The Week In Music Commentary
Concert Promoters AEG Pacts With LivingSocial For Discounts & Premiums

NEWS BRIEF: Merits Of Download Surge, Beiber Sells Out, Rockify,TV, Martin Atkins, Shazam, Snap & More

FavVHRZIs it good that music downloads now outsell CDs? (Guardian) Writer and musician Pat Kane and music critic Peter Paphides debate the merits of digital downloads.

  • Jusitin Beiber sold out his entire 45 date AEG promoted U.S. tour in one hour.
  • Rockify.TV launches with 200,000 music videos, playlist creation and more.


  • Congratulations to Martin Atkins! The music industry author/teacher's Kickstarter campaign to publish his Band.Smart book has been funded. Party live from Chicago's Double Door tonight at  7:30 CST via
  • SeatGeek Signs Its First Big Music Partners, Including AOL Music (TechCrunch)
  • Bertelsmann has names Marcel Reichart to the newly created position of EVP Digital Development.
  • Shazam data names Gotye as the sound of Summer 2012. (DMW)
  • Hipstamatic's Snap is a beautiful magazine worth having on the iPad (TUAW)
  • Anonymous loves Facebook, hates Facebook. (CNet) To set some media straight, Anonymous issues a statement explaining that it did not take down Facebook. However, the hacker collective explains its complex feelings toward the site, which include hate and a curious trust.