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NEWS BRIEF: Spotify Payments Jump, MySpace + Andrew W.K., Twitter Buys Posterous, Viacom & More

Spotify launched in Germany today and announced its now paid out more than $260 million to labels and publishers (Hypebot). Next stop in the streaming wars? Asia and the Pacific Rim according to PaidContent.

  • Fox Digital and Myspace are set to announce a scripted web series starring Andrew W.K. designed to "expose bands to larger audiences in a setting not seen in other media". (Billboard)
  • Twitter buys microblogging site Posterous. (CNet)


  • Emily White: How Bear in Heaven and Imogen Heap are rewriting the Pre-Release rulebook
    From time-stretching your entire album until its release, to selling tracks beforehand, tradition's being overturned right now, says the DIY artist manager. (Midem)
  • Viacom has launched a corporate blog with news from MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central and its other properies.
  • Tatsemaker iPhone App Proves Your Musical Coolness (Mashable)
  • The Torrentfreak Point Of View: Grooveshark Fights To Keep Music Open and Unlimited