“The service, called â€˜Urgeâ€™, will use Microsoftâ€™s latest Media Player technology and represents perhaps the most serious challenge to Appleâ€™s dominance of the legal digital music download market to date.”
“While other rival music download services have had limited success, none has had the marketing muscle of MTV behind it or been as tightly integrated with Microsoftâ€™s technology â€“ the latest version of Windows Media Player software will launch along with Urge this week.” Read the full article.
Somewhere between indie and mainstream, between emo and pop/rock, you’ll findÂ My Favorite Highway. Quickly expanding their fanbase through polished and exhilirating performances as well as the spread of their self-released EP ‘The Pre-Release,’ My Favorite Highway are rapidly becoming the unsigned band to watch. With their unique spin, MFH somehow sound like The Rocket Summer, Coheed and Cambria, Saves The Day and a number of others without sounding anything like them. Currently in the process of releasing a full-length album and preparing for a tour this summer. For more information contact legal Daniel R. Friedman at 314.497.1060
Expect The Red Hot Chili Peppersâ€™Â Stadium Arcadium to top 400K+. Looks like the calculatedÂ press and public break upÂ will pay off for Nick Lachey who is expected to reach 160k+. KOAR mentioned artist The Outline has signed to Capitol/Fearless.
Hotspur will be showcasing this Wednesday (May 17) at Kenny’s Castaways in NYC with multiple labels attending, Hollywood, Octone, Warner & Virgin just to name a few.
A propulsive blend of hook-heavy alternative rock combined with solid lyrics and a killer live show have Seattle-based rock band Glimpse catching the attention of many in the industry with their self-released albumÂ ‘Sessions From The Garage’, produced by Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Nickelback, 3 Doors Down).Â Songs from the release have been making their way into television and film, being featured on the WB’s “One Tree Hill” and “Cruel Intentions 3.” The first single, ‘Nothin’ spent 3 months in regular rotation on KISW,Â and has made appearancesÂ on stations across the country, facilitating their upcoming US tour this summer. No management attached. For more information, contact legal Kent Marcus of Zumwalt Alman and Hayes at 615.256.7200
We all know the Myspace can be manipulated, the government calls this “fuzzy math”. MTV’s TRL can be manipulated as well….
Taken from FOX News:
“Nevertheless, the record company persisted. A series of e-mails in June 2005 shows what was happening â€” a manipulation of MTVâ€™s â€œTotal Request Liveâ€? show that airs every afternoon and can seriously affect a new recordâ€™s fortunes.”
UMG, according to Spitzerâ€™s reports, was spending money at radio stations and for â€œTRLâ€? to â€œstuff the ballot boxâ€? (my words) and turn losers into winners.
The memo series is all about one subject: â€œWe are hiring a request company starting Monday to jack TRL for Lindsayâ€¦Guys this is a no win situation how should I respond…there is no airplay we have been pursuingâ€¦â€?
Even more troubling, but not surprising, is a group called Dream originally found by Sean “Diddy” Combs. A July 2003 e-mail tells the story:
â€œOkay, this is not fun for me. Iâ€™ve been consumed all day with calls with etc bitching about our radio picture on Dream. Confidentially pop has spent $196,000 and r/c has spent $72,000 … This is embarrassing a total lack of accountability. We have gotten ripped off beyond belief, we better turn this thing around or itâ€™s our a**. Thatâ€™s almost $300,000 and they are looking for some headsâ€¦bad bad badâ€¦If I find out that deals were cut with lack of airplay and overnight spins starting with the nationals, as they say heads are gonna roll, including mine.â€?
“Of course, the record companies are not alone in creating this atmosphere of payola. The radio stations have encouraged and accepted it.”
Seriously, if your going toÂ put that type of moneyÂ into a song, please..make sure its a “hit”, or somewhat of a “hit”. No excuse for that!