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boody 4th February 2010 03:46 PM
Men at Work sued over 'stolen' riff in Down Under - Telegraph

Australian rock band, Men at Work, face paying out thousands of dollars in compensation after "stealing" a riff from a children's campfire rhyme.
Men at Work sued over 'stolen' riff in Down Under - Telegraph

So, if I understand it right the melody is known from kindergarten, Men at Work used it in their famous song 'Down Under' and now they have to pay because some publisher has the rights.
rack gear 3rd February 2010 11:34 PM
Live@NMS: Beyond MySpace, Facebook, Twitter... — Digital Music News

The stats have been glaring participants in the face - so many bands, so little success, so much noise.
ouch again.
rack gear 3rd February 2010 11:29 PM

Is DIY Suddenly DOA? Why Bands Really Need Friends... — Digital Music News


reality rears it's ugly head... xhh are you taking notes?
rack gear 3rd February 2010 07:51 PM
Music's lost decade: Sales cut in half in 2000s - Feb. 2, 2010

Total revenues from U.S. music sales and licensing have fallen dramatically to $6.3 billion in 2009 from $13.4 billion in 1999, according to a report recently released by Forrester Research.

anyone who doesn't think piracy is hurting the industry needs to take a serious look at this...

Music's lost decade: Sales cut in half in 2000s - Feb. 2, 2010

SpiralTrance 3rd February 2010 11:20 AM
Newzbin vs 20th Century Fox, Hollywood vs Usenet Indexing: Day One at the High Court (Update: Day 2) | UsenetShack

Newzbin vs 20th Century Fox/MPAA: Read about their first day at the High Court in London.
Newzbin vs 20th Century Fox, Hollywood vs Usenet Indexing: Day One at the High Court (Update: Day 2) | UsenetShack

Intersting. I'm wagering that newzbin will win the case and once again the media conglomerates will make themself look very stupid. At the very least this case may give lots of free publicity for usenet.
XHipHop 2nd February 2010 07:47 AM
Your New Bigger, Badder and More Powerful

Yesterday ReverbNation launched a massive upgrade to the look and feel of the site.* We have a new logo, and a new site, but the same die-hard, Artists-First philosophy. Take a look at your* profile page and you’ll immediately see
Your New Bigger, Badder and More Powerful « ReverbNation Blog

They have my favorite email service for artists...and now they just made much more of their site better.

Check it out!
rack gear 2nd February 2010 05:42 AM
Plugged/Unplugged: CwF+RtB = WTF? |

Engaging fans with new products is a smart strategy, but does it mean the end of licensing?
Plugged/Unplugged: CwF+RtB = WTF?

I encourage you all to read the whole thing - but this snippet is telling:

the nine artists Masnick cites to support his theory are the exception, not the rule. Jaron Lanier in his new book "You Are Not a Gadget" addresses this succinctly here:
The tiny number of success stories is worrisome. The history of the web is filled with novelty-driven success stories that can never be repeated. One you woman started a website simply asking for donations to help her pay down her credit cards, and it worked! But none of the many people who tried to replicate her trick met with success.

business model or lottery ticket? ... business model for Masnick selling his brand of new media religion... lottery ticket for bands & artists...
XHipHop 2nd February 2010 03:56 AM

Start Making Cents - home

Radio show about the changing landscape of the music industry and how to make money.

Hell yes.
XHipHop 2nd February 2010 02:58 AM
Lady Gaga's Use Of Free Music | Techdirt

the usual crowd will be dismissive as usual. just another "exception", right guys?
rack gear 2nd February 2010 12:55 AM
Sony slashing 6 1/2% of staff - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety

In the latest round of layoffs to hit Hollywood, Sony Pictures Entertainment is slashing its workforce by 6 1/2%.. Film News from the entertainment source: Variety. Sony slashing 6 1/2% of staff.
yeah... the film business is doing just fine...
Sony slashing 6 1/2 percent of staff - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety
Lackatee 30th January 2010 09:19 AM

Anyone here about this? I just randomly stumbled on it looking for Recording Techniques used by Eric himself. Surprised I didn't hear about this sooner. That's pretty wild. I'm shocked these guys actually thought they would get away with it!

If you don't know who Eric valentine is, check out his Wiki --> Eric Valentine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

DS Speed-Freak 28th January 2010 12:15 AM
Is streaming the future of music?

Experts at the Midem industry conference in Cannes discuss whether streaming services will ever be profitable.
IMO....only if artists and labels can make a decent return.

BBC News - Is streaming the future of music?
XHipHop 27th January 2010 01:01 AM
After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday's Web Site | The New York Observer

I know that is about the newspaper industry but they face similar issues to us.

I guess people aren't willing to deal with a paywall when there are other options available (and there always will be).
j.pitchers 26th January 2010 10:27 AM

Hi guys,

Just wanted to let you know about this new course we've got launching Sept 2010 - we're still taking applications so if you're interested, let us know! Here's the details:

Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in South-East London is launching a degree in Music Production for Media. This new course prepares musicians and composers for today's rapidly changing industry, and whether you're a performer, producer or composer, you will be guided in taking your career forward with a focus on creativity as well as the business skills to make your talent work in the real world. A limited number of sponsorship grants for £8000 (per student) are provided by the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, so apply today!

For more information on the course visit -

Ravensbourne – Sound and Music

For more info on Ravensbourne itself, visit -

Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
XHipHop 25th January 2010 09:03 AM
@ Midem: New MusicDNA Format Wants To Bolt Rich Media On To MP3 — paidContent

Talk about ballsy. The German co-inventor of MP3 and a Norwegian company called Bach have teamed to create a new audio format they reckon is…
@ Midem: New MusicDNA Format Wants To Bolt Rich Media On To MP3 | paidContent:UK
XHipHop 25th January 2010 08:40 AM
I'm wondering if anyone here has chosen so sign with any of the digital distribution labels that Tunecore has helped put together for the major labels?

They are:

Interscope: Interscope Digital Distribution: Digital Music Distribution
Republic: Republic Digital Distribution: Digital Music Distribution
Island DefJam: Island Def Jam Digital Distribution: Digital Music Distribution
Motown: UniMo Digital Distribution: Digital Music Distribution

Any positives/negatives? Have the labels offered you any opportunities/resources?

This is a very new thing so I just wanted to open up a dialogue about it and hopefully hear about some user experiences.
NotVeryLoud 25th January 2010 06:20 AM
The A & R Guy - YouTube

Meet Bertie Big Balls, the A & R guy ! A tongue in cheek account of my experience in the music industry :o)
This is too funny. Aside form the artist's GFYS! response, I'm sure this will seem like a spot-on documentary to many.

YouTube - The A & R Guy
rackdude 24th January 2010 09:49 PM
Torrent Droid Android App Lets You Scan UPCs, Get Torrents In Return

The full version of Torrent Droid will be out in a month, but this video shows you what you ned to know already. Scan a UPC bar code and the app will search BitTorrent automatically.
Torrent Droid Android App Lets You Scan UPCs, Get Torrents In Return - Torrent droid - Gizmodo

Now all you have to do is scan the barcode and it will download the torrent on your PC at home and start downloading?

The catch: if something has a barcode and is being sold, that's called stealing.
DCW 24th January 2010 01:45 PM
Hi -- below is some quoted advice from a BBC website (How To Send CDs To Radio – Fresh On The Net) about sending CDs to radio stations:

"One final point is that release dates are traditionally on a Monday and really matter. Set yours for at least two months ahead, to allow lead time for your campaign.... In short, get as much “stuff” happening as possible around the release date. Then send your promos out to radio 4-8 weeks beforehand – and follow up by email or phone a week or so later.... A CD may get airplay anytime up to and including the week of release. Once that’s passed, the record is effectively dead for the present. "

I'm not clear about the importance of the release date: for example, why do they say that once the release date is passed the record is "effectively dead" -- surely singles get played well after their release dates!? And why would there be any problem in submitting a single for radio play, say, a month after it's been released as a digital download?
mdme_sadie 24th January 2010 04:58 AM
Lip-synch fine for Chinese stars

Two Chinese pop singers fall foul of a lip-synching ban, facing fines of up to $12,000 (?7,400) for allegedly miming at a show.
BBC News - Chinese pop stars face $12,000 lip-synching fine

So, what do people actually think about this? Personally I'm inclined to think (in my crusty way) that it's a good thing in general terms for music and the fans, but.. well... I mean China will probably end up making hits and stuff if it's recording industry has to employ musicians that can actually play. How can we in the west compete?!?!
XHipHop 23rd January 2010 01:30 PM
midem: the yearly business event dedicated to the music industry -

midem is the yearly international b2b event dedicated to the new music ecosystem, with a tradeshow, conferences, competitions, networking and gigs.
New videos up here:

MIDEM 2010 - The world’s music community meets at Cannes, France - MIDEM

Some blog coverage:

MIDEM(Net) Blog

Twitter coverage:

#midem hashtag
XHipHop 23rd January 2010 02:05 AM
Spotify Already "Paying Out Well" to Record Labels

Spotify is already reportedly offering a sustainable revenue stream to the labels it’s made licensing deals with.
Spotify Already "Paying Out Well" to Record Labels

Looks like SOMEONE (coughRVScough) was wrong AGAIN. the blind leading the blind...
XHipHop 22nd January 2010 04:35 AM

How people use Neilsen to hurt musicians. (TuneCorner)

Time to get the "Facts" straight.
claend 20th January 2010 05:55 PM
MediaFuturist: The consequences of being connected

The New Cultural Economy (Bottom Line by Gerd Leonhard)
Gleon hard on "The consequences of being connected" - Video

MediaFuturist: The consequences of being connected
rack gear 19th January 2010 11:57 PM

Tommy Boy Silverman Makes a Case Against DIY... — Digital Music News

Can artists truly maximize their careers on their own? Initially, artists experienced the thrill of total freedom and direct fan connectivity, thanks to a raft of do-it-yourself digital tools.

But the hangover happened quickly; suddenly, artists found themselves spending disproportionate amounts of time online, and not on their instruments, in studios, or within their creative zones.
Read On:
The State of the Music Business | Musician Coaching
rack gear 17th January 2010 06:03 PM

The Battle Over ISPs: RIAA, BPI Working Both Sides of the Atlantic... — Digital Music News

this would be an unlikely outcome for pirates, eh? progress is these conversations are actually happening.

The Battle Over ISPs: RIAA, BPI Working Both Sides of the Atlantic...

If only those unruly ISPs could be controlled, instead of running wild over the lawless internet. Of course, the issue is far more complicated than that, though not for major label trade groups like the RIAA and BPI. Both are continuing to apply pressure on their respective governments to slap a leash on ISPs and curb piracy in the process.

In the UK, the BPI is pushing for amendments to the Digital Economy Bill that would force injunctions against sites and ISPs suspected of enabling piracy. According to documents first reported by the Register, punitive authority 'would be granted when an ISP had refused to take down infringing material,' though due process appears absent from the approach. The amendment is now fodder for further debate, and ISPs, search engines, and other parties are unsurprisingly opposed to the BPI proposal.

Back in the US, the RIAA is fighting a more difficult fight. Instead of three-strikes debates and anti-piracy initiatives, the RIAA is struggling to score cooperative agreements with access providers. Now, that fight is overlapping with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and an ongoing debate over net neutrality.

Earlier this week, the organization lobbied the FCC to consider the effect of piracy on internet bandwidth. "We have a particularly strong interest in ensuring an internet in which media applications – which, unlike file-sharing applications, have a low tolerance for network delay – can function smoothly and without the network congestion caused by piracy-inflated traffic," the group relayed.

JJAM 16th January 2010 04:17 PM
Music file-sharer walks free in download trial - Crime - UK - The Independent

On first sight, it may have seemed an open-and-shut case: a software engineer accused of running one of the world's largest music-sharing websites was found with $300,000 (£185,000) in his PayPal accounts, running a site with 200,000 members who had downloaded 21 million files.
Music file-sharer walks free in download trial - Crime, UK - The Independent
rack gear 15th January 2010 08:41 AM

Biden's Briefing: Media, Anti-Piracy 'Big Dogs' Convene... — Digital Music News
Biden's Briefing: Media, Anti-Piracy 'Big Dogs' Convene...

The US-based anti-piracy battle has so many chapters ahead, and the appointment of 'IP czar' Victoria Espinel is just the beginning. On Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden hosted a roundtable to discuss the administration's ongoing anti-piracy strategy, and details are just starting to emerge.

The meeting was a collection of 'big dogs,' according to one 'Inside-the-Beltway' insider, and the attendee list included Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and US Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan.

That was just the beginning, as top CEOs from a swath of major media companies (studios, television, book publishing, newspaper, music) were also on deck. On the music side, the cast included Edgar Bronfman, CEO, Warner Music Group; Linda Bloss-Baum, Vice President, Warner Music Group; Zachary Horowitz, President & COO, Universal Music Group; Matthew Gerson, Executive Vice President, Universal Music Group; Mitch Bainwol, Chairman & CEO, RIAA; David Israelite, President & CEO, NMPA; and Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, National Executive Director, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

The 'other side,' including technology, ISP, and consumer representatives, were not invited.

So what was discussed? One insider characterized the meeting as 'introductory in nature,' while noting that 'enough big dogs were present' to stir some serious action. But Biden clearly took the side of media holders, pointing to a problem with 'flat unadulterated theft' that 'should be dealt with,' while calling for the Justice Department to coordinate anti-piracy efforts at a local level.

Additionally, Attorney General Eric Holder called for an international meeting to discuss the issue, a stance that makes sense given the borderless nature of file-sharing technologies.

Perhaps all of this is too late for the recording industry, though Hollywood is just starting to get energized. "Once Hollywood gets freaked out, this whole thing goes to another level," another executive relayed. Perhaps that moment has already arrived.

The complete attendee list:
  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
  • Eric Holder, United States Attorney General
  • Gary Locke, United States Secretary of Commerce
  • Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Robert S. Mueller, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • John T. Morton, Assistant Secretary, United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security
  • David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Douglas A. Smith, Assistant Secretary, Office of the Private Sector, Department of Homeland Security
  • Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, The White House
  • Mark J. Sullivan, Director, United States Secret Service
  • Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Carol Melton, Executive Vice President, Time Warner Inc.
  • Philippe Dauman, Chairman & CEO, Viacom
  • DeDe Lea, Executive Vice President, Viacom
  • Jeffrey Zucker, CEO, NBC Universal
  • Rick Cotton, General Counsel, NBC Universal
  • Alec French, Vice President, NCB Universal
  • Edgar Bronfman, CEO, Warner Music Group
  • Linda Bloss-Baum, Vice President, Warner Music Group
  • Brian Murray, President & CEO, Harper Collins
  • Zachary Horowitz, President & COO, Universal Music Group
  • Matthew Gerson, Executive Vice President, Universal Music Group
  • Michael Regan, Executive Vice President, News Corporation
  • Richard Bates, Senior Vice President, The Walt Disney Company
  • Toni Bush, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Daniel Glickman, Chairman & CEO, Motion Picture Association of America
  • Mitch Bainwol, Chairman & CEO, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Matthew Loeb, International President, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States
  • Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, National Executive Director, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
  • Taylor Hackford, President, Directors Guild of America
  • Jay Roth, National Executive Director, Directors Guild of America
  • David Israelite, President & CEO, National Music Publishers’ Association
  • David White, National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator, Screen Actors Guild
  • Alan Hoffman, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President
  • Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Office of Management & Budget
  • Terrell McSweeny, Domestic Policy Advisor, Office of the Vice President
  • Andrew Kline, Senior Advisor for Crime Policy, Office of the Vice President
  • Susan Davies, Associate Counsel to the President
  • James Garland, Counselor to the Attorney General and Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of Justice

all versus self righteous kids in dorms... have at it...
XHipHop 14th January 2010 03:58 AM

Neilsen Says TuneCore is responsible for ~100% of the music releases in 2009 (and oh yeah, we are a major record label) (TuneCorner)

Some good points near the end. And also a list of some indies that sold 250k through tunecore last year!
XHipHop 14th January 2010 01:07 AM
An iPhone Ad Disguised As A User-Editable Vampire Weekend Music Video | TechCrunch

Ads on the iPhone, just as ads on the web, are something most users want to avoid. But some of the ad companies that are specifically targeting newer smartphone devices such as the iPhone are becoming increasingly inventive with their approach to advertising. A good example of this just launched today in the NPR app for the iPhone. In this app, the mobile analytics and advertising company Medialets is serving up an ad for the new album, Contra, by the band Vampire Weekend. At first, the ad just peeks out at the bottom of the NPR app, but if you click to expand it, it quickly takes up the entire device. So why would you want to do this? Because it's a video for Vampire Weekend's new song
An iPhone Ad Disguised As A User-Editable Vampire Weekend Music Video

Just throwing some inspiration out there to encourage people to think outside of the box. smilies

Seriously, android and apple are going to be huge this decade and you better get your head around them asap (or hire someone that does).

This year, location based apps and services are going to be the big trend.
Foursquare is leader in this field but i believe the NIN app last year allowed concert goers to communicate and identify each are these going to play into your long term strategy?

XHipHop 13th January 2010 11:48 PM
Michael Geist - Harvard Study Finds Weaker Copyright Protection Has Benefited Society

Dr. Michael Geist is the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa., harvard paper on file sharing
Overall production figures for the creative industries appear to be consistent with this view that file sharing has not discouraged artists and publishers. While album sales have generally fallen since 2000, the number of albums being created has exploded. In 2000, 35,516 albums were released. Seven years later, 79,695 albums (including 25,159 digital albums) were published (Nielsen SoundScan, 2008). Even if file sharing were the reason that sales have fallen, the new technology does not appear to have exacted a toll on the quantity of music produced....

Similar trends can be seen in other creative industries. For example, the worldwide number of feature films produced each year has increased from 3,807 in 2003 to 4,989 in 2007 (Screen Digest, 2004 and 2008). Countries where film piracy is rampant have typically increased production. This is true in South Korea (80 to 124), India (877 to 1164), and China (140 to 402). During this period, U.S. feature film production has increased from 459 feature films in 2003 to 590 in 2007 (MPAA, 2007).

As these results show, income from the sale of complements can more than compensate artists for any harm that file sharing might do to their primary activity. We are not aware of empirical work that has looked at these effects in industries other than music. But the potential of complements to provide ancillary income is certainly not unique to the music industry. In film, for instance, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) estimates that Hollywood derives $16 billion annually from sales of entertainment merchandise, a figure that exceeds the value of ticket sales (Film Encyclopedia, 2008).

The role of complements makes it necessary to adopt a broad view of markets when considering the impact of file sharing on the creative industries. Unfortunately, the popular press -- and a good number of policy experts -- often evaluate file sharing looking at a single product market. Analyzing trends in CD sales, for example, they conclude that piracy has wrecked havoc on the music business. This view confuses value creation and value capture. Record companies may find it more difficult to profitably sell CDs, but the broader industry is in a far better position. In fact, it is easy to make an argument that the business has grown considerably. Figure 7 shows spending on CDs, concerts and iPods. The decline in music sales -- they fell by 15% from 1997 to 2007 -- is the focus of much discussion. However, adding in concerts alone shows the industry has grown by 5% over this period. If we also consider the sale of iPods as a revenue stream, the industry is now 66% larger than in 1997.... Technological change will often lead to changes in relative prices and shifts in business opportunities. Focusing exclusively on traditional streams of revenue to arrive at a sense of how new technology changes welfare will typically be misleading.

Summary of study from:

Michael Geist - Harvard Study Finds Weaker Copyright Protection Has Benefited Society

PDF of study:
XHipHop 11th January 2010 10:17 PM
WMG's Bronfmen & Cohen Paid $14 Million In 2009 - hypebot

Two Top Warner Music Execs Collect Twice Their 2007 Payouts According to a new SEC filing, Warner Music Group's two top executives, Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Lyor Cohen, earned a combined $14 million in salary, bonuses, stock and stock options in 2009. That's down $2 million from their combined 2008 compensation, but twice what they earned in 2007. This chart via paidContent details for WMG's four top execs: click on image to enlarge The millions of dollars in compensation to the company's leader comes at a time of widening losses and shrinking revenue at WMG. WMG Paid $9M In Apple...
WMG's Bronfmen & Cohen Paid $14 Million In 2009 - hypebot

I guess the stock DID double in the last year...
XHipHop 11th January 2010 09:24 PM
FreeAllMusic Signs Up Universal Music For Ad-Supported Downloads | TechCrunch

Universal Music Group is partnering with new ad-sponsored digital music download service to let anyone download music from the record label's artists, which include Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Jay Sean. Via Free All Music's platform, thousands of tracks will be offered at a rate of 20 free downloads per month, five per week, starting every Tuesday. The recently launched, which appears to be in private beta, lets users access downloadable, high-quality, iPod-compatible MP3s of advertiser-paid, free, legal, and unrestricted song. The catch: users watch a video commercial per download on the site, Users' music selections and sponsoring brands are then promoted externally through an opt-in, digital advertising network.
FreeAllMusic Signs Up Universal Music For Ad-Supported Downloads

Download tracks for free after watching a video commercial.
XHipHop 11th January 2010 07:52 PM
Kara DioGuardi balances songwriting, TV work | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - It might be necessary to coin a new term to describe Kara DioGuardi: Rather than a multihyphenate, she's a mega-hyphenate.The songwriter-producer-publisher-A&R executive-American
Kara DioGuardi balances songwriting, TV work | Reuters
JustCallMeRoc 10th January 2010 06:18 PM

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I'm interested in building profit making, music related websites.

While I was researching and writing down ideas, I checked the stats of I'm not going to lie when the website first came out and I checked it out I thought that it simply was a fail.

I used multiple calculator websites knowing that all of them are not accurate but just to get a rough draft of the potential of that website, and I found out that all of the calculator websites state pretty high numbers like; high ad revenue and high unique visitors. Actually this website outperforms all of the other sites I've checked (again knowing that these calculators are not accurate).

My personal opinion: Just everything seems to be a disaster on that site, that's the word that describes it best for me. The forums are not good at all, the site is hard to navigate, the design is cheaply made, everything is cluttered, and the information that you can get on that site is not of any value.

I can understand when 50 uses his name and influence to get visitors to that page, but the big question is; what makes the visitors stay? Furthermore what makes them come back? Can you find something that would make you come back?

Edit: I find this site much more valuable and it is qualitative made better, it is successful too: Global Grind – Ultimate Source For Everything Hip Hop and Celebrity Blogs | Hip Hop & Celebrity News, Celebrities, Entertainment & Gossip
rack gear 10th January 2010 08:42 AM
Case Study... Mia Rose... I saw her video featured on youtube, googled her, got her wiki...

Mia Rose - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

let's see... this song has been viewed almost 1.5m times on YouTube
"What would Christmas be like?"

you can buy it on itunes here:

she has 13m channel views on youtube, and 97m video views... these are massive, major label type numbers... but...

...according to soundscan - she's sold under 3,500 individual song downloads about 300 album downloads and under 200 single sales (two song single)... wow...

so where is that indie success story aided by a free give-a-way model and the benefit of rampant piracy?

this article was from three years ago - global audience on YouTube and no break out sales in the USA... hmmm
The future looks rosy for Mia | The Sun |Showbiz|Bizarre

XHipHop 9th January 2010 11:10 PM
Jelli's User Controlled Radio Gets A Big Win: Live 105 To Use It Daily | TechCrunch

Jelli, which launched last year, is a user-controlled online streaming service - sort of a Digg for streaming music, or a group-controlled Pandora. Listeners vote songs up or down to create and alter the playlist. Today they're announcing an important business development deal - an actual radio station, Live 105 in San Francisco, will be using Jelli to set their playlists every weekday. Starting this Monday, every weekday from 8 pm to midnight, Jelli takes over. Users don't just vote songs up and down. They also get a limited number of Rockets and Bombs to move music more definitively up and down the list. And the chat area gets lively. Bad news for those radio DJs.
Jelli’s User Controlled Radio Gets A Big Win: Live 105 To Use It Daily

An interesting start to '10. First, in the cell phone made a move to show cell phone carriers in America that they will not be able to lock phones anymore and that the CONSUMERS will get their choice.

Now the music industry is going to learn the same lesson.

The 10's are the decade where companies learn that the consumer gets what they want or they perish.
rack gear 9th January 2010 03:13 AM

MIDEM(Net) Blog: Ted Cohen: Breaking Through The Noise

quote from the article link above:

The Internet was supposed to be the ultimate leveler, great music would be able to find its audience, the 'big label' gatekeepers would no longer control access to the masses.

It hasn't exactly played out that way. According to my friend, Tommy Silverman/Tommy Boy Records and the co-founder of the New Music Seminar recently told me that he did the math and only 228 artists broke 10,000 units for the first time last year out of 105,000 albums. That’s 2.17% but only 15 of those did it without the help of a real label. That's not very encouraging to the other ninety-eight percent.

While tens of thousand of artists are self-releasing their music, their ability to get noticed in a meaningful way is stifled by the sheer volume of music that is arriving daily at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, MySpace Music, Yahoo, Rhapsody, Pandora, iHeart and others. Ten years ago, there were roughly twenty-five thousand album releases a year. In 2009, it is estimated that there will be over one hundred thousand albums put into digital distribution. That's roughly a million new tracks a year, four million minutes of music, or almost three thousand days-worth of song. But, maybe, if I listen really, really fast, I could....nope!

The competition for my attention is overwhelming. I've got a spare hour this afternoon, I can listen to fifteen new songs, how do I find the fifteen new artists that will rock my world??
...looks like it will still take big guns in the future to get above the din... to quote the Incredibles "when everyone is special, no one is"...
rack gear 8th January 2010 11:10 PM

Rough Decade: US-Based Albums Tanked 60 Percent In the 2000s... — Digital Music News

Rough Decade: US-Based Albums Tanked 60 Percent In the 2000s... <Rough Decade: US-Based Albums Tanked 60 Percent In the 2000s... &mdash; Digital Music News>
Is the year-over-year album decline getting better, at least in the US? In 2008, the drop was 14 percent, on a unit decline of 72.1 million units. In 2009, the decline was 12.7 percent, on a decline of 54.5 million units.

Sounds like slower bleeding, though in reality, the past ten years have been an absolute bloodbath for the recording industry. In 2000, album sales peaked at 943 million units <Scary Stat: Album Sales Down 54.6 Percent Since 2000... &mdash; Digital Music News> , only to crash more than 60 percent to roughly 374 units in 2009.

Of course, digital albums - and a myriad of other formats - have charged onto the scene since 2000, though not enough to stem the bleeding on physical.

And, perhaps fittingly, the industry lost one of its biggest superstars as the decade closed. The death of Michael Jackson was a tough loss for many fans, but from a purely financial perspective, the incident offered a big album sales boost. In 2009, Jackson shifted 8.2 million albums in the United States alone, according to details shared by Nielsen Soundscan. Without that boost, the year-over-year decline would have been 62.7 million units, a 14.6 percent drop, and the one-time gain raises more questions about 2010 and beyond.

XHipHop 6th January 2010 12:16 AM
Indies Artists Asked To Pay $250 To Sell At Best Buy - hypebot

Independent artists who want their CD's stocked in their local Best Buy stores are being told to pay a $250 non-refundable upfront fee and to use a preferred vendor, the division of J Distribution Best Buy's official web site instructs indie and regional artists: &quot;If you are ready to take your band to the next level, find out more by visiting; On that site, founded by a &quot;former regional buyer for Best Buy,&quot; artists are told to send a J Distribution a CD for review. If selected, the first shipment must be accomponied by a $250 non-refundable &quot;start-up...
Indies Artists Asked To Pay $250 To Sell At Best Buy - hypebot

If you're still doing physical cds, maybe this might be a part of your distribution strategy. Just throwing it out there.

slaveern 4th January 2010 08:18 AM

Not sure if this has been posted.

Article on file-sharing/music revenue...etc.

Your thoughts? 2nd January 2010 11:36 AM
Digital piracy hits the e-book industry -

When Dan Brown's blockbuster novel &quot;The Lost Symbol&quot; hit stores in September, it may have offered a peek at the future of bookselling.
Digital piracy hits the e-book industry -

Another industry starting to feel it.

It's kind of callous, I know, but the more other parallel industries like this (book, textbook, movie, games, software) hurt, the more likely something is to be done about it. In that respect, it's actually good for all of us. 21st December 2009 04:47 AM

Hey Guys & Gals,

Here's an online FREE directory I've just recently set up. I had been using it for a band that I was producing and managing, but am now no longer working with; hence its availability to you now. There are over 21,000 entries and 47 categories. If there are additional categories you'd like to see added, please tell me. I'm also working on adding a message forum, to compliment GearSlutz, not compete with it, as the forum topics will be different than most of GearSlutz. Also, don't be shy about clicking on a few banner ads, as I'm not making squat on the directory as of now and would like to offset my hosting and development costs. Thanks, and your feedback and input is welcomed!...AL


P.S. I did get a Music Licensing agreement with Bunim-Murray for the Real World, Road Rules, Road Rules Extreme Challenge, and the Kardashians, from a contact that is in the Music & TV section of the directory. Good luck and let me know of any successes you have with the directory!
theblue1 17th December 2009 07:04 PM
Special Topic: Year End Wrap Up of Music Upload/Download Sites

Year End Wrap Up of Music Upload/Download Sites It's something that many of us as songwriters go through: looking for an online host for both our works in progress as well as a showcase for our finished work. resources page that probably needs updating.] Like many, this writer has a presence on multiple sites like SoundClick, ReverbNation, iLike,, and others. (I even created my own social net type music site for my band using the community software.) But nothing I've
This thread was just started at Harmony Central's Songwriting Forum on the topic of music distro sites open to indie and micro-indie musicians and labels:

Special Topic: Year End Wrap Up of Music Upload/Download Sites - Harmony Central Musician Community Forums

The intent is to discuss the ideal features of such sites and compare the realities at various sites to those ideals.

If you've got some insight into the field of contenders, I hope you'll feel free to chip in. Or if you simply want to see how it shapes up, feel free to lurk.

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