Scott Storch Lands Reality TV Show


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Hitmaker Scott Storch has reportedly signed a deal to star in an upcoming reality show and will give viewers an inside look at his personal life within the music industry.

The show will give an introspective look into the life of this dynamic and incredible talent. The show will also document him making hit records with all of the hottest acts in the industry while opening the door to the hot and trendy Miami music scene. Also, it will capture Mr. Storch’s ups and downs in the volatile music business. (California Chronicle)

Executive producer David Weintraub has confirmed the deal and spoken on what fans should expect.

“This is a monumental moment to see a producer of his caliber let the cameras into his world and see how hit records are made,” he explained. “A lot of people have tried to get Scott to open up the curtain to this process but have never been successful.” (Hip Hop Pop Crunch)

Storch, who has made headlines in recent years for his publicized financial woes, recently spoke on his previous costly purchases. Continue reading

BREAKING: Google deleting music blogger posts


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There is a nervous chill going through the music industry bloggers corner of the larger blogosphere and it has to do with posts of theirs just disappearing. Literally one minute they are there and the next minute they are gone. LA Weekly is reporting on the story that the bloggers that are being affected are all using Google’s Blogger platform which needless to say has a lot of music bloggers looking for new homes.

The story first came to the forefront when Ryan Spaulding, the writer behind the Boston based music blog Ryan’s Smashing Life, noticed that moth old posts that he had written; as well as much older ones, were disappearing from his site. As far as he could see there was no rhyme or reason to it. Unsure of what was happening he started comparing notes with other music bloggers and as a result found that posts right across the web – everything from posts about Abba to Zappa, had vanished.

It was only after a number of emails and conversations that Ryan and the other bloggers figured out that all the affected blogs where located on Google’s Blogger platform

Eventually, though, a consensus emerged: Each post takedown occurred on a blog hosted by the Google-owned Blogger platform, the publishing system used by the majority of mp3 sites, particularly those founded prior to 2007, when the open-source WordPress software became the vogue. Google, the bloggers believe, has quietly changed the methods by which it enforces its user agreement. Whereas in the past, a blog owner would receive a warning before a post’s removal, Google is now simply hitting the delete button. In Spaulding’s case, this means that posts written over the past year or more on Wilco, the Annuals, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Matisyahu and Earth, Wind & Fire are gone.

“I’d received the label’s press releases and followed their directions, spending my time and energy to promote their albums,” explains a frustrated Spaulding. “By pulling down my post, they destroyed my intellectual creativity, the very same thing they’re erroneously accusing me of doing. Say someone had linked to that post, or [blog aggregator] Hype Machine — it’s gone completely. If I go into my Blogger table of contents, it’s gone. Not de-published — gone.” Continue reading

Lil’ Wayne, Rihanna, T-Pain Make Digital History


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As physical album sales declined yet again in 2008, Lil’ Wayne, T-Pain, Rihanna and Leona Lewis are among the bright spots by helping to fuel a 27 percent upsurge in digital sales.

According to CNET, Lewis’ smash hit “Bleeding Love” topped the year’s top selling digital songs by moving more than 3,420,000 copies. From her platinum selling album Spirit, the British singer led the way for a digital sales revolution.

Despite having the top selling album of the year, Tha Carter III, Weezy fell to second place as “Lollipop” closely followed with an estimated total 3,161,000 (legal) digital downloads. Featuring Static Major, the record has become one of the rapper’s most popular tracks from his decade long career. Continue reading

Can Kanye & 50 Save the Music Industry?

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Record labels are approaching another financially weak year, as a minimum of 200 million albums in the last quarter is now required in order to break even with last year’s low total.

According to Variety, the music industry officially closed out with a total of 297.9 million albums sold for the third quarter making it already 12 percent less than the previous year. 2007 saw a total of 500.5 million in sales with over 30 percent of the records purchased stemming from the fourth quarter. However, this year the industry would have to up the amount to over 40 percent.

With a strong line-up of upcoming albums believed to drop before 2009 including releases from Kanye West, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and possible albums from Dr. Dre, Eminem and Andre 3000, the goal may still be attainable. Continue reading

In ’07 the Ringtone Rules! Totally Dude!


 2007 was undeniably the breakout year for the “Ringtone” artist.  Labels are actually readjusting their marketing to push these artist as opposed to the more developed artist who rely on heavy lyrical content to keep the registers ringing.  Nah, that was out in ’06 when the homie Nas told you Hip Hop Is Dead.  Now the new face of Hip Hop is the Ringtone artist, and here are the leaders of that new school!  AT&T released their list for the top shottas of ’07…

1.  Shop Boyz – “Party Like a Rockstar”
  2.  Mims – “This Is Why I’m Hot”
  3.  Soulja Boy – “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”
  4.  Nickelback – “Rockstar”
  5.  Akon – “Don’t Matter”
  6.  T-Pain – “Buy You A Drank (Shawty Snappin)”
  7.  Hurricane Chris – “A Bay Bay”
  8.  Sean Kingston – “Beautiful Girls”
  9.  Huey – “Pop, Lock & Drop It”
  10. Fergie – “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

Editor’s Note: By no means are we suggesting that just because an artist ends up on this list, they aren’t “real” artists.  We are just identifying that this is the new face of a dying industry…and ringtone sales is what his kept the music industry from completely falling on its face, so the game really needs to applaud the ringtone artist for creating a new market.