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The Recording Academy And EMI Music Team Up To Release The 2010 Grammy Nominees CD January 6, 2010

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The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Recordings has partnered with EMI Music to release the 2010 GRAMMY Nominees CD, the 16th edition of the best-selling series highlighting artists and songs nominated for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards

The disc contains many of the most widely recognized GRAMMY categories with the 20 tracks representing nominees for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.

“We’re proud to be working with The Recording Academy tooffer fans some of the year’s mostmemorable music,” said Ronn Werre, President of EMI Music Services and COO of EMI Music in North America. “This GRAMMY nominees CDfeatures hit after hit from an eclectic group of talented artists. As well as delivering great value,it alsosupports the very worthy causes of MusiCares and The GRAMMY Foundation.”

The 20-song collection will be available Jan. 19 and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the GRAMMY Foundation, two charitable organizations established by The Recording Academy. For more information about the Foundations, please visit http://www.grammy.com.

Artists Without A Label (AWAL) Brings Digital Genius To MIDEM January 6, 2010

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After a full house at last years MIDEM presentation, AWAL (Artists Without A Label) has been invited back to offer more insight on digital distribution and licensing to the attendees of MIDEM 2010 taking place January 24-27 in Cannes, France. Their next presentation will be a part of MIDEM+ which offers an enhanced experience to attendees.

The MIDEM+ attendees can have access to a range of exclusive services and events while at the conference. Access to the knowledge base at influential companies like AWAL is one of the MIDEM+ perks.

AWAL’s Denzyl Feigelson will be one of the 3 MIDEM+ Connectors at the conference. MIDEM+ delegates will be invited to join Denzyl at the MIDEM+ bar for a one hour of informal discussion about a new business topic of interest pertaining to the Music Industry from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on January 24th.

In the MIDEM+ Business Consulting with Experts sessions AWAL will offer 15-minute consulting sessions on the questions that matter most to attendees in the Music Industry. AWAL’s Digital Geniuses Software Developer – Toby de Havilland, Head of Marketing – Patrick Ross, Project Coordinator – Jack Stephens and CTO – Mark Thomas will offer their expertise on a variety of topics. For more on this, visit the MIDEM website: http://www.midem.com/en/midem-plus/Consulting/#technicaladvice.

Artist Managers To Discuss Threats And Opportunities In Shifting Music Landscape At Inaugural Conference January 6, 2010

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New York, NY January 4, 2010 — The Artist Management Conference 2010 (AMCON2010), scheduled to take place in New York October 14-15, 2010, will bring together Artist Managers, self-managed Artists, and other music industry professionals to discuss ways in which a shifting music business landscape presents threats to – as well as new opportunities for – their respective businesses.

“The conference comes together at a critical point for artist managers in the evolution of the music business”, says Jeremy Rwakaara, conference producer at the Artist Management Resource and author of the Artist Management Manual. In light of dwindling recorded music sales, record labels are positioning themselves as artist branding companies and structuring 360 (or multiple-rights) deals with artists in order to participate in multiple revenue streams. In an effort to streamline the decision-making process and reduce obstructions, some record companies are contemplating providing artist management services in-house. Alternatively, some record labels are creating joint ventures with management companies, while others are using acquisitions of management companies to shore up their core businesses. As a consequence of these deals, turf wars between record labels and artist managers are predicted to break out as record labels are seen to be usurping the role of artist managers. Conflicts (and conflicts of interest) may also occur when artists with existing management deals approach record labels with in-house management divisions.

Technological breakthroughs and innovations (in the form of music apps, widgets, gadgets, services, etc) are revolutionizing the ways in which management companies, artists, record labels, publishing companies, and others can work together to more efficiently monetize relationships, share data, and maximize revenue.

The conference is organized to provide a forum for music managers and other music industry professionals to discuss issues of common interest, stay ahead of the curve, and illuminate areas of opportunity amidst the threats in a shifting music business landscape

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About the Artist Management Conference 2010:

The Artist Management Conference 2010 (AMCON2010) is billed as a unique music conference organized exclusively for active and aspiring Artist Managers, self-managed Artists, and other music industry professionals.

“The conference comes together at a critical point for artist managers in the evolution of the music business”, says Jeremy Rwakaara, conference producer at the Artist Management Resource and author of the Artist Management Manual. In light of dwindling recorded music sales, record labels are positioning themselves as artist branding companies and structuring 360 (or multiple-rights) deals with artists in order to participate in multiple revenue streams. Conflicts (and conflicts of interest) may also occur when artists with existing management deals approach record labels with in-house management divisions.

Baidu To Establish New Independent Company To Provide Online Video to Chinese Internet Users January 6, 2010

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Baidu, Inc., the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its plan to establish a new independent company to provide licensed online video to Chinese Internet users.

The new company will work closely with content providers to provide copyrighted premium video content including movies, TV series, sporting events, animation and other varied content to Internet users through an advertising supported model.

Mr. Yu Gong, formerly president and chief operating officer of China Mobile’s 12580 business, has been appointed chief executive officer of the new company.

“As China’s Internet industry evolves, we have seen increasing demand for high-quality video content on our search platform. By establishing this new company, we will be able to better serve our users and customers with superior content and focused resources,” said Xuyang Ren, Baidu’s vice president of marketing and business development. “I am very excited to work with Mr. Gong, who has strong experience in the internet industry in China, to grow our new company into a leader in the field through product innovation and a robust network of partnerships with leading content providers in China and globally.”

Mr. Yu Gong added, “Online video is a rapidly growing sector in China and I believe Baidu’s search platform will provide a solid foundation for the new company to address the increasing demand for premium content. I am very excited to embark on this new venture.”

Prior to serving as president and chief operating officer of China Mobile’s 12580 business, Mr. Yu Gong was chief operating officer of SOHU.com, Inc. Mr. Gong is a Beijing native and holds a Ph.D. in Automatic Control and Application from Tsinghua University.

Napster Live On Samsung Connected TVs January 6, 2010

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Napster, the pioneer of digital music, announced that Samsung televisions with Internet@TV now support the Napster TV widget, which provides access to the Napster subscription music service.

This week, owners of Samsung televisions with Internet@TV can now enjoy personalized on-demand music in their living room, or any room with a TV.

Anyone with a Samsung television with the Internet@TV feature can access the free Napster TV widget in the Yahoo! Widget Gallery and instantly enjoy a free 14-day trial. Napster subscribers can sign in to their account from the connected TV to browse, search, preview and listen to Napster’s entire catalog of music, on-demand, as well as enjoy custom radio stations, playlists and Billboard Charts for as low as $5 per month.

“We think TV is more than just for viewing your favorite programs. We’re committed to enriching in-home entertainment, and as part of this effort, we’re focused on transforming television viewing from a passive to interactive experience,” said John Revie, senior vice president, Visual Display Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “Together with Napster, we’re excited to offer a widget that mirrors the familiar Napster interface and now makes it easy to access your favorite music with a few touches of your TV remote.”

Napster is the ultimate digital music service, offering MP3 downloads and unlimited on-demand music for as low as $5 per month. Plans start with MP3 credits (5, 15, 30 or 60) to download songs from Napster’s huge library—nearly nine million tracks covering all kinds of music, from all major labels and thousands of independent artists. Unlimited streaming music allows members to listen to individual tracks as often as they like, or choose from commercial-free radio stations and expertly programmed playlists.

“Internet-connected TVs will revolutionize how consumers enjoy television and enable us to make the Napster experience come alive in living rooms across the country,” said Christopher Allen, Napster general manager. “Music lovers will now be able to enjoy unlimited on-demand access to Napster’s extensive song library, as well as sit back and enjoy hundreds of customized radio stations and playlists – all from the comfort of their couch using a remote control.”

Napster’s vision of allowing subscribers to access their favorite music anytime, on multiple devices, is now further extended to the TV screen. Napster subscribers can already play music from a computer or web-enabled phone and throughout their homes via multi-room music systems from Logitech and Sonos. Beginning today, Napster subscribers can also play any song from Napster’s vast catalog directly from their connected TV. Napster is now available across all three screens: computer, TV and mobile phone.

More Than Three Quarters Of U.S. Kids Ages 2-14 Acquired Entertainment Content In The Past Year January 6, 2010

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According to Kids and Entertainment Content, the most recent report from leading market research company, The NPD Group, 79 percent of kids age 2-14 have acquired some form of physical or digital content in the past year, with 31 percent acquiring both physical and digital content.

According to the report, digital content seems to be an additional source kids turn to when they want to supplement their physical collections, which is supported by that fact that less than 1 percent of kids only acquired digital content.

In terms of money spent on this content by kids, $0.85 of every content dollar spent went to physical items, while $0.15 went to digital.

Video rental services and online music services were the top content-based household services or subscriptions used by kids ages 2-14 in the past year, with 19 percent of kids using an in-store video rental service, 12 percent using an online video rental service, and 14 percent using an online music service. Paid subscriptions to online video game rental services and paid subscriptions to online gaming Web sites ranked among the lowest.

Forty-one percent of kids who own some form of digital content said music was the first type of content they downloaded, with 38 percent saying it was game downloads. The average age at which kids make their first digital acquisition is 7 years old. Girls in particular turn to single song downloads when they first foray into music, and their predisposition for music also makes them slightly more likely than boys to first get ringtones.

“Forty-three percent of digital downloaders were six years old or younger when they acquired their first digital content,” said Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “Since parents are the first touch point for children this age, it is important for companies to develop marketing strategies that reach parents as well as kids.”

The report provides valuable insight into kids’ ages 2-14 consumption of entertainment content including video and PC games, music, movies, TV shows, cell phone tones and music videos. It also provides a current look at kids’ usage and acquisition of entertainment content across all devices; with a strong focus on digital content and sources.

November Sees Number Of U.S. Videos Viewed Online Surpass 30 Billion For First Time On Record January 6, 2010

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comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, released November 2009 data from the comScore Video Metrix service, showing that more than 170 million U.S. Internet users watched online video during the month.

Online video viewing continued to reach record levels in November with nearly 31 billion videos viewed during the month, and Google Sites accounting for 39 percent of all videos viewed online in the U.S.

Top 10 Video Content Properties by Videos Viewed
Google Sites continued to rank as the top U.S. video property in November as it delivered 12.2 billion videos viewed with YouTube.com accounting for nearly 99 percent of all videos viewed at the property. Hulu ranked second with 924 million videos viewed (3.0 percent) followed by Viacom Digital with 500 million (1.6 percent) and Microsoft Sites with 480 million (1.5 percent).

In November, Tremor Media ranked as the #1 video ad network with a potential reach of 85 million viewers, or 49.8 percent of the total viewing audience. Advertising.com Video Network ranked second with a potential reach of 80 million viewers (47.1 percent penetration) followed by YuMe Video Network with 73 million viewers (43.0 percent).

Other notable findings from November 2009 include:

* The top video ad networks in terms of their actual reach delivered were: Tremor Media Video Network with 20.0 percent penetration of online video viewers, BBE with 17.5 percent, and BrightRoll Video Network with 16.6 percent.
* 84.8 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
* The average online video viewer watched 12.2 hours of video.
* 128.1 million viewers watched more than 12 billion videos on YouTube.com (94.3 videos per viewer).
* 38.6 million viewers watched 333.4 million videos on MySpace.com (8.6 videos per viewer).
* The average Hulu viewer watched 21.1 videos, totaling 2.1 hours of videos per viewer.
* The duration of the average online video was 4.0 minutes.