Archive for January 3, 2012

New Music: “Blessed” Schoolboy Q Feat. Kendrick Lamar

Interview: B.O.B Interview

Music News: DMX In Trouble With The Law Again

If his latest run-in with the law is any indication, DMX’s luck with the authorities might indeed be changing for 2012.

According to TMZ, the Dark Man had a run-in with Hollywood police last week for not wearing a seatbelt. But the rapper, who was accompanied by his assistant in the vehicle and is notoriously known for landing in jail for breaking the law, was merely ticketed for the offense and let go.

“Just a minor ticket no biggie,” X told TMZ. “A quick learning lesson about not wearing a seat belt. I will handle and pay for it.”

This comes after the Yonkers native was released from Yuma Prison back in July after serving seven months of a one-year sentence for a probation violation.

“This would be the only reason I come in contact with the police because I am a changed man,” he added to TMZ.

DMX’s seventh studio album Undisputed is set to arrive March 26, 2012.—Ralph Bristout


Music Video: Latinos In Paris Pitbull and Sensato.

Industry Tips & Advice: How Record Labels Work by Allison Klein Pt 3

Industry Stats

Source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

  • Approximately 27,000 new releases hit the market.
  • The major labels release about 7,000 new CDs.
  • Less than 10% of albums are profitable.
  • More than 800 million CDs are shipped to stores.

The Gatekeepers: A&R

The department of a record label is often regarded as the gatekeepers of the record company. A&R departments have a powerful reputation because they have the all-important job of finding and nurturing the musical talent. Imagine your importance in the music industry if you were the one who first discovered or or .

A&R stands for “artists and repertoire,” but many musicians joke that A&R stands for “attitude and rejection.” Without being noticed or discovered by A&R people, there is almost no way for an artist to get signed by a major record label. In times past, artists would send “unsolicited” demos (tapes that were not requested by the record company) to A&R departments, and the executives would listen to the tapes and hope to find the next big thing. Over time, so many artists were sending demos that it became impossible for A&R people to keep up. Because of this and other legal issues, labels, with a few exceptions, soon stopped listening to unsolicited material. Because it is so difficult for the average musician’s demo tape to even make it to the desk of the powerful A&R execs, many people ask how A&R people go about finding talent.

If you ask A&R people, they will tell you that they are always completely inundated with new material. They often barely have time to listen to the numerous demo tapes given to them by friends, agents, managers, attorneys and other reliable sources. With only a few people serving as the gatekeepers and thousands of aspiring bands and singers out there, you can imagine how difficult it can be to break into the record industry.

The best way to find out about what kind of talent A&R people look for and how they find it is to take a sampling of opinions from some of the major label executives. For instance, of has worked in the business long enough to know a lot of people. Devine looks first at the demos given to him by his most trusted business sources and works his way down from there. Other executives, like of , examine the music industry itself to see if there is a void in the market. Gousse may seek out a certain type of artist that he feels is doing a different kind of music than what is already in the stores. To read more about how A&R executives find talent, check out “Record Label 101″ on the .

It is also important to remember that when A&R executives discover and promote a particular artist, they are putting their own name on the line. If the artist fails, an A&R executive’s job may be at stake. As this part of the recording industry becomes clearer, you can see how difficult it is for an average band without record industry contacts to “make it.” The other thing to remember about this industry, though, is that while a lot bands get rejected, some still make it through the gates of A&R. When an artist is discovered by a record company, then the full machinery of the record label must begin the work of producing, promoting, marketing, distributing and selling the album.



Quote Of The Day

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.


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