Monthly archives: November, 2012

DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Vinyl Collection – Crate Diggers

DJ Jazzy Jeff takes us through his vinyl collection while telling us how he first teamed up with Will Smith. Crate Diggers profiles people with extraordinary vinyl record collections, with owners displaying and telling the stories behind their collections. In this episode, DJ Jazzy Jeff shows off his record collection and tells us about going…


Synergy Studio For iPad Now Available

4PocketsAudio has released Synergy Studio – a matrix sequencer for the iPad Features: Choose your pattern length from 16, 32 and 64 notes. 11 Drum Kits, 42 Analogue Synth instruments, 55 Sampler instruments, 21 Pad Synth instruments. Further instruments available from free Sound library and in-App purchases. Edit existing instruments to create new ones and save them to…


Ryan Leslie & Red Cafe Creates “Fly Together” In Studio

Creating the instrumental & hook for Red Cafe’s new single “Fly Together” feat. Ryan Leslie and Rick Ross


‘Classic Recipes’ – Recreating ‘Eric B. Is President’ by Eric B. & Rakim

In the second installment of Marley Marl ‘Classic Recipes,’ he shows you how he produced “Eric B. Is President” in 1986, the debut single for legendary hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim. Marl talks about meeting Rakim for the first time and discusses the collaborative process with Eric B. that would yield one of…


Scaling the Concert Experience: How Artists Are Using Video and Streaming

There are few moments as exciting as when an artist appears on the stage. While it’s ideally seen firsthand at a concert, it’s only a little less of a rush to see a performer emerging from backstage (or rising slowly from below) and hearing the audience’s cheers through a video. Remember the excitement of watching…


Vevo Has Paid Artists $200 Million Since 2009

At Business Inside: Ignition Conference, the big wigs over at Vevo stated that they have paid $200 million in revenue to artists since its founding in 2009. If true, that would make it far and away the friendliest royalty rate amongst music-video services and would be a good look for Vevo, as many services which are using…


Shakira’s Ex-Boyfriend’s $100 Million Lawsuit Claims He Was Responsible for ‘Unparalleled Financial Success’

Shakira’s rise from Latin American star to global superstar, as told in the lawsuit filed by Antonio de la Rúa, her former boyfriend, was one of full of hard work, bold artistic moves, savvy management and love. “The combination of de la Rúa’s business and marketing talents with Defendant’s artistic talents, beauty and sex appeal…


Carly Rae Jepsen: Billboard’s Rising Star 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen describes the evening of Sunday, Nov. 11, as a “Cinderella night” – and one that would’ve been unimaginable a year ago. At the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards held in Frankfurt, Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was nominated for song of the year, alongside hits like fun.’s “We Are Young,” Gotye’s “Somebody That…


How Katy Perry & Capitol/EMI Turned Fearlessness, Gut Instinct, Well-Crafted Material Into Massive Success

Katy Perry certainly began her relationship with Capitol/EMI Records on a provocative note-or is it all new artists that favor a first single about kissing someone of the same gender? Executive VP of marketing/promotion Greg Thompson remembers there was “some spirited discussion” about whether “I Kissed a Girl” should be the calling card from Perry’s…


Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj’s ‘Roman’ Reissue Spurs 591% Gain

The Billboard 200 On the chart this week, Rihanna bounded in at No. 1 with her first chart-topping set, “Unapologetic.” The SRP/Def Jam album moved 238,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, also marking Rihanna’s seventh top 10 studio album (in as many tries). As always, there was no shortage of other…