Music News Review – 03/02/12

What happened at MIDEM…

This week saw MIDEM, the annual music industry conference take place in Cannes, France. Among the many announcements made during the four day event, announced integrations with SoundCloud, Songkick and Topspin, promising to “provide fans and pro users with a range of new opportunities for self expression, sharing and community engagement”, as reported by Music Week. A strategic partnership between Spotify and Coke was also hinted at.

One of the highlights included Hack Day, in which around 30 developers participated in creating new apps to enable fans to discover new music, and to have a deeper involvement with the music by their favourite artists. Hypebot has compiled together a full list of creations from Hack Day, which you can check out here.


Google +’s fast user increase over Facebook, and how it can benefit musicians

Could Google+ be the new dominant social network? A graph posted on Business Insider shows that the rise in users increased at a much faster rate than the early Facebook – whilst it took almost a year for Facebook to reach 1 million users, Google+ has reached 10 million users in two weeks. Furthermore, it’s taken Google+ less than one year to reach 100 million since the site launched, whereas it’s taken Facebook four years.

One free tool that has gained attraction within the first weeks of the Google + launch is Google hangouts, with musicians making use of it by hosting virtual concerts and reaching to fans worldwide, as well as gaining new listeners. According to a blog on Midem, US singer-songwriter Daria Musk played the first “G+ hangout concert” to just a small number of people in her circle, but word spread fast and within minutes she was playing to hundreds of people over the world. On her second G+ concert, she had reached 9,000 viewers across 100 countries.

Music Think Tank highlight why Google+ is beneficial for musicians here – click for an interesting read.


iTunes Match automatically censors explicit music?

Apple came up with iTunes Match, a service which automatically downloads the music you purchase on the iTunes Store on all your Apple devices using the Cloud. This seems like a genius idea, saving you time endlessly syncing your devices together, but Cult of Mac have discovered a glitch – iTunes Match automatically replaces any songs with explicit lyrics to the clean versions in a mass obscenity filter! Apple has acknowledged the glitch, and is already working on a fix.


James Vincent McMorrow – Special Edition of “Early In The Morning”

James Vincent McMorrow is going from strength to strength. His debut album “Early In the Morning” has earned him an extensive fan-base and significant critical plaudits since its release in March 2010. The record has since gone Gold, been nominated for the Choice Music Prize and the Irish Mercury, and has seen James spend the last two years touring the US and Europe extensively (stopping off at Glastonbury, Latitude and ‘Later…With Jools Holland’ along the way).

Following the success of his new single, a cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” featured in LOVEFiLM’s TV ad campaign through November, December and January and the single’s top 20 success in the charts, James will release a special edition of his acclaimed debut album on February 5th through Believe Digital, before embarking on a tour around the UK this month. His 7 date tour will end with a sold out show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on February 15th.

The Special Edition album is available to pre order here, featuring 4 bonus tracks including his stunning version of Higher Love.




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