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Tuesday Ten: (Throw)back To School Playlist


Let’s not beat around the bush here—learning is cool, but school is usually much less cool. Thankfully, your homework pile will never be taller than your stack of records, and the right song can help you get through even the most impossible assignments. We asked our writers to share their favorite songs from their first year of college, high school, middle school, or elementary school for a special back to school playlist in this week’s Tuesday Ten.

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Lady Gaga sale a $3.2M ad campaign for Amazon Cloud Player


Christmas came early for Lady Gaga fans this week, as Amazon sold downloads of the singer’s brand-new LP, “Born This Way,” for just 99 cents on Monday and Thursday of this week.

Industry sources told Billboard on Friday that Amazon sold some 440,000 downloads of the album – nearly all of which were the 99-cent version. Billboard will include the count normally for their weekly Billboard 200 chart.

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Amazon cloud player irks label execs


A new Amazon.com Inc service that lets customers store songs and play them on a variety of phones and computers is facing a backlash from the music industry that could ignite a legal battle. Amazon’s Cloud Drive, announced on Tuesday, allows customers to store about 1,000 songs on the company’s Web servers for free instead of their own hard drives and play them over an Internet connection directly from Web browsers and on phones running Google Inc’s Android software. Sony Music, home to artists such as Shakira and Kings of Leon, was upset by Amazon’s decision to launch the service… Read more »

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First Person w/ Josh Madden episode 3 playlist


Episode 3 playlist for First Person w/ Josh Madden: The Virgins – Hey Hey Girl Surfer Blood – Twin Peaks Dinosaur Feathers – Family Waves Surf City – Records of a Flagpole Skater Freelance Whales – Kilojoules Miniature Tigers – Like or Like Like Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La Cults – Most Wanted Moring Benders – Excuses Oberhofer – oOOOoOOOo The Soft Pack – C’Mon French Miami – Science Fiction Casper Bangs – The Other Half Benji Ferree – Blown Out J Roddy – Brave Man’s Death First Person airs every Thursday night at 8pm EST on idobi… Read more »

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Microsoft, labels cling to music subscriptions


For anybody wondering why Microsoft and the top record labels continue to promote subscription music services, the answer was revealed Thursday. David Ring, executive vice president of business development for Universal Music Group’s digital arm, said at the EconMusic Conference that the recording industry simply can’t sustain itself with download sales alone. “If what we’re trying to do is one-by-one downloads…that’s not a business that can grow,” Ring told conference attendees during panel discussion he participated in. “It won’t be healthy for the industry.” Prior to Ring’s statement, Chris Stephenson, an executive in Microsoft’s entertainment unit, was ballyhooing the progress… Read more »

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Zune player about to become extinct?


The Zune, Microsoft’s portable music player that attempted to wrestle away some of Apple’s digital music dominance, may be ready to “throw in the towel.” The Financial Times spoke to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who said the company might discontinue the device after it failed to achieve a fraction of the popularity the iPod has attained. Instead, Bill Gates and co. will focus on developing a “general purpose” device, kind of like an iPhone or that Blackberry we see so many commercials for. The Zune arrived with high hopes in November 2006, boasting Wi-Fi capability and FM radio –… Read more »

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Play-along video game genre amps up music industry


Tapping on fake instruments and screeching into microphones connected to video game consoles has become lucrative for both the music and gaming industries. Downloadable tunes for music-based games “Guitar Hero,” “Rock Band” and “SingStar” have become as vital as iTunes itself – and one of the last ways to expose youngsters to classic rock. The genre will evolve again later this month when game publisher Activision and developer Neversoft release “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith,” the first such play-along rhythm game pegged to one music group, instead of featuring a multi-artist compilation more akin to one of those “Now That’s What I… Read more »

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EMI Say Coldplay, Gorillaz Responsible For Declining Profits


We know Coldplay are capable of wooing Gwyneth Paltrow, creating a media circus in Toronto and selling out concert halls in a matter of seconds. But it turns out the British softies are also responsible for a declining profit from EMI Group, their record company. Reuters reports British-based EMI, the world’s third-largest music company, said its full-year profit fell after delays in two key albums from Coldplay and the animated band Gorillaz. According to The New York Daily News, EMI’s stock plummeted 16 per cent in one day when the company announced the latest releases by Coldplay and Gorillaz would… Read more »

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Download Deals Play Music Videos


Los Angeles – Fans will be able to build libraries of their favorite music videos because of deals set to be announced Wednesday (March 16) involving digital entertainment companies CinemaNow and MediaPass Network. CinemaNow announced agreements with Warner Music Group, Epitaph Records and TVT Records to sell music videos on a download-to-own basis. This marks the first time music videos will be made available specifically for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile-based secure devices, a category that includes Portable Media Centers, Pocket PCs and Smartphones from many different manufacturers. The videos also can be viewed on PCs and laptops. The company is set… Read more »

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Microsoft Launches Online Music Store


Microsoft Corp. launched a new online store for music downloads on Wednesday, taking direct aim at Apple Computer Inc.’s popular iTunes music service. MSN Music, which is aimed at luring more users to the world’s largest software maker’s online service, launched in beta, or test mode, offering songs for download at 99 cents each, the same price as Apple’s online store. Users can access MSN Music from a browser as well as a brand new version of the Windows Media Player that also was unveiled. “We believe we’ve built a better service than the Apple service,” Yusuf Mehdi, MSN vice… Read more »

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