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Martin F. Frascogna specializes in the intersection between music and international law. His niche is working with internationally-based artists, labels and publishers, as well as a substantial roster of “indie” musicians.

He is the author of the self-published series: “How to Market and Promote Music Internationally,” which includes the titles “How to Market & Promote Music in SWEDEN,” “How to Market & Promote Music in ITALY” and “How to Market & Promote Music in CANADA”. He is also the co-author of the book “Entertainment Law For the General Practitioner,” released by the American Bar Association.

He is a speaker on “Globalization of the Music Industry” for the CLE Seminar on Entertainment Law and is an assistant professor of entertainment law at Mississippi School of Law. He was acknowledged by DePaul University, recently ranked as the most diverse school in the US, as one of their top 14 alumni under the age of 40.

I sat down with Martin and discussed  todays popular topics including the music streaming service Spotify, copyright infringement, and the battle over artist song rights.  Click here for full interview.


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Buzz Track: Days Of The Walking Dead

Ryan who goes under the moniker Ducky and The Vintage is fairly new to the Harrisburg scene. “My music is basically a rock ‘n roll, bluesy country, soulful vibe with some pop infused,” explains frontman/songwriter Matt ‘Ducky Duke’ Ryan. Has shared the stage with Goo Goo Dolls and other national acts.


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Key Track: If She Only Knew

The Story: These York, England rockers have toured with Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, and Escape The Fate. The band is continuing to build a buzz from touring and press from Kerrang! and Metal Hammer. Big hooks and choruses in tracks like If She Only Knew and  Feeling Alive.


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We frankly hear the line “I am authentic” from artists like Lady GaGa and other celebrities. Are they authentic or calculated personalities?

In fact, marketers and social networking coaches are preaching that to succeed on Facebook and Twitter, we must all “be authentic”.

A proposed panel at next year’s South by Southwest interactive conference promises to teach attendees “how to be authentic and human without embarrassing yourself.”

Artists, politicians, reality television stars, and celebrities are obsessed with authenticity.

“What you can’t do is be told by a social media guru to act authentic and still be authentic,” said Jeff Pooley, an associate professor of media and communication at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. He said authenticity today is more accurately described as “calculated authenticity” — a k a stage management.

““The best way to sell yourself is to not appear to be selling yourself,” Professor Pooley said. Politicians do it. Celebrities do it. And you, reader, do it every time you tap out a status update on Twitter, Facebook, Google+. ”

Nicki Minaj, the hip-hop singer has adopted theatrical alter egos with names like Roman Zolanski and Nicki Teresa.

“I’m definitely playing a role,” Ms. Minaj explained in BlackBook magazine. “They don’t pay to see me roll out of bed with crust in my eyes, and say, ‘Hey guys, this is me, authentic.’ They pay for a show.”

The New York Times

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Lil Wayne’s new album Tha Carter IV, sold 964,000 albums during its first week and set an iTunes sales record.

On top of that, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV accounted for 1 out of every 7 albums purchased last week in the US.

“The top 10 albums accounted for more than 25 percent of all albums purchased, while just three artists (Wayne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Adele) placed an album above 100,000 units.” Digital Music News

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