Archive for May, 2011

Music News: Jay-Z on Making a Classic Song

Jay-Z recently had four songs added to Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list – “Crazy in Love” with Beyonce at No. 118, “Umbrella” with Rihanna at No. 412, “99 Problems” at No. 172 and “Big Pimpin” at No. 467. To celebrate his induction onto the prestigious list, Hov penned an introduction to the list, sharing what he thinks makes a “classic track.”

“A great song doesn’t attempt to be anything — it just is,” he begins, lauding Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements — melody; emotion; a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon; and great production.”

The Brooklyn, New York native states how difficult it can be to leave a track as is. “I spend a lot of time fighting myself to stay out of the way of a great song,” he notes. “It’s hard for me to leave a song alone, in its natural state. I want it to have that mass appeal, but once I start trying to push it too far, you can feel that something isn’t right.”

He concludes by crowning his laidback anthem “Can I Live” as one of his best accomplishments. “Some of my best songs aren’t the biggest ones. A song like ‘Can I Live’ is so full of emotion to me — it was better than ‘Hard Knock Life’ or ‘Empire State of Mind,’ but it lacked that accessibility. ­Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album may not have been bigger than Thriller, but the songs had better melodies.”

Industry Tips & Advice: How to start a career in radio and get music on the radio

LWO Magazine presents 102 JAMZ radio personality Shelly Flash. Take a look at this interview if you want a career in radio or want to know how to get you music on-air.

MUSIC NEWS: Sean Kingston In a Jetski Accident

Rapper Sean Kingston is in a Miami area hospital Sunday night after crashing into a bridge while riding a watercraft, officials said. The crash happened around 6 p.m. EST when Kingston drove his jet ski into a bridge connecting Palm Island to the MacArthur Causeway. Kingston and a female passenger were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Reports say he may be in critical condition. (Chicago Tribune)

MUSIC NEWS: DRAKE To Drop New Album Titled “Take Care”

“So this is my first Memorial weekend really particpating this heavily,” Drizzy said from the set of DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” video shoot in Miami. “I just want to get out there and touch the people, slap everybody’s hand, see the women; just let them know im out here. Let them see me, because they havent seen me in a while.” It isn’t all work however.

Drake hints that will be observing the crowds and using his expirence to fine tune his album. “And I got this album coming it’s called Take Care, so I just really want to get out here and check the climate. I wanna hear the records, see how everybody’s moving, see what everybody’s lovin’, because I know I got a great body of work,” he said. “I’m ready to give it away, I’m using this weekend as study research. I’ll be getting as drunk as I can trying to fit in, doin’ it like that.”

Drake recently raised eyebrows after dropping his new “Dreams Money Can Buy” single.
“My favorite rappers either lost it or they ain’t alive,” he raps in the second verse of the song, rumored to be the intro to his new album, Take Care. Fans quickly began assuming Drizzy was taking a jab at his “Light Up” collaboration partner Jay-Z, whom he’s regarded as a mentor and one of his favorite rappers.

Drale also goes on to say that his first album was rushed which is why he decided to name this one “Take Care”
Rumor has it it will be released sometime in the fall.

MUSIC NEWS: EVE To Release New Album Titled “LipLock”

Ruff Ryders’ First Lady is working on her newest album “Lip Lock” and is five songs away from its completion.

“I need her to stop. If I was Kim’s friend, I’d be like, yo. Because she’s Kim, period. So she never has to feed. She shouldn’t. It’s bad. It’s not a good look. If I was her friend, I’d tell her, yo, just come back bigger and better. The best way to get at people is to do you better than you’ve ever done you. So that’s it.”

The Philly native also made sure to give an update on her delayed album Lip Lock, revealing that she’ll be dropping her new single “Mama’s In The Kitchen” featuring Swizz Beatz in the next few weeks.

source: thatsenuff.com


” As 50 Cent moves closer to the release of his new album, the rapper has proclaimed that he aims to best his greatest work.

“I’ve been working I’m recording a lot for this album. I’m gonna keep recording cause I want to top Get Rich Or Die Tryin’,” he explained on Twitter.

“You can be mad cause you have to wait but you will be happy when it comes. I want it to be perfect,” he continued in an apparent response to fans. “Look I know I haven’t been tweeting but this album is making me crazy. I’m writing a lot.”

The rapper has said that he’s basically finished the untitled fifth album, which he expects to release summer 2011.

The Queen-bred rapper was reportedly close to releasing a dance-electronic album called Black Magic, but scrapped the whole project.

His current music is in tune with his 2003 critically acclaimed album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.

source: allhiphop.com

Industry Tips & Advice: Recording Rap & Hip-Hop Music : Starting a Recording Label

Starting a record label requires deciding on the type of company you want and outfitting yourself with an entourage of marketable artists. Build your own record label by starting a solid business with tips from a veteran hip-hop recording artist in this free video on the rap music industry.

Expert: Thomas Byrd
Bio: Thomas Byrd, also known as R.O.C., is a Christian rapper with more than 10 years experience writing, recording and producing music and rap songs.
Filmmaker: Dan Kenny

Industry Tips & Advice: Publishing Deals and Performance Rights Organizations

Wallace Collins, an entertainment attorney based in New York, explains how music publishing deals typically work, the role that performance rights societies (such as BMI, ASCAP and SESAC) play in managing publishing arrangements — and the murky question of just how much money they get for their assistance.

Industry Tips & Advice: Publishing 101 Fo Hood Niggaz

Brief reason why are need publishing.

Industry Tips & Advice: EMI Music Publishing A&R Speaks

Industry Tips & Advice: Kendall Minter Gives Tax Advice for Musicians

Attorney Kendall Minter offers advice on how frequently musicians should pay their taxes and suggests types of professionals that can best help them prepare financially for the future.

Industry Tips & Advice: Kendall Minter Gives Advice for Copyrighting Songs

Attorney Kendall Minter explains why copyrighting an entire album at once is more cost effective than registering individual songs.

Industry Tips & Advice: Irv Gotti on Getting Your Music Heard

Irv Gotti of The Inc. discusses how he uses his industry and social contacts to help him find undiscovered and unsigned talent.

Inspirational Advice: Will Smith – Inspirational interview

Inspirational Advice: Irv Gotti – On the easy way to become successful

Inspirational Advice: Oprah Winfrey – Before the Billions

Inspirational Advice: Akon on the painful sacrifices of fame & money

Inspirational Advice: Michael Jackson’s Words of wisdom (Michael Jackson’s SECRET TO SUCCESS)

Michael Jackson Words of wisdom

Inspirational Advice: Donald Trump’s Words Of Wisdom

Donald Trump drops some great words of wisdom.

Inspirational Advice: Tupac’s – Words of Wisdom (Extreme Inspiration)

Inspirational Advice: Birdman – Words of Wisdom

Inspirational Advice: Lil Wayne’s Words of wisdom (Inspiration & Life)

Lil Wayne – Words of wisdom

Inspirational Advice: 50 Cent on the business of fear

Evan Davis speaks to 50 Cent about how overcoming your fears can help you get ahead in business.

Inspirational Advice: P Diddy’s Words Of Wisdom

Diddys ‘s words of wisdom


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