NPR and the Guardian get Gorillaz album stream a week before launch
Next week sees the release of the new album from cartoon-hop band Gorillaz, Plastic Beach.
March 3, 2010
Open ID fan logins working well for Lady Gaga
89% of users who visit Lady Gaga's website sign on with an external site's login - Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. The stat was revealed at an Open ID User Experience Summit last week, and should provide food for thought for...
March 1, 2010
Rascal Flatts to release digital album for two weeks only
Nothing needs to get deleted in the digital world, right? But that's not to say it can't be for marketing purposes. Rascal Flatts has teamed up with Lyric Street for a 14-track compilation album, 14 Love Songs For The 14th.
February 11, 2010
MySpace debuts transatlantic webcast with Hot Chip
Hot Chip are the latest band to livestream one of their gigs online, working with MySpace and tech firm Livestream to webcast a New York show last weekend.
February 9, 2010
Indie label goes free for February
US indie label Exit Stencil has decided to make almost its entire back catalogue available for free as downloads from its website, for the month of February.
February 4, 2010
Shinobi Ninja talk branded iPhone gaming
New York band Shinobi Ninja have been talking about their new marketing wheeze - an iPhone game that unlocks new content when players attend a real-world gig by the band.
February 3, 2010
Web game JamLegend passes 1m users
Remember JamLegend? It's like the web-game equivalent of Guitar Hero or Rock Band - with players tapping keys in time to falling dots to play a song. The company says it now has more than one million registered users, who...
February 2, 2010
Blink 182 guitarist hoping for big bucks from D2C album
Blink 182's Tom DeLonge is self-releasing the new album from his other band Angels & Airwaves, giving the music away for free with the intention of racking up 20 million downloads via brand partnerships.
February 2, 2010
OK Go’s viral video is now a lot less viral
Remember OK Go and their treadmill video? It went viral, helped by the hundreds (if not thousands) of blogs and sites embedding it in stories. Not any more though: according to Techdirt, the band's label (Capitol Records)...
January 15, 2010
La Roux album blocked from Spotify’s free users
La Roux's debut album and its singles have been blocked on the free version of Spotify, with users presented with a message saying "This is a Spotify Premium exclusive. It will later be made available in Spotify Free". The...
January 13, 2010
Ralph Watson: advanced web presence for artists on a budget
Music Ally's Ralph Watson is a musician in his own right, who's spent recent months getting his hands mucky with various DIY technologies to revamp his website, launch an iPhone app, and kickstart a promotional campaign around...
December 10, 2009
Man promotes own band on Google Street View
Grassroots digital marketing stunt of the week comes from Nate Heagy of Canadian band Fear Salesman. He made a sign with the band's name and kept it in his car boot until he spotted a Google Street View van, taking photographs...
December 7, 2009