The Crystal Oracle is a tool for getting information you might not have thought of before, or maybe it expands your point of view, or gives you a completely new undertanding. It’s a self-help device, like asking a good friend or psychiatrist, only it uses five crystals (which conduct electrical impulses) and a 15 line casting cloth which names situations people want to know about (like love or money or health) and a quick, easy to understand, informative, little book (and you don’t have to be a scholar or meditator) which interprets the crystals on the lines. Your thoughts are the electrical impulse and the cyrstals carry the thoughts to the casting cloth. Crystals empower our world (computers, TV and radio, and travel – surface and space). That’s information, communication, and transportation. The Crystal Oracle has been continuously available from publishers for 21 years, in at least eight countries. Just hold and release the crystals onto the casting cloth. You can ask a specific question (does Bob love me) or just ask for a “reading” (how will my day go). Barnes and Noble carry it for $13 or you can order it on-line for $10. Try it out. It’s valuable advice during these times, or any time.
GlisteningFlicks.com announced an exclusive partnership with Google.com for distribution of video content. GlisteningFlicks.com houses one of the largest privately owned music video collections. Google.com own YouTube, one of the most visited video websites. The collaboration will result in a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience.
The video feed features a customized viewer preloaded with videos targeted for the webpage content. You’ll also be able to search by keyword. In addition, the webpages will feature a unique RSS entertainment feed. Content will include news, events, free MP3’s for streaming or download, reviews and articles.
YouTube Company History
Founded in February 2005, YouTube is the leader in on-line video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.com and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email.
Everyone can watch videos on YouTube. People can see first-hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual. As more people capture special moments on video, YouTube is empowering them to become the broadcasters of tomorrow.
YouTube received funding from Sequoia Capital in November 2005 and was officially launched one month later in December. Chad Hurley and Steve Chen proceeded to become the first members of the YouTube management team and currently serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer respectively.
In November 2006, within a year of its launch, YouTube was purchased by Google Inc. in one of the most talked-about acquisitions to date.
YouTube has struck numerous partnership deals with content providers such as CBS, BBC, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Group, Warner Music Group, NBA, The Sundance Channel and many more.
Sony kind-of bought American culture. A few years back they purchased BMG. Who was BMG? Well, they were an American company that bought-up a bunch of then famous American record labels, like EPIC and Columbia Records.
Way back before all of this merger activity…
the independent labels brought forth some great music. A large portion of what has become known as “classic rock” is included in this music catalog.
Back then, you’d hear the announcer on a live album, such as REO Speedwagon, step up to the microphone and say, “EPIC recording artist, REO Speedwagon….” And, ther crowd would roar. Then, BMG bought a large number of intellectual property rights, including this EPIC recording. Next, BMG got bought by the bigger fish, SONY.
Their record labels include:
Zomba Music Group (including Rough Trade and Pinnacle)
Red Music Distribution
Here is the history according to Wikipedia:
Sony BMG Music Entertainment began as the result of a 50–50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and Bertelsmann Music Group (part of Bertelsmann) completed on August 5, 2004. It is one of the Big Four music companies, and includes ownership and distribution of recording labels such as Arista Records, Columbia Records, Epic Records, J Records, Jive Records, RCA Victor Records, RCA Records, Legacy Recordings, Sonic Wave America, and others. The merger affected all Sony Music and Bertelsmann Music Group companies worldwide except for Japan, where it was felt that it would reduce competition in that country’s music industry significantly.
Financial analysts covering the merger anticipated that up to 2,000 jobs would be cut as a result, saving Sony BMG approximately $350 million annually.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, who succeeded Andrew Lack on February 10, 2006. In the first half of 2005, the company’s share of new releases in the United States (US) declined from 33% to 26% according to Nielsen SoundScan. This, and Lack’s negotiation of what some called an “ill-conceived” deal with Bruce Springsteen led to Bertelsmann informing Sony that it would not renew Lack’s contract.
The company signed a content deal with the popular video sharing community YouTube.
On August 5, 2008 Sony Corp. agreed to buy Bertelsmann AG’s 50 percent stake in the music company for $1.2 billion to get full control. The music company will be renamed Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and will become a unit of Sony Corporation of America. This will allow Sony the rights to artists on the current and historic BMG roster and would allow Sony Corporation to better integrate its functions with its Playstation 3 and upcoming new media initiatives.
Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Inc., is one of the so called “Big Four” record companies, along with EMI,
Warner Music Group, and Atlantic Music Groups. Sony BMG, who holds a 25% share of the music market, was born out of the merger of two music industry giants, Sony Music and BMG Music.
SONY has been bleeding money. This quarter is another example. Their record company is hardly even mentioned in the financial news. If you go to Sony’s Investor Relations, you must dig deep. However, upon digging deeper, they reveal that operating income is expected to be reduced by 11 billion Yen due to lower-than-expected sales and additional restructuring charges in the music business.
RomBox.com is happy to announce the RomBox.com Entertainment Blog and the RomBox.com Entertainment RSS Events Feed. Take part in the Rock n’ Roll Romper Room Internet music magazine. You can watch and take part in the action with musicians, comedians, entertainment industry pro’s and who knows? Maybe even you. Watch music videos or downloads MP3’s for free.
RomBox.com and the Rock n’ Roll Romper have been active in the on-line community since the mid 1990’s. Lots of unknown artists have been discovered and plenty of famous people have taken part in the frolic. From way back to the Coasters and the Beatles right through to the present day bands, artists have had this forum to get the word out. The first world wide web record company was founded right here. Later, some of the first MP3 downloads were made available right here. Whenever there has been progress with technology, the attempt has been to bring it to you first… right here! So, have fun with the latest interactive publishing techniques, Atom and RSS feeds.