Digital Music Store Focus – ArtistDirect.com

Artist DirectA smaller independent music store and news channel, offering free downloads and streams on some featured music, and paid for downloads on a swathe of other titles. They’re a smaller player, turning over around USD$12 million in 2008 from e-commerce based mainly from their anti-piracy services, but with a large chunk coming from media sales. As a percentage of the overall digital market, their entire SEC listed media sales represent less than a quarter of a percent, although Alexa list them as being the 3,772nd most visited website among their users, suggesting a fairly large marketing reach. This may all be somewhat academic, however, as the company has recently filed to suspend it’s SEC reporting responsibilities, a move the is compulsarily followed within 90 days by a delisting of the company’s stock.

RouteNote does not currently deal with Artist Direct.

Digital Music Store Focus – Amazon MP3

Amazon.comFirst by reason of alphabetic primacy is Amazon’s MP3 download store. This branch of their $13-billion-a-year online retail business was launched in the U.S. back in September of 2007, jumping straight into the #2 slot behind iTunes in the digital download market.

Market analysts NPD report them as having roughly 8% of the U.S. digital download market, and they’ve successfully launched in the UK, Germany and France since then. Concentrating on the States for the time being, the overall digital music market is reported as being worth 36% of overall music sales at a massive USD$1,783,300,000,  making Amazon’s 8% share worth $142,664,000. A small part of their $19 billion a year’s worth of total sales, but still a big force in the market, and one with a massive user base making a presence on Amazon a serious part of a coherent music marketing structure.

Amazon offers a fully DRM free catalogue from all the majors and a growing number of independent labels, a lower per-track price than iTunes, and a higher bit rate on downloaded tracks. They are also introducing an on-spec CD manufacture service, whereby artists can upload music files and artwork in order to have physical discs manufactured for sale through the Amazon retail site, alongside the same tracks in the Amazon MP3 store.

Bolting on an MP3 download service to their existing customer base meant that they became more or less instantly the second biggest single outlet for pay-per-download digital music in the States, and their international presence will continue to grow.

Thom’s Solo Super Band

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Rumours that Thom Yorke is starting another  band, that is still left unnamed, were quashed as it was made clear this weekend that, as star studded as it was, it was a mere ‘A’ list of friends making the solo tour that bit more special.

The show, is the first of two appearances with the second held tonight at The Orpheum Theatre, saw Yorke backed by Micheal Peter Balzary (aka Flea), Grammy nominated producer Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker perform his solo album ‘The Eraser’ from start to finish for the first set. With an encore that saw Thom entertain with a solo acoustic set. With songs including Analyse (shown below), Lotus Flower, Open The Floodgates and Super Collider.

The second set saw the full band return to play a selection of crowd pleasing Radiohead ‘B’ sides including ‘Paperbag Writer‘ and ‘Judge Jury and Executioner’ as well as some of Yorke’s more recent solo material including ‘The Hollow Earth’ and ‘Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses’.

Pramore Knock Madonna Off The Top

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Paramore have knocked Madonna off the top spot of the album charts this weekend (4th October) with their latest album, “Brand New Eyes”. Madonna’s greatest hits compilation, celebration, did exactly what the critics thought it would do in going straight to the top of the album charts, but only for the minimum amount of time. Competition for the charts top spot was in the form of Muse’s Resistance (Booo), Newton Falkner and the US powerhouse that is Barbara Streisand.

The US five piece from Tennessee, seem to be hitting all the right notes. The outfits second record, “Riot!”, although didn’t knock any charts over with immediate success became a slow burner, with sales currently at the 2 million mark. Along with producing what seems to actually be good music, that’s not necessarily my opinion though, but lets face it, Album sales never lie. Paramore are coming are coming up with some nice positive PR for themselves. September saw the band rattle off a nice amount of gigs in London for only £5, 2008 saw them collect a Grammy nomination and NME voted front lady Hayley Williams 2nd sexiest female.

Paramore’s supporting tour for the album sees them start off on the 10th December in Glasgow’s SECC , and climaxing at Wembley Arena on the 18th. All other tour dates are available form the bands official website
(paramore.net)
and from allgig.com.

Digital Music Stores – On the rise

Finchy posted about the NPD report on market share of various digital music stores, over the next couple of weeks we’ll have a focus on each of the main players in the digital music scene, as well as some of the up-and-comers, and round off with a summary. If you’d like a particular retailer to be given the treatment, please drop us a line at mail@routenote.com.

Noel Gallagher Is A Wanted Man

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Roumers started flying around about Noel Gallagher making his return to music with a collaboration with Kasabian earlier this week, now Johnny Borrell has hinted at being interested in having Noel produce an album in the future.

Tom meighn, Kasabians voice, has told the news of the world that he would definitely consider working with Noel in the future. Sooner than that though it has been confirmed that he will be performing on the band’s UK arena tour. Tom spoke to the News of the world, “Noel will be calling us up nearer the time for sure saying, ‘Lads, I’m going to come perform with you on tour, He’s a performing machine, and loves playing live so he jumps at the opportunity whenever he can join us.”

On the studio side of things Razorlight have suggested that the ex Oasis man should get involved with producing their fourth album that is intended to be a follow up to the 2008 record “Slipway Fires”. “Maybe we should get Noel to produce the new Razorlight album. We’re looking for a producer,” bassist Carl Damelo told The Mirror. “We need some northern cred!” he added.

Fingers crossed that Noel aims for a juicy Kasabian collaboration, working wihth Razorlight however? We cant see it.

Lady Sovereign Detained in Australia and Pleads Guilty To Assault and Disorderly Conduct

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It has been reported by Spinner that Lady Sovereign was detained in Australia over the weekend after she spat at a nightclub doorman. Lady Sovereign arrived in Australia on the Friday to perform on Saturday at the Parklife Festival Tour. After pounding back a few at the popular Brisbane-area gay nightclub Beat, she was arrested for an altercation with the nightclub doorman.

On Saturday Lady Sovereign pleaded guilty to both assault and disorderly conduct in court. She was fined $400 Australian and forced to pay $200 to the doorman. Although the judge did not convict the rapper, he schooled her on the “serious health implications” that spitting has in public.

Even though she was reprimanded, she still managed to make her afternoon slot at the Parklife Festival. Shortly after, Lady Sovereign took to her Twitter account and slammed the local Brisbane law enforcement.

“Brisbane police need to go catch some real criminals … What a waste,” she wrote. “Spitting in someone’s face is nasty, but how about a guy dressed up as a girl running at you in the toilets and punching you in the head? Yes, that’s what happened prior to the spitting. So everyone please stop calling me nasty.

“If you was there you would understand,” she further explained. “The transvestite must have been a regular because I didn’t see no one dragging his ass out of the club that night.”

Not so tough in person, just on Twitter! Lady Sovereign just grow up.

10 Songs You Should Not Play At Your Wedding

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RouteNote.com like to think that we provide a good service to the public with most things music. Whether you need a super platform to give yourself a boost as an artist or just advice on music in general. We have decided though to branch out as far as marriage advice, but in our own special way. After trawling thorough the dozens and dozens of songs that would all be sound advice coming from a best man of whoever to advise you to leave out of your (so her’s) special day! In no particular order, and we would love some feedback and some of your suggestions, 10 songs that you should not have played at your wedding. RouteNote.com would like to explain that it is Pro wedding, this is just for fun.

  • Highway To Hell – AC/DC. The song sold over 500,000 copies as a single, but the bride wouldn’t find the funny side if she had to come down the isle to it, but I could be wrong.
  • Girls – Motley Crue. Naughty, naughty. You only have eyes for your special someone now, remember!
  • U.G.L.Y – Daphne & Celeste. Just as rubbish a song as it is mean. This versatile entry can be used to insult both the groom by the bride or vice-verser, everybody win! Besides, even if your thinking it, don’t say it till you get home at least!
  • Rape Me – Nirvana. Do I actually need to explain why with this in inappropriate! One of the better songs on the list though, but still, that’s no excuse.
  • D.I.V.O.R.C.E. – Loretta Lynn. Come on chin up, that’s just not very optimistic now is it? Besides, honeymoons are fun!
  • Gold-digger – Kanye West. Pre-nups at the ready!
  • You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – Righteous Brothers. A classic, released in 1965, the brothers were inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame last year. Still as true today as it ever was……….
  • She Hates Me – Puddle Of Mud. A nice kick in the balls way of accusing the wife of cheating.
  • Everyday I Love You Less And Less – Kaiser Chiefs. Having regrets are we? Honesty is the best policy you reckon? I’ll give that one some thought.
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor. A favourite with the ladies. I don’t need a man, I don’t need a man, meme meee, meme meee! Its a song about a surviving a breakup FOR GODS SAKE. That’s just not what the day is about now is it.

Rick Mayall Will Win The World Cup

Television programme: Violent Nation Presented by Rik Mayall Dis

The latest celebrity to take up the challenge of making themselves the (much, much needed) twelfth man of the England squad for this world cup is both the most surprising and probably the best equipped. If anyone is going to bring back the reputation that England once enjoyed as being a casual sporting nation whose gentlemen believe that nothing beats a good ole friendly game of kick about in the sun, drinking tea and having jumpers for goal post chaps. That were not all beer swilling goons that cause riots as well as fighting each other and love nothing more than a fart joke, then lets face it. Its the Mayall.

England’s powerhouse of comedy is rumoured  to be bringing two typically English words together, footballs and Thespians. Rik’s song  “Nobel England” is said to be a genuinely serious song (we’ll believe it when we see/hear it) without any of your usual vindaloo style terrace ranting rubbish. “Football chants are one of the great traditions of following football” says Mayall “…and Shakespeare is also part of our national heritage. It seemed only natural that they should go together.”

Rik and his people have not yet blessed us with its intended release date yet but we do know that it will go directly head-to-head with the FA’s official song which is yet to be released.  Closer to the tournament more will be available in the way of downloads or videos for the song. Meanwhile, Check out Rik’s site with a chance to back him, along with the extra added fun of winning dinner with Rik! Yummy! In the meantime, enjoy some of his funniness through song anyway!

Dear Lily (An Open Letter To Lily Allen), Why You Being So Silly!

Im sure by now everyone is sick of hearing about Lily Allen and her outburst about music piracy. Im really hoping that someone apart from a musician who clearly doesnt know the industry speaks out on the music piracy topic, but in the mean time I came across a great song from UK singer songwriter Dan Bull.

[EDIT] We’ve mentioned Dan Bull before on this blog, and his other nostalgia inducing track ‘Generation Gaming’: if this raises a smile you might want to go and check out our favourite gaming blog Wire Ninja