Digital Beat: Björk, Thom Yorke, Toni Braxton ...

Duet between Icelandic songstress and Radiohead frontman available for download.

"I've Seen It All," a duet between Icelandic songstress Björk and Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, is available in MP3 format on Björk's Web site (www.bjork.com). A RealAudio clip of the track also is available at www.downloadsdirect.com. "I've Seen It All" is featured on Björk's forthcoming Selmasongs, the soundtrack to the Lars von Trier film "Dancer in the Dark," in which the singer stars. Björk won the Best Actress award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for the role. Selmasongs is due Sept. 19. ... Singer Toni Braxton will chat online with Windows-compatible fans at 9 p.m. EDT Thursday (July 27) at http://chat.msn.com/msnlive/features/tonibraxton.asp. Braxton's The Heat is at #9 in its 12th week on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. ...

MP3Board.com, a site that provides links to downloadable music, announced a system Tuesday (July 25) that will allow musicians to erase hyperlinks to their work from the site, Reuters reported. Artists can apply for an account, then use software called LinkBlaster to automatically erase links to their work. MP3Board.com chief Lars Mapstead said the software can be tailored to erase links on other sites as well. Like many music sites, MP3Board.com is in court, battling record labels who say the site's search engines and lists of MP3 links infringe on their copyrights. ... MP3 file-sharing company Napster announced a research and development deal Tuesday (July 25) with Liquid Audio, a firm that provides secure, copy-protected music download technology. ...

Internet music download company MP3.com announced Tuesday (July 25) that it has hired William R. "Billy" Pitts Jr. as its new executive vice president for government relations. Pitts, who served as a congressional advisor in the Reagan and Bush administrations, will be based in Washington, D.C. ... Elektra Records recently launched Rockbox 2000 (www.Rockbox2000.com), featuring full-length streaming audio and video from Elektra artists such as AC/DC, Metallica, Third Eye Blind, the Cure, Staind, Ween, Pantera and Phish. In addition to the music, Rockbox 2000 also features behind-the-scenes video footage, digital stills from shows, tour dates and bios. ...

U2 have launched a Web site (www.U2.com) that offers a look into the studio, via webcams, where they are putting together their upcoming album. A release date or title for the album, which follows 1997's Pop, is not decided, according to a band spokesperson. ... A study of Napster use and CD sales released on Friday (July 21) by Internet research firm Jupiter Communications found that Napster users are 45 percent more likely to buy more music than nonusers. The study refutes the Recording Industry Association of America's claim that Napster has taken a deep chunk out of CD sales near "wired" universities and says most sales declines in the RIAA-cited study occurred before the file-sharing software was released. The study concluded that sales are driven by Napster and similar services but that sales would increase exponentially if record companies were to team up with file-sharing systems. ...

The Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America announced Thursday morning (July 20) that they filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday in New York against Scour Inc. (www.scour.com), a Napster-like file-sharing service whose majority shareholder is Hollywood mogul Michael Ovitz. Scour allows users to download high-quality copies of current films, such as "Gladiator" and "X-Men," as well as songs from such artists as Beck, Eminem and Britney Spears. The two entertainment-industry organizations are seeking an injunction, as well as monetary damages, against the service for allegedly distributing copyrighted material. ...

If you've got 12 hours to spare, check out broadcast.com's archived webcast of Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Family Picnic. The show featured performances by Willie Nelson & Family, Little Joe Y La Familia, Mustang Sally and the Blame, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Ray Price and more than a dozen other acts. ... Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday (July 17) the release of Windows Media Technologies 7, its new platform for recording, storing and playing digital music and video. EMI Music Group announced that on midnight of July 18 they will release over 90 hours of downloadable music in the new format, including work from catalog artists Blondie, MXPX, N.W.A and Sammie. ...

A new song from British rockers Radiohead is available from an unofficial band Web site (www.ateaseweb.com). The song, "Alligators in New York Sewers," was performed for the first time July 9 in Caesaria, Israel, and was posted shortly afterward as a RealAudio or MP3 download. ... Web site SpinRecords.com started a music subscription service that will allow subscribers to download an unlimited number of songs by bands represented by the site. The site said that the service, which launched July 15 and costs $4.95 a month, also provides access to live tracks and live or archived Web broadcasts of performances. ... MP3.com has announced a partnership with Fun e-Business, an Internet kiosk company, to place Web-enabled jukeboxes in bars, restaurants and stores. Through the new jukeboxes, customers will be able to download digital music, as well as purchase CDs, merchandise and concert tickets through MP3.com, the companies said. ...

Those who missed Radiohead's June 15 concert at Teatro Tivoli in Barcelona, Spain, can download the entire show in RealAudio at http://members.aol.com/nodata1/webcast.htm. The concert also can be downloaded from Napster. ... Web site Riffage.com has bought 1500 Records, an imprint formerly owned by the Interscope/Universal label group. Under the new business model, artists signed to 1500's roster — including techno-rock act God Lives Underwater and hip-hop group Ugly Duckling — will split the net profits on album sales. ... Music by the Chemical Brothers, Air and over 60 other artists is available to send through Egreetings, the Web-based greeting-card service. The Chemicals' beats can be heard on a "Block Rockin' " birthday card, which uses the duo's hit "Block Rockin' Beats" (RealAudio excerpt), and a "Hey Boy Hey Girl" general greeting card. Air cards will feature the songs "Sexy Boy," "All I Need" (from their 1998 LP, Moon Safari) and "Playground Love" (from their recent score for "The Virgin Suicides"). Cards are available at www.egreetings.com by clicking on "music scene."...

Hole have posted more than 50 MP3 files on holemusic.com. The songs include live versions of such songs as "Celebrity Skin" and "Malibu," as well as a studio version of "Asking for It" with guest vocals from Kurt Cobain. ... Those who can't attend WOMAD USA, to be held July 28–30 in Seattle, will still be able to see and hear the music. Mainstage performances will be webcast by the World Entertainment Network, with streaming video available at either wen.com or womadusa.org. Events on the other four stages will be available for download from the same sites, with interviews and commentary. ... Lookout! Records, home to pop-punkers the Donnas, Mr T. Experience, Bratmobile and old-school surf-rockers the Avengers, has inked a deal with EMusic.com, to make its entire catalog available for download. Fans can purchase or simply sample MP3s, including tracks from early 1990s Rancid precursor Operation Ivy and early Green Day material.

— sonicnet.com staff report