Unconvention Factory at the Roundhouse

This looks like an interesting event. Part conference, part music collaboration. It’s on Feb 26th and tickets are £8. I’ll be going. You can get more info and buy tickets here:

http://unconventionhub.org/convention/26/un-convention-factory-at-roundhouse-rising/

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IFPI’s Digital Music Report 2011

The report is available to download from the IFPI website:

http://www.ifpi.org.uk/content/section_resources/dmr2011.html

The future of the music industry

An interesting article from Blur’s Dave Rowntree on the future of the music industry

http://www.gigwise.com/features/60698/Blurs-Dave-Rowntree-On-The-Future-Of-The-Music-Industry

Also, another interesting article in NME about predictions for digital music in 2011.

http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog=10&title=10_digital_music_predictions_for_2011&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1&recache

Myspace and Facebook announce Mashup partnership

Update on my previous post:

Reported on Music Week at 09:00 | Friday November 19, 2010

By Eamonn Forde

Myspace has partnered with Facebook in a deal that will see the former integrating closely with the latter.

The Mashup With Facebook deal allows users on Myspace, which has recently undergone a major overhaul and refocus around social entertainment discovery, to log into Facebook via their Myspace account.

This means that the content they are engaging with on Myspace will be automatically ported over to their Facebook profile page through Facebook Connect.

Myspace CEO Mike Jones says, “We feel this is a complementary service to Facebook […] This new feature is a great illustration of our strategy around social entertainment and enabling the real-time stream.”

Facebook VP of partnerships and platform marketing Dan Rose says, “Sharing entertainment and music interests is part of many of our friendships, online and off. Myspace is giving people an easy way to bring their favorite bands, celebrities and movies from Facebook to create a personalised experience on Myspace from the start.”

Speaking to Music Week last month on the re-launch, Myspace Music president Courtney Holt said the company saw its future in opening its API to work more closely with third-party sites.

“We are open to working with anyone,” he said. “We have this aggregate audience and this is a place where people and even brands can get celebrated. We add value to lots of different things and lots of different constituents that are trying to take this disparate audience and aggregate them around core elements. You will see a lot more partnerships as they work for both sides.”

Myspace currently has around 130m users globally while Facebook has more than 500m.

Myspacebook: Myspace and Facebook plan deep partnership

Here’s a story to keep an eye on:

Reported on Music Week at 09:21 | Thursday November 18, 2010

By Eamonn Forde

Facebook and Myspace are expected to announce a major partnership later today (Thursday November 18).

Suggestions of a merger have been ruled out, but it is speculated that Myspace will embrace the Facebook Connect technology.

Last month, Myspace unveiled its new-look service which places a new emphasis on social/entertainment discovery and recommendation, although music will remain a core part of its offering.

Myspace Music president Courtney Holt told Music Week at the time that the company saw its future in opening its API to work more closely with third-party sites.

“We are open to working with anyone,” he said. “We have this aggregate audience and this is a place where people and even brands can get celebrated. We add value to lots of different things and lots of different constituents that are trying to take this disparate audience and aggregate them around core elements. You will see a lot more partnerships as they work for both sides.”

At the start of October, News Corp (Myspace’s parent company) revealed that losses in the corporate division that houses Myspace grew from $30m (£18.8m) last year to $156m (£98.1m).

New Way to Measure Success?

Interesting article on fastcompany.com about Lady Gaga and her 1 billion YouTube views…

 

How Lady Gaga’s 1 Billion YouTube Views Changes The Music Industry

 

-Sheila

Too many digital tools??

This video takes things to extremes but it does point towards a pretty appropriate topic; are there too many digital tools for music artists today?

I’m sure there will be a number who will argue that it’s easy as long as you pick the right programmes… Maybe so, but for a large majority there is an overwhelming amount of choice that keeps on increasing rapidly

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