While nearly every band in the world has a presence on MySpace, only a few of them are actually making money from the site. That may change with last week’s announcement that nearly all of the major labels have signed on for the social-networking site’s new MySpace Music initiative.
Artists will now be able to sell downloads, merchandise and concert tickets directly through their MySpace site. Details are still a bit sketchy, but we expect this deal to be a big winner for everybody involved.
And now, without further ado: here are a buncha links to kick off the week:
- Check out Dave Vann’s incredible photos of the Biscuits’ European tour
- Rick Roll$: Rick Astley makes bank off of YouTube prank
- Concert promoters square off over Chicago’s Uptown Theatre
- Stefani Scamardo talks to the Wall Street Journal about Gov’t Mule’s generous decision to provide health insurance for the band and crew
- New Orleans prepares for a return to Jazz Fest’s glory days
- Neddy and the LMB celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Island Tour
- Where will bands advertise in the post-Harp and No Depression world?
And finally, Perry Farrell has confirmed that the Lollapalooza lineup that Jim DeRogatis leaked on Friday was indeed correct. Farrell also took a shot at DeRo, who responds with a smackdown on his blog.
i don;t know if i’d really call DeRogatis’ response a ‘smackdown’
also, Perry’s shot at DeRogatis was basically a “keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer” type of thing.
Respecting DeRogatis, I really don’t understand why he would leak this stuff. He’s biting the hand that feeds him there.
despite his and Perry’s previous tifts, I still don’t understand the rationale in releasing this lineup.
Isn’t it a journalist’s job to uncover the lineup as quickly as possible? Lolla is a big story in Chicago, why should he hold off?