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Getting into retail

Bright Shining Star by Humphreys & Keen You could reasonably argue that there have been better times to get into music retail. All the same, I’ve taken a very small step towards that this week on behalf of some New Zealand friends of mine who have recorded...

Death and resurrection

A quick tour around Real Groovy Records, Auckland Record stores have interested me quite a lot recently. My local independent record store here in Birmingham closed down last weekend while I was away in New Zealand, so to commemorate that fact, I visited a couple of...

Audiolife

The Audiolife platform allows artists to: • Create their own virtual store with an unlimited number of downloads, ringtones, CDs and merchandise items. • Sell directly to fans on any website, blog or social network on the web. • Have one central place to design custom...

Why give music away for free?

I had an email from a musician today who said he was struggling a little with the idea of giving away mp3s. It’s a really common issue, and so I thought I’d share my response. 1) You’re not giving away music, you’re giving away RECORDINGS of...

A Long Tail British Christmas

I don’t normally report the music industry news on New Music Strategies. I have the Newswire for that – and there are other people who do it way better. I generally keep to ways in which independent musicians and music businesses can capitalise on the...

Shockhound

Shockhound is part mp3 retail site, part online pop culture magazine. They sell merchandise as well as tunes, but the core of the site is content-driven. Interviews and features have an alternative rock slant in line with the site’s connection with alternative...