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Lil Jon opens second school in Ghana with Pencils of Promise (exclusive)

Grammy-winning rapper Lil Jon is doing some good in a time when the world needs it most.

Pencils of Promise, the organisation which helps to build schools and increase educational opportunity in developing countries, has confirmed that Lil Jon opened his second school in the village of Mafi Atitekpo in Ghana. The new school named, Mafi Atitekpo DA Primary School, broke ground in December 2017 and was officially inaugurated in July 2018, and has since been operating since with 313 children enrolled.

Thanks to Lil Jon’s generous donation of $70,000, Pencils of Promise was able to build schools with safe conditions. Most of these schools face overcrowding, forcing some students to learn under a tree outside of the school. Witnessing these learning conditions firsthand during his first trip to Ghana is what motivated Lil Jon to help.

The first school Lil Jon helped to fund in October 2017 was built in honor of late mother, Carrie M.Smith, which currently enrolls nearly 250 students. Overall, PoP is impacting over 35,000 students in Ghana.

“Last year [October of 2017] I went with my family to open up my first Pencils of Promise school in Ghana, and now to have over 300 kids already enrolled in my second school there is incredible! It’s been really fulfilling to see the impact these schools have made on so many of these children’s and families’ futures,” said Lil Jon.

PoP has also teamed up with stars such as Justin Bieber and Olivia Culpo in the past to support these difficult educational systems.

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What happens when you sign a Music Contract? | Rules to this Sh!t

The biggest players in music sit down and tell us what happens when you sign a Music contract. Too $hort, LV, D Dot and more tell us about their start in the music industry. It’s a vicious business of contracts, lawyers, and big money. It’s hard to believe how much power a piece of paper has. Rules To This Sh!T series is a riveting yet cautionary tale from artists, producers, and executives on what is the real deal behind the glamour of the music business. From the fascination of fame to the reality of business transactions, no stone left unturned in this exciting deep dive into music industry.

Digital Music Industry Update End 2018

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2017 Streaming Price Bible! Spotify per Stream Rates Drop 9%, Apple Music Gains Market-share of Both Plays and Overall Revenue This data set is isolated to the calendar year 2017 and represents a mid-sized indie label with an approximately 200+ album catalogue now generating over 200m+ streams annually. That’s a pretty good sample size. All rates are gross before distribution fees. Spotify was paying .00521 back in 2014, two years later the aggregate net average per play rate dropped to .00437 in 2016, a reduction of 16%. If the music business could set a per stream rate that allowed revenue growth, proportionate to consumption growth that would be a much better model.

Spotify to Musicians: Let Us Be Your Label “Via” Mia Coleman was singing on American Idol at age 17, backing up rapper Anderson .Paak a few years later, and, at 28, still looking for her big break. When she released her first single, Lie, under the name Viaa in the summer of 2017—the extra “a” meant to help her stand out—Coleman had a tough time cutting through the noise. Liehas garnered about 60,000 listens on Spotify, earning her enough to, say, buy a couple of meals and a toy for her black pug, Rex. Luckily for her, she says, one of those listeners was Spotify Technology SA executive Angie Romero, who liked what she heard. h

One Reason Why Spotify’s Deals With The Major Labels Are Balanced On A Knife-Edge Do you know how much equity the major labels still own in Spotify today? According to MBW’s estimates, it’s approximately 6.35% – divided between Universal (3.5%) and Sony Music Entertainment (2.85%). Before we discuss the significance of that figure, let’s quickly remind ourselves how we got here. Thanks to early licensing negotiations which took place in 2008, the three major labels, plus Merlin received an 18% cumulative stake in Spotify.
Oldies But Goodies: Streaming Makes Catalogue Records New Again Since 2014, digital music streaming put on its big boy pants and buoyed the recorded music business into its third year of rising global revenue. As if that weren’t good enough news already, fans found out that their old music- or what industry executives call “catalogue”- mattered again. In the recorded music business, “frontline” has traditionally been considered any track less than 18 months old. “Catalogue” was any music older than that 18 month period. This distinction- while mostly arbitrary to everyday fans- meant a lot to how money was allocated to a recording artist’s career.

Who’s Telling the Truth: YouTube or the Music Industry? On July 4th this year, Sir Paul McCartney took the fight to YouTube. The Beatle issued an open letter that backed European legal proposals designed to force Alphabet/Google’s video service to pay artists and record labels more money. In a clear broadside aimed at YouTube, McCartney wrote, “Today, some user-upload content platforms refuse to compensate artists and all music creators fairly for their work, while they exploit it for their own profit.” Two months later, during the promotional frenzy that propelled his latest solo album, Egypt Station, to Number One in the U.S. — his first solo Billboard chart-topper in more than 36 years — McCartney announced a one-off stream of a live show in New York. It attracted more than 4 million views . . . exclusively on, and in partnership with, YouTube. YouTube says that Article 13, a controversial clause in a new European law, will destroy its platform. The music industry says this is a smokescreen. Who’s right?

How Millennials Are Changing The Music Industry Millennials love music. We listen to 75 percent more music than Baby Boomers. What does the constant stream of music into millennial brains tell us about this generation’s relationship with the music industry When it comes down to it, millennials are completely altering the industry as we know it because of the quantity of music we consume and the technology we use to consume it. Millennials are consciously changing the industry as insiders, and we’re intentionally and unintentionally changing it as consumers.

5 Music Copyright Cases Every Songwriter Should Know About  After the watershed “Blurred Lines” case in 2016, there has been an influx of music copyright infringement cases bringing songwriters, performers, and publishers to court. More than ever, it is crucial for any modern musician to have a basic knowledge of music copyright law, and at least a grasp of the legal avenues that exist when using another artist’s material. whether by covering or sampling. But “Blurred Lines” was hardly the first copyright case to rattle Lady Justice’s scale. Here are five important music copyright infringement cases that every songwriter should know about.

Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive? In 1977, the great computer scientist Donald Knuth published a paper called The Complexity of Songs, which is basically one long joke about the repetitive lyrics of newfangled music (example quote: “the advent of modern drugs has led to demands for still less memory, and the ultimate improvement of Theorem 1 has consequently just been announced”). I’m going to try to test this hypothesis with data. I’ll be analyzing the repetitiveness of a dataset of 15,000 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2017.

Label Group IFPI Says It Can’t Account for Half of YouTube’s Claimed $1.8 Billion In Royalty Payments  Google recently published an anti-piracy report claiming that YouTube has paid more than $1.8 billion in ad revenue to the music industry in 2017. However, the IFPI is challenging Google’s claim, saying that it can’t verify the information provided in that report. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry represents the interests of record labels across the world.  And CEO Frances Moore is flatly stating that Google’s claims are dodgy. “The figures in Google’s anti-piracy paper don’t match our own.” Instead of booming billions, Moore notes that the IFPI’s own data suggests a much starker picture.  Revenue returning to the recording industry through video streaming services (including but not limited to YouTube) with 1.3 billion users amounted to $856 million in 2017. That’s less than half of Google’s claim and less than $1 per user per year.

Radio in the Streaming Era: Chartmetric’s RadioWave Top 300 Data If you’ve been in the music business for decades, you’ve seen it firsthand: household radio DJ voices giving way to nameless playlist curators. The leisurely FM frequency scan turning into direct, on-demand track selection. Radio promotion teams being turned into playlist pitching ones that more negotiate with mysterious computer algorithms than actual human beings. News continues to herald the inevitable: iHeartMedia (800+ stations, owner of Mediabase) filed for bankruptcy in March 2018, only months after US radio’s #2 owner/operator Cumulus Media (400+ stations) filed the same in November 2017; US radio continues to draw ire from the global radio community for its practice of paying zero recorded music royalties (also known as “neighboring rights”) to copyright owners, despite making billions in advertising revenue over decades ($15.9B in 2017 alone for traditional US radio ads). The only other non-Rome Convention countries to act similarly: Rwanda, North Korea, Iran, China. Most recently in September 2018, Sirius XM agreed to purchase Pandora Media to the tune of $3.5B USD, saying something about radio’s reluctant agreement that digital streaming is indeed the future.

4 Ways Savvy Music Marketers Keep Over 90% of Teens Glued to Their Ads on Snapchat It’s not just about going to where your audience is.  It’s about deeply understanding that platform, and what its users want to see. The following comes from Fanbytes, who partnered with DMN to deliver this marketing intelligence on Generation Z and Snapchat. The cost of advertising on Facebook and other popular music marketing platforms is rising.  Those labels, agencies, and independent artists who are afraid of trialing lesser-known sources of attention risk losing out on some of the most cost-effective music marketing on the web.

Chart of the Week: Will Millennials Save SoundCloud? SoundCloud has had a rough year: last summer, it staved off bankruptcy via an eleventh-hour $170 million investment led by Raine and Temasek and the injection of a new CEO, Kerry Trainor. Last week, Trainor (formerly of Vimeo) revealed the music streaming platform’s latest strategy for generating revenue: attracting advertiser dollars based on SoundCloud’s lucrative, young user base. But compared to other leading music streaming services, does SoundCloud have a distinct advantage when it comes to touting (and monetizing) its audience?

 

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2017 BET AWARDS NOMINEES LIST

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The 2017 BET awards nominees list has officially been released and all the names are below. Check it out and tell us what you think. Did anyone get snubbed?

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyoncé

Kehlani

Mary J. Blige

Rihanna

Solange

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Bruno Mars

Chris Brown

The Weeknd

Trey Songz

Usher

Best Group

2 Chainz & Lil Wayne

A Tribe Called Quest

Fat Joe & Remy Ma

Migos

Rae Sremmurd

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar – Freedom

Chance The Rapper Ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – No Problem

Chris Brown Ft. Gucci Mane & Usher – Party

Dj Khaled Ft. Beyoncé & Jay Z – Shining

Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane – Black Beatles

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean

Chance The Rapper

Drake

Future

J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B

Missy Elliott

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

Young M.A.

Video of the Year

Beyoncé – Sorry

Big Sean – Bounce Back

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Solange – Cranes In The Sky

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom – Kehlani “Crzy”

Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia – Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”

Director X – Zayn Malik “Like I Would”

Hype Williams – Tyga “Gucci Snakes Ft. Desiigner”

Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter – Beyoncé “Sorry”

Album of the Year

24k Magic – Bruno Mars

4 Your Eyez Only – J. Cole

A Seat At The Table – Solange

Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper

Lemonade – Beyoncé

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Cece Winans – Never Have To Be Alone

Fantasia Ft. Tye Tribbett – I Made It

Kirk Franklin Ft. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs & Tamela Mann – My World Needs You

Lecrae – Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination)

Best Actress

Gabrielle Union

Issa Rae

Janelle Monáe

Taraji P. Henson

Viola Davis

Best Actor

Bryshere Y. Gray

Denzel Washington

Donald Glover

Mahershala Ali

Omari Hardwick

Young Stars

Ace Hunter

Caleb Mclaughlin

Jaden Smith

Marsai Martin

Yara Shahidi

Best Movie

Fences

Get Out!

Hidden Figures

Moonlight

The Birth Of A Nation

Sportsman Of The Year Award

Cam Newton

Lebron James

Odell Beckham Jr.

Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry

Sportswoman Of The Year Award

Gabby Douglas

Serena Williams

Simone Biles

Skylar Diggins

Venus Williams

Centric Award

Fantasia – Sleeping With The One I Love

Kehlani – Distraction

Mary J. Blige – Thick Of It

Solange – Cranes In The Sky

Syd – All About Me

Yuna – Crush Ft. Usher

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Beyoncé – Sorry

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

Drake – Fake Love

Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane – Black Beatles

The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk – Starboy

Best International Act: Europe

Booba (France)

Mhd (France)

Craig David (U.K.)

Emeli Sande (U.K.)

Giggs (U.K.)

Skepta (U.K.)

Stormzy (U.K.)

Wiley (U.K.)

Best International Act: Africa

Aka (South Africa)

Babes Wodumo (South Africa)

Davido (Nigeria)

Nasty C (South Africa)

Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Tekno (Nigeria)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Mr. Eazi (Nigeria)

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