RealTime IT News

Streaming Media Gets the Blues

The music industry's push to get online was expanded Thursday as the House of Blues launched a 24-hour Internet radio station and announced a partnership with the Microsoft Network.

The radio station will feature a mix of music, live concerts, in-studio performances, interviews, artist profiles and music news. Artists to be played on the station include The Blues Brothers, The Black Crowes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Lee Hooker, the Cure, Otis Rush, Gov't Mule, Berlin, Sixpence None The Richer, Eve 6 and A Tribe Called Quest.

The House of Blues Internet Radio is linked from the radio page of the MSN's Web events, and is the default destination on the Microsoft radio bar, part of the recently released Internet Explorer 5.0.

"House of Blues is incredibly enthusiastic about this exciting new medium," said Stephen Felisan, House of Blues Digital's vice president of technology and development.

"Internet radio offers a truly worldwide reach to disseminate House of Blues' world-class music experience to people all over the world."