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Ryan Leslie Knows How To Connect With His Fans

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One of the biggest questions every artist, manager & label rep asks themselves on a daily basis is, “how can we further connect with our fans?”

Amongst all the teams out there, one of the best examples I can think of (and one whom I mention in nearly every meeting) is Ryan Leslie.

From his initial YouTube videos, to his MySpace push, to his Twitter profile and blog – he’s consistently shown that he’s one of the very few, that truly does “get it”.

Last night, R. Les posted a message on Twitter, telling fans he would purchase & autograph an iPod for any fans that met him at the 24-hour Apple Store in NYC in the next 15 minutes.

And he kept his word.

Peep the video:

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I Stay Buying CDs

Don’t get me wrong, I support and purchase digital downloads from iTunes, etc, but as a personal preference, I still buy CDs.

Even though I mostly listen to music on my computer, iPod and Blackberry, I still prefer having a physical disc to sync the music from and to keep on my shelves. Maybe I’m a collector, maybe I’m nostalgic, but it’s what I prefer.

I purchase music all the time, but today 2 albums dropped that I’ve actually been looking forward to for a while:

T.I – “Paper Trail”
Dru – “The One”

New Music CDs: T.I - Paper Trail, Dru - The One

By the way, if you’re an R&B cat like me and you’re not familiar with Dru, you need to be. He was formerly with the group, In Essence, which broke into the scene with their song, “You Will Never Find Another” back in 1998 with Funkmaster Flex.

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Check out some of his videos below and make sure to go cop his new record.

I SEE YOU DRU!

So now, let me ask you guys; what’s the last music (single or album/digital or physical) that you purchased?

Jimmy Iovine Discusses The Future Of The Music Business

Here’s an interesting video I found of Jimmy Iovine discussing his views on today’s music industry and his vision on the direction it’s taking. (Note: The video is about a year old)

He offers advice for new artists as well as talking about possible distribution models, what makes a great producer and the future of Interscope and the traditional record label.

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Keeping Backups In Case Disaster Strikes

I just wanted to drop a quick post to let you guys know that I finally got my MacBook Pro back!

I got it back last week actually; 11 days after it decided to die. I wanted to post sooner, but since it was my hard drive that crashed, I’ve spent the past week just catching up on projects and re-creating files from scratch.

Not fun.

Needless to say, I definitely made it a point to pick up an external hard drive to keep a full system backup of everything in my laptop.

I wasn’t sure what brand or model to go with, so I posed the question on Twitter and everybody led me toward the trio of Western Digital, Maxtor and LaCie.

After some consideration at the store, I decided to go with a 750GB LaCie hard disk. The box says it was designed by industrial designer, Neil Poulton.

His design?

A shiny black box.

750GB LaCie External Hard Drive

Anyhow, it serves me right to experience this situation. If you take your business seriously, invest in it appropriately and make sure you’re well covered in case of ANY emergency or disaster.

Whenever you implement any new tool or piece of equipment into your business, make sure to have a way of still functioning in case it malfunctions or gets stolen.

Luckily, I have my business email hosted through Google Apps, so all email that goes through my email or the email of anybody else on my team, is backed up online – free.

We can even share documents and edit them collectively, in real time, as opposed to emailing a document to each team member and having 5 different edits.

If you’re running a small business, or consider yourself a business (even if it’s just you), I highly suggest checking out Google Apps. It’s free and it’s a lifesaver.

Day 6 Without My Mac

Today is Day 6 without my MacBook Pro.

And it hurts!

For the past 6 days, I’ve MacGuyver’ed my way around this major inconvenience by juggling between my Blackberry, internet cafés and others’ computers.

I also got my old temperamental PC working a little again. It feels like going back to an ex with shame and admitting that your new situation didn’t work out as well as you hoped.

But at least there’s some good news. The Apple Store just called saying they’ve received the parts needed to repair the centerpiece of my connected life.

Hopefully, I can get it back by the weekend – although I highly doubt it.

I’m off to drop it off at the Apple Store now. I think it’s time I finally go ahead and buy an external hard drive to keep my system backed up at all times and prevent losing ALL my files again.

Yeah.. it’s that bad.

MacBook Pro Going In For Repairs

Today Is A Bad Day. A Very Bad Day.

Ladies and gentleman, today is a bad day.

A very bad day.

At approximately, 10:45am, while checking and responding to emails and making some phone calls to coordinate the day’s activities with some staff members, I got the sudden urge to make pancakes.

Yes, pancakes.

I don’t know why I was craving pancakes really. I don’t really eat them much and usually try to stay away from anything that’s too sugary or syrupy. But for some reason, I was craving them, so I figured why not.

I got up and placed my MacBook Pro (which you all know I’ve come to love so much and now consider a member of the family) on the couch.

I closed the lid so that the laptop would go to sleep and conserve some battery power while I get my Aunt Jemima fix on.

After I made a short stack, I walked back to grab my laptop so that I could continue my work, but when I opened up the lid, the screen didn’t turn back on.

I figured maybe it was still asleep so I tried waking it up, but nothing worked.

Getting crazy paranoid, I pressed the power button for a bit to let it shut down, then tried turning it back on again.

I heard a beep and got the white screen that the grey apple usually shows up on… only… this time the gray apple didn’t show up.

This scene repeated itself for about 30 minutes, with my heart beating faster and faster as time passed.

Luckily, I purchased the AppleCare Protection Plan, so I called them up and described the issue I was having.

The tech rep tried helping me troubleshoot it but nothing worked. He booked me an appointment to go to The Genius Bar the closest Apple Store by me.

When I got there, I repeated everything I told the tech guy over the phone, then the “Genius” checked everything out on my 2 month old baby.

10 minutes later, he looked at me and told me my hard drive is completely gone and that I had a faulty logic board.

I don’t know what a logic board is but if you’re telling me it’s faulty, then I definitely don’t want that, and I want my hard drive back.

It might’ve only been 2 months old, but I have a ton of stuff on there and I want access to it.

He looked into it more and said I can pay for a data recovery service, to get my files back, but from the looks of it, it’s highly unlikely to work.

Now I have to wait until they receive the parts that my laptop needs, which he said will probably be around next Wednesday or Thursday, at which point they’ll call me to bring my laptop for repair and the repair will be another 3-5 business days.

2 weeks without my computer?

2 weeks?

That’s a LONG ASS TIME!

Especially, when you’re always working on a computer and spend more time with it than you do with anybody else.

I don’t know what I’m going to do until then.

Apple should have a loaner service like some big chain mechanics. Give me a MacBook Air or something as a loaner while I wait these 2 long weeks to get back my system.

This sucks. My MacBook Pro is only 2 months old. It’s too young to go through such an unfortunate incident.

By the way, I wrote this on a PC.

Yeah. It’s bad!

AC – Mac Track & Attack Of The Blogs

I don’t know if it’s because of my newfound love for Macs, but I found this video pretty dope.

AC‘s being making noise for a couple years and now he’s decided to go a new route with his latest mixtape, “Attack Of The Blogs”.

AC released 20 different songs to 20 different blogs which pulled together as a scavenger hunt style contest. The mixtape came out about a month ago, but I just saw the video about 10 minutes ago and thought I’d give AC and his team props for their creativity; not only for the song and video, but also for their approach. They’re thinking of new ways of marketing and having fun with it.

Anyways, I usually don’t do spur of the moment blog posts (I’m going to try to do them more often though), but here is a link to download AC’s new mixtape, “Attack Of The Blogs”.

AC - Attack Of The Blogs Mixtape 

And here is the video that made me post this:

(Props to the director, Steven Tapia, for his creativity on this one)
 

Did Polow Da Don Use Garageband To Make Usher's "Love In This Club"?

Looks like ATL producer Polow Da Don, just pulled an early Swiss Beatz move. Apparently, Polow used a few of the premade music loops that come packaged with Garageband to make Usher‘s new song, “Love In This Club”.

Before anybody gets it twisted, I’m not putting anybody on blast. I’m a fan of Polow’s work and as companies and agencies become more creative with their marketing efforts, don’t be surprised if this was done intentionally and meant to leak out. I’m not saying it is, but you never really know.

Anyways, check out the… ummm…. the ummmmm…. the video: