In case you, like me, were unable to blag, borrow or steal a ticket to see Gorillaz perform their really rather good Plastic Beach album at The Roundhouse this Friday, then rejoice – the band will be live streaming their performance via multiple sites.
Apple is offering UK iTunes users a free Kasabian video as it builds up interest in the forthcoming iTunes Live Festival here in London, UK.
The Festival will feature a host of major acts, including Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand, Oasis, Flo Rida, Snow Patrol, Kasabian, Paolo Nutini and The Saturdays.
“Every week until the end of July, we’ll be giving you a free download from one of the artists performing at the festival,” the company says, which last week offered fans a free video from Oasis, this week the free download is from Kasabian.
The world’s biggest music market, USA, has seen some positive and some worrying trends in recent months.
With iTunes ascendant and Amazon MP3 store now claiming c.8% of US digital music sales, with 15% of US internet users purchasing music from online stores in the third quarter of 2008, NPD Group reports.
This contrasts with CD purchasing figures, which continue to decline faster than digital grows. Nielsen SoundScan reports US album sales were down 21.7% in the first week of December, compared with the same period last year.
More information concerning Apple’s planned ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ iTunes media give-away has emerged, and it looks like we can look forward to some Class A music and other releases for free this season.
MySpace is premiering the three remaining fan-made videos that were short-listed in Radiohead’s recent animated video contest,“Weird Fishes,” “15 Step,” and “Videotape.” The first to debut is here, Tobias Stretch’s “Weird Fishes.”
Wolfgang’s Vault is the collector’s site for multimedia music memorabilia, offering a vast selection of some of the world’s rarest – and potentially most treasured – music and music-related “stuff”. And now it’s available in the UK, through your iPhone or your iPod touch.
We were in touch with Eric Johnson, President and CEO, Wolfgang’s Vault overnight, he describes his service as, “The only online site dedicated to telling the comprehensive story of the live music experience of the past five decades.”