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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.


Fiew more tips to Market Your Music

– Use Myspace, Tagworld, Frappr, Facebook and any of the good social networks and extend your fan base. Update on a regular schedule.

Go beyond the social networks and sign up to the best indie and unsigned music artist sites. Add a full profile, good photos, your best music, update the info regularly and DO NOT REDIRECT them with only a little info to find out more at another site. These indie communities are built to attract music biz personnel as well, to browse for the talent needed for various projects. While you have the viewers attention and time, have the important info right there, don’t waste their time with a redirect link! Include a link to your main site, if they want to learn more they will go to it.

Hand out your CDs (or demos). Have your web link printed on the CD. Include your band name and contact info as well. Remember, your name on the work is more important than the name of the work. Hand the CD to club owners that feature your type of music.

Send press releases and reviews of your shows to local print newspapers, magazines and event papers. When writing press releases, read up on « press release tips » and the like to tweak your presentation.

Professional photos mean you take yourself seriously. All photos in your press kit should be quality photos, not just your main bio picture. The money spent on a photographer that can capture your music « image » is money well spent.

Collect addresses and email addresses (email is free!) to keep your fans current on what you are up to. When building your lists, try to list their location – city, state and zip with a bit of personal input about that fan. This is a great way to create a more personal and targeted mailing list without bombarding people that are too far away to attend a show.

Practice and practice and practice. Longevity in the music business means learning new things, constantly creating, and always improving.
– Zero in on your target. Know where they hang out, where they shop, what they do for fun, and hit them where they live – online and off. Your audience is a specific crowd of people so don’t waste time being where they are not.

Play, play and play some more. Get gigs in one part of town on Friday and another part of town on Saturday. Do mini tours outside of your town.

Create your own support group of family, friends, and school mates – communicate well with them on your plans and goals to help spread the word on you, where you plan to go and how you plan on getting there. Delegate tasks to the appropriate people.

U2 Release Blunder Down Under

There won’t be any cigars for the staffers at Universal Music Australia who inadvertently made U2’s anticipated new album « No Line On the Horizon » available digitally more than a week before release.

According to reports, high-quality downloads of the album were briefly made available earlier this week on, a digital store operated by Universal Music’s Australian affiliate.

« Horizon, » however, is not due for release down under until Feb. 27 and the tracks were promptly taken down when the error was noticed. Some bloggers have posted screen-grabs showing they had purchased the album for $19.80 Australian ($12.80).

To make matters worse for the music major, « Horizon » is now understood to be widely distributed via peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

A Universal Music spokesman declined to comment, and the culprit remains anonymous.

An internal leak of U2’s 12th studio set will have the band members and executives pulling their hair out, especially considering the great lengths Universal and U2’s management have taken to keep « Horizon » under wraps. Critics weren’t sent review copies, but were invited to listening parties where recording devices were banned.

The legendary Irish rockers’ manager Paul McGuinness sent shock-waves rippling across the music and telecommunications industries when he delivered a speech at the MidemNet conference in 2008 in which he urged ISPs to take responsibility for copyright violations. McGuinness’ tough words came from experience – his wards’ previous album, the nine-million selling « How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb » from 2004, was also leaked.

By Lars Brandle, Brisbane

Nokia Unveils Online Software Shop

The world’s top cell phone maker Nokia unveiled on Monday its new online software and media store, hoping to follow the runaway success of Apple’s App Store.

The focus of the cell phone market has been shifting to software development since Google and Apple entered the mobile market in the past two years.

Nokia unveiled the store at a developer conference on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona.

Also at the fair, telecom operator Orange said it will launch a similar online store from May across Europe. Nokia said it would open the online ‘Ovi’ store in nine countries in May. It said 70% of revenues from the store would go to software developers, and its first model to ship with access to the store would be its new flagship phone N97.

Nokia said partners for the store included, among others, social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.

« Ovi Store is a much needed response to success of App Store from Apple, » said Ben Wood, research director at CCS Insight.

« Successful deployment is essential to maintaining the competitiveness of Symbian and the key partner is undoubtedly Facebook, given the current momentum around social networking on mobile phones, » Wood said.

Research firm Strategy Analytics forecasts the value of the mobile content market — including downloadable games, ringtones, wallpapers, video, mobile TV, text alerts and mobile web browsing — to grow 18% to $67 billion this year.

Apple’s App Store has proved to be popular with iPhone users, and helped spawn an entire industry of entrepreneurs who design the programs which can then be downloaded by consumers.

Apple said last month a total of 15,000 applications are available and downloads have hit 500 million in six months.

Microsoft Corp is also planning an « online bazaar » for applications running on its Windows Mobile operating system, according to the Wall Street Journal. Blackberry-maker Research in Motion said last year it plans to launch its app store early this year.

Nokia shares were 0.9% lower at €9.46 on a softer Dow Jones Stoxx European Technology index, recovering from a brief knock after Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told a news conference he saw a deep, long and global economic downturn ahead.

Cellphone makers introduced new advanced cell phone models on Monday, hoping to benefit from expected continued growth in demand for smartphones.

While the overall cell phone market is expected to shrink around 10% in 2009 as consumers rein in spending, analysts and the industry still expect the smartphone market to grow some 10-20% in 2009.

Sony Ericsson unveiled an 8 megapixel camera phone and said it would bring to the market in the second half of the year a 12 megapixel camera phone model codenamed « Idou. »

« There is always demand for something new, better, something attractive, and that’s what we are looking for, » Hideki Komiyama, president of Sony Ericsson, told Reuters in an interview.

At its news conference Nokia also launched two smartphone models, the E75 and E55, along with two GPS navigation phones.