Thursday’s Music Briefing: BMG Incubator Label, MSN Music Lives & More


> BMG is creating Battery Records as a RED distributed rap incubator label for RCA, Zomba, J and Jive. (FMQB) I thought this puppy was for sale; not expanding?

> France is creating a new agency to crack down on internet music and movie piracy. (AFP)

> Microsoft reverses decision and now says it will support music bought from MSN through 2011. (ars) Even big companies can admit they are wrong and reverse course…as long as they are not record labels…

> Music sales fell to lowest level in 10 years and digital sales failed to make up for it according to a new IFPI study. (Intl Trib)

> "A Brief History Of The Album’s Recent Decline In Value". (LA Times)

> Coldplay claims its first Hot 100 #1 with "Viva La Vida," which climbs 2-1 on the chart.  The song had 246,000 downloads in its third week at #1 on Hot Digital Songs. (Billboard)

> Jamendo, a site that exclusively offers music free under Creative Commons, has added its 10,000 album. The site grabs 2M unique monthly visitors and 500K downloads daily. Users can donate to artists via PayPal and Jamendo shares half of ad revenue. (Wired)

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