All Covered With Vines

Adorable Folk Singers Are First Vine Musicians To Sign With Major Record Label

SO CUTE. SO TALENTED. (Screengrab: Vine)

If Justin Bieber was able to launch a music (and tech?) career from a bunch of Youtube videos, then this had to be the natural next step.

Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado — who comprise husband-and-wife folk-pop duo “Us” — have become the first Vine musicians to sign with a major record label, Billboard reports. After just four months of posting six-second clips of their music, the pair signed with Republic Records on March 18. Read More

Fame And Fortune

These Two Brooklyn Guys Are Making $300 an Article on Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales has standards, okay? (Wikipedia.com)

The Wikipedia hive mind does not take kindly to the ad copy. So blatantly self-promotional language and a lack of citations are likely to get a would-be writer nowhere. But if there’s one thing the Internet has taught us, it’s that almost anything can be used as a low-cost publicity tool.

That’s where record producer Erez Safer and film maker Aaron Wertheimer come in. As the New York Daily News reports, if you’re looking for a presence on the site,  these two Brooklyn gentlemen will build you a thoroughly footnoted Wikipedia page for a mere $300. So far, they’ve got about a dozen on the site, ten in the works, and a hundred requests in the pipeline. The system: gamed.  Read More