Archives de Tag: Digital

Digital Briefs: MTV, AT&T, Diddy

– MTV’s president of global digital media Mika Salmi reportedly is leaving the company at the end of the month. His position will not be filled.

– MTV and ISP AT&T have joined forces to bring exclusive content from MTV’s archives to AT&T customers via an interactive campaign called the AT&T Music Vault. Music fans who correctly answer various trivia questions will have access to the « vault » of content-consisting of 15 new videos a day, provided by MTV.

– Sean « Diddy » Combs launched a video blogging service called P. Twitty TV, a mix of his Twitter feed and YouTube video blog.

By Antony Bruno, Denver


Report: ‘Guitar Hero: Van Halen’ In The Works

While it remains focused on building the highly anticipated « Guitar Hero: Metallica » game, franchise publisher Activision reportedly already has its sights set on its next artist-specific title with classic rockers Van Halen.

According to the game blog Joystiq, the game is expected to come out sometime after the Metallica installment, and will feature such songs as « Jump » and « Hot for Teacher. » Other songs expected include Judas Priest’s « Pain Killer, » Tenacious D’s « Master Exploder, » and « Dope Nose » by Weezer.

By Antony Bruno, Denver

Universal Music Group Beats Eminem Suit

Universal Music Group announced they won a jury verdict over digital
royalties in a lawsuit brought by FBT Productions LLC, who worked with
rapper Eminem early in his career. According to a source at Universal, the jury’s verdict was unanimous.

The Bass Brothers’ FBT Productions and Joel Martin’s Em2M filed a lawsuit in May 2007 against Aftermath Records, Interscope Records and others over the split of digital royalties due for Eminem’s recordings. The suit claimed that the labels should be paying half of the net receipts from downloads and master ringtones rather than the lesser artist royalty rate based on sales.

By Cortney Harding, N.Y.


Flo Rida Topples Single-Week Download Mark

Flo Rida breaks his own record for most weekly digital song downloads as « Right Round » debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart with 636,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The total smashes the mark he set with « Low » (467,000) in the January 12, 2008, issue, which took into account sales from that season’s post-Christmas week. The tally for « Round » also surpasses the opening-week download record set just last week by « Crack a Bottle » from Eminem, 50 Cent & Dr. Dre (418,000).

On the heels of its record-breaking sum, « Round, » which is based around Dead Or Alive’s 1985 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit « You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), » will move 58-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart to be posted tomorrow (Feb. 19) on

The track will be Flo Rida’s second to top that list, following « Low » which spent 10 consecutive weeks at No. 1. « Round » precedes Flo Rida’s second Poe Boy/Atlantic album, « R.O.O.T.S., » due April 7.

Meanwhile, Atlantic Records labelmate T.I. is one of many artists to parlay a Grammy Awards performance into increased sales as his collaboration with Justin Timberlake, « Dead And Gone, » will rise 9-2 on the Hot 100 with the chart’s largest week-to-week digital download spike (up 118,000).

While Atlantic Records recently held the top two slots on the chart for six weeks this past fall with a pair of T.I. tracks, this is the first time two different artists from the label have occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 slots in 20 years. In the March 18, 1989, issue Debbie Gibson’s « Lost In Your Eyes » led the list followed by Mike + The Mechanics « The Living Years. »

By Silvio Pietroluongo, N.Y.

Rhapsody Revenue Up 14%

RealNetworks released fourth quarter 2008 earnings that show music revenues for the company increased 8% from the same period last year, to $43.9 million.

The company does not break down specific revenues for the Rhapsody subscription service, but says the total was « driven primarily » from the service, and that the service’s revenue is up 14% year-over-year. And for the first time, the company has broken out Rhapsody subscriber numbers. The service had more than 775,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter, an increase over the 600,000 listed in the fourth quarter of 2007.

RealNetworks credited the removal of DRM from any songs purchased via the service and it’s operational and marketing partnership with mobile operator Verizon Wireless as helping propel Rhapsody forward.

In a pre-earnings announcement, RealNetworks lowered the valuation of the Rhapsody America joint venture-which it operates with partner MTV.

Overall, RealNetworks reported a net loss of $240.5 million on revenues of $152.6 million for the year. It music operations generated the most of all the company’s content areas, and is second only to technology products and solutions division.

By Antony Bruno, Denver

Barnes Responds To Aussie Bushfire Crisis

Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes is releasing an album exclusively through the iTunes Music Store to raise funds for victims of Australia’s devastating bushfires.

The album, « Live At The Enmore, » contains a mix of current material from his latest platinum certified (70,000 units), ARIA Award-nominated « Out In The Blue » album along with classic hits such as « Rising Sun, » « No Second Prize » and « Little Darlin’. »

The 12-track album featured on iTunes’ Australian homepage over the weekend. The price is set at a discounted rate of just $3.39 Australian ($2.23) in Australia, and $3.59 Australian ( $1.88 ) in New Zealand.

Barnes, who rose to fame as frontman for ’70s and ’80s rockers Cold Chisel, will donate all monies raised to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, as will his label Liberation Music, publishers Mushroom Music and EMI Music Publishing and Apple Computer Inc.

The bushfires which have blazed across areas of Victoria over the past week have killed at least 181 people and destroyed more than 1,800 homes.

By Lars Brandle, Brisbane