MySpace Music Launches After EMI Signs On

September 25, 2008 9:05 AM ET

MySpace Music finally launched late last night after coming to terms with EMI. With all four major labels on board, MySpace unveiled their refurbished music pages, complete with new music players that allow artists to upload their entire discography (instead of the six song maximum) and allow fans to purchase music through a deal with the Amazon MP3 store. The whole venture is powered by ad revenues, with all labels and artists getting a share of the ad money based on the number of times their music is played. On the interface side, other new features include the fans' ability to post 10 songs on their personal sites and create a playlist of up to 100 tracks. Plus, with the new pop-up music player, fans can listen to music even after navigating from the artist's page. There are issues, however. Many indie labels are still watching the venture from the sidelines with their anti-trust accusations and the majority of the major artists music pages still don't have music for sale (they do provide links to iTunes, however). If the new MySpace Music finds its ad-based revenue stream successful for both artists and labels, it could completely re-arrange how the music business is run. Stay tuned to Rock Daily for further updates.

Related Stories:
MySpace Music Readies for Liftoff as Music Industry Holds Breath
MySpace Music Already Facing Anti-Trust Allegations
Long-Awaited MySpace Music Store Launching Soon


To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

More Song Stories entries »