The new Coldplay app enables iPhone users to view the video for the band’s new single, ‘Strawberry Swing’.
The Official Charts Company (OCC) has released new figures detailing the precise impact inclusion in the Brit Awards has made on sales of music from highlighted artists.
The data underlines yesterday’s revelations by the UK chart invigilator which indicated inclusion within the Brit Awards show had made an immediate impact on sales from certain acts.
The information also underlines the growing importance of iTunes and other digital music services as a part of an immediate music acquisition ecosystem for music lovers experiencing new artists on television or radio.
Online music sales in the UK saw an immediate impact during last night’s screening of the Brit Awards, UK charts administrators, the Official Charts Company revealed this afternoon.
The chart position invigilators noted increased sales of downloads were apparent within moments of the awards show starting, with artists who either won awards or played live at the show seeing their sales far outperform the market.
Radiohead are up for Album of the Year, ‘In Rainbows’, competing with Coldplay, also up for the same award for ‘Viva La Vida’.
Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” release in June, has become one of the biggest selling albums of the year, with more than seven million sold worldwide.
Coldplay shifted over two million copies of the album on CD since launch in June, along with 500,000 digital sales, mostly through iTunes.
In the UK, ‘Viva la Vida’ was followed by Duffy’s ‘Rockferry’, Kings of Leon ‘Only By The Night’ with the Mamma Mia movie soundtrack slithering into fourth place in sales.
The long-rumoured Product (RED) digital music service has been revealed – and it’s a digital music magazine, with U2, Coldplay, The Killers, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, Bob Dylan and REM all signed-up to make a contribution.
The digital product now also has a name, RED(WIRE), and will be launched on World AIDS Day on December 1. All proceeds will go to help fight disease in Africa, and MSN will host the launch party on December 1, Billboard explains.
Coldplay at 3pm today launched a free viral promotion for the band’s forthcoming EP of brand new material, ‘Prospekt’s March’, offering fans a chance to listen to all the new songs before their release on November 24.
The new tracks are being made available in the form of an online game, which can be emailed, shared and posted to blogs, social networking profiles and websites. (Naturally we also have it online here, just after the jump),
This will be “the only way to hear the new songs ahead of release”, the band’s “people” told us this afternoon.
Apple’s iTunes, Radiohead and We7 featured among the winners of this year’s BT Digital Music Awards, announced last night at the London Roundhouse.
iTunes beat down 7digital, eMusic, Music Station and Napster to win the Best Music Store category.
We7 beat 7digital and Sellaband amongst others last night to win the Best Digital Music Service category, yet another highlight for the service which signed distribution deals with the Orchard this week, following on from deals made with Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music.
Radiohead won the Artists Of The Year award, while Coldplay won the Best Rock/Indie Artist award and their website, Coldplay.com, won the Best Official Music Website gong. Continue reading
All eyes are on this week’s launch of the music streaming and sales focused MySpace Music service, which is expected to see ads from McDonald’s, Toyota and State Farm Insurance. Amazon for infrastructure, weekend rumours claim former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta is the lead candidate to take on the CEO role.
Coldplay look like they get digital – fresh on setting the record for being the band behind the most digitally-downloaded album ever the act has released a brand new track as a free download, available now from the Coldplay website.
The never before released track is called ‘Death Will Never Conquer’ and has been made available to celebrate the first night of the band’s US tour.
“Our tour begins tonight in LA,” the band said on the act’s website last night. “To say thank you to everyone who’s bought tickets and supported us, we’re giving away an MP3 of a new track called ‘Death Will Never Conquer’.”
The song is based around Chris Martin’s piano and features the lyric: “One day death is gonna conquer me / I’ll be down where the waters flow / I hope sweet heaven is the place for me.”
The website also promises fans will hear the newly-released song, “at the concerts with a twist…”
Go get it.
We’d like to note that some of the most talk-provoking moves from acts online in recent months do appear to have emerged from musicians associated with EMI, leading us to speculate the digital future may be beginning to look a little rosier for the UK major label. Certainly, EMI artists appear to be spearheading new ways to handle teh internets more than those on most other major labels.