Archive for November 4, 2011

Fashion: Drake and Roots Releases “October’s Very Own” Varsity Jackets.

Drake and Roots connect to release a limited edition “October’s Very Own” Varsity Jacket. The jacket will be released globally at fine retailers around the world, with  being the exclusive retailer in Canada. The jacket will be released on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at their Richmond Street location. Originally produced as Drake/October’s Very Own’s tour jacket for his Away From Home tour, the jacket has been updated with the current O.V.O logos and with Drake’s Take Care album title embroidered onto the jacket.

Music News: Wale Needs a Little More “Ambition”…

If you’re looking for a case study in the pratfalls of the new music industry, search no further than Washington, D.C. rapper Wale, who released his sophomore album “Ambition” yesterday.
Since his earliest mixtape work, Wale has shown himself to be a talented rapper who can’t write hooks, and his major label efforts are frictionless affairs that slide by in boring competence.
But let’s start from the beginning.
In 2007, Wale broke out with the mixtape “100 Miles and Running,” and he followed that with the equally impressive “The Mixtape About Nothing” in 2008. Both tapes showcased a formidable wit and sophisticated flow — and don’t think that “Seinfeld” reference wasn’t irresistible to rap bloggers.
So, the D.C. boy, the one who still pays homage to his hometown’s go-go music, blew up nationwide, signing with Interscope Records. That proved little consolation when his tepid, confusing debut album, 2009′s “Attention: Deficit,” had a disastrous first week, moving only 28,000 units and missing the top 20 amid accusations that it was undershipped and abandoned by the label.
Eventually fleeing Interscope for Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, Wale had learned the hard way that convincing listeners to buy an album has a degree of difficulty far greater than feeding them a free mixtape, even for a blog darling.
He changed tactics in the run-up to “Ambition,” partnering with music downloading site Hulkshare to advertise the LP after he crashed the site’s servers with mixtape “The Eleven One Eleven Theory.” Now, “Ambition” touches down to the sound of crickets, and it looks like Wale might repeat this whole ordeal again.
Despite topping the iTunes charts, chatter surrounding “Ambition” has been minimal. In switching to Ross’ label, Wale surrounded himself with rappers who are all better than him at MMG’s brand of rap — forceful, shuddering bangers paired with poignant storytelling.
Rick Ross has more charisma in his beard than Wale does in his entire body, up-and-coming Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill has settled in as Ross’ right-hand man and Ohio import Stalley seems to be the designated backpacker.
That means Wale’s left without a role, again, and you can hear that confusion on his new album.
Devoid of character, “Ambition” flaunts Wale’s technical ability and not much else. Other than on “Legendary,” where a middle-ground is finally achieved between MMG’s menace and his mixtapes’ city-at-night insouciance, the beats fall flat around Wale’s schizophrenia.
With a solid base of listeners but little radio presence, Wale’s closest recent precedent appears to be the deplorable Big Sean, who appears on “Ambition” track “Work” and, like Wale, counts himself among the coterie of a rap titan, in this case Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music. Sean sold 87,000 copies of “Finally Famous” during its first week of release in June, and that number probably represents the ceiling for “Ambition.”
If “Ambition” doesn’t touch the top ranks of the Billboard charts — which, without a major single, is certainly possible — Wale will have another failure on his hands, this time for MMG and Warner Bros. Hopefully, tweets from LeBron and Ochocinco translate into album sales, but don’t count on it.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/wale-ambition-2011-11#ixzz1cmGhJM2U

Sports: Will Mayweather Finally Fight Pacquiao?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (crew) got on the mic, Wednesday, to announce May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as his next fight date! He added that it will be the “biggest fight of his career”! He didn’t announce his opponent, but hinted towards Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather just unleashed the 1-2 on his last victim, Victor Ortiz, in the controversial Sept 17 bout. Pacquiao has a bout on Nov 12 at the MGM Grand against Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time. Mayweather no drug tests this time.. lol.

Mayweather’s opponent has not been determined but advisor Leonard Ellerbe said, “We’re looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella.” – espn



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Industry Tips & Advice: How Do You Track Down the Owner of a Copyright?

George Maloian, Key Account Executive with APM Music, discusses how to track down the owner of a copyrighted work that you want to license for use.


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