-- Hole has a new album coming up and is taking the increasingly popular route of the multi-tiered release. At the band’s web store it is offering three packages. The cheapest is $54.99 for the CD, vinyl LP and cassette USB with album and unreleased photos. The two more expensive packages cost $149.99 and throw in a thermal and messenger bag. Good to see Mercury Records trying some direct-to-consumer bundles. One problem, however, is the band’s name. In the ‘90s, when short, one-word band names were all the rage, Hole worked just fine. Now, a common, one-word band name that has not been search engine-optimized is missing opportunities. Trying searching for “hole” or “hole band” and the best you’ll do is the band’s MySpace page. Who would guess the artist Web site is actually holerock.net? (Gomerch/Hole)

-- If you follow financial news, you may hear the words “value added tax” more frequently this week. Paul Volcker, the Fed chief who tamed inflation in the early ‘80s, said on Tuesday the U.S. may need a value-added tax (VAT) to eliminate budget deficits and pay for social programs. VAT is a tax that is applied to goods according to the value added at each stage of a supply chain. If passed, a VAT would most likely raise the price consumers pay on recorded music, concert tickets and other music-related items. (Reuters)

-- We7 CEO Steven Purdham told the Guardian that Britain’s Digital Economy Bill the biggest opportunity for music services like his is in overcoming ignorance, not just dealing with piracy. “Nobody knows when they go to a website whether it’s legal or not,” he said in the Tech Weekly podcast. If the industry educates consumers, he argued, the benefits would outweigh anything in the Digital Economy Bill. (The Guardian)

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