Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Money Shot: Why You Can't Get Tickets, Chuck Prophet = Tom Petty?, People Like DRM-free MP3's (DUH!) and Sufjan's Christmas Contest...

The latest headlines...

Is The Ticket Biz Out of Line (Washington Post)
MS: Similar gripes have been ricocheting across the country for months, driven by soaring prices and increasingly aggressive efforts by resellers to sweep up tickets. Fans who strike out on the initial sale of seats to popular shows have found themselves confronting heart-stopping prices on hundreds of reseller sites -- often only minutes after promoters have posted "sold out" signs. Markups of as much as 10 times the face value are not uncommon for popular concerts, sporting events and Broadway shows.

Sufjan Stevens launches Christmas song exchange (NME)
MS: "Sufjan Sufjan's song becomes your song. You can hoard it for yourself, sell it to a major soft drink corporation, use it in your daughter's first Christmas video, or share it for free on your website. No one except Sufjan and you will hear his song, unless you decide otherwise. You get the song and all legal rights to it. We get the same rights to your song."

10 Things You Didn't Know About Chuck Prophet (Harp)
MS: 9) I get compared to Tom Petty a lot. It used to really bug me, but I’ve since made peace with the comparison. To be honest, as long as people aren’t implying that I look like a product of Florida incest, I consider it a great compliment.

DRM-free music boosts online album sales (Mac World)
MS: “The MP3 format is also good for the music industry as a whole. As physical sales on the high street and online continue to drop, it is vital that labels find a way to increase digital album sales to make up the shortfall. In order for music industry revenues to flourish again, all four majors need to get on board and make music available to the consumer in the format of their choice,”

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