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December 23, 2008

Shorties (Bruce Springsteen, Aleksandar Hemon,a nd more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists includes USA Today's business books of the year.


Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include 3hive's top albums and WOXY's most played albums.


Billboard reports that Bruce Springsteen will release a greatest hits album exclusively through Wal-Mart.


The Wall Street Journal profiles Aleksandar Hemon, author of the novel The Lazarus Project.


The Telegraph reports that Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen will headline next year's Glastonbury music festival.


The Los Angeles Times examines the rising tensions between music labels and streaming video websites.


The Boston Globe interviews Annie J. Randall, author of the Dusty Springfield biography, Dusty! Queen of the Postmods.


Bored at Work lists the most awesome music lists of 2008.


Stereogum lists its 50 most popular mp3 downloads of the year.


Daytrotter's Tuesday session features in-studio mp3s from Dr. Manhattan.


Salon ponders the future of literature in the current publishing economic crisis.


The Frisky names the best male bloggers of 2008.


Anathallo's Matt Joynt takes BlackBook's pop quiz.


The Times Online examines a study that refutes the power of the "long tail" for the music industry.

However, a new study by Will Page, chief economist of the MCPS-PRS Alliance, the not-for-profit royalty collection society, suggests that the niche market is not an untapped goldmine and that online sales success still relies on big hits. They found that, for the online singles market, 80 per cent of all revenue came from around 52,000 tracks. For albums, the figures were even more stark. Of the 1.23 million available, only 173,000 were ever bought, meaning 85 per cent did not sell a single copy all year.


The Telegraph lists 20 facts about Leonard Cohen's classic song, "Hallelujah."


LaundroMatinee features videos and mp3s from an in-studio performance by Castanets.


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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