Archive for June 7, 2011

Industry Tips & Advice: How Record Labels Earn Money under Copyright Law

In this segment of his lecture at a music educators conference at Loyola University New Orleans, entertainment attorney and educator Mark Davis explains how artists and their labels profit from sales of sound recordings and the licensing of those recordings. He also makes some predictions as to how the shift from terrestrial to digital radio will enable record companies to collect additional royalties.

Industry Tips & Advice: The 1909 Copyright Act

Russell Rains, a lawyer and Director of the Digital Media Management MBA Program at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, explains some key features of the 1909 Copyright Act — a piece of law that led to the creation of concepts like mechanical royalties (which led directly to the rise of the modern record business, broadcast rights, performance royalties, and other revenue streams which are central to the music business of today. He also enumerates the six rights granted by copyright and how each applies to the music business, and how “fair use” rights actually work under the law.

Industry Tips & Advice: Two Things That Your Record Deal Absolutely Must Have

Maggie Lange, an attorney and Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music, discusses the two things you must insist that your record deal contain: a release commitment, and a marketing/promotion budget.

Industry Tips & Advice: Why Artists Should Own Their Own Publishing

Syd Butler, founder and President of French Kiss Records, tells aspiring artists why they should make sure to retain ownership and control of the publishing rights on the songs they write.

Industry Tips & Advice: What is a Mechanical License?

Producer, musician, and label owner George Howard discusses what mechanical licenses are and how they make money, how revenue from mechanicals is collected, and the controlled composition clause that reduces the mechanical royalty rate under certain circumstances.

MUSIC NEWS: Kreayshawn Inks Deal With Sony…

Reports last week claimed that the up-and-coming rapper signed, and now it’s official.

Internet phenomenon Kreayshawn has officially signed to Sony Music, HipHopDX.com has learned.

Last week, rumors started swirling that the rapstress had inked a $1 million deal with the label. Though the terms of the agreement haven’t been disclosed, the contract has been signed.

The label plans to package and service her breakout hit “Gucci Gucci” to digital retailers in the upcoming weeks. Though there were originally plans for a mixtape, Kreayshawn is set to begin working on her major label debut, due by the end of 2011.-hiphopdx

Article: Lloyd Banks Declared “Most Important Rapper In New York” By NY Times

Summer Jam 2011 was held yesterday (June 5) in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

More than 50,000 people turned out to see Lil Wayne, Drake, Birdman, Young Money, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Lloyd Banks, Dipset, Wiz Khalifa, and Waka Flocka perform.

The New York Times showed up to review the event. They ended up being less than impressed with most of the acts, except a few.

Ross got the harshest review, his set was merged into the end of Lil Wayne’s for some reason. The Times said the rapper was: “mid-’90s-Versace-esque shirt unzippered; belly and breasts dangling; arms flailing as if he were in reverie.”

None of the other acts seemed to stand out either, but Banks was given a glowing review. Both for his performance and steady rise to the top of the New York rap scene.

[Lloyd Banks] may have stealthily become the most important rapper in New York — last year his “Beamer, Benz or Bentley” was a local anthem; this year he’s got “Start It Up.” It’s worth noting that major labels have done little for these two: Mr. Banks’s success came after parting ways with Interscope.

The purest New York moment of the night came during Mr. Banks’s set, when Mobb Deep emerged with “Shook Ones Pt. II.” Ten years ago Jay-Z used the Summer Jam bully pulpit to attack Prodigy of Mobb Deep, showing a childhood picture of that rapper dressed for dance class in a leotard. Prodigy’s emergence here — after a recent stint in prison, and with Jay-Z nowhere in sight — was a small piece of turf reclaimed.-thisis50

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SPORTS: Plaxico Burress Plans To Return To The NFL….

The criminal record and locker room issues attached to Plaxico Burress are no reason not to sign him. In a league practically built on second chances, Burress deserves another shot (figuratively speaking). And remember, the only thing seriously hurt in his shooting incident two years ago was his ego. Other second-chance NFL players have committed or been charged with far more destructive crimes.

Burress’ age is a concern — he will be 34 in August — but he still has plenty left to give.

Baltimore or St. Louis might be interested, but Burress donned a Phillies hat upon being released from prison on Monday. Maybe his wardrobe choice was coincidental. More likely it was a message that he’d like to join Michael Vick’s ex-con-a-thon in Philly.

And the Eagles, in need of a big target in the red zone, might just bite.


Faces long odds

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

For a team to really want Plaxico Burress, a lot of planets will have to be aligned. The team will have to know Burress well. It will have to be able to get him at a reasonable price. It will need a strong coach who can handle Burress. It should have a veteran team with an established quarterback. And it will have to be able to live with the possibility of Burress being a backup receiver who does not contribute on special teams.

Burress will be 34 soon. He hasn’t played football in two years. He has a history of not always doing what he is expected to do. If he is able to play anywhere near the level he played at prior to his incarceration, he will have beaten long odds.

Most teams, understandably, won’t be interested. He could, however, fit with the Jets.


Plenty of questions

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

It’s hard to imagine a 34-year-old receiver who hasn’t played since November 2008 will spark a bidding war, especially when free agency — whenever that happens — will be flush with similar receivers. Terrell Owens will be looking for a new team, as will Randy Moss and Sidney Rice.

Plus, what kind of shape is Burress in? How does he run? What’s his mentality like after his prison term?

ARTICLE: Joell Ortiz Speaks On Thoughts That “Big Pun’s Back” Is Disrespectful

“Just a couple of days after Liza Rios accused Brooklyn rapper Joell Ortiz of disrespecting her late husband, Big Pun and his son, Baby Pun by recording a song titled Big Pun’s Back, Ortiz finally decided to respond via twitter.

“Shout to Nicole, Pun’s Sister and MaMa Pun for the kind words. GOD will judge by my intentions. Im good with that,” Joell wrote. “No matter how good your intentions may be there will always be some negativity if you take action. still gotta do what you feel is right. if they was no PUN, Breal, nore, cuban, seiss, armagadon there would be no ME! im clear on that. always have been,always will.”-This50