Industry News: April

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Kathryn E. Darden
Apr 7, 2008

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MySpace Venture to Impact Music Industry

MySpace, the biggest online social network, and three of the world�s largest music companies, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group, last week announced the formation of a landmark joint venture, MySpace Music. The service will offer DRM-free downloads, free audio and video streaming supported by advertising, and a mobile storefront powered by Jamba (owned by sister company Fox Mobile Entertainment). MySpace members will have the ability to personalize all their music content, from creating playlists to personalized storefronts, and stream songs in full from their profiles, as well as place links to buy tracks from their favorite artists. Artists can use their profile pages to sell downloads directly, as well as sell ringtones, wallpaper images, concert tickets and merchandise.

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Brainwave Studios Launches Kid-safe Music-driven Virtual World

Franktown Rocks (www.franktownrocks.com), a new music-driven virtual world for kids, is aimed at ages 6-12 and based in the mythical city of Franktown (based loosely on historic Franklin, TN). Brought to kids by Brainwave Studios, the site includes music-based games, virtual instruments that kids can play and customize, a recording studio where kids can mix music, a customizable music player, and even real video music lessons. �This certainly isn�t anything like a classical music education,� explains Rob Solberg, Brainwave Studios CEO. �But what we want to do is use this virtual world to expose kids to music and the arts in a significant way.� The official launch is Apr. 15. Visit www.franktownrocks.com.

4/1/1 GMA Announces 2008 Radio Stations of the Year

The Gospel Music Assoc. (GMA) announced the recipients of awards in the 2008 GMA/Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) Radio Station of the Year contest. The radio station awards are presented to those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas. Awards are given to major, large, medium and small market stations.Winners are: small market, KLRC, Fayetteville, AR; medium market KTSY, Boise, ID; large market, WPOZ, Orlando, FL; major market, KSBJ, Houston, TX. They will be acknowledged during the Dove Awards, to be held April 23, 2008, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN.



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