U2 Live From the Rose Bowl

Its been a pretty active week for the music business, especially in the online space where several moves were made this week by the likes of Google, MySpace, Facebook and even YouTube is pairing up with U2 for a special event.

myspaceMySpace unveiled a new set of features for users and musicians using the MySpace Music service. New to the service are enhanced features including the addition of a music video hub, the ability to purchase tracks through iTunes, and an artist metrics and analytics tool. More from Billboard.biz

In addition to the new enhancements to MySpace Music, a new program was announced called “Introducing” that will lend a variety of online and offline marketing help to 5 new artists every 3 months. From Billboard.biz:

Acts selected to participate will benefit from a variety of promotional assistance both online and offline. This includes premiering new music on the MySpace Music homepage, featuring playlists created by participating artists, video premiers, behind-the-scene footage and interviews, MySpace Secret Shows, and a special Introducing page on MySpace dedicated to whatever artists are being highlighted at the time.

MySpace rival Facebook announced this week that it will soon begin offering music tracks for sale as gifts in the gift shop to give to frineds on Facebook. The service will be powered by the music service LaLa. From Billboard.biz:

Facebook revealed details on the broader gifting program on its blog late Wednesday afternoon. In addition to music, Facebook users can gift charity donations, e-cards and other things. A company spokeswoman said it looked at a number of digital music providers, but ultimately settled on Lala. It’s possible other music services may be involved in the future, but there are no immediate plans for including them.

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The UK’s leading financial newspaper Financial Times editorialized on the LiveNation-Ticketmaster merger I mentioned in a previous column. Billboard.biz highlighted the editorial from Wednesday’s edition of the Financial Times:

The Financial Times weighed in on the proposed TicketMaster-Live Nation merger with an op-ed on Wednesday. Calling it “an overmighty duo,” the FT argued the U.S. Department of Justice “should not let the deal survive as it is” and seconded the UK Competition Commission’s claim that a merger company would “severely inhibit” a serious new rival from competing in the U.K. ticketing market. The FT all but shrugged at the prospect of unfair competition due to vertical integration. Instead, it focused on competition in ticketing and the likely impact the merger would have on ticket prices.


Google is making it easier to find music online by partnering with the recent MySpace acquisition iLike and social music startup LaLa who has been on a partnership spree of late to allow Google users searching for music to sample results found in their databases. Links to purchase the tracks on both services as well as iTunes and the Amazon MP3 Store along with information about the musicians being searched will be included. The service is expected to launch next Wednesday simply by searching your nearest Google search box for your favorite musician or song title.

And finally, in an announcement made to their fans, U2 announced they will be streaming their Rose Bowl concert this Sunday live on their official U2 YouTube Channel. My friend Dan is going to be at the show and I guess I will have the chance to go with him from my living room after all! I love the Internet, an event like this kinda makes up for all teh stoopidz from the wingnuts.

U2 Live From the Rose Bowl

Its been a pretty active week for the music business, especially in the online space where several moves were made this week by the likes of Google, MySpace, Facebook and even YouTube is pairing up with U2 for a special event. (more…)

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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