REWIND: BitTorrent Promotes Artists, The Life Of A Tweet, Anonymous Speaks, Hype Cycles, & More

image from The music industry started the week out with the news that Vevo may expand their services to include a music television network. The appeal for The Pirate Bay started and the media oddly remained somewhat silent about it. Barry Diller has resigned as the Chairmen of the Board of Live Nation. Despite the RIAA's best efforts, downloading tool Mulve is still online. Hypebot argued that, “[The site] is a reminder that the industry needs to put it's efforts elsewhere and give consumers legal choices that generate revenue for labels and artists.” Lastly, There will be no immediate vote on U.S. broadcast performance royalties.

Rewind With Hypebot's Music Industry Week In Review:


  • Neilson Reports that while sales in digital singles are falling flat; they are seeing strong growth in digital albums.
  • BitTorrent has started a pilot program that allows artists to sign up and get willingly promoted through their sites.
  • Twitter announced the roll out of promoted accounts that allow people to be featured in the who to follow section.
  • ASCAP lost their digital music lawsuit and the courts found the a download doesn't equal a public performance.
  • After being offline for a short while, the new music download site Mulve is back up and running.
  • Pop star Lady Gaga has become the most deleted artist on
  • 80% of American public does not support government mandated FM tuners in cell phones. 
  • 75% of consumers age 13 and older did not connect or download any digital content in the previous 3 months.
  • How long does a tweet "live"? Sysomos examined 1.2 billion tweets posted in the last two months to find out. 
  • A member from Anonymous, the group behind the attacks that forced the RIAA and MPAA sites offine, clarified their position in the piracy debates.
  • 20% of 12-24s have listened to Pandora in the last month, with 13% indicating usage in the past week.


  • Hypebot asks the readers what headphones they use and what rights they think musicians should have. 
  • There’s more than four reasons why fans are file-sharing your music, but here’s the four you can change.
  • "Free music is always going to win," says Lee Parsons, CEO of Ditto Music; Interview Part 1
  • Hypebot looks at why the record label system and the social media hype machine both kill what they create. We also posed the question: Does our obsession with NEW! doom bands before they get started? 
  • Trent Reznor can’t use social networks, but he scored a movie that’s about them. Here’s why he can’t.
  • Do search inquiries indicate hit or miss albums? A new range of studies suggests that they do.
  • Artists are performing to an audience with an audience. Here’s what technology is changing about live music
  • Brenden Mulligan takes a look at the willingness of consumers to pay for your product in his column on How To Launch A Startup.
  • Hypebot intern Mike Pineau dives inside the alternative music video revolution and fins why commercial videos are languishing in the face of alternative options, mostly created by fans.
  • Many of the maps that we use to navigate the music industry are outdated. This piece explores the new ones that are emerging.


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