| DAVE MATTHEWS BAND HEADING FOR RECORD SIXTH STRAIGHT NO. 1 ALBUM ON THE BILLBOARD 200 Dave Matthews Band should become the first group to score six consecutive No. 1-debuting studio albums on the Billboard 200 next week. Currently, among groups, Dave Matthews Band and Metallica are tied with five straight No. 1-bowing studio releases. Bob Dylan, Little Big Town and the Avett Brothers are also selling big.
| APPLE UNVEILS NEW ITUNES, IPHONE, IPODS, STAYS TWO STEPS AHEAD OF COMPETITORS
Apple confirmed its dominant position in its post-Jobs era Wednesday when it unveiled new versions of iPhone, iTunes, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. The new products it unveiled suggests Apple has a commitment to maintain its leadership in digital music and will stay two steps ahead of its smartphone and tablet competitors.
GOOGLE SIGNS DEAL WITH UMG & SONY: STILL NEGOTIATION WITH EMI, WMG OVER CLOUD (REPORT): As Google builds out the entertainment offering for the Android, it's getting closer to obtaining rights to offer a scan-and-match feature similar to those offered by Apple and Amazon, sources tell CNET. But that could change soon. Multiple music industry sources say that Google has signed licensing deals for its cloud music service with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. EMI Music and Warner Music Group are still in negotiations with managers at Google Play, the service that oversees Android's entertainment offerings, including music. Insiders say one of the sticking points in the talks is that some at the two unsigned labels d on't see a viable business model with Google's plan for scan and match.
SPOTIFY VALUED AT 'EYE-POPPING' $4B: Music service Spotify is close to completing a new financing round for nearly $400 million, according New York Post. The latest funding round is said to value the company at an eye-popping $4 billion - almost double its estimated $2.2 billion value last year. -- although the $4 billion number was bandied about earlier this year and put into perspective by Billboard.biz's Glenn Peoples. Several sources said Goldman Sachs is taking the lead in drumming up interest in Spotify, which is in expansion mode. The company is planning to use the cash to build scale and serve its growing subscriber base, sources said.
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FRANK OCEAN, TAYLOR SWIFT, PSY GET MTV VMA SALES BUMP DESPITE RATINGS DROP: Though the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards' ratings were down from their record high last year, the show still causes waves on Billboard's sales charts. The Sept. 6 show earned 6.1 million viewers according to Nielsen -- down more than 50% compared to 2011's eye-popping 12.4 million. Despite the drop-off, the broadcase sends a bevy of titles soaring on the Digital Songs chart this week, including Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Psy , P!nk, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.
BONNAROO ANNOUNCES 2013 DATES, 365 YOUTUBE CHANNEL: As revealed in a video with Carrie the Dancing Merengue Dog, the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will go down in Manchester, TN from June 13-16, 2013. A limited ticket pre-sale will be announced in November. Though you'll have to wait until next June for Bonnaroo to actually happen, you can now experience Bonnaroo virtually all year round at their new Bonnaroo 365 YouTube channel, which hosts archived videos of backstage performances at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, interviews and more by the likes of Jack White, Big Boi, and Tom Morello.
APPLE WILL SHUTTER PING ON SEPTEMBER 30: Ping, Apple's erstwhile social network, has been marked for a September 30 death. Apple is no longer accepting new members. Ping was introduced in the fall of 2010 with the purpose of making music discovery easier in the bloated iTunes interface . Yesterday Apple announced new additions to iTunes that look very similar to some of the features Ping offered. iTunes 10.7 will allow users to share music purchases on Facebook, and artist's pages will help users keep up with new tracks and photos that their favorite artists post.
IS AMANDA PALMER EXPLOITING HER FANS, OR JUST LETTING THEM GET IN THE ACT? For her current tour, crowd-sourcing queen Amanda Palmer has invited fans who play horns and strings to perform with her onstage in exchange for merch, beer and fun. Many critics and the president of the American Federation of Musicians are crying foul, saying the musicians should be paid. "Playing is work, and there's a value associated with it, and that value ought to be respected," said AF of M president Raymond Hair. Palmer, who says she can't afford to pay the musicians, replied, "If my fans are happy, and my audience is happy, and the musicians onstage are happy, where's the problem?" Palmer recently raised $1.2 million via Kickstarter for her new album, "Theater Is Evil,'" but said most of that money has gone toward recording, promotion and touring. We haven't heard the last of this issue ...
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HOW THE XX SHARED THEIR NEW ALBUM COEXIST BY RELEASING IT TO JUST ONE FAN : To recreate the word-of-mouth phenomenon that made them famous, the xx shared their album stream Coexist with a single fan just outside London last week - days before its official US release. It was a risky marketing move that set out to test whether the band could replicate their initial viral success with a map that tracked shares with a visualization on the Coexist stream's host site. Twenty-four hours after the stream was shared with a fan on Facebook, the site crashed from the millions of streams, with the average user spending 2.1 hours on the site.
STREAMING MEDIA COULD HAVE LARGER CARBON FOOTPRINT THAN CDS: Streaming media is hot - maybe too hot. music streaming could be more energy-intensive than CD production and distribution, while YouTube could soon guzzle one percent of global electricity, says MusicTank report on "the hidden cost of digital music consumption", which examines energy used by the emerging cloud media access model. The report says green-minded operators can help ease the waste by introducing cacheing or even ship their entire catalogues on a single chip.
TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'NEVER' IS COUNTRY SONG WITH MOST WEEKS AT No. 1 SINCE 1980: Taylor Swift's " We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" reunites with the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, rebounding 2-1 for a third total week at the summit. With her return trip to No. 1, "Never" claims the longest rule atop the Hot 100 for a country song in since Kenny Rogers' "Lady" nearly 32-years ago.