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Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, have left Parlophone Records after 28 years and signed a global deal to release their forthcoming studio album Electric through Kobalt Label Services. Produced by Stuart Price, Electric will be released in June 2013. The band will embark on the “Electric” tour this year, which will include a night at London’s O2 Arena on June 18.
The micro-blogging social network is reportedly about to release an application dubbed Twitter Music designed to help people find new music, according to a report from CNET. The application is being built by We Are Hunted, a small Australian developer that Twitter acquired last year. Subsequent reports said music will be streamed via SoundCloud.
On next week's Billboard 200 chart, rock legend David Bowie is in the hunt for his first No. 1 album, while veteran group Bon Jovi could nab its fifth chart-topper.
Universal Music Group has teamed with Samsung to launch a pan-African mobile music service entitled the Kleek, which was officially unveiled yesterday at the Samsung Africa Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The free to access service is to initially be rolled out in five African markets: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Angola, with mobile handset manufacturer Samsung the exclusive smart phone partner for a set two-year period.
Billboard.biz caught up with Downtown Music's Josh Deutsch at South by Southwest to discuss why he’s “doubling down” on the record business, what he’s learned from “Harlem Shake,” and a forthcoming joint venture between Downtown and another label.
Country star Luke Bryan logs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new compilation, Spring Break . . . Here to Party, debuts atop the list selling 150,000 copies in its first week. At No. 2 is Jimi Hendrix's posthumous release People, Hell and Angels, his highest-charting album since Electric Ladyland spent two weeks at No. 1 from Nov. 16-23, 1968.
There's much more to crowdfunding than meets the eye, and that requires partnering with companies for distribution to reach retailers and fans, music Amanda Palmer said at SXSW on Wednesday. But could this exciting new business model could work for the less socially inclined artists like PJ Harvey or Jeff Mangum?
Want to know what’s buzzing biz-wise at SXSW this year? What are the hot startups, companies, people and technologies? Find out at our Google Hangout today at 3 p.m. ET when TAG Strategic’s Ted Cohen, PledgeMusic’s Benji Rogers, Billboard’s Glenn Peoples and Digitalmusic.org's Bill Wilson weigh in live and direct from Austin via Google Hangout.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK'S SXSW JOURNAL: SHIFTING GENRES, CIRCULAR FASHION
It's 45 years since I attended my first festival -- an afternoon in Hyde Park starring Traffic, Steve Winwood's soul folk psyche dream combo, in the days when you wouldn't actually have used those words to describe them; much as a stegosaurus wasn't called that in its own time. Back in 1968 the goals were simple: everything had to be long and smoky.
David Bowie is set to reach number one in Sunday's charts with his album, The Next Day, making it the fastest selling album of 2013. The Next Day is Bowie's first album since Reality in 2003, which peaked in the charts at number three. Reports from the Official Charts Company showed that The Next Day had sold 66,000 copies by Wednesday, two days after its release.
Samsung will unwrap its latest blockbuster smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at the Radio City music hall in New York on Thursday evening as the South Korean phonemaker tries to bring the fight to Apple's home market. With Samsung rumored to have ordered a production run of 100m handsets and research firm Strategy Analytics predicting the S4 will ship 60m units by Christmas, Seoul is going head to head with Silicon Valley for dominance of smartphone sales.
Twitter has appointed Adam Messinger as the company’s Chief Technical Officer, according to his Twitter profile, in a move that solidifies Twitter’s top C-Suite ranks on the company’s slow, steady trudge to going public. Messinger joined Twitter in 2011 as vice president of application development in the engineering department and has been described as a “big picture” guy by some, and will move into working on what future versions of Twitter will look like, but from a very high-level standpoint.
All Things D
Yala Music is a unique hybrid music service featuring Arabic music. Though developed for the Middle East and North Africa, Yala's listenership has grown most strongly in the U.S. Yala offers streaming options but is currently focused on ad-supported downloads with Pepsi as their first sponsor. In addition, Yala offers services to artists including management of YouTube channels and Facebook pages.
Torrent, the brand that enables much of the world's illegal downloading, is trying to go straight with a legitimate service for digital music. The company, which is made up of the software brands BitTorrent and µTorrent, has been working to be seen as a non-illegal content provider. As part of that effort, it has teamed with musicians to release special content bundles, and has now unveiled a new suite of tools at SXSW.
- Bagpipe fungus nearly killed lifelong musician
- Devendra Banhart: "I'm Not An Entertainer"
- Iggy Pop does Morrissey impression at SXSW
- Petition to Make R. Kelly's 'Ignition' the National Anthem Has Obscene Amount of Support
- Flea Touts His 'Robust Genitalia,' Does the Worm on 'Gorburger'
- Biffy Clyro: 'Why aren't we being considered for the role of Pope?'
- Ne-Yo Teams With Celine Dion for Duet: 'It Definitely Made Me Question My Vocal Ability'
- Olivia Wilde Reads Justin Bieber Fans' Hate Tweets on 'Leno'
- Pope Chosen: 130,000 Tweets a Minute, Tops Facebook Mentions