Now EMI has put together its very own iTunes competitor, though it’s a limited implementation mainly available to guests of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has partnered with EMI Music on a new branded music scheme which offers hotel guests exclusive access to a catalogue of digital music which is being made available through The Fairmont Music Store.
Project Playlist, the social media network where music fans discover, create and share playlists, has entered into an agreement with EMI Music to add EMI’s music recordings to Project Playlist’s offerings. Project Playlist users will have access to EMI’s catalogu as well as music from many of today’s current hit-makers.
EMI Music today announced the promotion of Cory Ondrejka to the newly-created position of executive vice president, digital marketing.
In this role, Ondrejka will help to advance the company’s digital marketing capability, developing new consumer and market insight resources and leading EMI’s experimentation with new digital marketing and product models in order to provide the best service to its artists and their fans.
While the digital music world may be waiting for the introduction of music from The Beatles through legitimate online services, Apple Corps, Ltd., Harmonix and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, today announced the 9/9/09 worldwide release of The Beatles: Rock Band.
The music-based video game will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.
Gary Beech has joined EMI Music North America as its Senior Vice President, Urban Marketing. Beech, who begins immediately, is based in New York and reports to Howard Handler, Executive Vice President, Marketing at EMI Music North America.
He will oversee product management for EMI’s US urban roster, including Avant, J. Holiday, LeToya, MIMs and Novel. He and his team will also provide support for independent artist projects from EMI Label Services such as Fat Joe, Twista and Bobby Valentino.
iTunes continues to dominate the US music retail sales landscape, and UK-based major label EMI Music today announced an all-new initiative for music sales in the digital age, the debut of the first iTunes Pass featuring groundbreaking electro legends Depeche Mode.
A new phase in digital music marketing, iTunes Pass is a new system which lets music fans can get new and exclusive singles, remixes, video and other content from their favorite artists over a set period of time, delivered to their libraries as soon as they’re available.
iTunes remains a key barometer for musical success in both the US and UK, EMI notes with news that Lily Allen’s ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ album has seized the number one slot in both the UK album chart and on the iTunes US album chart in its first week of release.
Allen’s single ‘The Fear’ continues to lead the UK singles chart for the third week running, the label confirmed, while the album sits at number 5 on the Billboard top 200 chart.
MySpace Music today announced three secret Lily Allen performances on three continents.
The singer will stage intimate concerts for her MySpace fans in New York, Tokyo and London at no charge.
The events mark the first time a single artist will take part in multiple MySpace Secret Shows on a global basis, and follow the world exclusive premiere of ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’, Lily Allen’s second album on MySpace.
In the final Macworld Expo keynote Apple today introduced new computing and software products, and also confirmed long-standing claims that songs sold through iTunes from all four major labels are now to be made available DRM-free.
The company also announced that iTunes users can now download songs directly onto their iPhone 3G using their carrier’s 3G network.