Minor Chords: 11-12-07

EMI Licenses DRM-Free, Bands Share Ancillary Income, Chaka Gets Purple and Free Downloads From Wendy's

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  • EMI Music Group has licensed its DRM-free catalog to Hip Digital, which works with marketers to give away free music to consumers through promotions. Also, EMI's Canadian wing has, in turn, licensed Hip Digital's P.A.C.E. CMS, a web platform for advertisers to get licensed music. [Billboard.biz]

  • According to The Times, bands are increasingly signing "360" deals, whereby labels get a share of all ancillary income (beyond album sales, in other words), which can include money earned from sponsorships and licensed products. [New York Times]

  • Just as she's getting ready for The Color Purple rehearsals in December, R&B songstress Chaka Khan has been named the latest spokeswoman for The Purple Beverage Company... also, Common will be the new spokeman for Lincoln and its 2008 Navigator SUV. [PR Newswire] [Ad Age]

  • Step into Wendy's this week, and, with the purchase of a combo meal, get a free song download courtesy of Rhapsody. [Billboard.biz]