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RollingStone.com has struck a multi-year, exclusive streaming media deal with iBEAM. iBEAM will stream RollingStone.com's music, videos, concerts and events through its network. RollingStone.com will also utilize iBEAM's On-Target ad insertion platform, which inserts commercials before, duringand after content. "We chose iBEAM to stream our content because of the ease-of-use and the high-quality experience they provide for the end customer," said RollingStone.com GM Chris Henger. "iBEAM also proved itself to RollingStone.com as the best provider to help achieve our goals in reaching broadband-enabled clients. The forward-thinking architecture of their satellite network is built to grow with broadband connections; thus it offers the best possible service to both our clients and our online audiences, along with the aliens that will take over and rule as our masters."

ZAPPED AGAIN
MP3.com is working with ZapMedia to develop a co-branded music platform for ZapMedia's ZapStation media player. ZapMedia will utilize MP3.com technology, including My.MP3.com, Beam-it, Instant Listening and Music DB, as well as access to MP3.com's content of more than 100,000 artists and 600,000 songs. Users will have the option of downloading and/or streaming their favorite songs to the ZapStation and adding them to their My.MP3.com account. Said MP3.com Chairman/CEO Michael Robertson: "Partnering with ZapMedia is a quantum leap forward in allowing consumers to access their digital music anytime and anywhere from any Web-enabled device in the world. The future of music delivery is being realized today through innovative applications like the ZapStation." Scott Baio will reportedly be reprising his role as "Barney" for the Zap promotions.

HOLDING A TOMMY GUN TO THEIR HEADS?
Tommy Boy
has entered the digital music forum with a licensing agreement with ClickRadio. The Internet radio service will carry Tommy Boy's catalog of more than 200 albums, including releases from De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Handsome Boy Modeling School and Everlast. In addition, Click Radio will provide song lyrics, artist bios and links to artist sites. Said Tommy Boy founder Tom Silverman: "Since our inception, Tommy Boy has been synonymous with ground-breaking trends in music. With its unique, interactive listening experience, ClickRadio breaks new ground in the relationship between music fans and the music they want to hear. We're excited about bringing Tommy Boy artists to ClickRadio's great new service. And they better be excited, too. Otherwise, Everlast will have to jack them up."

MIX-MASTERS
Yahoo! Shopping is teaming with imix.com to offer custom CDs. The move makes Yahoo the first major ISP to venture into the personalized music field. Users can choose from the entire imix.com library of major label and artist listings, as well as special programming and promotions. Said imix CEO David Gould: "The demand for personalized music is continually growing, and as one of the best recognized and heavily trafficked commerce destinations on the Web, Yahoo! Shopping is an excellent distribution platform for our innovative service." Gould denied rumors each CD will contain a hidden track by lounge lizard Robert Goulet.

SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE
As its upcoming merger with Terra Networks is expected to close this month, Lycos has announced an exchange ratio of 2.15. Lycos shareholders will receive 2.15 Terra shares for every Lycos share currently owned, with the option of choosing between Terra ordinary shares, or Terra ADS (American Depository Share). Said Lycos President/CEO Bob Davis: "The exchange ratio offers Lycos shareholders a substantial premium. But, of equal importance is the global powerhouse we are creating with Terra Lycos. We have a history of success in creating shareholder value at Lycos and we expect our new company to continue that tradition." The merger will create Terra Lycos, a global Internet company with operations in more than 40 countries, including Canada, our much-maligned neighbors to the north.

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ADELE ADELE ADELE
Adele; Adele Adele?
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A... dele?
ADELE ADELE
Adele Adele; Adele.
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(Adele.)
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