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The official music video for Drake’s “Find Your Love”. This is Drake’s second single off his upcoming album, “Thank Me Later,” it was produced by Kanye West. The video was shot in Jamaica.
The underground mixtape has long been a staple in hip-hop, with blended DJ selections being all the rage throughout the ’90s. But this decade saw the format mutate: Rappers began to take matters into their own hands, working directly with DJs to create artist-specific tapes of original material. As the format shifted to a digital medium, the “mixtape” became shorthand for releases that were neither mixed nor tapes. These days, mixtape DJs rarely blend or scratch on their tapes, and instead play more of a host’s role — which usually entails them shouting the artist’s name loudly or overdubbing the sound of explosions.
As a result of the significant decline in album sales, record labels are exploring new and drastically different business models. The model du jour is called a 360 deal, which allows labels to get income from live performances, merchandise sales and other revenue streams. Although none of my clients are signed to such a deal, this model could help revolutionize the label as we know it by giving it a way to make up for the loss of revenue from sales of recorded music.
Bryan Calhoun (BBA ’92) turns up just about everywhere in the music industry. He manages Kanye West’s web site. His innovative software product, Music Business Toolbox, teaches independent musicians and record labels how to make money. And he’s a vice president for SoundExchange, which collects and disperses nearly $200 million annually in digital music royalties. Not bad for a former WUOG disc jockey who hasn’t turned 40.
The final numbers are in for Lil Wayne’s 2008-2009 North American touring, and it looks like the rapper will have the highest grossing hip-hop tour of the year — and the most lucrative rap jaunt that Billboard has ever tracked.
By any modern measure of musical popularity — YouTube views, radio airplay, ring-tone ubiquity — the single “Best I Ever Had” by Toronto rapper Drake is not only a hit, it’s arguably 2009′s “Song of the Summer.” Since debuting on iTunes last month, the hip-hop lust track has sold 600,000 digital downloads and topped three separate pop charts. Even if you can’t summon to mind its rap-sung vocals or brassy syncopated beat, you’ve probably heard “Best I Ever Had” blaring out of a convertible somewhere.
Five of Hip-Hop’s biggest stars have come together for a tour called “America’s Most Wanted Music Festival” this summer Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy, Drake, R&B newcomer Jeremih will hit the road.
If 2008 and 2009 are any indication, the future of Hip-Hop rests in the hands of Gee Roberson, Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua and their GM, Al Branch. While Gee and Hip Hop worked together for seven-and-a-half years as directors of A&R for the entire Roc-A-Fella roster, Al also worked there as general manager. After changing their company name in 2004 to Hip Hop Since 1978, co-CEOs Gee and Hip Hop haven’t stopped working since.