Archive for November 7, 2011

Music News: Frank Ocean Cancels Show Just An Hour Before Start Time.

Odd Future’s resident crooner nixed his NYC solo debut on account of illness.

Earlier tonight, Frank Ocean cancelled his New York City, New York show at Bowery Ballroom an hour before he was set to perform.

Donning free conical straw hats decorated with a spray-painted panda face and a Chinese symbol, fans lined up down the block outside the club in anticipation of the show. Less than 15 minutes before doors were scheduled to open, security announced that Ocean was ill and would no longer be performing, stating that they were unsure if the show would be rescheduled. They also said that Ocean was in the building and had sound-checked, but that the concert was cancelled.

While fans waited on line, Ocean took to his Tumblr blog to announce the show’s cancellation. His post, titled “NEW YORK IS CANCELLED,” stated that the performance would be postponed and that tickets would be honored for the show.

“[O]r should i say postponed,” he wrote. “i played last night in new orleans, on antibiotics and some other meds. got sick a cpl days before i left los angeles. woke up this morning in new york and could barely speak. called a doctor to my hotel, got a steroid shot. took some more meds. laid in bed allday till soundcheck, got to the venue and could barely sing any of my songs. im really sorry yall. i been workin on this show for months, did everything i could to make it special for yall. i’ll be back soon as i’m healthy. thats my word. tickets will be valid for that, or you guys can get refunded. damn. this shit sucks.”

Last night, Ocean performed in New Orleans, Louisiana at House of Blues. source: hiphopdx

Glossary: Music

Musical Arrangements:

Simply put, are an original way to play a song or other musical work. The music publisher almost always owns all the arrangement of their song. Some common types include marching band arrangements of current hit songs, intermediate piano arrangements, or a updated versions of older songs (“HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY” by ???, which updates a 1977 Chicago song, is a good example).

While anyone is free to create a new arrangement of an existing song, trying to exploit that arrangement without a license (i.e. on records, sheet music, or as part of a broadcast or commercial could draw an infringement claim from the publisher.

Publishers will usually include the right to make arrangements in a mechanical license or synchronization license, provided the publisher receives full ownership of any arrangement created.

Some types of sampling also qualify as arrangements.

Industry Tips & Advice: Publishing – Break down of rights Recorded Rights

Publishing Info – Don Passman – Music Lawyer, OMG wants it’s Artist and Production Companies to know what is truth, learn your Business of Music. —- All music and information related performances, discussions, lessons and lectures remain the sole property of their respective copyright holders. No video clips are for sale, nor do they imply challenge to ownerships. They are intended strictly for entertainment, educational, promotional and historical purposes, and fall under the “Fair Use” guideline.

Articles: HipHop Invented Modern Music Economics.

Perhaps no entertainment industry has been challenged by the Internet like music. Consider this statistic: At the end of the 1990s, artists made $15 million a year from record sales. In the digital decade that followed, music sales fell 60 percent. What’s an artist to do?

Diversify, diversify, diversify.

These are boom times if, like the Dave Matthews Band, you’re a popular group with affluent middle-aged fans who are willing to shell out $50 – $100 for a concert ticket. That’s one reason why DMB made $500 million in the last ten years from touring alone, as Annie Lowrey writes.

But most bands cannot live on concerts alone. They have to get creative. By seeing record sales as a secondary, even tertiary revenue stream, hip hop paved the way for modern economic thinking about the music biz.

By seeing record sales as a secondary, even tertiary revenue stream, hip hop paved the way for modern economic thinking about the music biz.

Damian Kulash, Jr., the lead singer of the innovative band OK Go, wrote that his group forged an independent path by asking companies to underwrite their concerts and videos. “We once relied on investment and support from a major label. Now we make a comparable living raising money directly from fans and through licensing and sponsorship,” he wrote. And OK Go isn’t alone. “Corporate sponsorship of music and musical events in North America will exceed $1 billion in 2010, up from $575 million in 2003,” he continued, adding that “outside corporate investment in music is rapidly climbing into the range of the traditional labels.”

The Web turned songs and albums into commodities — easily downloaded, uploaded and distributed with the free click of a button. These days, to mint what they make, bands have to put their music to use — by hitting the road, by licensing to commercials, by excepting corporate underwriting, and by diversifying their appeal.

Rappers have long understood that the real money in music isn’t from selling tunes, but from selling lifestyle. Dan Charnas’ new book on the business of hip-hop The Big Payback reminds us how Def Jam realized the potential of marketing music before Sony. Per BusinessWeek’s Steven Daly review:

In the early ’90s, Charnas writes, Sony was exasperated at the “endemic disorganization” through which its Def Jam imprint, under Simmons’ stewardship, had accrued some $17 million in debt. If only they’d realized that record sales were becoming a secondary revenue stream. With the creation of the clothing line Phat Farm in 1992, Simmons became the first rap entrepreneur to look beyond mere music and attempt to market the ghetto-quixotic lifestyle preached in hip-hop’s lyrics…
Simmons, Def Jam and Phat Farm started the fire. Today you can see it everywhere from water to sneakers:

After Simmons’ initial success, virtually every major rap figure tried to establish a presence in the rag trade. Combs’ Sean John label and Jay-Z’s Rocawear line were among the most prominent companies to follow in Simmons’ footsteps. (Combs recently signed an exclusive distribution deal with Macy’s (M), while Rocawear was sold for $219 million in 2007.) Rapper 50 Cent also launched a successful clothing line, G-Unit, before entering a 2004 partnership with Vitamin Water parent company Glacéau. 50 Cent’s unimpeachable street credibility–he was shot nine times at close range in 2000–helped sell millions of bottles of his signature drink, Formula 50. In 2007, Coca-Cola (KO) purchased Glacéau for $4.1 billion, and “Fitty” walked away with, Charnas writes, upwards of $60 million.

Just as Dave Matthews’ pop-bluesy jam band style is uniquely suited to selling out middle-aged affluent concerts, hip hop may be uniquely suited to marketing lifestyle in way that other popular bands cannot. (Imagine a line of flip flops from Coldplay. Then again, don’t.) The point is that by seeing record sales as a secondary, even tertiary revenue stream, hip hop paved the way for modern economic thinking about the music biz.

By Derek Thompson

Breaking News: Joe Frazier Nearly Dies…

Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier has liver cancer and is under hospice care.
The 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago and doctors have not yet told him how long he has to live.
‘We have medical experts looking into all the options that are out there,’ Frazier’s manager Leslie Wolff said. ‘There are very few. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop looking.’

‘We appreciate every prayer we can get’: Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier is receiving hospice care after being diagnosed with cancer last month
Wolff, who has been Frazier’s manager for seven years, said the boxer had been in and out of the hospital since early October and receiving hospice treatment for the last week.
‘We appreciate every prayer we can get,’ Wolff said. ‘I’ve got everybody praying for him. We”ll just keep our fingers crossed and hope for a miracle.’
Frazier was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali, knocking him down and taking a decision in the so-called Fight of the Century in 1971.

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He would go on to lose two more fights to Ali, including the epic ‘Thrilla in Manila’.
Frazier was bitter for many years about the way Ali treated him then. More recently, he said he had forgiven Ali for repeatedly taunting him.
Smokin’ Joe was a small yet ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including a devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early.

Fighter: Joe Frazier, left, hits Muhammad Ali during the 15th round of their heavyweight title fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1971
It was the left hook that dropped Ali in the 15th round of their ‘Fight of the Century’ at Madison Square Garden in 1971 to seal a win in a bout where each fighter earned an unheard of $2.5 million.
While that fight is celebrated in boxing lore, Ali and Frazier put on an even better show in their third fight, held in a sweltering arena in Manila as part of Ali’s world tour of fights in 1975.
Nearly blinded by Ali’s punches, Frazier still wanted to go out for the 15th round of the fight but was held back by trainer Eddie Futch in a bout Ali would later say was the closest thing to death he could imagine.
Frazier won the heavyweight title in 1970 by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round of their fight at Madison Square Garden.
He defended it successfully four times before George Foreman knocked him down six times in the first two rounds to take the title from him in 1973.
Frazier would never be heavyweight champion again.
In recent years, Frazier had been doing regular autograph appearances, including one in Las Vegas the weekend of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight in September.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058271/Joe-Frazier-faces-toughest-fight-life-tries-beat-liver-cancer.html#ixzz1czJ3p2NP

Quote Of The Day

Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
Franklin P. Jones


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