Category: A & R

‘I HATE THE WORD “RULES”. IT’S THE ANTITHESIS OF A&R.’

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  It’s not easy breaking artists right now – especially when you’re committed to building careers. Just two debut artist albums went Gold in the US in the first six months of this year: Nine Track Mind by Charlie Puth and Islah by Kevin Gates. Both of them happen to be on the same label:…


Just Blaze Compares Eminem & Jay Z in the Studio


DIPLO – Before They Were Famous


@DonCannon Named Vice President of A&R at Def Jam Records

We want to send a huge congrats to Don Cannon. It has been confirmed that he has been named Vice President of A&R at Def Jam Records. According to sources, he will still be based in Atlanta, and work closely to Steve Bartels, President & COO IDJ Music Group. It’s safe to assume that he will…


Myspace Maintains First-Week Momentum

The revamped Myspace attracted 31 million visitors and 995,000 app downloads in the first 14 days after its June 12th re-launch, suggesting the service was able to maintain the level of consumer interest during the week after re-launch. In that first week, Myspace had 450,000 app downloads and 16 million visitors. The redesigned mobile app…


Mark Prendergast & The Odyssey of Ambient Music

This video captures a presentation by music historian Mark Prendergast at the recent AMBIcon 2013, The Odyssey of Ambient Music. Prendergast, author of The Ambient Century: From Mahler To Moby – The Evolution in Sound in the Electronic Age, gives a nearly two-hour presentation, his take on the history of ambient music, with music samples…


How Warner/Chappell, Shine America and FX Made Ryan Bingham’s Demo the Theme Song for ‘The Bridge’

Ryan Bingham has written the main theme song for FX’s “The Bridge,” his first music for film or TV since winning the Oscar and Grammy for his work in “Crazy Heart.” “Until I’m One With You” is released today (June 25) on his Axster Bingham Records; the series, starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir, premieres…


Tom Silverman’s Libera Acceptance Speech: From Artists Against Counterfeit Tapes To ‘The Big Six’ To A2IM

One of highlights from last week’s second annual Libera Awards was Tom Silverman’s Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech. Part personal history (he co-founded Artists Against Counterfeit Tapes), thank you note (gave gratitude to mentors Seymour Stein, Chris Blackwell, Mo Ostin, Ahmet Ertegun, Morris Levy) and indie history lesson (a list of major label execs who…


Music Industry Vets Scooter Braun, Troy Carter and Guy Oseary: The Full D11 Interview

Historically, the tech and music industries haven’t worked well together. But Guy Oseary, Troy Carter and Scooter Braun — three managers of top music acts Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Madonna, respectively — know that in today’s entertainment landscape, the two sides need learn how to play nice. “We’re not in the music industry —…


Complex Mag Interviews Joey Manda

After promoting at the Palladium, A&Ring under Funkmaster Flex’s wing, and resurrecting rap and R&B at Warner Bros., Joie “Joey I.E.” Manda became president of Def Jam Recordings in March 2012. In 12 months, he oversaw three No. 1 albums, Nas’ renaissance, 2 Chainz’s explosion, and Frank Ocean’s game-changing debut. Then, just as he marked his one-year anniversary at the esteemed rap record…