Russell Simmons & Steve Rifkind Team Up To Launch All Def Music

Here’s the facts.  3 BIG names attached.

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Steve Rifkind (Founder of Loud Records  and SRC

Russell Simmons (Founder of Def Jam)

Brian Robbins (veteran film and TV producer)

“How [Russell] built Def Jam and how I built Loud was through the streets and through grass-roots marketing,” said Rifkind according to LATimes.com. “Cut to 20 years later, we’re applying this same formula, this same blueprint, using YouTube as our street team, using YouTube as our A&R source, using YouTube as our branding machine.”

First artists on the new label are Asher Roth(who will be developing his own TV show?!) and Youtube rapper/actor/comedian Spoken Reasons (star of hit comedy The Heat).

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Stop Playing It So Damned Safe! and Other Wisdom from Alice Cooper

Besides the whole “Lumineers and Mumford and Sons are not Rock.  Stop calling them that.”  The last 20 seconds is really the most valuable part of the whole video.

I don’t understand why everybody is so afraid to be in a rock band. ‘I don’t want to offend anybody.’

More concisely: Stop Playing It So Damned Safe!

Alice Cooper’s curmudgeonly opinion of Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, etc

via twentytwowords.com

For all his talk about the audacious rebellion inherent to rock and roll, he’s awful whiny about people who do it different than him. That said, his impromptu folk song at 1:30 is pretty great…

Part 2 and 3 of Jay Z / Zane Lowe Interview over at BBC

Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Magna Carta Holy Grail. Part 2: Fame

Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Magna Carta Holy Grail. Part 3: Business & Politics

And in case you haven’t seen Part 1 hit More!

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UK Music Bridges Gap Between Education And Music Biz

“A new virtual academy has been launched to help young people get a job in the music industry.” UK Music Skills Academy is the joint venture baby of UK Music and Creative & Cultural Skills which formed with the goal to connect the music industry and the educator sectors.  The focus is on apprenticeship and collaborative working between educators and execs.  The question now is, why is this not in the U.S.?  Well… Why not?  Could this same idea be applied to the U.S. music industry?  Who are the key players that would be involved if it was brought to the states?  Let us know what you think.

Via MusicWeek.com and uk.music-jobs.com

The UK Music Skills Academy is a new joint venture between UK Music and Creative & Cultural Skills, which aims to increase collaborative working between the music businesses and the education sector for the benefit of young people aspiring to work in the industry.

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The Academy will enable the music industry to engage directly with training providers and will allow music businesses to directly influence the training of their future workforce, creating an easier mechanism for employers looking to take on apprentices.

Through the Academy, hundreds of young people every year will be able to apply for apprenticeships at record labels, recording studios, management groups, promoters, and audio suppliers who have signed up to the initiative.

Companies already on board include Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Beggars Group, Cherry Red, Live Nation, Britannia Row, Ad Lib and the National Arenas Association.

 

Jackson Would Have Earned $1 Billion on Comeback Says Expert

An entertainment accounting expert says Michael Jackson could have earned $1.1 billion or more if he had performed a worldwide concert tour and created a Las Vegas show before his death.

(Via Associated Press and Billboard)

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In Tommy Mottola’s bio, Hitmaker, the former Sony president says MJ would invest immense amounts of his own money to finance his massive recording and touring budgets, believing he could reach “Thriller” status once again.  The rumors flew quickly after the late King of Pop died that he had passed away broke.  Even stranger rumors flew about him being murdered in an Illuminati backed insurance scheme.  But according to one expert, if Jackson had lived until 65, MJ would’ve earned over a Billion (with a capital B!) dollars thanks to his global tour and Vegas show. Sadly, the world lost a great icon and never got to see either.

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/1710217/jackson-would-have-earned-1-billion-on-comeback-says#disqus_thread

Q-Tip speaks at Red Bull Music Academy

Thanks to Nodfactor for putting us on to this brand new interview/lecture and even much props to Q-Tip and Red Bull Music Academy.

Q-Tip breaks down his early history, working on Tribe’s classic albums, meeting J-Dilla, what a true producer is and current projects.

Definitely worth the time to sit down and watch and learn and TAKE NOTES!

If you are a producer or music head or interested in the music production process this video is a must see and Nodfactor is a must follow!Follow Nodfactor , Q-Tip, and Red Bull Music Academy on twitter.