updated 01:45 pm EST, Fri February 29, 2008
Facebook for musicians
Facebook yesterday unveiled a section dedicated to musicians, designed to allow them to create profiles that demonstrate their music, videos, photos, and miscellaneous data. According to The Hollywood Reporter, artists can provide songs for streaming, a full discography, and sell tickets or merchandise, the latter of which is made available by Musictoday. Music that is posted in this manner also includes a link to allow users to buy tracks from the iTunes store.
Users can add artists as friends, just as with a normal Facebook profile, as well as post ratings or comments. The band can also send messages to the user, provided they enable the option allowing the band to do so.
As with standard Facebook accounts, music profiles are free. To help launch the service, Facebook has worked with professional musicians to provide over 80 initial profiles, such as Foo Fighters, Wyclef Jean, Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, and Justin Timberlake, among others.