Releases

introducingmentions_31

Facebook Releases an App so Famous People Can Interact with Their Fans…

Posted by | News | No Comments

introducingmentions_31

Artists have been asking Facebook why they have to pay to reach their existing fan base. Now, Facebook is giving artists a new set of tools to interact with their fans… if you’re famous enough to have a verified page.

Facebook has released a Facebook Mentions app for iOS. They say it is “a new app for actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers to discover and join conversations on Facebook“.

Public figures can use the app to see what their fans are saying about them. There is a feed that displays updates from followed pages, a list of trending topics, and a notification section that displays mentions from other top influencers.

introducingmentions_5
 

Verified pages can share photos, videos, updates, and host live Q&As through the app.

Admins of verified pages can request access through Facebook’s Mentions page, or can download the app to request access.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

The post Facebook Releases an App so Famous People Can Interact with Their Fans… appeared first on Digital Music News.


Nina Ulloa
Digital Music News

Screen-shot-2014-07-04-at-12.21.03-PM

Google Releases Music Apps for Smartwatches…

Posted by | News | No Comments

Screen shot 2014-07-04 at 12.21.03 PM

Google has announced apps for Android Wear, a platform for LG, Motorola, and Samsung smartwatches. Thirty three Android Wear apps are now available in the Google Play store.

There are a couple of dedicated music apps, expanding on smartwatches’ ability to play and control music on Android phones.

With Bandsintown, users can receive notifications on their smartwatch. The app will also show important event details and allows users to RSVP to events straight from their watch.

hand Jul 1 – Bandsintown Releases a Tour Management App for Artists…

MusiXmatch is the other music-related Android Wear app. The app syncs lyrics to music on users’ devices. With this app, users can also sync lyrics to music from Google Play Music and Spotify on their watch.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

The post Google Releases Music Apps for Smartwatches… appeared first on Digital Music News.


Nina Ulloa
Digital Music News

berkleejobs2012

Berklee, a High-Priced Music School, Releases a Depressing Report on Music Jobs…

Posted by | News | No Comments

If the math on ‘regular’ college is starting to look suspect, what about the math on music schools and conservatories? Perhaps the Berklee College of Music, a place where the annual cost of attendance can quickly soar past $ 62,000, is now answering the question on its own.  Because when you come out the other end, the real world is an increasingly brutal place for musicians.  And, ironically, a report from Berklee itself is now reaffirming this reality. According to a rather dreary report on musician jobs released by the school this week, most musicians are struggling with moderate salaries (at best), are underemployed in their chosen craft, and are working multiple gigs to get by.  And, session gigs, recording gigs, and salaried positions are all on the decline. Here’s a quick summary of Berklee’s report on the state of musical employment in 2012.  The findings were based on a sample of 5,371 musicians and composers, conducted by the Future of Music Coalition (and released this year).

(1) Musicians are underemployed:

40 percent said they spend more than 36 hours a week doing music.

42 percent said they derived all of their personal income from music.

(2) A substantial number need to supplement their musical salares with non-musical income:

Average personal gross income of survey respondents was $ 55,561.

The average estimated music income was $ 34,455.

(3) A vast majority paid handsomely for a music degree (with a significant percentage likely in debt):

80 percent have a college degree or higher.

(4) Most musicians are working multiple gigs, non-stop to make these moderate salaries:

More than half of respondents are earning money from three roles or more. It gets worse, according to the Berklee stats.  Because over the past five years — undoubtedly a stressed-out period economically in the US, world, and music industry — musicians have watched their earnings power and available work erode.  In fact, most categories are fighting to maintain their previous levels of employment, or struggling under declines.

But wait: didn’t we already know this? At least at a top level?  The answer, of course, is yes: parents are notorious for trying to steer their children away from music, simply because the jobs are erratic and the pay is lousy.  But for those committed to their passions, perhaps the question is whether it makes sense to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars to a musical education that will probably lead to a life of Ramen and long-term debt.  Or, if that’s even a luxury young musicians can realistically entertain anymore. The full report, which includes a range of salaries and music-related job details, can be found here.

The post Berklee, a High-Priced Music School, Releases a Depressing Report on Music Jobs… appeared first on Digital Music News.


Paul Resnikoff
Digital Music News

chopping2

Waxwork Details ‘Chopping Mall’ and ‘Friday the 13th’ Soundtrack Releases

Posted by | News | No Comments

Waxwork Details

Horror score suppliers Waxwork Records recently unveiled plans to bust out new soundtrack releases behind ’80s flicks Chopping Mall and Friday the 13th, but the details were frighteningly few and far between at the time. Now, the label has given up all the gory goods, from street dates and tracklistings to cover art. A press release confirms that Chuck Cirino’s score to Chopping Mall is due July 29 in runs on 180-gram vinyl on fluorescent pink wax, neon yellow vinyl and neon green vinyl. The record will be housed in a heavyweight jacket with “film laminate gloss…Read More

! Exclaim.ca – News

jack37

Jack White Releases Apology Regarding the Black Keys, Lana Del Rey and Meg White

Posted by | News | No Comments

Jack White Releases Apology Regarding the Black Keys, Lana Del Rey and Meg White

Rock’n'roll artist, producer and label owner Jack White has done a great deal of press leading up to his new Lazaretto LP, but much of it has brought some negative attention to the artist. Following last year’s email leak revealing his unsavoury thoughts about the Black Keys, White had some more comments for Rolling Stone this week. Today, however, White has attempted to put it all to rest with a statement. Over on his official website, he shared a lengthy statement titled “An apology and explanation from Jack White.” He opened by saying, “It seems like it’s becoming…Read More

! Exclaim.ca – News

Screen-shot-2014-05-07-at-2.30.23-PM

Where’s the Drop? Electric Zoo Releases Their Lineup

Posted by | News | No Comments

Screen shot 2014-05-07 at 2.30.23 PM

This year’s Electric Zoo festival is going down on Labor Day weekend, August 29th – 31st.  The festival will take place at Randall’s Island Park in New York City.

What does a huge crowd that’s rolling sound like?  Well, the first round of Electric Zoo’s artists has been announced.  More artists will be announced soon.

Friday, August 29th:

David Guetta, Dada Life, Carnage Tritional, Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Zeds Dead, Wolfgang Gartner, Arty, Destroid, Datsik, Zomboy, Gesaffelstein, Jamie XX, Dubfire, Chris Liebing

Saturday, August 30th:

Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Benny Benassi, W&W, Dyro, Knife Party, Laidback Luke, Nervo, Cazzette, Clockwork, Sasha, Danny Tenaglia, Madeon, Sub Focus, Kill the Noise, Paul Van Dyk, Cosmic Gate

Sunday, August 31st:

Kaskade, Alesso, Bingo Players, Fedde Le Grand, Mat Zo, Jack U, Dash Berlin, Showtek, Dirty South, Deorro, Victor Calderone, Nicole Moudaber, ATB, Morgan Page, Seven Lions, Chase & Status, Netsky

 

When Nina Ulloa isn’t writing for DMN she’s usually reviewing music or at a show. Follow her on Twitter.

The post Where’s the Drop? Electric Zoo Releases Their Lineup appeared first on Digital Music News.


Nina Ulloa
Digital Music News

Screen-shot-2014-05-02-at-1.48.52-PM

GWAR Releases a Line of E-Cig Flavors…

Posted by | News | No Comments

Screen shot 2014-05-02 at 1.48.52 PM

Metal band GWAR’s frontman died in March, but it looks like the band is still going strong. GWAR and Mount Baker Vapor have now released GWAR Fluids, a line of e-cigarette flavors.

The line features gross flavors like “Spew” and “German Chocolate Beefcake”. The band says: “We only use freshly squeezed babies to give it that personal GWAR touch”.

In the past GWAR has also released their own BBQ sauce, which I would much rather have over these fluids.

When Nina Ulloa isn’t writing for DMN she’s usually reviewing music or at a show. Follow her on Twitter.

The post GWAR Releases a Line of E-Cig Flavors… appeared first on Digital Music News.


Nina Ulloa
Digital Music News

young59

Neil Young Releases Jack White-Assisted Covers Album

Posted by | News | No Comments

Neil Young Releases Jack White-Assisted Covers Album

Record Store Day isn’t until tomorrow (April 19), but Neil Young and Third Man Records have given fans a treat a day early by releasing the previously promised covers album A Letter Home. The album is available to purchase on vinyl over at Third Man’s online store. The tracklist is down below and the album cover is above. Most of the covers are of songs by well known artists, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothers and Bert Jansch; there are two apiece by Gordon Lightfoot and Willie Nelson. As previously confirmed, A Letter Home was recorded in…Read More

! Exclaim.ca – News

record2

Exclaim!’s Top Releases to Hunt for This Record Store Day

Posted by | News | No Comments

Exclaim!

Every year, Record Store Day seems to keep on getting bigger and bigger, as vinyl junkies flock to their local indie shops to pick up special exclusive releases from an ever-increasing selection of artists. This year’s event takes place on Saturday (April 19), and as is becoming tradition, there’s a huge list of new releases and special reissues for buyers to choose from. For this list, we’ve chosen a selection of records that you’d be wise to be on the lookout for on the big day. Of course, these are going to available in limited quantities, and there are always a few releases that end…Read More

! Exclaim.ca – News