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UberSocial teams up with 50 Cent for branded BlackBerry Twitter theme

Social media firm UberSocial has announced a deal to create a branded BlackBerry theme for 50 Cent, called Uber50. The free download skins the user's BlackBerry with Fiddy's icons and artwork, while also providing access...

Britney Spears benefits from Crowd Factory social offer campaign

Startup Crowd Factory has been talking about its campaign with Jive Records around the new Britney Spears album, Femme Fatale. The company used its Social Offer service to encourage visitors to the official Britney website...

FanBridge says it’s connecting 100 million fans with artists

Music marketing platform FanBridge says it's now 'actively connecting' 100 million music fans with artists, through email, Facebook and Twitter. The company's platform is used for the likes of Lil Jon, Lady Gaga, Imogen Heap...

Fandora launches Fandemic live music iPhone app

The latest music app aiming to help people discover live music has gone live on the App Store. Fandemic is the work of startup Fandora, and claims to firstly "provide a platform for bands, musicians, D.J.'s, and anybody wanting...

Death Cab For Cutie shoot one-take livestreamed video

Several bands have made innovative videos with an eye to online success in recent years, and several have livestreamed gigs or performances. Now Death Cab For Cutie has done both at once for new single You Are A Tourist....

Josh Freese rolls out new tiered fan packages

Session drummer Josh Freese made headlines back in 2009 after selling his album with a bunch of quirky premium options (Bulletin, 23-Feb-09). Now he's at it again, with a range of offers for hardcore fans based around his...

Shazam ties in with ‘Wombatizer’ website for Wombats campaign

The Wombats are back, Back, BACK! And they have a Shazam promotional campaign to accompany their new album. Fans are being encouraged to visit a new band site called Wombatizer...

Jessie J first to benefit from On Air, On Sale initiative

Island artist Jessie J is on course to top the UK singles chart this weekend, making her one of the first artists to benefit from the recently announced On Air, On Sale initiative.

Prince goes with print media (again) for new album

Having famously given away his Planet Earth album with a UK newspaper in 2007, Prince is at it again. His next release, 20Ten, will be distributed as a covermount with Rolling Stone's German edition, and Belgian newspaper...

Shinobi Ninja release Video Game EP

Remember Shinobi Ninja? The Brooklyn-based band released their own iPhone game earlier this year, which included songs that could be unlocked by completing the game, or by firing it up while attending gigs.

Offerpop launches Twitter tools for brands and bands

Social media firm Offerpop has launched three tools for brands using Twitter, which could be useful for artists and music managers too. Its New Follower tool helps people to automatically welcome their new followers on Twitter,...

Vevo launches new channel for emerging artists

Music videos portal Vevo is looking to shine the spotlight on upcoming artists with a new channel: The Next Wave presented by Schick Hydro.