Major labels are happy now to sell DRM-free music through retailers such as Amazon and 7Digital, but Apple remains locked out, with three of the four majors denying it permission to sell tracks DRM-free through its iTunes Plus service – even though it’s the largest US music retailer. But this may soon change.
Way back we warned that you should expect a wave of iPhone applications from musicians promoting new albums, now Fall Out Boy has joined Snow Patrol, Pink, David Cook and the Nine Inch Nails in making a music-focused pitch at fans using the Apple device.
Nielsen Soundscan informs us that there have been over two million digital downloads of the track, 2.03 million, to be precise. Sales benefited from inclusion of the track within the series finale of the hugely popular ‘Sopranos’ series (which drove sales up 482 per cent).
For comparison, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s everlasting ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ has sold 1.46 million online while Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has shifted 1.44 million digital units, Reuters informs.
Sony Music is evolving – at least slightly – from a traditional music company to a more service-focused business, with news of its new deal with the communicators at Exposure to launch SBX, a new pan-European creative agency.
SBX will develop entertainment based communication platforms and provide a “richer consumer experience for brands”, the company said. It will offer the full range of marketing services, including things like product placement, syncs for TV adverts, digital content and web 2.0 marketing tools, artist concerts and live events as well as music-oriented ad funded programming.