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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.

BET and AOL launch Fandemonium Award

BET Networks and AOL have teamed up for something called the Fandemonium Award, which will garland artists with the biggest and most committed online and mobile fan communities.

OneRiot search engine adds Facebook content

OneRiot is one of a clutch of 'real-time' search engines, which aim to index content from Twitter and other social networks, alongside traditional websites...

Cooking Vinyl announces three more artist service deals

Earlier this year, we wrote about the burgeoning market for artist 'service deals', where labels act as partners for marketing and distribution for a new album, while someone else funds it. Indie label Cooking Vinyl has been...

GigsWiz widget now open to all artist

Startup GigsWiz has launched an open beta of its live gigs widget, which we've reported on before. The widget is designed to be installed on artists' sites and social network profiles, asking fans to suggest where they should...

Ning signs e-commerce and social games partnerships

Having transitioned into a premium service for brands and bands to create their own social networks, Ning has two new partnerships to announce. One is with CafePress, allowing people who own Ning networks to sell branded...

Miley Cyrus signs livestreaming deal with MTV

MTV has inked a deal to livestream the premiere of Miley Cyrus' new album Can't Be Tamed across its sites next Monday, the day the album goes on sale. Cyrus will be recording a gig at the House of Blues in LA, and it'll be...

Sound Around is the latest DIY iPhone app service for artists

Making apps for bands is an increasingly crowded market, with Mobile Roadie, MobBase, iLike and others all touting for business. New entrant Sound Around claims to be the cheapest service, charging $14 a month to create and...

OK Go launch iPad giveaway to promote new video

OK Go won a prestigious Webby award this week for their use of online, and now the band have released their latest viral video, for the song End Love. Yes, it's embeddable on YouTube, and is also available as a free video...

Tom Petty teams with newspaper group for new album

Tom Petty has signed an interesting deal with Tribune Co, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune newspaper. It involves creating a new website offering videos, songs and other content from his new album Mojo, while also...