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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...

Twitter to test ‘promoted trends’ advertisements

Twitter has already announced its plans to introduce 'Promoted Tweets' advertising, where people can pay to have their branded tweets appear in the Twitter timeline. Now it seems there'll be another level: 'Promoted Trends'....

Shock! Brands’ Facebook fans spend more money on their products!

Okay, this isn't a surprise at all, but it does quantify by how much. Syncapse has surveyed 4,000 people who have 'Liked' the top 20 brands on Facebook, asking them how much they spend a year on those brands' products and...

Jonas Brothers team with AOL for Cambio video site

Disney trio the Jonas Brothers have had digitally savvy people around them from early in their career - witness their use of Ustream to run live videocasts for their fans. Now they've signed a deal with AOL to launch a new...

Advertisers hot for live gig streams

One of the digital trends we've been covering in the last year is the renewed popularity of webcast gigs, through new startups like Ustream and Livestream, as well as (for big acts) via YouTube and Vevo...

ArtistData nearing 3.75m updates for artists

Social aggregation service ArtistData says it's on the verge of sending 3.75 million updates for its artist customers. The service lets bands update lots of social media services at once, including MySpace, Facebook and Twitter...

Your band in Rock Band

Harmonix, maker of the Rock Band game, has since the beginning of this year allowed indie and unsigned bands into the game via the Rock Band Network. To get involved they need the stems of their recordings, an XBox 360 with...

MFlow wants its MTV

MFlow is a new social music store that has been compared by some to a music-centric equivalent of Twitter, where users "flow" music recommendations to one another. Yesterday it teamed up with MTV Networks UK & Ireland to...