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-- According to Visible Measures, nine of the ten top Internet videos of 2009 were music videos. The trailer for Twilight Saga: New Moon was the #1 video. At #2 was Beyonce's "Single Ladies" and at #3 was Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." At least from a traffic point of view, this list is an encouraging sign for record labels intent on pushing new video monetization strategies. (TechCrunch)

-- Nokia says its Ovi store is now doing about a million downloads a day. Keep in mind that Ovi is available in over 180 countries and has over 61 million active users. (mocoNews)

- A survey has found the U.K. audience for online streaming services like Spotify and Last.fm has grown to 4.5 million in November 2009 from 2.9 million in October 2008. Podcast use was also found to have increased, although it is growing less than the likes of Spotify. A few years ago, podcasts were being hyped as a great content delivery tool. And podcasts can be a nice tool - especially since iTunes integrated podcasts. But podcasts were hyped back when streaming was less prevalent. As the growth of Spotify shows, people have been able to think beyond the downloading of files in the last few years. (The Guardian)

-- All About Jazz has a very good Q&A with Terry Currier, owner of Portland's Music Millennium record store. The interview is a nice stroll down memory lane, to the time when Garth Brooks said he didn't want his CDs sold in a store that sold used CDs (which prompted Currier to return all his Garth Brooks CDs and stage a "Barbecue for Retail Freedom" in protest). One quote in particular places the sales decline of the 2000s in good context. Sales haven't gone down strictly because of digital sales or piracy. As Currier explained, existing record stores didn't absorb the demand that was fulfilled by shuttered record stores. "We thought that when Tower went under, the business would come to the independents, but it didn't happen. Only some of it did. When we closed one of our stores in a NW Portland, the customers that were in the neighborhood didn't necessarily go out seeking another record store. So a lot of that is just lost business." (All About Jazz)

-- Some industry professionals are complaining that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has too much power in deciding which foreign artists can enter the U.S. How immigration officials define "culturally unique" or "extraordinary ability" is throwing a wrench in some touring plans. From the article: "Artists who wish to visit the U.S. for a performance typically need a P-1 visa; a P-3 visa, issued to entertainers participating in a culturally unique program; or an O-1 visa, for individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts, education or sciences...Immigration authorities say that in weeding out applicants they deem marginal, they are simply carrying out the intent of Congress in creating the visa categories." (Wall Street Journal)

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