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  1. Dynasty Expands To Canada

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST American indie record label and distributor, Dynasty Records, has launched a Canadian division, the company announced today. The company, which was operated in the U.S. for two decades says it will offer Canadian artists "unprecedented access ...

  2. Mozes Links With Knitting Factory For Mobile Push

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile phone texting service Mozes has partnered with the Knitting Factory to offer a mobile ticketing service to artists using the Mozes system. Fans who join an artist mobile fan club will be offered exclusive free concert tickets for shows taki ...

  3. Biz Briefs: Obama, Trans World, NIN

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST - President-elect Barack Obama selects a lawyer who formerly represented the Recording Industry Association of America in file sharing cases to be the third in command at the Justice Department. [ CNET ] - Trans World Entertainment reports a 14% d ...

  4. U.K. Christmas Sales Up At Amazon, Play

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Internet retailers Amazon.co.uk and Play.com have both reported strong Christmas trading, led by home entertainment products, particularly sales of DVDs. Both Play.com and Amazon.co.uk reported that the DVD of "Mamma Mia!" was the top se ...

  5. Online Retail Sales Dip

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST If flat is the new up, then the 2008 holiday shopping season was still a disappointment. Consumer online retail spending declined 3 percent this year, according to comScore, which had previously predicted that online shopping would represent a bri ...

  6. Amazon Claims Record Holiday Orders

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Online retailer Amazon.com Inc reported its best holiday sales season yet, even as sales and traffic at U.S. store chains were the weakest in decades. Analysts have pointed to Amazon as a rare bright spot in this year's holiday shopping seaso ...

  7. Digital Briefs: MixWit, Online Music Demand, mBlox

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST -Online playlist service MixWit is the next to shut down . Without citing specific reasons, the company says it will turn off the website and all profiles on it by Dec. 27. -The NPD Group reports that year-over-year consumer demand for music among ...

  8. PayPal Taps Celebs For Online Campaign

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Would you take a fruit cake from Fall Out Boy? The rockers are part of an online advertising campaign for PayPal from digital agency EVB San Francisco that is meant to raise money for charities. Fall Out Boy, along with musicians such as Joel Madd ...

  9. Amazon's U.K. MP3 Store Goes Live

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The long-anticipated Amazon.co.uk MP3 service has finally arrived, although the online retailer's download store had a low-key launch. The service went live today (Dec. 3) and boasts 3 million DRM-free tracks from all four majors and leading ...

  10. Phones Lead U.K. Music Device Market

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile phones with MP3 capability are outselling traditional CD players five-to-one and are now the most popular music devices in the U.K., according to figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and compiled by market resea ...

  11. The Orchard Posts $59K Loss In Q3

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Orchard closed its third quarter with revenues of $14.6 million, which was up from $6.7 million (118%) from the same quarter last year, and cut its net loss to $59,000, down from a $3 million loss in the corresponding 2007 quarter. The company ...

  12. Play.com Enters Secondary Ticket Market

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online entertainment retailer Play.com has launched a new secondary ticketing service, Play.com Tickets. The Jersey-based company says the service will guarantee all tickets purchased and no payments will be made to the seller until seven days aft ...

  13. EMI Set To Launch Digital Store

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI is preparing to launch a music service by the end of the year, representing the latest direct-to-consumer business being planned by a major label. "This is not an effort to compete with iTunes or Amazon," said a source familiar with ...

  14. EMI Australia Launches MP3 Store

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia has launched its mp3 store www.musicheadmp3.com.au. The major says it is the first in Australia to offer the format direct to consumers. Half a million tracks are available ranging from its international artists, including Robb ...

  15. News Analysis: SanDisk's SlotMusic

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding SanDisk's slotMusic, mainly due to the limited details – like no info on content or pricing - as the product was unveiled today . While the reaction from analysts and the press is mixed, most ...

  16. Elbow Enjoys Mercury-Fuelled Sales Boost

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three days after the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize was announced, retail is reporting a big spike in sales for Elbow's winning album, "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor). The album, the alternative act's fourth, is heading ...

  17. BET Ramps Up Interactive Services

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET has teamed up with its mobile commerce partner Single Touch Systems to offer new interactive entertainment services to viewers. The 4U2 Dedicate, lets users select a song to dedicate to a friend from a pre-defined list, and then record a perso ...

  18. Amazon.com Reveals New Music Site

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has quietly unveiled a Wikipedia-like music information site called SoundUnwound . The adjunct to its online commerce system allows fans to edit band profiles, album and song information and other music related news and updates. All edi ...

  19. Disc Makers Acquires CD Baby

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent CD and DVD manufacturer Disc Makers announced they have acquired independent music seller CD Baby, following a 7-year close strategic partnership between the two companies. Based in Portland, Oregon, CD Baby allows independent musician ...

  20. MusicMe's On-Demand Service Goes Free

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French all-you-can-eat music service MusicMe's on-demand streaming offering is now free of charge. Until now, the service, which launched in 2006, was accessible for €9.95 ($15) per month. Now renamed musicMe free, the streaming site offers 3 ...

  21. Online Retailers Shift Pricing

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The cost of digital music is rising, and falling, depending on where you shop online these days. Amazon.com introduced two new discount promotions on select digital albums as part of an ongoing variable pricing strategy. The company’s Daily Deals ...

  22. OCC: Brit Download Biz On The Up

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's digital music market is showing encouraging signs of growth. During the first quarter, sales of digital albums rose by 69.3% compared with Q1 2007, according to basic figures published today by the Official U.K. Charts Company. Also ...

  23. NARM Panel Talks Digital Music Retail

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT During the Digital Landscape panel at the NARM convention, digital merchants sounded very much like their peers in the brick-and-mortar world as they wrestle with pricing issues, profit margins and competition from other forms of entertainment sof ...

  24. Digital Music Body Calls For Reforms

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The digital arm of British retail trade body ERA is pushing for a series of reforms which it says are essential for continued growth in the market. ERA Digital, which represents digital music businesses under the auspices of the Entertainment Reta ...

  25. ShowClix Adds Mobile Ticketing Option

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ShowClix Ticketing, a Pittsburgh-based live events firm, added a new mobile delivery option to its online ticketing service. The company delivers tickets to fans' mobile phone screens in the form of a text message, not a mobile barcode. Techn ...

  26. WMI, 7digital Strike Euro Download Deal

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital download store 7digital.com on Tuesday becomes the first major European service of it kind to offer Warner Music's repertoire in the MP3 format, through a new deal struck with Warner Music International. An online marketing campaign w ...

  27. U.K. Downloads To Soar In 2008, Says ERA

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST British consumers will likely spend more than £160 million ($312 million) on digital downloads this year, up by roughly 50% from the previous year, according to new figures published by ERA Digital, a division of the Entertainment Retailers Associ ...

  28. French Retailers Call For Gov't Support

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST French cultural retailer trade body SDLC (formerly known as SDSD) has called for a governmental plan to back CD and video retail, which it claims has been "forgotten" in national leaders' plans to back the music industry. SDLC, whic ...

  29. Borders Eyes MP3 Download Service

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Borders Group Inc. is eyeing an MP3 music download service. According to a Reuters report , the company plans to relaunch its Web site in the coming months after its alliance with Amazon.com, which has been running Borders' online commerce se ...

  30. Pepsi, Amazon Unveil Long-Expected Promotion

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pepsi and Amazon.com unveiled their long-expected digital music promotion, to kick off during a Super Bowl commercial starring Justin Timberlake. The promotion, called Pepsi Stuff, is designed to introduce the new Amazon digital music service to t ...

  31. Amazon, Pepsi Prep Massive MP3 Promotion

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amazon and Pepsi are expected to finally announce their 11-month long promotion in which Pepsi customers can build up points by registering codes on bottle-caps and exchange them for merchandise and downloads from Amazon.com, sources say. The prom ...

  32. MP3 Cards To Feature Latin Acts

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alejandro Fernandez, Calle 13 and Camila are among the Latin acts whose albums will be available on Sony BMG's Platinum MusicPass MP3 cards. The label revealed Monday that the artist-specific digital album cards, which retail for $12.99, woul ...

  33. Sony BMG To Debut MP3 Album Cards

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment will roll out its Platinum MusicPass series of digital album cards beginning Jan. 15 at Best Buy, Target and Fred's, with Trans World and Winn-Dixie coming to the party by the end of January. In Canada, participat ...

  34. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged : So the numbers are in, and for the fourth year in a row the music industry has hit new records for digital downloads for singles and albums. Yes, download sales are still not compensating for the decline in album sales. And yes, the prof ...

  35. WMG Strips DRM For Amazon Downloads

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has begun selling DRM-free downloads through Amazon.com. With effect from today, WMG has ended its MP3 hold-out by offering works from its digital audio catalog to buy from Amazon MP3, the online retailer's DRM-free downloa ...

  36. Beauchamp Named Senior VP At UMGD

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kim Beauchamp has been promoted to senior VP of e-commerce and mobile operations for Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). Beauchamp is based in Universal City, Calif., and reports to Vincent Freda, executive VP of digital logistics and busin ...

  37. Ticket Text Calls MAMA

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST London-based venue operator MAMA Group has signed a deal with Dublin-based mobile ticketing service Ticket Text, covering the group's 18 British venues. The agreement will see Ticket Text providing services for all MAMA venues, which include ...

  38. The Charlatans Continue Free Experiment

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Charlatans are continuing their experiment with free digital content by launching an Internet site that allows fans to download ringtones, full songs, photos, video, news and concert updates to their mobile phones at no charge. The site is the ...

  39. Impact Mobile Rolls Out Mobile Ticketing App

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impact Mobile introduced a mobile ticketing application called JumpTXT Access. The combo ticket/coupon delivery application creates a unique mobile barcode that can be sent to mobile phones and used as a scanable ticket when used with a compatible ...

  40. Barcode Initiative Aims To Boost Online Tracking

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Supply chain standards and solutions organization GS1 has agreed to deliver to the music industry a license for single bar codes, as part of a new effort to foster the online music business. Musicians and labels can now obtain a unique bar code nu ...

  41. Digital Payment Firms Team

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital payment firms Javien and Digonex have teamed up to offer clients access to the others e-commerce systems. The Javien platform lets consumers charge items to their mobile phone bill, landline phone bill or other alternative accounts like Pa ...

  42. Internet Piracy On The Rise In Spain

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Physical piracy has slumped in Spain over the last year, but illegal music downloading via the Internet is soaring, according to a new report. The Spanish government's Ministry of Culture report on "cultural practices and habits in Spain ...

  43. Plugged And Unplugged

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: At first look, Amazon.com's digital music service has all the right pieces. I'll ignore a few glitches here and there in the interest of fairness -- not a full catalog, not all CD search results cross-link to the available digit ...

  44. Amazon Launches Early Version Of Music Service

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has finally unveiled a beta version of its much-discussed digital music service, called Amazon MP3, offering more than 2 million DRM-free songs. The service is almost entirely Web based, meaning no desktop application is needed to acces ...

  45. EDiMA Names New Pres

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) has a new president. Andrew Cecil, currently head of public policy at Yahoo Europe, has been appointed president, with immediate effect. At the same time, Paloma Castro, director public affairs at eBa ...

  46. IRIS Extends To Mobile With Airborne Entertainment

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT IRIS Distribution is extending its independent music library to mobile through a partnership with mobile media firm Airborne Entertainment. Under the deal, Airborne will make wallpapers, full-track downloads, mobile videos and other mobile content ...

  47. Yolanda Adams To Endorse Visa Mobile Money Transfers

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Grammy Award winner Yolanda Adams is the new face of Columbia Card Systems International’s Visa mobile debit card. In addition to appearing in a series of television, radio and print advertisements, Adams will also brand her own debit card through ...

  48. Crowley Upped At Koch

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment has promoted Bill Crowley to VP of digital and mobile to oversee the company's expanded new media division. Crowley has led the company's digital music initiatives for the last five years. Koch recently expanded its di ...

  49. Dynamic Pricing Service Boosted By Funding

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service Amie Street -- which uses dynamic pricing to change how much each song costs based on its popularity -- closed a first-round funding series that includes such big-name investors as Amazon.com. The exact amount of the investme ...

  50. VEGNA Posts Q1 Profit

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Entertainment Group North America continued its winning streak in the first quarter of its fiscal year, posting a 15% comparable-store increase in the period ended June 30, according to VEG CEO Simon Wright. That comes on the heels of a 5.2 ...

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