One of the key things that I notice about Jay-Z is his genius for collaborating with other artists and producers. I definitely understand the reasoning behind an artist wanting to focus most of their time and attention on themselves, especially if they hadn’t reach their goals. But, many times I see artists and producers become so self focused that they don’t realize working with others can actually push them to the next level. [Read more…]
Alex Boye describes his music and band as pop music with an African Twist. Several months ago, I came across him while browsing social media. I was very impressed with his original take on covers of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Of’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Afterwards, I watched most of his other YouTube videos then eventually bought Boye’s ‘Lemonade.’
The Husle is a new hip hop persona (state of mind) of Musiq Soulchild created to cater to a sound outside of his R&B mainstay. The Husle is not a rapper, nor is he doing trap music. Explaining to Madame Noire, “I’m the kind of person that I like to entertain people according to what they say entertains them.” The Husel elaborated to the Breakfast Club, “I’m making songs about, whether directly or indirectly, the mentality you have to have in order to be successful in life. Not quitting, not giving up…”
You’ve enjoyed great music your whole life. Now, songwriters need your help to be paid fairly for their work. As a songwriter, Pharrell Williams only received $2,700 from 43 million streams of the hit song ‘Happy.’ In an open letter Ne-Yo stated, “To illuminate how little trickles down to the songwriter level — it takes about 1 million streams for a songwriter to see $90, and multiple writers often split that share. Songwriters see the smallest fraction of royalty payouts because we are limited in how we can negotiate. Meanwhile, record labels and recording artists often earn 12 to 14 times more than songwriters for a stream of the exact same song. As an artist who has experienced both sides of this split, I can personally speak to the nonsensical disparity between these different incomes.”
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