Thursday, August 30, 2007
LaunchALabel.com will bring together 50,000 music fans to launch and run their own record label. These 50,000 fans will choose the label's name and the first 5 bands to sign to record contracts worth $200,000 each. From there they will have input into every aspect of how to market and promote the label and its artists. Joining LaunchALabel.com is free until 50,000 members have joined and expressed interest in being a part of music history. Once that threshold is reached, each of those members will be required to pay $25 for access to the nomination and voting area. In sum, this will raise $1.25 million to sign bands and to pay for expenses including office space and staff
Deezer - The first on demand juke box online providing free music without download. The concept is simple: give consumers a full and free access to all their favorite songs, pay artists and their producers through a revenue share based on our advertising revenues, and help discover new artists through a wide audience.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
"It's funny every time we hear someone say that the music industry is in trouble. There's very little evidence that's true. More music is being produced today than ever before - and plenty of people are still making a ton of music in the music business. What's actually in trouble is the traditional recording industry, which is quite different than the music industry. When we point out business models for musicians, we seem to get a lot of pushback, but there's more and more evidence that artists are successfully embracing the model we've put forth -- and they're raking in the cash doing so. Forbes just came out with a report about how much money the top hip hop artists are making, and they're doing quite well. However, it's not because of just the music, but how they've used the music to sell all sorts of other things" - Techdirt
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Apple has announced the debut of the John Lennon solo catalog on the iTunes Store. Sixteen of Lennon's solo works from EMI Music are available for the first time on iTunes starting today, with the 'Lennon Legend' and 'Acoustic' collections making their worldwide digital debuts. For a limited period of 30 days, exclusive video content will be included with the albums 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,' 'Sometime in New York City,' 'Walls and Bridges,' 'Milk and Honey' and the collections 'Anthology' and 'Working Class Hero.'
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Google and Universal Music Group will be partnering with gBox, Inc., an online music retailer, to sell DRM-free music tracks via Google search results. gBox, based in Apple's backyard of Cupertino, California, will begin selling Universal tracks, sans DRM, via their web site on August 21. Universal will purchase text ads on Google's searches to direct searchers to gBox sales pages.
Strayform is community where artists and fans can thrive with no DRM, no commericals and no corporate middle-men. Fan funded proposals let artist get paid without giving up a big cut, without blowing money on ads, and without long term restrictive contracts. Since the Artists are paid up front and the Media is Creative Commons licenced, fans can use freely on any device and share on Peer to Peer networks