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Major Label Artists at Dark Star Records Will Be Receiving Some of the Highest Royalty Rates For Their Music on iTunes Radio

Major Label Artists at Dark Star Records will be receiving some of the Highest Royalty Rates for their music on iTunes Radio because of their Partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. Dark Star Records Artists included in the deal are: Black and White, Blackfinger, Bloodstream Parade, Bloody Mary, Conquest, Daisy Chain, DD Rand, Deepest Symphony, Drop, Grigori 3, Hammeron, Herman Ze German Rarebell, House Of Holland, Jeff Swan, Lords of Meat, Low Twelve, Lydian Sea, Matt Mercado, Metal Shop, Pist, Ript, Rival, Sacred Dawn, Shatter Their Illusion, Shooting Hemlock , Slam Bang, Slave Driver, Supermercado, The Projectionists, True Witness and Two Ton Anvil. “This is a Huge Deal for us”. Quotes Dark Star Records Label President ~Jeffrey A. Swanson. “As streaming music will most likely play a key role in the future of digital media”.



Ahead of its launch of an online radio service Apple AAPL -0.56% circulated terms to independent record labels last week, many of them more generous to the music companies than what rival Pandora Media P +2.14% currently pays.

Apple intends to pay royalties to labels based on a blend of how many times listeners hear their songs and how much advertising Apple sells, according to the terms, which were reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

During iTunes Radio’s first year, Apple will pay a label 0.13 cents each time a song is played, as well as 15% of net advertising revenue, proportionate to a given label’s share of the music played on iTunes. In the second year, that bumps up to 0.14 cents per listen, plus 19% of ad revenue.

That compares to the 0.12 cents Pandora pays labels per listen on its free service. Apple is also offering music publishers more than twice as much in royalties than Pandora does.

Apple won’t have to pay royalties for some performances of songs that are already in listeners’ iTunes libraries, or songs that might be on an album that a listener owns just part of. Similarly, “Heat Seeker” tracks selected by iTunes for special promotions, are also exempted. Apple also doesn’t have to pay for songs listeners skip before 20 seconds have elapsed. The company only gets to avoid paying royalties for two songs per hour for any given user.

The terms for independent labels are similar but not identical to those given to the three major record companies – Vivendi SA VIV.FR +1.50%’s Universal Music Group, Access Industries Inc.’s Warner Music Group and Sony Corp. 6758.TO +1.70%’s Sony Music Entertainment – which are expected to receive cash advances against future royalties.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Pandora was criticized by members of the band Pink Floyd in a recent USA Today opinion piece for complaining it pays too much in royalties to make a profit and asking artists to support its efforts to get a law passed that would cut the fees it pays.

Pandora founder Tim Westergren said Wednesday that it isn’t fair to compare Apple’s royalty rates with Pandora’s because the services work differently, and that different features on the two services could trigger different royalty payments.

“It’s apples and oranges,” said Mr. Westergren, referring to the two services.

The ad revenue iTunes Radio generates might not necessarily be more significant than Pandora’s. People familiar with Apple’s thinking said the company is primarily hoping that iTunes Radio will encourage listeners to buy the tracks they like at the iTunes Store and help the tech giant sell more iPhones, iPods and other hardware.

Though music sales are slipping fast across the industry with the growth of subscription streaming services that offer unlimited music for a monthly fee, Apple is likely to stick for now to its business model of selling songs on iTunes. That business has become marginally profitable in recent years, these people said – as long as that model remains sustainable.

The new radio service gives Apple a venue to develop its iAd system – a mobile advertising platform for Apple devices that allows third-party developers to embed their apps with ads, these people added.

The iTunes Radio licensing document also includes several references to terms for the use of music in talk, weather, sports and news programming on the new service. The agreement said Apple wouldn’t have to pay the independent labels royalties for snippets of music used in the background of those sorts of programs. But it’s unlikely Apple will invest much in creating such programming, given that it has long shied from creating its own content.

Clear Channel Communications Inc. Chief Executive Bob Pittman said recently that only a tiny fraction of the people who listen to iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s digital service, listen online to such programming.

Jezebeth Now Available on iTunes Movies

Jezebeth Hits it Big with iTunes. Already selling off the charts at Google Play and YouTube Rentals, Jezebeth is now breaking into the mainstream as it rises to the top of the digital revolution with iTunes Movies. Right now iTunes movies is blazing the path to the future of “On Demand” Movies. And SGL Entertainment is bringing Jezebeth and other movies to the biggest On Demand Services Available. Jezebeth is now becoming a Cult Classic Horror Film, by Being one of the First Independent Films to really Explode on the Digital Video On Demand Film Market. You can now watch Jezebeth on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. As well as Apple TV or your Computer. Download or Rent Jezebeth Today on iTunes at:


Grigori 3 Launch Their New Sophomore Album “On Your 6” via DSR / Sony Music

Grigori 3 Launch Their New Sophomore Album “On Your 6” via Dark Star Records / Sony Music. Also, several of the tracks from the new album are to be featured in the movie Jezebeth II hour of the gun and the Jezebeth TV Series…

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“Lords of Meat” Re Release Their Classic Album “A Mind A World Away”

Dark Star Records Re Release the Classic Album “A Mind A World Away” by Chicago based Metal Icons Lords Of Meat. The band was very popular in Europe and the Chicagoland Area and had originally released “A Mind A World Away” on Cassette in 1993. The band features vocalist Scott Huffman who also was the lead singer for Metallian, Twelfth Gate and Mindwarp Chamber. This special re release also includes three Live Studio Bonus Tracks. The Classic Album “A Mind A World Away” can now be found anywhere downloads are sold including iTunes via Dark Star Records and Sony Music.

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Vocals: Scott Huffman
Lead/Rhythm Guitar: Steve Stefani
Lead/Rhythm Guitar: Adam Polzin
Bass: Oliver Schmidt
Drums: Mike Konopka

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SGL Entertainment Acquires Several New Movies From The Phoenix Group

SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has signed a deal with The Phoenix Group and has acquired four full length motion pictures for their cutting edge on-demand digital film distribution. The movies include NIGHT CRAWLERS, SCORNED, THE MAGNIFICENT DEAD and JEZEBETH. The Phoenix Group is a major independent motion picture distribution company founded in 1989 and has offices in Los Angeles, Palm Desert and Boca Raton Florida. SGL Entertainment business partners Jeffrey A Swanson and Damien Dante are also in talks with The Phoenix Group about acquiring a number of Classic Action Films that include some Major Hollywood A List Actors. SGL Entertainment has strong partnerships with many new digital content providers and are able to make titles available on many of the new on-demand services and platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, BigStar TV, X-Box, iReel, Playstation, YouTube Rentals, Cinema Now and More. SGL Entertainment is looking at the future of movies and film and will always remain on the cutting edge of technology. Look for these movies and others to be available worldwide in early 2012 via SGL Entertainment.

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Conquest Release The Single “Never Forget” A Tribute To 9/11

As a tribute to the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, the band Conquest have just released their new single called Never Forget. “We must remember all the people that died that day” quotes singer “Derrick Brumley”. This is a song about America. The greatest country in the world. The land of the free and the home of the brave. This song goes out to all the brave men and women in uniform who continue to protect this great nation. We may have our good times and our bad times but we as Americans always stand tall and vigilant. And, we must “Never Forget”. The album artwork for the single shows a six year old little girl pledging the allegiance to the flag. The model is “Abigail Van Blarcom” of SGL Entertainment. The band Conquest hail from St. Louis Missouri, USA and are a pure breed of heavy metal. The song “Never Forget” can be heard every Monday night on KSHE FM and is also available for download at iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody and over 100 other digital retailers worldwide via Dark Star Records.

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