Digital Digest: James Blake, GrouponLive, Dr Dre
With declining ticket sales, Live Nation have announced a deal with internet discount site Groupon “to develop a new online ticketing deals channel, GrouponLive.” The service will act as a local resource for Live Nation events and clients of its global ticketing business, Ticketmaster, across music, theatre and sport in time for the summer concert season. The site will go live soon and more information can be found in the press release.
Anything James Blake does turns to multiple blog posts, Twitter buzz and general online noise, and his performance on Jools Holland has been no different. The NJ Underground is just one such site which has embedded his performances of both The Wilhelm Scream and Limit to Your Love.
Meanwhile, the hype surrounding the return of Dr Dre and his album, Detox, has been around almost as long as Mr Blake has been living, and certainly long before blogs carried so much significance. But, after being used on the preview show to a huge US boxing bout, a preview of Dre’s collaboration with Eminem is now up on sports channel Showtime’s site, and getting a lot of people chatting. It is called Die Hard and you can listen here.
Whitney Houston is being talked about a lot on the internet after she checked into rehab once again, just days after reports about her staring in a new film role. More info at TMZ.
Battles have released their video for Ice Cream – which will form part of their new album Glass Drop, out at the beginning of June. The cat and Tai Chi-filled video and more information is up at Drowned in Sound, and keep checking back at 6 Music as they are taking over the 6Mix in the next couple of weeks.
Cyndi Lauper joined Arcade Fire on stage at The New Orleans Jazz Festival and performed Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. A video recorded from the crowd is up on YouTube.
While Joker and Jess'e Ware are creating a lot of buzz with their new joint, The Vision (Let Me Breath), after Zane Lowe premiered it on Radio 1 and then the dubstep producer uploaded it to YouTube.