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Google Music Currently Shuts Out Independent Artists

Billboard recently posted details about a proposed music service currently being created by Google. The proposal outlines ways to help major label artists with its tentative format, but there is no mention of indie labels or artists.

The proposed plans are to offer a basic digital music retailer concept with a twist. The company is hoping to provide an innovative cloud-based service where consumers can have their music in a “locker” for $25 per year. Music in the “locker” could be downloaded or streamed by an internet connected gadget.

The proposal seems to be an iTunes competitor and not a game-changer like most music fans had hoped.

Diamond in the Rough Story: Artist Christina Perri Releases Live EP on Nov. 9

Four-months ago, Christina Perri was busy running coffee at Melrose Place Cafe, a Los Angeles restaurant, wondering when she’d get her big break. Thanks to a close friend, who handed her demo to So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, Perri’s song Jar of Hearts was featured on the June 30 show. Right after it aired on Fox, the track has sold 48,000 downloads, landed at No. 26 on Billboard‘’s singles sales chart and climbed to No. 20 on iTunes. She also scored the No. 10 slot on Amazon’s Overall Chart and is trending as the No. 1 search on Google.

Christina Perri is set to release her debut live EP The Ocean Way Sessions on Tuesday, November 9 on Atlantic Records.  The EP was recorded at the legendary Ocean Way Studios in LA, where generations of music icons have come before her including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Mary J. Blige. It was mixed by Brett Eliason whose credits include REM, Polyphonic Spree, and Pearl Jam.

Indie Band Loomis and the Lust Release New EP, “Space Camp”

LoomisThe world could use a little California sunshine, and Loomis and the Lust is just the band to bring it. The sunny Santa Barbara based quartet will release their sophomore EP, Space Camp on August 10th.

“With all of the traveling we’ve done, we’ve realized that Southern California has a very laidback vibe,” vocalist and guitarist Will Loomis said. “We seem to use that vibe when writing songs.

In one year, since dropping their debut EP, the indie band has received numerous accolades from the press including a feature in Billboard Magazine and being lauded by MTV Iggy as one of the “Top 25 Best New Bands in the World.” They also won the “Artist on the Verge” award by OurStage.com and garnered a $25,000 prize at the New Music Seminar.

Indie Producer Nate Harasim Helps Create #1 Billboard Single

nate smallNate Harasim’s production for artist Steve Oliver’s “Fun in the Sun” is in its second week at #1 on the Billboard Chart.

Harasim’s production skills have been ruling the groove from behind the control panel in recent years. Currently in production and writing for Maxine Hardcastle (80s pop icon Paul Hardcastle’s daughter), it is expected that the music will propel Harasim’s notoriety into the pop, rock, house genres and beyond.

The biggest challenge this young producer has faced is the fact that his music refuses to be captured within the context of one particular genre. His recent singing to two different divisions of the same record label further adds to the mystique of this artist.

Christina Perri Signs Deal with Atlantic Records

Christina PerriChristina Perri — the singer/songwriter who gained thousands of new fans overnight when her song “Jar of Hearts” was featured on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance — has signed a deal with Atlantic Records, Billboard.com can exclusively confirm. Perri inked the deal July 21 to release her debut album on the major label, while Roadrunner Records will continue to promote “Jar of Hearts” at radio.

On June 30, Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” was used on So You Think You Can Dance for a contemporary piece performed by Billy Bell and Kathryn McCormick. The song went on to debut at No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs and No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following week, clocking 48,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Unsigned Artist Christina Perri Pries Open the Lid to Fame with ‘Jar of Hearts’

Christina PerriLast week, Christina Perri was busy running coffee at Melrose Place Cafe, a Los Angeles restaurant, wondering when she’d get her big break. This week, she’s busy fielding media requests and answering fan mail.

“It’s been a legitimate whirlwind — I’ve been answering about a hundred e-mails a day,” she says. “I still don’t believe that this is all really happening.”

Thanks to a close friend (Keltie Colleen, a Radio City Rockette), who handed her demo to So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Stacey Tookey, Perri’s song Jar of Hearts was featured on the June 30 show. Since it aired on Fox, the track has sold 48,000 downloads, landed at No. 26 on Billboard‘’s singles sales chart and climbed to No. 20 on iTunes. She also scored the No. 10 slot on Amazon’s Overall Chart and is trending as the No. 1 search on Google. That was nine days ago. Today, instead of tying on an apron for a shift at the cafe, the 23-year-old performs on CBS’ The Early Show. She’ll also perform Jar of Hearts on So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday.

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Enter Worldwide Deal with Superball Music

andyouwillknowusIndie Band, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, have entered a worldwide deal with Superball Music for their next album and their Richter Scale Records Imprint.

Already a partner with Superball in Europe, this new deal comes on the heels of Justice Records closing its doors earlier this year and means that …Trail of Dead’s next album will be released Stateside on Superball Music as well.

The band recently started working on their seventh studio album and the follow up to 2009’s critically acclaimed The Century of Self – due out early 2011.

“I am extremely excited to welcome …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead to our American part of the family as well,” said Thomas Waber, Superball Music Label’s boss. “We had a great ride with the last album in Europe and are looking forward to helping them out in North America.