Archive for January 13, 2012

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Music News: Toni Braxton Hospitalized

Singer turned reality television star Toni Braxton was hospitalized in Los Angeles this week due to a lupus flare-up, but she says she is OK.

The artist told TMZ that pain associated with her condition promoted the hospital visit, but that she is fine and thankful for the support of fans and family.

“I wanted to say thanks to all my fans for their support, as I have been experiencing some flare ups with my lupus which has me in the hospital for a few days.”

Braxton had been keeping a busy schedule and was in L.A. for a promotional event that she wasn’t able to attend. On Wednesday night, her sisters appeared at a WE channel event to promote the next season of “Braxton Family Values.” Siblings Tamar, Trina, Towanda, Traci, along with their mother Evelyn, attended a dinner and screening at SLS Hotel, the show’s publicist told us. Toni had to miss the event due to her illness, and WE president Kim Martin read a statement from Toni explaining that she’d checked herself into a hospital due to the flare-up but that she was OK.

We’re told that the Jan. 19 episode of “Braxton Family Values” will feature Toni’s appearance at last year’s Georgia Music Hall of Fame awards event held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Toni was just about the last artist to stroll the red carpet before the awards event kicked off. (We got about 20 seconds with her, long enough to shoot the photo above.)

The sisters were supposed to perform, then didn’t. The episode synopsis explains why: “Toni gets inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and asks her sisters to perform a tribute to her at the ceremony. However, the girls just can’t get it together during rehearsals. Tamar once again takes over, Towanda once again leaves, and Traci once again lashes out at Tamar. Ever the peacemaker, Trina tries to pull things together, but they can’t pull this one off, leaving Toni and fans disappointed.”

The episode’s title: “Sisters At War.” We wish Toni a quick recovery and hope she is feeling fine in time to see the next episode of “Braxton Family Values!”

Music News: Vinyl Sales Up by 39% In 2011

We’ve seen some conflicting data on vinyl sales this year, especially from indie stories. But this is looking pretty bullish: according to stats just released by Nielsen Soundscan, vinyl sales in the US topped 3.9 million in 2011, a 39.3 percent gain over 2010. The modern-day LP resurgence now looks like this…

source: digitalmusicnews

Real Talk: Katt Williams Puts Rumors To Rest Of Dave Chappelle Smoking Crack In Africa.

Music News: Drake Confronts Tattoo Artist Who Tattooed Drakes Name Across His Fans Forehead

The dude Kevin Campell tatted a girl with “DRAKE” on her forehead. Well he and Drake went back and forth in the media and well, it looks like Drake made good on his words. I don’t know the facts, but the artist Campbell says Drake and some goons came to his shop. “Drake sent his security detail into the shop to inform me that ‘nobody is going to hurt Drake in the state of California,’ I don’t remember ever saying I was going to hurt him, but maybe they were referring to his feelings. Guess you could call it sorted out. When Drake was in LA last, he parked out front of the shop and sent in his huge security dude. Calling Drake ‘soft’ was like calling Justin Bieber a p***y. I kinda feel bad for the dude now. Drake said he would beat my ass, not me. Now I’m just embarrassed for him. He made himself look like a weenie. I just think it’s funny that he made the threats and when I actually responded, he sent in the troops.”
According to Campbell, there was never any physical confrontation. He merely stated that they told him this was his “first warning.” Drake should go in there and beat his ass!!!!!! But of course he would never do that…
source: allhiphop.com

Music News: 50 Cents Clears Twitter Rant Of Suicide.

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Industry Tips & Advice: How Music Licensing Works by Marshall Brain Pt 7

Think music licensing is limited to t.v. and the film industry? Think again. The video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for Playstation 2 and its soundtrack box set are filled with dozens of famous songs. There’s a wide range of artists — from Tesla to Tears for Fears, the Psychedelic Furs to Squeeze and Frankie Goes to Hollywood to Foreigner.

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Other Licensing Scenarios

There are many other situations where you need a license to use music. Here are several examples:

  • You want to create a new song that uses samples of other songs. Even if you are using just a few notes, you need to obtain licenses through an organization like . Otherwise, you will end up paying even more in penalties when the song is played in public.
  • You want to play music in your lobby, , restrooms, etc. You either need to obtain performance licenses from ASCAP and BMI, or you need to contract with a company like , which handles all the licensing for you.
  • You want to play music in your small restaurant. You have three choices. Technically, you can play the . But in that case your customers will be listening to all the commercials, which they may not appreciate. You can play tapes or . In that case you need to file with ASCAP and BMI for blanket licenses. Or you can contract with a commercial music services firm like Muzak.
  • You are making a yearbook for school, a wedding video, etc. and you want background music. You cannot legally use songs off a CD for these purposes. That forces you to look for production music — music produced by companies specifically for these applications. The simplest example of production music is the kind of music you get when you buy . A place like offers complete songs in many different styles.

To see how particular things can get, consider this example:

Let’s say you have a cheerleading squad at your high school and you buy a CD from a place like for your practice sessions. Now you want to play the CD while your squad performs at a game. The school should have waivers for ASCAP and BMI for that, but you need to make sure. If a local station wants to broadcast the game, there is a problem if you perform to the music because that is a retransmission of the music. Then if you want to your squad performing to the music and sell the video tape, you have the same sort of retransmission problem. There are so many problems, in fact, that offers a FAQ on it. In the FAQ it says, “Over the years our writers and producers have created hundreds of songs that are available for video license. Since we own the recordings and the compositions we can grant you the license to manufacture videos with music from our catalog.”

In other words, about the only time you do not have to pay to use music is when you are sitting in your home or automobile listening to the radio with your family. And in that case, the radio station paid for you to hear the music with blanket licenses from ASCAP and BMI, and you pay by listening to the station’s commercials. Every other possible use of music legally requires the payment of a licensing fee.



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