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YouTube Debuts Copyright Enforcement System: Youtube has new technology that is designed to let content owners prevent YouTube users from uploading copies of their videos. You can read the details here.


The Next Great American Band hopes to win a crowd by following the “American Idol” model: The three judges will consist of John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, the 80′s “star” Shelia E., and Ian Dickson. Supposedly it features talented and delusional performers, with some destined to be cheered and others mocked from their first appearance on TV. Some say it looks like the show is being set up to fail with a Friday Night time slot and decent competition. Also, it’s derivative of “Idol” with a lead judge that holds an foreign accent like Simon.

Kelly Clarkson’s success gave American Idol credibility and ‘The Next Great American Band’ needs the same solution. If a band fails to connect with the American Public then the show will flop like Flipper. It’s all about the song and the performer..

The new record from Jimmy Eat World can be streamed in its entirety and is expected to sell 70k units in the first week. The songs sound decent with a first listen..

Coheed and Cambria is now streaming a new song that we like a lot on myspace called Gravemakers & Gunslingers. The new record ‘No World For Tomorrow’ will be released 10/23.

Epic Records has partnered with interactive karaoke restaurant: The restaurant is called Spotlight Live, located in Times Square. Under the deal with Epic, Spotlight Live will host the singing competition every Thursday night from November 7 through January 24, where karaoke contestants will compete to record a single for Epic Records. “There’s no such thing as a traditional record company anymore, which is why this partnership with Spotlight Live is so appealing,” says Epic President Charlie Walk.

Wow, getting down and dirty and working the streets all the way to karaoke bars in hopes to find the ‘next star’. We need to give that initiative an A for effort.

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Apple is taking no chances: Apple is reducing the price of all songs on its iTunes Store without anti-copying software. Although iTunes is by far the largest digital retailer, this price reduction follows the recent entry of Amazon into the digital music market with DRM-free tracks from a broader array of recording companies, some of them for as low as 89 cents a song.

Warner Music Group Downplays Madonna’s Exit: “We remain committed to maintaining financial discipline. We simply will not enter into agreements with artists that fail this test—whether or not the artists are well-known, and regardless of media reaction.” —Edgar Bronfman told employees in an memo obtained by The Post.

This Week Sales…

Kid Rock ‘Rock n Roll Jesus’ (172k)
Matchbox Twenty (74k)
Jennifer Lopez ‘Brave’ (52k)
Alter Bridge ‘Black Bird’ (46k)
Colbie Caillat ‘Coco’ (41k)
Casting Crowns ‘Altar & the Door (21k)
Daughtry (19k)
James Blunt ‘All the Lost Souls’ (19k)

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“For $120 Million, She’s All Yours.” says a report from the Bank of America Securities analysts.

Madonna Speaks: “The paradigm in the music business has shifted and as an artist and a business woman, I have to move with that shift,” commented Madonna. “For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited. I’ve never wanted to think in a limited way and with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless. Who knows how my albums will be distributed in the future? That’s what’s exciting about this deal…everything is possible. Live Nation has offered me a true partnership and after 25 years in the business, I feel that I deserve that.”

“Madonna is a true icon and maverick as an artist and in business,” stated Rapino. “Our partnership is a defining moment in music history. I am thrilled that Madonna, who is also now a shareholder in our company, has joined with us to create a new business model for our industry.

The Bottom Line: Look past the unlimited opportunities mumba jumba. This partnership is Madonna’s ’120 Million Retirement Plan’. Madonna will turn 60 years old in the last year of the proposed deal.

She always knew how to get the money. Madonna has the unnatural power of persuasion. What she wants, she gets.

Material Girl….

Some boys try and some boys lie but
I dont let them play
Only boys who save their pennies
Make my rainy day

Boys may come and boys may go
And thats all right you see
Experience has made me rich
And now theyre after me.

Thats right, ‘Experience’ has made Madonna so rich that Live Nation just dumped 120 Million into her bank account. Madonna is the material girl living in the material world….

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Sony BMG Music and MySpace have partnered: MySpace’s 70 million users will have access to music videos, audio material and other content, from SONY BMG’s artists. The deal calls for MySpace and SONY BMG to share in sponsorship and advertising revenues. Under the terms of the deal, SONY BMG will license music videos, select audio material, and other content from its extensive artist roster and will make the content available on its artists’ MySpace profile pages.


KOAR’s Filter: Who wants to weed through 100,000 new record releases and 200 million videos on Youtube? You don’t, but we will. With that said, Check out the new wave act Aerodrone who hails from Cali. They will embark on a MTVU Rock tour beginning October 24th. Listen to ‘Hold Me Like a Microphone’ and ‘Sceneboy’.

Spice Girls embrace internet only: Their new Greatest Hits album won’t be sold in traditional retail outlets. Instead, the record will only be available at Victoria’s Secrets stores and at online retailers including iTunes. Regardless, we will pass..

Joss Stone has already had 4 managers: In this article, ex managers explain why Stone is struggling to find the same level of success abroad as she enjoys in Britain. We hear she is hard to work with and refuses advice. KOAR says, “The wise will seek council”.

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Universal Music Group to compete with iTunes: The world’s most powerful music executive aims to join forces with other record companies to launch an industry-owned subscription service. Universal CEO Doug Morris is in talks with Sony BMG Music and Warner Music Group as potential partners. Together the three would control about 75% of the music sold in the U.S. The goal is to get hardware makers or cell carriers to absorb the cost of a roughly $5-per-month subscription fee so consumers get a device with all-you-can-eat music that’s free. Music companies would collect the subscription fee, while hardware makers theoretically would move many more players. (Business Week)


She’s All Yours’: Warner Music passed along a report from a Bank of America subsidiary explaining why the material girl is no longer worth a nine-digit payday. The big risk it to overpay for an artist that does not seem to be generating the revenue to support the contract being discussed. Madonna will turn 60 years old in the last year of the proposed deal, it is “fantastic” for her but does not “make economic sense” for WMG. Lastly, her loss will not meaningfully impact Warner’s near-term sales. (Variety)

Platinum selling nineties band Sponge has signed with Icon Entertainment.

Los Angeles based indie act The Sound Of Animals Fighting signed to Epitaph

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KOAR is really digging the Milwaukee 4 piece alt rock band Northern Room. We fell for the band after listening to ‘We’re On Fire’ and ‘Last Embrace’. The song ‘Last Embrace’ came about after the lead singer Andrew Jonathan lost a family member to suicide. In fact, a video company was so inspired by the song and its meaning that they decided to shoot a video for the track. Northern Room will be performing at the BMI/CMJ Show at Arlenes Grocery on Wednesday October 17th (9:45). For more information contact
Dan Friedman.

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Many fans feels they purchased a glorified demo…

The Radiohead offering of letting fans decide the price of their new record began with excitment, respect, and admiration. Fans are now angry over the low quality of the downloads and the band’s manager’s statement that the you-choose-the-price downloads were just a promotional tool for the release of the physical CD.

Radiohead’s previous albums were already available as MP3s encoded at 320 kilobits per second — the highest-possible compression rate in the format, but it was announced that the new record RAINBOWS would be available at 160 kbps (poor quality) — after the majority of their fans had already paid for the download. To be fair, the band did give the fans the power of choosing how much they wanted to pay to download the album.

Most promo MP3s come at a higher bit rate,” wrote the author of U.K. blog Kids Pushing Kids. “Worst pound and pence I’ve ever spent.”

I have lost a bit of respect for Radiohead for this. I would never make people pay for 160. They may as well just stream stuff off MySpace” responded one commenter.

No one seemed to understand why Radiohead decided to release Rainbows at 160 kpbs, though guitarist Jonny Greenwood told Rolling Stone, “We talked about it and we just wanted to make it a bit better than iTunes, which it is, so that’s kind of good enough, really.

Statements from band’s management that seem to indicate that the downloadable album was just promotional tool for physical CD also resulted in disgrunted fans.

Is Radiohead fighting for the fans and the music? or is this a kanye west marketing plan in disguise. Maybe everyone is just nitpicking…

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The end of Radiohead’s run of number one albums: Radiohead is not a chart-registered retailer so they will not be eligible for inclusion in the chart. This has sent shivers through the industry, with some hailing it as a breakthrough for the digital age and others predicting the end of the world as we know it.

EMI Guy Hands selecting his dream team: According to Hits the team would consist of People magazine Publisher Paul Caine, Clear Channel Communications New York SVP Programming Tom Poleman and pop producer/songwriter Billy Mann. Other sources claim People magazine publisher Paul Caine turned down Guy Hands’ offer. Musical chairs on the Titanic? I can already hear the song Amazing Grace…

Madonna Strikes 120 Million Deal: Madonna will sever her ties to Warner Bros. and sign a landmark 120 million dollar 10-year deal with Live Nation concer promoter. In return, Live Nation would be granted the rights to three studio albums as well as the right to promote concert tours, sell merchandise and license Madonna’s name.

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