FMQB interviews RCRD LBL Co-Founder And CEO Peter Rojas: Online blogs focusing on celebrities and music is the latest trend. Peter Rojas talks about intergrating online blogs and music distribution.Â
“Weâ€™ve been approached by a handful of major labels. Iâ€™m not going to say â€œno,â€ that I would never work with a major label, but itâ€™s not critical to our business model. What is critical to our business model is that the artists we work with are good. I wouldnâ€™t want to work with a major label and have them say, â€œOkay, weâ€™re going to put out the next Paris Hilton single on your site.â€
Musicians Sue Universal: A dozen recording artists are sueing Universal Music claiming they had been cheated out of more than $6 million in royalties since 1998. Universal says the claims are baseless.
Writer’s Block: USA Today has profiled songwriters that have written songs for Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Usher, Celine Dion, Beyonce, etc.Â KOARÂ hopes more pop artists take a stab at songwriting than relying on professionals. For instance, Alicia Keys can entirely write her own material and her audience knows it and loves her for it. Check out these tips for overcoming writer’s block.
War On Music Piracy: Another article discusses illegal file sharing and how the Rudd Government is considering a three-strikes policy against computer users who download songs illegally. The policy would mirror legislation being introduced in Britain, which would require ISPs to police the activities of users.Â
Guitar Hero: There has been a series of articles talking about the video gameÂ Guitar Hero and its effect on music sales.Â Check out the article ‘Bands’ sales are feeling the ‘Guitar Hero’ effect’ that discusses the success of the metal band, DragonForce.
New Music: Its been 4 years since Gavin DeGraw has released new music. Gavin who began his career in NYC clubs will finally release his new record in April through J Records. His first single ‘In Love With a Girl’ has been posted on his myspace, it’s good.