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You're The A&R Department Now, So Take Charge.

image from dja.reawaken.co.uk No matter which page in the history of the record industry you flip to, there's always some talk about artist development or the lack thereof. This barb has been jabbed in the side of label executives for a very long time. In our more romantic notions of the record industry, artists toured – below the public radar – and honed their musical skills.

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FanDistro: Affiliate Marketing For Indie Musicians

image from www.aliadodigital.com Startup FanDistro hopes to bring affiliate marketing to indie musicians with a system that encourages fans to sell their favorite band's music and divides the funds via PayPal 60% to the artist, 20% to the fan (or blogger) and 20% to the company. That would leave artist income similar to selling on iTunes, but PayPal charges could signifigantly lower net payouts. Other companies have introduced similar offerings, but failed to gain traction.  Watch the video and share what you think of FanDistro:

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News Corp COO Carey Says Myspace Makeover Makes It Easier To Sell

image from theapplescore.com (Updated) News Corp seemed more ready than ever to divest itself of Myspace in a Monday interview with the parent company's COO Chase Carey.  "I'm not going to break down (the number of) quarters," he said. "It's not years ... We need to deal with this with urgency."  He praised the recent makeover saying that made the site easier offload. Prior to the changes, it would have been "a pretty tough sale process," according to the exec.

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Is Money Limiting Your Band's Growth?

image from news-libraries.mit.edu On  Music Think Tank, Marcus Taylor suggests that money is bad for your band. He explains that focusing on short-term methods of monetising your music career too early can be counterproductive and hurt your career.

In addition, having less money can make you more valuable. “So, in other words, I think your band should try to make money and operate as a business," he writes, "but you shouldn’t let your perception of money get in the way.”


Why We’re All Fans, And We’re All Artists Now

image from a.onionstatic.com This is part two of my interview segment with Aram Sinnreich, who is assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University and author of the book Mashed Up: Music, Technology, And The Rise Of Configurable Culture. In this interview, Sinneich talks about the challenges of democracy in the digital age; why we're all fans and artists, in our own right; and how music provides us with a roadmap for social evolution.

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Pandora Leading Streaming Brand, But Not Dominant

image from cdn.erictric.com (UPDATED) According to a new study released by Coleman Insights, one in every six Americans stream audio at least once a week. As the number of houses with broadband access rises and smart phones proliferate, they expect this number to increase. Overall, they indicate that streaming is an underdeveloped brand category. The average consumer has top-of-mind awareness of between six or seven local radio stations. In contrast, they can only name one or two music streaming services.

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The Plastic Disc Business Languishes

image from www.centennialloghomes.com It should be no surprise that the plastic disc business is languishing. In a piece in the Guardian, Adam Sherwin documents the DVD industry crisis. The reasons for the decline range from the proliferation of streaming through Netflix, the fledgling need of consumers to buy a TV show box set to view a missed episode, and the rise of Redbox $1 rentals. Movie piracy is obviously a concern too, but it's actually the least empathized cause in the article.

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Music Industry News: Google, MOG, PC Mag Responds, Pledge Music, Vampire Weekend & More

  • Google is trying to buy Groupon for $6 billion. (BoomTown)
  • Google’s Secret Social Initiative Delayed Until Spring 2011 (Mashable)
  • Supreme Court rejects teen's appeal in Internet music case. (AP)
  • PC Mag Responds To Recording Industry's 'Complaint' Letter (Techdirt)
  • MOG updates its Roku channel with personal playlists and expanded search.

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Diaspora, Privacy-Aware Facebook Rival Goes Beta

image from www.digitaltrends.com Chances are you don't need another social network to join. You're already doing enough tweeting and status updating and not doing nearly enough working and creating the way it is. However, if you remember the great threat of a mass exodus from Facebook several months back. Then, you likely recall talk of an open-source, decentralized network called Diaspora. Fueled by the rage of privacy concerns and general dislike of Facebook, it campaigned and raised $200,641 through Kickstarter.

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Full List Of The 80+ Domains Seized Today By U.S.

image from torrentfreak.com The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized the domains of 80+ web sites that it says are offering unauthorized content.  While many of the sites sold counterfeit goods, also included were three major hip-hop sites: OnSmash.com, DaJaz1.com and RapGodfathers.com and torrent search engine Torrent-Finder.com. The message to the left was posted on each site. (click on image to enlarge).  Here is a list of the seized domains:

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Strong iTunes Sales For The Beatles Driven By Facebook, Not Search Engines Or News

image from www2.tbo.com Where did people learn that The Beatles music was finally for sale as digital downloads and where did they go to learn more information?  Conventional wisdom would says a news site, Google search or even to Apple and iTune's itself. But instead, for many, Facebook was the source of more information about The Beatle's digital debut.

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Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will "Reform" Music, Film & TV Within 5 Years

image from static.businessinsider.com Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used last week's Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco to share his most sweeping vision yet of how Facebook will fundamentally change the music, film, TV and media industries within the next five years. Zuckerberg believes strongly that insurgent entrepreneurs will "reform" the music, film, TV, news, e-commerce and perhaps many other industries using Facebook as a platform.  Facebook will then profit from the value that it has added to the new landscape through advertising and, perhaps, other partnerships.

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Track And Fields: New Remix & Music Licensing Site

444 Track and Fields, a Berlin-based remix and licensing opportunity site, offers a number of tools for musicians and producers alike. They provide pre-cleared samples and stems to use; referrals for sync and production opportunities; catalogued submissions for music supervisors; and collaboration opportunities. Thus far, the company has attracted participation in remix contests, among other efforts, from labels and bands, such as NEU, Six Degrees, Saddle Creek, Coheed and Cambria and Temper Trap.

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The Importance Of Great Website Visuals

999 You've heard it before. Keep fans on your site. Visuals are important. The first is straightforward. Don't bring fans to your site and send them to Myspace. Your site is yours, while Myspace is not. Likewise, if fans find you on Myspace, give them a reason to visit your site. That way, you can take ownership the relationship and not lose out if anything ever happens to your Myspace page. Second, it's imperative to have good visuals.

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Christmas Comes Early! Lady Gaga, Usher & Justin Timberlake Promise To Stop Tweeting This Tues.

image from artoftalk.tv Alicia Keys and her friends, such as Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest and even (gasp!) Kim and Khloe Kardashian, have all promised to stop tweeting and updating their Facebook pages this Wednesday.  And while it's all for a great cause - Tuesday is World AIDS Day and the campaign is called Digital Life Sacrifice on behalf of Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive - the planet also gets the added benefit of a lot less pointless chatter. 

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Mashed Up: Configurable Culture, Remixes As Art

image from a.onionstatic.com Recently, I spoke with Aram Sinnreich, who is assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University and author of the book Mashed Up: Music, Technology, And The Rise Of Configurable Culture. In this interview, Sinneich talks about how society is confronting the romantic notion of the artist, why the lines between performer and consumer have blurred, and the need to recognize configurable music as art.

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Bruce Warila: Can Computers Really Analyze Songs For Hit Potential?

image from www.istockphoto.com(Updated) This guest post comes from consultant and entrepreneur Bruce Warila.  Bruce has studied the technologies and services that measure a song's hit potential.

In response to the ASCAP and HITLAB announcement that basically endorses the use of algorithms to analyze the hit potential of songs, I thought I would weigh in on the subject. Proceed with caution...

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How Did Music Do On Black Friday?

image from www.portlandmonthlymag.com(UPDATED) The music industry got at least a sideways bump on Black Friday as mp3 players remained among the season's most popular gifts.  No specific numbers were released, but mp3 players along with video game consoles and computers including tablets were among the top 3 most popular electronic purchases, according to interim results from the Consumer Electronics Association's Black Friday Survey.

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Music Industry News: Last.fm Album Previews, Viral Tips, Richard Branson, Topspin, YouTube & More

  • Last.fm launches Recsplorer offering full length album
    previews of a grwoing number new artists. (Music Ally)
  • How To Make Your Music Video Go Viral: 10 Tips From
    Cee-Lo, OK Go & More (Mashable)
  • The best music download services. (Telegraph)
  • Artist’s death highlights indie music’s problems. (Korea Herald)

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5 Stories You Were Too Stuffed To Pay Attention To - A Post Thanksgiving Review

image from www.caddylakgraffix.com 1. The Pirate Bay’s co-founders lost their appeal against previous convictions for encouraging illegal filesharing. The court increaed their fines by $2m (£1.3m) to $6.5m (£4.1m). (paidContent, AP)

2. Founder Chris Wirght sold Chrysalis Publishing to BMG for $167 million. (UPI)

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REWIND: Spotify Lost $26.5M in 2009, The Beatles Sold 2M Tracks, The Long Tail Meets we7 & More

  • Figures published by Spotify indicate a loss of $26.5M in 2009.
  • Will Spotify come to US without all the major labels on board?
  • The Beatles sold over 2M tracks in their first week on iTunes.
  • Mike Feibach talks about the merch approach of DJ Shadow.
  • Hypebot spoke with we7 CEO on the long tail and choice theory.
  • How do rating systems in music services affect exigent songs

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Why You Don't Get Anything Done At Work

image from www.the-reel-mccoy.com Office spaces conspire against work getting done. That's the radical theory that 37signals co-founder Jason Fried argues in his TEDx talk.

As readers celebrating the holiday season find their way back to their jobs, it's worth considering what Fried has to say about the shortcomings of the modern work environment. Watch the talk below:

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Video: Just Another Day In the Music House

image from www.kacike.org This animated short from Wojahn takes a look at the all too common absurdities in music licencing for TV and film where producers and directors want something that both "sounds original - like something I've never heard before" and  "sounds just like that song that Apple used from that cool indie rock band". Watch the video below:

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EMI vs. MP3tunes Lawsuit Could Help Make Google Music & iTunes In The Cloud A Reality

image from musically.com Mp3Tunes and MP3.com founder Michael Robertson wrote in on Thanksgiving morning to comment on our post New Label Piracy Concerns Could Force Google Music To Delay Christmas Launch saying: "If we prevail (in court vs. EMI) then Google doesn't need a license and neither does Apple".

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Music Industry News: Station Apps Banned, Guetta Keynotes MidemNet, Pirate Bay Is Guilty & More

  • Has Apple banned single radio station apps? (Music Ally) If true, will Apple discourage single aritst apps? Plus as @brucewarila points out, single artists apps are not always an "enrichinging experience”.
  • French artist, DJ and producer David Guetta will give a keynote address at MidemNet in January in Cannes. Hypebot will be there. Will you?
  • Join the discussion: Lots of smart comments on our post Tadcast: Would You Pay To Get Your Music In An Online Video?

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Control Instrument For Live Performance On iPad

Sfdgdgfs In the begining of 2011, Konkreet Performer will be released as an iOS App. It's a control instrument for live music performance. Their press says it "delivers a revolutionary new way to control DAWs synthesizers, samplers." In viewing the video demo below, this new app looks like it could very well live up to those words.

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