Archive for September 19, 2011

Music News: Fabolous Fights Back, Claims Ray J Has Drug Problem?

In what was certainly the biggest music news of the day, ‘One Wish’ singer Ray Jtook to the on Power 105.1 to dish about an altercation that took place between he and ‘Holla Back’ hitmaker Fabolous.  With the Twitterverse and blog-o-sphere both ablaze over the incident, all eyes were undoubtedly on Fab for a response.

And, that he did.  Find out the rapper’s response and hear his side of the story after the jump:

Interesting that Sam would make a comment about Ray visiting Whit’s stash and now Fab confirms it! Oh, can’t we all just get along?

New Music: Feeling Myself Remix By Son-Ray

Industry Tips & Advice: Importance of Knowing Who You Are


Artist manager Mona Scott offers her thoughts on the critical importance of “knowing who you are” as an artist, as a business, and as a person before embarking on your career in music.



Opportunity: IFP Independent Filmmaker Conference

Taking place at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 West 65th Street) during the 33rd annual Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market), IFP’s five-day Filmmaker Conference: The Future of Film is the must attend event that welcomes the independent film community to take an active role in debating where filmmaking is going next.

Now in its new home at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, the event will be more intimate and provide greater access than ever before. The Independent Filmmaker Conference brings together top business executives, filmmakers, producers, distributors and new media pioneers for daily case studies, debates, one-to-one “Conversations With,” – and new this year, in-depth master classes on topics ranging from financing your narrative feature to audience building and outreach.

This is more than just a conference – it’s an opportunity for the audience to talk back and to add their voice to the future of film.



Music News: Full Text Of Interscope Statement Denying Involvement In CocaineTrafficking Operation by Bruce Houghton

The offices of Universal’s Interscope Records have been used by , manager of label artist The Game, as a drop off and pickup point for road cases filled with kilos of cocaine and more than $1 million in cash, according to documents filed by federal prosecutors. (Details .) Today Interscope released a carefully worded denial of any involvement in the claim:

“The information being reported in the press regarding Interscope Records’ involvement with the ongoing criminal prosecution of James Rosemond is both erroneous and completely unsupported.  Interscope Records has been informed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York that there is no evidence that any employee of UMG or Interscope Records had any involvement in the drug trafficking ring being prosecuted by that office, nor any knowledge of the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its offices.  Further, neither UMG nor Interscope Record are a subject or target of the investigation.  UMG and Interscope will continue to cooperate with the United States Attorney’s Office regarding this matter. “



Industry Tips & Advice: How can I get publicity? By: Mike King

Getting your show listed in the press can be a bit of a process, especially for a new band. For any hope of getting some promotional love from the press, you’re going to need to submit your press release at least THREE WEEKS in advance, and you’re going to have to format it just right.

Basic Press Release Guidelines For Immediate Release

Contact info here, to include name, address, phone, email Who, What, When, Where, Cost

All the specifics should be right up top in the release.

About Your Band/Music

What makes you special, who do you sound like, why should anyone want to see you play live? As Frank Zappa might say: “What can you do that is fantastic?” It’s always better if someone else says something nice about you, rather than you saying it yourself. There was a band around Boston a few years back that used a quote from Mark Sandman in their press releases that said something like, “I saw them play, they were…interesting.” I always thought that was pretty cool.


About you or your band, what the member’s play, was a member of your band part of Broken Social Scene? What else can you say about your band?

Once you have the above formatted nice, you’re ready to send it out. Start with the hip weeklies in your area (In Boston this would be the Dig and the Phoenix, Chicago has the Reader, NY has the Voice, etc).

Next Steps

After you get a couple shows under your belt, there are some additional things that can be done to help promote yourself. You’re going to have the beginnings of your community started and your email list in place, and you can now keep people up to date through a dedicated list (there are many companies out there that can help you to send nice HTML updates), as well as a MySpace page with show listings and song samples. And once you start really killing your live show, you may start making friends with your local press, which can result in some show reviews. If you have aspirations to play outside your local area, all this critical mass can be harnessed into your promo kit, which you’re going to use to secure dates in areas where you don’t necessarily have the luxury of a fan base yet. Keep in mind that getting your name out there is an arduous process, and no matter how good your promotion is, you’re absolutely going to be playing to a handful of folks on occasion. Every other band has been in exactly the same situation, and if you lay a firm promotional groundwork now at these early stages, and your live show is excellent, you’re bound to succeed.



Quote Of The Day

And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
Andrew Carnegie

Featured Artist Video: “Dream Tiger” By Bethesda

Music News: Beef: Ray-J Calls Into The Breakfast Club To Talk About Fight with Fabolous

Ray-J calls into the The Breakfast Club morning show to talk about a fight, him and Fab got into this weekend. He sounds like Shorty Mack, he must have forgot he’s Brandy’s little brother, sir you are not gangster. Only DJ Clue can squash this beef.



Article: Besides the Mayweather v. Ortiz Ray-J got it in w/Fabolous

It seems Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz wasn’t the only two shooting the fair one on Saturday night. According to various fans, R&B singer Ray J and Brooklyn rapper Fabolous got into a fight this weekend backstage at a concert.

The hear say first started on Twitter after a fan wrote: “Just saw Ray J and Fabolous throw blows backstage at the concert in Vegas,” while another tweets, “So @RayJ just punched @myfabolouslife about some dumb stuff but Fab whooped his a** backstage.”

Unlike the Mayweather bout, fans won’t get to see the alleged fight on video. Reports have it that security guards forced all onlookers to delete any footage.

The beef between Ray J and Fab spiked a few days ago after Fab made Ray J the blunt of his jokes on Twitter.

“N**ga Ray J doin a concert in his living room,” wrote Fab, adding, “Nah but Floyd [Mayweather] saying we havin a concert in my living room & the camera cuts to Ray J singing “One Wish” on the piano had me in tears.”

Apparently Ray J’s camp didn’t find the jokes funny and a compadre retaliated for the R&B crooner, firing threats at Fab and any other naysayers.




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