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Javier Colon has been crowned the first winner of NBC’s ‘The Voice.’

Grooveshark has just inked licensing deals with Vagrant RecordsBFM DigitalDual Tone, and Thirty Tigers.

HFA and Cricket’s Muve Music have now finalized a mechanical-focused licensing arrangement.   The deal traverses limited digital downloads, ringtones and ringbacks.

More is surfacing on the licensing situation.  Two separate sources to Digital Music News are now pointing to non-interactive streaming payments to SoundExchange, and Pandora-style playback compliance (still confirming).  Still, sticky legal issues surround the levels of interactivity; separately, NMPA president David Israelite told Digital Music News that he is not aware of any publishing discussions or agreements at this point.  The RIAA has declined any comment.

Rdio has now launched a standalone desktop player for Windows platforms.

We7 has now launched in Belgium.

Wall Street is being kinder to Sirius XM Radio (SIRI).  S&P’s Rating Services may upgrade the stock from junk status, based on improved prospects from the auto industry.  SIRI is currently rated at BB-, three levels below generally accepted ‘investor grade’.

And, Jill Scott‘s Light of the Sun clocked the highest-selling album in the US this week with sales of more than 135,000, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  Bon Iver and Adele rounded out the top three, and those were the only releases to cross the 100,000-mark.  Gaga slipped below 50,000 units for the first time.


3 Responses

  1. Visitor Name

    Rdio has the standalone Windows application (Based on Adobe AIR) from the very beginning. I’ve been using it for ~6 months already. Moron.

    • presnikoff

      @Visitor Name

      My only thought on this is that Rdio may view this release as a more complete Windows OS solution. Actually, they contacted us about this. Here’s just an excerpt of what they mailed us: “Today [Wednesday], Rdio released a new standalone desktop player created especially for the Windows platform. Rdio for Windows is a native application that brings all the music, organization and social features of to the PC desktop. ”