-- Since email marketing is (or should be) an integral part of every artist's career, this Forrester report has a notable estimates and opinions: "Marketing messages to the primary inbox will swell to an average of more than 9,000 annually in 2014, with retention email making up the largest permission-based share. ... Innovative marketers will rapidly adopt relevancy-empowering tactics to cut through the clutter and avoid wasting $144 million dollars in 2014 on email marketing that never reaches the intended subscriber inbox because of erroneous blocking." (Forrester)

-- Bug Music has launched a record label in a partnership with the rock band Kings of Leon. The deal for the "inventive new label" will allow the band to "sign and develop artists with Bug Music," according to the press release. The label's first release will be "Some Kind of Salvation" by the Features, a band from the Nashville area that the Kings of Leon have taken out on tour with them. That album was self-released by the Features in late 2008. All in all, the important news here is that a music publisher is setting up a joint venture record label with one of its artists. Aside from that ownership aspect, there's nothing inventive about a successful band setting up a vanity label and making their friends the first act signed.

-- Secondary ticketing site TicketsNow has added to its transparency. The site now displays a ticket's face value next to its resale price, and customers that search for an event that still has primary tickets available will be given a link to Ticketmaster.com. The company's CEO says those changes were in the works late last year and were not implemented in response to recent criticism. (Northwest Herald)

-- A recap of the second day of the Capitol vs. Thomas file sharing case. (Copyrights & Campaigns)

-- The IFPI and some movie studios have filed suit against a Norwegian ISP for its refusal to block access to the Pirate Bay. (TorrentFreak)

-- The success of Musictoob, a British music blog, is a lesson to struggling American music blogs: less music, more tawdry gossip. Musicoob is a bit more celebrity-driven than most blogs and is bucking a few trends at once. The company just got its first outside investor, a former AOL marketing executive. Investments in music-related startups have slowed to a trickle this year. And the site actually turned a profit and, according to the company, is "thriving." Blogs are going through the same downsizing that has affected companies of all stripes, so even a little bit of success stands out these days. (paidContent)

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