Humble Bundle is an organization that normally concentrates on pay-what-you-want bundles of independent video games, but they are experimenting the same model with musicians. Humble Bundle has successfully sold 5 bundles of video games, grossing more than 5 million dollars in sales.
“Our philosophy with games has been to help independent creators, support charity, and provide an unbeatable deal for customers and fans around the world, and all of those values to be a no-brainer for music as well,” said Humble Bundle’s business developer, Richard Esguerra. Customers will have the option to pay what they want for the bundle, which includes an album from each artist, with the option to decide how much of the total price they want to give to each artist.
Esguerra said he was inspired by Radiohead’s newest album, “In Rainbows,” since the band decided the price of the album is up to the buyer. The album will only be sold on their website and the buyer has the option to pay whatever they desire for the album, including nothing. The consequences of Radiohead’s action will be sorted out in the future once numbers are in for their album sales, but until then, the band doesn’t plan on making much of a profit, if any.
The artists involved in Humble Bundle’s project do indeed have ties to the geek culture and video games, but the outcome should still be intriguing.
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Radiohead’s drum technician was killed Saturday afternoon in Toronto when the stage accidentally collapsed prior to the performance.
Thirty-three year-old Scott Johnson and other members of the crew were setting up for the concert when the stage came crashing down. Johnson was killed and three others were injured, one taken to the hospital. The band was devastated over the death of Johnson, a U.K. citizen, who was found trapped under the rubble and pronounced dead at the scene. The accident, which happened four hours prior to show time, led to cancellation of the concert at Toronto’s Downsview Park.
Toronto police reported that a forty-five year-old man who was hospitalized with a head injury has been improving. The other crew members were fortunate enough to be treated at the scene. Tony Vella, spokesman for the police, told reporters that they are working with the Ministry of Labour to determine the reason for the crash. “We’re still at the early stages at this point, so we still need to conduct a full investigation before we can say anything else,” said Vella. Local police and emergency personnel are actively searching the scene with hopes to figure out what caused the accident.
“We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew,” the band explained on their website. “We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”
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Any interest in seeing artists from every genre of music gathered at one incredible festival for four, consecutive, legendary days while participating in activities that you’ll never do again?
Bonnaroo, held in Manchester, Tennessee, has officially begun. This extraordinary music and arts festival occurs annually for four days, usually in June. Bonnaroo 2012 will host its 11th annual event from June 7th to June 10th on 700 acres of farmland in Great Stage Park.
Over 80,000 enthusiastic fans attend Bonnaroo; most of which pitch tents and spend four days enjoying themselves with the pleasures of music, food, activities, and friends. Notable musical acts will include Phish, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beach Boys, The Shins, Dispatch Skrillex, Mac Miller, The Roots, Kenny Rogers and many more.
In addition to the notorious musical lineup, Bonnaroo is known for its distinctive and mind-boggling list of activities. Bonnaroo offers a 24-hour air-conditioned movie theatre, 20 different breweries from all over the United States, merchandise from quality craftsman, air-conditioned tents with outlets and free Wi-Fi, and its own post office.
Not to mention one of Bonnaroo’s top attractions, the Silent Disco. Make sure to stop by, put on a pair of Philips CitiScape headphones and join the wireless dance party. Featured DJ’s will be spinning live as everyone listens to their sets through their individual headphones. Prepare to be stared at as people walk by without headphones on, wondering what you are listening to.
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The lead singer and pianist of the “punk-cabaret” duo Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, has been making headlines with her recent YouTube rendition of the popular Radiohead song, ‘Creep,’ which she performs on the ukelele.
In one 3-minute period, the songstress had sold nearly $15,000 in online music and merchandise purchases, along with 4,000 digital EPs, vinyls, and just about everything else that was for sale on her website.
An interview was recently held with “the man behind the music,” Sean Francis, regarding Palmer’s new-found popularity and the way her fans helped get her cover over 140,000 views on YouTube. Listen to the ‘Creep’ cover, and read some extracts from the interview below!
Congratulations on the release! Is it true that you guys did it entirely independently?
Thanks, and that’s correct – no label, and no manager for the most part. This project has been handled by four people: Amanda, myself, Beth [Hommel], and Hayley [Rosenblum] – interfacing with various artists and professionals (like the producer) when and where necessary.
Are you happy with the way the release has gone thus far?
We couldn’t be happier. We hoped for far less than what’s happened, braced for the worst, and were floored by how wonderful it’s turned out. We’ve said that this is an experiment from day one, but to see such positive response from the fans, and to have so many people tell us that we’re doing things right? It’s hard for gross earnings to trump knowing we made the fans happy, but being able to see both of those elements walking happily hand-in-hand is GREAT.
So you think you’ll do better by selling this release directly to your fans first, as opposed to selling through iTunes or Amazon from the very start?
It’s nice to see a check roll in from those places, but in-between shuffling off a (large) percentage of revenue just for being on there, and the fact it would’ve been weeks (if not months) ’til we would’ve seen a dime…I don’t think we’ll make more money this way, I know we will, and I know we did. In six hours.
You decided to let your fans name their price on the digital EP, with the minimum set to 84 cents (representing the amount owed to Radiohead for playing their music, plus payment processing fees). How’d that work out? Are fans paying more than the minimum?
Part of the reasoning behind doing the release that way was that we wanted to lend some transparency to the system by which an artist (in this case Radiohead) receives a royalty check. We were urged by numerous parties to set our minimum donation to a higher price point – and I don’t think anyone would’ve been turned off had we set it to $3 or $5 – but we saw that people were more than happy to not only pay for the music, but pay extra for it: downloads are averaging around $5, and one generous comedian even paid $100.84.
What’s next for Amanda?
What’s literally next for Amanda is preparation for Cabaret – she won’t be doing any real touring on this EP, but will be performing with some longtime collaborators (virtuoso pianist Lance Horne, her high school drama teacher Steven Bogart, and Danger Ensemble impresario Steven Mitchell Wright) at the A.R.T. through September and October in Cambridge, Mass. After that? Well, we’ve told the fans to keep Halloween clear. Amanda may or may not have some obligations somewhere on the east coast to conjure up some friendly ghosts from the past and do a really special show. Maybe.
Read the rest of the interview here, and let us know what you think about Amanda’s cover!
Gotta “like” anyone who can play the ukelele, right?
Covers give an artist the opportunity to put their own unique spin on an already well-known song. In today’s ‘Age of Technology,’ just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean that the whole world can’t hear or see you perform. With the numerous video-sharing websites that exist today, most successful of which being YouTube, anyone with an internet connection and a video camera can record themselves singing original material, or a cover of their favourite song(s), and upload the video for the world to hear.
Is imitation the best form of flattery? Team FanShake have scanned YouTube and have come across, what we think, are the Top 10 cover videos available on the internet. Songs being covered range from the über-popular to the virtually unknown, and are all sung by amateur performers. Congratulations to our top ten, and we hope to see more cover videos from the REST OF YOU (hint, hint…) soon!
The UK alt-rock band, led by frontman Thom Yorke, have recently released a statement that the group’s currently-untitled new album is just weeks away from completion, and fans can expect the record to be launched before the end of the year. Ed O’Brien, the band’s guitarist, confidently claims that this new project “could be the band’s best.”
This album, which has apparently been in the works for over a year, is follow-up to 2007’s “In Rainbows.” In an interview with BBC6 Music, O’Brien shares his excitement of the new release with host Adam Buxton, saying “We’re in the heart of the record. It’s genuinely exciting. It’s very different from what we did last time. It’s really nice to be doing this. It’s so good to be making music with the band that you feel is still as good as it’s ever been.”
It is this unabashed confidence that has led Radiohead to such global success nearly 20 years after the release of their first studio album, “Pablo Honey,” in 1993. The “Creep” artists are believed to be working with highly-esteemed record producer, Nigel Godrich. This will be the group’s first released recording since two one-off tracks, ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’ and ‘These are My Twisted Words,’ were released last year.
Listen to the music that has made Radiohead an international phenomenon before the release of their new album, only on FanShake!