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Industry Tips & Advice: Market Your Band Through iTunes Playlists by Ashley Belanger

Market Your Band Through iTunes Playlists

Promote new artists using the iTunes store Ping network.

You don’t have to be a musician to craft a perfect playlist. It just takes an ear for transitions and a love for the artists you’ve strewn together. However, some of the best playlists can serve as catalysts for casual listeners to discover new artists amidst songs by the artists they already love. For up-and-coming musicians, a successful mix can be an effective strategy to gain their new music more exposure.

Creating playlists in iTunes is really simple. Just hit command+N or go to File > New Playlist and give the playlist a name. It will appear in the left-hand sidebar of iTunes, and you can easily drag and drop the songs you want to include into the folder. From there, use your listening skills to create the perfect arrangement of the songs.

Did you know that you can share your playlists in the iTunes store? Any song in your Library that is also available in the iTunes store is fair game to include on your shared playlists, so sometimes you might upload a playlist and notice songs missing. But if your new artist already has music in the iTunes store, you can promote these songs through shared playlists.

To share a playlist, click on it. If an arrow appears to the right, click on the arrow and you have the option to “gift” or “publish” the playlist. Clicking on either takes you to the iTunes store, where you can preview how the playlist will appear to those you share it with. Your listeners will NOT be able to listen to the full playlist but instead will get 30-second previews of the songs.

For the “gift” option, you will be taken to a screen where you can email the playlist to as many friends as you’d like. You can rename the playlist, craft a personal message, then send it instantly. This is a good model for promoters or musicians who want to share with their fan mailing lists.

As for the “publish” option, you’ll again be taken to the iTunes store, where you can rename the playlist and add a description. This is an excellent opportunity to announce your new artist and use that popular “RIYL” (Recommended If You Like) tag to highlight the other musicians in the playlist who are similar to the new artist. Click “publish” to share the playlist.

The playlist is then available in the “Ping” section of the iTunes store. This is the social aspect of iTunes, where you have the ability to network with other users who can access the playlists you share. When users discover your playlist, they have the ability to purchase individual songs or actually buy the entire playlist for one packaged price.

It’s a different way of sharing the music you love most, promoting the under-sung artists in the industry and honing your own ability to make mixes that highlight how new artists fit in with the rest of the music world. If you’re looking for a way to share a playlist that allows listeners to hear full songs and cycle through the entire playlist start to finish, check out the sharing options on social site or, if you’re lucky, sign up for a invite.



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Article: Facebook Still Follows You Online Even If You’re Logged Out — Here’s How To Stop It by Dylan Love

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Article: So You Wanna know the ten most expensive music videos?

When launched on August 1, 1981, the first it played was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. What an awful video. In those days, all a music video needed was jiggly girls in bikinis, big hair, fast cars, and if you were lucky, jiggly girls with big hair driving fast cars. No huge costs, just a little something to complement the listening experience.

Then came along Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in 1983. “Thriller” wasn’t a music video, it was a full-fledged crotch-grabbing experience. At 14 minutes long, “Thriller” suddenly opened the doors of creativity, proving that a music video could be more about the video and less about the music. Today, companies will spend millions of dollars to make a 3-minute video (most of it spent on computer animation and huge sets). We are proud to present a list of opulent indulgence: the 10 most expensive music videos of all time.

To be fair, though, we’ve instituted some ground rules:

  1. A group/artist can only appear once on the list. Known as the Michael Jackson Amendment, this rule makes the list a whole lot more interesting. But artists doing a one-time collaboration with others are fair game (allowing to pop up 3 times).
  2. If the video is for a song from a movie, then it doesn’t count. Otherwise, Celine Dion’s warbling of “My Heart Will Go On” would win hands down (because it included expensive scenes from ). To qualify, the images in the video must have been created solely for that video.
  3. Studios lie about how much they spend. They don’t want to seem too wasteful, so our figures are probably a little off. But it’s an interesting list anyway, so deal with it.

1. Videos 10 – 8

10. “Girlfriend/Boyfriend”
Cost: $1,500,000+
Artist: Blackstreet (featuring Janet Jackson)

This video is completely computer animated, taking place inside a pinball machine. The basic “plot” is that Blackstreet and Janet Jackson feel like pinballs, bouncing uncontrollably through their lives, when it’s all really just a game. What made it so expensive? Well, computer animation ain’t cheap, and neither is Janet Jackson (the same cannot be said about sibling Latoya . . .)

  • Janet’s wardrobe: $10,000
  • Blackstreet’s wardrobe: $25,000
  • Janet’s travel costs: $50,000
  • Blackstreet’s travel costs: $200,000
  • 3-D animation costs: $600,000

9. “November Rain”
Cost: $1,500,000+

An 11-minute video extravaganza, this video tells the supposed tale of singer Axl Rose and model Stephanie Seymour getting married, having a party, and living out their lives together until death. And all it took was 11 minutes? . . . A classy video that combines storytelling with live concert performances, Guns N’ Roses actually paid for the video themselves, to insure that it looked as they envisioned.

  • Renting a symphony orchestra: $25,000
  • Specially constructed chapel: $150,000
  • Wedding dress: $8,000
  • Specially constructed coffin: $8,000

8. “Unpretty”
Cost: $1,600,000+
Artist: TLC

While their video “Waterfalls” was technologically more groundbreaking, “Unpretty” ended up costing more because the group argued over every little detail (almost doubling the projected cost). The story of the video starts out with women in a plastic surgeon’s office contemplating breast implants, but they somehow get involved in a gang fight in a back alley. All the while, TLC sits on these weirdo floating pods while doing yoga chants. Nobody said these videos have to make sense . . .

  • Floating yoga pods: $60,000
  • Field of purple flowers: $50,000
  • Laptop computer animating breast enhancements: $63,000
  • Flying robot camera: $35,000
  • Hairstyling: $11,000
  • Makeup: $25,000
  • Costumes: $11,000

2. Videos 7 – 5

7. “She’s a Bitch”
Cost: $2,000,000+
Artist: Missy Elliot

For some videos, you have no idea where the money went. What made it cost so much? Greedy accountant skim off the top? Tons of footage never used? Missy Elliot’s “She’s a Bitch” is a perfect example of such confusion. A rap song that essentially features Miss Missy mugging for the camera in a rubber body suit (or dancing on an M-shaped stage with her Missy-ettes), how this video ended up costing $2 mil is a mystery.

  • Missy Elliot’s rubber wardrobe: $10,500
  • Glow-in-the-dark cape: $3,500
  • M-shaped stage: $30,000
  • Silver suits for the extras: $12,000
  • Total set: $850,000
  • Makeup: $6,000
  • Special effects for a stormy sky: $20,000

6. “Miami”
Cost: $2,000,000+
Artist: Will Smith

Will Smith is notorious for spending googobs on his music videos, especially because they often serve the dual purpose of promoting his movies. The video to “” cost $3 million alone, and the video to “Men In Black” is also up there. Of course, such videos aren’t allowed placement on our list, but they go to show that Will Smith is no stranger to spending money on his videos. For “Miami,” Smith chose to follow the ever-popular path of using computer morphing techniques, sending the budget sky-rocketing. The entire video consists of the Fresh Prince morphing from location to location (we counted at least 40 morphs), and each morph costs about $14,000. The sad thing is, the song ain’t that great.

  • Private jet rental: $15,000
  • Each morph transition: $14,000 (and there were least 40 of these)
  • Floating Miami set: $500,000
  • Models: $10,000
  • Choreography: $200,000

5. “Larger Than Life”
Cost: $2,100,000+
Artist: Backstreet Boys

Fine, fine, they’re all hotties. No use denying it. But unlike their competitor über-boybands *NSync and 98°, the Backstreet Boys are actually pretty good (they were even nominated for a Grammy for their second smash album, “Millennium,” proving that they have industry respect). The Backstreet Boys made more money in 1999 than any other entertainer, $66 million, so dropping $2 mil on a video is chump change. In “Larger Than Life,” the story is that the B-Boys are space-fighting robots in some bizarro Star Wars meets Voltron cyberworld. Replete with computer animation and special effects, it doesn’t make much sense but it looks pretty cool.

  • Cryogenic chamber model: $20,000
  • Flying surfboard scene at beginning: $90,000
  • 3-D animated models: $45,000
  • Robot costumes for the B-Boys: $56,000
  • Exterior shot of the space station: $70,000
  • Dance stage: $80,000
  • The cost to fly the crew to the set: $150,000
  • Director’s fee: $150,000 (for just 4 days of shooting)
  • Total special effects: $600,000

3. Videos 4 – 2

4. “What’s It Gonna Be”
Cost: $2,400,000+
Artist: Busta Rhymes (featuring Janet Jackson)

A tremendously cool video involving tons of special effects that Busta Rhymes co-directed. The story involves Busta (as some kind of morphy glass creature) hookin’ up with Janet (also a morphy glass creature). They sing, they morph, they sing, and they morph a little more, and at the end of the video, they both explode into little glass shards. Gross. But in a good way.

The visuals are reminiscent of movies like The Abyss and in which a humanoid creature is able to change its appearance, yet still appear completely believable. In “What’s It Gonna Be,” Janet and Busta are constantly mushing around each other, sometimes transparent (like glass), sometimes reflective (like mirrors). Believe us, you can see where the $2.4 million went.

  • Virtual set: $100,000
  • Each morph: $30,000 (boy, did these add up . . .)
  • Busta’s glass costume: $40,000
  • Janet and Busta’s explosion: $20,000

3. “Heartbreaker”

Cost: $2,500,000+
Artist: Mariah Carey

Here’s a video that makes almost no sense. Mariah starts out on a movie date with B-level star Jerry O’Connell, when some hoodlums start throwing popcorn at them. To escape the trauma, Mariah runs to the bathroom, where she encounters her evil twin (portrayed by Mariah in a black wig). Good Mariah and Evil Mariah start getting all Jackie Chan on each other, when they turn into cartoons. Then the video ends.

Much like Missy Elliot’s “,” we have no idea why this video turned out to be so expensive. We can only suspect that the first version stunk, so they probably did some re-shooting. We would’ve hated to see the first version, though.

  • Movie theater rental: $100,000
  • Mansion rental (in the movie): $40,000
  • Hairstyling: $13,000
  • Dog and its trainer: $6,000
  • Fight coordinator: $7,000
  • Animation: $80,000
  • Jerry O’Connell’s cameo fee: $10,000

2. “Victory”
Cost: $2,700,000+
Artist: Puff Daddy (featuring Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)

“Victory,” like 5 others of the videos on this list, is a rap video, and what a rap video “Victory” is. It has everything, including exploding airplanes, suicidal leaps from buildings, helicopters, and shootouts. Like much of Puff Daddy’s repertoire, this video is about a man’s escape from the police who are wrongly accusing him of a crime. As P.D. runs across the city’s rooftops, a bunch of snobs in a party look out the window at the ensuing action, obviously wishing that they had such excitement in their lives. And playing through the background of the entire video is an opera aria that lends the entire video a dramatic flair. While it may not have much computer animation, this video definitely has a “movie feel” to it; this level of detail is what makes the video cost so much, and seem so cool.

  • Building an airplane and blowing it up: $55,000
  • Pyrotechnic special effects: $100,000
  • Artificial rain: $10,000
  • Helicopter rental: $21,000
  • Stuntman fee: $5,000 per jump from building to building
  • Security on the set: $10,000

4. The most expensive music video

1. “Scream”
Cost: $7,000,000+
Artist: Michael Jackson (featuring Janet Jackson)

Michael Jackson’s videos have always been ridiculously expensive. In 1983, he spent $800,000 on “Thriller,” which would be about $1.4 million today. But remember that before “Thriller,” no one even came close to spending that kind of money, and he had to do it with limited technological capabilities. As technology improved, Jacko’s videos became more expensive, spending over $1.2 million on “Black or White” in 1992, and even more on “Remember The Time.” But if he can keep an oxygen chamber, a petting zoo, the Elephant Man’s bones, and an entire plastic surgery team in his mansion, it’s certainly no biggie to drop another $7 mil on a video with his sister.

“Scream’s” $7,000,000 price tag is more than twice as much as the next most expensive music video (Puff Daddy’s “” at $2.7 million), and it’s easy to see why: he spent $5 million alone on 11 sets. Yet while watching the video, it all seems incredibly wasteful, not coming close to the film quality of “Thriller”, “,” or “Victory.”

  • Computer-generated spaceship: $65,000
  • Breaking guitars: $53,000
  • Morphing artworks: $50,000
  • Michael’s makeup: $3,000
  • Janet’s makeup: $8,000 a day
  • Choreography: $40,000
  • Giant video screen: $80,000
  • Lighting: $175,000
  • Cost per day: $636,000 (about 11 days)
  • Total cost of 11 sets: $5,000,000



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Article: I Want My A.D.D. By Ben Mathis-Lilley, Adam Sternbergh, Jada Yuan & Josh Eells

How 25 years of MTV have changed the world (for better and worse).

(Photo: Jerry Arcieri/Corbis)

MTV famously claimed its first casualty with its premiere video, aired August 1, 1981. But since video killed the radio star, what has the network accomplished? You know, besides forever changing youth culture and foisting Carson Daly on the world. Here, on the occasion of MTV’s 25th anniversary, we look at some of the more notable accomplishments for which the network can be thanked—or blamed.

Gave everyone A.D.D.
“The MTV style” of quick cuts and whipsaw cameras—known among veteran film editors as “frame-fucking”—is now the de facto visual language of American culture, from Michael Bay summer blockbusters to commercials for Sunny Delight.

Made Madonna possible
Without a medium in which to enact her famous image reinventions, Madonna would have remained just another vocally challenged sexpot leaking from the radio. Instead, she’s the quintessential pop star of the age.

Made Jessica Simpson possible
Before MTV’s Newlyweds rescued her, Simpson was just another floundering ersatz Britney Spears. MTV allowed her to reinvent herself as a dizzy Gen-Y Charo—and thus become the poster girl for a fizzy culture in which talent and celebrity are permanently cleavaged, er, cleaved.

Invented reality TV
In 1992, eight years before Survivor, a do-gooder documentarian (Jonathan Murray) and a soap-opera veteran (Mary-Ellis Bunim) launched a docu-soap called The Real World. By the time the rest of the planet caught up, MTV had already forged ahead, creating hypercompelling pseudo-reality hybrids like Laguna Beach.

Showed it was okay to be gay
Long before Brokeback, there was the aforementioned Real World, which has featured gay cast members in twelve of its seventeen seasons—from the wacky, alcoholic bisexual Ruthie to the sympathetic AIDS activist Pedro, who married his boyfriend on the show.

Enabled Starbucks
From the September 1991 debut of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” it was a short slide to the national hegemony of flannel shirts, ennui, and a Seattle-born coffee franchise. The flannel’s disappeared, the ennui’s come and gone (and come again), but the macchiato addiction is holding steady.

Put a gag on horny midgets
The MTV-produced halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII—a fumbled effort to lure “the kids”—led to Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” which led to a national hysteria, which led to the FCC crackdown on Howard Stern, which led him to defect to Sirius. So, in a sense, MTV made the satellite-radio star.

Neutered hip-hop
With the Run-DMC–Aerosmith “Walk This Way” video in 1986, rap crossed the color barrier for good, colonizing the suburbs and transmuting the genre from a potent protest movement (Public Enemy, N.W.A) to a Diddy-fied venue for TV-friendly gangsta clichés.

Corrupted your daughter and called it empowerment
Sure, MTV’s Spring Break, pimping wasted, bikini-clad girls and their amateur stripper moves since 1985, is merely a ribald update of American Bandstand. Then again, by that logic, Girls Gone Wild is merely a ribald update of MTV’s Spring Break.

Legitimized talking heads
No, not the Talking Heads—rather, the network’s parade of nattering, disposable veejays. MTV almost single-handedly debased the idea that people on TV should have some idea of what they’re talking about. Fast-forward to our current cable-news punditocracy, where half the commentators make Regis Philbin sound like Walter Cronkite.

Nurtured an art form
The past decade’s most visually inventive film directors, from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast), all cut their teeth on these strange, rule-busting, three-minute waking dreams—with MTV serving as their 24-hour televised gallery.

Defeated communism
Satellites started beaming MTV Europe into East Berlin on November 7, 1989; two days later, the Eastern Bloc was history. Coincidence? Okay, maybe. But two decades ago, MTV was as compelling a symbol of Western society as Levi’s or Coca-Cola.

Killed the music video
Try to find videos on MTV now, and you’ll run into a wall of shows like Yo Momma or Date My Mom. But don’t bother pining wistfully for bygone days when MTV played Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator” every hour on the hour. It only makes you seem old. About as old as MTV, actually.



Diddy Gets Tough From V.I.P Section…Throws Ciroc At Crowd…

T.I. & Diddy host BET HIP HOP AWARDS after party at Compound, ATL! Diddy calls out non-Ciroc drinkers at Compound, ATL and pours fresh Ciroc all over the crowd! Later on shots are fired in the club!

Industry Tips & Advice: Ty Cohen’s Indie Music Biz / Business 101 : Call 2 – Part 2

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Events: The Official HipHop Concert Series Recap

With game 1 of the Yankees playoff game going on and rain pouring down The Official HipHop Concert Series still managed to be a success. DJ Tahleim held it down as usual and with everybody ready and feeling nice the show had begun. Lemar J was up first and got things warmed up. Omin Child followed him up with a energetic filled set. In the third slot had the crowd in awe with her performance, closing out strong with her single . then came on and shut it down, with a continuation of heat from .

Son-Ray  followed with a exhilarating and passionate filled performance and would come on last and close out the show in a major way.

 and Us First Films put on another exciting and memorable show. Make sure you follow G.I.D.E  on and for updates on upcoming shows, mixtapes, and opportunities.

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Shout out to Get It Done Entertainments personal Photography SenZen for the photos.

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Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 2. Lauryn Hill

Long before she nabbed 5 Grammys for her debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Ms. Hill was already in contention for the throne. As one-third of 90s super group, Fugees, L’Boogie quickly established herself as the focal point of the crew. By seamlessly blending jaw-dropping lyricism with social commentary, she helped make The Score the magnum opus of Fugees’ catalog and, more importantly, a certified hip-hop classic.

On Miseducation, Lauryn unleashed the best fusion of hip-hop and R&B of the last decade. Her stellar songwriting flourished from song to song, whether grappling with spirituality (“Final Hour,” “Forgive Them, Father”) or stroking sexuality without exploiting it (“Nothing Even Matters”). Like Lyte and Latifah before her, Lauryn shines without drawing unnecessary attention to her sexual ambiance.



Quote Of The Day

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.


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