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Cell Phone Ringtone Beats Coldplay To Top UK Music Charts

According to the Associated Press:

"A cell phone ring tone appeared set to top the British singles chart Sunday, outselling the new single by the band Coldplay by nearly four to one, a music retailer said."

"Crazy Frog Axel F," a ring tone based on the sound of a revving Swedish mo-ped, is the first tune being used on mobile phones to cross into mainstream music charts..."

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Roadcasting Enables Commuter Music Sharing

Wired_12 From Wired.com: "...Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing an ad hoc networking system for cars that would allow any driver to broadcast music to any other vehicle within a 30-mile radius."

Roadcasting"Developed by a group of current and former master's students at the Human Computer Interaction Institute, the Roadcasting project would allow drivers to stream their MP3 music collections by Wi-Fi or similar technology to any other vehicle within range that is equipped with compatible hardware and software..."

"What's really cool about this is that while you're busy (driving), Roadcasting will just pick songs that you enjoy," said Mathilde Pignol, one of the Roadcasting developers, "and then it will let you influence the songs with your music taste without you having to do anything."

"Roadcasting was commissioned by a "major automaker" looking for applications to make use of mobile ad hoc networks that will be included in production cars in the next few years. Pignol would not say which company the team had worked for, but Carnegie Mellon researchers have a history of working for General Motors on so-called cars of the future."

"...According to Dan Benjamin, senior analyst with ABI Research, several automakers and the Department of Transportation may implement mobile ad hoc networks as early as 2007..."

hypebot: In any major city a 30 mile radius could mean hundereds of thousands of potential rush hour listeners and provide an incredible viral marketing opportunity for music.

Read the full Wired.com article here.

Visit the Roadcasting web site here.


DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS WEEK IN REVIEW

  • Sony BMG appeared to ink an online video licensing deal with AOL Music this week, though nothing official was issued by either company. The deal is alleged to be an exclusive arrangement with a licensing fee in the $20-$25 million range. Meanwhile, Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons pointed to a possible AOL IPO.
  • Several big enforcement moves happened this week, including an FBI crackdown on a big BitTorrent server. The move comes ahead of some major upgrades in the BitTorrent architecture. Meanwhile, the RIAA issued new lawsuits to both conventional P2P file-sharers as well as college-based internet2 users.
  • Mobile music continued to roar this week, with Verizon announcing the delivery of concert Vcast240505_4 footage as part of its V Cast service. Meanwhile, a song inspired by the Crazy Frog ringtone easily grabbed the top spot on the British singles chart. And Napster had a big debut on its Napstertones ringtone service, with the company selling over 100,000 tones.
  • Apple remained active this week, with Steve Jobs pointing to iTunes podcasting support in Ipod_9 the next few months. The store also offered a pre-order for the new Coldplay album, a first for Apple. Meanwhile, a new Winamp plug-in will allow users to offload the contents of their iPod onto a hard drive.
  • And Clear Channel announced the debut of Stripped, which will populate member station websites with an in-studio concert series.

More at http://www.digitalmusicnews.com


Delta Song And Aretemis Join For Unique Better Than Ezra Promo

Delta's Song airplanes "...already feature entertainment consoles for videos, music and games...Now, the airline will use that platform to promote a new album from Better Than Ezra, represented by Artemis Records. The deal also ties in LA-based marketing firm Creative Branding Group Inc., which is helping to shape the nascent Song Records brand. Customers of the airline will now be able to listen to tracks from the latest Better Than Ezra disc, and can purchase the CD from flight attendants. Meanwhile, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is helping to fill the entertainment consoles with movie and gaming content," writes Digital Music News.

"...Airline passengers are the most captive of audiences, with restless riders often clawing for something interesting."

"That void has so far been filled with movies and stations like CNN, with music channels also a longtime staple. Now, the experience is starting to get a bit more interactive, offering a big opportunity for artists to gain valuable exposure. That certainly takes groups like Better Than Ezra out of the familiar retail loop, with experimental outlets like Starbucks now catching fire..."


Paid Product Placement For The Music Industry?

COMMENTARY: A Federal Communications Commissioner has called for an investigation into the growing practice of product placement and paid product pitches in TV and film.  They're not illegal if they are disclosed according to Democratic commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, but too often any disclosure is well hidden or totally absent.

Product placement has become an increasingly effective tool in an era of commercial skipping and TiVo.  And music on TV - whether an appearance on Letterman, a song played on the O.C., or as part of a car commerical - has often proved to be a very effective promotional tool.

So why haven't record labels sought paid product placement of songs or even live performances on TV and film?  Obviously Letterman wouldn't put a band on stage for a few dollars, but why can't Antigone Rising be playing in the background when Jenifer Gardner kicks some evil doer's ass?  Why shouldn't a Spring stein song be given royalty free to the ALF-CI in exchange for promo in exchange for us in a TV campaign.  Wouldn't everyone win?  Ask Sting and Michael McDonald what TV commercials have meant to their careers.

It can't possibly be that labels are morally opposed to pay for play. After all they've been doing that in wide variety ways since God created independent promotion.  It's probably because music marketers - particularly in these downsized times - are among the most uncreative and conservative thinking marketers we've ever seen. 

Product placement is no panacea. But in an era of tight radio playlists and a highly competitive entertainment marketplace, it should be an important arrow in any music marketer's quiver.


Village Voice Picks Top Net Broadcasters

  • Air America is an obvious choice for the progressive set, with celebs like  Janeane Garofalo, Chuck D, and Steve Earle alternating politically charged conversations with politically charged music.
  • Electronic Dance Music Digitally Imported is one of the oldest running stations on the net, having started back in '99; they're the perfect example of a station that grew from hobbyist mode to full-fledged company through great programming and strong business acumen, as their time line illustrates.
  • Free 103.9, broadcasting out of Williamsburg in various formats since 1997, is even more experimental than trad radio's WFMU, and that's saying a lot.
  • Traditional Radio Simulcast Santa Monica-based KCRW, best known for its Kcrw_150x42 daily "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program, deserves an audience far greater than terrestrial radio can allow.
  • Underground and Alternative San Francisco's Soma-FM, literally a basement-broadcaster who made good, is nationally known now thanks to Rusty Hodge's willingness to navigate the waters of webcasting law back in 2002 when no one else would.
  • AccuRadio... has a broad spectrum of stations covering all the major Accuradioplayersmall_2 genres, from new rock releases to swinging pop standards. One of the most professionally programmed properties out there.
  • Technicolor Web of Sound is a no-holds-barred '60s flashback, offering psychedelic sounds both familiar and frighteningly obscure, and deserving of bonus points for its vintage radio ads (yes, the Jefferson Airplane shilled for Levi's). Capital Gold is a simulcast stream of Britain's premier oldies station. Their refreshing Friday Soul Spectrum airs from 2 to 5 p.m. EST, conveniently allowing East Coast drones to bliss out to the sounds of Shalamar, Aretha, and Hot Chocolate while winding down the work-week.

Read the full article here.


Internet Radio Poised For Growth

Rain_logo_5Kurt Hanson, the editor of the Radio And Internet Newsletter recently outlined why internet radio is well on it's way to be a dominate force at the recent Streaming Media East confernece in NYC.

As summarized in the Village Voice Hanson point out that:

- Wi-fi is becoming a way of life in urban areas... and will soon approach ubiquity...

- Web radio is free. Sirius and XM subscriptions run $12.95 a month and up, in addition to a hardware investment of $100-plus.

- It plays big artists (that still have many fans) shunned on the airwaves... traditional radio gives them no love.

- Clayton Christensen, author of the award-winning best-seller The Innovator's Dilemma, outlined a theory of 'disruptive technology'... Rather than outpacing customer needs, it started out below expectations and has since risen to meet and subsequently guide its market.

- There's money in it, now... professional webcasters are beginning to turn a profit. As Kevin Shively, East Coast account manager for Net Radio Sales, notes, this has encouraged Fortune 500 companies to incorporate net radio advertising into their business plans.


Two New Surveys Offer Surprising Insights Into Digital Music

Two new surveys provide interesting insights into digital music usage. 

Ipodgirl_4"While most within the terrestrial radio space view portable mp3 players as a threat, a new study challenges that conclusion," reports Digital Music News. "According to findings published by radio research group Bridge Ratings, the use of portable mp3 players does not significantly alter the amount of time spent with traditional radio. Specifically, the group uncovered an interesting usage pattern, with radio listening levels reducing within the first months of portable mp3 ownership, only to bounce back later. And after a period of several months, Bridge reports that the level of traditional radio listening time actually increases...The survey involved 3120 participants, aged 12 and older, in the markets of Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix, Ventura, CA and Chicago."

In another survey reported by Digital Music News, "consulting firm Network Management Group (recently surveyed) a large group of consumers to get a better idea of what might succeed. ..Topping the list are over-the-air, full song downloads and commercial-free streaming radio, with ad-supported videos not far behind."

"...Currently, both Verizon Wireless and Sprint are offering video offerings for a $15 monthly Vcast240505_3 surcharge. Verizon is putting big weight onto its V Cast service, which recently added concert footage as part of a deal with Clear Channel. But survey respondents were lukewarm on those offerings, greatly preferring free, ad-supported video content. Meanwhile, price points on full song downloads were also examined, with a large percentage of respondents preferring a 99 cent per download option, mirroring established price points online...The survey involved over 1,000 respondents between the ages of 13 and 34."


Clear Channel Launches Signature Radio Concerts Only On Station Web Sites

StrippedFrom FMQB.com: "Clear Channel Online Music And Radio's signature in-studio concert series, stripped, will officially launch today with a performance by John Legend. The intimate five-song performance will air exclusively on 125 Clear Channel station Web sites, which essentially doubles the number of CC stations playing his music. The stations will promote stripped on the air and then make the live footage available online for free and as an on-demand service. Some of the stations participating include WHTZ (Z100), WLTW and WWPR in New York, and KIIS and KHHT in Los Angeles..."

"All performances for the stripped series will be shot in New York and Los Angeles with four to six hand-held cameras in a widescreen and 24p format. The set designs are minimal in keeping with the intimate vibe of the event. Production on stripped began last month, and new sessiocrsns are on the way from Rob Thomas, Gavin DeGraw and Jesse McCartney."

HYPEBOT: Smart low cost cross promotion for all concerned:  1) Use the concert to drive web traffice. 2) Expose your act to the audiences of a wider variety of stations and formats.


VERIZON & CLEAR CHANNEL BRING CONCERTS TO CELL PHONES

Vcast240505(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) Verizon Wireless and Clear Channel Entertainment Properties haved launched the V CAST Encore Channel exclusive to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers, broadcasting concert performances from artists in rock, pop, alternative, country, world and hip-hop. Concert performances will be broadcast in the days following select live shows for one week. Artists and songs available for viewing rotate as new performances take place around the country.

The V CAST Encore Channel is a continuation of Verizon Wireless' focus on delivering music to its customers, which began with ringtones and then evolved to Ringback Tones. The V CAST launch earlier this year offered customers full-length music videos. "Our relationship with Clear Channel Entertainment Properties brings a broad range of popular artists to our wireless multimedia service," said John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Clear Channel's unparalleled artist relationships will allow our V CAST customers to see and listen to concert performances from artists they love - regardless of whether their tastes are pop or alternative, country or hip- hop."

...Within days of a recent concert, each participating artist will offer a few of their songs for a limited time on the V CAST Encore Channel in the Entertainment category on Verizon Wireless V CAST-enabled wireless phones. For example, at launch V CAST customers can tune in to watch three songs from Velvet Revolver's May 18 show in Pittsburgh.

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WINAMP UNLOCKS IPOD CODE

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According to Digital Music News, "...While most iPod owners lavish their devices Winamp_2 with praise, a growing number of users are becoming unhappy with usage restrictions. Now, a new Winamp plug-in has been developed for iPod users wanting a bit more freedom...dubbed "mI_iPod", (it) allows users to manage their iPod collections with Winamp, instead of iTunes. That opens the door for usersIpod2_2 to offload music from their devices to their hard drives...allows users to sync multiple iPods together and create smart playlists. That throws quite a monkey wrench into the carefully constructed usage parameters created by Apple, designed in close collaboration with major labels...mI_iPod is not the first attack on an Apple protection scheme, with a number of programs developed to strip away FairPlay DRM protections. But Winamp offers a great deal more to users, delivering a entirely new level of flexibility for iPod users. That has already attracted over half a million downloads so far..."


Apple Unveils New iTunes Software

ItunesAccording the the SF Examiner,  Apple "...is working on a new update of its popular iTunes music software that will accommodate podcasts, Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said Sunday night."

"The new version of iTunes will let users of Apple's music management program and integrated online music store find and download podcasts, which are homemade radio-style shows that have become a grassroots phenomenon on the Internet."

"...Jobs gave a preview of the software at D: All Things Digital, an annual technology conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. He later said the new version of iTunes won't be released for a "few months.''

"...Many podcast subscribers already use the iTunes software along with a third-party program to find, download and transfer the shows to their music players. But Apple is designing iTunes to handle all of those functions."

"In addition, Jobs said Apple plans to add a special podcast section to the iTunes Music Store that highlights hot or interesting podcasts in the same way the service already does for songs, music videos, audio books and movie trailers."

"Jobs noted in his presentation that there were already about 8,000 free podcasts available on the Internet, and that Apple plans to create a way for podcasters to submit their work for inclusion on the iTunes Music Store..."

Read the full article here.


French Judges Wonder If File Sharing Is A Crime

Wired_11From Wired.com: "Record labels and movie studios are counting on the courts to help wage their war against global online piracy. But in France, some courts are refusing to go along."

"...the powerful president of the French magistrates union has begun to openly advocate decriminalizing online trading in copyrighted works for personal use."

"We are in the process of creating a cultural rupture between a younger generation that uses the technologies that companies and societies have made available, such as the iPod, file download software, peer-to-peer networks, etc.," Judge Dominique Barella told Wired News. "It's like condemning people for driving too fast after selling them cars that go 250 kmh."

"Barella first began his crusade after writing an article in the French daily Libération in March following rulings by French judges who suspended jail time and fines for alleged perpetrators who were caught downloading music for their personal use. ... (He believes) a more appropriate policy needs to be adopted in France and in Europe that protects...young people of the MP3 generation who are weak targets against the machinations of the entertainment industry's legal agenda."

"...France isn't alone in creating legal headaches for the entertainment industry's copyright enforcement efforts. A Canadian appeals court last week upheld a decision from a lower court finding that internet service providers in the country are not required to divulge the identity of accused fileswappers."


Some Indy Bands Allow Podcasters Free Use

Garageband300w From The Wall Street Journal: "Music copyrights are a worry for fans of a new audio medium called podcasting. An online repository for aspiring musicians, GarageBand.com, hopes to turn the problem into an opportunity.

"The San Francisco company is a popular source for people who add music to podcasts, a radio-program style audio file that can be automatically delivered to personal computers and portable music players. That is because artists who store music on GarageBand typically allow songs to be distributed without restrictions, hoping to build a following. Podcasters who use other material, including songs from major record labels, risk lawsuits without negotiating licenses and royalty payments. "

"Creating and subscribing to podcasts typically requires special software. It can be confusing for beginners. So GarageBand is converting its big catalog of music files into a format needed for podcasts, and making it easy for users to subscribe..."

"The new initiative, called
GarageBand Podcast Studio, lets music fans subscribe to receive new songs automatically from artists without having to look for them... Users who post playlists of recommended songs on the site also can turn those into podcasts, adding commentary to the music... "

"... The company may insert advertising into podcasts or begin charging for some of the new features, which are now free..."


Study Predicts Demise Of Paid Music Dowloads And Rise In Subscritipions

Napsterlogo_5 (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) While online music stores like Apple's iTunes have attracted millions of customers by selling downloads of songs or albums, changing market conditions will make subscription-based music services the dominant model for selling online music in the future. That is the conclusion of "Online Music: Will Napster Be the Next iTunes as Subscriptions Replace Downloads?" a new report from global technology research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics. According to this report, the shift toward subscription music services will be driven by a combination of changing consumer expectations as well as pressure from broadband service providers and record companies.

"The retail download model popularized by iTunes is costly and inefficient," says Martin Olausson, senior analyst with the company's Broadband Media & Communications service. "As the online music market matures, most consumers will place greater value on having access to a wide range of music instead of purchasing a smaller number of songs."

Real_5"In addition to changing consumer needs, the report notes that many broadband service providers prefer to offer a subscription service, such as Real Networks' Rhapsody, which generates steady monthly revenues and helps deter broadband churn. Finally, major record companies are dissatisfied with the revenue they receive from low-cost download sales, and will increasingly focus on alternative business models for selling music online." As the online music market evolves, Strategy Analytics recommends that stakeholders in the industry embrace the subscription-based business model and position themselves to take full advantage of the broadband opportunity for online music.

By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Hypebot: And this study looks like it was done prior to Yahoo!Music Unlimited entering the marketplace and shaking things up with 30-50% lower pricing!


Concert Going Goes Interactive Via Cell And Boomerang Mobile Media

BoomerangAt almost any concert one can see dozens of cell phones held up like the cigarette lighters of yesteryear.  Some are sending the show via an open phone line while others send photos or even video.

Now thanks to a new service from Boomerang Mobile Media "...beginning with the summer Clay Aiken tour, audiences can do a lot more with their phone...large screens in each venue on the tour will offer audiences a way to display text messages for all to see," according to an article in the Hollywood Reporter.

Phone_3"...There also will be a call-in number for purchasing a variety of official merchandise...You see something you like, and we deliver it to your home," according to Boomerang founder Glenn Field. "These are exclusive items purchased through the security of your phone, and the day it should have arrived you'll get a follow-up phone call to confirm you received it." This is the first U.S. project from Boomerang and Simon Renshaw's Strategic Artists Management, which recently announced their strategic partnership. Other Renshaw clients include Dixie Chicks, Anastacia and Miranda Lambert."


ATSDigital.com and Trees for Cities Charity Unite For Fundraiser

UK indy music download site ATSDigital.com has joined forces with Trees for Cities, the independent charity that plants trees and re-landscapes public spaces in urban areas. ATSDigital will serve as a music and video download platform for fund raising and cross promotion to both organizations audiences.

Trees for Cities has a strong music heritage and is keen to provide their supporters with access to high quality music.  They partnered with ATSDigital.com to engage with the ‘always on’ generation and seed through music, information about the power of trees, their health benefits and the importance of them towards minimizing the impact of climate change.

The ATSDigital.com music platform will give Trees For Cities an audience engaged through the power of music and the Internet.  As well as music and video content, ATSDigital.com will be providing Trees for Cities with exclusive content, such as downloadable compilations of various independent established and up-and-coming artists, with a percentage of the income going towards the Trees for Cities cause.


Most Men Choosing Gaming Over Music

Gaming trumps music for most men according to new Nielson Soundscan Survey. Digital Music News reports that "according to the Nielsen finding, only DVDs are more popular than games among men, and that lead could change hands down the road. For the music industry, the gaming juggernaut shifts the focus away from file-sharing, which often receives heavy blame for music sales declines. It also puts renewed emphasis on deals that incorporate music into popular gaming titles, a major source of exposure for many acts. The survey coincides with robust sales figures from Sony, with the PlayStation Portable (PSP) selling more than 500,000 units in its first two retail days."

...As long as labels produce and promote music that fails to connect with an audience on an emotional and/or intellectual level listeners of both sexes will flock to other entertainment experiences. The solution? Start with great music - music and lyrics that matter.  Then use all that the new technologies offer to connect with and stay connected with your fans.


DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS WEEK IN REVIEW

  • While the beta version of the Yahoo Music Unlimited store started to sink in, attention turned this week towards a possible price war. Both Napster and RealNetworks stood firm against price drops in public comments, while MSN offered a curiously-timed digital download giveaway.
  • Infinity Broadcasting continued to make noise, most recently experimenting with the first simulcast HD Multicast Radio station. Chicago country station WUSN-FM 99.5 HD-2 now delivers a second programming stream over the same frequency.
  • In the portable mp3 player space, discussions in Britain continued to focus on a proposed "iPod tax" to compensate rights holders. A levy on iPod sales is already in place in countries like Germany. Meanwhile, several new devices were unveiled this week, including new contenders from Rio and iRiver. But iPod competitors are starting to feel the squeeze, with Singapore-based Creative experiencing continued stock drops. And some not-so-typical devices are also starting to knock on the door, including a new PDA from palmOne that will be compatible with the Rhapsody application from RealNetworks.
  • The battle between ISPs and the recording industry continued to play out in several countries this week. While a regional German court delivering a setback to labels, a Canadian federal appeals court rejected an ISP subpoena request but potentially opened the door to future enforcement. Meanwhile, a big court drama is brewing in The Netherlands.
  • In the satellite radio space, XM crossed the 4 million subscriber mark, with company CEO Hugh Panero pointing to ongoing discussions with various mobile carriers.
  • On the label end, Warner Music Group announced modest losses in its latest quarter, while Universal Music showed a slight move into the black. And Sony BMG continued to demand the pull-down of its online music videos, with insiders pointing to early negotiations with AOL Music.
  • In mobile music, Motorola continued to point to an upcoming iTunes-compatible phone release, downplaying any suggestion that carriers are resistant to the device.

From Digital Music News


Broadcast Radio Threatened By New Technologies

Radio_5 Mark Ramsey in the Mercury's Radio Marketing Nexus writes about how new technologies are challenging broadcast radio, "The phenomenon of podcasting will allow listeners to get both music and non-music content while bypassing radio of any kind...Ipod_8  Meanwhile, my sister doesn’t listen to radio. Her office, her co-workers, and the hundreds of listening quarter-hours they represent every week belong to streaming audio, which will only grow as high-speed connections become ever more ubiquitous... High-speed Internet connections to cell phones are on the horizon – and (unlike radios) cell phones are commonly upgraded every two years... WiFi will be widely available and free to all in cities like Austin, Portland, Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco and others... Reuters reports that 'Slightly more than 100 U.S. cities…are setting up wireless networks now…[and] close to 1,000 local governments worldwide have plans in the works..." 

Clearchannel300_4Now doesn't seem like a great time to buy Clear Channel stock; does it?


Roll Up King Sillerman Telegraphs New Play

According to PollstarOnline.com, fomer SFX/Clear Channel roll-up king Robert Sillerman told graduates of Boston's Emerson College that there is "seismic shift" occurring in media and entertainment.

Sillerman used some examples including Elvis Presley and "American Idol," his two recent acquisitions.

"That change, that shift, is the transfer of power away from the mass distributors of content to the ultimate consumers of content: You, me, us," he told some 1100 graduates.

"Elvis has sold well over 1 billion records, much more than anybody else in history," Sillerman told the graduates. "That includes today's pop icons like Jay-Z, Dave Matthews, Linkin Park, Britney Spears, Usher, Snoop Dogg and legends such as Bruce Springsteen and Madonna, all put together."

The new digital on demand world alllows fans to emmerse themselves in their favortie stars 24/7 and provides almost unlimited opportuntities for the owners of content to re-package and monetize them.

"My conclusion is that this increase in ease of access will not only extend the life of traditional entertainment offerings, but much more impactfully. This proliferation of ways of consuming entertainment will finally provide the freedom from the traditional gatekeepers that will cause a tidal wave of new, non-homogenized creative output," according to Sillerman.

In other words - you guys can cry and moan, but I think I've found a way to make money. 


Digital Music News' Resnikoff On The Record Business vs. The Music Business

Experted from his "Parting Shot" column in Digital Music News: "...(Declining) CD sales are only one part of a much larger picture. Sure, tremendous attention is paid to declining major labels, RIAA lawsuits, suffering retail chains, and lackluster IPOs. But that is all part of the record business, with the music business a much larger entity. Smart artists today think beyond the CD, incorporating merchandising, touring, publishing and sponsorships into a more well-rounded picture. Those other aspects of the business are not in a downward spiral, with customers often spending more than $150 in one evening for a concert ticket, parking, and a t-shirt or two. And no one has to ask those consumers twice they are ready and willing to spend big bucks for the artists they love."

Indietvcrowd_3"That larger picture has never been one that major labels have been able to capture. The story is a familiar one: artist signs with label, label invests and makes artist popular, artist reaps benefits of ancillary revenues without the label getting a cut...Meanwhile, movie studios have an entirely different business structure, reaping revenues from theaters, DVDs, television broadcasts, even stuffed animals and airline screenings...In the meantime, artists like Linkin Park and Coldplay could be the first of many flare-ups, with more artists starting to view themselves as small business units and not major label adjuncts."


Coalition of Independent Music Stores' Top 200 for Week Ending 05-15-05

Coalition of Independent Music Stores' Top 200 for Week Ending 05-15-05

Label   Pos.    Artist      |   Title

RCA 1 MATTHEWS*DAVE B|STAND UP

GEFN 2 WEEZER|MAKE BELIEVE

MERG 3 SPOON|GIMME FICTION

INT 4 NINE INCH NAILS|WITH TEETH

LHWY 5 ADAMS*RYAN|COLD ROSES

INT 6 BECK|GUERO

COL 7 SPRINGSTEEN*BRU|DEVILS & DUST

KOCH 8 KEEN*ROBERT EAR|WHAT I REALLY

OHB 9 PRINE*JOHN|FAIR & SQUARE

LHWY 10 WILLIAMS*LUCIND|LIVE AT THE FI

GEFN 11 STARTING LINE|BASED ON A TRUE

SNCT 12 PLANT*ROBERT & |MIGHTY REARRAN

EPIC 13 FOLDS*BEN|SONGS FOR SILVERMAN

UNJJ 14 JOHNSON*JACK|IN BETWEEN DREAMS

WAR 15 TEAM SLEEP|TEAM SLEEP

COL 16 RAVEONETTES|PRETTY IN BLACK

SPEG 17 MANN*AIMEE|FORGOTTEN ARM

ISL 18 CAREY*MARIAH|EMANCIPATION OF M

VRCS 19 BLOC PARTY|SILENT ALARM

ATOR 20 DOUGHTY*MIKE|HAUGHTY MELODIC

ISL 21 KILLERS|HOT FUSS

ISL 22 FALL OUT BOY|FROM UNDER THE CO

INT 23 M.I.A.|ARULAR

WAR 24 NEW ORDER|WAITING FOR THE SIRE

WAR 25 GREEN DAY|AMERICAN IDIOT

QANE 26 LYRICS BORN|SAME !--#- DIFFERE

GEFN 27 GARBAGE|BLEED LIKE ME

INT 28 50 CENT|MASSACRE

VAGR 29 EELS|BLINKING LIGHTS & OTHER R

INT 30 STEFANI*GWEN|LOVE.ANGEL.MUSIC.

STTH 31 QUASIMOTO|FURTHER ADVENTURES O

UNIV 32 MARS VOLTA|FRANCES THE MUTE

ASWB 33 JONES*MIKE|WHO IS MIKE JONES?

INT 34 QUEENS OF THE S|LULLABIES TO P

RCA 35 CITIZEN COPE|CLARENCE GREENWOO

SCRS 36 BRIGHT EYES|I'M WIDE AWAKE IT'

EPIC 37 MUDVAYNE|LOST & FOUND

POLV 38 OF MONTREAL|SUNLANDIC TWINS

KILL 39 DECEMBERISTS|PICARESQUE

TOPR 40 STEREOLAB|OSCILLONS FROM THE A

COL 41 AQUALUNG|STRANGE & BEAUTIFUL

LAVA 42 PORCUPINE TREE|DEADWING

COL 43 NALICK*ANNA|WRECK OF THE DAY

FOUR 44 MOUNTAIN GOATS|SUNSET TREE

ESL 45 THIEVERY CORPOR|COSMIC GAME

ISL 46 BRAVERY|BRAVERY

MERG 46 ARCADE FIRE|FUNERAL

COL 48 WWE/CENA*JOHN &|YOU CAN'T SEE

INT 49 GAME|DOCUMENTARY

EPIC 49 GARDEN STATE|SOUNDTRACK

ATLG 49 THOMAS*ROB|SOMETHING TO BE

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NET BROADCASTER ACCURADIO MAKES KEEPING UP WITH NEW RELEASES EASIER WITH LISTEN POST CHANNEL

Listeningpost_1Staying on top of all of the new releases is a daunting task, but if we're going to truly be students of the music business and understand our competition; then we have to try.
Lately I've found popular Internet broadcaster's AccuRadio's Listening Post channel to be an invaluable ally in my efforts to stay on top of the consistent rush of new releases.  In a rotating format and with an incredibly easy and informative player, AccuRadio's Listening Post offers up new releases across all formats.
Accuradioplayersmall_1 Don't want to hear the newest hip hop or the latest metal?  You could use the player's nifty skip a track feature or another that deselects an artist entirely.  Or tune into on of their ingenious sub-channels including "Office Friendly" that eliminates anything too heavy or "Rockers" which plays only rock songs across all formats.  Want to dig deeper?  "Deep Tracks" plays all of the songs from the CD although in a random mix of all new artists.

Are Condom Makers Smarter Than Record Label Execs?

Are Condom Makers Smarter Than Record Label Execs?

Condom_1It's an age old question; and we're afraid that once again label execs are on the short end of the brain stick.  AdAge.com reports that, "in an effort to reach young listeners with risque marketing messages at the same time it avoids FCC decency rules, condom maker Durex has purchased product placement advertising in podcasts." 

Why aren't the record labels exploring the podcasting space?  After all if you want the hipsters to love your product and tell their friends, you should go where hipsters go; and right now that's podcasting.

Adage200x54_1"Although it only emerged as a viable mass medium within the last six months, podcasting is already a craze among younger "digerati," says AdAge.com. "The new entertainment technology has also quickly drawn mainstream advertisers like General Motors Corp. An estimated 22 million Americans have iPods or MP3 players that can play podcast audio files."

Dawnanddrew_1"Durex last month launched an unusual brand integration campaign featuring unscripted X-rated banter on the “The Dawn and Drew Show,” the No. 2 podcast as currently ranked by visitors to PodcastAlley.com. Dawn and Drew are a Wisconsin husband and wife team whose freewheeling audio files are now distributed almost instantly to younger listeners around the country as well as the world."

“...The 18 to 24 [year old] segment is the first generational wave where we’re really starting to see the impact of broadband,” said Liz Daney, senior vice president and chief media officer for Interpublic Group of Cos.' Fitzgerald & Co., Atlanta, which arranged the Durex podcast buy. “It’s the first group where they’re spending more hours online than they are with TV.”

Podcasting gives Durex “a way to demonstrate the brand in a way that’s very, very relevant,” she said. “We could have the product actively being used. We’re showing it exactly as we want to position the brand, as fun, as playful and sensual.”

Hpipod_11"And tasty. On the first podcast originally uploaded last month, Dawn and Drew and their dog, Hercules, put various samples from a Durex variety pack to the taste test. In a subsequent show, they tried a new line of tingling lubricants."


Are Condom Makers Smarter Than Record Label Execs?

Are Condom Makers Smarter Than Record Label Execs?

It's an age old question, and we're afraid that once again label brass are on the Condom short end of the brain stick. AdAge reports that "in an effort to reach young listeners with risque marketing messages at the same time it avoids FCC decency rules, condom maker Durex has purchased product placement advertising in podcasts."  Ads on podcasts.  Why, oh why aren't record labels doing this?  If you want hip consumers to dig your product and tell their friends about it; you have to go where they go and do what they do.  Right now that's podcasting.

"Durex last month launched an unusual brand integration campaign featuring Dawnanddrew unscripted X-rated banter on the “The Dawn and Drew Show,” the No. 2 podcast as currently ranked by visitors to PodcastAlley.com. Dawn and Drew are a Wisconsin husband and wife team whose freewheeling audio files are now distributed almost instantly to younger listeners around the country as well as the world," according to AdAge.com

“The 18 to 24 [year old] segment is the first generational wave where we’re really starting to see the impact of broadband,” said Liz Daney, senior vice president and chief media officer for Interpublic Group of Cos.' Fitzgerald & Co., Atlanta, which arranged the Durex podcast buy. “It’s the first group where they’re spending more hours online than they are with TV.”

Podcasting gives Durex “a way to demonstrate the brand in a way that’s very, very relevant,” she said. “We could have the product actively being used. We’re showing it exactly as we want to position the brand, as fun, as playful and sensual.”

"And tasty. On the first podcast originally uploaded last month, Dawn and Drew and their dog, Hercules, put various samples from a Durex variety pack to the taste test. In a subsequent show, they tried a new line of tingling lubricants," according to AdAge.comAdage200x54

Read the full article here.


XM In Talks To Broadcast To Cell Phones. Hits 4 Million Subcribers.

Xmradio_19From CNet News.com: "XM Satellite Radio is holding active discussions with wireless carriers about offering some form of its radio service on mobile phones, XM CEO Hugh Panero said on Monday...

"Panero [said] in an interview: 'They are clearly looking for content to support their platform, and we are a logical place for them to go.'

"XM, which earlier on Monday said it extended its lead in the nascent pay radio market tomore than 4 million subscribers, does not have any deals in place, and Panero did not specify how close it is to signing an agreement."

Read the full CNet News story
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Virgin Megastore Continues Loosing Trends. Deeper Fill Returns As Competittve Advantage.

Digital Music News reports that the Virgin Megastores have "reported a loss of over 68 million pounds ($124.9 million) for 2004, blaming stiff competition from supermarkets for the slide. The losses have had severe and immediate repercussions, including a revamp of some stores, relocation of others, and outright closure of up to 50 locations. Virgin is also moving away from an emphasis on chart-topping albums, increasing the breadth of store inventories in an attempt to sidestep the fiercest competition."

"Virgin's announcement is further evidence (if any more was needed) of the worsening health ofVirginroto0505  music retail..."Even independent music stores like California's Amoeba Record and New England mainstay Newbury Comics, famous for their expert sales staffs and loyal customers, are devoting increasing percentages of precious floor space to higher margin items like DVDs and clothing."

"So what's an ailing Megastore to do? Relocate to an environment with infinite shelf space and near-nonexistent overhead: the internet. Virgin recently announced that it will launch a U.K. version of its Virgin Digital music download service, to open this year."

- Michael Baker For Digital Music News