Music Industry News: Companion Albums, DJ Hero, Apple, WMG Earnings, Seth Godin, Beatport & More
CMJ continues in NYC and in the same city the Terra Firma vs. Citi trial over EMI saw Guy Hands admitting that almost 70% of his wealth is tied up in a struggling EMI. And don't miss the really interesting winners from Boston's latest Music Hack Day and the amazing work that Andrew Dubber is doing in India as you and I sit zoning out in front of our computers.
- Gaga, Swift and the rise of the "companion" album. (Vanity Fair)
- DJ Hero 2 improves virtual wheels of steel, is a must-buy. (ars)
- Apple says 7 billion apps have been downloaded. The company alss unveiled a new Mac Book Air with instant on and other iPad like features (paidContent).
More Music Industry News & Commentary:
- Warner Music Group will release Q4 financial and fiscal year end results on a Wednesday, November 17 earnings call at 8:30 AM ET. To access: 800-857-2625 or 210-234-6601 with the pass code "Warner Music.”
- Starbucks works with Yahoo! to launch an online network with news, blogs and music. (Seattle Times)
- Muzicall has signed a pan-European deal with WMG to make the record company’s catalog available as mobile ringback tones.
- Beatport has acquired U.K. web-based retailer Sounds/To/Sample, a download resource for music makers.
- BBC and commercial radio unveil industry-wide Radioplayer.
- Seth Godin Says to Give Music Away Free. So, Why Doesn't He Take His Own Advice?. (PeterHolmes)
- Cee-Lo Green to host talk show on FUSE. (Myspace)
- Keith Richards’ Autobiography: Setting Fire to Playboy Mansion, Hallucinating Cops As Dwarves Etc. Etc. (beatcave)
- The songs remain the same, the profits rise: It's fine for bands to re-record their hits, says Elisa Bray – but don't let them tell you it's all about artistic integrity. (Indie)
- Interview with Songwriters Guild of America President Rick Carnes on Choruss, the Songwriters Association of Canada and global licensing. (MusicTech)
- What the music industry should do about copyright. (Music4.5)
- The Changing Landscape of Album Design. (PaperLeaf)
- Jammie Thomas' third P2P trial looms; RIAA complains about cost. (Ars)
- What's next for Pandora radio? Co-founder Tim Westergren discusses. (LATimes)
- Gerd Leonhard's new company: The Futures Agency (MediaFuturist)