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Whitney Album Price Nearly Doubles on iTunes

Sony blamed for UK price hike, now reversed

(Newser) - On Saturday, a Whitney Houston greatest-hits album cost about $8 in the UK iTunes store; but shortly after the singer was found dead, it had jumped to a little more than $12.50. The changed sparked a customer uproar. "It is just a case of iTunes cashing in on... More »

Hackers Hit Sony Again

LulzSec claims new cyberattack

(Newser) - According to hacker group Lulz Security or LulzSec, the current score is "hackers 16, Sony 0." That's what the group posted yesterday after claiming to have staged the 16th recent cyberattack on the electronics company. LulzSec posted a file containing Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network source code,... More »

Beyoncé's Label Blocks Her YouTube Channel

For Sony, piracy is piracy no matter where

(Newser) - If you want to watch a Beyoncé video, one place you shouldn't be headed is Beyoncé's own YouTube channel. In an apparent piracy crackdown, Sony has blocked her videos; visit the channel and you're likely to see a message: “This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment, who... More »

Two-Disc Jackson Album Has New Song

Two-disc compilation will include one new song

(Newser) - The world hasn’t heard the last of Michael Jackson. On October 28, Sony Music will release This Is It, a two-disc compilation album tying into the upcoming Jackson documentary of the same name. The album will include one brand-new song—the title track—along with previously unreleased versions of... More »

Warner Music Pulls Videos From YouTube

Contract negotiations between firms stall

(Newser) - Warner Music ordered YouTube to remove all music videos by Warner artists today after talks to renew their licensing deal stalled, Reuters reports. The impasse could affect hundreds of thousands of video clips. The music group, home to artists such as Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is demanding... More »

Sony Goes Viral With 'Thriller'

New YouTube videos promote song's 25th anniversary

(Newser) - When Sony BMG wanted to work up some excitement for the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” a conventional campaign using the reclusive artist didn't look like a winner. So the label went the guerrilla route, staging “impromptu breakouts” of the "Thriller" zombie dance at... More »

MySpace Makes Music Overtures

Social networking site turns to recording labels in effort to broaden appeal

(Newser) - MySpace has spent the past few weeks approaching major record labels, trying to hammer out a deal for a new online music service, the Wall Street Journal reports. The deal—tentatively MySpace Music—would likely let users stream unlimited music for free, and buy downloads that could be played on... More »

Pepsi, Amazon Could Spark Digital Music Revolution

Promotion deal pushing music companies to switch to DRM-free MP3 format

(Newser) - Pepsi and Amazon aren’t music producers, but they may inspire large-scale changes in the industry, Reuters says. The two companies will launch a music download promotion of MP3 songs during the Super Bowl next year, a deal pushing music titans like Warner Music and Sony BMG to consider distributing... More »

New Trend May Have Fans Shout, 'I Want My ITV!'

'Interactive video' changing way users view music videos online, experts say

(Newser) - MTV just may become a thing of the past, thanks to a new wave sweeping the Net called “interactive video.” Encouraged by the popularity of music videos online, but frustrated by poor web quality, producers are allowing users to create their own video-viewing experience. Indie favorite Arcade Fire... More »

Sony Ericsson Hums New Tune

Under pressure from rivals, mobile phone maker plans new music portal

(Newser) - London mobile-phone maker Sony Ericsson has unveiled plans for its own online music store for computers and mobile phones. The service will roll out next spring, and claims it will add millions of new music tracks from major record labels. The move comes as Sony Ericsson is facing increasing competition... More »

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