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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.

Sandbox issue fifteen: The Power Of Music Filters

- The Power Of Music Filters - How Monarchy Played The Press - How To Maximise Your Online Social Community - Data Capture Tools Review - Digital Engagement Charts

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.

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...