Since he can and has summed up it perfectly well, you should see Greg Sandoval’s CNet article about how Google is becoming a music contender. He wisely notes not only how well positioned the company is now (especially with YouTube) but also the possible pitfalls that are coming up for them (fighting with Warner Bros) and the fact that the big labels don’t want Google to get too powerful, otherwise they’ll be in the same situation with Apple (which up until now could dictate to the labels about how to sell music).
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Veteran mashups artists the Bran Flakes are releasing their first album in six years on Illegal Art, which has put out the past few Girl Talk efforts. They are back to their wacky pop culture tricks on I Have Hands with a mashup of Dolly Parton on “Stumble Out of Bed” from her song “9 to 5” blended with bits from Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and the Osmonds.
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“Stumble Out of Bed” [MP3]
“What It’s All About” [MP3]
Oasis’ latest video off last year’s Dig Out Your Soul is something of an aural departure for the Mancunian rockers. The mood is darkly breezy with a dancey undercurrent. Noel Gallagher sings this one and his rather more reserved vocals—compared to his brother Liam—suit the vibe here. The video was directed by Wiz and kicks off to the strains of Elgar’s “Land of Hope and Glory”—perhaps more of a British anthem than even “God Save the Queen”—before squiggly electronics emerge and song proper kicks off and depicts life in the aristocratic spotlight.
India.Arie’s fourth album, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, comes out next Tuesday. The slow and sultry “Chocolate High” is the first single and features Musiq Soulchild. Perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day just around the corner.
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