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Supernova.com Offers Marketplace for Indie Music

Independent bands and artists can now sell their digital music at the Supernova Store at Supernova.com via the partnership with Pay Who You Want Online (PWYWO). This move gives indie artists a marketplace to help sell and promote their music while contributing to charity.

Supernova aspires to help fans buy music directly in support of their favorite artists and help support a charity, according to the site.

PWYWO is a one of a kind service where fans can either give money to the artists and the affiliate charities. The innovative company is known for offering artists more proceeds than any other online music store.

Did You Waste Money on a Customized Myspace Profile?

Unfortunately, many bands have relied on social networks to be their hub for information, instead of purchasing a website. One of the popular strategies I’ve seen is buying a URL and directing it to a customized Myspace profile.  Are you one of these cases? Well say good-bye to your layout.

Myspace has sent out an email notifying artists that their profiles will be upgraded to their new theme. All profiles will be upgraded by Nov. 29, 2010. I like how they sugar-coat it with encouraging statistics.

Over a million artists have already upgraded and seen increased engagement around song plays, video plays, photo views — all the things that are important to you. We’re now going to be upgrading ALL artists on Myspace to the new profile over the coming weeks.

Thanks for the warm notice Myspace, but what about the artists who paid to have their profiles customized? It seems like they are left out in the cold on this move.  What happens if you don’t upgrade your page?

Socialize with Your Fans on Your Social Media Profiles

One of the misconceptions about using social networks is all you need to do is post content and not interact with fans. This is the wrong angle to take in order to be successful on social media.

For example, did you just receive comments about a post revealing new concert dates on Facebook and not respond to them? Then you’re already failing…

You need to treat a site like Facebook as a party. You don’t want to be the silent person in the corner who blurts out a comment and stays quiet while others converse.

What if fans are leaving negative comments?

Myspace is a Fading Social Network for Indie Artists

News Corp. warns that Myspace is on thin ice after the lack-luster quarterly earnings were recently announced. The social network only has a few months to turn things around before the decision is made, according to Rupert Murdoch’s statement during a conference call.

”The current losses are not acceptable or sustainable,” said Chase Carey, president and chief operating officer at News Corp. “Our current management did not create these losses, but they know we have to address them.”

This obviously isn’t surprising news, and it could result in one less social platform that independent artists have to expose their projects. Currently, Myspace is the most dominant database of indie artists.

Indie Bands: Use Social Media to Help Sell Your Music

Your band has created a website and has applied all the content available for your fans to enjoy.  Now you’re wondering what else you can do to help sell your music. Sign up and stay active on social networks.

That’s right… Posting what you had for dinner on the road, new tour dates, posts on your blog and all the content you have actually can help sell your music. Believe it or not, that type of content is appealing to fans and interested buyers of your music.

How does this help sell music?

Online Video Pioneer: Michael Butler of Mevio and the Rock and Roll Geek Show

mevioAs the premier social media community, Mevio is the only network providing single-click access to the best in new media in audio, video, podcasts, and music to be delivered to your computer, iPod, mobile device, or television.

Q: What is the background story of how Mevio came along?

A: Mevio was originally Podshow. The company was founded by former MTV VJ Adam Curry and his business partner Ron Bloom.

In 2004 Adam had been messing around with audio blogging, before the term podcasting existed. He and Dave Winer were experimenting with adding enclosures to rss feeds and podcasting was born. Soon, podcasters were starting shows and shortly after, Podshow was started. They signed some of the early producers including my show (The Rock and Roll Geek Show), Dawn and Drew, Yeast Radio and some others.

Manage Your Social Media Accounts in One Place with Hootsuite

hootsuite_logoHootsuite.com has made it easy to manage your social networks and keep your sanity doing it. The site offers more than just a website link shortener for users to utilize.

The Twitter focused site lets you add and update your social networks including Facebook, WordPress, LinkedIn, Myspace and Ping.fm.

This site has recently streamlined its interface to make it easier to use. You can now customize your streams, tabs and columns on the dashboard.

New Media Pioneer: Steven L. Lubetkin from ProfessionalPodcasts.com

ProfPod2LogoColorThe Professional Podcasts offer a broad range of public relations and communications services to help clients enhance their professional image. We have extensive expertise in new media technologies and “social media” such as blogging, podcasting, social network sites, and microblogging tools like Twitter.

Q) Tell us a little bit about your site. What inspired you to start it?

A) I’m a former corporate PR guy. Left the corporate world at the end of 2004, and realized after listening to many podcasts that there was a lot of poor quality production being done. I had background in radio, and know how to produce and edit news stories for radio. I learned digital tools and began focusing on podcasting as the core competency of my consultancy.