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ASCAP Elevates Nashville To Regional Office To Serve All Musical Genres February 24, 2010

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ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento announced a major expansion of the company’s Nashville operations which will be elevated to a Regional Office serving all genres of music.

Effective immediately, the newly established ASCAP Nashville Regional Office will be overseen by Nashville-based industry veteran Tim DuBois, who has been appointed Vice-President and Managing Executive of the operations, reporting to ASCAP Senior (more…)

Amie Street Taps RightsFlow For Canadian Licensing And Royalty Accounting Services February 24, 2010

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22nd February 2010, New York, NY – RightsFlow, a leading provider of bulk mechanical licensing and royalty services, announced a deal to handle Canadian royalty reporting for Amie Street, the fast growing online digital music retailer with a one-of-a-kind demand based pricing system.

RightsFlow will assist Amie Street by providing licensing and reporting services to CMRRA/SODRAC, Inc. (collectively known as “CSI”) on Amie Street’s behalf for downloads in Canada, as outlined in accordance with CSI’s Online Music Services Tariff, 2005-2007.

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Performance Tax Opposition Grows With Addition Of Four House Democrats February 24, 2010

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Four additional House Democrats have voiced their opposition to performance tax legislation, NAB announced today. The growing Congressional opposition comes as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) continues to lobby in support of legislation that would require local radio stations to pay an additional fee for every song aired free to listeners.

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Loud Feed Launches New Social Media Networking Site For The American Association Of Independent Music February 24, 2010

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The music industry’s leading digital content provider, Loud Feed, is proud to announce the launch of its new social media networking site for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). The A2IM branded site allows the trade association to focus specifically on the needs of its community, empowering members to connect, share news and add content within a highly interactive and useable online social network.

A2IM serves the independent music community as a unified voice representing a broad coalition of music labels, music companies and services. Key aspects of their new social networking site include Facebook-like features whereby members can view site-wide activities, status updates, and latest news. Members can also join groups, forums and promote events. Each profile allows for custom fields and tags. Distinct tag clouds are viewable for music labels, associate members and new items.

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Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. Expands Services And Launches New Website February 24, 2010

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LUCK Media & Marketing, Inc., a highly recognized Public Relations firm founded by music industry veteran Steve Levesque in 1999, is announcing an expansion of the company’s services in keeping with the modern and ever-changing state of the entertainment business. Services added include Artist Development, Management and Marketing Consultation. One of the highlights of the new services is what Levesque calls the “Virtual Major Label,” where teams of respected industry executives will be assembled on behalf of a particular artist or project. The new LUCK Media & Marketing website, http://www.luckmedia.com, will be launched this week to reflect the changes, along with http://www.virtualmajorlabel.com.

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Royalty Free Music And Background Music Library CSS Music Adds New Volumes And New File Format Downloads February 24, 2010

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Los Angeles-based CSS Music, a leading royalty free music, sound effects and background music library has released six new CD volumes and 222 downloadable tracks. Also new from CSS Music is a new .mp3 320kbs format for its Instant Download CD Service, Q-Disc.

CSS Music, a royalty free music, background music and sound effects library, announces its release of six new CD volumes of production music, along with 222 downloadable tracks for film, video and television production. The new volumes are mostly rock with one jazz album addition to the firm’s Repro-file™ library called “Jazz Gems”.

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Flixtime: Transforming Web Users Into Video Producers February 24, 2010

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Website: http://www.flixtime.com

Flixtime debuts a free site where users create custom, production-quality videos. Anyone with images, videos, and text can use Flixtime’s software to create, share, and download free 60-second videos on http://www.flixtime.com . Nearly two years in the making, Flixtime launches worldwide February 22, 2010.

Users create high-resolution videos on http://www.flixtime.com using their own photos and videos, or by choosing from a library of royalty-free stock images provided by Fotolia . (more…)

Slacker Radio Announces Android Station Caching For Listening To Your Favorite Music Everywhere February 24, 2010

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Slacker, Inc. announced the availability of Slacker Radio 2.0 for Android phones. For the first time ever, Android users can cache their favorite Slacker stations right to their phones to listen anywhere – whether they are connected to a wireless network or not. The application is available immediately by visiting http://www.Slacker.com from an Android phone or by searching for Slacker in the Android Market.

With Slacker Radio 2.0 and a Radio Plus subscription, music enthusiasts using their Android-powered smartphone can select stations to cache by simply selecting “Cache Station” from within the app. Listeners can choose to manually cache their favorite stations or use “Auto Refresh,” enabling their Android-powered smartphone to automatically wake during overnight charging and wirelessly refresh station content, providing new music daily with no additional effort.

Cached stations are stored on the smartphone and can be accessed on subways, planes and everywhere in between with no network drop-outs and minimal battery usage. Along with the ability to store stations, Slacker Radio Plus features ad-free listening, song lyrics, unlimited song skipping, unlimited song requests and more.

Android owners can now listen to Slacker personalized radio without a Wi-Fi or mobile network connection to take their favorite stations wherever they go without having to manage playlists or transfer music from their home computers. Listeners of the free Slacker Basic Radio service will be able to cache stations for up to 14 days, providing everyone the opportunity to try this new feature on their Android phone, risk-free.

“Android users can now enjoy their music anywhere they go with our personalized and feature-packed Slacker Radio for Android 2.0,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “The benefits of the new station caching feature enable listeners to travel far beyond Wi-Fi or mobile connections to enjoy a continuous and unrivaled music experience.”

The millions who listen to the free Slacker Basic Radio service will continue to enjoy the same unparalleled music experience that now includes a free trial of the complete station caching solution. With access to a song library that is nearly four times the size of the leading competitor, Android owners can use Slacker Basic Radio or Slacker Radio Plus to create their own Personal Radio stations or listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations.

Slacker Basic Radio and Slacker Radio Plus also enable access to artist biographies and album reviews, station fine-tuning, “peek ahead” song previews and custom artist stations. In addition to marking songs as favorites, listeners can also ban songs and artists to create perfect custom radio stations.

Social Media And Young Adults February 24, 2010

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Two Pew Internet Project surveys of teens and adults reveal a decline in blogging among teens and young adults and a modest rise among adults 30 and older. In 2006, 28% of teens ages 12-17 and young adults ages 18-29 were bloggers, but by 2009 the numbers had dropped to 14% of teens and 15% of young adults. During the same period, the percentage of online adults over thirty who were bloggers rose from 7% blogging in 2006 to 11% in 2009.

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Ticketmaster And TicketsNow Settle FTC Charges Of Deceptive Sales Tactics February 24, 2010

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The Federal Trade Commission announced it has settled charges that Ticketmaster and its affiliates used deceptive bait-and-switch tactics to sell event tickets to consumers. Ticketmaster has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who bought tickets for 14 Bruce Springsteen concerts in 2009 through its ticket resale Web site TicketsNow, and to be clear about the costs and risks of buying through its reseller sites.

According to the FTC’s complaint, when tickets went on sale February 2, 2009, for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band concerts in May and June, Ticketmaster displayed a “No Tickets Found” message on its Web page to consumers to indicate that no tickets were available at that moment to fulfill their request. The FTC charged that Ticketmaster used this Web page to steer unknowing consumers to TicketsNow, where tickets were offered at much higher prices – in some cases double, triple, or quadruple the face value. Ticketmaster also displayed the same misleading Web page to consumers looking to buy tickets for many other events between October 2008 and February 2009, the agency charged.

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