- Artists on the Sellaband fan investment network will have the opportunity to play live gigs at any of 90 events produced by ArenaWorks next year, based on a new online competition the site is launching. Details of the ArenaWorks events have not yet been announced, but they include a combination of sports, gaming and other genres, with a live concert to follow.

- For digital music users who want to avoid lyrics laced with expletives, PositiveMusicandDownloads.com is a new Web site that focuses on "positive, values-based music." Songs are 99 cents and albums at $10.

- While MSN Music has been replaced by Zune, MSN Unsigned is a new music site launched in the UK, which features music videos of only unsigned independent artists. It also acts as a resource for aspiring musicians, with articles offering advice for up and coming acts.