*Money: Last.fm will pay royalties to unsigned artists for the songs streamed through their service. Label this! Hypebot captures the response of Merlin (the “indie major”). [techcrunch]
*Torture: Torturers might owe royalties to artists for the music they play over and over to torture victims.
*Cellular: Call a rapper, get a freestyle ringtone. [WAIT – my day job?]
*Television: Wine bar music comes to Sesame Street as Feist performs with Elmo on PBS on August 11th.
*Industry: Is myAWOL (My Artists Without Labels) a new kind of label? Which is to say a media channel meant for music and optimized for the internet. (Hey, that aside wasn’t droll at all!)
*Contest: Would you like to compete with Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. to create the best song from the lyrics of The Honeydogs’ Adam Levy? It’s for Minnesota Public Radio! OK, I would not either.
*Tapes: The Cassette Tape Pouch. It does not play music.
*Marketing: NPR deconstructs Lil Wayne’s marketing strategy for The Carter III. [the rap up]
*Politics: Barack Obama gives a shout out to Weezy’s lyrical skills at a Georgia campaign event.
*Song title of the day: “Too Drunk to Fuck” by Buckcherry. Video.