“A group of British recording artists including (edit to add: Billy Bragg) Radiohead, The Verve and Iron Maiden say the digital music revolution has come up short in terms of the fair treatment of artists, citing an agreement between record labels, ISPs and the British government as an example of artists’ viewpoints being ignored. To make sure their priorities are taken into account in the future, over sixty British artists have joined the Featured Artists Coalition. Continue reading →
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 →
As the band invites fans to take part in a second remix project, Radiohead has revealed some of the numbers pertaining to the band’s last remix experiment.
The last remix for ‘In Rainbows’ track, ‘Nude’, saw “6,193,776, Page Views: 29,090,134, Hits: 58,340,512, Bandwidth: 10.666 Terabytes, Number of mixes: 2,252, Number of votes: 461,090, Number of track listens: 1,745,304,” the band revealed in a note to fans despatched in the early hours today.
Marillion’s move to make the band’s latest album available through file-sharing networks raised lots of eye-brows, with industry mutterings claiming the scheme would never, ever work…they were wrong.
The band’s business manager, Erik Nielsen, MD of Intact/Racket Records, told attendees at yesterday’s hugely interesting EconMusic Conference just how successful the free release has been for the band.
“We made our album available through BitTorrent, ” he said. “Since then we have tripled our sales of physical product…” That’s right – they tripled physical sales – by being nice to their fans. Continue reading →
To make remixing easy, the separate ‘stems’* from the song will be made available to purchase on iTunes. Stems include bass, lead vocal, backing vocals, guitars, piano/strings and drums. All six stems will be available to buy for the price of a single track.
Fans can mix the stems in any way they like, either by adding their own beats and instrumentation, or just remixing the original parts.
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. Continue reading →
Quick first take – if this just hit the Financial Times, then there is a very good chance some of the majors are about to seize the challenge of championing artists – and their audiences – and a major that gets it together to do this truly will be rock ‘n roll. Music is our cultural history, after all. Anyway – an intro:
“Rock band hits a different note on P2P downloaders – By Paul Sexton – Published: September 12 2008 03:00 | Last updated: September 12 2008 03:00
“If the downtrodden global record industry has a common foe, it is the millions of illegal filesharers who treat copyrighted music as a free commodity. So a new attempt to harness peer-to-peer users as a revenue stream is bound to court controversy, even if it is entirely legal. Continue reading →
Elbow took the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’. Elbow frontman Guy Garvey said “This is quite literally the best thing that has ever happened to us.”
“It feels great, very unexpected. I suppose you could look at it in the same way that certain Bedouin tribes look at a bowl of milk,” he added. “It’s something that doesn’t occur very often, and it’s so much sweeter for it.”
“Having said that, it’s been a long time that we’ve been doing it and this is a cause for celebration. I’m just so very proud that we’ve been working together this long – to this end. We really wanted this”
Simon Frith, Chair of Judges said “The Seldom Seen Kid’ is an album of epic songs, rooted in their locality, a switchback of emotions rooted in the everyday, the sound of musical ambition perfectly realised. Elbow’s album is triumphant, heartbreaking, unerringly melodic and life-affirming” Continue reading →