Friday, June 12, 2015

KEHLANI GOES "ALL IN"



Presenting mesmerizing soul in a #songsfromscratch collabo from Mr. Carmack along with Bay Area's Kehlani called "All In".  She is the truth; carves her own lane entirely with a refreshing new brew of real R&B plus way she sings... we live for Lana Tsunami because there is an emotional song vibe in her cool spirit that's on Sade levels.  The backstory is amazing and she is only 19.  Like Raury it's a maturity way beyond the years and without question an Artist To Watch. Seek out her mixtapes You Should Be Here and Cloud 19 if you haven't already.



Video piece on the collaboration below....

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

RADIO IS A STATE OF MIND



Apple Music is applying the winning playbook for subscription, as previously defined by HBO for broadcast TV and later Netflix for on-demand. The philosophy is simple: to retain subscription fees long-term the consumer expects total access to all the basic hits plus a load of excellent premium material that’s exclusive added value. Netflix even went a step further when producing their own original content and took a page from the music business by dropping full TV seasons like albums, thus changing the way people view programming with the “binge-watch.”

When you ponder Apple Music in the subscription landscape just think to yourself,  
“That’s no moon… it’s a Space Station.”

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HOW TO CLAIM THE THRONE: EVAN ROSS



Gotta keep it 100 and tell you that when first hearing of Evan Ross being signed as a recording artist, the news was met with an eye roll.  Nepotism is rampant in the entertainment business, and I have little patience for it.  The descendants of legends (in this case Diana Ross) have lots of advantages and connections, but are far from being guaranteed an inheritance of crucial je ne sais quoi needed to ascend; not to mention getting handed down actual talent. You'd better be special beyond super crafty at the Hollywood schmooze to break through in this day and age....

Monday, June 1, 2015

YOU OUGHTA KNOW: ALESSIA CARA


It's been awhile since I've encountered a song that lasers right into my heart like a first kiss and stays on repeat for weeks, eliciting the absolute need for me to learn every word so that I can sing along to it loudly whether I'm alone in my house or walking down street to the train station. But a soulful shy-girl from Ontario Canada named Alessia Cara has delivered an instant-cherish-anthem you have got to know about immediately.  The song is called "Here".......

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A$AP TRIPPING HARD, GOES #1


The momentum around the hugely anticipated new album At.Long.Last.A$AP (aka A.L.L.A.) from Polo Grounds/RCA global hip-hop and high fashion icon A$AP Rocky has been huge, with the artist’s highly anticipated sophomore effort two years in the making easily grabbing the #1 sales spot moving 116k units and ramping up enough Spotify listens to rank at 144k on the new "consumption" charts...

Monday, May 18, 2015

WHY IDOL MATTERED


Although it’s been waning in ratings and influence in recent years, now that the sun is setting on American Idol, it’s only appropriate to reflect on what the show has achieved: a significant paradigm shift that created a whole new type of enthusiasm for music, and even more importantly, did so during a time in history when the music business was reeling from illegal downloading and desperately needed it.

At the height of its popularity, Idol was drawing audiences of nearly 40 million for its finales, and during its 13-year run this show has minted numerous bankable stars—something the many competitors formed in its long shadow have yet to accomplish. The show launched talent that went on to long-term careers; whether they “won” their season or not, their names now all too familiar in the American pop lexicon—Kelly ClarksonCarrie UnderwoodAdam LambertKatherine McPheeDaughtryKellie PicklerFantasiaJordin Sparks, and Jennifer Hudson.
And even if all of these Idols didn’t stay on the charts, their genuine talent level, combined with a newly anointed celebrity status from Idol’s cultural significance, created a lane that led them on other successful paths, including Broadway (Constantine MaroulisJustin GuariniFrenchie Davis) and, in the case of Clay Aiken, even beyond that....


Monday, April 27, 2015

JAY Z PICKS UP THE MIC

Jay Z does not communicate on social media very often. In fact he’s only used Twitter three times this entire year so far—the "Glory" Oscar win, official announcement of Tidal, and Roc Nation’s signing of Vic Mensa. He never says more than a few words, and it is always one tweet only.

However, battling incessant media reports that Tidal’s struggle is real with app sales and public perception in a complete nosedive plus artists such as Mumford & Sons now joining the rising chorus of backlash—the mogul broke a long silence, and picked up the mic smartphone....