Disturbed frontman David Draiman has taken to the Internet to call attention to the indictment of Randy Blythe that happened yesterday. And much like his previous posts, he likes yelling. He finally addresses the fact that he uses all caps this time, though. And you’ve got to respect someone in Draiman’s position going out of his way to talk about Randy’s plight.
Regardless of whether you like Disturbed’s music or not, there’s a decent cross section of people are only familiar with them because they’re on commercial radio, people that might not know much about Lamb of God or Randy Blythe. It’s cool to see him stand up and show his support. Draiman’s Facebook post is below: Read more »
Nikki Sixx probably didn’t see this one coming. The Mötley Crüe bassist took the opportunity of the third anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death to make some snarky comments about the late King of Pop on his radio show, Sixx Sense. 14-year-old Paris Jackson, however, did not let a comment about her dad pass without a comment, and as kids do these days, tweeted about it:
Heyy quick question dude – and this is coming from a huge fan of motley crue – but why do u feel the need to hate on talented ppl?
Nikki apologized shortly after she had responded, stating that his sarcasm sometimes got the best of him. He also invited her to come on his radio show to talk about whatever it was that she was up to at the moment. She did accept his apology; however, there has been no mention about whether or not she would join Nikki on his radio show some time soon.
Paris Jackson, a Mötley Crüe fan? Who knew? It would be pretty fascinating to have her on Sixx’ radio show?
We live in interesting times. Twitter and Facebook have removed the barrier between performers and their fans, making communication easier than ever. And while the Randy Blythes and Mark Hunters of the world have fully embraced the new reality of social media, Every Time I Die/The Damned Things frontman Keith Buckley has chosen to unplug from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In an extremely lengthy post on his own website, Buckley details that wanting to block a friend whose online persona was significantly different from him in person.
“This longing to wean myself away from the web started about a year ago when I realized that there was a disparity between a friend I had in real life and the way he portrayed himself on Twitter. This gap between the observed and the objective was not even the biggest problem, it was my reaction to it that sent off the flares. It was never anything personally offensive, just disingenuous and in order to insure that my perception did not run the risk of impinging on my knowledge, I told another friend that I was going to unfollow him. I guess I expected him to respond in the way a family member might when you tell them that you will not be attending the funeral of a grandparent because you want your last memories to be pleasant, so when he replied “he’ll be so bummed out”, it was jarring. It should have been simple. I was unimpressed at the airs being put on to his less informed followers and, like I do when I can find no emotional attachment to a character in a book, I opted to put the book down and find something that interested me more.”
The post names another instance in which a passive-aggressive post was made about a mutual friend of Buckley’s and the poster. Admittedly, from what he mentions in the post and what a reader leaves in the comments section, he might have been a bit addicted to his Verizon EnV2. But with 17 days down without tweeting, it seems like his non-New Year’s resolution is working. But even though he’s not on FB, Twitter or Instagram, he still has his own website as an outlet, which is kind of cheating. Then again, maybe we could all learn a little by unplugging from social media. Except for the fact that we’re on Facebook and Twitter, so at least keep us.
It seems that with Apple’s announcement of the Ping platform, there was a collective groan in the music community to the tune of “another social outlet?? Really??”
There are a seemingly infinite number of options through which musicians can connect, impact, influence or [insert action word here]. So with all of the options, some of which are utter crap if you ask me, which ones do you use? Sure Apple is late on the scene with their addition to the social media clutter that has become the modern internet, but I wouldn’t necessarily turn my nose up to Ping just yet.
You have probably read a plethora of materials describing the means and madness that drives Ping. Ping allows all iTunes store accounts to create Ping user accounts to interface with iTunes musicians and performers in a manner not all that different from Facebook or Twitter. Performers and users can share thoughts and activities in status updates that populate the time lines of friends and followers. Cool, another 140 character/shorthand excuse to post obscene things when in an inebriated state. I guess. What Ping offers that sites like Facebook and Twitter (until now) do not, is the means to share music within the iTunes network through your feed, thus allowing single click purchases. Ping facilitates impulse music purchases by cutting out the steps involved with getting to the point of purchase. If I suggest a great song, you can preview it and purchase it in one click. Now, with the announcement of Ping’s integrations into Twitter feeds, (Read Here) this simplified process is expanded to reach as many twitter users as the RT will allow.
OK, so why should you care? I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. If you are in a band, you obviously see the value in announcing from the stage that you will be hanging out at your merch table after your set. Right? Get the kids as close to the merchandise so that you can capitalize off of the emotional experience. iTunes has created the means for you to replicate this same experience digitally.
Apple’s iTunes based social network site Ping has been less than successful. In addition to technical problems such as spammers, a majority of people simply haven’t been using it. But a new partnership is hoping to fix that, as Ping and Twitter have officially integrated. Users with accounts on both sites can now sync the two so that all of your activities on Ping will be tweeted. The tweets will also include reviews, links to songs in the iTunes store and audio samples of the music you recommend via Ping.
This isn’t necessarily revolutionary, or is going to help Ping become a household name. It will, though, potentially increase the number of users, or at least open the site to a larger world. Ping knew that they had to integrate with some other social network, seeing as how they were trying to basically do the same deal with Facebook even before Ping was made public. Though Facebook is definitely the dominate social network site, don’t underestimate Twitter’s power. The question is, though, will you be more enticed to use Ping, or even buy a song from iTunes, if it came in the form of a Tweet? Regardless, with only 2,000 artists signed up so far, they’ve still got a ways to go on the back end.
A demo of the new service that Twitter posted on their blog can be viewed above.
[via DigitalTrends.com and DigitalMusicNews.com]
Founders of the stellar music social network Last.fm have announced they will be leaving the company, two years after it was acquired by CBS. The note on the Last.fm blog promises nothing but a bright future for the site, proclaiming “Recent product releases such as the new visual radio, and the Last.fm on XBox announcement, are an indication of how much more Last.fm will achieve.”
We hope the changing of the guard doesn’t affect Last.fm’s cavalier and inventive spirit. This announcement follows recent accusations of the company providing private user data to the RIAA for its anti-piracy efforts. Hit the jump for the original message.
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Looks like fake Danzig’s days are numbered. Twitter is taking action against impersonators of celebrities and brands, even if they are clearly parodies. This decision follows the most recent fake twitter incident and lawsuit involving St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa. According to Twitter’s blog post, they’re not necessarily going to be heavy handed with banning people, but more adding a “verified account” insignia once they can confirm identities.