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Vevo turns up the volume on pre-launch preparations

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It's the hottest commodity on the Web, and Vevo doesn't even have an official release date yet.

Searches for Vevo soared on Monday, as bloggers and tech fiends tripped over one another to find news of the music video service, which is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year. So what do we know thus far about Vevo? Well, we know that Vevo was founded by Universal Music Group, and that it will run on technology provided by YouTube.

We know that Google owns YouTube, and that Vevo – by extension – has some Google ballast behind it. And we know that Vevo has had no trouble attracting interest from other major labels. In June, Sony Music Entertainment joined the project, bolstering the amount of music video content that Vevo will make available; Warner and EMI are said to be interested.

Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi Media Company has reportedly purchased stakes in the start-up from Sony and Universal. The exact value of the transaction is unknown, although Peter Kafka at Media Memo says the figure hovers near $300 million. Content, cash, battle-tested video technology, a record industry plagued by slumping sales – you can see the appeal of the Vevo project.

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