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Mar 18th 2013

AOL's Digital Prophet, David Shing, Interviews Industry's Leaders at SXSW for "Shingerviews"

David Shing, AOL's digital prophet and brand evangelist, flew out to Austin, TX, for SXSW 2013 to see the latest in film, music and tech. While intrigued by what was happening on the main stages, Shing was also interested in digging into the latest trends in digital. He took to the streets, interviewing leaders from start-ups to iconic American brands. He shares his conversations on the web series, "Shingerviews" on AOL On.

The series features the creative minds and leaders behind Soundcloud, Wired Magazine, Cadillac, Readmill, Obama Campaign, Mondel─ôz International and more. Watch the playlist below or visit AOL On for more insightful "Shingerviews."

Oct 9th 2012

Winamp Brings Synchronized Lyrics To Mobile and Desktop with new partners SongFreaks and LyricFind

Attention music fans: you will no longer have to worry about mumbling the words to your favorite songs!

Following the recent release of Album Washer, Winamp is proud to reveal a new lyrics add-on feature, powered by LyricFind, for the award winning Android music player.

The new add-on displays lyrics to your favorite songs and automatically scrolls in time with what you're listening to on top of the playback screen. LyricFind provides millions of songs from over 40,000 artists and 200,000 albums for users in 20 countries. The add-on is available for $1.99 and can be purchased directly within the Winamp for Android app in the In-App Store.

The way lyrics are seamlessly integrated right on top of your playback screen brings another dimension to your listening experience. This is another step in our roadmap to give our users a wide variety of ways to customize their experience on Android handsets and has always been a part of the Winamp DNA, give the power to the user!

Additionally, Winamp and SongFreaks are announcing a new online service for the Winamp desktop music player today, SongFreaks For Winamp.

The SongFreaks application, which will be available during the Winamp installation (and can also be downloaded through Winamp.com), includes access to the same great catalog of lyrics and provides easy access to artist and album data, videos, charts, images, and more. Users can also participate in the SongFreaks community, sharing songs (and lyrics), artist info, and more, while earning badges and competing to become the Top Fan of each artist. Users can become the Top Fan by interacting with each artist on SongFreaks, viewing and sharing their information, and listening to their music.

Additionally, the SongFreaks application includes LyricStream, the SongFreaks technology that synchronizes the display of lyrics in time with your music. If LyricStream isn't available for a particular song, users can add sync data automatically, using a fun, interactive process.

SongFreaks Founder Alex Curelea said, "We're very happy to partner with Winamp and provide lyrics to their tens of millions of users. We're excited to introduce their users to the SongFreaks community and help them sing along to their music!"

For more about Winamp for Android follow this link, and for more about the SongFreaks Online Service on the Winamp Desktop media player click here. For more info about LyricFind go to lyricfind.com and for more info about SongFreaks go to songfreaks.com.

Sep 13th 2012

MAKERS Spotlights Firsts in Journalism and Music

MAKERS.com, which launched in March showcasing women trailblazers of the past half-century, now features more than 130 video profiles and grows every week. The latest additions to the gallery: the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize, the first female senior editor of Newsweek and the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize when her album "The Greatest" was awarded Album of the Year.

Sheryl WuDunn is an investment banker, author, journalist, and international women's rights advocate. In 1989 she became the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize for her work at the Beijing bureau of the New York Times. She has co-written three best-selling books with her husband, the Times columnist Nicolas Kristof. She is currently a managing director at Mid-Market Solutions. In 1989 WuDunn joined the Times' Beijing bureau, where she and Kristof, whom she had married the previous year, teamed up to cover the Tiananmen Square massacre and several other major stories in China and Southeast Asia. Their work was recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, making them the first husband and wife team to receive the award.

Lynn Povich is an editor, journalist, and women's rights pioneer. In 1975, she became the first female senior editor in the history of Newsweek. She's currently co-chairwoman of the International Women's Media Foundation. Povich joined Newsweek as a secretary in the mid-1960s at a time when all the writers and editors were men and all the fact checkers, researchers, and secretaries were women. In 1970, the magazine decided to publish a cover story on the women's rights movement. Because they didn't have any female writers on staff, they had to hire a female writer from elsewhere to write the piece as a freelancer. Outraged, Povich and 45 other female staffers of the magazine sued for sex discrimination. The lawsuit and the publicity it created were a gigantic first step toward gender equality in the magazine business.

Chan Marshall
is a singer-songwriter also known by the name of her band Cat Power. The Atlanta-born musician found her musical voice as a teenager while jamming with other musician friends in a basement. In 1992, she moved to New York and two years later experienced her first big break when she opened for music artist Liz Phair. Known for her soulful, minimalist vocals and guitar, Marshall released her first album in 1995. In 2007, she became the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize when her album The Greatest was awarded Album of the Year. Her cover of "Sea of Love" was also featured on the 2007 movie soundtrack for the film Juno. Cat Power's latest studio album Sun released Sept. 4 to rave reviews.

Learn more about Chan Marshall by watching this video:

For more inspiring stories, head to MAKERS.com

Aug 2nd 2012

HuffPost Canada Music Hits a High Note

HuffPost Canada Music launched today, joining AOL Canada's family of music properties which includes AOL Music Canada, Spinner.ca, The Boot, The Boombox, Noisecreep and AOL Radio. The site combines The Huffington Post's powerful engagement and blogging platform with groundbreaking music content, original one-on-one interviews, exclusive videos, performances and more.

To celebrate the launch, HuffPost Canada Music has teamed up with Universal Music Canada to offer the chance to win a trip for two to New York City to see The Smashing Pumpkins live in concert. The contest invites visitors to test their Smashing Pumpkins knowledge with a unique trivia quiz and then gives them a chance to enter to win.

Launch partners also include Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. and their media agency, PHD. Ads for their Back-to-School campaign are running across all AOL music properties, including HuffPost Canada Music.

The Huffington Post Canada launched in May 2011 as the first international edition of The Huffington Post, and now reaches 3.4 million online Canadians through its various Canadian channels and sites. It has an ever-growing social following, boasting more than 51,000 Facebook fans, more than 36,000 Twitter followers and receiving more than 14,000 comments per week.

Find out the latest music news in Canada now.

*Source: comScore, Inc., Total Canada, Home & Work, June 2012. 3 month average from [M] AOL Music. The Huffington Post data from [E] Huffington Post Global.

Jun 25th 2012

Winamp Announces New Updates and Album Washer Feature

Winamp unveiled the release of Album Washer, powered by Gracenote®, a new feature in Winamp for Android that allows users to clean-up and organize audio files creating a more seamless user experience for passionate music fans. Album Washer is available as an in-app purchase from the new in-app Store and for a limited time you can get the Album Washer for only $.99.

Winamp also plans to unveil updated offerings for both Mac and PC platforms demonstrating Winamp's continued commitment to innovation as it celebrates its 15th anniversary. To learn more about Album Washer check out the Winamp Blog. To learn more about Winamp's updates for Android, Mac and PC click here.

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