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More Music Biz News: Vevo Appp Hits 1M, Kanye Kills Music Mags, H.264 Stays Free, Disopra, F*ck You & More

  • image from paidcontent.org Since it’s debut last week, the VEVO mobile iPhone and iPod Touch app has delivered over 1 million downloads and is ranked the #1 Free App and #1 Music App in the iTunes store.
  • How Kanye West's Twitter (and a Slate "interview") Killed Music Magazines. (Village Voice)
  • Free All Video: The group that licenses patents for the widely used H.264 video encoding and streaming technology has committed to charge no royalties ever for use by Web sites that use it for freely available video.(DeepTech)
  • Open souce Facebook competitor Diaspora will launch September 15th. (Diaspora) I'm thinking that we all need to sign up just be supportive. What do you think?
  • Cee-Lo’s “F*ck You” (now over 3 million YouTube plays) Ain’t Got Nothing On Gaga’s “Telephone” (TechCrunch)

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Get Your Music-Themed, Morning Weather Report

image from www.edupics.com A number of Hypebot readers—so we’re told—glance over the blog before or during breakfast.

Such viewers will be delighted to find out that this morning they will also be treated to an overview of the weather in their area. No, this isn’t a new feature that Bruce and I are rolling out on the blog either.

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Report: iTunes To Go Social, Web Based Sept. 1st

image from blog.knightsquest.org When invitations arrived yesterday featuring an Apple inspired acoustic guitar for an event on September 1st, the speculation about what Steve Job might announced went into overdrive. Separating facts from speculation isn't easy, but a new report from a relaible source matches with other off the record bits of information that we've been hearing.

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Why Stevie Nicks Is Still Wrong (Part 1)

image from pinoytutorial.com A number of you wrote in to say that you disagreed with my off-the-cuff analysis of Stevie Nicks' commentary on the state of rock n' roll and the record industry in general so I thought I would take a moment to give a more serious consideration to what Miss Nicks is saying, try to understand if there's any validity to her statements, and give some insight as to why my response may not be as much of a "knee-jerk" reaction as you may think.

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A Graphic Look At The Geosocial Universe

image from www.erinwiles.com With 4.6 billion mobile phones in use globally the power and potential of on the go information, purchase and social networking can not be denied. But the power of geographic based networking and information delivery are just beginning to be explored. With the cell phone at the center, the imagined possibilities of the expanding geosocial universe for music discovery, marketing and monetization are almost overwhelming.

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More Music Biz News: MSpot, MySpace, Music In Cars, Affinity Labels, YouTube, Guguchu & Much More

Hypebot Favicon You may have noticed a change this morning. (RSS and Newsletter readers can click thru to check it out.) We're using shorter excerpts and smaller graphics for each story. This should make it easier to quickly scan down tha page and (we think) gives the site a cleaner look. We've also started to left justify all articles which Kyle pointed out eliminates all of those pointless spaces between words. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

  • MSpot tries to find the sweet spot in digital music business. (LAT)
  • image from www.unijazz.cz MySpace is touring the labels - yesterday was with Sony - to convince them to help (exclusive content, special shows, etc) with the social networker's rebranding. No word yet on how they are being received, but given the eyes and ears that still spend time on the site, labels and artists would be smart to pay attention to MySpace for at least awhile longer.
  • Yesterday MySpace released redesigned artist and user pages. (Hypebot) What do you think of them? And what do you think of MySpace? Join the discussion.
  • Pandora by the dashboard light: Whether hooked to a laptop or iPod, or mainlining the Internet, car radios are evolving, with big assists from music companies like Pandora, MOG, and Jelli. (Fortune)
  • Rather Than A Record Label, How About A Musical Affinity Group? (Techdirt) Mile Masnick riffs on Bruce Warila's great Music Think Tank post.

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Apple Plans Major Announcement September 1st. Music Appears Part Of The Mix

image from www.digitaltrends.com Apple just issued invitations to a special event Sept. 1st. Speculation is that a 7" iPad and Apple TV will top Jobs' agenda.  But the photo dominating the invite is an acoustic guitar with the soundhole modified to form Apple's logo  So in case you're memory is less than perfect, for the last few years Apple has used early fall events to introduce new iPods and iTunes upgrades to drive holiday shopping.

MySpace Redesigns User & Musician Profiles

image from everydaybeats.net MySpace's critics have been complaining about it's confusing design since the service launched, and dissatisfaction may have contributed to the rapid migration to Facebook and that social networker's more functional look. Today, as part of an ongoing makeover, MySpace announced new profile designs for musicians, celebrities and all users: Highlights include:

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AudioOrchard: A New Music Collaboration Service

VxcvzxcvxvAudioOrchard is a new web-based service that focuses on the collaborative writing, recording, and sharing of music.

Their goal is to enable musicians make music together, without having to coordinate schedules. As well, they aim to simplify the process through which musicians share their completed works with their audience via their existing social networks.


AudioOrchard launched a beta version a couple months ago and will have a new reiteration coming next month that will include many new features. Some of which include the ability to create “private” songs for your fan network, effects (Reverb, Delay, and EQ), and visualization of the audio waveform, among numerous others.

The founders hope to have this new version live by mid to late September.

Weezer Clears Up The Confusion, Denies Everything

Hypebot intern Mike Pineau gets a cookie for digging this up. Yesterday, I wrote about a rather confusing situation where Weezer's Brian Bell confessed, on camera, to having a good portion of their new album funded by the Surf Company Hurley and that he was near clueless about the Lost character by the same name, because, to him, it had nothing to do with the real reason why the album was called "Hurley." Since then, Bell released this new statement on a fan site:

image from cdn.buzznet.com "Recently I did an interview in Denver where I was asked why we called the album Hurley. I mistakenly said that Hurley funded the album. I later found out that it wasn’t true at all. Weezer paid for every penny of this recording. The reason the record is called “Hurley” is because Hurley (Jorge Garcia) is on the cover. We thought about leaving the record untitled for the fourth time, but that causes a lot of problems and he knew people would end up calling the record “Hurley” anyway. We got no money for calling the record 'Hurley.'"

Pandora Adds Genre Stations, Celebrates Birthday

(UPDATED) Happy Birthday To Pandora, Happy Birthday To... Okay, I'll Stop.

Just when you thought that you already had 101 reasons why Pandora is pretty awesome, they've gone and added genre stations to the mix too. These carefully curated genre stations have proven to be a hit with their users and apparently a number of these new stations – specifically "Today's Hits," "Today's Country," and "Today's Hip Hop and Pop Hits" – have risen among of the top 100 most frequently listened to stations on the site. But, that's not all that's happening...

image from www.radiostats.netI was not there when she was born, but I love Pandora just the same. Birthed into the world from private beta to public on a cool summer day on August 29, 2005, the adored online radio site has since gone onto gain over 48 million users and has been called "The Kleenex Of Music Discovery." In fact, I'm listening to one of my favorite stations on the site right now. A little Burn Down The Mission anyone?

image from vittlesvamp.typepad.com The site turns five-years-old this week and founder Tim Westergren must be a very proud father. Having survived Hell, high credit-card debt, and licensing fees, Pandora has become a profitable venture and is an essential element of the new digital music ecology.


After The Jump, See Panadora's B-Day Present:

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Top Ten Government Mandates Needed To Save The Record & Music Industries From Ultimate Ruin

Whether or not you agree with U2 manager Paul McGuinness's analysis on how to save the music industry might be beside the point, but it does serve as an opening into the discussion of if we really need to "protect" it in the first place.

image from richardwilsonauthor.files.wordpress.com If you're in radio, the current plan seems to be to avoid innovation and creative destruction at all costs by mandating an entire industry that you don't control or have any say over to install FM radio receivers in every single device that they oversee just so you can expand your market share and somehow cushion the blow of all the licensing fees that you have avoided paying for decades. Yet, every single music startup online has been nailed to the wall with such exuberant charges that they can barely afford to keep the monthly Internet and electric bills paid. In an alternative reality, had tech startups been able to circumvent those fees in the way that radio has maybe the social ecology of music culture online would have likely evolved to a point where the idea of listening to two talking boxes blab on about Paris Hilton's latest public screw up between two overly produced songs and three brain-dead commercials about banking and life insurance plans would have lost all public interest by now.

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MySpace Crawls Back, Adds F.A.N. & Threadbox.

image from routenote.com MySpace added two components to its makeover toolkit yesterday with the purchase of social chat startup Threadbox and the integration of parent News Corp's Fox Audience Network (FAN). A major MySpace overhaul is said to be coming within months. In the meantime, announcements of upgrades, product launches and acquisitions come almost daily from the social networker.

Threadbox & F.A.N.

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List Of Top Creditors In Playlist Bankruptcy Filing

Major & Indie Labels Likely To Suffer Major Losses

image from www.hypebot.com (UPDATED) Documents released as part of the recent bankruptcy filings by Playlist.com show that both major and indie labels are likely to suffer major losses. While Universal Music topped the list with an unsercured debt of $16.6 million, independent labels represented by rights licencer MERLIN made the list of top 5 creditors and are owed $1.68 million.

Top Creditors Holding Unsecured Claims

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Interview: Chris Vinson & David Dufresne, Founder/CTO & CEO Of Bandzoogle (Pt. 3)


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Kyle Bylin: This new economy for music won't be just about the music itself, but about music as art. From the perspective of urban studies theorist Richard Florida, "Music was one of the first industries to experience the brutal effects of the digital transition, and it's clear that the ability to make money has shifted—even for the most established acts—from selling albums, CDs, and even digital downloads to live performance and, designing experiences." Read Part OnePart Two.

David, you've said, "music as art gains value when put into context."  How do new technologies help artists create different and innovative contexts in which their music can gain value, tangible and intangible?

David Dufresne:  I often use the analogy of a painting that you really like. If you see that painting for the first time at an opening in an art gallery (think fancy and pretentious…), you like the painting, you like the image, the colors, etc.

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Video: How Grooveshark Leverages Their Audience To Help Music Artists & Ted Cohen on the Napster

In this next set of footage from Bandwidth Conference, Hypebot corespondent Danny Dee talks to Grooveshark's Label Relations team: Aaron Ford and Jack DeYoung; they give some great insight to their latest initiatives, relating to how they help market arists and the benifits of having a built-in audience to market to.

Ted Cohen on the Napster Folklore:

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More Music Biz News: BMI vs. DMX, EMI PreAmp, Grammy Deadlines, Playlist, Bandcamp & More

  • As expected, BMI will appeal the court ruling that allowed DMX to direct license music. The DMX direct-license agreements provided for a $25 annual per-location license fee for both BMI and ASCAP music. The prevailing market rate before the court decision for both was more than $77 per location. image from  static.guim.co.uk
  • EMI in house developers have created a system to share new and pre-release music with the media dubbed PreAmp. After log-in the registered user can stream (but not download) Katy Perry's new album with more releases to follow. The system gives EMI more control of the pre-release and release process. I tested it the system and it worked smoothly.
  • A2IM reminds labels and others that the Grammy's Media Company entry process ends on August 31st. It's free to register and submit titles.
  • Bankrupt Playlist.com Owes Labels $25M; Plans Equity Financing. (DMW)
  • Bandcamp scores another victory playing its part in the new Sufjan Stevens release on Asthmatic Kiity.
  • Ticketmaster Says People Don't Like Service Fees Because We Don't Understand Them. (TechDirt)
  • Will American Apparel's Financial Woes Hurt Indie Merchandisers? (BillboardOne could ask the same question about Hot Topic.
  • VH1 uses an artist panel to name 100 Greatest Music Artists Of All Time.
  • Jazz indie Hot Cup Records get some attention with their remakes of iconic album cover art. (NPR)
  • Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead. (HuffPost)
  • Apple Close to Deal With Disney to Rent ABC Shows Via iTunes. (WSJ)
  • Billy Corgan rebuilds his Pumpkins empire. (OCR)
  • image from www.topnews.in Rocker raises money for first album in Second Life. (CompWorld)
  • WORTHY CLICK: Now Playing: Night of the Living Tech. (NYT)

Stevie Nicks Says 'The Internet Has Destroyed Rock.'

If I had a dollar for every time some old, 'I-live-with-my-head-under-the-sand' rock artist said something stupid about the web... I would still be a tech-blogger... But I would also have a pool of money. I’m not even sure where to begin disagreeing with what Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac has to say. I mean, come on, are her and John Mellencamp friends? Do they hang out on the weekends and yell at the kids playing on the front lawn? Does Nicks not understand that the Internet that’s 'destroying everything' is also the very means through which more musicians are gaining more opportunities than at any other moment in the entire history of recorded music. The Internet is so, so dumb.  Let’s turn this junk technology off.

image from 3.bp.blogspot.com "The Internet has destroyed rock. Children no longer develop social graces. They don't hang out anymore... I'm financially stable. I'm okay. But what about the kids trying to make it in this business? If you're not an established band, if you don't have a hit single, they're gonna drop you. There are a lot of people out there as talented as we were, but they can't sustain being in a rock 'n' roll band for long without success. We were able to, but we're going to die out." (Read the rest.)

Brenden Mulligan's Starting A Music Startup Series

image from media.linkedin.com This post is part of the Starting a Music Startup series by Brenden Mulligan, which focuses on building a company that creates online products for musicians. Mulligan founded ArtistData, which was recently acquired by Sonicbids, and can be found on Twitter at @bmull.

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For the first post, I just wanted to lay out how this series will be structured. Of course, I'm hoping that the series grows with comments and input from everyone else, so it might not take this exact path.

This series is written to people who are starting music companies that plan to offer a service to musicians. It's what ArtistData has done over the past few years. This particular series isn't as relevant for people launching music startups aimed at music fans (for example, Pandora).

This series will be broken into 3 parts:

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This Week's Top 10 iTunes Albums & Singles

for the week ending Aug. 23, 2010

image from www.daveshorr.com Top 10 Singles

1. "Right Above It (feat. Drake)," Lil Wayne
2. "Teenage Dream," Katy Perry
3. "Dynamite," Taio Cruz
4. "Love the Way You Lie," Eminem
5. "I Like It," Enrique Iglesias
6. "Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars
7. "Just a Dream," Nelly
8. "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love," Usher
9. "Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo)," B.o.B
10. "Cooler Than Me," Mike Posner

Top 10 Albums

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Weezer Misleads Fans, Sells Out To Hurley International, & Has A Clothing Line On The Way

image from www.newrockstarphilosophy.com Ever wonder why Weezer called their latest album "Hurley" and slapped the face of some random character from the TV show Lost on the cover? A big inside joke or something--right? A calculated viral strategy... The only way they could top their stunt of releasing their own line of Snuggies... Actually, it's none of it, none of the above.

According to Voyno at The New Rockstar Philosophy and a subsequent video that was released, the reason that the album is called "Hurley" has absolutely nothing to do with the show Lost or some kind of prank at all and everything to with the fact that the Surf Company Hurley that partially funded the production of their latest album. Say what?!?!?!

Dfdsfsd Not only that, but the band has a line of clothing that's being released in malls across the country later this year. Very punk rock of them.  Don't believe me?

Take A Look At This Video:

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Does the "Freemium" Model Work for All Artists?

This guest post is by Chris Bracco; he is the digital marketing coordinator at Intrigue Music, LLC, a music company in NYC and author of the Tight Mix blog. image from www.bumpershine.com

With every month that passes, more and more artists are jumping on the bandwagon and deciding to give away some of their music for free. Some artists are even giving away entire albums and EP's, and asking for kind donations. Indie record label Sub Pop is considering turning its business model on its head, giving away all of its music for free, and instead selling the unique physical products that used to be given away as promotional material.

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Video: Actionable Insights From Next Big Sound & Access VS. Ownership With HeadlinerFM

Hypebot coverage from the Bandwidth Conference continues with this feature corespondent Danny Dee sits down with Alex White, CEO/Founder Next Big Sound. In the short video, White talks about the importance of shifting from mannual to automated data aggregation and the trouble of staying consistent with tracking, as well as, why you must be able to make actionable insights from it.

Access vs. Ownership With HeadlinerFM's Mike More & Bill Cromie:

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Interview: Chris Vinson & David Dufresne, Founder/CTO & CEO Of Bandzoogle (Pt. 2)


image from www.rotman.utoronto.ca Read Part One, Part Three. Kyle Bylin: "For every institution that failed, for every business model that outlived its usefulness, new and better ones rushed in the fill the void," Richard Florida says in his book The Great Reset. "Past periods of crisis eventually gave rise to new epochs of great ingenuity and inventiveness." He argues that, that crises—perhaps ones much like the record industries'—"are the times when new technologies and new business models were forged, and they were also the eras that ushered in new economic and social models and new ways of living and working."

How do you think new ways of living and working, both in terms of artists rethinking traditional assumptions and new ways of organizing the record and music industries, will help drive post-crash prosperity?

Chris Vinson:  If we look at the successful artists that we have as Bandzoogle members and try to identify patterns of how they got there, we can identify some basic rules on how to optimize your website and your online presence (and we are happy to share those best practices through our blogging and talks).

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The Case For The Billboard Top 40 Over 40 List

image from www.billboard.biz This last week, Billboard ran their annual 30 under 30 list, identifying the “rising young executives who are driving our business forward with their artistic and business vision.” It’s a great inventory of up-and-coming power players in the industry, but it’s quite ironic that it ran the same week as this story in Newsweek, which effectively argues that most of our long-held assumptions and stereotypes of the youthful, risk-taking, and sharp entrepreneur are actually wrong. How wrong?

Citing research by Duke University scholar Vivek Wadhwa, reporter Stefan Theil writes, “the average founder of a high-tech startup isn’t a whiz-kid graduate, but a mature 40-year-old engineer or business type with a spouse and kids who simply got tired of working for others.” That number may sound a bit over the hill, but to get at that number, Wadhwa studied 549 successful technology ventures.

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A Graphic Look At The Social Networking Map 2010

What does the social networking map look like in 2010.  Facebook is dominant, but who knew that Harbo was so strong globally?  Then there are networks like Bebo, Friendster and even MySpace who many have declared passe are still attracting some new members. Another trend is the growing number of theme or service based sites that serve a particular tribe or purpose.

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