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Charlamagne: I Hope Bobby Shmurda Got a Good Label Deal

Nipsey Hussle Speaks On Independent Success

5 Indie Hip-Hop Artists Who Should Be Your Role Models

Independent hip-hop – and really, independent music in general – is thriving now more than ever. With the right mix of talent, hard work, patience, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Business of Writing A Music Business Bible

Take a seat on the couch in veteran entertainment lawyer Donald Passman’s Beverly Hills office, and you’ll find yourself in front of a coffee table wide enough to nap on, were it not for the row of books stretching nearly from end to end—all of them written by Passman himself.<p>Upon closer …

Music Industry

Jeezy Proves Resilient In Tough Times For Rap Album Sales

A decade into his major label career, there’s apparently no stopping Jeezy.<p>Dropped simultaneously on November 13 alongside multiple other new Def Jam Recordings releases, his new album <i>Church In These Streets</i> held its own by handily claiming the #4 spot on the Billboard 200, reaffirming the veteran …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How 50 Cent Used Mixtapes To Market His Brand – Stop The Breaks | Independent Music Grind

To look at 50 Cent’s credentials in 2015 – rapper, investor, sports promoter, actor, TV producer, consumer electronics entrepreneur – it’s hard to …

Hip-Hop

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Rap & Hip-Hop

Why Jay Z’s Music Streaming Service Will Be Your Next Netflix

For Halloween, Jay Z might have dressed up like a prince (Prince Akeem from <i>Coming to America</i> specifically while Beyoncé and Blue Ivy also adorably donned costumes for characters from the film) — he’s definitely more of a mogul IRL. Ever since the rapper acquired Tidal in January of 2015, he’s been …

Nicki Minaj

YouTube streaming service on the horizon after deal with indie labels

YouTube has reached a licensing agreement with thousands of independent record labels to gain rights to stream music for its long-awaited …

Record labels reap 45 percent of royalties from streaming services, study finds; artists lucky to pocket 7 percent

A new study of the distribution of revenue from streaming-music services such as Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer shows that the major record labels are pocketing nearly seven times the licensing revenue than artists and musicians collect. It goes along with what Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has been saying …

Streaming

Music labels want less free music on Spotify

If you’re not paying Spotify $10 a month, the record labels want to put a squeeze on the amount of free music you listen to, according to new …

Streaming

Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike calls for more minority-owned record labels during university speech

Rapper gave a lecture on race relations at MIT on April 24<p>Run The Jewels rapper Killer Mike called for more minority-owned record labels in the music …

Trinidad James Says Record Labels Are ‘Preying On Young Children’

Trinidad James has had a tumultuous relationship with record labels. In 2012, Def Jam signed him for a reported $2 million joint venture deal off the …

An Apple exec just revealed how much Apple Music is really going to pay record labels

Last week a leaked Apple Music contract suggested that the company was only going to pay out 58% of its revenue in licensing fees. This didn't go down very well, especially considering Apple is not going to pay music owners anything for the songs played during the three month free trial following …

Apple Music

Independent record labels say Apple is trying to put them out of business

When it comes to music, Apple isn’t just the 800-pound gorilla, it’s like a whole gang of 800-pound gorillas, armed with sub-machine guns. Not only …

Apple Music

Record labels order CloudFlare to block Grooveshark clones

After record labels took music streaming service Grooveshark offline earlier this year, they’re seeking to force internet providers to block users from using trademarks in their domain names.<p>The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that after the main Grooveshark site was taken down a number of …

After suing his record label over royalties, Lil Wayne is being sued by another artist for the same reason

According to TMZ, rapper David Banner has filed court documentation against Wayne's Young Money records for not receiving compensation from two songs he prodcued for Wayne's album, "Tha Carter III" in 2008.<p>Banner claims he signed a contract and was told by the label in 2012 he was owed $138,787.19 …

Lil Wayne

Why Record Labels Are Making Rappers Dance For Dollars

Shmoney Dance. Nae Nae. Hit the Quan. These days, rappers are being made to dance. And it’s messed up.<p>Another day, another dance.<p>Rap dances have been …

Meet Nipsey Hussle, the rapper who wants you to pay $1,000 for his album

After leaving Epic Records, the LA rapper had to find a new way to sell his music, and hit on a brainwave – give it away free, but charge a few people a lot. Judging by new release Mailbox Money, it’s working for him<p>Would you pay $1,000 for an album?<p>That’s the question Nipsey Hussle is asking. The …

Nipsey Hussle

Tidal Discovery will give independent artists more control over their music

The forthcoming service will allow artists to bypass distribution services and upload their music directly<p>Even though Tidal is backed by some of the biggest and richest artists in the world, it hasn't forgotten about independent artists. Speaking to <i>Smashd</i>, Tidal CIO Vania Schlogel detailed an …

CIOs

The Top 25 Independent Hip-Hop Artists In The Game Right Now – Stop The Breaks | Independent Music Grind

There hasn’t been a better time in hip-hop than now for the independent artist to thrive, connect with fans, play live shows, make money and be …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Nore on the Rap Industry: Some People Are Out to Rob You