I had a good time attending the Main Event Music Conference and speaking on the Music, Media, and Money panel with other notable individuals in entertainment. I had some great discussions with artists who are interested in transitioning into brands. The panel itself was 2-3 hours and it was one of the most informative panels I've had the pleasure of…
In this segment of Hip Hop Bytes, I examines the usage of online videos by law enforcement to aid in prosecution of artists with criminal ties and/or background. What you post on You Tube and Worldstar will be used against you when it comes to the law. All of the artists featured in this segment were incarcerated with…
In this segment of Let's Talk Digital, I'm discussing iCloud, iTunes, and provides a breakdown of the iTunes Match service. Will iTunes in the cloud be a game changer in the era of Spotify being available and successful during its US launch this summer? Find out during this…
The Baltimore Crown Awards recognized the bright up and coming stars and paid homage to the legends
in the Baltimore hip hop and poetry scenes. My two highlight was seeing loooongtime Baltimore hip hop veteran Bishop get inducted into the Baltimore Legend/Hall of Fame and Mark Carey take home 2 awards and tell some stories of how he first got…
The organizers of this event have assembled quite a lineup of prominent bloggers, journalists, and public relations personnel to share with artists and aspiring industry personnel, the ins-and-outs of the music industry from a perspective that doesn't normally receive attention or coverage.
I have spoken on a panel in Charlotte with Allen Johnston, and have personally worked with or am very familiar with virtually this entire list so I… Continue
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The video, Directed by Coodie & Chike and Michael Sterling Eaton, is the intro into a new project released on XL Recordings that began as Richard Russell visited Scott-Heron on Ryker's Island as he served a sentence for drug possession.
The video contains dark imagery that matches the track that reminds me of Nas' Thief's Theme video.
Look for this video to be added to the playlist of upcoming episodes of Indie Planet TV. If you are a longtime… Continue
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Caption: (L to R) Apex the Ringtone Guru, TJ Chapman, Sean Archer
7 Cities, VA-based music entrepreneur Sean Archer has expanded his reach from the typical path of recording artist into areas of promotions, marketing, and now radio. Earlier this year, he launched "The Indie Top Ten Plus One" which featured a countdown style broadcast solely consisting of unsigned artists submitted from the music community. The broadcast started on Worldwide… Continue
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The embedded clip is footage of 50 Cent speaking to fans directly via his Thisis50 Ustream channel.
Ustream gives artists the ultimate opportunity to share their experience with fans who can call in or send messages via chat or Twitter.com
Great areas to Ustream:
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Baltimore/DC -based artists/promoters/DJs/ etc. Here's your opportunity to meet with a professional publicist and receive answers to your questions regarding Press kits, gaining writeups in magazines, how to meet with bloggers, etc.
Publicist Lyn Keller will be in Baltimore for a little over a week. She's originally from New York and now is based in Atlanta and is very, very knowledgeable. Without spending all my time going down the list of people she's worked with, my favorites I… Continue
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Andrew Dubber is a well-known digital music consultant and author of newmusicstrategies.com . www.theindieplanet.com will continue to run his column on our site to provide our members with the latest and greatest insight and commentary on the changes in digital music today.
What Does Spotify Mean?
I’m a few months late to the game, but I’ve finally been trying out Spotify properly and using it to listen to music at home. Many other people have written about… Continue
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In our new committment to include Spoken Word Performances into our coverage, Indie Planet TV presents a clip you won't forget. Internationally renowed poets Taalam Acey and Lamar Hill square off in a Poetry Slam competition. Both poets bring their A-game and perform pieces that they are well-known for. Classic…
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Amazon.com recently launched Artist Stores, which is loosely based on the all-in-one artist experience that will soon dominate the music business.
How Does It Work??
On an artist page, it list t-shirts, books, and posters related to the artist that can be purchased as well.
Amazon.com is already an online leader and other online music stores don't offer such a broad product base to compete with… Continue
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Shaka Pitts aka The Voice of Baltimore Hip-Hop has made his presence felt on the Baltimore hip-hop scene and The Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. As an event host to over 30 events this year, including The Scribble Jam Preliminary event, audio engineer with numerous industry accolades, and most recently as host/creator of the LIVE call-in hip-hop radio program Real Talk Radio, Shaka Pitts has definitely put in his work.
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