already enlisted Sony BMG Music   …Continue Reading


eMusic to Offer Audiobooks in MP3 Format

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eMusic, the music service that has given Apple’s iTunes the most competition in the song-download arena will now offer audiobooks in mp3 format, too. The biggest selling point for eMusic is also its biggest point of controversy: the site uses the MP3 format, which works on any digital player but lacks digital rights management technology,   …Continue Reading


Universal Playing Hardball with Apple – UMG to sell DRM Free Music

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I think Universal Music Group is starting to play hard ball with Apple. They refused to renew their iTunes contract and now they have announced that they Universal Music Group will sell a significant portion of its catalog without the customary copy protection software for at least the next few months. According to the New   …Continue Reading


Universal Music invests in Loud.com

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The Universal Music Group said on Wednesday that it had acquired a stake in the operator of the urban social networking Web site Loud.com, which operates the www.loud.com and www.battlerap.com. “Universal’s strategy is to become actively involved in all areas of media where our artists and our music are present,” stated UMG Vice Chairman/CFO Nick   …Continue Reading


Will Nokia launch a music download service?

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The Register is reporting on rumors that Nokia will jump on the music download bandwagon. Nokia is on the verge of launching its own iTunes-like music downloads service, if rumours are correct. Online reports suggest the handset vendor is to unveil the service later this month, alongside two new music-oriented handsets. Speculation has it that   …Continue Reading