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Keeping You In Tune with Musicnotes News

Hi there, It’s been a while! We took a bit of a break from updating our blog to focus on implementing some exciting changes and adding new functions to Musicnotes.com. I and the MN team look forward to exploring them with you and getting your feedback right here in the coming months. As you can tell, we’ve given our blog page a mini-makeover and hope you find it easy to peruse and valuable to read. Actually, we want you to think of this site as even more than just a source for Musicnotes tech updates and company news (although you’ll most certainly be the first to know about both). We
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Musicnotes.com Logs Two-Millionth Customer; Digital Sales Growing At 25% Year-Over-Year

MADISON, WI – May 20, 2010 – Musicnotes.com, the leading digital sheet music retailer and publisher, announced today it has now sold downloads to more than two million customers, breaking that mark late April. The two-millionth customer downloaded several songs including “Ave Maria” performed by Beyonce. Musicnotes also announced 2010 digital sales are growing at a 25% rate through mid-May versus the same time period in 2009. The company is seeing both strong traffic and an increasing sales conversion rate. Growth outside the US is modestly higher than overall growth, continuing a trend Musicnotes has experienced over the past few years. “We have recently focused a lot of energy on
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Musicnotes.com Sponsors Night of Music and Fun for Women Rock for the Cure

MADISON, WI – October 20, 2009 – Musicnotes.com, a leading online digital sheet music retailer and publisher, announced today it is a proud sponsor of the Madison-based event called Women Rock for the Cure, as part of the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Friday, October 23, 2009, the second annual Women Rock for the Cure will take place at several music and restaurant venues throughout Madison. Musicnotes is a proud sponsor of this event and will also be offering a night of musical entertainment called the Musicnotes Hootenanny at the Hemingway Lounge in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. For $3, music lovers will hear performances by Blue Beyond, Juice Jenkins, The Mudangels,
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Cherry Lane and Musicnotes.com Enter into Online Sheet Music Distribution Agreement

MADISON, WI and NEW YORK, NY – August 26, 2009 – Cherry Lane Music Company, one of the world’s leading independent print publishers, has entered into a worldwide licensing and distribution agreement with Musicnotes.com, the market leader in downloadable sheet music. Under this newly minted agreement, Musicnotes.com will sell downloadable digital sheet music and guitar tab created by the print division of Cherry Lane Music. This includes songs from songwriters and artists such as: The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, The White Stripes, Metallica, John Mayer, David Cook (American Idol winner), Leslie Bricusse (“Jekyll & Hyde – The Musical”), Jason Howland (“Little Women –
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Musicnotes.com Sells Five-Millionth Download; Growth Continues In 2009

Madison, WI – March 12, 2009 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that it recently sold its five-millionth download since the site first launched (1999). The five-millionth download was a Guitar Guru Session of Don McClean’s “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and was sold to a customer in Germany. Musicnotes also announced today its sales growth continues in 2009.  “We have seen some moderation in our rate of growth as the recession has deepened,” indicated Chairman and CFO Tim Reiland, “however our current growth rate remains strong at 20 percent year-over-year.” One area where growth has actually accelerated for Musicnotes is its Guitar Guru product
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Musicnotes on the Scene in 2008

Earlier this month, we reflected on all the things we’ve done this past year for our customers and music fans everywhere. Our marketing director was kind enough to pop by and talk about these efforts in this post entitled, “2008: Highlights from Musicnotes.com. We’ve also took a look at what your favorite songs were from 2008, and found some interesting examples of how great songs are truly timeless. In addition to all the things we strive to do for you, our customers and fans of music, we also support the songwriter whenever we can. To this end, we started seeking out songwriter interviews so you could learn a little bit
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Free Jazz Love Song, Death Cab for Cutie Guitar Tab Sale and More in This Week’s The Whole Note

Can you hear birds singing? While it might not be Spring just yet, our hearts are all a-flutter here. February’s free sheet music download of the month is an interesting love song called “When My Baby Smiles At Me.” Composed in 1920 by Bill Munro, the lyrics for “When My Baby Smiles at Me” were written by Ted Lewis and Andrew B. Sterling. Ted Lewis was the original performer of the song. Ted Lewis enjoyed a career in music, spanning over fifty years. “When My Baby Smiles at Me” marked the beginning of the roaring twenties and the start of Lewis’ world-wide popularity. Lewis used to enjoy world-wide recognition for
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Announcing the December YouPerform Contest Winner

We are thrilled to announce that fourteen-year old Daniel was the winner of Musicnotes.com YouPerform contest for December. Performing a challenging Nutcracker Medley, Daniel arranged the selections from The Nutcracker for the organ. Let’s listen to Daniel as he talks about his love for the organ and a bit about his musical background. I arranged the music for the organ and performed it on my Allen Home Organ. I love Theatre Organ and wanted to give the medley a Theatre ending so the last part is my own special arrangement. The organ is more versatile than a piano and the the different sounds and pedals that I chose made the
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How our Data Team Helps You Find Your Song

Did you know that our Data Team starts researching Christmas sheet music in July? Our Data team (pictured here with some geeky robots ordered from the fine folk over at Think Geek) researches a song’s origin, arrangement, history, lyrics, style and copyright holder well before the song can be turned into a sheet music download. As you can imagine, the older a song gets, the harder it is to research — especially if there are different versions of lyrics in other languages. You might understand why they have to research all the information they can about the song, but do you know why they need to track down the copyright
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And Now Customer Service Would Like to Say…

…Happy Holidays! We recently extended our appreciation to our Customer Service department for all their hard work. With a little… okay a LOT of chocolate… we managed to break them away from the phones for a few minutes to take this picture. You can see they are keeping themselves warm with some hand-knitted scarves that were made by one of our fabulous customer service team members. This time of year is exceptionally busy for them, as it is for many people who work in customer service. Not only are they working hard to answer your questions, but they’re often helping new customers, too. Our customer service team loves this time
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