Ben Swanson, Chris Swanson and Darius Van Arman, the co-founders of the Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar and Dead Oceans labels, have joined with manager Ami Spishock to launch Fort William Management. The company already represents indie artists Grizzly Bear, Bowerbirds, Sondre Lerchem Dreamers of the Ghetto, Department of Eagles, CANT, JBM, Menomena and Jens Lekman.
Pearl Jam and Columbia Records/Sony Music have revealed the track listing for the "Pearl Jam Twenty" soundtrack through an elaborate scavenger hunt that spanned locations across the world and internet and netted 5.9 million Twitter mentions
Rolling Stones, Eminem, Lady Gaga and more than 150 celebrities are using social media to promote the "I'm Gonna Be Your Friend Campaign" as part of a Save The Children campain to bring aid to East African nations in the midst of a food crisis.
Foursquare, the popular social networking site that allows users to broadcast their current location to friends, has announced a new partnerships with Songkick allowing users to identify particular concerts as their current location instead of just the concert venue. The check-in app also announced similar partnerships with ESPN and MovieTickets.com
Ticketmaster may be resigning its top ticketing clients, but other ticketing companies are actively picking up smaller venues and promoters. San Francisco-based Ticketfly has recently added Union Transfer in Philadelphia and The Foundry Phoenix... Bringing its grand total of networks measured up to 10, Kout has added Last.fm, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr and Blogger... For some labels, the honeymoon with Spotify is over. But Barsuk Records is taking a wait-and-see approach to the music service.