More Music Industry News: L.A. Reid, Facebook Humor, MySpace, East Village Radio, Eventbrite
(UPDATED) Yesterday's most tweeted and read story on Hypebot was the launch of the almost certainly illegal download site Mulve. It seems to me that the interest in Mulve is further proof that labels need to stop playing whack-a-mole with illegal downloaders and instead champion streaming sites like Spotify, MOG, Pandora, Slacker, Thumblay, Rdio and others. It's founder Daniel Ek recently sat for a Wall Street Journal interview that's very much worth reading. I also learned yesterday that Daniel has joined Ted Cohen, Harvey Goldmsith, Terry McBride, Ralph Simon and yours truely on the MidemNet advisory board.
- L.A. Reid has not left the building: Despite rumors, the Chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group still has his job but is being courted as a judge for the upcoming U.S. version of the TV talent show, The X-Factor. (FMQB)
- Learning When To Listen. (MusicThinkTank)
- Facebook was down for hours yesterday and the twitter buzz was particularly amusing. (Epicenter)
- MySpace has seen several VP's exit lately, but yesterday it moved one sideways with the naming of Andy Marcus as new head of entertainment and content who hopes to leverage site's audition platform. (Hollywood Reporter)
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- MySpace has also added Sync with YouTube, a new functionality that enables YouTube users to automatically distribute YouTube video content to the Myspace activity stream. Whenever a synced user comments on, likes, or favorites a YouTube video, or subscribes to a YouTube video channel, that user’s Myspace friends will be notified via the Myspace activity stream.
- East Village Radio does internet radio differently and in many ways better than almost anyone. (Christian Science Monitor)
- Eventbrite makes events more social with deeper Facebook integration. (TechCrunch) We've uses Eventbrite for some fan ticketing experiments and it functioned brilliantly. We were able to sell with a service charge including credit card fees of aroubf $3.00.
- The joys of having to answer: 'So You're A Musician? Sweet Gig!' (NPR)
- CD Baby offers members $100 off a Berklee Music online course.
- Jay-Z, Waren Buffett and Steve Forbes on success and giving back. (Forbes)