D-I-Why: Amanda Palmer has just inked with Cooking Vinyl for various European services. "The services deal will see the label handling the distribution, project management, marketing and promotional services for her forthcoming album across the UK and Europe," a Palmer teammate told Digital Music News this morning.
Coachella is now a recurring avalanche of cash, but is sleepy Indio milking it too hard? Owner Goldenvoice had been considering a massive, 280-acre purchase of the Coachella grounds - including the Eldorado Polo Club - but that deal is apparently cooling amidst a proposed, 6 percent city tax on tickets.
Down in the desert, there's disagreement. "Once they purchase property, they're here to stay," Indio mayor Glenn Miller told mydesert.com. "Their business isn't polo. Their business is entertainment. I'm sure (the tax proposal) is weighing very heavily on them."
The potential standoff come alongside ultra-impressive concert receipts. Billboard Boxscore counted double-weekend receipts of $47 million, with record attendance pushing past 158,000 across the twin April weekends.
Denmark is apparently ditching three-strikes letter campaigns, part of a broader shift from warnings and punishments entirely. Torrentfreak notes that lawmakers are priming a 'Pirate Package' that focuses heavily on education, ISP-level site blocking, and a focus on improving legitimate (and paid) options.
Which brings us to Alpha Lorenzo Walker, who now faces felony extortion charges related to a shake-down scam against his uncle, Stevie Wonder. Walker presented a multi-million-dollar squeeze-play to undercover cops posing as Wonder associates. Nice guy!
Not your father's touchscreen handheld tablet. Senseg keeps getting attention for its patented 'feelscreen' haptec technology, which simulates tactile sensations through the use of electrostatic fields. So, sandpaper feels rough, marble feels smooth, and bumps feel bumpy on this glass. Apparently this is production-ready, with all sorts of app possibilities and CE partnerships ahead.
Let's call it 'parallel disruption'. According to an 'a-ha' moment from researchers Chadwick Martin Bailey (CMB), the biggest hurdle for digital TV and movie users are coming from business complexities, not the technology itself. In other words, Netflix itself is easy to use, but why are so many movies missing? "The content licensing intricacies that shape the competitive landscape are ill-understood by the typical consumer, particularly mainstream pay tv subscribers," described Chris Neal, vice president of the Tech & Telecom Practice at CMB.
We've had a rough experience testing Cricket's Muve Music service, largely because of non-music problems. That includes endless problems with signal connectivity - in Santa Monica - though a representative indicated that target consumers are elsewhere. And, they're increasing: according to the company, Muve now counts 600,000 takers, all of whom have music access as part of a broader mobile offering.
Elsewhere, 7digital will soon power the music service for the kid-focused nabi 2 Android 4.0 tablet. The device, manufactured by Fuhu, hits retailers in July.
Dhruv Singh Thursday, June 21, 2012
I find it quite amusing that Amanda has linked up with a Label again. Didn't she jump on the crowdfunding bandwagon to get away from the stranglehold of Labels. Strange.
Jon Hughes Thursday, June 21, 2012
You're shocked an artist pulled on your hemstring to get you to believe she's trulyl DIY while secretly knew what she was doing the entire time? ;)
It may have started as a DIY idea, but she knew her potential, she knew her growth potential, and when a label is flashing even more cash in front of you why not take it?
It's smart of her to do. DIY doesn't exist and isn't financially responsible.
Get your numbers right! Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Coachella gross was $47 million, not ONE HUNDRED forty-seven million.
Please get your numbers right, this is a sorry excuse for music journalism!
paul Thursday, June 21, 2012