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New RecordComplete article
By David Gee
(Photo by Tate Carlson)
Panacea3 is comprised of young professionals/musicians determined to turn the dismal state of the music industry and general economy into an opportunity, not a roadblock. Company founder, drummer, producer and Berklee School of Music grad Andrew Linde says the venture is a vehicle to transform hobby into career while maintaining creative control and feeling good about their revenue streams as artists. Right now, the label consists of one artist (his group) as the flagship/guinea pig. As the strategies become tested and more refined, he says they will expand to work with more artists
Thanks to Mind Booster Noori for bringing this to my attention.
Interesting report in Billboard that Nellie Furtado, a singer signed to frequent RIAA plaintiff Interscope Records, has gone into competition with her label, launching her own "indie" record label:
Nelly Furtado Launches Indie LabelComplete article
March 16, 2009 06:00 AM ET
Cortney Harding, N.Y.
Pop star Nelly Furtado is not the first major-label musician to start her own label, but she is one of the few to do it with an indie. Furtado is launching Nelstar in cooperation with the Canadian independent label group Last Gang Labels.
The Toronto-based electro-dance band Fritz Helder & the Phantoms is the first act signed to Nelstar and will release its debut album July 7.
"Nelly just wasn't that interested in doing a OneRepublic/Timbaland type of thing," says Chris Taylor, president of Last Gang and Furtado's longtime attorney. "She's an independent spirit, and she wants to make sure we build the band at the right pace. It's also very important to launch a band with indie branding behind them and be able to build them brick by brick."
Taylor points out that Furtado has close ties to the band, noting that two members are her backup dancers.
Furtado says she never considered introducing the Nelstar imprint via her label, Interscope.....
"....When you are a new band and you sign to a major, you get thrown to the fire."
As his former Microsoft colleagues work to get Windows 7 out the door, Jim Allchin is getting ready for a new release of his own. The longtime Windows chief, who retired after Vista's debut, sings and displays his considerable guitar skills on "Enigma," a new solo CD scheduled to debut next month. Amazon is already taking preorders.
To get a sense for Allchin's talent on the guitar, check out "Kick It," the last track on this sample page. Allchin's site also has an interesting biography in the style of VH1's "Behind the Music," tracking his life from its modest origins on a Florida orange grove through college to Microsoft and beyond. There's even a fun, Rick Springfield-style photo (below) among his press images.
"Enigma" incorporates a wide range of styles, but one reference on the Web site shows that Allchin applied to the album a level of discipline that the Windows team, under his leadership, struggled to achieve at times during the Vista development process: "To avoid even more diversity several songs were eventually removed from the CD because they included even more styles," the site says.
The tracks removed "will show up on the next CD for sure," the site says.
Allchin's longtime passion for the guitar was well-known during his time at the company, so his musical turn isn't a surprise. He has stayed in the news since his Microsoft departure because of a series of emails disclosed in lawsuits against the company, showing him writing candidly about about Apple and the Windows Vista Capable program, among other topics.
So what's with the album title? Appropriately enough, it appears to be based at least in part on computer science.
Enigma Machine is the name of the first track. "Enigma Machines were early encoders/decoders for cryptography," Allchin explains on his site. "They had many rotors and the guitar sound in this song reminds me of this amazing device as well as the intensity of the search for an answer to some puzzle."
Our Cyber PR Holiday Fundraiser for 2008 was a success! The goal of the Cyber PR Campaign was to bring musicians to make a difference. Because of our participants we were able to raise a total of $850 for charity!
Here are our prize winners:
Silver Tinsel Winner
Andrew Hand - Charity: World Hunger Year & Musicians on Call
Raising $125 they will be receiving a copy of my brand-new Sound Advice DVD featuring Derek Sivers – 82 minutes of our best marketing and PR tips.
Sparkly Lights Winner
Tom St. Louis- Charity: Sleeping Children Around the World
Raising $300 they will receive my “Music Success In 9 Weeks” book and the Sound Advice DVD, plus they will get full access to my closed private online Mastermind website for life.
And our Grand Prize Winner who raised the most was:
Jana Mashonee - Charity: Jana’s Kids
She will receive the Sparkly Lights prize package of Raising a whopping $425 she will receive my “Music Success In 9 Weeks” book and the Sound Advice DVD, plus get full access to my closed private online Mastermind website for life. We will also send her my Musicians Web 2.0 Boot Camp.
We would like to send a big THANK YOU to all of our participants including those who helped promote the fundraiser!