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EMI hires online talent to run catalogue

EMI Music has appointed one of the first wave of internet industry plus music visionaries, PeopleSound.com founder Ernesto Schmitt as president of its catalogue business, reporting to Elio Leoni-Sceti, EMI Music’s chief executive.  He will join EMI next month.
Schmitt, 38, joins EMI from DSG International, Europe’s second largest consumer electronics retailer which operates the Dixons, Currys and PC World stores.

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Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music’ US launch next year

Nokia will introduce its ‘Comes With Music’ service to the US next year.

The service effectively pits the world’s largest mobile phone maker in a direct challenge with Apple’s iPhone (family?) and its iTunes store. Within the purchase price of a handset, Nokia is offering customers all-you-can-eat access to music – though there are a few caveats to the deal.

On plans to extend the service to the UK, Tero Ojanpera, head of entertainment business at Nokia said in a statement: “In the United States we will launch next year”.

A move to introduce ‘Comes With Music’ into the US makes some sense in terms of Nokia’s attempt to broaden its grip on the mobile market there.

The move could face challenges: The US digital music market is far more advanced, partially because labels have been faster to reach deals with new technology services there. Continue reading

Songwriters head for EMI’s Berlin camp

EMI Music Publishing’s second European Songwriting Camp is kicking off today for one week in Berlin.

Songwriters from eleven countries are gathering at guitar giant Gibson’s Berlin showrooms. The camp assembles a diverse congregation of writers who will work together on a series of projects.
EMI Music Publishing Continental Europe President & CEO Peter Ende commented: “Bringing together songwriters from across national boundaries and musical genres Continue reading

Nine Inch Nails plot iPhone game play

Nine Inch Nails continue to explore the digital frontier, reaching a deal this week with Tapulous, the people behind iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge, which will see a Nine Inch Nails premium version of the game appear some time next month.

TechCrunch has the skinny on the story, claiming the application will include a NIN-centric theme, as well as over a dozen of the band’s songs from its last two albums. The partnership is among the first to bring licensed content to an iPhone application, and will likely prompt a wave of similar deals.

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FATdrop improves digital promo system

FATdrop today introduced the third version of its digital promo service, which lets record labels and promotion companies manage their pre-release music. 

The company has called its third-gen sevice Bamboo, and has managed to achieve many significant upgrades to the solution, making it easier than ever for labels to create, track and analyse what happens to the content they distribute – and secure digital promotion works, the company said.

The system lets labels securely distribute pre-release music, offering the ability to track and monitor who’s downloading promos, with downloads touched-up by Jova watermarking technology which gives each downloaded track a unique code, so it can be identified if it later turns up on a file- sharing site. Continue reading

Music Tank seminars focus on new breed services

Details of MusicTank’s new autumn programme of industry events have been revealed – and the series this year focuses on legal alternatives to file-sharing, and the new relationships between music and with ISPs- how to work with, run and manage them.

“This is going to be a pretty big series for MusicTank, which we hope will continue through the New Year with further events and research. This will be going out to all and sundry later today, but wanted to make sure you were one of the first to get it,” a MusicTank representative told Distorted Loop. Continue reading

BT Digital Music Awards, the nominees are…

BT has revealed the nominations for the 2008 BT Digital Music Awards, with Kylie Minogue and Bloc Party holding three nominations each.

Kylie faces Coldplay, Radiohead, Leona Lewis and British Sea Power for artist of the year, and is also nominated for best pop artist and best innovation for Kylie Konnect .

Bloc Party take on Coldplay, Ida Maria, Radiohead and The Futureheads for best rock/indie artist and are also up for best music community for Bloc Party Marshals and best artist promotion for the ‘Intimacy’ album release campaign.
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EC agrees Sony’s Bertelsmann purchase

Against bitter complaints on part of Europe’s independent music sector, the European Commission this week approved Sony’s $1.2bn acquisition of Bertelsmann’s 50% stake in Sony BMG, clearing the way for the group to be renamed Sony Music Entertainment Inc. 

As part of the deal,  Bertelsmann must take over “selected” European catalogues of music rights from Sony BMG, however, competing independent firms don’t believe this is enough.

Raising the question of what might happen if Apple Computer had acquired EMI, for example, Impala co-president Michel Lambot warned, “They’ve just let the world’s largest consumer electronics company merge with the second largest music company without any detailed investigation.”

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