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NuevoStage wants to help bands fill empty venues, Groupon-style

Last week's Rethink Music conference turned into the coming out party for an innovative music startup, NuevoStage. It won the $50,000 grand prize at the conference for its business plan...

Manchester Orchestra debut new album, in web-based puzzle

How to fight against the inevitable online leak of any new album? Band Manchester Orchestra have an idea: their new album Simple Math is streamable this week on the band's website...

Bob Sinclar gets a DJ Club for iPhone

French DJ Bob Sinclar has launched his official iPhone app, and unlike many artist apps it has a premium price point. Well, $4.99, which increasingly counts as premium on the price-pressured App Store.

Lady Gaga launches two Facebook contests for Robin Hood Foundation

A new partnership between Lady Gaga and charity the Robin Hood Foundation is aiming to drive a chunk of her 32 million fans to Like the New York poor and homelessness organisation...

UMG coins ‘applum’ term for Cold War Kids app (but no music included)

Applum? We're not so keen on the word, but we're quite interested in Universal Music Group's latest artist iPhone and iPad app. Cold War Kids - Mine Is Yours doesn't contain the band's latest album though...

Next Johnny Cash video will feature crowdsourced artwork

Artists are being invited to submit their images of the late Johnny Cash, with the potential reward of having them featured in his next video...

Alice Cooper set for ‘holographic 4D rock gig’ in the UK

Alice Cooper and the surviving members of his original band are playing a gig with a difference in London next month. They'll appear at Battersea Power Station on 11 May in what's being billed as 'the UK's first holographic...

Gorillaz put their name to a new Korg iELECTRIBE app

What happens when old-school electronic music-making meets a very modern dance artist? You get an iPad app like Korg iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition. Selling on the App Store for $9.99, it's a reskinned version of Korg's existing...

WHOOZNXT fan management platform ties in opportunities

There is no shortage of fan analytics services out there for artists to use, but how many of them can get a band on TV? That appears to be the pitch for WHOOZNXT, a service launched by digital music marketing firm NXTM. Artists...

Flipboard raises $50m and signs up Oprah Winfrey

We've been writing about iPad startup Flipboard a fair bit recently, as artists like MC Hammer and Duran Duran started using it for marketing campaigns. Now the company has raised $50 million in a new funding round that values...

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...