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Check out the new track Chasing Satellites from the Canadian indie rock act Hello Operator. From the very first notes, you can hear The Cars influence, but they hit another dimension with their escapist pop jangle tempered by a moody new-wave pulse. Much Music and Much Loud are playing the video for Chasing Satellites and several Canadian radio stations have featured the song and are going for adds in January. They were called a “newsmaker” in Macleans magazine, and listed as “one of 12 bands to watch out for” by Canoe.ca after their Canadian Music Week performance. They toured Canada with Hilary Duff, and have shared stages with Switchfoot, Simple Plan, Mobile, Hedley, Neverending White Lights, and Immaculate Machine. Also, check out the track 55 Regrets  which came off their last EP and was always a KOAR favorite.

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I don’t know if this interview with Josh Homme is a rage or a rant but this is a must read. In this no-holds barred interview Hommes talks about his disgust with Interscope Records:

‘Fuck the labels man, they suck. The last thing they’re stripping down is their own expense accounts and shit. I mean, Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records takes a private jet or rides first class to tell a band they don’t get tour support.

I THINK OF INTERSCOPE AND ALL THESE LABELS AS THE BIGGEST FUCKING IDIOTS ON THE PLANET. And print that in capitals, because they can’t do anything to me. That’s the difference. The reason is because finally, for once, the fact that this is just their job and this is my life does a flip flop on them because they can’t stop me from being me and from playing, but they can lose their jobs and have to fucking work at Shakey’s pizza like they should’ve all along. I’m really sad for the days of the glorified groupie with the fucking hundred thousand dollar expense accounts. They’d drop bunches of bands before they would ever cut their expense accounts.

Lovely! read the full rage here..

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Facebook Apologizes for Spying: Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook apologized to the site’s users for the controversial new advertising feature which tracks the actions of its members when they use other sites around the Internet. Let’s hope this program is suspended soon.

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Capitol v. Thomas trial not unconstitutional: A single 30 year old mother Jammie Thomas who spent hours stealing music (1,702 songs) recently said the damages handed down by the jury were unconstitutionally excessive. The Department of Justice said the $222,000 damage award is NOT unconstitutionally excessive and that Thomas’ motion ignores the fact that statutory damages are given in place of actual damages. I suggest Jammie finds a job, begin a series of weight watchers meetings, and starts supporting her favorite artists.

Holiday Layoffs: The NY Post has a column today titled ‘SONY HUMBUG’ LABEL CUTS JOBS IN WAKE OF WEAK MUSIC SALES.  Universal are anticipating cuts within Universal’s Interscope/Geffen/A&M division, headed by Jimmy Iovin.

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This is a classic example how YouTube can breed new opportunities. The moral of the story is ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. The Journey guitar player Neil Schon took matters into his own hands and found what he was looking for by sifting through videos on YouTube.

In his own words:

“I was frustrated about not having a singer, so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours… After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, ‘he can’t be that good.’ But he is that good, he’s the real deal and so tremendously talented. Arnel doesn’t sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter.”

Watch the video that caught Neil’s eye.

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The Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) has released a new proposal to charge Canadian Internet and wireless users $5 per month to compensate for losses due to file sharing.

The new right would make it legal to share music on peer-to-peer networks. In return, the SAC is proposing a license fee of $5.00 per Internet subscription per month.

The songwriters claim that this approach would legalize peer-to-peer file sharing, while generating new revenue (420 Million) for creators and the music industry. Songwriting and publishing associations have an opposing critical view, pointing out that many of those they represent only write music and do not perform live. (Billboard)

This proposal may look good on paper but what about the Canadians who don’t file share? Other Canadians should not pay for the crimes committed by thieves. Regardless, the governments must maintain property rights for artists even though others want to vote them away. We need legislation to protect artists and the structure of entire creative industries.

CD Sales…

Josh Groban Noel 538k
Eagles Long Road 312k
Alicia Keys As I Am 257k
Celine Dion Taking Chances 92k
Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride 89k
The Killers Sawdust 20k
Paramore Riot! 18k
Avenged Sevenfold Self Titled 12k
Finger Eleven Them Vs. You 12k

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Myspace To Sell Performance Videos: Myspace has rolled out another revenue model and now allow the sale of exclusive musical performances. The New York Times reports ‘It could be perceived as an Internet variation of the popular series “MTV Unplugged,” but with a revenue stream built in. When musicians participate in the MTV series, their work is sometimes released as albums months or years later. On Myspace, the work will be available immediately’. Unlike a iTunes who demands a flate rate of .99 cents a song, MySpace will let distributors set their own prices.

Will this create new revenue for Myspace? Once again, Myspace needs well known national artists directing fans over to the site. Currently, Myspace is struggling to find the next big ‘widget’ that connects with artists and fans alike.

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LimeWire Antitrust Thrown Out: Limewire claimed the record labels conspired to monopolize the online distribution of music and refused to license their songs to the peer to peer file sharing site in an effort to put it out of business. The federal judge concluded Lime Group didn’t show any facts to suggest the record companies’ actions were “anything other than independent decision-making by each company to refrain from doing business” with Lime Wire. (AP)

Universal Music 90 Second Song Policy: All artists signed to Universal must comply with the new policy and must swap the songs on Myspace for 90 second clips. This is largely due to the fact that thieves steal music by ripping the songs off of myspace and downloading the tracks on their hard drive.

Some illegal myspace hack sites include http://myspacegrab.com/. KOAR tested the program and it successfully rips the track from myspace but the song quality sucks – almost unlistenable. I would rather pay the .99 cents.

New Music: Carolina Liar is a new Atlantic signing. The band moved from South Carolina to California and worked with some of the best songwriters including Max Martin (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Def Leppard, Britney Spears). Ironically, they sound indie.

Internet Advertising: Read the Times Online post that claims the internet will overtake magazines to become the world’s third-largest advertising medium by 2010.

Lastly, check out Hypebots nominations for music blogs…

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