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Ever fancied remixing one of Public Enemy tracks back in the days when Walkman was the craze? A recent partnership between BitTorrent and one of the most influential and controversial hip hop groups of the late ’80s gives you just the chance to do that and moreover, even to be produced by the rap icons themselves
BitTorrent and the legendary Public Enemy, have announced a project in which they will cooperate – the rap group will market and distribute some of their recent music via the file-sharing platform but also offer BiTorrent users a chance to sample their music and use it in their own personal creation. The best track will be then elected from all those submitted and will benefit from professional production and distribution. We already posted lots and lots of articles about BitTorren’t potential as a distribution platform and the number of its monthly users alone – 170 million - its enough argument in this respect.
“For many established people in the music business, there’s a fear that comes along with it. We don’t have that fear. The ability to freely share an archive and have flexibility on how it can be used is an extremely powerful tool when it comes to making music and media available,” says Chuck-D’s manager.
Looks like music is truly becoming a deal sealer – yesterday we told you about Samsung teaming up with Jay-Z to offer the artist’s new album for free to its first 1 million Galaxy phone users who download an app – it’s to be expected that other major companies will use music this way to lure a larger number of customers.
Through their partnership with the file-sharing giant, Public Enemy is offering its latest track, “Get Up Stand Up,” available for free download as a BitTorrent bundle and the deal goes like this: those who give the group their email address will be offered in turn additional material, including a music video, multitrack recordings that can be used to remix the track and the chance to participate in a remix contest where the winner gets to be signed by Public Enemy. Pretty dope, huh?
With BitTorrent Bundles the company has established a solid system not only for promoting artists but monetizing their content using P2P protocol as well. With this latest collaboration BitTorrent is also using its own SoShare system intended as an alternative for creatives to share online large size content.
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While Jay-Z’s fans are looking forward to the much anticipated upcoming album ”Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the artist, well-known for his business flair, has made a deal with Samsung to release the new album for free to 1 million users of Galaxy mobile phones.
‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ is the rapper’s 12th studio album and is scheduled for official release on July 4th. In a announcement made on Sunday the artist said that ‘Magna Carta…’ will be given for free for the first 1 million android phone customers who download an app for the album. They will receive the album 72 hours before it goes on sale.
According to The Rolling Stones, the announcement was came through a Samsung commercial that aired during the Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs game: “The three-minute ad shows Jay-Z working in the studio with Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland and musing on making art in the modern world.”
“We don’t have any rules, everybody is trying to figure it out,” Jay-Z says. “That’s why the internet is like the Wild West. The Wild Wild West. We need to write the new rules.”
Also talking about its upcoming release, the 43-year-old musician said: ”The album is about this duality,” Jay-Z says in the ad, “of how do you navigate your way through this whole thing, through success and through failures, and remain yourself?”
Samsung’s new partnership with a major artist could have a major contribution to the company’s attempt of biting more of the Apple’s share of the market with its Galaxy phones and is pretty relevant to the market strategies mobile companies have implemented – and in which music occupies a significant position – to attract new consumers.
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In a recent statement James Blake said that he is not concerned with those who download his music without his permission. While the English singer-songwriter seemed comfortable on the issue of filesharing, the future of music industry as it is today for him looks rather gloomy.
While the artist’s album ‘Overgrown’ had its official release yesterday, it had already ‘debuted’ on some torrent sites like KickAss Torrents last week. If you download the album for free and you like it, you can visit Blake’s official website and buy it (actually pre-order it for now).
In an interview with The Guardian, Blake emphasized how easy is for anyone willing to download an album for free to do so:
“Why wouldn’t you [download ‘Overgrown’ for free]? My label (Universal) is hoping that on 8th April you’ll do the right thing and click the ‘Buy’ button. You should see what they’re doing online just to get people to look at the ‘Buy’ button. I’m starting not to care, to be honest.”
With regard to the industry, things don’t look too bright in his opinion: “Things are changing. The ship (music industry) isn’t just going down. There are people trapped inside, bashing on the windows trying to get out.”
Along with the release of his latest album James Blake launches a mini-tour in the UK, London being his first stop today.For those who want to see him live, you can check the tour dates and buy tickets here.
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Scottish singer Sandi Thom has recently made her fans happy without even knowing it – a press release appearing on several U.S. news blogs inadvertently offered a link to a free download of her latest album.
The error was traced back to the publicists of the star whose hit “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)” made her very popular shortly in both Europe and U.S. Apparently, they forgot to specify to the reporters and bloggers on their email blast that the download link that had been provided was only meant for news and review purposes. Hence, the announcement for the North American release of “Flesh and Blood”, the artist’s new album, in all the articles it featured came with an unexpected bonus.
Sandi was prompt to tweet her comment upon learning about the blunder her publicists made and it wasn’t a desperate comment either:
“Blooper with press release! Prteam forgot to remove link to album for Free! Everyone from Fox news, Yahoo printed it!
“Thousands of U.S fans downloaded it for free!! Yikes!! But at the same time – Cool!!”
“Flesh and Blood” saw its European release back in September.
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The rumor has it that YouTube is taking a leap of faith by shaking hands with several major music studios in order to launch a music streaming service.
According to a report by Fortune, Google’s YouTube is planning on launching a music streaming service this year. However, YouTube’s mission is not going to be an easy one, especially with services like Spotify, SoundCloud and Vevo being its strongest competitors. Also to remember is the fact that Apple is supposedly working on launching a similar streaming service.
Nonetheless, artists and rightholders are nothing but happy with the news. This is also a sign that the music industry is taking baby steps into accepting a digital era that helps with distribution, but complaints about insufficient royalties are still expressed by the industry.
However, YouTube and Apple alone could be enough to boost the music industry’s financial power. On that note, Spotify is finding itself on a difficult position as the service could be facing higher bills once YouTube and Apple join the market.
How will this affect the market share altogether remains to be seen, but until then we can only hope that YouTube (and Apple) is up to the task.