Second-tier social network Bebo and innovative fan-funding mechanic Slicethepie have got together to offer an attractive proposition for both Bebo users and bands using the Slicethepie service.
Slicethepie works by crowd-sourcing the A&R process, something that I strongly advocated in my series of posts on innovating digital music. People can invest in bands, and once a band has enough to make an album, any investors get a share of the revenues from selling that album, as well as a credit .
The partnership means that Bebo users will be able to review and rate content on the service, and will be paid a small fee for doing so. Bands that get financed via the Bebo showcase will gain a promotional package that Bebo claims is worth £50k, that'll include an album launch party, promotion on the Bebo homepage, and exposure to major label A&Rs.
The first "Scout Room" on Bebo will go live this month, so if you're in a band, it's definitely worth a look. Just make sure you've got a strong presence on Bebo too. What does Bebo get out of it? More bands on a service that's struggling to compete with Myspace, let alone Facebook's dominance of the sector.
Live music fans have a tough time of it. You've got to contend with awful ticket agencies, heavyhanded security, and crap listings services, and even when you get inside there's always the risk that you'll be stood in front of some drunk idiot who'll hurl abuse and beer at the band throughout the show, ruining your enjoyment.
Well, music fans, there's a new website that aims to solve at least one of those problems. That of the rubbish listings services. Gigjunkie.net is a "the UK's definitive and independent Gig Listing". It aggregates data from loads of sources, and then allows fans, venues and bands to add anything extra.
Quick recap for those of you not familiar with Slicethepie: it's a site where you can invest in bands. Artists upload tracks, reviewers get paid to review them, and the highest-rated artists go through to a 'showcase' where anyone can 'invest' in the band.
When the investment reaches a certain level, the band go to a studio and make an album. In return for investing in an artist, you get free tracks, as well as a share of their album's commercial success. It's a simple concept, and a great alternative to the traditional 'try and get signed' approach for bands.
Newly launched Musebin seems to fancy itself as a Twitter rival, targeting the music-blogging scene with its angle of one-line music reviews.
As well as the idea of a limited 140-word verbal workspace, Musebin rips-off another popular internet thing - voting. The community can give every post a Yay or Nay, ensuring that spam and nonsense is swiftly voted...
Here's the latest in our Which Tech Are You? series. DAB radios are cheaper now than they've ever been. If you've just got one, however, then you might be overwhelmed by choice. There are so many stations! Which do you listen to? Not 4music, for starters.
Calm down young one. Tech Digest is here to help. Just click "read more" below, pick your favourite band in each of ten rounds and based on your answers, we'll suggest which station you should try out. Aren't we nice?
Searching for another reason to justify the squillion pounds Led Zeppelin will be charging per ticket for their reunion show? How about the fact that they're supporting unsigned bands by looking on Ziddio.com for the perfect acts to play at their after-party gig?
Any bands confident in impressing...
Someone get Rupert Murdoch on the phone quick-smart! It appears that the Facebook application iLike has surpassed MySpace in regards to the number of fans/friends individual musicians have.
By far the most popular application on the social-networking site, iLike has eight million users on Facebook, with about 10% of that number using the application each day. Artists such as Kayne West and Nickelback reportedly have a vast...
We often credit (and drool at) Japan with having the most advanced technology, and bemoaning the lack of such gadgetry in the UK, but you don't have to look so far away to find cutting edge technology and services.
Manx Telecom, which serves the Isle of Man, has just launched a converged content delivery service called Mobile Downloads, which will enable its 75,000-strong subscriber base to purchase, download, and consume music from both mobile devices and PCs, thanks to the new iO Mobile Experience Platform.
Manx claims to be the first operator in the world to deliver such a service from iO global, having also credited as the first in the world to launch a 3.5G mobile service.
If you're in a young, thrusting band, you've probably already got a MySpace page (and if not, why the hell not?) But up until now, attracting the attention of a label has still involved packaging up dozens of demo CDs and sending them off to A&R folk, who then use them as coffee holders. Allegedly.