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Blackground Records, is a now defunct record label owned by Jomo and Barry Hankerson which folded in 2009 after the label’s last release, Timbaland Presents Shock Value II. The label and publishing company also owned by Hankerson has been holding hostage albums from major artists like Aaliyah (Hankerson’s niece), Timbaland, Tank,JoJo and Toni Braxton from […]

Swift is entangled in a bitter feud with her former label Big Machine Records, which was founded by Scott Borchetta and later acquired by Scooter Braun. As with many recording artists, Taylor Swift does not own the master recordings to her older albums. Swift’s work-around to this situation is to re-record most of the music […]

With over 200,000 YouTube subscribers and counting and 23 Million views, Issa Rae is quickly becoming entertainments biggest rising stars. In a very short time, Issa made Glamour Magazine’s “35 Under 35”, Forbes’ “30 Under 30”, Entertainment Weekly’s “Breaking Big” lists as well as grabbing the coveted Shorty Award and securing a position on New […]

BETNetworks 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 […]

October 4, 2019 By Murray Stassen Here’s what I don’t get: Why do they expect our music to cost next to nothing in emerging markets, but when I go to India, a BMW costs the same as a BMW everywhere else?” A high-ranking major record company executive, speaking in private this week, raises an interesting […]

The 90s undoubtedly marked the Golden Age of underground music zines cataloguing subcultural movements. Without an avalanche of Tumblr accounts offering endless information on what your favourite band is wearing, Soundcloud recommendations about who to listen to next, or Twitter documenting your most-loved guitar player’s childhood fear, publications such as the pioneering DIY zine Sniffin’ […]

Chances are, you are already ruining your potential to succeed in the music industry because you believe in one or more music career myths. How do I know? I am sent e-mail messages on a constant basis by tons of musicians (all seeking the answers to the WRONG questions). These are questions that may seem […]

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields? The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had […]