Archive for January 10, 2012

Music News: Jay-Z and Beyonce Leave Hospital In Dramatic Fashion.

Beyonce and baby Blue Ivy Carter are now back at home!

Details: Lennox Hill Issues Statement About Jay-z Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carters Departure

The mother and her newborn baby made a secret exit from Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the wee hours of this morning.

The Daily News captured these exclusive pictures and reports:

Two black SUVs motored quickly out of the facility’s E. 76th St. loading dock at 1:30 a.m.

Moments later, a van parked on a nearby corner reversed into the same loading dock, and the large roll-down gate closed.

The gate reopened a few minutes later and the van drove out, turned the wrong way on the one-way 76th St., and then headed north on Park Ave.

One of the two SUVs blocked traffic on Park Ave. so the van would not be impeded.

The second SUV pulled in behind the van, apparently to prevent anyone from following the music icons and their newborn daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.

One witness said Beyonce’s exit was very precise and military-like.

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Music News: Dr. Dre Gets Heat From Peta Over Limited Edition Fur Headphones

Dr. Dre is catching heat from PETA.

After last week’s news that Beats By Dre was releasing $695 limited edition Oscar de la Renta fox fur headphones, the animals rights group didn’t waste time hollering at the legendary producer and rapper.

In a letter sent to the , PETA representative Michelle Cho asks Dr. Dre to reconsider putting the fox fur headphones out.

“We’re writing today after reading about your new fox-fur headphones design with Oscar de la Renta,” Cho wrote. “We wanted to get in touch to urge you to keep fur and exotic-animal skins out of your Beats by Dre designs. Foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals—including cats and dogs—are bludgeoned, genitally electrocuted, strangled with wire nooses, drowned, and even skinned alive for their pelts. Most animals killed for their fur are slaughtered in China, where there are no penalties for those who abuse animals on fur farms.”

She goes on to attach a short video all about the harsh realities of the fur trade and goes on to say that Dre would be joining designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klien and Tommy Hilfiger, who have all banned fur from their designs, if he chooses to pull the fox fur headphones.

source: www.xxlmag.com

Politics: Mississippi Governor Frees Murderer Who Was Recently Denied Parole.

The release of a convicted murderer on a pardon by outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is reportedly drawing criticism by relatives of the victim and the state’s House Democratic leader.

Department of Corrections officials say that David Gatlin, 40, was released on Sunday after being pardoned by Barbour, who leaves office on Tuesday. Gatlin, who has worked as a trustee at the governor’s mansion, was denied parole less than two weeks ago.

Gatlin was sentenced to life in prison for killing his estranged wife, Tammy Ellis Gatlin, in 1993 and shooting her longtime friend, Randy Walker. Walker survived. The shootings took place in Brandon, Miss.

Walker’s mother, Glenda Walker, said her son is afraid now that Gatlin is free. Crystal Walker, Randy Walker’s wife, said her family received a letter Friday saying that Gatlin’s parole had been turned down again. A day later, family members heard he was being pardoned.

“On parole he’d at least have to check in and have some supervision,” Crystal Walker told the Clarion Ledger on Sunday. “Now he could live beside us, or we could run into him at Walmart. You’re always looking over your shoulder.”

House Democratic Caucus Leader Bobby Moak also criticized the pardon.

“The Republican Party needs to lead and rethink its catch-and-release program,” Moak’s statement read. “The people of Mississippi and their justice system deserve better … In the past, we have tried to limit this authority by allowing law enforcement and victims’ families the opportunity to have their voice heard on these decisions that bypass the parole board. It’s time to make these changes.”

Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown said he is sure the governor has his reasons.

“The outgoing governor has the right to do what he sees and what he thinks is good and fair,” Brown told the newspaper. “… And he knows more about the details than I do.”

Crystal Walker said she contacted governor’s office 17 times in recent months about trying to talk to Barbour about the possibility of Gatlin’s pardon.

“I feel like if we’d have been able to talk to him it would have been different,” she told the Clarion Ledger

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Music News: Snoop Dogg Caught Carrying Weed Through Texas

Rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested over the weekend after border control agents found what they said was a small amount of marijuana on his tour bus.

The singer and record producer, 40, was stopped at the same Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint on Saturday where country singer Willie Nelson was arrested for marijuana possession in 2010, customs officials said.

Bill Brooks, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said agents conducted a routine inspection of the rapper’s tour bus on at the U.S.-  border checkpoint east of El Paso and thought they smelled marijuana.

“When our officers did a further inspection, they discovered a small amount of marijuana and turned him over to the Hudspeth County sheriff,” Brooks said.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said Snoop Dogg “freely admitted” the pot belonged to him. He said a dog found a prescription bottle containing rolled marijuana joints and two other containers with marijuana.

The rapper was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, released and given a January 20 court date, authorities said.

Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, has been arrested and convicted numerous times in the last 10 years for possession of drugs ranging from marijuana to cocaine, and weapons offenses.

In 2008, Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson collaborated on the song and music video “My Medicine,” a thinly veiled homage to marijuana. Both artists have made their appreciation of pot an important part of their public personas.

The rapper’s spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

source: reuters

Industry tips and Advice: The End Of A&R Executive

The stat comes from the LA-based Music Registry, which has been diligently tracking label comings-and-goings since the early 90s. And if there’s one specialty that’s experienced a lot of ‘goings,’ it’s A&R (for the uninitiated, a talent scouting and development position that’s short for ‘artists and repertoire’).

That’s a total of 319 PEOPLE in just five years, and very few are finding new gigs. ”Out of those 36 A&R executives who left their A&R positions in 2011, only 1 of them so far, has gotten another job in A&R,” Music Registry founder Ritch Esra relayed. ”In 2010, 40 A&R executives exited their A&R positions at various labels and not one of them had gotten another A&R job in 2010.”

That said, there are some notable hirings happening, including a pick-up over the past two months. According to the Registry, the late-2011 handful includes CHRISTOPHER ‘TRICKY’ STEWART joining Epic, SHAWN HOLIDAY joining RCA, JOHN EHMANN heading towards an A&R role at Interscope, ADAM HERZOG joining Warner Bros., and JAYMES AND DAVID FOSTER inking A&R slots with UMG-owned Verve. And, over in the UK, RICHARD O’DONOVAN accepted an A&R position at Polydor while PETE SHELDRAKE joined Lizard King.

In total, 31 A&R executives were actually hired in 2011, but the incoming class keeps getting smaller. This year’s tally better than just 23 hires in 2010, but down from 58 in 2009 and 80 hired in 2008.

Source: Digital Music News, raprehap.com

Music Video: Trae The Truth “I’m On” Feat. Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa, MDMA

Sports: Tebow Gains $250,000 Bonus For Beating Steelers

Not only did Tim Tebow(-mania) and the Broncos survive the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-23, in an OT thrilla Wild-Card playoff game last night; he also took home a $250K bonus for the win! Tebow-mania is believed to be a lot of hype and receives a lot of haters, and he put some of his critics to rest last night! Tebow connected with WR Demaryius Thomas on an electric 80-yard pass (video below) on the first play in OT! The NFL used the new OT playoff rule for the first time, last night! The Broncos will have their hands full next week against the New England Patriots! Check out the results of the other NFL Wild-Card weekend games below!

The New Orleans Saints beat the Detroit Lions 45-28 on Saturday! Brees connected on 466 yards and three TD’s. The Saints will have easy pickings playing the SF 49er’s next week!

The Houston Texans humiliated the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10 on Saturday! It was the Texans first ever playoff win! Texans RB Arian Foster, against all odds, ran for 155 yards on 24 attempts! The Texans will take on the Baltimore Ravens next week!

Tebow 80-yard OT TD pass to Demaryius Thomas:

source: www.thatsenuff.com

Industry Tips & Advice: How Music Licensing Works by Marshall Brain Pt 4

Music, May I?

Here are just a few examples of the establishments covered in the forms section of the BMI Web site:

  • Airport
  • Amusement/Theme Parks
  • Athletic Clubs/Dance Classes
  • Bowling Centers
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Competitions/Shows
  • Eating and Drinking Establishments
  • Festivals/Special Events
  • Hotel / Motel
  • Local Governmental Entities
  • Local Television
  • Meetings, Conventions, Trade Shows, and Expositions
  • Musical Attractions – Promoters/Presenters
  • Radio Station Interim
  • Retail Establishments
  • RV Parks and Campgrounds – Multiple Use
  • Shopping Center
  • Skating Rink
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Web Site


If you own a station or a restaurant and you want to broadcast or play music, what you need are public performance rights– the right to play music that the general public will hear in one way or another. Obviously, if you own a radio station playing 300 or 400 songs every day, you would go insane if you had to obtain public performance writes from every label and publisher. Therefore, public performance rights licensing is now handled by two very large companies named (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) that simplify the process. Each one handles a catalog of about 4,000,000 songs.

A radio station will typically purchase from ASCAP and BMI what are called blanket licenses to broadcast music. A blanket license lets the station play anything it likes throughout the year. ASCAP and BMI decide how to divide up the money among all the rights owners.

Any establishment that wants to play music that will be heard by the general public needs a license as well. If you go to the section of the BMI Web site, you can find a list of dozens of forms to cover every different type of establishment that you can imagine.

Let’s consider this example — a skating rink that wants to play music for its skating patrons needs to fill out . The schedule of fees is right on the form. If you own a rink that has 15,000 square feet of skating area and you charge customers $5.00 to skate, you own a class 6B establishment and you need to pay BMI $205 every year. You would need to do the same thing for ASCAP.

Technically, anyone performing music publicly anywhere has to pay:

  • If you are in a marching band playing in a parade and the song you are playing is an ASCAP or BMI song, the band or the parade organizers have to pay.
  • If you are an aerobics instructor using music in a class, you have to pay.
  • If you are a street musician, you have to pay.

If you do not pay and you get caught, you can be sued. Beware, the fines are pretty steep — sometimes thousands of dollars.



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