Leighton Meester Has New Album Out Soon, but Now Featured in Cobra Starship

There are a lot of tv celebrities who are currently trying to move into the music space and Leighton Meester is a prime example. You might know Leighton from the popular television series Gossip Girl, but now she is give music a go and of course a major label has already jumped onboard and signed her. Meester signed with Universal and it going to be releasing her debut album very soon. She mentions that the album is going to be a bit electro and dance, so im very interested to see how it sounds.

Leighton has already been featured in a track by Cobra Starship and its actually very catchy, so let me know if you are going to buy her album if its like this!

Cobra Starship – Good Girls Go Bad ft. Leighton Meester

Get My Music onto iTunes

For a long time artists have been finding difficult to get their music on iTunes and other digital music stores. Here at RouteNote we are trying to make it easier than ever before for unsigned and independent artists to get their music onto these stores and more. At RouteNote we currently offer artists to get their music onto iTunes and other stores completely for free with no upfront fees. RouteNote is also going to bring on a lot more partners in the near future which will make our service a lot more appealing than all ours in the market.

Stay tuned for more big news about partnerships and offers coming soon.

Naked French Models Are The Next Ok Go on Treadmills

Im always excited to see new music video ideas and here is one that probably goes one step further than OK Go on treadmills. The song is called Baby Baby Baby by Make The Girl Dance, and it features a series of models strutting their stuff naked down a Paris street. Maybe you will also notice that the words to the song are flashing on the black boxes that are strategically placed over the girls.

Im sure this tracks will cause a bit of a stir and get lots of airplay, especially on MTV Dance!

Music Retail Sales for 2008 Drop 6%

The U.K. recorded music business held up reasonably well in 2008 with trade value down by 5.3% to £894 million ($1.368 billion) and retail value down by 6% to £1.308 billion ($2.002 billion), according to new figures from trade body the BPI. That compares to falls of 13% and 15% for, respectively, trade and retail value between 2006 and 2007.

In 2008 album sales were still on the decline by 3.2% by volume while at the same time digital album sales was up 65% from 2007. Digital albums by Coldplay, Duffy and Kings of Leon each moved more than 100,000 units last year.

The figures also show that 109.8 million single tracks were downloaded in 2008, a 41.6% year-on-year increase. Digital tracks now account for 95.3% of the singles market.

“The rapid growth of the digital market is clear evidence that British record companies have the business models in place to deliver music to fans online,” said BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor in a statement. 

“The impressive fact that one pound in every ten is earned online shows that labels are leading the way in the entertainment world in developing digital services.”

He added: “BPI’s research also shows that U.K. record companies invest 21% of turnover on sales in A&R expenditure – identifying and developing new musical talent – over the last three years.”

Rock was still the dominant genre in the albums market, representing 35.7% of sales, while pop increased its share from 22.3% to 25.3%.

In the retail sector, specialists still dominate the albums market, with HMV the market leader with a 24.1% share by expenditure. Tesco is the biggest mass merchant with a 10.5% share, while iTunes has 5.7% total market share in the U.K. and dominates the digital album market. The Internet home delivery services, including Amazon and Play.com, account for 17.6% of the market.

For singles, iTunes’ share of expenditure is up to 65.7% of the market, while unit share is 71.8%.

Research also shows that 7.2 million MP3 players were sold in 2008, with a third of the U.K. population now owning one. Almost a third (28%) of 16 to 24 year olds listen to music at least weekly on a mobile phone, with one in 10 using services such as Spotify and Last.fm at least once a week.

Source: Billboard

Pandora Launches Their One Service and Desktop App

pandora-logoPandora is a music startup that he been getting a lot of great reviews of late. Pandora will reach profitability in 2010 according to founder Tim Westergren. Revenue is expected to double  this year to $40 million thanks to targeted ads delivered to 27 million registered users which are growing at the rate of 50,000 to 60,000.

With the iPhone app release for Pandora they have been seeing a third of their growth come in this area. “It’s changed the perception people have of what Internet radio is, from computer-radio to radio, because you can take the iPhone and just plug it into your car, or take it to the gym.”

The yesterday Pandora also announced their new Pandora One service, which is just Pandora a few added features and of course no ads. Pandora One is a subscription based service in which is only $36 a year. Additionally with Pandora One they have released a desktop application which includes high quality streaming, a personalized look, a mini player and extended player timeouts


Free Online Music Distribution

It has been a long time since we wrote a post explaing RouteNote. RouteNote is an online music distribution service providing artists instant access to a large proportion of the online market. Designed and built to take advantage of the shift towards independent and self-publication through online and mobile music outlets, and the consumer switch to online purchasing as outlined by the success of iTunes, Myspace and Pump Audio, RouteNote is partnered with some of the biggest retailers on the web to give artists massive and immediate availability for their tracks.

Onsite, artists can upload tracks to the RouteNote catalogue and enter into a non exclusive agreement permitting us to distribute their music to a worldwide audience in a matter of moments. They then select partnered retail outlets that they wish their music to be available through (e.g. iTunes, eMusic, Amazon Mp3 and more..) and within moments their songs are earning money as part of a world wide, web wide, distribution network. Our rates for providing a distribution service are currently the best in the market, and our ever expanding catalogue gives us increasing muscle with which to negotiate deals from which everyone, artists, clients and distribution partners included will all benefit.