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|Stickam Teams With Vans Warped Tour for Live Backstage Coverage All Summer Long
Stickam.com will stream extensive live backstage content from the Vans Warped Tour this Summer. Fans can tune in to chat live with their favorite Warped Tour bands as well as see some live backstage performances from the tour, running now through August 5. All live content can be found on the official Vans Warped Tour Stickam channel at http://stickam.com/vanswt and on the official Vans Warped Tour site athttp://vanswarpedtour.com.
* Just a numbers game? SoundExchange is now trumpeting cumulative artist and label payouts of $1 billion, a hefty number indeed. That includes a current quarterly payout rate of more than $100 million, but how much is still sitting in SoundExchange’s bank account, unmatched or otherwise unpaid? The New York Times says $132 million in unpaid cash was floating on the books as of 2010; IRS forms suggest more than $305 million for that year. When we asked for up-to-date figures, SoundExchange president Michael Huppe said ‘thank you for your interest’ (seriously) before dumping us onto a press person. Who then told us we’d get the information later…
* Are you connected? We’ve been testing Qualcomm Atheros’ Skifta system over the past few days with some frustrating results. The mobile- and app-based entertainment control system unifies PCs, Sonos, and IPTVs into one uber-app interface, though the theoretical niceties quickly crash into practical roadblocks. We’ll keep testing; an updated version is on the way.
* Speaking of Sonos, the company has just landed a monstrous, $135 million funding round. KKR, Redpoint Ventures and Elevation Partners are leading, with $45 million earmarked for product development and $90 million apparently designated for various executives and stakeholders to cash out their positions. Separately, the company is showcasing its latest zone peripheral, the SUB, at its LA-based ‘Sonos Studio’ on La Brea in Los Angeles.
* But wait: this is some fly hi-fi hardware, but are you getting walled in with your Sonos? AOL defined the early ‘walled garden’ of the internet, but it seems like a similar situation is emerging with networked stereo and entertainment systems. A lingering gripe about the svelte WiFi-connected Sonos system is that it refuses to amplify your own laptop speakers – which means that the vast range of audio coming from the interwebs can’t be ported throughout those home ‘zones’.
* Spotify is now layering a free, new-and-improved radio experience into its iPhone and iPad apps. That includes very Pandora-like thumbs up and thumbs down functionality; we’re awaiting word on whether this is still the Echo Nest powering.
* Oh, there’s another ‘billion’ floating around, this time for Eventbrite. The ticketing disruptor has now sold one billion tickets since inception, according to details shared today.
* Sean Parker was a no-show for New Music Seminar (#NMS2012) in New York on Monday, though big names like Lyor Cohen, Bob Pittman, and John Sykes made the gig. Cohen urged labels to support one another, defended the 360-degree deal, and pointed to the CD as a format that kept executives ‘sleepy and retarded’…
* A few hundred miles south, the Library of Congress is now ingesting a massive ‘treasure trove’ of artist and industry executive interviews. The voluminous audio collection of over 200 interviews, compiled by retired music executive Joe Smith, includes chit-chats with Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney… you get the idea.
* Blame electronica? Electric Daisy Carnival is now on the defensive after two Carnivalers died in Vegas last week. But both happened outside of the event walls itself: one involved a drunken run-in with a truck (guess who won); the other an ecstacy-inspired freefall from the 27th floor of a Strip hotel. Separately, Pasquale Rotella, head of EDC promoter Insomniac, faces a raft of charges in Los Angeles loosely related to the overdose of a teenage attendee.
* Songza is enjoying quite the moment, but will it last? The well-curated playlister scored a million iOS installations in just 10 days; now the media is starting to gush over their newfound upstart. Actually, these are some pretty good playlists, hype-bubbles a
|Country Music Legend Mickey Gilley Talks up New Book “Unconquered”
Country Music Legend and the Original “Urban Cowboy” Mickey Gilley Talks up new book “Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley” with author J.D. Davis. Publishers Weekly calls “Unconquered” an “entertaining and epic story of perseverance and the power of family ties.
ey kids: circumvention doesn’t pay! And with that, YouTube video-to-download upstart clip.dj is now toast. This looks like a self-imposed shutdown, though the quickly-rising circumvention tool is now supremely inoperable. And, this may have been prompted by a YouTube nastygram and general clampdown on the circumvention space. Earlier this week, Torrentfreak reported that Google was threatening to take action against popular video-to-mp3 conversion site youtube-mp3.org.
* Face it, you’re getting acquired. It’s unclear whether the acquisition spree will continue, though Facebook has just acquired Face.com for a reported $100 million. Face.com powers some creepy/controversial facial recognition features for Facebook; the company indicated that the buyout was largely a talent and technology grab (just like pre-IPO old times).
* Felony charges are now being levied against one-time Curtis Management chief financial officer Rickey Charles Goodrich. That’s Pearl Jam’s management group; Goodrich is charged with bilking the group of nearly $400,000, according to local reports.
* Beatport has just launched Beatport Mixes, a service that allows DJs to upload their mixes while paying associated rightsholders. Sounds ambitious and simultaneously unenviable; Beatport is also promising 10 percent back to the mixing DJ.
|Norton and Noteflight to Offer Online Music Theory Workbook
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. partners with Noteflight to offer interactive student workbook for its college text “Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis, 2nd Edition.”
* Senate deliberations over the proposed UMG+EMI marriage begin tomorrow. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will be chit-chatting with the likes of Lucian Grainge, Irving Azoff, and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., the webcast starts at 1:30 pm EST.
* Separately, Universal has received a formal Statement of Objections from the European Competition Commission. That could prompt more concessions; UMG indicated that a detailed response is being prepared.
* There’s more on VEVO, including a curious plunge in traffic as reported by comScore. Year-over-year uniques slipped 20.1 percent to 48.3 million in May, from 60.4 million in May of last year; time spent watching has also nearly halved over that period. Other measurements, including compete.com, tell a different story.
* Karaoke is heading towards the cloud, like everyone else. And to discuss that we have the upcoming Karaoke Cloud Music City Summit in Nashville, slated for Friday.
More at karaokesummit.wordpress.com
* Is internet radio merely a feature, not a product? Such is the conjecture of abrasive BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield, who pointed to Spotify’s recently-retooled, app-ready radio relaunch as a major competitive threat to Pandora. Spotify is now spinning radio as a free app, though major differences in how songs are selected – as well as total catalog – are worth noticing.
|ArtistWorks Debuts Online Classical Guitar School with Virtuoso Jason Vieaux
Revolutionary online “Classical Guitar School” provides everyday players unprecedented access to world renowned teacher
|Beamz Interactive, Inc. Announces New Beamz Music Site
Company Introduces New Site for Beamz Music and Content