It's a triple threat: AEG has now tied the strings on a global partnership with eBay, one that positions eBay-owned StubHub at the forefront. StubHub will soon become the exclusive secondary ticketing platform for AEG's AXS Ticketing; the deal will also integrate AEG's BandMerch into eBay. And, eBay-owned PayPal will be layered back into the AXS platform (you get the idea). All of that starts rolling in January, though one prickly detail is the pending, multi-billion dollar sale of AEG.
Japan: it's the second-largest music market in the world, and one with plenty of peculiarities. That includes a continued appetite for albums, CD rentals (still), and now, a gigantic enforcement hammer against illegal downloading. Freeloaders face jailtime and huge penalties for larger offenses, effective October 1st, though one initial survey suggests a decline in broader music purchasing as a result.
Springsteen: he's a man of the people, offline and on. As part of the development process for the rockumentary Springsteen & I, producers are asking fans to submit their best memories and multimedia bits on the Boss. "We're now looking for fans' most personal insights, abstractions and reflections on how Bruce Springsteen and his music has affected their lives," the team of Ridley Scott Associates, Black Dog Films and Scott Free London relayed on the Springsteen site.
Speaking of rockumentaries, Of Montreal is now hitting Kickstarter to fund a career-spanning film called Song Dynasties. The group is seeking $75,000, of which nearly $10,000 has already been raised.
And the race for streaming relevance continues. The latest grab comes from Sony Music Unlimited, which recently scored an exclusive from Ministry of Sound. The global deal gives Sony an exclusive on the Hed Kandi series of compilations and singles, effective immediately.
The Orchard has now concluded an integration deal with Israeli-based Conduit. The deal will allow Orchard users to easily create and port content into Conduit-powered mobile apps, directly from their Orchard interfaces.
Elsewhere, Universal Music Group is getting ready to announce a major social networking and ecommerce partnership, on a global basis. Expect something in the next few days.
Mobile trade group MEF has just created a dedicated African hub, a coordinated effort with Vodacom. The new office will be located in Johannesburg.
And, the Future of Music Coalition Summit is now kicking off in Washington, DC. The full stream is at futureofmusic.org.
News Reader Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Any more info/ideas on what the Universal announcement could be?