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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 suggestion@zimbalam.com and we’ll quite possibly never have another quiet day again…

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 (www.google.com/music) 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 Lala.com, 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 suggestion@zimbalam.com