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27-05-11 Demand for new Lady Gaga album disturbs Amazon servers
Visitors to Amazon's website received a busy signal Monday when they tried to download the the artist's latest album "Born This Way," which the online retailer was selling for 99 cents on its release date.The high volume of traffic caused delays for those customers trying to download the album.
17-03-11 Spotify passes one million subscribers mark
UK based music streaming service Spotify has over one million paying customers and with that is now worth $1 billion. The music streaming service has revealed that over 15 per cent of its users were now paying subscribers who use the service without having to listen to adverts. Spotify has 6 million users in total, including those who subscribe to the free version of the service. Spotify is aiming to launch in the US before the end of 2011.
18-12-10 Gorillaz releases free album on Christmas Day
Gorillaz will release a new album on Christmas Day as free download. Band foreman Damon Albarn is planning to release the record, recorded on his iPad, through his band's online Website at Gorillaz.com. Last month Albarn recorded the album on tour and he wants it to be out before December 25.
08-12-10 Pirate Bay founders lose appeal against sentences
The Pirate Bay have lost their appeal against jail sentences and fines for copyright crimes. Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstrom were found guilty of copyright crimes last year. They were sentenced to one-year in jail in Stockholm and ordered to pay $ 3.74 million in damages to various record labels. They had their sentences reduced to ten, eight and four months respectively but their fine has increased to $6.4million.
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Beatles music available online
The Beatles full back catalogue has become available on iTunes. All 13 albums by the band, along with their officially released compilations plus live footage, have been added to the download service, making it the first time their music has been legally available to download.
26-08-10 Michael Jackson most downloaded artist of all time
Michael Jackson is the world's most downloaded artist. The Nokia Ovi Music Store data puts the late singer/songwriter well ahead of artists like Lady GaGa, Elvis Presley, the Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna. Jackson is most popular in India where 26 per cent of all Ovi downloads are of his tracks. The renewed interest in tracks such as 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean' and 'Thriller' has been attributed to the anniversary of his death on June 25 and his 52nd birthday, which would have been celebrated on August 29.
03-06-10 UK illegal downloaders' details stored on official list
People who infringe copyright through illegal downloading in the UK are will be stored on lists under new proposals from communications regulator Ofcom. The measure is part of Ofcom's proposed code of practice as part of the Digital Economy Act 2010. The proposed code would only affect the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs): BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media, Sky, Orange, O2 and Post Office, though they could be applied to smaller ISPs and across formats including mobile downloads in the future. Under the code ISPs would have to compile lists of serial copyright infringers. Copyright holders, such as record companies, would be able to ask for access to the lists to take legal action against them. A three-stage process for copyright infringers has been outlined, with users who receive three notifications of copyright infringement in a year being placed on a list requested by the copyright owner.
26-02-10 Deftones announce new album and make free download available
The Deftones have announced details of their sixth studio album. The album will be titled “Diamond Eyes” and will be available out May 18. It will be preceded by a free download titled “Rocket Skates” that is available from the band's official website, Deftones.com. “Diamond Eyes” will be the first Deftones release with stand-in bass player Sergio Vega in place of Chi Cheng.
11-02-10 Reduced file-sharing judgment from $80,000 to $2,250 per song
Last Friday the case of accused file-sharer Jammie Thomas grew more complex after the judge of the United States District Court lowered the original $1.92 million verdict against Jammie Thomas, the first person convicted of illegal file-sharing in the US, from $80,000 per song to $2,250 per song, saying “statutory damages must still bear some relation to actual damages.” The ruling states that “the need for deterrence cannot justify a $2 million verdict for stealing and illegally distributing 24 songs for the sole purpose of obtaining free music.” Now it seems that Thomas is not only appealing the new $54,000 judgment, but she also rejected an offer by the RIAA to settle for $25,000.
04-02-10 Previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix songs available online
A previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix song was published on the Internet. "Valleys Of Neptune" is the first song off the new collection of previously unreleased Hendrix studio recordings coming this spring. The single is the starting point of a year-long celebration of Hendrix' life and career as the 40th anniversary of his death this fall.
06-01-10 Ke$ha breaks female download record
In what is traditionally a high-volume download week a sales mark was broken in the last week of 2009 as Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" sold 610,000 digital tracks. This is the highest weekly download sales by a female artist since tracking began in 2003, and the second-best overall after Flo Rida's "Right Round" sold 636,000 in the last week of February 28, 2009. Coincidentally, Ke$ha can be heard on "Right Round" as she provided vocals on that track. "TiK ToK" broke the female record set by Lady Gaga with "Just Dance" a year ago.
20-11-09 .music domain available next year
Next year, as an alternative to .com and .co.uk, the .music domain name will become available.
ICANN, the governing body which decides who gets the right to manage these new domain name extensions, has announced that music releated applications will be favored over a purely commercial applications.
14-11-09 Beatles songs removed from website
The Beatles’ back catalogue has been removed from Bluebeat.com which was selling the tracks at a discounted price. A judge in Los Angeles granted EMI, the band's record label, an injunction against US the siteduring a court hearing this week. The order was issued after EMI began legal action claiming the company did not have permission to sell the collection. Bluebeat's owner, Hank Risan, argued that his website did not need a licence because it was selling re-recorded versions of the band's songs, which had been created using "psycho-acoustic simulation" software but he was told by the judge that he did not have evidence to support his claim. Recently it was announced that the band's digitally re-mastered back catalogue is to be released on a limited edition apple-shaped USB.
06-11-09 Beatles back catalogue available digitally
US download site BlueBeat.com is selling Beatles tracks, including their recently released remastered albums, and is also streaming them online for users to listen to as many times as they like for free.
However, it is unclear whether EMI and Apple Corps have agreed to let the website distribute the tracks. It has long been rumored that The Beatles music will be made available to buy on iTunes, but a deal between the band, their representatives and the download store is yet to be finalised. BlueBeat.com is also selling songs by AC/DC, another band known to have not issued their material digitally before.

Pirate Bay closure increases file-sharing on other sites
The closure of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay led to a 300 per cent increase in copycat sites launching.
Swedish courts ruled in August that The Pirate Bay should be closed down after its four founders were jailed for copyright infringement. Although The Pirate Bay complied with the ruling but is now operational again, a report has shown that the torrent files used on it were simply relocated to similar other sites.
23-09-09 France passes law for disconnect illegal file-sharers from the Internet
France’s parliament has formally passed a revised “three-strikes” bill that will allow authorities to disconnect illegal file-sharers from the Internet. First proposed back in June of last year, the “Creation and Internet” law was later passed before being ruled unconstitutional by the country’s Constitutional Council for the use of the Haute Autorité pour la Diffusion des Oeuvres et la Protection des droits sur Internet (HADOPI), a new govt agency whose task it would be to sanction those accused of illegal file-sharing. It concluded that under the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man only a judge should have the power to disconnect individuals from the Internet, arguing that the Internet is essential for the “free communication of thoughts” and therefore full civic participation in a democracy. The new bill satisfied those concerns by now allowing a judge to make the “third strike” decision of either disconnecting an Internet user, a fine of up to 300,000 Euro’s ($415,000USD), or a two-year jail sentence. Enforcing the new law is expected to be hard as court time of course is limted as compared to the number of illegal file-sharers in France.

US P2P traffic down
A study has shown that P2P traffic is down to roughly 15-20% of all US Internet traffic. That is a substantial decrease from 37% in 2007. Daily average traffic fluctuations of 40 US consumer & regional ISPs were used which concluded that not only is P2P traffic down, but also that cyclical inverted traffic pattern suggests “either persistent congestion or, more likely, evidence of widespread provider manipulation of P2P traffic rates.”
13-08-09 Dexys Midnight Runners, Specials and Selector BBC sessions to be made available online
Some rare recordings by Dexys Midnight Runners and The Specials are set to be released. The songs were recorded for BBC sessions and concerts and will be made available online starting this September. Many were originally broadcast on John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show.Other band's featured in the series include The Stranglers and The Selector. The releases will go online in three separate phases, on September 14, November 9 and December 7. On September 14 tracks by The Stranglers (1977), Rich Kids (1977 & 1978), The Skids (1978) and 999 (1978) will hit the internet. On November 9 there will be some more The Skids (1978), Gang Of Four (1979), Public Image Limited (1979) and Angelic Upstarts (1980 & 1981) made avaialable and on December 7 it is the turn for The Specials (1979), The Selecter (1979), Ultravox (1981) and Dexys Midnight Runners (1980).

Pirate Bay takeover this month
Swedish company Global Gaming Factory has claimed that their takeover of torrent-sharing site The Pirate Bay will take place on August 27. Talks for the takeover atarted after guilty verdicts being given to four men involved with the website for copyright infringement in April. The Global Gaming Factory's plan is to turn the site into a legal music downloading website. It is said that negotiations with representatives for one of the four major record labels were already started.
17-07-09 Guns N' Roses album leaker sentenced
A judge has sentenced the man that partly leaked the Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" to one year probation. The blogger will also serve two months of home confinement, subject his computers to government scrutiny, and record a public service announcement for the Recording Industry Association of America. Cogill pleaded guilty to copyright infringement for posting 9 tracks from the Guns 'N Roses album last year.

Illegal file-sharing among teenagers dropping fast
A survey has shown that illegally sharing music among teenagers has dropped dramatically over the past year. The study of 1,000 music fans shows that 65% of teenagers are now streaming music through services such as Spotify and YouTube, with 31% of 14 to 18 year-olds listening to streamed music on their computer daily compared with music fans overall (18%). The study has also revealed that less than one third of teenagers now illegally download music. In January this year 26% of 14 to 18 year olds admitted to file-sharing at least once a month, compared with 42% in December 2007.
04-07-09 Pirate Bay becomes legitimate
Music file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been sold. It will be transformed into a legal music site that sees artists and record labels get paid for the downloads they provide. Recently, its four founders and hosts were sentenced to a year in jail and fined for copyright infringement offences. The site
will be acquired by Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory X AB in August. The Pirate Bay has been sold for around US$ 7 million. According to Hans Pandeya, CEO of Global Gaming Factory X AB, “in order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary."
12-06-09 Swedish Pirate Party represented in European Parliament
Sweden's Pirate Party, which aims to reform copyright laws and protect music file downloaders, has won a seat in the European Parliament. The party took 7.1 percent of the Swedish votes last week, meaning that it will gain at least one, and possibly two seats. The Pirate Party is the third largest political party in Sweden and has seen an increase in profile since four men involved in setting up the file-sharing website were sentenced to a year in jail for copyright infringement in Stockholm.
09-05-09 Swedish Pirate Party looking for seat in European Parliament
A poll has suggested that the Pirate Party, a Swedish political party who back file-sharing, could be winning a seat in the European Parliament in June. A survey conducted by a Swedish newspaper showed that over 5% of the 1,500 people questioned said they would support the party. With 4% of the minimum voting percentage for a European Parliament seat, the results suggest that the party winning a seat is not unlikely. The Pirate Party was formed in 2006 with the political aim of legalising non-commercial file-sharing of music and films.
30-04-09 Pirate Bay founder demands retrial
According to the lawyer defending Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde in the copyright infringement case which saw Sunde sentenced to a year in jail for copyright infringement, the judge in the case is a member of the same copyright protection organisations as some of the main entertainment industry representatives in the trial. He has therefore called for a retrial. The lawyer has revealed that a previous judge had been removed from the case at his request after he was also found to have similar connections. The judge is signed up to the Svenska föreningen för upphovsrätt (Swedish Copyright Association) which would imply him to be biased and constitute a conflict of interest.
25-04-09 Sonic Youth make sneak preview available online
Sonic Youth have given a sneak preview of their new album “The Eternal” by providing the new song “Sacred Trickster” online at www.matadorrecords.com. Fans can download the track, which features Kim Gordon on vocals, for free. “The Eternal” will officially be released on June 9. Fans purchasing the album early can also get a free Sonic Youth live album on vinyl, recorded in New York on July 4, 2008 and additional MP3s from the band featuring outtakes and alternate live material.

Study showing that music pirates buy 10 times more music than they illegally download
According to another study music piracy actually increases music consumption. The study, called “Consumer Culture In Times Of Crisis,” was done by the BI Norwegian School of Management in Norway. They looked at almost 2,000 online music users over the age of 15 and concluded that those who download music illegally also purchase the most number of legal digital downloads. In fact, the study reports that file-sharers actually buy 10 times as much music as they download for free.
15-04-09 Ryan Adams working on online side project
Ryan Adams has worked on a death metal side project called Werewolph. The alias, under which Adams has occasionally recorded before, is Adams’ first work since marrying popstar and actress Mandy Moore last month. A website has been set up at www.werewolph.com that features three new online tracks. Ryan Adams parted ways with his band The Cardinals last month.

Pirate Bay to launch VPN Service iPREDator
Thousands of users have signed up for IPREDator, which is due to go live anytime now. BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay is set to launch this VPN service called IPREDator,which is a spin on the controversial IPRED, the Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive, to allow file-sharers to download copyrighted material anonymously for the measly price of $6.67 a month. A VPN service anonymizes a subscriber’s IP address, instead using one assigned to it by the VPN to connect to a BitTorrent application. Demand has turned out to be si high that the original April 1 launch date has been pushed back. On April 1 IPRED became law in Sweden, which requires ISPs to reveal the names of IP addresses accused of illegal file-sharing to copyright holders.
10-04-09 New Green Day song available for preview online
A new Green Day song titled “Know Your Enemy” is available online from their MySpace. Only the first 90 seconds of what is the first single from the upcoming Green Day album “21st Century Breakdown” can be previewed. “21st Century Breakdown” is the first Green Day album since 2004’s “American Idiot” and will be out in the middle of May. The album will be available in a limited edition CD, vinyl EP and 60 page art book.
02-04-09 Spotify launches download service
Online music service Spotify will be selling downloads of songs from its six-million track catalogue.
The online service that allows users to listen to an unlimited amount of streamed songs for free, has signed a deal to sell downloads with online music provider 7digital. The service is a direct rival to iTunes, as both services sell similar downloads. Initially, only users in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will be given the option to buy Spotify tracks, although the service is expected to be rolled out in other European countries in the near future. Initial results have shown that far fewer people than expected are signing up for paid premium accounts on the service and that cuurently the most successful is the free part.

Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction release free online EP
Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction have contributed two songs to a free EP which is downloadable from a website created to support the band’s upcoming summer tour together. The EP features 6 songs in total, the remaining two of which were contributed by Tom Morello’s new band Street Sweeper. The EP is available for free at www.ninja2009.com.
20-03-09 Pete Doherty's new album streamed online for free
Pete Doherty's debut solo album “Grace/Wastelands” has been made available online for free before it goes on sale in the US. The entire album can be heard for free on Myspace Music and can be found at the album’s official profile at myspace.com/gracewastelands. The album was produced by Stephen Street (known from his work for The Smiths and Blur) and features some special guests including Graham Coxon and Dot Allison. Doherty’s Babyshambles group members Mik Whitnall, Adam Ficek and Drew McConnell also play on the album.

Beatles back catalogue online
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to release the Beatles back catalogue through their own website. The two surviving Beatles members, along with the estates of the late John Lennon and George Harrison, have been negotiating with Apple about an iTunes release but so far have not been satisfied with the offer made by Apple. Disagreement exists on the 99 cents per download rate. Meanwhile, the Beatles edition of the Rock Band video game has been set for a September 9 release date.
12-02-09 Groove Armada launch new online music model PAP4
Groove Armada's Andy Cato has said that the band have pioneered a brand new business model for distributing music over the internet. According to Cato, the new business model is called pass-along-paid-for (PAP4) and if proven successful may be used by other bands in the future. The band's new EP is currently being given away for free via PAP4, which works via a sharing system. The more fans share a track, the more of the EP they get for free. Fans who register for the new distribution model are initially given the EP's first track for free and to gain access to the second track, fans need to send a unique link to the first track to 20 of their friends. Once the first track has been shared between fans 200 times, and then 2,000 times, the original sharer is given access to the EP's remaining two tracks.
21-01-09 Bruce Springsteen previews new album online
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's new album “Working On A Dream” will be streamed online for free. The follow-up to “Magic” from 2007 is due out January 27, can be previewed online until its physical release date. Sprinsteen’s 24th studio album features 12 tracks as well as a bonus track, which was featured in the film The Wrestler.

Digital download sales topping 1 billion
Digital download sales topped 1 billion for the first time but these figures ar in no way comparable to illegal downloads. According to data released by IFPI Communications in the UK last week, it is estimated that more than 40 billion illegal downloads of songs occurred during 2008. While digital downloads accounted for revenues of around $3.7 billion last year, it is estimated that more than 95% of downloads are still done illegally. Digital sales in 2008 were up 36% as compared to 2007. Top selling digital single was Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” with 9.1 million units sold.
07-01-09 Springsteen makes another new track available online for free
Bruce Springsteen has made free downloads available through Amazon.com and "Guitar Hero" in the run-up to release of his new album "Working On A Dream" on January 27. The third single from that project, "Life Itself," is available online as a free track, along with a new video. Amazon previously made the album track "My Lucky Day" available.

Morrissey previews new single online
Morrissey is previewing the first single from his upcoming album “Years Of Refusal” online. Listeners can hear the track “I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris” streaming from his MySpace player. The single will physically released on February 9, and the album is set for a February 17 release date the US and February 23 in Europe.

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