Monthly archives: December, 2012

Jahlil Beats Confirms ‘Watch The Throne 2′?

Jahlil Beats, the talented producer behind Meek Mill’s “I’m a Boss”, called into Philadelphia radio station Power 99 to talk with host Mina Say What. The two discussed Jahlil’s relationship with Meek and Cassidy, who are currently beefing, and specifically the track Jahlil produced for Meek, “Repo”, which goes at Cassidy. In doing so, Jahlil…


The 3 C’s Of Effective Artist Branding

What does branding have to do with you as a music artist? In a word: everything. Your brand extends far beyond the logos on your website or merchandise items. Branding is about awareness, both of yourself and the public’s mental positioning of you. Being aware of what you are subtly and unconsciously conveying to the…


Mac Miller Named Complex “Man Of The Year”

We’re sure plenty of your favorite rappers read Complex, but no one is as adamant of a Complex fan as Mac Miller. He’s always shouting out the brand and even tweeted about how he dreams of being on the cover. Well, he’s getting his wish. After winning Complex’s Man of Next Year competition, we’re teaming up with the Most…


China Spends 2 Billion Dollars On “China Music Valley”

From the top of a hillside in Pinggu village, an hour’s drive from central Beijing, the future of China’s music industry doesn’t look like much – just a vista of Mao-era farmhouses and parched cabbage fields. Yet Beijing officials have announced plans to spend more than 10 years and £1.4bn turning the area into the…


Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard’s Bubbling Under

In March, Billboard premiered the weekly “Bubbling Under” column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By year’s end, it looks like the feature has served as a valuable barometer of future success. Let’s look…


The Farfisa Soundmaker

Here’s a loving look at the Farfisa Soundmaker – an analog string synthesizer and monophonic synth from 1979. The string section has a classic 70′s string synth sound. The monophonic synth has presets for orchestral sounds like clarinet, flute & tuba, and you can also tweak your own sounds. [Synthtopia] Farfisa Soundmaker Resources: Til Kopper’s Soundmaker page…


The Best Of The Breakfast Club 2012


T.I. Trouble Man Debuts High On Charts

What troubles? This week, the Kang occupies the number 2 spot on the Billboard charts making it his eighth top 10 debut. As far as first week numbers go, it tallies in 179,000 units. [RapRadar]


The State of Music Subscription, December, 2012

So this is how the year ends. Complete methodology and source information below. [DigitalMusicNews]   (1) Sirius XM Radio. Third Quarter 2012 Financial Disclosures. (2) Spotify.  Announcements Issued Dec., 2012. (3) Deezer.  Various announcements, public disclosures, latest Dec., 2012. (4) Rhapsody.  Latest disclosures date back to November of 2011 following the acqusition of Napster, not yet updated by the company. (5) Pandora. Based on recent…


I’m Google’s Legal Director. And Maybe It’s Time We Reconsidered the DMCA

Google seems like the last company to complain about DMCA takedown requests, though a pace of nearly 3.5 million pulldowns a week may be causing some reflection.  That is more than ten times the volume of just six months ago, and part of an attack from media companies intent on breaking a broken system. Earlier this week,…