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Article: Fan Returns Chris Brown’s $22,000 Watch!!!

Chris Brown thought all hope was lost when his prized $22,000 diamond encrusted Rolex was lost after it flew off during his VMA performance. Brown said the watch became loose at the beginning of the performance, so he threw it to the side, where he thought it was safe. However, he missed the target, causing it to be flung into the crowd.

After the performance, Breezy’s bodyguard went into the crowd to try and retrieve the watch, and to his surprise an honest fan came forward.

A rep for Chris Brown told TMZ “Although Chris did not get to meet the fan, he is very appreciative of the fan’s actions.”

Source: tmz.com


Industry Tips and Advice: How To Start A Career In Modeling.

To be a model, you have to keep your photos up-to-date with all the latest photos of yourself. You have to find an agency that will help you find the job that you’re looking for.

Steps

Hi. My name is Renee Barca and I work at IMM Model Agency. I’m going to speak to you about how the modelling industry works.

I’m going to explain to you how to start a career in modelling. The first thing you need to do if you want to start a career in modelling is you need to have the right sort of mindset for it. Modelling is a very tough industry.

It’s full of rejection, full of competition and sometimes you don’t get what you want to be. You need to have the right head for it because a lot of the time you will get rejected and you need to know that this could happen. I feel that if you don’t have this in you, then you’re not going to be very successful as a model.

The first thing you need to do, if you want to start of your modelling career is to know what sort of modelling you’re best suited to. If you’re 5’9″ and you’re really slim as a female, then fashion modelling is more the type of modelling you should get into. If you’re under that height but still feel you have a great smile and great personality and would love to be a model, don’t feel that you can’t get into it because you can.

Commercial modelling is better suited for you. Commercial modelling can be suited for anybody. There are a lot of agencies out there who deal with your regular type people so if don’t feel like you could be a model but you still want to be a model, you could definitely get into it.

Once you know what sort of modelling you want to get into, it’s always a good idea to get some pictures done. This way when you do start applying for modelling agencies, you have something to give them. So therefore, you need to go to a good photographer.

You can usually get these good photographers online but please make sure you get the recommendations from other people because obviously, you need to know whether or not they’re good. When you get your photos done with the photographer, make sure you sign something that shows that they cannot sell your pictures. This has happened a lot in the past when girls who have just started out modelling, go to a photographer, do some pictures, then these photographers sell their images to people once these girls get quite famous.

As a result, these girls don’t get the money for the pictures that they deserve. Therefore, make sure you sign something that claims that these people are not allowed to sell your images without your permission. Once you have some pictures, the best thing to do is to start approaching model agencies.

So it’s a good idea to approach modelling agencies who deal with the type of modelling you are interested in doing. There’s no point applying for fashion agencies if you don’t look like a fashion model. You’ll just be wasting everybody’s time.

So when you find the agencies which is best suited for you, give them a call and find out what their idea is of what you need to do to apply. Every agency is different but most of the time, you need to email them photographs of yourself. I usually suggest sending in Polaroids of yourself natural – no hair or makeup done, just standing there, looking like yourself.

It’s always good to have pictures of you in your underwear as well because obviously, they need to see what your body looks like. I then also suggest sending in a couple of the shoots you’ve just done with the photographer that you’ve called. This way, they can see what you look like, naturally and what you look like after a photoshoot.

These two differ very much because obviously the way you look in pictures can be very different to how you look in your life. Once you’ve sent your pictures in and an agency does want to get in touch with you, they will call you up. When you meet the agent the first time, make sure you have a lot of personality.

I’ve said this time and time again to my models that personality is what normally gets you the job. Once the modelling agency has signed you up, you need to then be very active with photographs. You need to be constantly getting new pictures done.

As soon as you change anything about you from your hair to your weight to anything, you need to get pictures done to prove this. There’s nothing bad, there’s nothing worse than being a model agent and having a girl who’s just recently cut their hair, trying to sell them to a client and having no pictures to show what they look like with the new cut hair. It’s very annoying for both us the agent and both the client as well.

Also it’s bad for you because therefore you’re not really portraying what you look like at the moment. You need to keep on top of pictures. I used to suggest the girls to get photoshoots done every 6 to 8 weeks, therefore to stay pro-active with their modelling career in the sense of learning different poses that suit them the best and also just keeping on top of pictures.

You need to then be in touch with your agency all the time. People sometimes feel that they’re annoying people by ringing them up everyday and saying, ‘Hi, I exist.’ But don’t feel that that’s a bad thing to do.

This is what we want and this is what we need as an agency. On our books to learn, we have over 170 girls. You need to be remembered so therefore, we always think of you.

The best way to do this, is to constantly call us and say, ‘Hello, I exist,’ ‘I’m free this week,’ or whatever. That way, we know. As soon as we get a job in for someone that suits you, we’ll give you a call so please keep in touch with your agent.

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Article: Reports Indicate That T.I Was Released This Morning….

T.I. will be reportedly released from prison in just a few days.

According to , Tip, who is currently serving an 11-month sentence in Forrest City Correctional Facility in Georgia, will be moved to a halfway house on August 31st, a month before he was  supposed to be released from prison on September 29th.

The Grand Hustle honcho entered prison back in November 2010 for . He has since been updating fans on his status through his website, most  his last open letter before his release.

[August 29]

UPDATE: According to , T.I. will not be released from prison tomorrow as previously reported. Tip’s lawyer, Jonathan Leonard, says that the Bureau of Prisons doesn’t release information of prison releases until the very last minute and that “they don’t even cooperate with me and tell me much of anything.”

“The Bureau of Prisons makes all the decisions once [someone goes] into the federal system then the federal prisons is the governing body as to when he’s released, the judge has no control over it,” he explained. “And you don’t have any real contact with them, they don’t communicate with you and they don’t tell you when exactly he’s gonna be released.”

UPDATE #2: According to , T.I. was released from prison earlier this morning to either home confinement or a community living facility. Chris Burke, spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, says he was released at 7:29 a.m. and is “in transit” to finish out his sentence. Tip also tweeted to let fans know he’s out of prison. ~hiphopdx


Article: When Should You Seek A Manager?

Before you pass go, ask yourself this question – do you really need a manager right now? A good manager can be a vital part of your music career, but they don’t come for free. When you’re just getting started, management may not be the best use of your cash. Before you go manager hunting, make sure you understand what they do and why you might need one. These articles will help:

Career Profile: Manager
Do I Need a Manager?
What About Your Friends?

What do you need a manager to do for you? If you are looking for someone who can help you book shows, send out some demos for you, set up some digital distribution and so forth – in other words, if you’re at the stage of establishing yourself – then you may already know your manager. Look around your circle of friends. Is there someone who knows something about the music biz, who is organized and who loves your music? Bingo! The downside here is that this person may need to learn as they go, but the upside is that you’ll have an enthusiastic manager working cheap – not a bad deal.

Gather Recommendations:

A manager has an extraordinary amount of influence over your career, so this is not an appointment you want to take lightly. If you don’t know anyone who can serve as manager or if you are past the point where you can work with a manager who learns with you, then ask around for referrals to good managers. Ask fellow musicians, do some research to see who manages your fav acts, ask promoters and bookers when you do your shows and so on. If you are at the point where you need a professional manager, then you are at the point where you know people who can make these recommendations.

Approach Your Short List:

Getting a manager interested in working with you is much like approaching a label, agent or promoter. Be ready to provide your management prospects with:

Music samples – not your whole catalogue, just a few of your best songs that show off your sound and your versitility. You can treat this sample much like you would a demo you would send to a label. (See Demos 101

Biography:

Press clippings, if you have any

Your goal is provide your prospective manager with a good idea about the kind of music you make and how far along you’ve come in your career on your own.
Follow Up

Now, managers get inundated with pitches from musicians, so don’t go calling them every hour, on the hour, the day after you send in your info. Give them a week or two, and if you haven’t heard anything, follow up. Ask if they have received the package and if they need any more info. It is ok to follow up at respectable intervals until you get an answer (or the impression that you’re not going to get an answer, which may happen sometimes). Just try not to come on too strong and be sure to respect the fact this person is probably busy. Patience is your friend at this stage in the operation.

Meet and Discuss

Let’s say you send a package to a manager who is interested in working with you. Your next step is to have a meeting with the manager-to-be to discuss your goals and how they would be able to help you reach them. You also need to know the details of the financial arrangement the manager is seeking.

In addition to being sure that this manager is on the same page with you in terms of direction, you need to be sure that there is some kind of chemistry between you all. You may be spending a lot of time with your manager, and you all need to be able to have open and honest communication.

Sign a Contract:

For your sake and for the sake of the manager, you should never enter into any sort of management deal without a contract. If you’re working with a friend and you don’t have the money for a lawyer, it’s ok to work on a contract together that makes everyone happy. If you’re working with a manager with more experience and they hand you a complex contract, get legal advice. Never, ever, ever sign a contract you don’t understand, and never, ever, ever work with a manager without a contract.

Tips:
If possible, when you get management recommendations from people, get them to make an introduction for you. Things will be a lot easier if you don’t have to cold call people.

It is important to have the same sort of music industry philosophy as your manager. If your manager is more experienced in the business than you, then you will be able to learn a lot from them. However, if, for instance, you’re seeking chart music stardom and they’re committed to the indie music scene, or vice versa, then the relationship is not going to work for either of you.

Remember that you are choosing a manager while they are choosing you. You don’t have to jump on board with the first manager that comes along if you’re not sure that it will work. A manager is almost like a member of your band – the best management relationships click on the professional AND personal level. Need help figuring out if you and your potential manager see eye to eye? Check out these questions to ask a manager.

Before you approach managers, have a good idea of what you need from them. If you’re trying to land a deal, then a manager who has lots of contacts at labels is a good choice for you. If you have a deal on the table and need someone to walk you through negotiations, then a manager with that sort of experience should be high on your list. Managers have lots of different styles, and some are more hands on than others. Before you try to hire someone, make sure you have an idea of the job description.

When you’re putting together information for potential managers, don’t try to create a package that you think gives the “right” answers. Yes, you do want to put your best foot forward. However, if, for instance, you’re a folk band and you’re approaching a hip hop manager, don’t go out and record some verses for your demo. You need a manager who “gets” what you’re doing, and the only way to find someone like that is to give them an honest representation of your work. You’ll find the right manager. Spinning things to try to match yourself to a particular manager is never a good call.

What You Need:
Demo
Press Kit
Bio


Article: Despite Rumors T.I will not be released Today.

Reports spread online yesterday (August 29) that T.I. would be released on Wednesday, August 31, from Forrest City Federal Prison in Arkansas, about one month earlier than expected. Even DJ Drama, his longtime deejay, tweeted out the date in anticipation. But Tip’s main attorney, Jonathan Leonard, told XXLMag.com that information is false.

According to Leonard, who has represented the Atlanta rapper since 2002, T.I. will be freed on September 29 as scheduled by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Although, Leonard says that date may change in the next 30 days.

“The Bureau of Prisons they won’t give you the information [of his release] until the very last minute,” he told XXL.

Leonard says it’s up to the Bureau to decide the Grand Hustle leader’s fate.

“The Bureau of Prisons makes all the decisions once [someone goes] into the federal system then the federal prisons is the governing body as to when he’s released, the judge has no control over it,” he explained. “And you don’t have any real contact with them, they don’t communicate with you and they don’t tell you when exactly he’s gonna be released.”

“They don’t even cooperate with me and tell me much of anything,” he added.

Leonard spoke with Tip on Monday and says he is in good spirits.

“He’s doing great,” Leonard said. “He’s certainly looking forward to getting this behind him.”

T.I. began an 11-month sentence last November for a probation violation stemming from a 2009 conviction on federal gun charges. —Jesse Gissen xxlmag


Quote Of The Day

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
~Buddha


Sports: Giants Lose To Jets In Preseason Game.

BY EBENEZER SAMUEL

The Giants lost their annual preseason showdown to the Jets on Monday night, falling, 17-3, and conceding the inaugural Snoopy trophy to Gang Green.

But it wasn’t all bad for Big Blue. On the bright side, Terrell Thomas’ replacement, former first-round corner Aaron Ross, showed he still has cover skills.

Ross helped hold his old teammate, Plaxico Burress, without a catch. Burress was targeted on four throws, and Ross was the cover man on him for most of the evening. On two occasions, he was draped all over Burress, and for the most part, he was in good position against the 6-5 target all night.

You have to figure this gave Ross a world of confidence; after two straight injury-plagued seasons, he seems to have found his groove in the last two preseason games. But he did his best not to take credit for the showing afterwards, stroking Burress and lauding his defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell.

“He didn’t get too many balls thrown his way this time,” Ross said of Burress, “but I am pretty sure that as the season goes on, him and (Mark) Sanchez will get on the same page and start to make plays together. … I know he still has it in him, he showed it in his first preseason game. Like I said, our coaches did a great job in calling the right defense for us to keep the ball out of his hands.”

One note though: Ross has done his best work the last two preseason games against big targets in Bears wideout Roy Williams and now Burress. He has yet to lock down a shiftier target, so that’s something to watch for on Thursday against the Patriots’ corps of Smurfy receivers. Then again, Ross could easily wind up covering Chad Ochocinco.

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Safety Antrel Rolle also made his debut as the slot cornerback in nickel packages, and he held up well. He was locked onto Jets star Santonio Holmes a handful of times and played solidly. Rolle isn’t the fastest cover man in the world, but he did his best to compensate for that by being physical.

“I tried to put my hands in there as much as I can,” he said. “With the receiver, if you disrupt the route, it throws off the timing. I think that’s definitely my strength when you’re talking about press-man coverage.”

When Rolle was on the slot, the Giants had Kenny Phillips and Deon Grant at safety. Yes, that means the three-safety look is back for a second year.

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Giants rookie Jerrel Jernigan had a rough night, muffing three punts and fumbling, and it could wind up costing him the punt return job.

The Giants have a more experienced return man in Domenik Hixon, but Hixon is coming off ACL surgery, so coach Tom Coughlin has been slow to reinstall him as return man. Hixon is still only practicing every other day, and the Giants are still trying to guard his rebuilt knee.

But Coughlin acknowledged yesterday that the team may have to make an adjustment.

“We try to do the best we can in the preseason to stay away from (Hixon returning punts) because of the obvious,” Coughlin said. “But obviously, we’re going to have to rethink that a little bit.”

Jernigan took responsibility for the miscues. He lost one of the punts in the lights, he said, but the other two errors were his fault, and he knows he may lose the job.

“I’m always concerned back there,” he said. “It’s the NFL. Coaches gotta do what they gotta do.”

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Justin Tuck suffered what Giants officials termed a “burner” in the third quarter and left the game. A burner is essentially a stinger, so the injury was hardly serious. Tuck did not return, but after the game, he said he was “good to go,” so that injury doesn’t seem to be serious.

“Ronnie Barnes didn’t want me to break another fingernail, so he pulled me out,” Tuck joked after the game.

Mathias Kiwanuka’s latest injury could be a different story, though. Kiwanuka left the game with a groin injury and did not return, and afterwards, Coughlin sounded unsure of how the versatile linebacker was dong.

“I don’t know,” he said. “He’s got a groin, so we’ll have to see.” Giants lost their annual preseason showdown to the Jets on Monday night, falling, 17-3, and conceding the inaugural Snoopy trophy to Gang Green.

But it wasn’t all bad for Big Blue. On the bright side, Terrell Thomas’ replacement, former first-round corner Aaron Ross, showed he still has cover skills.

Ross helped hold his old teammate, Plaxico Burress, without a catch. Burress was targeted on four throws, and Ross was the cover man on him for most of the evening. On two occasions, he was draped all over Burress, and for the most part, he was in good position against the 6-5 target all night.

You have to figure this gave Ross a world of confidence; after two straight injury-plagued seasons, he seems to have found his groove in the last two preseason games. But he did his best not to take credit for the showing afterwards, stroking Burress and lauding his defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell.

“He didn’t get too many balls thrown his way this time,” Ross said of Burress, “but I am pretty sure that as the season goes on, him and (Mark) Sanchez will get on the same page and start to make plays together. … I know he still has it in him, he showed it in his first preseason game. Like I said, our coaches did a great job in calling the right defense for us to keep the ball out of his hands.”

One note though: Ross has done his best work the last two preseason games against big targets in Bears wideout Roy Williams and now Burress. He has yet to lock down a shiftier target, so that’s something to watch for on Thursday against the Patriots’ corps of Smurfy receivers. Then again, Ross could easily wind up covering Chad Ochocinco.

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Safety Antrel Rolle also made his debut as the slot cornerback in nickel packages, and he held up well. He was locked onto Jets star Santonio Holmes a handful of times and played solidly. Rolle isn’t the fastest cover man in the world, but he did his best to compensate for that by being physical.

“I tried to put my hands in there as much as I can,” he said. “With the receiver, if you disrupt the route, it throws off the timing. I think that’s definitely my strength when you’re talking about press-man coverage.”

When Rolle was on the slot, the Giants had Kenny Phillips and Deon Grant at safety. Yes, that means the three-safety look is back for a second year.

***

Giants rookie Jerrel Jernigan had a rough night, muffing three punts and fumbling, and it could wind up costing him the punt return job.

The Giants have a more experienced return man in Domenik Hixon, but Hixon is coming off ACL surgery, so coach Tom Coughlin has been slow to reinstall him as return man. Hixon is still only practicing every other day, and the Giants are still trying to guard his rebuilt knee.

But Coughlin acknowledged yesterday that the team may have to make an adjustment.

“We try to do the best we can in the preseason to stay away from (Hixon returning punts) because of the obvious,” Coughlin said. “But obviously, we’re going to have to rethink that a little bit.”

Jernigan took responsibility for the miscues. He lost one of the punts in the lights, he said, but the other two errors were his fault, and he knows he may lose the job.

“I’m always concerned back there,” he said. “It’s the NFL. Coaches gotta do what they gotta do.”

***

Justin Tuck suffered what Giants officials termed a “burner” in the third quarter and left the game. A burner is essentially a stinger, so the injury was hardly serious. Tuck did not return, but after the game, he said he was “good to go,” so that injury doesn’t seem to be serious.

“Ronnie Barnes didn’t want me to break another fingernail, so he pulled me out,” Tuck joked after the game.

Mathias Kiwanuka’s latest injury could be a different story, though. Kiwanuka left the game with a groin injury and did not return, and afterwards, Coughlin sounded unsure of how the versatile linebacker was dong.

“I don’t know,” he said. “He’s got a groin, so we’ll have to see.”


“VIBES TO TOUCH” Open Mic and Art Show 9/10/11 10 PM

Get It Done Entertainment & Us First Films would like to welcome you all to “Vibes To Touch”. Our Open Mic and Art Show experience.

Saturday September 10th at 10pm

Hosted by Son-Ray & Exile Ramirez

With special guest host: Qi Chi + Wiseguy & Gaston.

Art displayed by: HopsArt, Ronin, Tyson Hall, and Michelle Marin.

Featured poet will be: D Realz a.k.a Limones

Featured act will be: Joshua Torrez

DJ Tahliem will be on the 1′s and 2′s keeping the party rocking
after the open mic and art show.

Showtime starts at 8pm so make sure you get there on time to enjoy
the show as it’s going to be a night full of art, good music, and fun!!!

There is no charge at the door!!!!!

There is a a huge beer garden in the back as well as food to order and drinks!!!!!

TBD is a kid friendly spot as well!!!

*If you would like to perform please contact us at getitdoneentllc@gmail.com so we can place you on the list.

**We are looking for artists who do poetry, spoken word, R&B, Soul, Acoustic, Blues, Jazz, etc.

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Article: Billboard’s 9 Collaborative Albums To Hit Thw Billboard 200

The pairing of star acts on an album isn’t uncommon.

Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for “The Union,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor’s “Live at the Troubadour” bowed at No. 4.

In 2007, rocker Robert Plant and country/folk singer Alison Krauss partnered on “Raising Sand.” The set peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was honored as album of the year at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

In previous decades, country cornerstones Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson recorded multiple albums together, while Dolly Parton’s wide list of album duet companions includes Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, Porter Waggoner and Tammy Wynette.

In R&B’s past, Marvin Gaye reached the Billboard 200 courtesy of collaborative albums with Diana Ross, Tammi Terrell and Mary Wells.

Such a set topping the Billboard 200, however, is a rare achievement.

Launching at the summit, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” is just the ninth collaborative album sporting billings by at least two acts to crown the Billboard 200, dating to its inception as a weekly survey the week of March 24, 1956.

(Such a statistic excludes acts that employed a new name upon their formation, i.e., USA for Africa, whose “We Are the World” compilation racked three weeks at No. 1 in 1985).
The honor is not as rare for Jay-Z, however: he has claimed a 50 percent share on the last three collaborative Billboard 200 No. 1s. Prior to “Throne,” his “MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course” with Linkin Park led in 2004. “Unfinished Business” with R. Kelly reigned in 1997.

Here is a look at the select nine albums that took two, or more, to make it right to the top of the Billboard 200.

(Artist, Title, Date Reached No. 1, Weeks at No. 1)

Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd
“Jazz Samba”
March 9, 1963, one

The saxophone and guitar virtuosos, respectively, reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the album’s “Desafinado.”

Diana Ross & the Supremes with the Temptations
“TCB”
Feb. 8, 1969, one

The iconic Motown acts partnered for four top 40 albums on the Billboard 200 in 1969. Before “TCB,” “Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations” rose to No. 2; third effort “Together” reached No. 28; and, “On Broadway” peaked at No. 38. “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” marked their highest-charting Hot 100 single together (No. 2, 1969). After Ross departed the Supremes for a solo career, the group charted two albums with the Four Tops.

Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell
“Dueling Banjos”
March 17, 1973, three

Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson
“A Star Is Born”
Feb. 12, 1977, six

While the soundtrack represents Streisand’s sole collaborative No. 1 album, she’s topped the Hot 100 in duets with two other artists: Neil Diamond (“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” 1978) and Donna Summer (“No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),” 1979).

John Lennon/Yoko Ono
“Double Fantasy”
Dec. 27, 1980, eight

Their first topper billed as a couple (after three prior entries had dented the chart’s lower half in 1969) bowed on the Billboard 200 dated Dec. 6, 1980, two days before Lennon’s death.

Nas Escobar, Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature
“The Firm – The Album”
Nov. 8, 1997, one

The all-star rap foursome ended an almost-17-year break from collaborative sets inhabiting the Billboard 200 penthouse. The album’s “Firm Biz,” featuring Dawn Robinson, reached the Rap Songs top 15.

R. Kelly & Jay-Z
“Unfinished Business”
Nov. 13, 2004, one

Hova’s first shared Billboard No. 1 was his second with Kelly. Their “The Best of Both Worlds” had peaked at No. 2 in 2002.

Jay-Z/Linkin Park
“MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course”
Dec. 18, 2004, one

The rap/rock hybrid made for a natural fit, given Linkin Park’s trademark blurring of the genres. The acts’ “Numb”/”Encore” reached No. 20 on the Hot 100 after the band’s original version of “Numb” had peaked at No. 11.

Jay Z Kanye West
“Watch the Throne”
Aug. 27, 2011, one (to-date)

~billboard.com


Industry Tips & Advice: Economics of Music Today

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/06/28/Elevation_Partners_Director_and_Co-Founder_Roger_Mc…

Roger McNamee, Elevation partner and member of the band Moonalice, forecasts the demise of the music industry unless it exploits new technology to sell innovative products to consumers. “This is a moment where people can create something new from whole cloth,” says McNamee.

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Roger McNamee is a managing director and co-founder of Elevation Partners. Prior to Elevation, Roger was a co-founder of Silver Lake Partners, the leading private equity fund focused on technology and related growth industries. He was a member of Silver Lake’s Investment Committee and was involved in all aspects of that partnership. Prior to Silver Lake, Roger was a co-founder of Integral Capital Partners. Integral is a leading technology investor in late-stage venture and public company investments. Founded in 1991 by Roger, John A. Powell, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Integral pioneered the crossover investment strategy, which seeks maximum capital appreciation by making investments in expansion-stage private companies and growth-stage public companies in the technology and life science industries.

Prior to founding Integral, Roger managed the T. Rowe Price Science & Technology Fund and co-managed the T. Rowe Price New Horizons Fund, which was at that time the largest emerging growth fund in the U.S. Roger serves as a trustee of Bryn Mawr College, an overseer of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, a director of the Rex Foundation, Move, Forbes Media LLC and Palm. Roger holds a B.A. from Yale College and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.


Quote Of The Day

“The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries. If timely it is quickly adopted; if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout lured out of the ground by warm sunshine, only to be injured and retarded in its growth by the succeeding frost.”
- Nikola Tesla


Industry Tips & Advice: How to write an Event Sponsorship Proposal


Industry Tips & Advice: Virtual Street Teams – How and Why To Build (Pt 1)

NEW approaches to building an online street team, and discuss things learned recently from creating a team for R&B music icon Teena Marie. (07-02-09) PART 1 (FIRST 10 MINUTES ONLY) – FULL-LENGTH VERSION AVAILABLE

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Industry Tips & Advice: Wyclef Jean – Leveraging Fans To Market Music Online

Wyclef Jean discusses how he leveraged Twitter to recruit his fans online to promote his music. He created online street teams to promote music, contests and events. Record labels didn’t have the time or resources so he went directly to the fans and ENGAGED. Cost effective, smart, online music promotions.


Happy Birthday: Michael Jackson would’ve been 53 today.

TMZ reports that Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, was among those gathered yesterday at the Jackson family home in Gary, IN to celebrate Michael’s birthday.

He would have been 53 today.

Youtube’s posted this beautiful video.

Remembering Michael, with love, on his 53rd birthday. The song I’ve used is a lovely remix by jazz saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield of Best of Joy, my favourite song from the album Michael. Thank you for watching.


Featured Artist Video: “Richy Rich” By Doug The Fresh Kid


Article: VMA’S Performances Ranked From Top To Bottom

So Here’s a little recap of the VMA’s…

Performances Ranked from best to worse:

1) Chris Brown
Chris Brown not only showed love to the Wu Tang Clan, but to Nirvana as well. He would then follow it up with a series of high flying maneuvers to his hit “Beautiful People” Making him nab the number one performance at the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Lady Gaga
 Lady Gaga grabs second with her alter ego and theatrics which were well put together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Jay-Z & Kanye West
 The “Watch The Throne” pair get a cool third place for a energy packed performance in performing “Otis”

 

 

 

 

 

4) Beyonce
 Beyonce comes in fourth due to the showing off of her belly, which she announced earlier in the night that she was pregnant. Congrats B!

 

 

 

 

5) Adele

Adele gets the fifth spot for her beautiful voice and her natural talent. Not to mention that the rest of the performers kind of go downhill from here.

 

 

 

6) Bruno Mars (Amy Winehouse Tribute)

Bruno Mars Get sixth with his dedication to Amy Winehouse which personally i felt he could of picked a better song to represent the singer… R.I.P Amy Winehouse

 

 

 

 

7) Jessie J and the band
 Jessie J who was in a foot cast gets 7th for her beautiful singing voice and determination to be in the award show. On a side note, if your performance comes after a woman who can’t move then it must of really sucked. I.E pitbull and LiL Wayne

 

 

 

 

 

 

8} Pitbull & Neyo

 What can i say not a fan of this song or Pitbull’s Red Pants

 

 

 

 

 

9) Britney Tribute

 Not much to say about Brit she didn’t perform but her tribute sucked, especially since she had to share it with Beyonce and didn’t have time for a speech.

 

 

 

 

 

10) LiL Wayne
 Last but not least LiL Wayne.
This was definitely a performance to forget. He opened with “how to love” which since he can’t sing was horrible then he goes into “John” with a live band which just sounded even worse. Overall show was good, could of done without LiL Wayne and the show should of ended with Beyonce.


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