Skype is launching in-app advertising for its Windows client. Just like Last.fm the main markets will be US, UK, Germany.
We’re working with some great advertisers, including Groupon, Universal Pictures, and Visa.
Ads will appear in the US, UK and Germany and advertising sales for Skype are initially focused in those markets.
One of the most interesting band bio profiles I read on last.fm recently
Biography by Maja Karlsson, former bass player
For about six years I played the bass in Envelopes. The first five of those, I only met the band a few weekends a year, and during those weird Christian holidays. Audrey, Henrik and Fredrik hung out and recorded some tracks on the computer. Once in a while we assembled for a couple of days of around-the-clock rehearsals, to pull off some show, usually in Paris. The first show everwas in Sweden though. That’s when Filip was recruited and a proper functioning pop band was created. Indeed. The show was quite well received, but was to be our last on Swedish turf for a long time. We played every Parisian venue, and Benicassim Festival in Spain, before getting any
recognition at all in Sweden.
Eventually, Envelopes were approached by London based label Brille Records. We were going to be their first band. To make it work professionally though, we had to meet more often than a couple of times a year, and cut a few years from our usual song production time. So we had a crack at it, and told Brille what we needed to be a proper functioning band, for real: a house for five people, with recording equipment, and no obligations to work with anything other than the music to support our living. What do you know? They said yes.
To this day the band have cost tons and made zero money, but a few people think they are the best band ever. Music always gets you right at the heart when it risks being ridiculous. Envelopes
(thx to Eistein Music Journal)