Saturday, February 28, 2009


FameCast - The online music contest where fans watch music videos and vote for artists to win career-launching prizes and opportunities
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Friday, February 27, 2009

Michelle Branch joins Valley's Chicks with Picks Music Fest

National recording artist Michelle Branch will perform at Arizona's first of its kind Chicks with Picks music fest on Saturday, March 21 at Tempe Beach Park. In addition, the ACM's Top New Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Sarah Buxton, music legend Jessi Colter, and Arizona Idol winner Bethany Wright will be featured along with 70 local female singer/songwriters in an all day celebration of women in music
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Pitchfork Music Festival 2009

The Pitchfork Music Festival will return July 17-19 to Union Park on the West Side, promoters will announce Friday. The festival, named after the influential Chicago-based music site, has been a major mid-summer draw the last three years, with sold-out events attracting 45,000 fans from 45 states and 11 countries. The music e-zine previously curated the Intonation festival at the same site in 2005. Lineups will be announced before tickets go on sale March 13
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Lifetime award for Heart sisters

Lifetime award for Heart sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, founders of soft rock group Heart, are to receive a career achievement award from a US songwriters' organisation. The pair will receive their award at Ascap's annual ceremony on 22 April, which is being held in Hollywood. Singer Ann, 58, and guitarist Nancy, 54, rose to fame with the band in the 1970s, scoring hits over three decades including Crazy On You and Barracuda. Past award recipients have included Stevie Wonder and Neil Young
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Nokia launches music service in Singapore

Music lovers will be able to download as much music as they want for an annual fee with Nokia's new Come With Music service launched on Friday. The service has a catalogue of some two millions songs from the music industry's 'Big Four' labels: Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal. Songs from a number of local labels are also available. Singapore is the second market the service is available in, the first being the United Kingdom, where it was launched in October
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The Music Week Awards 2009 shortlist

The Music Week Awards has announced the shortlist for 2009. The shortlist highlights the final contenders, as the Music Week Awards looks to recognise excellence in the industry encompassing retail, live, broadcasting, digital, marketing, promotions and PR.
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Pop Noise Records

The former frontman of a band who enjoyed indie-chart success in the 1990's has launched a record label in Tipton St John. Simon Bish, who also played bass for Thrilled Skinny, a favourite of late DJ John Peel, has set up Pop Noise Records to boost local acts looking for their big break in the music industry. Simon said: "I know from experience that it can be difficult for bands starting out to attract record label interest." The label currently boasts seven acts based in and around the Exeter area.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Soundrangers launches new website/services was the first online sound library to specialize in creating all original royalty free sound effects and music specifically designed for the emerging world of interactive and online media.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

beaTunes 2.0

tagtraum industries has announced beaTunes 2.0, a major update to their popular iTunes library management utility for Mac OS X and Windows. Working in parallel with iTunes, beaTunes can analyze any music library, fill in missing and fix existing information to generate better playlists. It can even help find the titles of tracks that have no artist or title associated with them.
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Former 'Idol' Clay Aiken confirms he's parted ways with RCA Records

Clay Aiken has confirmed he's parted ways with RCA Records. However according to the second-season American Idol runner-up, it was his decision to end the relationship with the recording label.
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Apple introduces iTunes Pass for following favorite bands

Apple this week is testing a new feature of its digital download service called iTunes Pass, which will buy shoppers access to all of their favorite bands' iTunes-related releases and exclusive material over a set time period
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College record label goes global

A record label has been created at South Nottingham College and its first release beckons. Students have taken on marketing, management and other business roles to promote SNC Recordings internationally. They could be the next Dizzee Rascals or ascend to the heights of Led Zeppelin. And whether they are dance music specialists or budding hellraisers, their musical productions are about to become available to a worldwide audience
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Hussein Fatal dropped from record label

Hussein Fatal has been dropped by his record label Global Music Group after just 6 months. On February 22, 2009 the former member of 2Pac's Outlawz was given a full release from Global Music Group, and dropped from the label
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Lil Wayne's rock album may not be released under Universal

Rumor has it, Lil Wayne's forthcoming rock-inspired album "REBIRTH" will not be released under Universal Music Group. The decision is withdrawn by the record label's executives because they fear that the album will fail and knock Wayne from being the top-selling singer.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

"Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize" will showcase an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of musician Stevie Wonder's receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The sixty-minute program, to be taped by WETA Washington, D.C., airs Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. The concert takes place February 25 and will include performances by Wonder himself and Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Martina McBride, Esperanza Spalding,, and the gospel duo Mary Mary, among others. President Obama will confer the Gershwin Prize upon Wonder during the event
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Record Rama Sound Archives is still looking for a new home

After 41 years of collecting, storing, and cataloguing, the Mawhinney family of Pittsburgh is hopeful of relocating their Record Rama Sound Archives for a fraction of its appraised value. The Library of Congress, the National Archive and the National Library of Canada have reportedly designated the collection as the largest privately owned archive of its kind.
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The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Who's Quadrophenia makes stage debut, May

QuadropheniaThe Who's legendary cult rock opera Quadrophenia is being brought to the stage for the first time. The new musical, based on the band's classic 1973 album and subsequent film, will embark on a UK tour in Plymouth on 11 May 2009. Set in London and Brighton at the height of the Mod era, Quadrophenia is told through the eyes of Jimmy, a hedonistic, style-conscious teenager who embarks on a life-changing trip to Brighton. The 1979 film, which became a cult hit, starred Sting, Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Wilcox and a young Ray Winstone. The score includes "The Rock", “The Real Me”, “5:15”, "Love, Reign o'er Me" and the title track.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Discover the music people are tweeting about by simply including #tweetj in your tweets to add songs to a social playlist at tweetj
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30th Blues Music Awards

The 30th Blues Music Awards will be Thursday May 7, 2009 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee
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iPodRobot - Software to transfer songs, videos, photos, and playlists from your iPod to your computer folder, or import them to iTunes library
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

BRIT Awards 2009 at Amazon UK

The nominations for this year's Brit awards are in. See the listings at Amazon UK
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Louie Bellson dies at 84

Louie Bellson dies at 84"Louie Bellson, a jazz drummer and bandleader who combined remarkable instrumental virtuosity with far-ranging compositional skills, has died. He was 84. According to his wife, Francine, Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications of Parkinson's disease following a broken hip in November. Bellson's long, productive career stretched from his teens -- when, in competition with 40,000 other young players, he won the Slingerland National Gene Krupa drumming contest -- to the tours and seminars he continued until 2008. Best known as a superlative big band drummer as a result of his work in the 1940s and '50s with Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Duke Ellington and others, Bellson was also an adept small group player. His more than 200 recorded appearances as leader and sideman encompass sessions with Jazz at the Philharmonic, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, James Brown and dozens of others, including Ellington's Big Four alongside guitarist Joe Pass and bassist Ray Brown. - LA Times
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Sky and Omnifone to launch unlimited online music download service (UK)

UK Internet users will soon be able to enjoy unlimited, legal music downloads at home for a small additional monthly fee, after a British-based music company announced it had signed deals with internet service providers and major record labels. Omnifone, which already provides unlimited music downloads to mobile phone users, said its MusicStation Next Generation service would provide internet users with a legitimate alternative to illegal file sharing. It is on the verge of signing a deal with Sky which would enable Sky broadband customers to pay a little more for their monthly internet subscription in exchange for unlimited music downloads
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Record labels make ISPs ‘copyright cops’ for piracy

"The world's biggest record companies sued college students, a 12-year-old girl and a dead woman and still failed to stamp out music piracy. Now they’re turning to internet service providers (ISP). Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group Corp., EMI Group and Sony Music Entertainment have gained leverage through court and government actions to pressure ISPs into warning customers not to steal music - in some cases with a threat to cut service" - BusinessMirror
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The BRIT Awards 2009

The BRIT Awards 2009Live Show
Date: 18th February 2009
Venue: Earls Court 1
Broadcast: ITV1 from 8pm (Live)
Hosts: Kylie, James Corden and Mathew Horne
Live Performances: Coldplay, Duffy, Pet Shop Boys, Girls Aloud, Kings Of Leon, Take That, U2
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From Hadyn to Hip Hop: Music at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - video

"The story, told with a sense of humor, follows two library patrons wandering through the Music Department, meeting local musicians and discovering resources the library has to offer. The video is narrated by a well-known announcer from the local classical music station:

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Van Zandt opens hard-rock label Lost Cathedral

Actor and guitarist "Little" Steven Van Zandt's rock 'n' roll empire is expanding yet again with a new record label, Lost Cathedral. The first project from the imprint, which will focus on hard rock, is Crown of Thorns' "Faith," due May 14. Lost Cathedral joins Van Zandt's garage rock label, Wicked Cool, under the banner of parent company Renegade Nation. - Reuters
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GUN closes

Great Unlimited Noises - also known as GUN - was launched in 1992 as a joint venture between music giant BMG and former label president Wolfgang Funk. The label continued business after its parent company merged with Sony records in 2005 but shut down this week. Artists currently on the label's roster, including Bullet For My Valentine and Lordi, will now be passed on to Sony's German subsidiaries - WENN

Friday, February 13, 2009


Grooveshark's brand new site showing you exactly what Twitter is listening to by aggregating what's posted to Twitter from tons of music sites, Twisten.FM shows you what's new and what's hot
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Sunday, February 08, 2009


"Frontier Design Group has introduced iShred, a complete electric guitar application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Based on the flexible and highly playable interface developed for Guitar, Frontier's advanced acoustic guitar app, iShred adds features that let users create their own custom electric guitar tones. iShred starts with a set of high-fidelity guitar samples, then feeds them through eight exciting effects pedals and an overdriven amp simulator. Whether you want a clean trebly surf sound, a spacey rock lead, or an all-out metal assault, iShred delivers the goods"

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Motown celebrates its 50th Anniversary

"No other record company in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture. With more than 180 No. 1 hit songs worldwide and counting, that influence is still being felt today, from pop to hip-hop, Motown celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding"
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Sunday, February 01, 2009


Fairtilizer - a Do It Yourself Music Club providing tools and services for artists, labels, and media to share, promote, and distribute today's best new music
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