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…

I Am Not An Expert.

“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience.” – Denis WaitleyBut-Im-not-an-expert-lo

This post was originally supposed to go up months ago, but I let someone convince me not to put it up.  I think it’s time to start a conversation.  Thank you in advance for reading this.

One of the things I strive for on MBWK is a certain (high) level of transparency.  So I believe this needs to be said in plain English – I am NOT an Expert.  Take that how you will, but please understand I am not claiming to be something I am not.  Taking that one step further, MusicBizWizKids will not claim to be something it’s not.

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We will be a destination and a resource for young people who are starting on their path to success and assist in their educating them about the new music industry.

 

 

Yes, this will change and adapt as time goes on, but this site is most likely not for people that have been in the industry for many years.  I do not write for an audience but my own – if others find the information interesting and would like to continue to peruse the site, that is great.  The point I’m trying to get at is one that can be turned into a lesson for MBWK readers – Be honest with yourself at all times and be true to yourself.  Be Yourself.

This is something that unfortunately far too many people forget.  They turn outward- looking at others and asking why others can’t be more like their expectations of them.  These same people don’t realize that not only are their expectations of others getting in the way of moving forwards themselves, but that they have already made one fatal flaw.  By turning outward, instead of inward they ignore the only thing person that really matters!  Themselves.  A lot of the challenges we face in the music industry now are a result of people simply not being themselves.  Or atleast taking a good look at who they are, what they do best, and why they exist on this tiny rock in space we call home.

This leads to another thought that I believe many miss about knowledge.  Some of the most basic concepts (common sense) are the most valuable– to everyone, but especially to those who are just starting out.  Yes, many may want to hear the specifics that will impact exactly what they’re working on now, but in the big picture – the common sense things that people have been hearing for years can oftentimes be the most valuable.  These seemingly generic pieces of wisdom can take on new meaning when put in a different perspective or heard at a different time in your life or finally understood and used to take action and progress.

MusicBizWizKids is about educating people about the music industry, but it is now, was from the beginning, and will always be about more than that.

It is about making an impact and taking a different look at how people have been educated in the past and how they will be educated in the future.  It is about questioning everything.  It is about experimentation, killing the sacred cow that is the status quo.

It is about not asking “What do you want to do or be when you grow up?” but about “Where are you NOW?”  Start here and now- in this moment.  Take action, gain skills and knowledge, and figure it out as you go along.

My name is Glenn MacRae and I am NOT an Expert.

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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

Reflecting on Magna Carta Holy Grail

Greetings Wiz Kids!

The biggest news in the music industry for the past few weeks has been Jay Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail and more specifically, its ground breaking if somewhat shaky release via Samsung mobile app.

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Here’s a rap-up (pun intended) of the biggest stories surrounding the release of Magna Carta.

Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ giveaway prompts RIAA change on certification (Via LA Times)

Jay Z and the Mainstreaming of the ‘Album App’ (Via Time Mag)

Sixteen-Year-Old Producer, Wondagurl, Explains Crafting Jay-Z’s “Crown” (Via XXL Mag)

Jay-Z Enlightens Twitter With Impromptu Q&A (Via RollingStone Mag)

Jay-Z: Issues downloading ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ on Samsung app ‘not cool’ (Via NY Daily News)