What Else? Facebook, ‘R.I.P. Davy Jones,’ Grooveshark, LimeWire, Target, UMG

Facebook just announced a number of major changes to its layouts on Wednesday, including several that will directly impact bands.

Effective March 31st, bands will no longer be able to make apps their default landing pages, though large tabs to apps are part of the retread.  Apps can also be direct-linked; more coverage ahead.

Yeah, ‘R.I.P. Davy Jones‘ was a trending Twitter topic on Wednesday, though the adulation was flowing on other ‘platforms’ as well.  It’s an interesting look back: Jones and the Monkees were multi-platform before that was a concept, and tween favorites before marketing groups co-opted the demographic.  Jones was 66 when he passed away.

Grooveshark has now moved to dismiss Arista v. Escape Media, based on what it regards as totally unsubstantiated information.  The motion alleges that the majors have made spurious claims that aren’t backed by real evidence or sources, including an anonymous ‘whistleblower’ comment on Digital Music News.

LimeWhat? Yeah, there’s still legal activity surrounding LimeWire.  After getting buried by the RIAA, the group (or what’s left of it) has forged an out-of-court settlement with Merlin.  The RIAA squeezed $105 million, Merlin is understood to have exacted a proportional settlement.

Target is now yanking an off-color card about Whitney Houston, one created before the singer’s death.  Sadly, the message rings truer than ever.  “Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston,” the card warned.

Mike Dungan has just been named chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville.

2 Responses

  1. Anthony Polis

    Whatever. Facebook can changes its rules. Who gives a fuck? The smartest digital marketing cats know that flexibility and agility are the key to success. Facebook will eventually fade away anyway, just like Microsoft, Mypace, Google etc. Social Networks are like night clubs – they don’t last forever. The future is going to strike a balance between privacy and interaction.

  2. DMN Comment

    It would be really interesting to have a conversation with Marshall Custer now that he has left Grooveshark or the 20 people who have also recently left this company.