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September 26 2013

'Hunger Games' Sequel Soundtrack Revealed: Christina Aguilera and More

The track list for the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie soundtrack blazed online Thursday, detailing the artists who would lend their voices to the sequel's music

The anticipated reveal comes after Coldplay in August and Christina Aguilera just this week announced their involvement on the soundtrack via social media

Love the underlying message of @TheHungerGames. "We Remain" is special new song, its message to my fans & how I connect w/ the movie, alike.

— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) September 25, 2013

Joining them is a solid mix of bands (Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers), solo artists (Ellie Goulding, Santigold), emerging musicians (Lorde, Mikky Ekko) and others (see list, below) Read more...

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August 09 2013

Coldplay Releases Lyrics For 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Song

Friday was a big day for Coldplay. Not only did the British rock band confirm that their song will be featured in the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie soundtrack, but they also plastered a photo of the lyrics for the song on Facebook and Twitter.

The song "Atlas" embraces the film's fiery theme, referencing the sun, smoke and figurative internal combustion. Coldplay is the first confirmed artist announced in association with the movie, although a composer and music supervisor have already been locked down. Lionsgate has yet to confirm or deny whether the rumored "We the Kings" song is part of the soundtrack. Read more...

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April 19 2010

Last.fm Tracks Its 40 Billionth Song

Music recommendation, tracking and streaming service Last.fm has “scrobbled” 40 billion tracks since it launched in 2002.

The service gathers data from other music services and applications including iTunes, Xbox Live and Winamp to make a record of every song you listen to. The process is called scrobbling. On average, 800 songs are scrobbled every second on Last.fm.

The scrobbled songs are displayed on your Last.fm profile, which you can share with friends. The site also uses the songs you’ve listened to to make listening and friend recommendations.

Last.fm streams music from many major labels in custom radio stations based on the parameters you define and your past listening history, just like Pandora. After several years of success with that model (it currently claims 7.9 million monthly unique visitors) the site was purchased by CBS in 2007 for $280 million.

CBS says that the most popular artists on the service include The Killers, Coldplay, Muse and Oasis, providing some insight into the site’s cultural community. In fact, Lady Gaga is the only pop artist who appears in the top 20.

Growing for seven steady years as a pillar in musical experience is an impressive achievement for a company that lives on the ever-changing web. Maybe someday we’ll hear that Last.fm has reached 40 billion streams, not just scrobbles. We’ll see!

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Tags: coldplay, Lady Gaga, Last.FM, muse, music streaming, oasis, the killers

January 22 2010

Help Haiti Now Webcast Featuring Major Celebs Airs Friday Night

Hoping to raise money for the Haiti earthquake relief effort, Bono, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, and Coldplay and somewhere around 100 other stars will entertain viewers on both the web and traditional TV tomorrow night at 8pm ET in a benefit called Help Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief.

The telethon was organized by MTV Networks and George Clooney, and other networks taking part will include the websites of MySpace, YouTube, Hulu, AOL, Fancast, VH1, CBS, MSN, Bing, Yahoo, Rhapsody, TV.com, BET and CNN. The event will be streamed by mobile providers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, too. There will be over 30 networks involved once all’s said and done. Expect this to dominate both the internet and the television tomorrow night.

A U2/Jay-Z/Rihanna collaboration and a jam including Kid Rock, Keith Urban, and Sheryl Crow will be among the main events. They’ve got a little something for everybody planned, it looks like.

Most of the sites that are hosting this event haven’t created pages to visit yet, but show up at any of the networks before the show starts and you’ll find your way.

Live Chat: More Engagement, More Donations

Live chats managed by Gigya — the same company that did the MTV/Facebook/LG Avatar webcast with James Cameron — will accompany the MTV, VH1 and CBS webcasts.

Gigya told us that MTV Networks is working with them again to recreate the “lean forward” level of participation they achieved with the Avatar webcast. The live chat makes the donating experience public; folks in the chat will probably encourage one another to donate, and people will be more likely to donate if they know they can impress their friends. They’ve found that these webcast chats drive more traffic and more word of mouth promotion, which will in turn lead to a greater volume of donations.

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