News From Around the Music Web

Google Denies Napster Takeover

Reuters reports on a New York Post article citing un-named sources identifying subscription muisc service, Napster, as a potential takeover target for Google, who are currently in the process of rolling out a music search tool. Google denied the report, sening Napster’s shares down and dissolving almost 60% of the recent gains made by the stock.

The conjecture is that Google had been strongly considering a partnership with Napster as it rolls out it’s music search tool. A recent Bear Stearns report pegged Google as most likely to start a music service within the next 3 to 6 months, possibly fueling speculation about a Google/Napster alliance.

A Google spokeswoman denied the report while Napster did not comment.

Mark Farina at Cielo

New York’s favorite little club that could, Cielo, brings Mark Farina to the decks on Thursday, February 2 for a 5 hour set.

Magnum PR Salutes Tommy Sunshine in 2006

From a Magnum PR press release, a list of upcoming releases for everyone’s favorite techno/electro/house DJ, Tommy Sunshine. (Don’t quote me on the genres, not sure what he wants to be recognized for spinning nowadays.)

2006 is Tommie’s year of releases, first is Systematic Sessions Vol. 2 – Tommie
Sunshine & Marc Romboy, releasing in late Apr/May 06 on German label Systematic
Recordings. Following soon after is his Ultra Records release, the yet unnamed
compilation featuring all his own remixes due out before Summer ‘06. Tommie has been
using his talented ear and skill at chiming in a new sound for years to remix the likes
of The Killers, Elvis Presley, Louis the XIV, now we can add to this already hefty list, his
latest remixes of Gang Of Four, Fallout Boy, and My Robot Friend for 2005. Remixes already
completed in ‘06 are The Shiny Toy Guns, Panic! At the Disco and his most recent, The Sounds.

Ultra Music Festival Announces Additions to their WMC Line-up

On Saturday, March 25, 2006 at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami, Hot Hot Heat, Paul van Dyk, Hard-Fi, Carl Cox, Perry Farrell, Danny Tenaglia, Richie Hawtin, Mauro Picotto, Armand van Helden, DJ Hell, BT, Benny Benassi, Nic Fanciulli, Meat Katie, Grooverider and Donald Glaude join the the lineup for festival, which is in its 8th year, and is now a sanctioned WMC event.
Previously announced are headliners, The Prodigy, Paul Oakenfold (live) and Erick Morillo. Official sponsors for this year’s event include MySpace.com, Pioneer Pro DJ, AOL Music and Music Choice.
Get tix at ultramusicfestival.com

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