MINNEAPOLIS AND LOS ANGELES — Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) and Napster Inc. (NASDAQ:NAPS) announced today that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Best Buy to commence a tender offer for all outstanding Napster shares at a price of $2.65 per share in cash. Best Buy intends to use Napster’s […]
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Boston, Mass. — Cakewalk, the world’s leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, today announces a change in their corporate name. Effective immediately, the company will drop its previous legal name of Twelve Tone Systems, Inc. and be known as Cakewalk, Inc. Additionally, the company announced the next […]
Glen Allen, Va. — Â What happens when you join a 151-year-old musical instrument manufacturer with one of the world’s most legendary musicians who happens to be the single most influential harmonica player in the annals of popular music? You make history, of course! The Hohner company and Bob Dylan are proud to announce the […]
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — “Hi y’all, we a blues band!” And a profound silence fell over the room. Lead singer Sugaray of Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz said, “I’m gonna say that again ’cause the room always gets real quiet – we a blues band!” But within one minute of launching into their set, the entire audience was […]
LONDON, U.K. — The new EDIROL P-10 is an affordable, compact and easy to use presenter complete with motion JPEG support, Slide Show function and SD(HC) storage and playback.The EDIROL P-10 is EDIROL’s latest entry-level video performance tool. It has a very intuitive operation, integrated design (for ease of use with other EDIROL video equipment) […]
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — Disc Makers, the leader in CD and DVD manufacturing for independent artists and filmmakers, announced today the acquisition of CD Baby, the largest independent music seller in the world, following a 7-year close strategic partnership between the two companies. CD Baby enables independent musicians to sell their music in both physical (CD) […]
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Though they didn’t wear Speedos like Michael Phelps, the band Starving For Gravity brought home the gold and won the LAMN Jam Grand Slam Rock Artist of the Year title. The Los Angeles Music Network competition – held during June, July and August – was Olympic in proportion, and SFG beat out […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — BETA Records, the expanding international network and community of music artists and fans, will partner with Surroundphones Holdings Inc. (SoundWave360), enabling artists to upgrade MP3 music files with a proprietary process giving their music more analog sound, cleaner dynamics, higher signal-to-noise ratio and more depth in playback, particularly in the portable […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — When Scott G began to mix The G-Man’s new album, “Audio Takes a Stand” produced by Songs and Soundtracks, he was shocked to see that an unseen entity had completed it for him. “I started to assign levels to the separate tracks of bass, drums, keyboards and guitars — the process […]
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. â€“ â€œFantastic!â€ â€œLet me bow to you!â€ â€œI walk out of here tonight a blues fan because of you.â€ â€œWhy am I talking and you guys aren’t playing?â€ â€œAfter hearing just two songs, I want to buy your CD!â€ Members of the band Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz, who went on to win Round #1 […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Neotrope(R), an entertainment and brand marketing company, will officially sponsor the Los Angeles Music Network’s Rock and Urban Music Contest “LAMN Jams” which launched June 9th and runs through August 11th. Taking its popular LAMN Jams to a new level, LAMN invites rock artists to submit original music to perform for […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Giving musicians and music lovers more power and flexibility than ever before, BETA Records (www.betarecords.com) has launched a newly expanded site combining search-and-match music selection, virtual commerce, and social interaction. Technology partners took part in a global 2-year effort to transform BETA Records into a music ecosystem to accommodate the way […]
London, UK — The first â€˜Great EDIROL VJ Challenge’ recently took place at the London International Music Show with nine of Europe’s best VJs performing live in a bid to win nearly Â£2,000 worth of EDIROL gear. Winning the first ever EDIROL VJ Challenge is a dream come true for Christian Scullion from Belfast. Not […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Following up on the success of their debut album â€œBeat Hustlers,â€ Barcelona Spain’s production trio – known as Pachecos – return with â€œFear Of A Green Planet,â€ an album that pays tribute to the classic Public Enemy album (Fear Of A Black Planet), while also promoting the legalization of their favorite […]
LONDON, U.K. — EDIROL Europe celebrated their first decade in business at the London International Music Show (LIMS). As well as putting on a glittering party and boat trip, the company marked the occasion with an impressive, feature-packed stand in the heart of the main exhibition space. There was a dazzling array of hardware and […]
MIAMI, Fla. — With the music industry desperately needing a new business model, and the gap between the major and indie labels getting smaller and smaller, a new breed of indie is making waves in a big way: Heavy Air Music, Inc. With such heavy hitters as Pharell Williams, Scott Storch, Tom Lord-Alge, Missy Elliot, […]
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The Los Angeles Music Network presents the URBAN & the ROCK Music Contests launching June 9. Taking its popular “LAMN Jams” to a new level, urban and rock artists are invited to perform original music for a panel of industry experts and receive live critiques. Monthly winners move up to the finale […]
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The nation’s leading CD / DVD duplicator, replicator and printer has joined forces with Hitt Music Group, one of the industry’s most buzz-worthy licensing and submission firms. The idea is to offer high quality replication services, at a discounted rate, to all HMG clients. After several weeks of motivated negotiation, Disc Makers […]
CHICAGO, Ill. — GameBeat Studios is pleased to announce they have been awarded the contract to produce the music for the Illinois State Lottery’s 2008 summer campaign. Having beaten out several competitors, this is the second year in a row this award winning music production team has been chosen to do the music for the […]
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Bands and solo artists no longer need to feel intimated by the competitive music industry now that Hitt Music Group and Media Riot Productions have joined forces. The two met at this year’s music and media conference South by Southwest and since then have collaborated to meet the growing needs of music […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Underground Mexican hip-hop artist/entrepreneur, SOLOW13, breaks the music game wide open by establishing his own label, TRUTH LOVES LA WFAMILIA, LLC or simply LAWFAMILIA, LLC. The new imprint is a collaborative partnership between SOLOW13 and famed West Coast label, Latin Thug Records – best known for being founded by Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog and home to the Reyes Brothers, B Real’s “Gunslinger” albums and many other notable releases.
Signatures Network and Live Nation Named in Wrongful Termination Suit Filed by Rukin Hyland Doria and Tindall
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The law firm of Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the former CFO of Signatures Network Inc. (SNI) in California Superior Court (Case No. CGC-08-472337) charging that SNI wrongfully terminated him after he protested allegedly fraudulent practices at the company that deprived its musical artists of millions of dollars in royalty payments.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The Los Angeles Music Network’s “LAMN Jam” heads for the Big Apple. Launched three years ago in Los Angeles (where performances continue), LAMN Jams go beyond traditional showcases by featuring artists performing original songs, followed by instant professional critiques from a panel of industry experts. This year, artists will perform for $20,000 in prizes.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — JSM Music, Inc., the largest commercial music production company in America, scored a major touch down at the Super Bowl having provided music for one of the top ad-spots during the game. JSM’s music was featured on Pepsi’s “Magnetic Attraction” advertisement which showcased the musical and acting talents of superstar performer Justin Timberlake.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Rebelling against the current downturn for traditional record companies, Chris Honetschlaeger, President of BETA Records, has announced a new generation of record deal which partners the company with the artist in a non-exclusive three song contract and plans to sign 100 artists in 2008.
Cakewalk, maker of leading DAW application SONAR, has announced an expansion of their strategic relationship with Roland. According to the company, this is the natural progression of a relationship that goes back more than a decade. In 1995 Roland began distributing Cakewalk products in Japan.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Nearly one hundred celebrities powered up and showed their support over two days for the fight against autism by signing a special edition BugE Personal EV Transport. The vehicle, built especially by Harvey Coachworks of Knoxville, MD., will be offered for auction on eBay.com from Dec 10th to Dec 20th to benefit Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against autism.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Georg van Handel (CEO) and Chris Honetschlaeger (President) of BETA Records, LLC, announced today that they will partner with Audiobaba to match mainstream artist searches to unsigned artists. Using their proprietary acoustic fingerprinting technology.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — BETA Records LLC, in anticipation of their upcoming release of Version 3 of their online music social community, has created a technological innovation that could ultimately allow websites to become more dynamic, creative and sophisticated while enabling companies to cut costs and reduce loads on servers needed in large-scale clusters.
Singer and Author Dee Dee Phelps to Receive Best Pop Campaign Award at Book Publicists Awards Dinner
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Former TV anchor, author, and celebrity presenter Kelly Lange will give the Best Pop Campaign Award to Dee Dee Phelps for her 2007 promotion of “Vinyl Highway, Singing as Dick and Dee Dee” (ISBN: 978-1-934321-75-1). The award will be presented at the 13th annual Book Publicists of Southern California Awards Dinner.
OAKLAND, Calif. — AMP Cosmetics has launched a new line of cosmetics that rock. The products are dedicated to women who not only changed the sound, but the look of rock and roll. The team of experts at AMP Cosmetics has assembled a collection of high-quality products in some of the most vivid and bold colors available today.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — As an international distributor of electronic musical instruments during the 1990s, Geoff Farr frequently spent long nights in European hotel rooms watching the only television programs that required no translation: short experimental videos backed with electronic music scores. Farr says German television was an especially rich medium for an American insomniac interested in creative new videos.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Georg van Handel (CEO) and Chris Honetschlaeger (President) with BETA Records, LLC, announced today that they will partner with Limelight Networks to allow users to stream and download songs and videos at lightning speeds. Using their reliable network to distribute content globally, music fans will enjoy a high-quality rich media experience.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. and LONDON, England — BETA Records, the online record company, officially launched BETA Records UK (www.betarecords.co.uk) on September 1, opening a London office and a portal for music lovers and artists of every style. This follows the success of BETA Records in the USA, Germany and Mexico.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Artist, producer, and film composer Tom Rothrock, legendary vocalist Roman Carter, and a host of studio session pros have completed a unique collaborative project titled: ROMAN CARTER “NEVER SLOW DOWN.” A full length release is due out November 6th, 2007, on the recently re-launched independent Bong Load Custom Records label.
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple(R) announced on July 31 that more than three billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes(R) Store (www.itunes.com). iTunes is the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store featuring a catalog of over five million songs, 550 television shows and 500 movies.
PLYMOUTH, Minn. — The new Bravo XRn Network Disc Publisher works just like a networked office copier or laser printer – but burns and prints CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Bravo XRn allows users to burn and print discs from anywhere on the network.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Are you a frustrated musician or vocalist seeking a record deal? Are you an unsigned or indie music artist who is looking for that first big break? Want2BDiscovered.com, LLC is giving unsigned artists more exposure than any other web site and has launched a seven-month urban talent competition – the Urban Showcase Series – to help get musicians discovered and the public involved.
SelectRadio Partners with Internet Music Pioneer InsideJazz to Deliver Live Music to Mobile Phone Listeners
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Users of Windows Mobile phones and wireless handhelds now can get four continuous channels of all-live jazz, blues and Latin performances and complete concerts on-demand through a new partnership between InsideJazz.com and the makers of SelectRadio(R) software. Users of the latest version of SelectRadio software can get the new live music selections in both 32kbps and 128kbps CD-quality streams.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Blue Microphones, a leading innovator in microphone technology and design, announces the addition of veteran sales professional Scott Schumer in the position of Vice President of Global Sales. Schumer is chartered with the task of growing the sales and support infrastructure as well as utilizing key channel relationships to maximize opportunities in professional audio.
ATHENS, Greece — Soundsnap is a new online platform for finding and sharing free samples, sound effects and music loops. Designed as a resource and community for musicians, sound designers, producers, film makers and web/video game developers, Soundsnap provides user driven content for use in virtually any kind of media production. Users can freely download and upload content to be legally shared and used in any media project.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — JSM Music owner and executive producer Joel Simon and his studio will have their own cause to celebrate at this week’s BET Awards. Tuesday night’s awards will include the world premiere of a new TV commercial featuring Mary J Blige – part of a campaign for Chevy Tahoe – for which Simon and JSM Music played a key role.
Musicians Get Booked In ‘LAMN Gets Loud in the Library’ Series: Live at the Los Angeles Public Library
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — You won’t hear “shhhh” at this event: the Los Angeles Public Library teams up with L.A. Music Network to launch a live music series in all styles and for all ages. In an arresting new live music series, “LAMN Gets Loud in the Library” launches on July 11 with free performances […]
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (MuseWire) — A&R Select, a full service artist development and marketing firm for independent artists and bands announces that IDASAS from Redlands, California, has won the 2007 Battle of the Bands competition at BB King’s, located at Universal’s Citywalk.
Protectomatic Music and Entertainment is Proud to Introduce Jeremiah, a Gentleman of Soul, and His New Recording ‘Love Notes’
SEATTLE, Wash. (MuseWire) — Protectomatic Music and Entertainment (PME) proudly announces the release of Jeremiah’s new album, “Love Notes,” on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007. The first single off of Jeremiah’s recording, entitled, “Did I tell you,” is also being released. In conjunction with the new single and album, PME and Jeremiah will be launching a new website with the recording.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (MuseWire) — My Hound Media, Inc. announced today the launch of the beta version of MyHound.com, a website where users sign up for e-mail notifications of new CD releases, concerts, tour dates, and other events related to their favorite artists – from famous rock stars and bestselling authors to indie bands, unknown actors and niche writers.
HOUSTON, Texas — Pitch Control TV launches two new DVDs and announces a new and exciting Internet television show that is designed to entertain and entice Hip Hop music lovers, nationwide. Based in Houston, the focus is primarily on southern artists, but Pitch Control TV also showcases independent and major-label artists, coast-to-coast.
mTraks Music Community Launching Public Beta: A Killer Social Music Portal and Digital Music Marketplace
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (MuseWire) — mTraks, Inc. announces the official launch of its public beta website, now open. mTraks(TM) is a killer social music community and digital music marketplace. mTraks has raised $550,000 from a consortium of private angel investors and is represented by Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.
Amazon.com to Launch DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store with Songs and Albums from EMI Music and More Than 12,000 Other Labels
SEATTLE, Wash. (MuseWire) — Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced it will launch a digital music store later this year offering millions of songs in the DRM-free MP3 format from more than 12,000 record labels. EMI Music’s digital catalog is the latest addition to the store. Every song and album in the Amazon.com digital music store will be available exclusively in the MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software.