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Music Industry News Roundup 4-11-2009

November, 4th 2009 13:09

After a couple of quiet days on the news front, we’ve got some interesting stuff for you today centering on piracy (obviously), talent contests and Lady GaGa, read on for more…

There’s an interesting article in The Times today in the wake of the proposal to disconnect persistent file-sharers, discussing whether the Internet can now be considered a human right and therefore, whether the three-strikes proposal is immoral and a breach of said human rights. Read the article here and let us know what you think.

There’s a lovely heart-warming story reported by The Independent about an unsigned band seemingly in the race for a Grammy award. ‘Shakey’s Brother’ from Clitheroe (That’s ooop North) have only been together for around 12 months and all work 9-5 day jobs and their previous biggest success consists of getting to the regional final of the Surface Unsigned Festival (which we mention again later on). I’m not quite sure what the story means, it would appear they’re sort of ‘pre-nominated’ and have become so by signing up with a ‘Grammy specialist’ agent in the US but only time will tell once the official nominations are narrowed down in December. We wish them the best of luck!

Lady GaGa has set a Billboard chart record in the US by achieving four number one singles from her debut album, ‘The Fame’, for the first time in the ‘Pop Song Chart’s’ 17 year history. Quite an achievement, let’s hope one of you chaps has the same success with Zimbalam. Read the full story here

MSN re-launched their music service yesterday, report Music Week magazine, with a new element of the site dedicated to music downloads, the long-term goal appears to be to offer another free streaming store with download links but for now the public can choose from over 1 million tracks mostly provided by major labels with a standard 79p track price and £7.99 album price.

Kit Kat have also announced today a sort of battle of the bands type thing being run in 6 student unions across the country. It’s being judged by Frankmusic (that pop guy) and has a £3000 prize and a free remix from the man himself on offer. This is all well and good but there are definitely some genuinely beneficial contests and showcases out there for unsigned artists, we’d suggest you sign up with Surface Unsigned Festival (where you stand to make £60,000 if you win…) or perhaps register for a chance to play at The Great Escape. However, if you feel like Kit Kat and Frankmusic are worth some of your effort as well, find out more here.

Well that’s all for today and if this has been more to your liking than the previous quiet issue, feed us with your news; send any tips to and we’ll quite possibly never have another quiet day again…

Music Industry News Roundup 3-11-2009

November, 3rd 2009 13:59

Welcome to a new week and more industry news for you, there weren’t many stories floating around yesterday (or indeed today!) so instead we’ve got sort of a ‘bumper’ double-issue for you to peruse (although there’s still not much to say), let’s get started…

Radio presenter George Lamb is leaving his daily radio slot on digital station BBC 6 Music to go to a weekend slot instead, Lamb’s critics are many and they are vocal but he has always played a lot of new music on the show, albeit from larger artists. What do you think about the move? Were you a fan? Find out more about this and the other presenter changes, here.

There has been another study into music piracy and once again it has been revealed that pirates actually buy a lot of music too. What do you think about this? Is it fair to buy some music and steal other music? It might be a little fairer to the artist if that attitude resulted in some, but less, money for both artists rather than none for one and some for the other and who reserves the right to dictate what deserves paying for? However, that said, if this is the attitude we’re all going to adopt, surely subscription models are the future? Let us know your thoughts and find out more about the report here.

In other news, the annual Record of the Day PR & Journalism awards have been announced and you can find out more and cast your votes over at their site.

We told you there wasn’t much to report, help us make sure this doesn’t happen again by sending any tips to and we’ll make sure to keep you up to date with as much relevant industry news as possible.

Music Industry News Roundup 30-10-2009

October, 30th 2009 18:05

There’s some interesting news floating around out there today, so get on with reading it already…

UK Broadband provider, Tiscali, have got involved in the new download store boom and launched their very own new music download store, ‘Tiscali Music For Life’. The service is powered by eMusic with the eMusic catalogue available through the new portal. As the service is powered by eMusic, Zimbalam artists’ music will already available on the new service, which is great news as the ‘launch’ should bring a significant number of new customers to the service. Find out more here.

As we told you yesterday, Google launched a new music service yesterday, ‘OneBox’, and today Billboard have weighed in with an interesting article about what this could mean for the music industry and the way we consumer music. Their are some interesting theories in the article but in our opinion they have missed the point of the new service, claiming that, for the most part, finding music using Google is already easy enough so why bother with the new platform. In our eyes, the argument is not so much about ease of discovery, but more to do with ease of purchase and the instant provision of a legal, legitimate and high quality result to music searches, rather than relying on sketchy pirated YouTube videos and lyrics websites for music links.

The Guardian have also blogged some thoughts on the previously reported story that single sales in 2009 are higher than ever before, discussing whether the single can save the music industry. There are definitely some interesting opinions, mostly focusing on the fact that while singles are selling more than ever, they’re also selling for much less than ever before and the resulting low margins (which are now lower than ever) are not enough to sustain the business, which still focuses heavily on album sales to turn over sufficient profits. Read more on the blog, here.

Finally, here’s one we missed yesterday, Steve Purdham, CEO of popular music streaming service We7 has written a piece for The Times, explaining his opinion on why Mandelson’s ‘three strikes’ policy is not the answer to music piracy. Check it out here, very interesting, and well informed, read.

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Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!

Industry News Roundup 29-10-2009

October, 29th 2009 18:41

There are some pretty big music industry stories breaking today so we’ll get straight onto topic and get stuck in…

Firstly, Google Music, or as it’s officially named, ‘OneBox’, launched in America today. Currently 1-5% of our trans-Atlantic cousins can access the new service ( but this will be ramped up over the coming days and weeks to provide access to everyone and presumably bring it overseas in the not too distant future as well… In essence, the service uses the traditional Google interface, via a new ‘Music’ tab and will allow users to search by artist, title, lyric or song for music. The results will be presented with an image representative of the artist and a ‘play’ button that, when clicked, will open a new player, powered by, allowing the user to stream the song once, in full, for free, before being directed to purchase it from various other platforms.

We are looking forward to having a go on this service, it’s great to see that the big companies are starting to realise the potential of bringing music to the mass audience in a cost-effective and revenue generating fashion. You can watch a video and find out more about Google ‘OneBox’ on Google (believe it or not!) here, or, for less biased information, you could try this story from the BBC.

Next up is file-sharing, now we all know about file sharing and there’s been a great deal of discussion in the press of late, from the perspective of artists, industry professionals and the public discussing the issue but the government have now weighed in and apparently finalised plans for a slightly amended version of the ‘Three Strikes’ legislation that will see persistent file sharers slapped with internet suspension.

Peter Mandelson announced this at the C&binet meeting in Hertfordshire this week outlining that the legislation may be brought into action if internet piracy has not fallen by 70% one year from April 2010. There is a lot of discussion surrounding human rights and complaints from the public, as well as some from artists and the ISPs in charge of the connections but you can read more about all of this here.

What are your thoughts on the piracy debate? It’s always interesting to hear from artists, especially those new to music who have seen ‘free’ music as somewhat of a promotional tool and a way to attract attention.

In related news, there are two interesting (and conflicting) opinions on the fall of torrent-based internet piracy circulating the web today, one from the perspective of the music industry and another from the perspective of the pirates. One suggests torrent traffic fell by 80% when the Pirate Bay was closed in August, the other, claims this is entirely nonsense… Can you guess which opinion belongs to who?
Well that’s it for today and as always, send any news tips our way on