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Youtube To Stage Its Own Music Awards Show

The event will feature live performances byLady Gaga, Eminem, and Arcade Fire as well as YouTube stars like Lindsey Stirling, and its going to be hosted by Jason Schwartzman, withSpike Jonze being the creative director. The whole spectacle will unfold as a live stream on YouTube, and the sites viewers will also have a chance to influence the program of the evening. From YouTubes blog: Subscribe to gigaom.com On October 17, YouTube Music Awards Nominations will be announced based on the videos that you watched and shared over the past year. Well then call on you to determine the songs and artists honored, by sharing the nominees across social media so the awards are judged in full view of everyone. Notably absent from the announcement was Vevo , the major-label-owned music video platform that has been supplying many of the most-viewed music videos to YouTube. That may not have been a coincidence: YouTube and Vevo have long been frenemies, with both parties trying to get as much as possible out of their relationship while at the same time trying to keep some independence. Vevo has brought YouTube billions of views, and Google just invested an estimated $40 to $50 million in the company to keep those music videos coming. But at the same time, Vevo has tried to grow revenue elsewhere, like on its own website or in its apps. The service also launched a 24/7 music video live stream off of YouTube in March , and recently said that it will block an upcoming YouTube feature that will allow users to temporarily download videos to their mobile devices. And Vevo doesnt stop there: the service also had its own announcement to make Monday night, revealing that it just launched a local version in Germany . Its the 13th country that gets its own Vevo version, but its also more than that: YouTube has been in disputes with German rights holders for years , leading to many of its music videos being blocked to German audiences. But if YouTube doesnt have Germany, at least it now got its own music awards. Check out the promo video featuring Jason Schwartzman below: Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro:

EDT October 1, 2013 Guests will range from Lady Gaga to YouTube violin phenom Lindsey Stirling. Lady Gaga chats with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ on Sept. 11, 2013. (Photo: Bravo) Story Highlights The inaugural awards show will air live from New York on Nov. 3 – on YouTube, of course Jason Schwartzman will host Seven awards will be handed out based solely on online voting SHARE 284 CONNECT 176 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE If YouTube has proven anything over the past eight years, it’s that humans are big-time voyeurs. And one of the things we like to watch most is music. From a pre-teen Justin Bieber starting a revolution from his bathroom to Psy making the world realize we all love Korean hip-hop, YouTube has launched artists that a few decades ago might never have broken out of their own backyards. To celebrate that power, the mother of all video platforms announced Tuesday that it would throw its first-ever YouTube Music Awards show on Nov. 3 on YouTube, of course. While there’s no immediate threat to the venerable Grammys and cheeky MTV Video Music Awards, the Google-owned company has brought out a few big guns for the inaugural 90-minute show, which will hand out seven awards to nominees who over the past year garnered the biggest slice of YouTube views, shares and other metrics of online love. Violinist Lindsey Stirling has a strong YouTube and gamer following. (Photo: Shore Fire Media) Actor Jason Schwartzman will host the program, which will unfold live at Pier 36 in New York; details will be shared later this month on how fans can apply for tickets.

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame honors 2013 Inductees with Tralf Gala

(Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News file photo) By Jeff Miers | News Pop Music Critic | Google+ on October 2, 2013 – 12:01 AM Tweet The 31st annual Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. This years class represents a broad cross section of area musicians, ranging from a blues virtuoso to an internationally recognized record producer, a platinum-selling alternative pop singer to a fully tenured rock drummer. In a news release announcing the gala event, Hall President Rick Matthews noted the high level of the talent we have here in Buffalo, and he praised these incredible musicians as we prepare to induct them into Buffalos coveted Music Hall of Fame. As has long been the case with Buffalos Music Hall of Fame, this years class offers a testimony to the rich diversity of our scene and celebrates the level of musical virtuosity and music industry smarts that is a hallmark of the Western New York music community. This years inductees in the performer category include blues guitarist and bandleader Jony James; R&B/pop outfit Joe Public; revered rock drummer and songwriter Howard Wilson; jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Bobby Previte; former 10,000 Maniacs vocalist, songwriter and solo artist Natalie Merchant; country singer/songwriter Linda Lou Schriver; and guitarist and music educator Ed Supple. Over the last several years, the Hall has paid increased attention to nonperforming Buffalo music industry veterans, honoring their contributions to the music community. This year, the nonperformer category finds Grammy-nominated producer and sonic architect Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT) and legendary DJ and radio host Jim Santella being honored. The 2013 Legacy Award will be shared by vocal coach and music educator Andy Anselmo and concert promoter/Kingdom Bound Festival founder Fred Casserta. The Presidents Award will be bestowed upon internationally revered death metal outfit Cannibal Corpse. The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Industry Award will honor concert apparel company the New Buffalo Shirt Factory. An all-star jam session featuring many of the inductees will take place immediately after the induction ceremony.

Smule launches huge Web-based music social network

Now, Smule is connecting all its users and their content through a new Web-based system. The play screen for Smule’s Ocarina 2. (Credit: Smule) Every day, users of Smule’s Sing Karaoke sing 480,000 songs, and users of its Magic Piano play 1.2 million songs. And until now, all those songs have only been available to hear and interact with via the hit apps. But Smule wants the content its users generate to be available to everyone, not just those who have the apps, and today, the San Francisco startup launched a Web-based social network that it says is the largest social network of music makers in the world. Smule’s giant network of music makers and fans has been around for years. With Ocarina , Smule had one of the first major iPhone hit apps, a tool that let anyone create music using a digital tool meant to mimic a traditional wind instrument. Those songs could instantly be shared with a worldwide audience, and users could also simply listen to others playing with the app. Using apps like Ocarina, Ocarina 2 , or I am T-Pain, users have been able to create and share music with others around the world, regardless of whether they were friends or strangers. And through the apps, others have been able to listen to that music, and often, interact with it. With the new Web-based system, however, anyone with access to the Internet will be able to listen in, or interact, a system that Smule hopes will open up its network to a much larger audience, and ideally create much more music sharing and creation. Users will now be able to access the music — a terrabyte of which is added to Smule’s network every two days — via Facebook, Twitter, the company’s many apps, and the Web. It will also be easier for music fans to find the kind of songs they like, and make playlists based on creators whose work they enjoy. And Smule is hopeful that the Web platform will encourage more people to add layers to others’ songs, something that happens frequently on its system, with as many as 600 people contributing to a single piece of music. Originally posted at Tech Culture Topics:

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