-File-sharing site Lime Wire has inked a deal with Redeye Distribution to offer more than 20,000 tracks through its digital music store.

The deal will add music from 200 independent labels distributed by Redeye and include in-house labels Yep Roc Records, Eleven Thirty and Bonfire. Redeye artists include Lisa Loeb, Donna Lewis, The Apples in Stereo, Widespread Panic, Chuck D and The Donnas.

Lime Wire, one of the leading P2P sites, launched the store in August offering individual MP3 tracks for sale and monthly music subscriptions. The site already has content deals with Ingrooves, Nettwerk Productions and IRIS.

To mark the latest deal, Lime Wire will feature Redeye artists The Donnas, Chuck Prophet, Liam Finn, The Golden Dogs and others in three SXSW presentations.

-CBS Corp.'s social networking music site Last.fm reports that the number of unique listeners has jumped 92% in the U.S. since its launch four weeks ago.

Last.fm claims more than 21 million active users each month from the U.S., U.K. and Germany, where it is currently available. Last.fm launched in January as an ad-supported global music Web site with licensing deals with the four major labels, CD Baby, IODA, the Orchard, Naxos and 150,000 independent labels and artists. Internet users can listen for free without signing up or downloading software.

Since the site launched free-on-demand listening, visitors have increased 59%, while page views have gone up 58%, the company said.

"We've created a new model that works for everyone — listeners, artists and copyright holders — and the user response proves that it is working," Last.fm co-founder Martin Stiksel said. "Free is the future, and this is signaled not only by the industry's growing acceptance of what we're doing, but more importantly, by the incredibly fast increase of users accessing music on Last.fm since we launched free-on-demand."

-The Songwriters Association of Canada has proposed adding $5 a month to Canadian Internet bills as a way to compensate artists for music file-sharing.

The Right to Equitable Remuneration for Music File Sharing proposal would legalize the sharing of music on P2P networks with the money raised from the levy split between creators and rights holders.

"We believe that implementing a fair way of compensating Canada's music creators for the online sharing of their music will usher in a new Golden Age of creativity," the group writes in its proposal, posted on its Web site.

-Swedish-based Musicbrigade AB, which provides mobile and Internet music video to European sites, has shut down, the company announced on its Web site. The company provided music video to Channel 4, Vodafone, Telenor, Chello and Telewest/NTL among others.

The site launched in 1999 and had deals with the four major labels to provide promotional music videos.