Virtual Musicians Hit The Charts, Cheap Audiobooks And More

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Your digital media catch-up is right here.

Every Tuesday – for just a few minutes – I join Heather Backman (my old buddy from her days on CHOM FM) on the air at Jack 103 (Rogers Sports & Media) to give a quick blast about the current state of technology, media and Internet culture. We’re calling the segment Tech Tuesday (and we do it in just a few minutes).

What is Tech Tuesday?

If you ever find yourself wondering… What, exactly, is the point of TikTok? How can I make myself look better on a Zoom? Reddit? What’s that about? How do I help my kids be safer online? Who’s the latest creator and streamer that I should be checking out?

You are not alone.

This is what Heather Backman and I discussed this morning over on Jack 103 FM for a couple of minutes:

This Virtual Artist Just Inked A Major Record Deal In China. One-Off Gimmick – Or A Sign Of The Future? (Music Business Worldwide).

“Our first ‘virtual idol’ signing is Ha Jiang , who already has more than 100,000 followers in China. Essentially, she’s a social influencer, known for her sense of style and fashion. The city of Shanghai even hired her to promote safe driving! A move into music is a natural next step. Her image is all about positivity and good vibes and her style is perfect for the dance genre. There’s a deep connection between Ha Jiang and her growing and very passionate fan-base. We’re going to pair her with some amazing songwriters and producers and make some impactful music that will introduce her to a whole new audience.”

App of the week: Chirp – get amazing limited-time deals on some great audiobooks.

What do you think… is this any different than Alvin And The Chipmunks, artists that lip-synch and/or CGI characters in a movie?

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