Monthly Archives: November 2009

Historic Debut For Susan Boyle – No. 1 UK chart

Susan Boyle’s debut album I Dreamed A Dream leaps straight to number one in the Official UK Albums Chart and makes chart history, the Official Charts Company confirms today.

In one of the most anticipated album releases of all time, I Dreamed A Dream has sold over 410,000 copies since its release last Monday (23rd November). These phenomenal sales make it:
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Weezer CLIQ competition, album give-away

raditudeWeezer are back with the band’s new album, Raditude, which is in stores now.

Celebrating this new release, Weezer will perform a very special show at one very lucky college campus as part of the T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ Challenge, a competition to see which community has what it takes to get Weezer to their local campus.

All Weezer fans need to do is vote on Facebook and the school with the biggest vote will win a live performance by Weezer and a school reward of up to $25,000 (one dollar per vote).

We have six copies of the new CD to give away to Distorted Loop readers. Here’s how it works – the first six readers to comment while leaving a valid email will be contacted with a free copy of the new album. Thanks to YouCast who are providing these prizes. Good luck!!

Apple inks Live Nation deal for live gig offerings

livenationlogoWe think Apple has some big plans to extend the possibilities of music offerings through iTunes – in future we anticipate the service will offer immediate at-the-time streaming access to live performances from across the planet to music fans.

This morning we learn of a significant first step in this move, with Apple inking a new deal with Live Nation under which live gig recordings from venues across the USA will be offered exclusively for sale through the Apple music service.

Live Nation Studios will offer exclusive recorded and filmed concerts from its network of “wired” venues for purchase and download only on iTunes.

Exclusive live recordings from OK Go, Jesse McCartney, Saving Abel, A Fine Frenzy, Duffy, Plain White T’s and Ziggy Marley, have been released this week, with many more to follow.

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Amazon cut-price sale hits US and UK

This is a really good time to hit Amazon, with a slurry of discounts available now from the US and UK stores.

Amazon in the US and the UK launch their Christmas/Black Friday sales, offering a series of compelling discounts across multiple categories.

For example, in the UK, Amazon’s offering Fujifilm’s FinePix J30 digital camera for just £69.99, a £50 saving on the usual £119.99 price. That’s not the only deal, there’s hundreds like this as the shopping season looms.

In the US,Amazon’s Black Friday promises daily discounts on a slew of different products.

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Amazon ships out $3 free song credit

From Amazon comes this little freebie to get your Holiday shopping started: offers a $3 MP3 credit for free via coupon code “MP34FREE”. It applies a credit to your account, which can be used to purchase any song of $3 or less in the Amazon MP3 Store. It must be redeemed by November 30 and applies to the first million redemptions.  Yes, it is US only.  Sorry international readers.

The Beatles: Sgt Pepper for Rock Band, Nov 17

sgt-pepperApple Corps, Ltd., MTV Games and Harmonix, the world’s leading developer of music-based games and a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) will be available in its entirety for purchase and playable as downloadable content in The Beatles™: Rock Band™ Music Store starting November 17, 2009.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band becomes the second full album from The Beatles to hit The Beatles: Rock Band Music Store since the video game’s launch on September 9, 2009. Last month MTV Games and Harmonix released Abbey Road (1969) as the first full downloadable album for use in the game. Additionally, “All You Need Is Love,” the first downloadable track available for the game, has shown similar success with more than 100,000 downloads to date on XboxLIVE® online entertainment network and all Apple Corps Ltd., MTV Games, Harmonix and Microsoft proceeds benefiting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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iPlayer comes to Nintendo Wii next week


The BBC and Nintendo UK today introduced a new version of the popular BBC iPlayer on Nintendo’s Wii.

First made available through the console’s Internet Channel in April 2008, BBC iPlayer will now be available as a dedicated Wii Channel to provide Wii users with a new, richer experience of the BBC’s TV and radio on-demand catch-up service. The new Wii Channel is expected to be available from 12.01am on Wednesday 18 November.

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O2 offers free Sky TV to UK iPhones

iphone1The battle for iPhone sales in the UK has begun, with incumbent carrier, O2, offering free Sky Mobile TV to UK iPhone users.

The Sky Mobile TV app allows you to watch Sky Sports 1,2 and 3 as well as Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Extra, Sky News, At The Races and ESPN.

“In less than a year we’ve already seen millions of downloads of Sky’s various iPhone apps,” said David Gibbs, the general manager for mobile at Sky. “Now, by launching our new Sky Mobile TV app, we are able to combine the demand for great live TV on the move with the quality of experience offered through the iPhone and iTouch.”

The Sky Mobile TV app currently works over WiFi. All iPhone tariffs include unlimited Wi-Fi access at over 7,500 BT Openzone and The Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK (including most Starbucks).

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