Archive for September 6, 2011

Music news: Gloria Estefan to Release New Album

reported today that Estefan will be releasing a new album with a Target partnership.

Gloria Estefan June 18 2011
“Little Miss Havana” will be the singer’s first English-language release since 2003.

After spending most of her career signed to Sony labels, Gloria Estefan is taking a completely different direction with her new album, which will be released Sept. 27 as an exclusive partnership with Target, Billboard.biz has learned.

Little Miss Havana, Estefan’s first English-language album since 2003, will be sold via a worldwide distribution and marketing deal with Verve Forecast & Universal Music Group. In the U.S., the physical album will be carried only by Target, while the digital album will be sold exclusively in iTunes. The Target album will include four bonus songs and exclusive access to downloadable content. Unlike most Latin releases, which are available in specific Targets located in areas with heavy Hispanic traffic, Miss Little Havana will be available in all Targets nationwide and on Target.com.

The album, produced by Pharrell Williams and co-produced by Estefan, is an up-tempo set that marks a return to the singer’s dance roots. The Target deluxe edition features four bonus tracks produced by Emilio Estefan, including a remix of the lead single, “WEPA,” featuring Pitbull. The release of Little Miss Havana also coincides with the 25th anniversary of Estefan’s hit “Conga,” and those who buy the album can download a 25th anniversary remix of the track.

Estefan, who received the Spirit of Hope Award at the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards, is one of only a handful of high-profile Latin act to deviate from a traditional major-label release after spending so many years signed to a major. Earlier this summer, singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona announced he would release his new album, Independiente, on his own label. He has since signed a distribution agreement with his former label, Warner. His set is due Oct. 3. – By: Leila Cobo



Article: Get Your Music on iTunes by Brenna Ehrlich



Back in the day, it used to be every musician’s dream to see his CD on the racks of the local record store (raise your hand if you’ve ever sold your own disc to a shop in order to see it in the “Used” bin). Now iTunes is the place to be when it comes to hocking music.

If we’re talking about the paid digital download market, easily . And while Amazon just and launched a , iTunes still reigns supreme for now. That’s why we’ve taken a look at how to get your music up there as easily as possible — and it’s pretty damn easy.

1. Do You Qualify To Work With Apple Directly?

First, check iTunes’s and see if you can work with the company directly. It’s likely that you can’t because the requirements are pretty hard for the average unsigned indie artist to meet. Here’s a sampling:

Content Requirements:

  • At least 20 albums in your catalog.
  • UPCs/EANs/JANs for all products you intend to distribute.
  • ISRCs for all tracks you intend to distribute.

2. Pick an Aggregator

Don’t meet those requirements? No problem. You don’t have to deal directly with . Instead, you can go through an Apple-approved aggregator. Apple has a handy list of aggregators (check out the page for that) you can use for countries around the world, but for brevity’s sake, we’re going to give you a little more info on two of the most popular: TuneCore and CDBaby.

Recently, TuneCore raised its rates and added a bunch of , prompting CDBaby to offer a price cut to artists who switch over to its service. We’ll give you the rundown on each below so that you can make an informed decision based on what’s best for your band.


  • $9.99/year per single.
  • $9.99/year per ringtone.
  • $49.99/year per album (regardless of how many songs are on the album).

Do You Retain Rights?: Yes

Payment: You keep 100% of royalties (after the store takes its cut). You can receive the money via PayPal, EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer to U.S. and U.S. territory banks only) or check. Note: iTunes does take around 30% of sales, so you’ll be making $0.70 per song and $7.00 per album.

Other Stores You Can Sell On: Amazon MP3, Spotify, MySpace Music, MediaNet, eMusic, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, Napster, Thumbplay, Amazon On Demand. There’s no extra charge per store.

How Long Does It Take?:

TuneCore’s estimates:

  • 24 to 72 hours for iTunes.
  • About three to seven business days for AmazonMP3.
  • About six to eight weeks for Amazon on Demand, Spotify and MediaNet.
  • About one to three weeks for all other stores.

Fees: If you decide to take an album down early (before six months), you’ll have to shell out $20.

Some Extras:

    • Apple Artist Ping pages: We all know how hard it was to figure out how to get on . TuneCore works with artists and iTunes to expedite that process.
    • Daily iTunes trending reports (coming soon).
    • Mobile app that displays iTunes trending data (coming soon).

    As you recall, CDBaby is now offering to artists who switch over. Make sure to compare and contrast features before taking the plunge.


          • $59 per album — this is a one-time cost (the listed cost is $39, but you have to shell out $20 for a UPC barcode).
          • $14.95 per single — this is a one-time cost (same deal, it’s listed as $9.95 but a UPC barcode costs $5).

    Do You Retain Rights?: Yes

    Payment: Users keep 91% of net earnings through iTunes (after the store takes its cut). That’s $0.60 cents per song and $6.50 per album. You can be paid via check, ACH deposit to U.S. account, or PayPal.

    Other Stores You Can Sell On: Physical distribution of CDs, DVDs, and vinyl, as well as iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, Amazon MP3, Napster, MySpace Music, Spotify, Liquid Digital, Verizon V-Cast, Nokia, Last.fm, Zune, MediaNet, Tradebit, GreatIndieMusic and Thumbplay. You only have to pay once to put an album on one physical format and all digital formats.

    How Long Does It Take?: Two business days for iTunes, one to four weeks for other digital distributors.

    Fees: No fees if you decide to cancel.

    3. Get Your Music and Cover Art Ready For Upload

    Once you’ve chosen your aggregator, the process is pretty simple. Just upload your art work to your chosen service and it will lay out how to match it up with your music.

    If you’re uploading music, it’s best to convert your audio files to WAV and set them at a 44.1 kHz sample rate, 16 bit sample size with the channel set to stereo. You can do that in the iTunes software:

          • Find your song on iTunes and highlight it.
          • Go to preferences. Under “General,” go to “Import Settings.”
          • Change “Import Using” to WAV encoder and change setting to “Custom.”
          • A new window will pop up, where you can change the sample rate to 44.1 kHz and sample size to 16 bit. Change “Channels” to Stereo and Stereo Mode to Normal.
          • Go back to the library, right-click on your highlighted song and select “create WAV.”
          • Drag file to your desktop.

    As for artwork, you should also upload high quality, original images. They should probably be square, at least 1,000 by 1,000 pixels and rendered as a JPG.


    Article: Soulja Boy Apologizes For Anti Military Video.

    Soulja Boy is apologizing for the anti-military lyrics of his new song “Let’s Be Real,” which have sparked outrage.

    “As an artist, I let my words get the best of me. Sometimes there are things that we feel, things that we want to express, and when we put them on paper and speak them out loud, they can come out wrong. When I expressed my frustration with the US Army, not only did my words come out wrong, I was wrong to even speak them. So, I write this to give my sincerest apology to all members of the United States military services, as well as their families that were offended by my most recent lyrics,” Soulja Boy writes in an essay on GlobalGrind.com.

    “As a young man who grew up in the post-9/11 era, I have watched our country fight two wars that seem like they are never going to end. I have seen thousands and thousands of our brave men and women get killed in battle and often times, I think for what? A lot of people in this country are struggling to make ends meet and I think a lot about what if we had never gone to war. Where would our economy be? Our schools, our after-school and work programs, our streets? I mean, damn, 48 people got shot in New York City just this past weekend … in 3 days … I’m not saying that it is just because of a bad economy, but at a certain point we have to take care of our own people.”

    “In no way would I ever want to offend those who are protecting our freedoms … a lot of homeboys who I grew up with, a lot of people who come from the neighborhoods we live in … In no way do I want to hurt any of our honorable soldiers who put their lives at risk, regardless of how they feel about the two wars we fight in. I am just frustrated that we haven’t been able to bring you all home quick enough and my frustration got the best of me. I am deeply sorry.”

    “Let’s Be Real” lyrics include, “F–k the FBI and the army troops … fighting for what? Be your own man…” billboard

    Article: LiL Wayne To Retire?

    With his popularity and success still at a supreme zenith, is it really close to the end for the man who will have the number one album in the country? Back in the July/ August issue of XXL magazine, Lil Wayne declared that he was retiring soon to spend more time with his children.

    “I’m bowing out still on top,” Wayne said during his interview for the cover story. “I’m bowing out still on top,” he says. “I’ma make y’all want me when I retire. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Nooo!’ I ain’t leaving out this bitch when y’all be like, ‘Yeah, it’s about time, dawg.’ Carter IV might be my last one. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Fuck!’ Yeah, nigga, I’m gone.”

    “…Nah I’m fuckin wit y’all man,” he would say later. “Y’all know a nigga ain’t going nowhere till he bout 31. By 31. I’m gone by 31 shawty.”

    Obviously none of his fans want to see Wayne leave the game, but what does his Young Money family think?

    “As far as that retirement goes, I don’t know what he’s talking about,” YM President Mack Maine told XXLMag.com. “I’m not trying to hear that… I mean technically he can. We paved the way where Young Money the brand is gonna be so big. And he’s done so much where he can just tour. But I know his love and passion for the music…. I also know he has love and passion for his kids and family and he sacrificed a lot of this life we living. So at 30, if he says he wants to hang it up and be a family and a businessman, I wouldn’t be mad at it. He’ll be like 18, 19 close to 20 years in the game. And [have put out] that many albums. He’ll be a vet at a young age. It’s not like we’re gonna need to put out albums, it’s just the passion. Can you walk away from it?”

    Well luckily, listeners still have a few years for Weezy to change his mind. As for now, reports are putting the first-week numbers for Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (released August 29) as high as 900,000 copies sold. He also has two songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. “How To Love” is currently number seven while the Drake assisted “She Will” debuted at number three just last week. —Shaheem Reid xxlmag

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