Spotify is joining forces with musician profile service BandPage so that artists and groups can engage directly with their fans and offer them concert tickets, merchandising and VIP experiences. "For so long, musicians haven't effectively been able to reach their fans with the right merch and VIP experiences across major streaming services. This partnership opens up a new revenue stream that enables musicians to sell directly to 40 million fans at the moment they are most engaged and listening to a musician's song," said J Sider, Founder and CEO of BandPage. BandPage already allows solo artists and groups to set up a central profile and use that page to sell merchandise and promote upcoming events, but the new integration with Spotify takes things to another level and will offer social media savvy musicians in particular a host of creative opportunities.
An Oklahoma man has been charged with threatening to kill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his family, according to court documents obtained on Wednesday. Charles Jason Moreland, 31, of Tulsa, is suspected of sending profanity-laced email messages in April directed at the veteran Democratic senator from Nevada that said if Reid "ever steps out foot out of D.C., he will be done. You're a dead ... man Harry Reid," according to the documents. A lawyer for Moreland was not immediately available for comment.