Archive for January 5, 2012

New Music: The Best Of Tony Toca Tuesdays

Mixtape legend Tony Touch is world famous for his 50 MCs mixtapes and with his weekly show on Sirius/XM he makes sure any guest MCs spit them bars.

With the help of  Tony Toca goes through the top Freestyles of ’11 from guest on Toca Tuesdays.

Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Black Thought, Smoke DZA and more make appearances with straight bars.

Download here: http://hu.lk/nf2jyglb1x1r

source: youheardthatnew.com

Industry Tips & Advice: How Record Labels Work by Allison Klein Pt 5

Why Do CDs Cost So Much?

According the RIAA, there are many factors that go into the overall cost of a CD, and the plastic it’s pressed on is among the least significant. But while costs may be low, it takes more money than ever before to put out a new recording. Here are just some of the costs that go into the production of an album:

  • Costs of recording the album – Recording studio fees, studio musicians, sound engineers, producers, etc.
  • Marketing and promotion costs – Video clips, public relations, tour support, marketing campaigns, promotion to get the songs played on the radio, etc.
  • Design costs – CD insert, promotional materials (posters, store displays, music videos)
  • Concert tours

The Importance of Radio

While record companies represent a huge part of the music industry, the other huge part consists of radio stations. Record labels and radio stations must work together to succeed. Record labels must get radio stations to play the music of the artists they represent, and radio stations need a consistent flow of new material for their listeners. While record companies make their money by selling albums, radio stations make money by broadcasting advertisements. Radio stations need an audience of listeners so that advertisers will buy airtime. If record labels can deliver radio stations music that will get listeners, stations can sell airtime. In this way, everyone gets what they want. There is a process that both labels and radio stations go through before this can happen.

When record labels are about to release an album, they have their promotions and/or sales department try to get radio airplay for the album. In the history of the music industry, there have been a million ways record labels have tried to get their artists on radio stations. They have done everything from fly an artist to a station to do an interview to offer stations illegal money (called payola) to play an artist’s music.

Often, radio stations and labels will work together to promote artists, like when a radio station hosts a concert or in-store record signing. It’s important for both record label executives and radio station personnel to be aware of the current trends in music, keep track of an artist’s success and keep up with changing radio formats. Good relationships between a record label and radio stations can mean that everyone will make money off of an artist’s success.



Politics: Indiana Senator Pushes Bill To Fine Performers For Altering The Star Spangled Banner.

Indiana Senator Vaneta Becker is pushing a bill to impose a $25 fine on anyone who deviates from a set of standards in performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at events sponsored by public schools and universities. According to Becker, the bill is not intended to punish those who may flub a note or two while singing the national anthem. “It’s not like we’re going after anyone’s ability to sing,” Becker said in an interview yesterday. “It’s more that we just want them to respect the words and the tune as it was originally intended and we normally sing it.”

If Becker’s bill had been passed a decade ago, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler would have been busted for changing the “home of the brave” line to “home of the Indianapolis 500″ while singing the song before that race in 2001. It is unclear whether or not an instrumental take on the song, such as Jimi Hendrix’s version from the Woodstock festival, or an unintentional lyrical flub like Christina Aguilera’s gaffe at last year’s Super Bowl, would violate the proposed standard.

If this bill passes in Indiana, it would not be the first state law strictly governing the performance of the national anthem. Massachusetts has a law imposing up to $100 in fines for playing the song “as dance music, as an exit march or as part of a medley.” Michigan prohibits anyone from performing the song in a public space except in its entirety and “without embellishment.”

source: www.Rollingstone.com

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/indiana-senator-pushes-bill-to-fine-singers-who-alter-star-spangled-banner-20120105#ixzz1ibThUIZI

New Music: Doc Ahk “Para La Gente”

Entertainment News: Nick Cannon Hospitalized For Kidney Failure.

Rapper/actor/TV producer Nick Cannon has been hospitalized for kidney failure, his wife Mariah Carey has revealed.

According to Mariah, Cannon suffered from “minor” kidney failure and is currently recuperating in an Aspen, Colorado hospital.

“We’re trying to be as festive as possible under the circumstances but please keep Nick in your thoughts because this is very painful,” Mariah Carey wrote on her website.

“The truth is as long as we’re together, we’re OK,” Mariah continued. “I’m not trying to make light out of the situation because it’s a serious moment that’s very tough on all of us so please keep us and our family in your prayers.”

Nick Cannon and Mariah had twins Monroe And Moroccan Cannon, in April of 2011.

More details on Nick’s condition were not available as of press time.

Check out some pics of Nick and Mariah as the arrived in Aspen, Colorado, just hours before Nick was hospitalized.

Source: www.Allhiphop.com

Fashion: Dr. Dre Teams Up With Oscar De La Renta To Make “Beats By Oscar De La Renta.”

  at the recent grand opening of his SoHo shop that he wanted his Beats by Dre headphones line to be an empire, and it looks like he’s getting his wish. An unlikely pairing with couture king  has produced the most extravagant pair of headphones we’ve ever seen. Dubbed Beats by Oscar, the classic Beats headphone has been lined in Silver Fox fur and will run you about $695. They’re available at online at 

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Article: Bandcamp Rings Up 1 Million In December Sales.

New numbers from Bandcamp show that in December alone artists using the site grossed more than $1 million in music and merch sales, bringing the total to-date to $12.6 million. But the most promising insight from Bandcamp is proof that more and more fans are paying for music that they probably set out to get for free.

A few months ago, Bandcamp began tracking the starting point of every sale that happens on the site and shre share these examples of free-to-paid conversions:
“this morning someone paid $10 for an album after Googling “lelia broussard torrent.”
“a $15 sale came in from the search “maimouna youssef the blooming hulkshare.”
“a fan made a $12 purchase after clicking a link on music torrent tracker What.CD.
“someone spent $10 after following a link on The Pirate Bay, next to the plea: They sell their album as a download on their website. You can even choose your format (mp3, ogg, flac, etc). Cmon, support this awesome band!”
Some more impressive Bandcamp stats:

22% of those sales happened because of Bandcamp, driven by things like tags, the home page, recommendations, and search.
40% of the time, fans pay more than the asking price for name-your-price albums.
53% of all purchases are made by fans located outside the U.S.
Mainstream music sales will never return to their formal levels, but growing direct-to-fan sales offer real hope for the emerging musical middle class. As Bandcamp’s Ethan Diamond concludes, “Fortunately, it appears there’s still a thriving community of fans who understand that the best way to support the artists they love is by handing them money.”

source: www.hypebot,com

Quote Of The Day

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.

Thomas Merton


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