Friday #musicwrap: Legal woes, interactive vids and the loss of great talent…

29 Jul

Friday #musicwrapThis week has seen so much – legal drama, Google music video (really?), and the loss of a great talent. Here is the good, the bad and the woeful in this week’s #musicwrap.

Legal Woes

Oh Spotify. Of course you’re awesomeness is going to be challenged by those in the industry. Spotify has come out with a program combining features from iTunes and Rhapsody with those of Napster. What does this mean? It means for $10/month, you can download all the music to your heart’s content for three computers without internet connection. No individual song purchases. No worry about whether the download quality is going to be iffy. Once your subscription is over, the music disappears back into the library it came from, just like with the other services. So what’s with the legal drama? Apparently, the music-streaming service is facing patent-infringement. In the article from TechTalk, a software company by the name of PacketVideo filed a suit against the UK-based company, claiming that they “violated a patent for distribution of music in digital form. There are quite a few companies that fall into this infringement suit, and with how popular Spotify is, keep your eye out for more legal drama to ensue.

Ninja-Like Skills

Leave it to the Biebs to try to sneak out of a concert. Justin Bieber, for some reason a favorite in these weekly posts, has been oh-so-supportive of his girlfriend, Selena Gomez. With the kick-off of her tour in Boca Raton, Fla., it was no surprise that Bieber would be there. He watched from backstage as his girlfriend performed, before tip-toeing out with his buddy Sean Kingston. They weren’t sneaky enough, however, being snapped by the paparazzi as they entered their secret van!

Google + HTML5 + OK Go

The opener for this article is priceless: “Oh, hi there, spandex-clad crotches.” The article from ADFREAK  talks about OK Go’s newest music video masterpiece, partnering up with Pilobolus and HTML5 to create an interactive video produced by Google. Really, the only one key word missing in their is Facebook.  The video is embedded into the article, but the more “interactive” version can be found at However, this version must be viewed in Google Chrome. For those that don’t have the browser, here is the video. Do you like it?

In Fond Memory

Amy Winehouse, the young singer who sang as if she had a soul from the 60s, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011. At the young age of 27, Winehouse had released only two albums, both nominated for numerous awards. Her second album, Back to Black, won five awards, making Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys. Amidst her turbulent lifestyle, Winehouse was known for her deep vocals and her mix of R&B, soul and jazz. She was an inspiration to many and will be deeply missed by the music community.

#musicwrap Honorable Mentions

Lady Gaga takes over Hollywood BoulevardBecause what #musicwrap wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Gaga?
50 Indie music stores write a letterA strongly worded letter to some famous rappers!
Musicians help rebuild a music storeThe store that was wiped out by a May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri gets rebuilt with the help from some famous friends.

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