VirginÂ has signed Australian alternative act Sick Puppies. The video
‘All the Same’ created a viral buzz that resulted in 9 Million+ views to date and a record deal. Is the concept of the video a smash? or is theÂ song a smash? Check them out on myspace, the rest of the material is pretty good, especially My World. If you want to be rock band, you need to write songs like My World.
In other news…….
Spiral Frog an ad-supported music service that caused a media frenzy may be falling apart. The CEO along with 6 other employees were fired. Sprial Frog was backed by Universal. According to the Times ‘A lack of deals with other major record labels, as well as a shortage of cash, may have been reasons why Mr Kent, the former chief executive of Universal McGann, the advertising agency, had been asked to leave.
Be sure to attend BMI New Music Nights at Arlene Grocery January 31st. BMI is a performing rights society that is known to break new artists.
Check out the act Kill The Alarm (KTA) fronted by New Jersey native, Garen Gueyikian. An edgy mix between Green Day and Matchbox 20, Kill The Alarm has created a solid buzz in New York City, helping them sell out their CD Release Party weeks in advance. Within the past month KTA has been featured at the top of Purevolume, YouTube, and Alternative Addiction and has quickly begun to attract label interest.
Produced by Jon Kaplan (Lola Ray, The Damnwells, Gavin Degraw), their debut album, “Fire Away,” is filled with hits.
Kill The Alarm just sold out NYC 2/17 at Arleneâ€™s Grocery and is playing again on 2/25 at BB Kingâ€™s followed by an extensive northeast tour this spring.
Check out the tracks
For more information contact Veken Gueyikian.
XM Satellite must defend a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by record labels owned by Sony BMG Music and EMI, a judge ruled. The suit is over an XM service that allows users to download libraries of songs. Once you download the songs, you will never need to purchase these songs from labels.
U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts in New York today turned aside XM’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, which accuses XM of copyright infringement and seeks undetermined monetary damages. She disagreed with XM’s argument that the service is akin to a traditional cassette player. (reporting by Cecile Daurat)
Check out new music from alternative rock act Copper hailing from TN. In 2005 Copper was selected from 3000 participants as the winner of J. D’Addario/Guitar.com/FUSE Were Listening contest. Epic flew out last night to catch the performance at Blue Cat (TN). Check out the trackÂ Broken SkyÂ .Â For more information contact Dan Friedman