Archive for October 6, 2011

Music News: J.Cole Gets Congratulated For His Number 1 Selling Album

Cole also releases a video clip thanking everyone for their support.

After J. Cole scored a number one debut with Cole World: The Sideline Story, his Roc Nation boss Jay-Z has congratulated his signee. In a press released, Hov showed love for the Fayetteville, North Carolina native with a few kind words.

“J. Cole’s success is testament to amazing artist development and Cole’s hard work,” said Jay-Z in a statement. “I want to congratulate him on a #1 album and more importantly a great body of work.”

Cole’s manager, Mark Pitts, also congratulated the rapper for his achievement. “J. Cole personifies humility and grace with edge and depth. As an MC, his point of view speaks to and represents me. I’m proud and blessed to be a part of his journey!” added Pitts, who is also President of Urban Music, Sony / JIVE Records and CEO, Bystorm Entertainment.

The “Work Out” rapper recorded a video message while backstage to thank everyone for the support. “I had to say thank you very much to everybody, to the fans, to all the magazines, blogs, BET, MTV, the label, Roc Nation, Columbia, my management, my DreamVillain team. Number one album in the country, I can’t believe it. It doesn’t make sense, but it does,” he said. hiphopdx.com

Music News: Prodigy Gives Advice To a 13 Year Old Boy With Sickle Cell. A Condition He Lived With All His Life.

Industry Tips & Advice: Attorneys Getting Deals by Todd and Jeff Brabec

One of the most effective ways of getting an introduction to a music publisher or record company is through entertainment lawyers, since many have connections with music publishers and record companies, both major and independent.

They usually have negotiated agreements with such companies on behalf of their clients, have represented the company itself, or have in some respect had a relationship with the company that enables them to submit a recording.

The good music attorneys also have a real knowledge of each company from top to bottom and can usually contact the right person for a particular project—an asset that can not only save time but also give the agent or writer/performer a better than even chance of being heard by the right people.

In addition, whether the response is positive or negative, an answer will normally be given more quickly if a known entertainment lawyer is involved.

Submissions from a lawyer are many times looked on differently, especially if the attorney has a good reputation or other clients with the company. Sometimes the person who submits a project can matter as much as the project itself.

Because most music attorneys are fairly selective and have strong feelings about what they feel is saleable, a writer’s presentation must be very strong to get an attorney involved, especially if you expect the attorney to do the initial work on a reduced-rate or percentage basis prior to a deal being secured.



Article: Before You Die, You Gotta Play This Gig… by Paul Resnikoff

What are the stages that artists dream of playing, the ones they absolutely lust after? We joined forces with ReverbNation to ask thousands of aspiring artists that very question, and these are the responses we got.




Sports: First two weeks of NBA season likely to be cancelled if lockout is not lifted by Monday by Wil Longbottom

The NBA has today cancelled the remainder of the preseason and could axe the first two weeks of the regular season if a labor dispute is not resolved by next week.

Players and NBA team owners have failed to make progress after four hours of negotiations and no further meetings have been set up.

If an agreement is not reached by Monday, both sides stand to to lose millions of dollars and potentially countless fans if the start of the regular season is interrupted.
Shut out: Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki shoots during the NBA finals against the Miami Heat. The first two weeks of this season could be canceled because of a labor disputeShut out: Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki shoots during the NBA finals against the Miami Heat. The first two weeks of this season could be canceled because of a labor dispute

Commissioner David Stern said: ‘We’re ready to meet and discuss any subject anyone wants to talk about.

‘We’d like not to lose the first two weeks of the season, but it doesn’t look good.’

At issue is the amount money players make from the basketball-relative income through a collective bargaining agreement.

Owners offered the players a 50-50 revenue split, but the players’ association rejected that deal.

That is still well below the 57 per cent that players were guaranteed under the previous agreement, but more than the 47 per cent union officials said was formally proposed.

Players had offered to lower their demands to 53 per cent, which they said would give owners back more than $1billion over six years, but won’t cut it further at the moment.

No deal: Los Angeles Lakers player Derek Fisher speaks alongside fellow players after the NBA labor meetings collapsed yesterdayNo deal: Los Angeles Lakers player Derek Fisher speaks alongside fellow players after the NBA labor meetings collapsed yesterday

Derek Fisher, president of the players’ association, said: ‘We were not able to get close enough to close the gap.’

With superstars like Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the players’ proposal would have made up around $200 million per season – a sizeable chunk of the $300million owners said they lost last season.

Both sides are also still divided on the salary-cap structure.

Training camps were postponed and 43 preseason games scheduled for October 9 – 15 were canceled last month.

The NBA regular season is due to start on November 1.

Owners have insisted on the ability to turn a profit after the league said 22 of its 30 teams lost money last season.

Mr Fisher added: ‘We want to and have been willing to negotiate, but we find ourselves at a point today where we in some ways anticipated or expected to be, faced with a lockout that may jeopardize portions if not all of our season.’
Star: NBA's Kobe Bryant makes a sponsor's appearance in Milan, Italy. He has said it is 'very possible' he could play in Italy while the lockout continuesStar: NBA’s Kobe Bryant makes a sponsor’s appearance in Milan, Italy. He has said it is ‘very possible’ he could play in Italy while the lockout continues

Without a deal, the battle could go to the courts.

The players have been ‘locked out’ of teams since July 1 when talks first collapsed.

Several high-profile players have said they will play overseas if the 82-game season is cancelled or delayed.

The only time the NBA has cancelled regular season games was when a work stoppage reduced the 1998-1999 season to 50.

It comes after a similar dispute threatened to delay the start of the NFL season.

The collective bargaining agreement was unanimously discontinued by NFL owners in March, sparking a lock out until the end of July.

Eventually a new agreement was reached on July 21, and the only game that was canceled was the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on August 7.


Music Video: Method Man Drops New Video For The World Gone Sour Campaign.

Method Man brings the sour patch kids to life in this creative new song for the World Gone Sour Campaign.

Sports: NBA Lockout Cancels Preseason, Threatens Season by Kenneth Quinnell


Labor negotiations between National Basketball Association owners and players broke down Tuesday, leading to the . The owners have locked out the players since July 1 as the two sides were unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement and owners are demanding a decrease in the percentage of revenue that goes to player salaries. Players are currently guaranteed 57 percent of revenue and the owners have demanded that percentage fall to 46 or 47 percent. David Stern and other league negotiators offered a 50-50 split that was rejected by the players, who have offered to decrease their percentage to 53 percent.

Some may wonder why anyone should care about what percentage of league revenues go to the players and ask why we should care about one group of millionaires arguing over money with another group of millionaires. There are several reasons. First is that the money in question rightfully belongs to the players. The players do all the work and fans universally come to see the players. The whole league is based on the interest of fans in the efforts of the players. What do the owners add to the situation? Virtually nothing and they already get 43 percent of the revenue for that. Now they demand the majority of the money despite adding little to nothing to the product.

More importantly, in the bigger picture, is that the labor battles in professional sports are the highest profile labor battles in the country and they are an introduction for most Americans to the concept of unions and workers rights. Positive coverage of players unions can translate to positive feelings towards other unions and vice versa. Accurately showing the public the greed of team owners and how they exploit the labor of the players can help people understand that the same types of situations exist where workers don’t make millions of dollars.

And there is the fact that these same owners, as pointed out by , take public money to build arenas and then pocket all the profits without giving anything back to the government that financed them in the first place.

Owners complain about their teams losing money, but the reality is that they aren’t losing money because of player salaries as much as they are losing it because of their own bad business decisions. As Ziller points out:

No, if the NBA is truly losing money, it’s because other expenses are growing faster than revenue. The league refuses to discuss those other expenses, of course. Interest payments on team purchases — you know, the interest Robert Sarver is paying to finance his record-breaking purchase of the Suns — is a big chunk. That whole racket has become a self-perpetuating scandal that ensures that non-payroll expenses increase for eternity. The values of NBA teams as properties will continue to rise, and the players (through lockout-forced rollbacks) and fans (through higher prices and worse service) will be forced to help finance those deals. But when Sarver sells the Suns, when Chris Cohan sells the Warriors, do those players and fans get cut in? Nope. They’re left helping the next guy finance the takeover.


Article: Top 30 music millionaires

Ranking 2011 Wealth Change from 2010
1 Clive Calder 1.3 billion No change
2 Andrew Lloyd Webber 680 million -20 million
3 Cameron Mackintosh 675 million +40 million
4 Paul McCartney 495 million +20 million
5 Simon Fuller 375 million +25 million
6 Simon Cowell 200 million +35 million
7 Elton John 195 million +10 million
8 Mick Jagger 190 million No change
9 Sting 180 million No change
10 Keith Richards 175 million No change
11 Olivia and Dhani Harrison 170 million +10 million
12 David and Victoria Beckham 165 million +20 million
13 Jamie Palumbo 150 million No change
13 Ringo Starr 150 million +10 million
15 Tim Rice 143 million +3 million
16 Tom Jones 140 million +5 million
17 Eric Clapton 125 million No change
18 Roger Ames 120 million No change
19 Phil Collins 115 million +7 million
19 Rod Stewart 115 million +10 million
21 Barry and Robin Gibb 110 million No change
22 Roger Waters 105 million +20 million
23 David Bowie 100 million No change
24 Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne 95 million No change
25 George Michael 90 million No change
25 Robbie Williams 90 million +5 million
27 David Gilmour 85 million +7 million
27 Brian May 85 million +10 million
27 Charlie Watts 85 million No change
30 Chris Blackwell 80 million No change
30 Robert Plant 80 million No change
30 Roger Taylor 80 million +10 million




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