Here’s a roundup of stories from the music biz this week that caught my eye:

Last.fm has made the leap from pure digital play to terrestrial broadcast radio outlet in 4 cities. From FMQB:

CBS Interactive Music Group officially launched Last.fm Discover, its new streaming and HD radio station dedicated to and influenced by the music discovery site Last.fm. Announced last month, the station is available on Last.fm, CBS Radio’s streaming platform, on various mobile devices and on HD Radio through AC WWFS (Fresh 102.7)/New York at 102.7 HD-2, Adult Hits KCBS (Jack FM)/Los Angeles at 93.1 HD-2, Triple A WXRT/Chicago at 93.1 HD-3 and Modern Rock KITS (Live 105)/San Francisco at 105.3 HD-3.

HP has unveiled a new notebook computer that was designed bu Interscope Founder and Chairman Jimmy Iovine and the legendary Dr. Dre to be used for music production. The HP ENVY 15 Beats edition is tailored for music producers, DJs and musicians, From Billboard.biz:

Heralding the arrival of “a new benchmark in sound for the PC,” Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine — together with legendary producer Dr. Dre and HP — unveiled the HP ENVY 15 Beats limited edition notebook PC. Launching in the United States on Oct. 22, the newest addition to HP’s flagship ENVY line was revealed during a press conference today (Oct. 9) at Interscope’s Thom Thom Club in Santa Monica, Calif.

In addition to Dr. Dre, Iovine noted that several of the industry’s prominent producers — including will.i.am, Kanye West, Pharrell, Timbaland and Polow da Don — helped HP engineers fine-tune the project.

“The laptop is the new stereo and that’s why we’re putting out this computer with incredible sound,” Dr. Dre said.

SCORPIONS Frontman Part Of Campaign For Climate Justice. From Blabbermouth.net:

Vocalist Klaus Meine of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS is one of 55 world celebrities who have joined in recording a song to draw attention to the global warming crisis. The track is part of a mass media campaign on the threats of climate change organized by the Geneva-basedGlobal Humanitarian Forum, headed by former UN secretary generalKofi Annan.

The song entitled “Beds Are Burning”, which was originally recorded by the Australian group MIDNIGHT OIL in the 1980s, can be downloaded from the Internet for free at this location. It can also be heard in theYouTube clip below.

Meine can be heard/seen around the 2:08 mark below.

Apple this week released iTunes version 9 with some new features. Beginning with the new iTunes LP format for purchasing your favorite albums with enhanced features such as deluxe album artwork, interviews, visualizers and more. Unfortunately, don’t look for your favorite indie artists anytime soon. Engadget is reporting that Apple is charging the major labels $10,000 to setup their releases in the new ITLP format.

That’s it for me this week. I’ll be back next week with more music biz news and opinion.
Joh Padgett

Joh Padgett

I do the music column on Saturdays and the Primordial Grooves playlist on The Seminal blog on Sundays. I also own Layman Media, a social media production company in Indianapolis and I love cheese.

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