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Wednesday's Music Brief: Free "Free", Martin Atkins, Slump Continues, iLike & More



  • Music Business Can't Shake Slump: Album sales for the first half of 2009 are down 15% from the same period in 2008. (The Wrap)
  • UK Govt Says Needs More Time to Reduce P2P (ZeroPaid)
  • SoundExchange shares details of the new webcaster royalty agreement. (SoundExchange)
  • ILike new logo iLike has a 24 hour advance exclusive of The Dead Walkers. Jack White joined forces with Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs) and Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) to form the new band. Listen here.
  • How A Buzz Band Became A Buzz Band: A Rural Alberta Advantage Case Study (Hit Singularity)
  • Twitter as music marketing tool. (cNet)
  • From Nashville's recent Leadership Music Digital Summit: The music industry's prime mission is to service the consumer - and, while they're at it, to think of that person primarily as a fan rather than, at least initially, a targeted potential buyer. As stated by Duncan Freeman, President, Bandmetrics, at 'Drastic Measures: New Metrics in the Music Business,' "It's not mainly about sales anymore. Sales are a byproduct of that meaningful relationship" between artists and fans."  (Cybergrass)