Jem has finally announced here follow up to 2004’s Finally Woken album. Finally Woken with its Dido-esque styling is probably best known for the albums’ title track and ‘They’ along with the song Madonna recorded ‘Nothing Fails’ which appeared on the American Life album.
The new album ‘Down To Earth’ is to be released in September, with an initial song (Down To Earth) from it appearing on soundtrack to the current Sex In The City film soundtrack.
website – http://www.jem-music.net/
The Details of Ray LaMontagne’s next album have been announced. The album is to be called Gossip In The Grain and will be released on 9th September 2008. Produced by Ethan Johns at the Realworld Studios. Unlike the first two albums Ray is backed by some of his live touring band.
According to Digital Music News, MediaDefender an anti-piracy company has used an illegal means to try an shutdown what is a legitimate online media selling service Revision3. Revision3 legally uses bit torrent technologies and as a result of a security hole had servers tricked into acting as a tracker for some illegal content, setup up by MediaDefender by exploiting a security hole according to Revision3. When Revision3 spotted the abuse and shutout MediaDefender it appears to have triggered a denial of service attack (achieved by saturating a web server with too many requests for content). So Revision3’s actions which were correctly taken to prevent their servers from being exploited and used for illegal copying (also the the job of MediaDefender) resulted in the service attack. Reviosn3 has a good description of what the DOS attack is like.
Given MediaDefender’s failure to atleast talk with Revision3 let alone use correct legal channels, has been referred the matter to the FBI as it breaks 12 different statutes including Computer Fraud and Misuse act. Revision3’s news article on the whole event is fascinating insight into how blasé MediaDefender about its actions. Since the attack, MediaDefender have said they’ve updated their policies to first check to see if the server they’re looking at is associated to a legitimate business. Hey, shouldn’t you have been doing that anyway? As Revision3 had said, what if someone had exploited an loophole in security for an emergency service to host a bit torrent tracker which had then been attacked by MediaDefender?
Interestingly most of the information describing what has gone on has come from Revision3, and MediaDefender’s website is particularly quiet on these events.
Sigur Ros are following what seems to becoming a common pattern of giving away a free download single to help promote a new album. The new single Gobbledigook can be downloaded as a high quality MP3 from their site – Sigur Ros. The new album is scheduled for release on June 23rd in the UK. Sigur Ross also have a website at http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk/.