Snoop Dogg to get virtual gifts from PlaySpan

Snoop Dogg is the latest artist to try to cash in on the growth of virtual items. The rapper has signed a licensing deal with virtual goods firms PlaySpan and Virtual Greats to sell a range of items, including hats, sunglasses,...

Wondering why you lost all your Twitter followers yesterday?

Don't worry, it isn't permanent. Yesterday, some enterprising Twitter users discovered a bug that let anyone force any other user to follow them, simply by tweeting 'accept' and a Twitter username (for example 'accept @musically').

Stereophonics team with MySpace to find support act

Artists getting smaller bands to pay for support slots on their tours? That's so noughties. What about finding them through The Power Of Social Media instead? That's what the Stereophonics are doing, teaming up with MySpace,...

Mercury launches interactive video for Tiffany Page

UMG subsidiary Mercury Music Group has launched an interactive music video for new artist Tiffany Page, which is being showcased on her own website...

Deftones livestream heralds new album launch

The Deftones are the latest band to use livestreaming service Ustream for a webcast, which in their case promotes their new album Diamond Eyes...

DiddyBlog – The Trailer

God bless Diddy. He's launching his new blog soon, and in characteristically bullish fashion, has released a video trailer for it. It takes in famous role models, archive footage of demonstrations, and a swathe of 'inspirational'...

Funeral For a Friend sign up with Pledge Music

UK artist Funeral for a Friend are the latest band to sign up with fan-funded platform Pledge Music. In their case, it's to raise money for a new EP, which will be distributed via the service. helps artists promote one another

Trading fans? We'd love to see a transfer deal between The Saturdays and Cradle Of Filth. But since that's unlikely to happen, is the next best bet. It's a service that encourages bands to trade fans, by promoting...

Glee’s MySpace auditions – 28k entrants and 85m votes

MySpace has been the host for an online audition for US TV drama Glee, announced last month.

M.I.A. video too nasty for YouTube

You won't be seeing the new M.I.A. video on YouTube, due to its graphic violence. The video involves a squad of military police laying waste to civilians in eye-wincing detail.

The National launch New York Times stream to beat the leaks

US band The National saw their new album leak online last week in advance of its release, but like an increasing number of artists, they've turned to free streaming as a response...

Top 10 reasons artists don’t register with SoundExchange

US performance rights body SoundExchange has contributed a guest post for our SandboxFM digital marketing blog, explaining the ten most common reasons why artists don't register with the body to receive their royalties