Update: Just since this afternoon, the results have changed and Creed has vanished. Hey, it was good while it lasted.Some other random search results are in the video below — everything from the meaning of life to the secret location of Heidi Klum’s best assets. It’s not all brand new, but it’s funny nonetheless.
The latest issue of Harmonix’ Rock Band Community Zine included some staggering statistics detailing the performance of the music platform’s downloadable content.
Most notable is the company’s claim of pushing over 28 million Rock Band track downloads to date. The Rock Band store now boasts 345 downloadable tracks by 239 artists, and has seen DLC added for 55 consecutive weeks.
Harmonix also reports that it has hit the 500 total song mark for the Rock Band platform, doing so with weeks to spare on its target of the end of 2008.
Only 6 million songs had been downloaded for Rock Band as of March 20, 2008. Harmonix released the in-game Rock Band music store on that date, and launched Rock Band 2 in September.
EMI is praying that Santa is generous this season as it stares down a major post-Christmas payment due on £2.7 billion in loans from Citigroup. UK analysts are warning that EMI must generate significant cash by March to meet its obligations, If not, Terra Firma, the private-equity which bought EMI for £2.4 billion and already added £10 million three months ago to avoid default could be forced to inject more funds.
“Entry to this Metro show is FREE, however, taking a leaf out of Radiohead’s book, you will be expected to pay as much (or as little) as you like on your way out depending on how much fun you had (but you don’t get a free Radiohead album). It’s a bit like the Severn bridge toll into Wales, but in reverse.”
Qtrax has released a press release this morning stating that they have finally signed Sony BMG to their catalogue.
Qtrax is a legal P2P downloading service. In January 2008, Qtrax was overeager to announce it’s launch during the Midem conference and misrepresented ongoing negotiations and expired deals with major recording labels as being signed deals.
Qtrax is a very interesting service that has never really lived up to expectations. I’m keen to see how the service grows and if they can actually deliver decent royalty rates for the content providers. Here at RouteNote we are always looking for the next site to take off and Qtrax is definitely in the mix.
There’s a lot of music on this album. Not just in the sense that there are 14 meaty tracks on it, but in that each one has been painstakingly written and composed. The album would feel uncomfortable being limited by a single genre, so I’ll just slop it into ‘Rock’, and then qualify it with a lot of competing styles: Coup d’Etat is soaked in drawling Country and Western guitars, with a shuffling drumbeat and a simple guitar riff riding over and under the backing and vocals. There are thumping, stadium rock beats, trashy, crashy indie guitar riffs and stabs, bluesy organs, aching prog rock dissonances and breaks, and a whole gamut of influences competing for space and attention in this music. The twin Ariadne’s threads of the album are front-man Ryan Jones’ allusive writing style, liberally peppered with literary references, and his voice, which is very mobile and fluid, and usually backed up with complex overdubbed harmonics. A fast paced, stomping, pop-tastic, sing-along chorus-fest of an album.
Amazon has just launched their Mp3 Music store in the UK. The store can be found at http://mp3.amazon.co.uk. The simple-to-use digital music store offering over 3 million DRM-free (Digital Rights Management) songs which will work on any MP3 player including the iPod™- with top-selling albums from just £3 and individual songs from 59p.
Amazon Mp3 UK has all four major labels signed up, SonyBMG, Universal Music, EMI Music and Warner Music – and leading independents such as Cooking Vinyl, Harmonia Mundi, Beggars Banquet, The Orchard, Concord and IODA.
It has been reported to a source close to Hypebot that Pinnacle (UKs largest indie music player) has now gone into administration. The UK giant has dozens of record labels signed up including One Little Indian, Magaforce and Cooking Vinyl. Plus premium deals with The Fleet Foxes, Belle & Sebastian, Nine Inch Nails and Eva Cassidy
Pinnacle also operates their own online store and its own label from the site. However, I have thought for years that there sites needs to really be update and bought into the 21st century.
Pinnacle is very well know here in the UK and it is a shame to see this happen. Thus, if you are in a band or label associated with Pinnacle and you are looking for digital distribution, RouteNote has to be the place to come. 😉
1. Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends
2. Jack Johnson – Sleep Through The Static
3. Juno (Music from the Motion Picture)
4. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
5. Sara Bareilles – Little Voice
6. Once (Music from the Motion Picture)
7. Jason Mraz – We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
8. OneRepublic – Dreaming Out Loud
9. Across the Universe (Music from the Motion Picture)
10. Leona Lewis – Spirit
Best Selling Songs of 2008:
1. “Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis
2. “Viva La Vida” Coldplay
3. “Low” Flo.Rida f/T-Pain
4. “I Kissed a Girl” Katy Perry
5. “Disturbia” Rihanna
6. “Lollipop” Lil Wayne & Static Major
7. “No Air” Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
8. “Pocketful of Sunshine” Natasha Bedingfield
9. “Love Song” Sara Bareilles
10. “Don’t Stop the Music” Rihanna