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Kasabian appeals with free Impaler track

kasabianGet excited Kasabian fans as the band is offering brand new album track ‘Vlad The Impaler’ as a free download on March 31 – but only for four days (blink and you’ll miss it).

The explosive new track will be available as a free download from 7.30pm, March 31 until midnight, April 3 only from www.kasabian.co.uk

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iPlayer downloads for Mac this month?

There’s been a whole hoo-hah about the BBC making it possible to download its TV shows to Mac and Linux computers – now it seems the broadcaster may be moving to launch the service, which is already available on Windows, and the launch could come this month, if a report’s to be believed.

The broadcaster has frequently gone on the record to say that it wants to make it possible to download shows from iPlayer to the Mac, but has castigated Apple for refusing to license FairPlay to the corporation in order to easily achieve this.

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‘Don’t Stop Believing’ – Journey’s track top-selling

We’re interested to learn today that Journey’s 27-year old track, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ has become the biggest-selling catalogue digital music track of all time.

Nielsen Soundscan informs us that there have been over two million digital downloads of the track, 2.03 million, to be precise. Sales benefited from inclusion of the track within the series finale of the hugely popular ‘Sopranos’ series (which drove sales up 482 per cent).

For comparison, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s everlasting ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ has sold 1.46 million online while Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has shifted 1.44 million digital units, Reuters informs.

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UK album chart rules changed for Xmas

The Official Charts Company has relaxed its album chart rules, permitting labels to offer releases festooned with extra material in an attempt to boost sales in the format.

The changes, which have received approval from labels across the industry, both independent and major, will allow for a wider range of audio material and additional merchandise to be packaged within chart-qualifying special editions. The new rules, which follow several months of consultation across the business, will be introduced from Monday September 29.  
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Music France: Digital climbs, retail falls

France’s music market continued to decline in the first half of 2008, the latest figures from French music label trade association, SNEP confirm.

Released this week the data suggests that the wholesale value of the market decreased €278.7 million in the period – down 12.2%. Christophe Lameignere, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG France and president of SNEP, said the figures were not a surprise and stressed “We were more pessimistic in our forecasts.”
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XFM to give-away thousands of iTunes tracks

This may be a little fan-focused, but we think the prize is worth having (if you use iTunes), so we’ll tell you about it: XFM is offering 250 free iTunes downloads every day for two weeks in September.

From Saturday 30 August to Friday 19 September, you can register for the Ultimate iTunes Giveaway on the radio station’s website. “hen starting Monday September 8 for 2 weeks, we’ll  be calling back someone at random every hour during Rick Shaw and Jo Good’s shows between 9am and 4pm on Xfm.”
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Warner, We7, deal free music and ads

Warner Music UK has reached a deal with pioneering ad-funded music service, We7, under which music from Warner’s repertoire will be available on We7.com through both on-demand, ad-funded audio streaming and paid-for MP3 downloads.

It’s a big deal because it means Warner Music UK is the first major music company to offer MP3s using the We7 platform. Borrowing a leaf from Last.fm, We7 users will be able to stream tracks, create playlists, share their favourites and embed songs into their own webspace.
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iTunes Download radio show begins

Premiere Radio Networks will launch a three-hour music countdown show, “The iTunes Download,” which will debut on Top 40 radio stations across the US this weekend.

The show host is iTunes director of music programming, Alex Luke, who will take listeners through a mix of the top downloads on iTunes, artist interviews, celebrity playlists and iTunes user’s iMixes.
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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on file-sharing

Thom Yorke reckons a lot of file-sharing is about access – people seek exposure to the thoughts and music that isn’t presented by the mainstream, particularly subsequent to the death of the indie record stores. “It’s like radio,” Yorke said. This could be old, but it’s recently posted, so we thought we should mention it.