Thursday, July 23, 2009
Following on the sucess of its Music PR services, Mi2N announced the launch of PR URBAN, a new urban-specific press release distribution service targeted towards the Rap/Hip Hop, R&B and Soul communities and tastemakers across the internet. The service is available through Mi2N's urban newswire UM2N (Urban Music Net News) in conjunction with a free submission option.
Offered at an introductory price of $89.95, PR URBAN will provide targeted press release exposure, including 150 minimum guaranteed online placements:
* Press release distribution to 30 urban-type eGroups, blog communities & online forums (such as Yahoo! Groups, MySpace, last.fm and imeem, among others)
* Press release distribution to an additional 55 general-music eGroups, blog communities & online forums
* Press release distribution to over 35 Mi2N Syndicated Newswires
* Press release distribution to 30 MusicDish-branded profiles & blogs
* Featured on UM2N homepage & newsletter
* One banner advertisment in UM2N newsletter
* Two advertisments in Mi2N newsletters
* Mi2N.com homepage listing
"We developed Mi2N PR services because we felt there needed to be a new approach to PR distribution leveraging saturated marketing while targeting niche music communities," said Eric de Fontenay. "PR URBAN is a simply a logical extension of this strategy where we felt the market was particularly underserved."
Ideal for artists and labels, as well as supporting promoters and agencies, Mi2N Music PR service provides guaranteed press release placements through a network of newswires, eGroups, blog communities, boards and forums. In addition to guaranteed PR placement, the packages provide exposure through the Mi2N website and daily newsletters sent to over 25,000 music professionals across the globe.
MusicDish, LLC has been at the forefront of the digital music sector, publishing some of the industry's leading music magazine, including MusicDish and Mi2N. Through the MusicDish Network, it supports the development of artists and labels through saturated marketing and online artist development.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Kerchoonz Social Network And Streaming Service Signs Key Independent Labels: 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings
Social Networking and music streaming site Kerchoonz announced an agreement with Europe's largest independent music label group, Beggars Group. The deal will allow users of Kerchoonz free access to around 20,000 tracks from Beggars' significant catalogue. Beggars Group represents the labels XL Recordings, Rough Trade, Matador, and 4AD and whose acts include a diverse selection of award winning artists such as Bon Iver, Jarvis Cocker, Vampire Weekend, British Sea Power, Cat Power, TV On The Radio and Grammy Award Winning 'Adele' to name but a few.
The agreement with the label group represents a major boost to Kerchoonz growing catalogue of top-notch independent music. The Beggars Group catalogue will be available on demand and for free through Kerchoonz ad-funded model that allows labels and musicians to be paid for their media streams. The deal includes music from all labels and artists. Fans will be able to stream and build music playlists and interact with the artist's through the Kerchoonz.com social networking portal.
"This deal will allow us to provide an even broader selection of great independent music for all music lovers." says Indiana Gregg, co-founder of Kerchoonz. "We are honored to be working with the Beggars Group and look forward to doing our part to help grow their digital business."
"It really is a pleasure to welcome the Beggars Group to Kerchoonz," says Ian Morrow, director, "The depth of talent and quality in their repetoire and commitment to the independent music scene, really is second to none."
"We're committed to making our catalogue available through as wide a range of services as possible" says Simon Wheeler, director of Beggars, "Kerchoonz was constructed with artists rights in mind and they are exactly the kind of company which the industry should support"
Kerchoonz, founded by Indiana Gregg and Ian Morrow in 2008, is a forward thinking, multi-media company conceived to help level the playing field for artistic people through the democratizing power of the internet and freedom of choice for the artists and the public.
Kerchoonz.com is a social networking platform that allows free exchange of music, art, ideas and entertainment. It enables fans to search and discover new music, play games, meet people, watch and upload video, keep up with news, post blogs, and a whole lot more. It is an ad-funded model that allows artists and musicians to be paid for their audio and video streams.
In 2009, the labels that form the group are 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records and XL Recordings. Artists currently working with the above labels include Adele, Anthony & The Johnsons, Atlas Sound, Basement Jaxx, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Beirut, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, The Breeders, Cat Power, Jarvis Cocker, Dizzee Rascal, The Hold Steady, Jay Reatard, Mogwai, M.I.A., My Morning Jacket, The National, The Raconteurs, Scott Walker, Sigur Rσs, The Strokes, Stereolab, Super Furry Animals, Thom Yorke, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Voxtrot, The White Stripes and Yo La Tengo.
Americana-rock recording artist Amy Speace will be opening for highly influential British rock vocalist and songwriter Ian Hunter. The show, being held at NYC's City Winery on Thursday, July 23 at 9:00 PM, follows the release of Ian's new solo album, Man Overboard on July 21st.
Thursday, July 23 - 9:00pm
155 Varick St, NYC
Amy will be playing songs from her own just recently released album "The Killer In Me" on Wildflower Records. Critics have already been raving about the album:
Critics are also smitten with the New Jersey-based folk rocker, and 'The Killer In Me,' out now:
"her velvety, achy voice recalls an early Lucinda Williams. Sounding grounded but wounded, Speace exudes the vulnerability of someone who's loved and lost."
- Alex Cohen, NPR.org, 6.12.09
"a deep, dark album full of lush, emotive lyrics, masterful acoustic guitar work and just the right mix of percussion to make up-tempo numbers"
- Nancy Dunham, Washington Post (DC), 6.12.09
"[Speace] will likely increase her following substantially with this album. It's a dark, deeply personal album... a rough-edged, roots-rock sound that perfectly complements Speace's unsettling lyrics."
- Jay Lustig, Newark Star Ledger (NJ), 6.26.09
"Amy Speace revels in her commanding growl on 'The Killer in Me.' Fans of Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls could connect."
- Jon Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News (PA), 6.30.09
Possessing a commanding voice, a distinctive melodic sensibility and an uncanny knack for nailing complex emotions in song, AMY SPEACE makes music thats both illuminating and effortlessly accessible. Her forthcoming release, The Killer In Me, follows her 2006 breakthrough Songs for Bright Street. While Songs won her a loyal international fan base, The Killer In Me finds the NY-based artist forging into deeper, darker lyrical and musical terrain, delivering an album of startling intimacy and resonance.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Kerchoonz.com (www.kerchoonz.com), a social media platform promoting the free exchange of music, art, ideas and entertainment, announces the K-box, the first gel audio technology that turns any solid surface into a speaker system. Using patented Gel Audio Technology, the K-box turns the surface into sound with a true bass response when placed upon any solid flat surface, wall, table or even window.
By plugging the device into any laptop, portable gaming device, MP3 player, mobile phone, TV or any 3.5 mm audio jack and then placing K-box on a desktop, table top or wall, the product uses the Gel Audio Technology to convert the entire surface underneath it into a giant audio speaker. Unlike most mini-speakers, the K-box does not produce a 'tinny' sound. Instead, the denser the surface, the deeper the bass response. This hybrid speaker has both a standard speaker inside (delivering mid-to-high frequencies) and the Gel Audio Technology (delivering low-end bass frequencies through surfaces).
"The K-box is for music-lovers who want quality portable sound," said Indiana Gregg, recording artist and co-founder of Kerchoonz.com. "K-box utilizes surfaces to create the bass response that other portable speakers lack. K-box provides unmatched speaker sound, any place and any time, no matter what surface is available."
The size of a mobile phone, the rubber-based device has an average output performance of 95dB at 1m, with the bass performance varying, dependent on differing surface levels with output ranges between 40Hz-20Khz. Recharged through USB connection, the K-box offers up to 20 hours of playtime between charges. K-box is available at www.kerchoonz.com/kbox, selling at £49.99 or $74.50 USD, plus shipping & handling.
Kerchoonz, founded by Indiana Gregg and Ian Morrow in 2008, is a forward thinking, multi-media company conceived to help level the playing field for artistic people through the democratising power of the internet and freedom of choice for the artists and the public. Kerchoonz.com is a social networking platform that allows free exchange of music, art, ideas and entertainment. It enables fans to search and discover new music, play games, meet people, watch and upload video, keep up with news, post blog, and a whole lot more. It is an ad-funded model that allows artists and musicians to be paid for their audio and video stream, as well as their free downloads.