Meek Mill Signs With Roc Nation Management

The blogosphere has been buzzing after several file sharing sites were reportedly brought to a screaming halt due to the massive bandwith required to host Meek Mill’s “DreamChasers 2” Mixtape. The mixtape has already received over 2.5 million downloads on Datpiff.com alone.

Complex Magazine is reporting the following: After setting major download records for his release of Dreamchasers 2, Meek Mill wants to continue capitalizing on his success. Meek is currently aligned with Warner Bros. Records and Maybach Music Group and he now joins his labelmate Wale by signing with Roc Nation’s management team.

Meek Mill Signs With Roc Nation Management
http://www.complex.com/music/2012/05/meek-mill-signs-with-roc-nation-management

Funk Master Flex Is The Newest Member of The CÎROC Boyz [Video]

In 2007 Forbes.com reported that Diddy had agreed to take on responsibility for Diageo’s Ciroc vodka brand in the United States, as part of a 50-50 joint venture with the London-based multinational that could net the hip-hop entrepreneur over $100 million.

“Sean Combs has a proven track record of developing high-end brands and we expect his alliance with Ciroc to follow suit,” said Debra Kelly-Ennis, Diageo North America’s Chief Marketing Officer. Now nearly five years later Diddy is still working hard to expand marketing for the brand. Here he is at Hot97 New York announcing that he has recruited the likes of FunkMaster Flex:

Village People Songwriter Receives Huge Victory In Court

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I came across a pretty good article in the Hollywood Reporter. I urge you to read it for yourself. If not, I’ll summarize it for you.

A federal judge has given Victor Willis (Village People singer) a huge win in a copyright case. Willis notified the copyright owners of his group’s songs, ( including the hit single”Y.M.C.A.”) that he intended to terminate the copyright granted to them. The laws that enable him to do this are called Copyright Act amendments which went into effect in 1978.

Those laws dictate that artists who had created works at the early stage of their careers but handed their rights over without much bargaining power should be the beneficiaries of the latter portions of the newly extended term. It meant that songwriters could terminate copyright grants to publishers and record labels 35 years later. The stipulations were that they need to send their termination notices not fewer than two or more than 10 years from the intended termination date. The result is that 2013 is the first year in which musicians can effect a termination notice.

Read the entire article at the HollywoodReporter.com

Adam "MCA" Yauch Succumbs To Cancer At Age 47

Reports have come in that Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys has passed away. I checked out the Beastie Boys website where it was confirmed that the cause of death was cancer. It has been known that Adam was battling with throat cancer. In 2009 several reports of his sickness hit the net after pushing back the release of “Hot Sauce Committee” but last year some outlets were reporting that MCA was on his way to a full recovery.

Yauch was a member of the groundbreaking group, The Beastie Boys, with his two friends, Mike D and Ad-Roc. The Beastie Boys were formed in the late 70’s and are largely regarded as legends in the hiphop community. During his time Adam has left us with plenty of music to remember him by. I offer my condolences to the family of Adam, he will be missed but never forgotten.

Does Nicki Minaj Owe Money To Fendi??…More YMCMB Woes

The Come Up DVD is back. The Come Up DVD Volume 23 “F**k You, Pay Me” features a story about how Fendi launched Nicki Minaj’s career. Fendi is claiming that he is owed compensation after Nicki Minaj’s commercial success and superstardom.

Claims that YMCMB owes but does not pay is a regular theme in the blogs and magazines. Usually these claims come from producers who have some written agreement with Cash Money Records or YMCMB about royalties and compensation. This seems to be the first complaint of it’s kind about someone acting as an A&R so to speak and then requesting compensation for it. At any rate, it looks like more bad press for Young Mula Baybay [Lil Wayne voice]:

Mannie Fresh Says He Is Fighting With Cash Money To Get Paid…Again

Producer Mannie Fresh breaks down his business relationship with Cash Money Records and why he’s still fighting to get paid from the label. Mannie also shares his thoughts on why he thinks Cash Money is repeatedly involved with similar lawsuits.

-you wouldn’t exist if I wouldn’t have did what I did… [Mannie Fresh]

Get Nominated For New Music Seminar's "Top 100 Artists On the Verge”

 New Music Seminar (NMS)’s “Top 100 Artists On the Verge”

ReverbNation is looking for artists to nominate for the New Music Seminar (NMS)’s “Top 100 Artists On the Verge” chart, which is the most comprehensive chart to date for emerging artists in America. This chart is put together by NMS to promote artists who are already picking up steam, helping them break through the glut of artists and receive the national recognition that they deserve. Many of the artists chosen for the chart will perform at the 2012 NMS New York Music Festival, which occurs June 17th-21st!

The top 3 artists selected by NMS for the “Artists On the Verge” chart will perform at NMS with the opportunity to win the grand prize of over $200,000 in marketing, promotion, music equipment and consultations from some of the top industry leaders in their respective fields! The NMS delegates will choose the winning artist on the last day of the conference and will announce the winner at the end of the Seminar.

About New Music Seminar (NMS)

The New Music Seminar’s mission is to create a music business in which talent can rise to its highest potential based solely on its merit, without regard to its financial resources or connections; to help artists and their representatives achieve success; to create a new economic model that better rewards both artists, their investors and those in artist services.