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I.L Will x Mikey Dollaz “Stolen Connect” (Prod by Arkatech Beatz) [Video]

 

Check out Chicago’s I.L Will & Mikey Dollaz “Stolen Connect” (Prod by Arkatech Beatz) from I.L Will’s upcoming project I.L The Mixtape. Video shot by @DollarSignDZ

Jadakiss – Realest In The Game – Prod by Arkatech Beatz -Video

Jadakiss drops a visual to the street anthem “Realest In The Game” off his Top 5, Dead or Alive album. Producers Arkatech Beatz laced him with a hard street banger that will have your face mean muggin. We do wish Young Buck and Sheek Louch were on this video version because they delivered some of the hardest featured bars on the album. But we’ll take this for now. Maybe something will be in the works for later. Read More »

Who Spends More on A&R: Record Labels or Music Publishers?

The debate continues to rage over the proportion of streaming revenue paid to songwriters and publishers vs. that passed to record companies and artists.
One of the justifications you often hear for labels continuing to take the lion’s share of payouts from Spotify etc. is that they invest a huge amount more in A&R than those who develop songwriters. Not true, says UK Music’s new Measuring Music report. According the trade body’s numbers, record labels spent £178m on A&R in 2014. That was certainly ahead of the investment in songwriters made by music publishers – but by less than you might assume. Publishers spend £162m on writers in the year, according to the UK Music report. If you count that as ‘pure’ A&R investment, it was just £16m behind their peers in record companies. (In like-for-like terms, this is a rough approximation: the publishing figure – drawn from MPA data – is defined as ‘investment in writers (advances etc.)’, while the record label figure – derived from BPI data – is defined as pure ‘A&R expenditure‘.)

Read more from www.musicbusinessworldwide.com 

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Why This Billion Game Company Is Entering The Music Business

Video game accessories, peripherals, and hardware company Razer has sold over 17 million connected devices, including Razer Blade gaming laptops and Razer Nabu smartbands. The gaming company, which is valued by many analysts as being worth $1 billion, has entered the music business with Razer Music.

Every new 2015 Blade laptop will come with a free key to download a copy of Image-Line’s FL Studio Producer Edition software, which is used by professional music producers and artists across multiple genres. In addition, Razer Music has created a free online site featuring weekly tutorials and insights on the future of music production from established artists in the EDM genre such as deadmau5, Dyro, Project 46, Zircon, as well as in the hip-hop space, like Drake’s producer Metro Boomin.

“I’ve had a lot of people reaching out to me directly online from both the music and the gaming worlds saying they’ve watched my tutorials on the new Razer Music platform and found them helpful, so it’s cool to see great responses from both sides,” Dutch House producer Dyro says. “It’s united both industries and technologies together–and what’s better than music and gaming?”

Those two industries have been intertwined for decades. And Razer sees this new venture as a natural extension of its business model. Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer, says the lines dividing music and gaming from a commercial point of view were altogether obliterated with the advent of online content distribution in both industries.

Read more From fortune.com 

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How the YouTube era damaged brands’ relationship with the music industry

At this year’s SXSW music conference, no less a figure than Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize winning economist, was discussing a $64,000 question shared by brand marketing and procurement execs the world over:

“How much is music worth?”

It’s a pertinent question.Especially in the YouTube era where, to all intents and purposes, music has become a ‘free’ commodity to an entire generation – some of whom are joining the marketing profession.

Those who ignore the finer points of intellectual property do so at their peril
As envisaged by David Bowie more than a decade ago, music now flows openly like water. Fans no longer need to plumb the murky waters of Pirate Bay since the entire history of music, licensed or otherwise, is now available at a click. However, against this consumer backdrop of diminishing value, for brands and their agencies, negotiating the price of music licences for marketing communications remains a minefield.

The music rights landscape is fragmented and complex – controlled by record labels and music publishers – and those who ignore the finer points of intellectual property do so at their peril. (On this point, Bowie’s future-gazing went somewhat awry – in 2002 he also predicted that “copyright…will no longer exist in 10 years”

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.marketingmagazine.co.uk

Loud Records Wishes Big Pun Happy Birthday

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Today marks the birthday of one of Hip Hop’s legends Big Pun. Yeah I said legends. You see there is no other artist that encompass such a variety of characteristics in an artist like Pun. Yeah sure there are other artist that can spit a hot 16 or (12 these days) but none that can combine lyrical content, flow, delivery, wittiness, charisma, charm, confidence, sex appeal (for some), and still “187 on an undercover cooooooooop” like Pun. Even some of your favorite rappers lack in at least one of those areas. Ok with the exception of B.I.G I’ll give you that but that’s about it.
Because of who he was and his great contribution to Hip Hop tons of fans, artist, and producers send up a mention every year on his birthday or anniversary of his death. Today is no different, but it is always a pleasure to see the ol staff of Loud Records come together and give it up for their artist who is arguable mentioned in the category of Top 5 Dead or Alive. Check out some of the heartwarming posts below courtesy of Instagram. Happy Birthday Pun.

Happy B Day Pun thank you @fatjoe for you guys making history
-Steve Rifkind (@steverifkind)

Celebrating the life of #BigPun today 11/10/15, one of kind, noted as the first platinum, latino solo MC, a bunch of us consider ourselves blessed to have shared in a small piece of his legacy. A real comedian, most of the time, his humor will always stand out to those who had the honor of knowing him personally. #PackingTheMacInBackOfTheAc #Twincito #TheCrusher #LOUDsounders for life
-Schott Free & Matty C (@FrozenFiles)

I was fortunate enough to work with Pun as an A&R and producer(100%). I remember meeting him with Matty C and schott free in a Mobb Deep session for the first time. He had us laughing a lot at all times…. I remember being in the Capital Punishment sessions and watching him take a deep breath a spit “Dead in the middle of Little italy…” This dude changed my life. I was blessed to be involved. Crazy thing is i have no pics with him. This is him with my son in my old office at #LoudRecords. Happy Birthday #BigPun Thank you.
-Sean C (@itsSeanC)

Happy Birthday to the homie Big Punisher. I will never forget your contribution to Hip Hop or the impact you had on my life. We had many memorable moments, conversations, and of course jokes about various topics within and outside of music. It still saddens me to this day that you are no longer physically around. I could only imagine the quality of music you would be producing today. I just want to say today on your birthday that I truly appreciate you believing in me and giving me the opportunity to showcase my musical talents next to yours. It was clear that you knew your destiny was for greatness, and it’s a joy knowing that you saw something in me that was able to contribute to it. Unfortunately some people are just now realizing your talents and appreciating your legacy. I guess it’s better late than never. I’m going to end this simply with the memorable quotable I said on your first albums skit “Thanks Pun”.
-Mike”Trauma”D (@arkatechbeatz)

#Salute #BigPun #ChrisRivers #OffTheBooks #Rip #Bx #Ts #NYC #HBD
-Chef Lowe (@Cheflowe)

We’ll miss one of the best to touch the mic
-Curry (@CurryKid46)

Do Music Email Blasts Work?

email-listI have a lot of associates that offer email blasts services. For the most part it is a good way to get your music out as long as the ones blasting it have relationships with who they are blasting it to or it can end up being as useful as a drop in a bucket. To be totally honest, I hate being added to an MP3 email blast list from some random person I don’t know. I usually delete it right away without listening to the record (I don’t like my inbox cluttered). The worst part about some of those emails are the generic lines like “the biggest record in the city” or “has a huge buzz”. 9 out of 10 times if you check it out it’s false. Besides, the hottest record usually doesn’t have to be announced. So refrain from using the generic wording when using email blasts or have some sort of proof. Read More »

Music Mixing Tips

Mixing is where it all comes together whether you are a band or electronic musician – it is an important stage. As a band, you might mix during a separate session with some other band members or as an electronic musician you may well mix as you produce a track. In any event, some useful tips follow for getting an improved mix down. Read More »

10 Top Tips To Advance Your Music Business Career

No matter where you are in your career, it’s important to look back at the basics. It allows you to think like a beginner again; back to when you could visualize the most possibilities. The following ten tips, taken from a NARIP event in San Francisco, will help move forward your career in the music business – however far along you may be.
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