News Brief: Sony Net Back, Spotify Gets Gaga, Music Investment, LimeWire Upside, NBA Music & More
- After 26 days, the PlayStation Network and Sony Music Unlimited are back up in the U.S. and will be soon in Asia. Blogger and Twitter also both had brief outages late in the week, but are back online.
- Spotify has grabbed an exclusive of the new Lady Gaga for Premium users in Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Finland and Spain 5 days ahead of release.
- When no one wants to pay for music, why are investors buying big music companies? (Economist)
- Silver lining for music fans in Lime Wire case. (CNet)
- Indie publisher The Royalty Network has launched a record label, Krian Music Group. First signings include indie rockers The Ettes and VHS or BETA, Hip Hop artist Buck$ and pop/R&B artist Richie Loop.
- Record labels are not dinosaurs of the music industry. Artists are increasingly using Facebook and Twitter to promote albums but record labels still add value, says former EMI boss, (Guardian)
- NBA players make their mark on the music industry. (NBA)
- Interview with Daniel Miller of indie label Mute on splitting with EMI and more. (Quietus)