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Steve Stoute Discusses Alternative Routes Of Generating Revenue In The Music Business

CEO of Translation Steve Stoute

Steve Stoute is someone I’ve long admired and respected for his business savvy. Actually, one thing a lot of people don’t know, is that while I am influenced by many business leaders, it was actually his movements that motivated me to start my own business.

When Steve Stoute started Translation in 2004, I found any piece of news I could find about the company, its vision and its work. I was tired of seeing the limited creative input at label jobs and the limited growth potential up here in Canada. I wanted to do something different and something more.

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The Making Of "My President Is Black"

Music production software, Logic Pro

Music production can be incredibly challenging to get into; especially when technology has made it possible for nearly anybody to have a fair shot at it. But whether you’re learning to produce in a music school or learning on your own, nothing can replace real, live examples of music you listen to every single day.

Earlier last week, I met with producers Dow Jones & Henny of Tha Bizness. During our conversation, we began discussing blogging, social media and different ways of using them effectively to not only connect with an audience, but also to educate others making their way up.

Seeing that Tha Bizness have their own blog, I suggested making a video walkthrough of some of the hits they’ve been creating.

Being the forward thinking guys they are, they were open to the idea.

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Social Networking & Blogging In Today’s Music Business

Ariel Publicity has just launched their Cyber PR Urban blog, as a service to aspiring artists & musicians in the urban music genre.

Cyber PR Urban’s Christina Duren, was kind enough to reach out to me for an interview for the launch.

Below is the transcript of the interview, in which we discussed social media, and how artists today can use social networks to their benefit:

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What's Your Favourite Microphone Marriage?

One thing I’ve always enjoyed as a music fan is the concept of microphone marriages.

What’s a mic marriage?

A mic marriage is a song with one male artist and one female artist. Not only does it offer 2 different voices, but it also offers 2 different perspectives of the same story. It doesn’t have to be a love song (although it almost always is), it could be any type of record.

From a business perspective, this can prove to be a great method of combining 2 separate fanbases with similar tastes and traits, that can easily crossover to each other, as well as create a new market for the collaboration of the 2 artists together (in other words; 1 massive pool of fans & 3 different streams of products to sell them).

On a personal, music fan tip though, I love the combination of 2 great artists offering 2 separate voices to the same story.

One example of a mic marriage is Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore. They recorded an entire album together called, “Things That Lovers Do”. (This album is a must for your mood music collection). These two are actually married, but a mic marriage doesn’t have to be two people tied to each other in any other way other than on the song itself.

As a music fan, if you could pick one mic marriage pair-up to record an entire album together, which one would it be?

I asked this question on Twitter a few days ago and I was overwhelmed with how many people replied with the same answer – Method Man & Mary J. Blige.

That’s probably one of the best examples there is.

Others answers included Ginuwine & Aaliyah, Nas & Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z & Beyonce and Avant & Keke Wyatt.

I like all of those pair ups, but truth be told, if I could pick only one, there’s another pair-up that I could only pray to the music gods to have them record an album together. They’re both well known artists, but their collaboration together is not as well-known.

Before you click on the play button, in order to really enjoy this song, you need to be in your personal zone. If you’re at home; shut off the TV for a few minutes, close your eyes and listen. If you’re at work or school; just put on your headphones, zone out and just… listen.

Ladies and gentleman… This. Is. Music:

Lauryn Hill ft. D’Angelo – Nothing Even Matters
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That’s my favourite mic marriage. What’s yours?

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?

Asher Roth – Roth Boys video

The video is here.

Ash Roth decided to do a video for the mixtape joint, Roth Boys, and you’ll never guess who showed up

Check it out below and make sure to grab the embed code to post it on your site/blog/myspace.