MySpace slashes staff. News Corporation has slashed the staff of MySpace worldwide by a reported 50% and is closing all of its operations outside the United States. Staff in Sydney, were MySpace is HQ’d in Australia, were told this morning that they were out of work. MySpace CEO Mike Jones announced the cutbacks as a ‘significant organizational restructure’. About 500 employees of the worldwide 1,100 staff have been made redundant. Jones said the changes were to make a ‘clear path for sustained growth and profitability’. The Wall Street Journal, also a News Corp property, has reported that the company is planning to sell MySpace. The WSJ reported that Yahoo has been approached as a potential buyer. MySpace reported a loss of $165 million in the financial quarter ending September 30, 2010. News Corp bought the site for $580 million in 2005 but since then the rise of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has decimated the MySpace audience.
Supermodel Miranda Kerr Reveals Baby Bump. Miranda Kerr has revealed the proof of her pregnancy for the first time in a video to promote her new organic skincare line. The Australian supermodel, who recently married Orlando Bloom in a secret ceremony, unveils her tiny baby bump while she practices yoga in the video. Kerr, 27, announced last month that she is expecting her first child with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star. And although she’s already in her fourth month, her bump displays just a small rise from her diminutive figure. The video is for her organic skincare line Kora, in which she can be seen practicing yoga and speaking on her healthy lifestyle. The supermodel and the actor announced their engagement in June. A month later, they announced that they had married in “an intimate ceremony,” prompting speculations that they had speedy wedding because she was pregnant. In August, Kerr admitted to the Spanish edition of Vogue that she already is four months along.
Scarlett Johansson has bought a house in Louisiana . The actress and her husband Ryan Reynolds have splashed out on a modest two-storey property, which comes with spacious grounds and a number of outbuildings. The couple are said to be working on the colonial-style property at the moment, adding eco-friendly touches such as solar heating to the building and repairing damage including a rusty barn roof. Other famous faces who own property in Louisiana include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock. Scarlett and Ryan – who married in 2008 – recently put their four-bedroom Spanish style Los Angeles property up for sale for $4.5 million. The house – which the ‘Iron Man 2’ star paid $7 million for in 2007 – was built in 1931 and has been restored to its old style, as well as updated with eco-conscious upgrades such as solar electric. The home boasts five bathrooms, a pool and spa, chef’s kitchen with retro decor, a media room and gym room. This is not the first time Scarlett has faced a loss when selling a property. In April 2008, the ‘Lost In Translation’ actress sold her Manhattan loft apartment for $1.9 million – $52,000 less than she bought it for two years earlier.
At just 0.55-inch thick, the Nokia X6 features a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display, a 5 Megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash and 32GB internal storage. •It’s all about your music – the Nokia X6 has a superb quality music player and built-in FM radio. Listen over Bluetooth stereo audio with a compatible headset like the new Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-505 with its cool, sporty headband. Or plug your choice of headphones into the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Nokia Music Store is all yours – As a Comes With Music device, the Nokia X6 gives direct access to millions of tracks online. Download for free and yours to keep forever*. Stores thousands of tracks with 32GB out-of-the-box memory. 5 megapixel camera with Carl-Zeiss optics autofocus and dual LED flash for truly fantastic image quality. Customisable homescreen – add up to 20 shortcuts for one-touch access to Facebook, Nokia Music Store, Email, Contacts, Maps, Games – whatever you choose! Stroke-sensitive touch-screen interface – Nokia’s smoothest, slickest interface ever – with a 16:9 widescreen made specially to give the best photo and video viewing experience. Social networking – supports easy access to Facebook, Ovi, Windows Live!, Yahoo IM, RTVChannel, YouTube, MySpace and more. Brilliant web browsing – built-in Flash player and auto-landscape orientation means you really get the best out of online video and movies and live online television. 3 premium games on-board – Nokia X6 ships with Asphalt4 and DJ Mix Tour by Gameloft and Spore by EA. Nokia Maps – The Nokia X6 comes with A-GPS with compass and integrated Maps so you can find your way to friends and venues quickly and easily with turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation. Geo-tag your photos with Ovi to remember and share those great moments. Other Ovi services include push-email and IM with Nokia Messaging, N-gage games, downloadable Java applications and widgets, Ovi Contacts and Ovi Files for keeping your personal stuff safe and sound. Easy email – simple steps to set-up your email and combine multiple accounts into one inbox. Supports popular email clients such as Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail and most other POP3/IMAP email – plus a lifetime license for Nokia Messaging, Nokia’s mobile email and IM service. Video editing and sharing – includes video center and video editing plus support for online-share and TV-out. So, you can make your clips perfect, then upload them to your social network page or play to friends and family at home.
Fusing low-res electronic noise and pop hooks so effortlessly that it can seem accidental, Crystal Castles began as producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath’s solo project in late 2003. Kath got the moniker from the name of She-Ra’s dwelling in the -He-Man and -Masters of the Universe cartoon series; it’s also the name of a 1983 !Atari video game, which is oddly appropriate, considering that one component of the band’s distinctive sound comes from a keyboard modified with an !Atari 5200 sound chip. When Kath collaborated with singer Alice Glass on some songs in spring 2005, Crystal Castles’ lineup was complete. One of the songs the pair recorded, “Alice Practice,” was something of an accident: it was intended to be a demo of Glass testing out a microphone, but its presence on /MySpace piqued record labels’ interest. “Alice Practice” was released as a limited-edition 7″ in summer 2006 on Merok Records, also home to Klaxons; its 500-copy run sold out in three days. The duo worked on their own songs and also honed their remixing skills, tweaking songs for Klaxons as well as GoodBooks, Uffie, Health, and Bloc Party. Tours with the Presets and Metric in 2007 set the stage for the release of Crystal Castles’ self-titled debut album, which Last Gang released early in 2008. Crystal Castles set new album release date. Crystal Castles have revealed details of their new self-titled album. “Crystal Castles” is due for release on June 7th. Crystal Castles have sold over 200,000 copies of their uncompromising, independently-released debut album, which NME included in their “50 Best Albums of the Decade”. The antisocial duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass have created an unexpected level of excitement and cult loyalty, clocking up a staggering 50 million plays on MySpace and Lastfm and headlining sold out tours around the world. Produced by Ethan Kath, tracks were recorded and written in contrasting environments around the world, including a church in Iceland, a self-built cabin in Ontario, and a garage behind an abandoned convenience store in Detroit. The new LP will be preceded by a limited 12″ vinyl release of “Doe Deer” on Record Store Day, followed by the single “Celestica”.
Are you a Gleek? Fox’s Golden Globe-winning musical comedy “Glee” is holding a nationwide casting call for future cast members who can sing and dance like a true Gleek. Fans and wannabes who have the talent can try impressing the show’s producers by uploading their audition videos to casting call’s MySpace page (myspace.com/gleeauditions). They must first meet certain criteria if they want to catch the bosses’ attention. First, wannabes must be between the ages of 16 and 25 and must be passionate about the show. Also, make sure you can and are willing to be in Los Angeles from July 1. Only one video submission is allowed per person. The video should have a personal statement not exceeding one minute. The songs that the submitter may use for the audition are limited to the following:
•“And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” by Dreamgirls
•“Gold Digger” (Radio Version) by Kanye West
•“Rehab” by Amy Winehouse
•“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones
•“Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon
•“Don’t Rain On My Parade” by Barbra Streisand
•“Hate On Me” by Jill Scott
•“Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne
•“Lean On Me” by Bill Wither
•“True Colors” by Phil Collins
Last day of submissions is on April 26.
The Zoom In Online network is proud to announce the launch of WeAllMakeMusic.com, a website dedicated to providing musicians with information and content that will help them thrive in today’s uncertain music business. With the world’s biggest record label, EMI, nearly $2.4 billion in debt, and its three chief competitors, Sony, WMG, and Vivendi/Universal, all losing money, the record business is in the midst of a paradigmatic shift. Instead of one corporate entity handling every aspect of an artist’s career, from artist development to album distribution, new companies are springing up every day offering these individual services to musicians, creating both opportunity and confusion. We All Make Music will cater not only to the 240,000 professional musicians living in the United States, but also to the 65 million amateur ones trying to succeed on their own terms in the new millennium, delivering insights and information about how the music business is changing, and how to navigate those changes. The site’s content will be produced by a staff with a wide variety of perspectives: musicians, music magazine journalists, publicists, artist managers, venue owners and promoters. The site will feature do-it-yourself music making tips, stories of success from globally recognized artists and insiders, resources, research and news at the pulse of the music industry. “Music making has changed so dramatically in the new millennium,” said Mike Raffensperger, the site’s Managing Editor. “If you wanted to record a professional album ten years ago, it would require a room full of expensive equipment and highly trained engineers. Today you can achieve the same recording quality on a laptop bought from a retail store. The chance of being heard all over the world used to require the attention and support of a major record label and radio broadcasting companies. Today, you can reach the world stage on P2P networks, MySpace and Internet Radio selling your music directly through online retailers like iTunes. There has never been a better time in history to be a musician and we are excited to watch, and hopefully help, as the industry evolves.” We All Make Music is part of the Zoom In Online network, a production of Magnet Media, a company uniquely equipped to serve the evolving needs of today’s musicians. Magnet Media is a longstanding member of the music community, serving as an official ASCAP new media provider and creating the first external community site for Logic 8, Apple’s leading software suite for musicians. Additionally, the company’s acclaimed web video series, Rehearsal Space, explores the art and craft of music making through interviews with emerging artists and established icons like T-Pain, Erykah Badu, Ratatat, Kaki King, Anton Newcombe, We Are Scientists, One Republic, the Airborne Toxic Event, and Black Kids.
Justin Bieber would date a fan. The 16-year-old star – who is currently in the UK promoting ‘Baby’ the second single from his debut album ‘My World’ – admitted he would go out with one of his female admirers, but they’d have to make him laugh first. In a live MySpace chat, which can be seen at www.myspace.com/myspacetoday, he said: “It’s whatever the situation is, if it happens, it happens. I think that I’m not going to limit myself. “I look for a girl that can make me laugh, I like a girl that has a nice smile and nice eyes.’ The Canadian singer has had three girlfriends in his life but admits none of them have been ‘The One’. He said: “I haven’t been in love, not yet.’ The teen sensation also revealed 28-year-old singer Beyonce Knowles is his ideal woman because she is “super hot
MySpace is offering its users’ data to third parties who resell the content. The move by the company once regarded as the largest social networking phenomenon is a scenario privacy advocates have always feared. The data being sold includes any activity or information that is attached to a user’s account. Experts say that includes blog posts, location, photos, reviews, and status updates-among others. There is an untold amount of data and tracking that web analytics can provide about users and their online behavior for marketing purposes. MySpace, which has lost its dominance of the market share in recent years to rival Facebook, has contracted to have users’ data sold by a company called Infochimps for as little as $30. The openly advertised service gives industry insiders a glimpse at how eager the company is to raise cash and how eager some firms are to learn as much about you as possible. Infochimps, which has a revenue-sharing agreement with MySpace, is offering developers a pre-packaged version of MySpace’s Real Time Stream Feed as a value-added service. “Turning to selling off of data streams sounds like desperation to me,” Matthew Humphries wrote on geek.com. In a statement on Humphries’ post, MySpace defended its action, saying, “We have identified the need for third-party developers who can’t handle the size of our full feed to still have access to the data in a different format.” Infochimps, an Austin, TX start up, states on its website that the service is ”an open catalog and marketplace for the world’s data. You can share, sell, curate, and download data about anything and everything.” The revelation is a reminder that users of such social networking sites should read the site’s privacy agreement and realize that the data and information users submit belong to the site. In 2005 News Corporation purchased MySpace for $580 million
HIM stream album on myspace Finnish Love Metallers HIM are now streaming their seventh studio album Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice on their Myspace profile. The album, which was produced by Matt Squire (The Used, All Time Low, Saosin) was recently described by frontman Ville Valo as being “the most sexual album we’ve ever made”. Ville also added “I like the immediacy of it. There’s a lot of information put in short songs and they don’t let go. That was the whole vibe for me”. Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice will be hitting stores in the U.S. on February 9th.
The track listing is as follows:
1. In Venere Veritas
2. Scared to Death”
4. Dying Song
5. Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness)
6. Love, the Hardest Way
7. Katherine Wheel
8. In the Arms of Rain
9. Ode to Solitude
10. Shatter Me With Hope
11. Acoustic Funeral (For Love in Limbo)
12. Like St. Valentine
13. The Foreboding Sense of Impending Happiness
Myspace stream URL: http://www.myspace.com/heartagram
Muziic has launched a social music application for Facebook users. The application allows its users to share music videos, internet radio stations, albums and playlists. The application interface contains a search bar for users to input text. By typing an artist name or song title and clicking “Search”, Muziic returns results matching your query. If albums are available, Muziic displays album artwork followed by music and video results. VEVO music video content is also available in the application. The father-son company based out of Bettendorf, Iowa launched in February 2009 offering a desktop media player for Microsoft Windows. The software operates in similar manner to the Facebook application, giving its users the ability to find music and build playlists provided that an internet connection is present. “The launch of our Facebook app reflects a much larger endeavor on our part,” said David Nelson, Muziic’s CTO and Co-Founder. “and that is to bring the Muziic service to every avenue possible. Whether you’re on a mobile device, at your desktop computer, on Facebook or elsewhere, we want to bring the power of Muziic to you.”Mark Nelson, Muziic’s CEO, Co-Founder and father of David gives priority to making music social. “Without our fast-growing community of users, Muziic would not be here today. Our Facebook application helps bring music lovers together. Free music sharing is back, except this time, it’s legal.” said Mark.
Muziic, created by teen developer David Nelson, has built an iTunes-like interface on top of YouTube. The service enables users to stream YouTube’s music to their PCs without fiddling with videos. Users can build playlists and organize songs in a way similar to iTunes.
CNET blogger Matt Rosoff first wrote about the service and gave it a favorable review. “Any song that’s been uploaded to YouTube is available in Muziic,” Rosoff wrote. “This includes music unavailable on most commercial services, like the full Pink Floyd performance at Live 8 and Led Zeppelin’s one-off performance in 2007.”
I downloaded Muziic and this is a slick piece of software. Streamlining YouTube’s music experience is an idea that I suspect a lot of people have considered, and one that Universal Music Group appears to be pursing. Last week, CNET reported that the largest of the top four recording companies, is negotiating to create a premium music-video site in partnership with YouTube.
So, the Nelsons are to be congratulated for coming up with a great idea and developing a very cool service.
But here comes the cold water: this site has yet to receive the blessing of Google, the large recording companies or the scores of film and TV rights holders who filmed the many live performances on YouTube. I doubt these companies will welcome a service that makes it easy for users to avoid YouTube ads. They certainly won’t allow the Nelsons to profit without at least receiving compensation.
Representatives from Universal and Sony were not immediately available Sunday to comment, and EMI declined to comment. Warner Music’s library was removed from YouTube after the two sides failed to renegotiate a new licensing deal.
I spoke with Mark Nelson, David’s father, on Sunday morning. He said that they tried to contact YouTube when the site launched on February 25, but YouTube executives never responded. Mark also said he hasn’t spoken to the big music companies or other rights holders.
Mark, a machine worker for Alcoa, said he and David worked hard to ensure that the site complied with YouTube’s API. For example, YouTube requires videos play in any new app. So, the Nelsons inserted a tiny player in the interface. Will that satisfy YouTube? We’ll have to wait and see.
I hope for Mark and David’s sake there’s a happy ending to their story.
Other companies, a number too long to list here, have developed nifty music services only to see them fail when they couldn’t come to an agreement with the labels. The most famous was also developed by a teenager. If you listen to some in the music business, that site almost destroyed the industry.
The developer was Shawn Fanning and the site was Napster.
The good news is that the labels are much more willing than in the past to work with technologists. Often the solution is that the big recording companies will take an ownership stake in the start-up, like they did with MySpace Music.
“We have an open door policy to the labels,” Mark Nelson said. “We would love to talk to the labels. We’ve worked long and hard on this. We would hate to see YouTube or the labels shut us down.”
Liam is the X-factor this season on “90210″, I’m sure of it. In last season’s finale, he was calling all the shots with Naomi – dangerous drag races, car hood sex, and then sleeping with the “sis-emy” (Liam, you skank!). Then, in the final moments of the show, and in his own bed for a change, Liam was kidnapped. And whom did we meet during last week’s Season 2 premiere? A softer, more docile Liam, just out of military camp. Naomi, fresh from older-manville, admitted she wasn’t over him. Has he really been tamed, or is Liam just a caged tiger? Matt Lanter, who plays the jaded heartthrob, says we probably shouldn’t come to any conclusions about Liam just yet. “We’re actually not sure how it has affected him,” Continue reading →