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Don't expect a soft launch for iTunes Radio. Apple has lined up blue chip advertisers for its upcoming launch next month of iTunes Radio, according to an Ad Age report. McDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble were named as advertising partners already on board. In addition, the launch appears to be timed for maximum exposure.
The soda brand is working with Katy Perry to debut a song from her upcoming album “Prism” (due Oct. 22) by partnering with MTV and the Video Music Awards for a tweet-to-unlock campaign.
The country star's new album sold slightly fewer than 528,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 18. It's Bryan's second No. 1, following the compilation "Spring Break… Here to Party," which also opened atop the list earlier this year.
Out of the top 100 Twitter accounts with the most followers, there's not a single consumer product brand. Interestingly, the bulk of those accounts belong to musicians.
German concert biz impresario Fritz Rau, a highly respected German promoter, has died at the age of 83 in Kronberg, near Frankfurt. Over the past 50 years Rau organized concerts for acts such as the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Joan Baez, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Charles Aznavour, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.
Lazard Capital Markets analyst Barton Crockett in a bullish report has lauded satellite radio giant Sirius XM Radio for a couple of recent "serious content upgrades."
Sean Ross shares a number of observations based on the current hits.
About one of every seven people in the world uses Facebook. Now, Mark Zuckerberg, its co-founder and chief executive, wants to make a play for the rest — including the four billion or so who lack Internet access.
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It’s been a year since the deal that brought the Sony/ATV and EMI catalogues under the same publishing roof – and saw Guy Moot appointed managing director, UK and president of European Creative for the combined company.
Both applications will reportedly provide access to on-demand music videos and a new 24-hour-a-day channel of original content. Vevo's new TV push, with bigger plans to launch separate channels on cable TV, follows previous tablet and smartphone efforts on iOS, Android, and Windows 8.
The image of wide-eyed young musicians having their lunches eaten by rapacious corporations is pretty compelling, and the ongoing collapse of the record business makes it look even scarier. The week ending July 28 had the lowest total album sales documented since Billboard started using Soundscan to track sales in 1991.
The smash hit Now! compilation brand is to highlight emerging artists with a new album series called Now That’s What I Call What’s Next.
The music listening experience, for all but a handful of vinyl stalwarts and cassette label junkies, has become fully digital. Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes provide the songs; phones and laptops put them in our ears; and for the majority of us in the rat race, music is completely divorced from the physical realm.
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