Thursday, July 16, 2009

Music+Technology Briefs: G n' R Leaker, Drake, Chris Anderson, WOXY, Perez Hilton

+ A blogger who leaked tracks from Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy has been "sentenced to two months of home confinement and a year of parole for breaking copyright law." [via Pitchfork] Ryan Dombal asks the question that must be on everyone's mind:
If famed leaker Kevin Cogill knew that hardly anyone would care about Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy once it actually came out, would he have still illegally uploaded all those bloated insta-relics?
+ MTV is calling Drake's So Far Gone the "mixtape of 2009 so far based on the impact and quality." We agree. You can still download the release for free, and MTV asked the newly signed rapper if he regrets not putting it up for sale...
"Best I Ever Had" is doing amazing on iTunes. But [the mixtape] was an important moment for me. So no, I don't ever look at it and say, "I wish that was an album." It was important that it was a mixtape, 'cause if it was an album, I don't know if it would've had the same impact. I think the fact that I gave that for free, it was kind of brazen, like, "What? What do you have in your collection, in your catalog, to be able to throw this out there?" And just while we were creating it, it was all of us, you know? Me, 40, Oliver and everyone else involved. It was us, just having fun in a stress-free environment, because we knew we were going to give it away.
(Check out our feature on what indie bands can learn from Drake).

+ Speaking of "free," Chris Anderson - the debate-causing author of Free - recently had some words about record labels:
We wrongly correlated, or equated, the music industry with the record labels. It now turns out in fact that the labels are now the least important part. If you look at the rest of the industry now, from the bands to the fans from Apple to tour promoters, everyone’s doing OK, except for the labels. So there’s really nothing wrong with the music industry; we’re just redefining what it is.
[via Hypebot]

+ WOXY is moving from Cincinnati to Austin, while also launching on iPhone app. [via The OCMD]

+ Perez Hilton haz a record label, and will announce his first signing soon.

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