Artists Announce New Album Dates on Grammy Night

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Probably the biggest and important night in the music industry is the Grammy Awards. It’s where all the artists, producers, DJs, A&R’s, basically everyone important come out and celebrate. The 55th Grammy Awards took place on February 10, 2013 and it was ok. It wasn’t the best Grammys I’ve seen. The performances weren’t that spectacular (except for Justin Timberlake’s), LL Cool J kept making the show about him, and most of the awards were handed out during the pre-telecast.

Being such an important night in music, this was the perfect time for artists to announce new projects that they’re working on. The media from all around the world is on the red carpet, all music bloggers are glued to their TVs, and their PR practitioners are in full force. Here are some of the big announcements that were announced at the Grammys:

So as you can see, these are some pretty big announcements coming from artists of this high calibre. Being a music blogger myself, I was excited to hear album dates and future projects coming from my favourite artists. Looking it at a PR perspective, the 55th Grammy Awards brought in 28.4 million viewers, so it was the perfect time make a big announcement like an album release date. You’ll also have thousands of people tweeting during the night, so when Drake told us the name of his new album, fans were already talking about it and bloggers writing posts about the name.

Unless you have wardrobe malfunction, or a shaky performance, it’s all good publicity for an album/tour announcement during the Grammys. Now if only Jay-Z and Kanye West announced their new albums!

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Justin Timberlake is bringing MySpace Back

Justin Timberlake, the man who brought “SexyBack” in 2006, is ready to bring MySpace back from the dead! Excited? Well, after watching the video that Timberlake released on his Twitter has got me pumped up!

A long time ago, MySpace was once the leader in the social media world. The site was even bought by Rupert Murdock for $580 million  in 2005 and the value tripled within a year. But (the now powerful) Facebook came along and destroyed MySpace’s hopes and dreams.

In 2011, MySpace was purchased by the advertising network Specific Media for $35 million and Justin Timberlake who took ownership stake.

From the looks of it, the New MySpace will have a heavy music component to it. Users will have the option to sign in with their Facebook or Twitter account and bring their information over or create a new MySpace account. I am kind of getting tired of Facebook so the New MySpace interface looks really refreshing. If done right, this will look amazing on tablets!

The New MySpace will not only be squaring off against Facebook and Twitter, but as well as music based social sites like Spotify, Rdio, and Rhapsody.

Music being a huge party of my life and having a passion for the digital world, I can’t wait for the New MySpace!