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    Dedicated to the culture, business and interests of the indie artist. EVJ delivers controversial points of view, hard-news commentary, Industry Insites, artistic prose and photography and welcomes responses (pro or con), feedback and topic suggestions from readers. If you would like to submit an opinionated article, inspired poem, photo or essay to EVJ, forward all copy to Editor ESJ and put To the Editor in the subject field.

    Blender Names 25 Most Powerful People In Digital Music
    Apple CEO leads a list of the 25 most influential people in online music

    Charli James
    New York, NY (July 17, 2007) – Blender magazine has crowned Apple’s Steve Jobs as the undisputed king of the online music revolution in an article in their upcoming August issue, on sale July 17.

    “The Powergeek 25” ranks the 25 most powerful and influential people in the web music business. Blender says of Jobs, “The iTunes Store and the iPod have done more to change the way people listen to music than anything since the CD, and maybe since the sound recording.”

    At number 5 is Pitchfork creator Ryan Schreiber, whose web magazine has become the most successful online music publication, with “the power to create instant audiences for tiny bands like Art Brut and the Go! Team before they even release albums.”

    Number 4 is 68 year-old Universal Music Group Chairman/CEO Doug Morris, whom the industry looks to as the main influencer of digital music policy moves, including royalties and licensing.

    Number 3 are the creators of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who have witnessed their file-sharing site become “the starmaker MTV used to be. OK Go’s YouTube clip of ‘Here It Goes Again’ single-handedly broke the band.”

    The number 2 Powergeeks are MySpace’s Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe, “who made good on the Internet’s promise to level the music-industry playing field, allowing basement bands to effortlessly share their music, inform fans about tour dates and build an audience online.”

    Blender editor-in-chief Craig Marks explains the significance of the Powergeek 25: “Music fans spend much of their day, ­if not their life, ­sitting in front of their computer, discovering and downloading music. But just who are the behind-the-scenes players who shape those experiences? Today’s power brokers no longer work in the steel-and-glass towers of the traditional record business; instead, they’re tech geeks, bedroom bloggers and Silicon Valley visionaries. And like any group of people influencing our culture, they can be ranked in order of awesomeness, in this case from 25 down to 1.”

    The complete 25, with their vehicle for success, in ascending order to number 1 looks like this:

    25. Pete Wentz: net-obsessed star of Fall Out Boy
    24. Bob Lefsetz: The Leftsetz Letter (music business blog)
    23. Eric Garland: BigChampagne (online music research firm)
    22. Brett Woitunski: PureVolume (indie-punk community site)
    21. Matthew Perpetua: Fluxblog (mp3 blog)
    20. David Music: EMusic (online music retailer)
    19. Bram Cohen and Ashwin Navin: BitTorrent (file-sharing service)
    18. Jason Tate: AbsolutePunk (indie-punk news and community)
    17. “Oinkylicious” Alan: Oink’s Pink Palace (invite-only file sharing site)
    16. Vadim Mamotin: AllOfMp3 (discount retailer)
    15. Tim Quirk: Rhapsody (subscription music service)
    14. Anthony Volodkin: The Hype Machine (mp3 blog aggregation)
    13. Perez Hilton: PerezHilton (gossip blog)
    12. Mitch Bainwol: RIAA (music business trade group)
    11. Scott Lapatine: Stereogum (indie-rock blog)
    10. Coran Capshaw: MusicToday (online ticketer and merchandiser)
    9. Christian Schmid: RapidShare (file-hosting service)
    8. Greg Bildson: LimeWire (file-sharing program)
    7. Martin Stinksel and Felix Miller: Last.FM (music community site)
    6. Ian Rogers: Yahoo! Music (music portal)
    5. Ryan Schreiber: Pitchfork (indie-rock magazine)
    4. Doug Morris: Universal Music Group (recording company)
    3. Chad Hurley and Steve Chen: YouTube (video-sharing site)
    2. Tom Anderson and Chris Dewolfe: MySpace (social-networking site)
    1. Steve Jobs: Apple (Technology corporation)

    Dennis Publishing, Inc. is a media company that publishes the two most successful modern men’s lifestyle magazines in America – Maxim (2.5 million rate base) and Stuff (1.3 million rate base) – along with general interest music magazine Blender (Advertising Age’s Launch of the Year and Adweek’s Hot List), and The Week, a distillation of the week's most important news and opinion from the US and international media (Advertising Age’s A-List, Adweek’s Hot List). Dennis Digital manages all of the company’s interactive assets including the Web, mobile, mroadband and all emerging mediums. Maxim, Stuff, Blender and The Week (Advertising Age’s A-List, Adweek’s Hot List) are registered trademarks of Felix Dennis. Maxim Radio is broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio on channel 108.


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