Category: Songwriters

How Can Rappers and Producers Make Sure They Get Paid and Avoid Being Scammed?

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  In recent months, artists across the industry at every level have been embroiled in controversy surrounding payment and compensation—including Chance The Rapper and J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Chicago rapper Lucki, rapper Smokepurpp, and New Jersey producer Ronny J. In an effort to turn these unfortunate events into a teachable moment, we reached out to two entertainment lawyers—Kamal A. Moo and…


JON PLATT HAILS WARNER/CHAPPELL SONGWRITERS AFTER BUMPER AWARDS SEASON

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  Earlier this month, the firm was named Pop Publisher of the Year by BMI, at a ceremony where Justin Tranter and Ross Golan were named Songwriters Of The Year. Then, at the Ivor Novellos in London on Thursday (May 18), Warner/Chappell signing Skepta won Songwriter of the Year and Best Contemporary Song for “Man”. Meanwhile, fellow…


Why The Rebirth Of Liner Notes Matters For Music

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In the old days, consumers of music were able to flip through liner notes of an album in order to ascertain precisely who was behind their favorite tracks. Now, after a digital hiatus, new technology could once again make this information, plus more, easily accessible once again. _________________________ Guest post by Deborah DeLoach, VP at VeVa Sound…


Citing throat problems, Kanye West ditches his Forum performance early

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  Kanye West has a cold. Or at least a sore throat. “My voice is so hoarse. I can’t finish the show,” the rapper told his thousands of fans just before ditching Thursday’s sixth gig at the Forum in Inglewood early. The rapper-producer-designer, who was performing his song “Only One” from atop a floating stage that hovered…


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Music As Career: Staying Focused As An Artist

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  Maintaining a successful career as a musician is by no means an easy task, and it is critical to their success that they maintain their focus on the correct areas of career development, lest they become bogged down with distractions. ____________________________ Guest post by Joel Ford of Reverbnation A few tips and suggestions on how to…


Trent Reznor: ‘Hesitation Marks’ Feels Sparse and Minimal

It’s been five years since Trent Reznor released a Nine Inch Nails album, but despite the gap, the musical mastermind feels their upcoming album Hesitation Marks is a natural progression. “What fear I had – of ‘What does Nine Inch Nails have to say in 2013?’ – this is it,” Reznor told The New York…


Pharoahe Monch Explains His Creative Process & Early Career Songs

Pharoahe Monch is often considered to be one of the greatest writers in Hip Hop history and any insight into the mind of someone who can pen in his fashion usually draws attention. On the latest installment of The Process with Peter Rosenberg the Queens native explained how some of his earlier songs came together…


Composer Marco Beltrami and the Soundtrack of “Wolverine”

Sony Music is proud to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of The Wolverine, composed by the Oscar-nominated Marco Beltrami. Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an…