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    “Until the 1990s, a musician had little choice but to sign with one of the record companies, and the record companies took advantage of their oligopolist position to exact a high price from the artist”(453). This is no longer the case because artist can now release their own music and reach fans through social networks, becoming independent of a major label. Myspace was the first major service to providing the platform for artist, next was Facebook and now there is Twitter and Instagram. These platforms establish a direct link between artist and their fans, giving them the ability to sell music, tour tickets and merchandise. An example of this is Mac miller he became a hot sensation through social media, he did this by releasing a new song for every 100,000 follower he received he now has over 1.4 million. According to Zack Greenburg writer for Forbes Magazine, “In November, the Pittsburgh-born rhymester released his debut album Blue Slide Park through indie label Rostrum Records; it sold 144,000 copies in its opening week and became the first indie album to top the charts since 1995. The success earned him a spot in the music section of FORBES’ first-ever 30 Under 30 list.” Taking this route also has it’s downfalls because some social media like Facebook charge you…

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    Copyright Music Industry

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    I feel like the illegally downloaded music has significantly impact on the artists and on the Record Labels. When I pirate music, although the artist is somewhat benefitting from the publicity and by their music being listening to, they are majorly being hard done by money wise and it is not just the Labels and the artists that are suffering. The effects of piracy shockwaves all the way down to the shops and online stores from which the music is sold in. With the products not being paid for, in…

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    it comes to buying music and or going to the movies. Many record labels have had to shut down just because they have no way to bring in enough money to keep it going. Copyright infringement has left a harmful stain on the music and film industry. The big fact of the matter is that so many people are becoming unemployed just because of copyright infringement. The definition of infringement is to do something that does not follow or obey or follow a rule or law. According to the article…

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    Due to his rise in fame for his musical skills and bad record deals, Nipsey Hussle wanted to create a business model that allows him to make more money being independent. There are a lot of independent artist around the world, but Nipsey Hussle reached out to others and read books over business to create a plan that would work for him. Reaching out to Ryan Leslie who created the app “Disruptive Multimedia” and reading Jonah Berger’s book “Contagious” he learned about how things go viral. By…

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    Paradax Records established in 1999 by Dwayne Taylor & Daniel “Dax” Delgado. At the time House music was at its peak, both DJ Dax & Dwayne decided to jump on the band wagon and share their love of house music with their peers via a record label. For the next 10 years their production team “Soulato” which incorporate the name Soul & Latino, produced over 100 mixes with half being pressed on vinyl. In 2006, Paradax ceased pressing vinyl due to an increase of djs spinning CDs then lowly…

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    DJ Danger mouse sampled a cappella versions of rapper Jay-Z’s Black Album mixed with instrumental samples off of the Beatles The White Album. Two problems arose from this album. The first was that the record label EMI retained the Beatle’s music, and the second was that the cost for a clearance fee to use the Beatles’ music is extremely high. The record label EMI decided to send cease and desist orders over the uncleared Beatles samples. DJ Danger mouse could not sell the album essentially…

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    big rock ‘n’ roll stars, or the smaller independent producers who helped promote the music. The larger mainstream record companies who disliked and distrusted rock ‘n’ roll instead produced and sold music that was bland and white-washed in comparison. This did not mean that there was a lack of demand from the kids who were rock ‘n’ roll aficionados, there was, but at this juncture, the major labels no longer catered to the needs of those who were purchasing the music. Instead,…

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    industry. He is a very revolutionary artist and, considers himself “anti-label” meaning he produces records and distributes all of his own music while also releasing it for free. When broken down a lot of the lyrics in his song can be interpreted to mean different things. A question one could ask is what kind of message is Chance trying give in this song? Is the message interpreted in a way that we can understand? In the intro of the song chance starts by saying “I feel like blessings keep…

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    up. Furthermore, without my grit, I don’t think I could participate in as much as I do, because all of my activities would be pulling me in different directions. Although, my grittiness doesn’t always come naturally, I have been inspired by some of my role models who have displayed grit in their daily lives. Second, so many of today’s actors, singers, and writers have shown me what grit is, because they continue to work when people try to shut them down. For example, Beyonce Knowles is one of…

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    Spotify Revenue

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    ‘Free’ uses their advertising revenue to pay performance and mechanical royalties to rights holders and creators. According to analyst Glen Peoples of Billboard, on average total revenue per stream on Spotify ‘Free’ is approximately 0.21 cents. Spotify takes a 0.06 cent cut from this amount. The money is then divided and dispersed between Performing Rights Organizations/Publishers who receive 0.026 cents while the owner of the sound recording (usually the record label) receives 0.12 cents. For…

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