Archive for June, 2011

U.S. to get Spotify!?!?!

If there is one thing I love about England, it’s the girls with the accents. But if there are TWO things I love about England, it’s the fact that the girls with the accents love MY accent! But if there are THREE things I love about England, it would have to be the accent thing and SPOTIFY.

For the Americans who don’t know. Spotify is sort of like Pandora only you can listen to artists entire albums, or even catalogs.  Its awesome and we don’t have it here because of issues with the major labels, but that all is about to change now that Spotify has signed with Universal. According to Mashable.com :

All Things Digital is reporting that the European streaming music service has inked a deal with UMG. That means Spotify now has deals with three of the four major labels: UMG, EMI and Sony. Warner Music Group has yet to get out a pen, but All Things D says it’s close, which means that the service could finally be coming to the U.S.

What’s the holdup? The U.S. record companies are reportedly not overly enthusiastic about Spotify’s “freemium” business model, where the company gives away ad-supported music in hopes of signing paying subscribers to its ad-free version. That premium service lets users choose and replay their music.

Still, Spotify started cutting back on free music in May, requiring users to pay for deeper access, so the company is clearly open to compromise.

It seems rumors have been swirling about Spotify nonstop lately, with folks speculating that it would partner with Google for a cloud-based music service (it didn’t) and that Facebook is interested in teaming up (it’s probably not).

This recent deal can’t be confirmed with Spotify as the company never comments on such deals, but it doesn’t seem out of the question. All four major labels recently signed licensing deals with Apple for its iTunes to the Cloud and iTunes Match services, which seems to indicate that the majors are opening up to the ways of the digital age (iTunes in the Cloud is free, and iTunes Match costs around $25 per year). Still, Apple has a lot more clout than Spotify — to say the least.

It’s been slow going when it comes to bringing Spotify to the U.S., and with plenty of longstanding competitors already in the ring, we’ll just have to wait and see what kind of impact it makes if/when it arrives

 

 

Young Chris Free Tonight At The Philly Apple Store!

If you are in Philly, Young Chris (can’t stop won’t stop rocafella records. we get down baby) will be performing free at the apple store!

In case you forgot, here is Young Chris killing it on the Chain Gang Vol 2 Mixtape

Rick Ross Sound Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bored? Want to piss off a co-worker or parent? Always wanted to touch a fat man’s tattoos? Now you can, with the Rick Ross (Officer Ricky haha) Sound Board!

 

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Shawty Lo Signs To G-Unit

From All Hip Hop News – Shawty Lo is releasing his mixtape “B.H.F. (Bankhead Forever)” hosted by DJ Greg Street today in light of his recent signing to G-Unit. 

“This is a special project for me,” Shawty Lo said in an exclusive statement to AllHipHop.com.  “I worked real hard on making this one of the best mixtapes I’ve put out to date.” 

With features that include 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Jim Jones, Wale, Twista, Future, Titi Boi, Roscoe Dash and Costra Nostra Chain Gang, as well as production from Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, Merci and B-Trill, Shawty Lo is ready to hit the streets with some new music.

 “This is like something before the album, my new situation with G-Unit was just solidified and I got off the phone with 50 yesterday, I just signed a really large deal,” an excited Shawty Lo told AllHipHop.com.

In 2008, Bankhead rapper released his debut album, Units In the City, which spawned the hits “Dey Know,” “Foolish” and “Dunn Dunn”, placing Shawty Lo on Hip-Hop’s mainstream radar.  

“Its like a new beginning and all I needed was someone behind me. 50 [Cent] is a marketing genius and I got my new thing D4L and G-Unit and we going to be working the south and the rest of the world if need be”

Standing by his music for the streets and for albums, Shawty Lo elaborated on some of his favorite songs on the project.

 “’Haters’ got 50, Yayo and Roscoe Dash, my single ‘Pocahontas’ has Twista and Wale, ‘I Know’, I got Future on there, the whole mixtape jammin’.  If I’m working on a song, it may be on a mixtape, but it could for a album.”

Shawty Lo is currently gearing up for his G-Unit debut and sophomore album currently titled Still Got Units.

Shawty Lo and his D4L crew exploded onto the music scene in 2005 with the hit singles, “Betcha Can’t Do it Like Me” and “Laffy Taffy,” which reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2006

Tonight (June 10th), Shawty Lo with be hosting mixtape listening and release party in Atlanta at Tiempo Privado starting at 6 p.m.

Joan Red Vocalist Dies

From Joan Red’s Facebook Page: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Anthony Basurto, the vocalist of Joan Red. Anthony passed away this morning from undetermined causes pending an autopsy. Details for the funeral arrangements will be announced shortly. Anthony will be missed by all those who knew him.

Here is what we are listening to tonight.

Attack of the MONSTERS!

Yesterday saw an attack of the monsters! Or at least a couple songs called Monster.

Paramore released their first track since losing two members (one of which was a principle songwriter). It’s….ok. A little boring and mainstream. Check it out below:

 

 

Our second Monster is Kanye West’s banger with Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nikki Minaj and Bon Iver. The video is pretty intense and has been banned from MTV (like they play music videos anyway?) . You can see it on his website http://www.kanywest.com !