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To mark World AIDS Day 2014, Apple and leading app developers are inviting customers to help (RED) achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation. For the next two weeks, a special section of the App Store called Apps for (RED) will offer 25 apps with exclusive new content where all proceeds will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In addition, Apple will donate a portion of sales at Apple’s retail and online stores around the world on two of the biggest shopping days of the year: Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1.

“Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple’s retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the App Store are lending their talents to the effort as well.”

Apple and App Store developers will generate donations for (RED) in several ways over the next two weeks:

• From Monday, November 24 through Sunday, December 7, the App Store’s Apps for (RED) campaign will feature 25 fan-favourite apps with exclusive new content. Every time a customer purchases a participating (PRODUCT)RED app or an exclusive In-App Purchase, all proceeds will go to the Global Fund.

• On Friday, November 28, Apple customers in the US will receive a special edition (RED) iTunes gift card with the purchase of select Apple products. For each gift card distributed, Apple will also donate a percentage to the Global Fund. 

• On Monday, December 1— World AIDS Day—Apple will donate a portion of every sale at Apple’s retail and online stores to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

“Apple isn’t just in the fight to end AIDS. They are setting a new bar for business, giving $75 million and counting to the Global Fund as part of their partnership with (RED),” said Bono, co-founder of (RED). “I couldn’t be prouder to work with them.” 

Apps for (RED) marks the first-ever global App Store initiative in support of (RED). Participating developers have created (RED)-inspired content and experiences for their fans to enjoy, including:

• Angry Birds players can perfect their bird-flinging with (RED)’s Mighty Feathers and challenge themselves to a bonus golden egg level. 

• Bubble Witch 2 Saga offers new (PRODUCT)RED levels across all 17 episodes of the game. Gold bar currency purchases will be donated to (RED).

• CSR Racing delivers new in-game thrills with the highly anticipated Mercedes Benz-AMG GT. 

• Clash of Clans warriors can prepare for battle with special edition (PRODUCT)RED gems and display a (RED) badge of honor on the village’s town hall. 

• Clear’s users can perfect their organizational skills with a new (PRODUCT)RED theme which appears automatically with all new downloads. 

• Cut the Rope 2 unveils a wide selection of (PRODUCT)RED items including a new red hat, red touch print, red balloons and a red ginger cookie.

• Despicable Me: Minion Rush reveals a new Lifeguard minion that helps players boost their banana collection skills by 200 percent.

• DJay 2’s spin tables turn (RED) and offer DJs a special sound pack.

• FarmVille 2: Country Escape players can “Roll out the RED Carpet” and purchase limited-time items such as the Cozy Cow, St. Bernard and more.

• FIFA 15 Ultimate Team players can compete in a (RED) Tournament and Team of the Week event. All winners will be awarded football superstar and (RED) Ambassador Rafa Marquez.

• Frozen Free Fall unveils a magical new (RED) Challenge in the Kingdom of Arendelle, and offers an exclusive combined offer of 1 power-up, 1 snowball and 3 lives.

• GarageBand users can now purchase an exclusive collection of 300 guitar, bass, synth and drum loops to create even more amazing music. 

• Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’s aspiring celebrity players can treat themselves to (PRODUCT)RED items including (BEATS)RED Solo2 headphones. Kris Jenner, the first family member to join Kim’s in-app world, will make her in-game debut on December 1.

• Head’s Up! competition heats up with an exclusive new deck featuring (RED) words.

• The Human Body debuts the Immune System feature, educating users on how the body fights pathogens. The accompanying handbook features a new section on HIV/AIDS.

• Kitchen Stories Cookbook will offer a special-edition holiday recipe pack, featuring dishes from renowned chefs Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Luke Holden and Michael Lomonaco.

• Monument Valley offers a whole new chapter of Ida’s Journey, marking the final new feature of the game. 

• Over customers have access to a wide selection of (PRODUCT)RED fonts and inspiring artwork, specially created by six artists. Users can share photos with the (RED) brackets overlay to help spread awareness. 

• Paper by FiftyThree enthusiasts can enjoy a new (PRODUCT)RED Essentials Pack including Sketch, Outline, Write, Color and Mixer tools.

• Puzzle & Dragons players have exclusive access to the new (PRODUCT)RED magic stone.

• Rayman Fiesta Run introduces a new (RED) edition to their wacky Fiesta world, and players can purchase a pack of three new costumes for Rayman, Globox and Teensy characters.

• Star Walk 2 users can learn more about Mars with the comprehensive new RED Planet feature.

• Sims FreePlay features a special community challenge that unlocks various rewards, and players can purchase limited-edition (PRODUCT)RED items such as a swimming pool, party plane and piñata.

• Threes! turns (RED) with a limited-edition (PRODUCT)RED theme.

• Toca Boca paints Toca Town (RED)! Kids can discover new (RED) diamonds, sample (RED) ice cream in the app and look for other surprises throughout the game.

More information about Apple’s World AIDS Day 2014 campaign, including Apps for (RED), is available at www.apple.ca/red.

C Sharp Music Promotions welcomes Runaway Angel to its management roster.

Runaway Angel is a new country trio comprised of long time solo artists Cadence Grace, Stacey Zegers & Ann Chaplin. Blending beautiful harmonies, edgy ideas and an arsenal of fans, Runaway Angel is currently recording their debut EP with renowned producer Jason Barry. This summer they appeared in the Emerging Artist Showcase at Boots & Hearts, and also won opening spots for Dierks Bentley and Tim Hicks at Music in the Fields. They recently inked a YouTube admin deal with Ole’s Digital Division and are working hard on unique online content to share with fans while they prepare for the release of their first radio single in early 2015.

This year has proven to be quite the year for the trio’s members Cadence Grace, Stacey Zegers, and Ann Chaplin. In 2014 alone, the “Angels” have placed in the Top 8 at the Boots & Hearts Music Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase, signed a YouTube Admin Deal with Ole Music Publishing, and performed all across Southern Ontario.

“What really impresses me about these girls, is not only their talent, but the fact that they work hard and all bring an individual skill set to the group”, says Casadie Pederson of C Sharp. “They are the essence of what being a team means and have achieved a lot over the past year, which speaks volumes. They are incredible vocalists, songwriters, and are fantastic people with hearts of gold and a great sense of humor. I am so looking forward to what the future has in store for Runaway Angel and am proud to be an integral part of their team.”

Runaway Angel adds, “We are so pleased about our new management partnership with Casadie and C Sharp Music Promotions. We were very blessed with an incredible first year as a group and knew in 2015 we would need some special help to truly take Runaway Angel to the next level. Casadie not only has a diverse skill set that we felt complimented our own strengths and weaknesses, but she is an incredibly hard worker with an immense amount of passion. She very strongly understands and supports our goals as artists, which is hugely important to us. We’re very excited for what the future holds!”

In 2015, Runaway Angel will drop their debut single “Run Angel Run”, co-written by Cadence, Stacey, Ann and Nashville songwriting veteran Bruce Wallace. Their debut self-titled EP, which they are currently working on with CCMA Award winner Jason Barry, will drop later in the spring.

In the mean time, the ladies of Runaway Angel are consistently connecting with fans through social media and their YouTube page with a variety of content including behind the scenes, covers and parodies.

YouTube is offering creators with 500 or more subscribers custom URLs. When you have a custom URL, you can give people a short, easy-to-remember web address to find your YouTube channel (like youtube.com/c/creatoracademy). The URL options you can select from are based on things like your display name, your YouTube username, any current vanity URLs that you have, or the name of your linked website. Sometimes, you may need to customize the URL by adding letters and numbers to make it unique to you.

Important: You can’t change your custom URL after you create it, so be sure you are comfortable with your choice before you finalize it.

Eligibility requirements

To get a custom URL for your channel, your account needs to be in good standing and meet a few other requirements:

  • 500 or more subscribers
  • Channels is at least 30 days old
  • Channel has uploaded a photo for the channel icon
  • Channel has uploaded channel art

You can also qualify for a custom URL by linking and verifying your official webpage with your channel or +Page.

Get a Custom URL for your channel

Once you’ve qualified for a custom URL, you’ll receive an email notification and a notification on your Creator Studio dashboard. To get your custom URL:

  1. Sign in to YouTube and navigate to the Creator Studio.
  2. Look for your “Get a new custom URL” notification and click in the included link
  3. You’ll be redirected to claim a custom URL.
  4. You’ll see the custom URL(s) you’ve been approved for. These cannot be changed. You may also need to add a few letters or numbers to make the URL unique to you.
  5. Click the box next to “I agree to the Terms of Service” then click Change URL in the bottom left corner.
  6. This URL will be linked to both your YouTube channel and your Google+ identity. Once your URL has been approved, you cannot request to change it. When you’re certain, click Confirm choice.

Change capitalization or accents of your custom URL

If you want to change the capitalization or accents/diacritics of your custom URL, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google + main menu and then select the page or profile associated with your channel
  2. Click the About tab, and under Links > Google+ URL, click Edit.
  3. A box will appear allowing you to make edits to the formatting.

Remember, you can only change the capitalization and diacritics of the URL, not the URL itself.

From Fast Company:

The band OK Go is known for its insanely creative, viral music videos, and now, they are pushing the bounds of creativity again by releasing their latest album, “Hungry Ghosts,” on DNA.

OK Go is working with Sri Kosuri, a UCLA biochemist, to translate their music so it can be stored in DNA and potentially sold to avid fans. Kosuri has previously translated a book into DNA and his work is focused on storing data biologically. “[DNA is] information,” Kosuri told the New Yorker. “Our bodies use it to code for life, but it could be anything.”

When music is encoded digitally, as with an MP3 file, it is translated into binary code (ones and zeros). To turn it into DNA, Kosuri will change the binary code into genetic code—using the A, G, T, and C bases that are DNA’s building blocks. Once the strain of DNA is created in an electrophoresis machine, a fan could buy a vial containing a few nanograms of DNA dissolved in water, comprising over a hundred thousand copies of the album.

“So, if we sell just one or two water droplets, we’ll have the highest-selling album of all time,” said lead singer Damian Kulash.

From Billboard:

Director Brett Morgen’s long-gestating documentary on Kurt Cobain has found a home at HBO.

It is the first documentary to be made with the cooperation of Cobain’s family and will include never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork and photography, plus material from his personal archives, family archives and songbooks. The film features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals. Cobain committed suicide 20 years ago at the age of 27.

Cobain’s daughter with Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain, is an executive producer with Larry Mestel and David Byrnes.

Music videos service Vevo is losing its boss, with president and chief executive Rio Caraeff confirming this week that he’ll leave the company at the end of 2014.

But the press release announcing his departure includes an interesting statistic which, to me, is even more facinating – Vevo has paid more than $500m to music rightsholders since 2010.

“Earlier this year, the Vevo ownership group underscored its commitment to the joint venture by pledging continued support for Vevo and its growth initiatives, citing the company’s strategic importance. Delivering nearly 100 billion streams across its distribution platform annually, Vevo has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, growing its business at a rate of over 50% year-over-year since 2010. It also has invested more than half a billion dollars in music video programming through royalties paid to rights owners, artists and songwriters. Over the last five years, 365 music videos from more the 125 artists have generated over 100 million views each. In addition, Vevo has built strong relationships with sponsors and brand marketers, working closely with over 1,100 global advertisers representing 50% of the world’s top 100 marketers who spend across Vevo to reach the largest audience of passionate music fans.”

After teasing the news over the weekend, sound maestros ’68 have debuted another brand new music video today for the song “Track 5,” exclusively via Alternative Press Magazine.

Few bands can tout the kind of touring history ’68 can over the course of their year long tenure. Adding to that, the band just announced an all new set of tour dates supporting STICK TO YOUR GUNS.

02/13 – Sacramento, CA at Ace of Spades
02/14 – Salt Lake City, UT at In the Venue
02/15 – Denver, CO at Marquis Theatre
02/17 – Chicago, IL at The Bottom Lounge
02/18 – Detroit, MI at Magic Stick
02/19 – Toronto, ON at Mod Club
02/20 – Montreal, QC at Paradox Theatre
02/21 – Worcester, MA at The Palladium
02/22 – New York, NY at Gramercy Theatre
02/23 – Albany, NY at Bogie’s
02/24 – Philadelphia, PA at TLA
02/25 – Greensboro, NC at Cone Denim Center
02/26 – Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
02/27 – Tampa, FL at The Orpheum
02/28 – Jacksonville, FL at Underbelly
03/02 – San Antonio, TX at Korova
03/03 – Houston, TX at Walter’s
03/04 – Dallas, TX at The Door
03/05 – Albuquerque, NM at Launchpad
03/06 – Phoenix, AZ at Nile Theatre
03/08 – San Diego, CA at Soma

’68 debuted at #1 on the Billboard New Artist Chart with the release of In Humor and Sadness last month selling more than 3,000 copies in its first week of release. Puregrain Audio offers, “If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if The Black Keys and Every Time I Die made a love child in the washroom of a Wax Fang concert, ’68 is your answer.” in their 8/10 review. Alternative Press states “What’s ironic about Humor is that despite Scogin’s infatuation with 21st century rock ’n’ roots music, the album is closer in style, decibels and straight-up attitude to Nirvana’s legendary Bleach.”


1. Track One
2. Track Two
3. Track Three
4. Track Four
5. Track Five
6. Track Six
7. Track Seven
8. Track Eight
9. Track Nine
10. Track Ten

From FYI Music News:

Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan will start adding streams and track downloads to the formula behind the Billboard 200, starting 11/30. A new chart incorporating sales and listening data will be published on Billboard’s website on 12/04 and in the print edition available on 12/13.

The so-called consumption chart will count 1.5K song streams from services such as Spotify as an album sale equivalent and “track equivalent albums” — the industry yardstick of 10 downloads of individual tracks — as part of the formula for album rankings on the Billboard 200.

The addition of streams and track equivalent albums is intended to stabilize new chart entries as first week sales taper off and online listening increases.

The new chart is restricted to the US for now, says Paul Tuch, Nielsen Ent.’s Director of Canadian Operations. He doesn’t count out a similar methodoly coming to Canada sometime in the future.

In September, Nielsen Canada added streaming data from YouTube, Slacker and five other firms in with digital track sales and BDS airplay data in its formulations used to rank the Canadian Hot 100 and Emerging Artist charts.

From Fortune:

As Google CEO Larry Page looks backward, he’s realizing how much his musical education inspired critical elements of Google—especially his impatience and obsession with speed.

“In some sense I feel like music training lead to the high-speed legacy of Google for me,” Page said during a recent interview with Fortune. “In music you’re very cognizant of time. Time is like the primary thing.”

Page, who grew up in Michigan, played saxophone and studied music composition while growing up. During college at the University of Michigan, he developed a business plan for a company that would use software to build a music synthesizer. That project, which required the software to work in real time, opened his eyes to a what he saw as a flaw in the software that powers most computers.
“It’s amazing to the extent I think that modern operating systems are terrible at being real-time,” Page said. “If you think about it from a music point of view, if you’re a percussionist, you hit something, it’s got to happen in milliseconds, fractions of a second.”

“I do think there is an important artistic component in what we do,” he said. “As a technology company I’ve tried to really stress that.” Page says he learned to appreciate that “artistic component,” in part through music.

From Wired:

This morning, Twitter began rolling out a search service that lets you search for any tweet in its archive.

Outside services have long offered ways of searching old tweets, including tools like Topsy (now owned by Apple) and Tweet Machine, and such services are still the best way to find tweets that have been deleted from Twitter proper. But Twitter’s new search engine fills a conspicuous hole in its own micro-messaging service, and shows how internet search services continue to evolve, providing ever faster access to an ever growing corpus of online information.

Though the new Twitter search engine is limited to rather rudimentary keyword searches today, the company plans to expand into more complex queries in the months and years to come. And the foundational search infrastructure laid down by the company will help drive other Twitter tools as well. “It lets us power a lot more things down the road—not just search,” says Gilad Mishne, the Twitter engineering director who helped oversee the project.