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The Music Specialist Speaks
February 04, 2009



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Welcome to The Music Specialist Speaks
 
Greetings! 

MIDEM 2009 & MidemNet 2009 conferences have come and gone, but the reverbarations from these events will be felt WORLDWIDE.  For the next few newsletters I will give you a peek at the sounds and people making contemporary music and contemporary music business around the globe.  
 
I want to thank my team of experts without whom this journey could not have been completed.
 
PAUL GILBERT - licensing, royalty and publishing expert
 
VERNITA PEARL FORT - economist, diplomat, linguist and an extraordinary writer.
 
ALLAN NEWMAN - the glue that kept us together and focused on business.
 
THANK YOU ALL !!!
 
NEW AT THE MUSIC SPECIALIST 
 Music Dish
 
Now you can find the latest entertainment news online daily at the MUSIC SPECIALIST website, I am proud to announce our latest collaboration with MUSIC DISH. 
                           Eric De Fontenay
 
Angelique Kidjo
 
                         Angelique Kidjo 
Angelique Kidjo released an album titled Djin Djin on May 1st, 2007. Many guests appear on the album including Josh Groban, Carlos Santana, Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, Peter Gabriel, Amadou and Mariam, Ziggy Marley, and Branford Marsalis. The title, Djin Djin, refers to the sound of a bell in Africa that greets each new day. The album is produced by Tony Visconti, who is known for his work with David Bowie, Morrissey, and T. Rex, among others. Djin Djin won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music album and a Naacp Image Award for Outstanding World Music album. 

VIEW EPK HERE

 


PPR 101 MEMPHIS
 
               Chiq & PC 
 
Sometimes you have to bow down to the people that truly live their dream.  Chiquita Simms is one true DIVA that knows how to make the entertainment dreams of others become a reality.
 
Her PPR 101 in Memphis was an unqualified success with several different groups ALL vying for the chance to be on BET's Wild Out Wednesday or to be signed by Def Jam Records.  Chiq's panels were loaded with pure professionals like,  Tai St Louis - All Hip Hop.com, Carlton Wade - writer for The Source, Vibe, XXL and almost every major record label, Pat Charles -Senior Show Writer of 106 & Park and BET Specials,   Jayson Rodriguez - quoted in the New York Times and appeared on MTV as an expert on hip-hop culture plus lectured at William Patterson and New York Universities.
 
If PPR 101 graces your city you better make it a part of your life.


CHIQ'S SITE
UPROOT RECORDSUproot Records
Look out America, South African Uproot Records has seen how it is done and surpassed thousands of Independent labels in delivery. The music, lyrical content and video careated by them, show creativity and professionalism.
 
At MIDEM 2009 I met the enthusiastic owners of Uproot Records presenting koldproduk (their HIT act).  Don't just take my word about how good this act is, take a look at their EPA and MTV award winning video.
URBAN NETWORK 2009
 
 URBAN NETWORK 2009
 
INDEPENDENT LABEL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday Afternoon, March 14, 2009, at the Pacific Palms Resort, Industry Hills, Calif.
An Annual Hit at the Summit, the Independent Label and Unsigned Artist is Central to the On-Going Success of Today's Web-Based Music Industry...The Showcase Provides Artists and Labels with an Opportunity to...
Perform Their Music in front of an Influential Audience of Industry Tastemakers
 
Reduced Sponsorship Prices: $1,500 per 15 minute slot to track....
 
Hurry and Book now because there are only 12 Coveted Slots Available
Top Headliner Acts to be Announced Soon (2008 Headliners were Bizzy Bone & Lina)
 
Title Sponsorships Available also for the Independent Music Festival & Barbecue
 
Contact Arthur Mitchell amitchell@urbannetwork.com to book your slot and for sponsorship opportunities 619.401.4000
 
URBAN NETWORK INFO
JAZZ IN THE GARDENS  
 
                       REJE SHOWERS
 
Produced by Concertz Event Management Inc.
Reje A. Showers -  President CEO
 
Jazz in the Gardens has become one of the most highly anticipated events in South Florida and a signature tradition in The City of Miami Gardens which is a progressive, growing city that is poised to become "the" winter break destination for jazz lovers all over the world.
 
Saturday March 28th
Anthony Hamilton
Common
Erykah Badu
Will Downing
Roy Ayers

Sunday March 29th
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
Kenny G.
Angelique Kidjo
Johnathan Butler 

 
JAZZ IN THE GARDENS INFO
JUS BLUES MUSIC FOUNDATIONS TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE - SAN FRANCISCO Jus Blues Music Foundation
 
The Jus Blues Music Foundation is proud to present another event dedicated to educating artists and students in using contemporary methods to enhance their music industry careers.
 
February 6, 2009 at Club Velma's, 2246 Jerrold Avenue, San Francisco.
Presenters include:
 
  ARIC BERQUIST - SYNC LIVE.COM 
  DR MARVIN HAIRE - Mississippi Valley St.. University 
  LATHAN HODGE -  CEO Urban Sky Network 
  TOM DAVIS - DR-LOVE.COM
  MELORRA GREENE - Infin8

STREAMED "LIVE" OVER THE WORLD WIDE WEB

VIEW THE CONFERENCE HERE
 Peepin The Scene   Mindseed Corporationsesac atlanta
 
ESP3   Kerchoonz  SyncLive.com
 
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In This Issue
NEW AT THE MUSIC SPECIALIST
Angelique Kidjo
PPR 101 MEMPHIS
UPROOT RECORDS
URBAN NETWORK 2009
JAZZ IN THE GARDENS
JUS BLUES MUSIC FOUNDATIONS
Our Friends
CHANGES AT MIDEM 2009
MIDEM PHOTOS
CHANGES AT MIDEM 2009
 
2009 Registration
 
The end of an era is at hand.  As an old philosopher once said"Everything must come to an end".  This year at MIDEM 2009 two things were in their death throes, completely bringing an end to this portion of the music industry.  
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First the CD has become an object of the past worldwide as witnessed by the poor attendance of physical distribution companies, CD manufacturers and record labels.  MIDEM director Dominique Leguern said "It's not a music industry crisis, it's a CD crisis."  This does not mean that the music business is suffering as many experts have criticized.  Many segments of the music industry saw incredible growth such as digital delivery, publishing, and licensing.  
 
At MidemNet the business had said that within the next two (2) years the only people still making and playing CD's will be old people.   The idea of even using a CD player seems to be ancient and absurd.
 
The second and most shocking portion of the music industry was the worldwide executive view about Gangsta Rap.  Thugs, gangsta's, hoes, record pools, dj's and more should be aware of the new condition of music outside of the United States.  International distributors, labels, publishers, wholesalers and one stops no longer have an interest in Gangsta RAP music from the USA.
 
I met with companies from China to the UK, Cuba to Russia and not one company had an interest in American Gangsta rap music.  Every country said basically the same thing "American rap is violent, filled with overt sexual images and not conducive to the quality of life in our countries.  We would rather sell local and national based acts from our own country whose musical messages condone better ideas".  I have heard specifically from the Italians and French that the R&B they want from America should not contain any rap lyrics.
 
Looks like keeping it real has finally caused the rap industry the pain and drama that is written about in the music they created.
 
 
 
 
 

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MIDEM FRIENDS 2009  
 
KATJA - KayeRee's manager from Germany
Katja - Germany 

 
BERTUS ONESTOP /DISTRIBUTION for Benelux Countries
Bertus onestop / dist - Benelux 

BUMA CULTUUR - Benelux
Buma Cultuur PRS - Benelux
 
Jean Berger, Sandy Jean Jean, - CARACAL , FRANCE
Caracal Publishing - France 
 
Aki Tamaru manager licensing - JVC VICTOR
JVC VICTOR ENT - Japan
 
Yvonca Ning, Allan Newman - CHINA
Chinese Pavilion
 
Vladimir Yurchenko - EDITOR BILLBOARD RUSSIA
BILLBOARD - Russia
 
Vernita Pearl Fort, Renneth Mulaudzi, Dodo Monamodi - AIRCO S.A.
ASSOCIATION INDEPENDENT RECORD COMPANIES - South Africa
 
 Allan Newman, Paul Gilbert, Mr & MRs Andre Ullman
CASCADE - Germany
 
 
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