32 posts and columns on label
News ByteSpotify has one U.S. label deal and at least one more–with Citigroup’s EMI–that’s very, very close. That doesn’t mean the music service is guaranteed to land in the States, but it’s hiring as if it will: It has just picked up former LimeWire engineer John Pavley, and will put him to work at Spotify’s New York office. It’s also looking for a finance pro.
News Bytethinking deep thoughts about data, is leaving the company. Kaplan, whose most recent post saw him running the “emerging technology” unit for the label, explains why he’s leaving on his blog, though he doesn’t say what he’ll be doing next. Meantime he’ll continue running the R.E.M. fansite Murmurs.com.
Roger Waters and crew said they didn’t want their record label selling singles in Apple’s music store. But those concerns seem to have been resolved.
And today, here’s Spotify’s Daniel Ek singing for his supper. Well, not in the U.S. as yet, where the Swedish CEO and co-founder of the innovative streaming music service has not been able to make good on his promise to strike deals with music labels.
Q: Why No Twitter Board Seat for Kleiner's John Doerr? A: His Google Board Seat (Plus, Is the Star VC Looking at Spotify and Groupon Next?)Star venture capitalist John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins paid $150 million for a stake in Twitter and all he didn’t get was a board seat. That’s due to another directorship he has at search giant Google. Maybe Doerr will get one at Spotify or Groupon, where he could be investing next.
Target pays Twitter for top billing today. But a pop idol boost gives Wal-Mart plenty of exposure, too–and Twitter doesn’t make a dime for that.
That Google Music launch doesn’t look like it’s on the table for this year. Meanwhile Spotify is getting very close to a yea-or-nay decision on a 2010 U.S. debut….
Spotify still doesn’t have a single deal with a U.S. music label, which makes it impossible to launch the service here. But a combination of compromise and cash could still get things done. And a pact with Sony is now “essentially signable.”