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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jay and Bey on the Brink of Bye Bye?

Well that's the rumor anyway...

According to Media Take Out the superstar couple have been fighting like cats and dogs for over a year.

"The biggest thing [they argue about] is about kids," reveals the source. “[Jay Z] wants them and Beyonce doesn’t. It’s all about her career, and she doesn’t want to slow down.”

The insider claims, “For now [Jay Z's] going to be staying in LA. Beyonce will be in NY. . . The hope is that with the time apart, the couple will decide to either have kids, or go their separate ways.”

MTO has secondary back-up on this story coming from additional snoops.
Seems, several celeb guests on Saturday’s RocNation lunch, claim there was “definitely something wrong” between Jay Z and Beyonce. As one attendee put it, “They didn’t even look each other in the eye.”

That's the word on the streets, but only time will tell.  I personally don't believe it.  I don't have any solid reasoning for not believing it, I just don't.  Maybe part of it is that the information came from Media Take Out, with me, they hold ZERO credibility.  The other part is that I would like to see their relationship succeed.

Statistically, 52% of all marriages in the US end in divorce, and I'm sure that number goes up astronomically when talking about very public relationships between superstars such as Mr. and Mrs. Carter.  None the less, the Barack and Michelle of Hip-Hop seemed to be defying the odds.  They kept their relationship under wraps for quite a while, their careers never suffered, all in all, they seemed (dare I say it) happy.  But the key word there is "seemed."  There is no way for me, or anyone outside of them that knows for sure. 

I hope, for the sake of all of the youngins out there that worship and idolize superstars, that they can work it out. The little idiots, that our generation is rearing need to see an example of a successful marriage.  Because clearly we're not teaching them anything at home, but that's another blog for another day.

Good luck to Jay-Z and Beyonce, whether they stay or go, we'll all get some passionate songs out of it one way or the other...

At the end of the day though, I don't care, because my life won't change as a result of whatever they do *shrug*

-Se7en Owt

Billy Ray is worried about his baby *update*

So Mr. Cyrus is worried about his daughter.  Here's my question: What the hell took you so damn long to be worried Billy? SMH check out the OMG! Yahoo! post below so you can say, "Duh" like the rest of sane America.

Billy Ray Cyrus's heart is achy, breaky and bitter.
In an uber-revealing, uber-melodramatic interview in GQ, the country star blames "Hannah Montana" and the evils of Hollywood for tearing his family apart.
"I'll tell you right now -- the damn show destroyed my family," he tells the magazine. "And I sit there and I go, 'Yeah, you know what? Some gave all.' It is my motto, and guess what? I have to eat that one. I some gave-all'd it all right. I some-gave all'd it while everybody else was going to the bank. It's all sad."
When asked whether he viewed his family as under attack by Satan, the God-fearing singer and showbiz dad responds: "I think we are right now. No doubt. There's no doubt about it. ... There has always been a battle between good and evil. Always will be. You think, 'This is a chance to make family entertainment, bring families together ... ' and look what it's turned into."
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Cyrus' personal life is in shambles: He filed for divorce from wife Tish last October amid reports she had an affair with Bret Michaels, of all people. He fears for the future of his megastar daughter, Miley, as she grows up and makes mistakes in the public eye.
"I'm scared for her," he says. "She's got a lot of people around her that's putting her in a great deal of danger. I know she's 18, but I still feel like as her daddy I'd like to try to help. At least get her out of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm. Stop the insanity just for a minute."
Cyrus regrets that he treated Miley like a friend and not a parent; when she recently celebrated her 18th birthday at a nightclub in L.A., he put his foot down and refused to attend.
"It was wrong," he complains. "It was for 21 years old and up. ... I said, 'This whole thing's falling apart up there and they just want to blame all this stuff on you again.' I'm staying out of it."
Photo: See Miley's Newest Tattoo
Fired up, Cyrus rambles on about such casualties of fame as Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith and Kurt Cobain, drawing a somewhat bizarre analogy between the late Nirvana frontman (who committed suicide) and his "Party In the U.S.A." daughter (who seems legitimately confident and self-loving).
"That's why I'm concerned about Miley," he says, referring to Cobain. "I think that his world was just spinning so fast and he had so many people around him that didn't help him. Like Anna Nicole Smith -- you could see that train wreck coming. I was actually trying to reach out to Anna Nicole Smith, because I kept telling Tish and everybody around me, going, 'This is a disaster.' Michael Jackson -- I was trying to reach out to Michael Jackson. I knew he had kids, and I was going to invite his kids down to a taping of "Hannah" -- I just felt it would be good for Michael."
Related: Miley To Host SNL
Lest we all brand Cyrus a less evil, equally oversharey version of Michael Lohan (in terms of using the media to get his message across to Miley), he works some preemptive damage control into the GQ interview.
"For the record," he says, "to set it straight, I want to tell you: I've never made a dime off Miley. You got a lot of people have made percentages off of her. I'm proud to say to this day I've never made one commissioned dollar, or dime, off of my daughter."


In light of Mr. Cyrus' comments in the GQ spread, Disney has cut all contractual ties with the Cyrus family. "We saw it coming for a long time," a source at Disney said. "She wanted to mature herself, but it kind of backfired. Her future eithout Disney is TBD."  Not sure if this is what he wanted, but Mr. Achey Breaky won't have Disney and nem to blame for his lil slut's daughter's issues. Hmmmm... Disney brat, Southern girl wanting to be "more adult" this sounds eerily familiar... OH that's right this is exactly how Britney Spears started out.  That worked out GREAT for her *insert sarcasm here* let's see what Miss Miley does with her new found freedom and adult hood.

-Se7en Owt

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Licensing Your Music Ain’t Easy – Be Cool

From Echos blog:

I recently had lunch with the founder and CEO of a popular website for independent artists. It was great to catch up and hear about all the exciting things going on with the site. On the other hand it was a bit of a concern hearing about some of what he and his staff have had to put up with recently in dealing with some of the more, shall we say, frustrated and/or unstable musicians that use his services.
On the site, artists can submit their music for a nominal fee to listings for licensing and other opportunities. As you can imagine, only a relatively small percentage of the music submitted can be accepted. There are high standards for anything that’s going to be used in film and TV and chances are that most of the submissions will fall short of this standard. Also, factor in that with licensing, it’s a bit of a crap shoot. You may have a better song than the next guy, but something about the other song just works better for the scene or they happen to have a lyric that fits perfectly for what they’re looking for. There’s no way around it – a lot of artists are going to end up frustrated.
The ones who ‘get it’ realize that you have to keep pushing forward and that you have to plant 1,000 seeds to grow 10 trees. The ones who don’t ‘get it’, in my experience, are poor judges of their own material and put too much importance on each submission. They also tend to underestimate how much work and perseverance it really takes to develop themselves to the point that they can produce broadcast quality music and get it placed. They fall into the trap of thinking that other people are responsible for their success or failure. Their minds play tricks on them and they imagine scenarios where the cards are stacked against them.
I remember when I first learned ProTools and started recording from home. I spent A LOT of time working at it. Before long I started to feel like the quality of my recordings were good enough to start getting placements. I signed up with some submission services in hopes to get some good breaks. I was sure that I was only a few months away from being able to make a living at it. WRONG! I was a lot further than I thought. My ears and brain just couldn’t tell what was lacking in my recordings. It all sounded great to me.
I remember the frustration well. I think one of the most difficult things for humans to deal with is when we can’t see the correlation between our actions and our results. I literally could not tell why I wasn’t getting the results I expected. A lot of explanations went through my head, but none of them gave me any peace. Eventually I ended up with a roommate who was much better at recording music than me and thankfully wasn’t afraid to call it like he heard it. It was painful to hear the truth at times, but I finally started to hear some of the things that I needed to improve. After several months of my roommate’s feedback I started to make money with my recordings.
Until you break through and have some success it can be a lot easier to blame someone else for your frustration. It requires a lot more effort to actually get the job done. Unfortunately, some people are so sure that their success is being thwarted by some evil-minded, greedy company or person that they will act like spoiled children and absolute jerks. This strategy only causes pain for all involved.
What I’d like for more people to realize is that when you submit your music for opportunities, the people who are screening your music are people who care, just like you and I. In most cases they’re musicians too. They probably understand and empathize with your frustrations more than you realize and they don’t enjoy having to deny anyone opportunities.
Even if you don’t understand why you’re not having the success that you believe you deserve I urge you to withhold judgement and to just stay at it and get as much honest, constructive feedback as you can. When your results in the outside world match your hopes and expectations then you’ve reached the point where you truly know what it takes and can judge your own work. Until then, you don’t and you can’t. If you’re not there yet then take 100% responsibility for getting yourself there, even if you don’t know how you will. If you have faith then you’ll have the strength to stay at it long enough to figure it out. In the meantime, be cool and treat people with kindness and respect.

Read more: Licensing Your Music Ain’t Easy – Be Cool — Echoes - Insight for Independent Artists

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Do some Hoe shit

LOL the Music business according to Miss Badu. I saw this on my Homie Yazza's blog, and had to post it, but go to her page to see it!

For what?

It's bad enough that Wiz Khalifa's annoying ass song Black and Yellow is on the radio every 2 minutes, but now I have to hear Lil Wayne's annoying ass voice do a remix? Ugh kill me now!  If you haven't heard Lil Wayne has up and decided that his favorite football team is the Green Bay Packers, this realization prompted him to write Green and Yellow. His ode to the Cheese Heads... The fuck outta here dude! I refuse to believe he is an actual fan of the Packers, but to be fair the song isn't completely terrible.

It ain't hard to tell that Lil Wayne ain't my favorite rapper, but I'm no hater and will give props where I feel they are do, with that said, have a listen to this...

Although Wayne mars this track with his terrible voice, this is was one of the few tracks he's been on in a while that he actually said something that made sense, so for that I commend him.  I'm not convinced he's a fan, but he predicted Aaron Rodger's MVP award, so *shrug* who knows...

Se7en Owt