January 31st, 2011

Fleet Foxes :: Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes :: Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes
Album: Helplessness Blues (May 3rd)
Label: Sub Pop
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes are playing the Hollywood Palladium on May 7th.



January 30th, 2011

Artist To Watch :: Whalers

Artist To Watch :: Whalers

Whalers
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Album: How The Ship Goes Down (Buy)
Label: Unsigned
Whalers – That Rabbit



January 29th, 2011

Alexander Ebert :: Million Years

Alexander Ebert :: Million Years

Alexander Ebert :: Million Years



January 28th, 2011

Digital Music News :: Is This Working?

Digital Music News :: Is This Working?

[Via - DMN]
Is this strategy screaming for change? We just took a look at the top 100 singles on the iTunes Store (for Friday afternoon), and found that 95 of them were priced at $1.29. The remaining 5 were $0.99, and none were $0.69. Meanwhile, paid downloads are flattening (up just 1% in the US in 2010 last year according to Nielsen Soundscan).

So what happens when you expand the list? Apple actually posts the top 200 singles, so we expanded the count. But even among the top 200, 93.5 percent were $1.29, with just one 69-cent track available.

Thom

This is all part of a hard-fought victory by the majors, who wrestled with Apple for years to achieve ‘variable pricing.’ But this obviously isn’t working, and the trajectory suggests that iTunes singles will decline in 2011. “The price increase probably couldn’t have come at a worse time,” Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. even admitted during a financial review at about this time last year. That implementation happened in 2008, or as Bronfman noted, in “the teeth of the worst recession since the Depression.”

So, why not change the pricing strategy, and save this format? The idea as initially proposed was to hike the price on more popular tracks, while matching lower pricing tiers with catalog songs. Sounds reasonable enough, though it looks that even this game plan has changed. Sources to Digital Music News recently noted that EMI has decided to price everything at $1.29 – new, old, whatever. We called EMI about this, and they declined to answer the question, though an initial examination validates the claims.

The results of our deeper dive are ahead. (Continue Reading)



January 28th, 2011

Spotify Close To A Deal With EMI

Spotify Close To A Deal With EMI

[Via - Ben Sisario - NYT]
Spotify, a digital music service that has been popular in Europe but met roadblocks in its plans to enter the American market, is inching closer to its goal. A week after it signed an arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment for distribution in the United States, the company is very close to closing a deal with EMI Music, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations but was not authorized to discuss them.

If a contract is signed, as is expected soon, it would give Spotify a strong beachhead in America, with two of the four major labels on board. But a deal with Universal Music Group, the largest of the labels, has been elusive, and people with knowledge of those talks say that no agreement is imminent. Universal has about a 31 percent market share of music sales in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; Sony and EMI combined have about 37 percent. (Continue Reading)



January 28th, 2011

Calexico :: Corona

Calexico :: Corona
Calexico
Album: Convict Pool (Buy)
Label: Quarterstick Records
Calexico – Corona



January 27th, 2011

Hanni El Khatib :: Loved One (Video)


Hanni El Khatib – Loved One

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