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Music Biz News: Livewire Buys FoneStarz, OurStage + NMS, Record Industry Lobbying $’s Pay Off & More

  • Livewire Mobile, a developer of mobile music apps and content, has acquired FoneStarz Media Group, a UK mobile digital storefront and content supplier.
  • Music discovery site OurStage is teaming up for a third time with the New Music Seminar to launch the "Live at the Roxy" competition, giving artists a chance to perform at  Hollywood famed Roxy. Details here.
  • LimeWire Still Shedding Assets Before Shutdown – And a Federal Court Date (MediaMemo)

Hypebot Favicon More Music Industry News & Commentary:

  • MPAA & RIAA Lobbied Extensively In Favor of Domain Seizures - The recent action by US against rogue websites comes on the heels of significant lobbying efforts by the MPAA and RIAA who together spent a total of $1.8 million in just the last 3 months to lobby in Washington. Public records reveal that the industry groups focused heavily on legislation and authorities involved in domain name seizures. (TorrentFreak)
  • How To Measure The Dedication Of Your Fans.  (MC)
  • What Amazon Needs to Do to Compete With iTunes. (AW)
  • The Future of the Music Business: Sell Out to Corporations. (A)
  • Music Industry Predictions 2011 Part 2: My Shot at Immortality. (SB)
  • 10 Ways Social Media Will Change in 2011. (RWW)
  • Today’s Music Business Paradigm.(Lefsetz)
  • On Downloading Pickle. (Dubber
  • 3 ways the web is making music smarter. (TNW
  • Ask an Algorithm: How to Coax People to Listen to Your Band. (Wired)
  • Fans share their Music Gifting memories. (NARM)
  • R.I.P. - Musician and artist Don Van Vliet, who performed a complex brand of experimental rock under the name Captain Beefheart, died Friday. He was 69.


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