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Tom Delonge Is Getting Extraterrestrial
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Tom DeLonge is getting extraterrestrial.

The former Blink-182 guitarist was recently named the UFO Researcher of the Year at the 2017 International UFO Congress and delivered his acceptance speech on video after being unable to attend the conference.

“I want you all to know in the UFO community, whoever’s passionate about this paradigm-shifting subject matter, I need you all to look really, really closely at that announcement and I need you to be a part of it,” DeLonge said.

“Because what that announcement is about is so much more than what it will look like on the surface.”

Tom DeLonge, Hillary Clinton campaign manager emailed about UFOs

The rocker’s connection to UFOs began in 2015 when he spoke about aliens and government conspiracies — he even accused government agents of tapping his phone to get secret info he’d gathered from the extraterrestrials themselves.

Former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge was named UFO Researcher of the Year at the 2017 International UFO Congress.

Former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge was named UFO Researcher of the Year at the 2017 International UFO Congress.

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In April 2016, he told Rolling Stone that he has people at “the highest levels” of government helping him research aliens for upcoming books and movie.

“That's another big part of this story. People think I want to just put out a novel and make a movie. I have 10 people that I'm working with that are at the highest levels of the Department of Defense and NASA and the military,” he told the magazine. “Big s--t, and no one knows this. I'm doing all this stuff already.”

 

During the WikiLeaks dump of Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails, correspondence between DeLonge and campaign manager John Podesta showed discussions about the possible existence of UFOs.

Blink-182 rocker Tom DeLonge says he had alien encounter

"I think you will find them very interesting, as they were principal leadership relating to our sensitive topic. Both were in charge of most fragile divisions, as it relates to Classified Science and DOD topics. Other words, these are A-Level officials. Worth our time, and as well the investment to bring all the way out to you," DeLonge wrote in a 2015 email.

In closing his acceptance speech, the guitarist proposed a call-to-action and asked for patience in his next steps.

“I want you as an educated group of people to read between the lines and look at the history of what I've been doing over the past couple years and get a sense for what the hell I'm getting ready to do. If you guys come along for the ride, it's going to be pretty fantastic,” he said.

“I'll leave you with one thing: My job has only just begun on this subject matter and there's some big s**t planned and I'm excited about it. Just remember whatever happens in the civilian world, it's game on.”

Source = http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/tom-delonge-named-ufo-researcher-year-article-1.2985268

GreenLight's Dominic Sandifer on the Future of Music Branding, Live Nation's Acquisition and How Gaga Turned Into Bowie
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Tags: Steve Bender Bruce Flohr Future of Nusic
Steve Bender, Bruce Flohr, Dominic Sandifer and Nick Davidge of Greenlight Media & Marketing.
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Last week, on May 4, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to acquire 51 percent of GreenLight Media & Marketing, the agency behind the visually stunning Grammy performance in which Lady Gaga morphed into David Bowie (a collaboration with GreenLight client Intel). Founded in 2008 by music and entertainment exec Dominic Sandifer, Red Light Management owner Coran Capshaw, and partner Bruce Flohr as a division of Red Light with Capshaw and GreenLight’s Sandifer, Flohr, and partners Steve Bender and Nick Davidge owning the remaining 49%. GreenLight's clients have included Hyundai, Intel, Logitech and Under Armour, among others. The branding agency and producer of original content and marketing programs will remain based in West Hollywood, Calif., with Sandifer, along with additional founders Steve Bender and Nick Davidge, at the helm. Flohr remains an active shareholder in the business.

Shortly after the deal was consummated, Sandifer shared his vision as to how GreenLight will move forward as part of Live Nation, which will back the agency with an enviable tool box in terms of scale, resources, and such assets as thousands of concerts, millions of fans, global venues and festivals, and a staggering amount of data (including Ticketmaster’s). GreenLight and its content studio now face a new chapter in Sandifer’s quest to build the “content to commerce continuum.”

READ MORE:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7364633/greenlight-dominic-sandifer-lady-gaga-bowie-live-nation-acquisition-music-branding

Creating a Successful Licensing Business
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I had an interview with Mark Frieser, contributing writer of Billboard.biz and founder of Sync Summit, LLC. This was originally held as a series of interviews on Billboard.biz he has been working on from the standpoint of “possibilities of music licensing business”, and the article below has already been (pre-)published on Sync Exchange and Music2Deal websites. While we comprehensively covered many topics about music licensing business, these are based on what I’ve actually experienced and learned for years. I hope this article will be helpful for independent musicians and publishers who have been exploring possibilities of music business on a daily basis (like me).

If you’re interested in Mark’s other interviews with Gerald Casale (Devo), Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), Mathew Knowles (Music World Entertainment, and Beyonce’s father), etc., check out Billboard.biz and Sync Exchange pages. These precious talks with the music industry greats should be helpful for you as well.

-Blog By: Tatsuya

Read More at: http://www.tatsuyaoe.com/blog/interview-creating-a-successful-licensing-business-as-an-independent-musician-part-1/

Can you dig it?
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CAN YOU DIG IT?

While I feel like the argument will always exist of vinyl vs digital, and preference of which you’d like for varying reasons beyond sound quality, artwork, and more… The entire market has shifted, especially in the rate of which we consume and discard music. It’s changed so drastically that by the time I finish making a mix an hour long mix with all new music, there’s another 500 brand new tracks put out. It’s almost impossible these days to stay on top of it all. For someone like me who’s a bit of a digital hoarder/collector this is a problem. I also pride myself on being “that friend” who’s always putting people up on that new new ish. That part is what I want to really focus on here.

Now we all know how Music Discovery has drastically changed over the years, but now more than ever has it been in a weird place where the quantity trumps the quality per accessibility of equipment and self publishing. I don’t wanna necessarily call it over saturation, as I don’t believe in having too much of a good thing being a problem. Especially for music lovers, creators, and performers.

Beat Junkies Record Pool 😉 Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, GooglePlay, Pandora, Mixcloud, Beatport, 22tracks and a million others.

I generally suggest using the Favorite, Like and Bookmarking features, or keeping an archive in shazam, then going to your main computer and individually purchasing each individual track that you ‘liked’ through these platforms. You automatically build a playlist with this route, as well as don’t have to waste money on the rest of the project that may not be as good as the track(s) you’re purchasing. All in all it’s just a very pragmatic and practical way of acquiring new music.

Markers and tracking is a great way to stay organized as well. I used the “like” buttons as checkpoints when digging digitally, so if I don’t go on soundcloud for a few days, I can scroll down until I see the last track I “liked” in order to see where I stopped listening, and where to pick up again.

With bandcamp, you’ve got the curated bandcamp weekly series that you can dig through – if you hear an individual song in that mix that you like, you simply click on the artist name to go to their full project the song is off of. From there you can also see if an album is released independently / self-published, or released on a label. Which gives you the option for digging deeper into their catalog or discog, alongside potentially discovering a whole world of music through a boutique label you didn’t know exists that puts out a lot of a similar sound.

You can subscribe as a fan to these acts in the same way as you can follow them. This puts you on their mailing lists so you can literally know if they do any kind of upload at any time.

All of these methods are valuable ways of keeping your finger on the pulse and your catalogs growing. I also suggest checking out 22tracks.com which is curated by 120 influential DJ’s, as well as strictlybeats.blogspot.com which has over 10,000 beat tapes dating back to posts in 2006′ when people like Ta-Ku, Kaytradamus(kaytranada), and many others were submitting music our way.

Hopefully this helps some of you discover some new music, and organize some old music, and re-evaluate how you acquire and maintain your collections. peace, til next time

-Spiv
(across all platforms) : @EricSpivak

Beanie Sigel’s Open Letter To Drake And Meek Mill: “That Whole Situation is Gay”
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Tags: Beef Rap Philadelphia Drake Meek Mill Beanie Sigel

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By E. Parker

Beanie Sigel has taken to Instagram to speak on the Drake vs. Meek Mill saga and shares sage wisdom about the potential dangers of a rap battle gone too far. This, from a man who has had his fair share of conflict–in the booth and outside it.

In his post on the battle between Drake and Meek, Beans–who shares Philly roots with Meek–maintained a level of impartiality that added credibility to his suggestions.

“First & foremost who really care about Meek & Drake rap beef,” he begins, “That hole situation gay.”

[Yes, there is much that can be said about his use of the word “gay,” in 2015, as a stand-in for “petty” or “insignificant” tiff, but for the sake of his point, we’ll stick to his intentions with his post.]

Related: Jay Electronica Disses Drake, J. Cole

Meek said what he said and Drake did what he did !!! Bottom line. ..I’m not choosing sides in none of this s—..For one I can care less plus it’s none of my business. .. I know ,Why would Meek care if Drake didn’t write his own s— I don’t know.. I’m going to still bang Drake s— just like everybody else is because nobody cares point blank..”

The Broad Street Bully went on to describe the inclusion of AR-AB, who entered the fray by way of the lyric on Drake’s scathing diss, “Back To Back”:

“I drove here in the Wraith playing AR-AB.”

The lyric was a dexterous display of war tactic–divide and conquer. AR-AB, a street level rapper out of Philly with deep ties to street life. To name-check him in a song was a way for Drake to give a shout out to Philly audiences and neutralize the Philly vs. Drake narrative and create a firewall that will add heat to Meek right in the rapper’s own home town.

As Drake planned, the mention set off a rift between AR and Meek. Beans addressed this as well.

“I know, why would Meek diss Ar. I don’t know… You have to choose your battles carefully and be prepared for the outcome good or bad..”

And the inclusion of AR-AB was part of Beans’ key points. He recognizes the intensity a public battle can drum up in street culture when egos are bruised and opportunities are being presented in the form of national attention.

Related: Is Drake, Meek Mill Beef Affecting Pinkprint Tour Ticket Prices?

Beans speaks from experience as he had a very public battle with Jadakiss from the LOX in 2001. He was a member of Roc-A-Fella during the height of the Jay Z and Nas beef. The beef didn’t end in violence but it became very personal.

“But this about to move somewhere else beyond rap,” Beanie said. “A wise man don’t learn from his own mistakes, he learns from the mistakes of other.. I told yall ‘I go through it so you WOULDN’T do it after me’ Somebody mite die over this stupid s—.. it won’t be Ar.,Meek, or Drake.. it’s going to be one of the entourage … Somebody going to move out to prove they loyalty to something that’s not loyal to them “stupidity ” somebody dies somebody in jail for life over what.”

In the end, he dispensed some specific advice to his fellow Philly rappers, a touch of tough brotherly love.

•”Advice to @ar_ab_32 don’t fall for the banana in the tailpipe & sacrifice something or someone over this gay s—…do your thing and get your money homie..

• “Advise to @meekmill tighten up your circle, Get them yes men from around you that’s not going to keep it💯when you make a bad decision, because we all do at times. “Gangsters f— up”… Jay said “it’s a lesson learned even in defeat!”

Finally, Beanie revealed the reason for his intervention:

“I’M FOR MY CITY THAT ALL…QUIT THE BULLS—!!”

Source = http://radio.com/2015/08/21/beanie-sigels-open-letter-to-drake-and-meek-mill-that-whole-situation-is-gay/

Nexus
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AppNexus has become one of the big names in ad tech, but CEO Brian O’Kelley (pictured above) recalled that back in 2012, the company had to pull back in a major category — namely, video.

While AppNexus built its business around display ads, O’Kelley said the company also offered “basic video capabilities” at the time. Unfortunately, due to its growth, in his view AppNexus was faced with “a really hard decision — either be mediocre in both or make a choice.”

So O’Kelley decided to focus on display, and while the company continued to serve existing video customers, it stopped taking on new ones. “I just can’t commit to making it as good as I want it to be,” he recalled telling advertisers.

Today, at the company’s European Summit in London, AppNexus is announcing that it’s getting back into video, starting with an ad-buying product that will soon move out of closed beta. This has been in the works for the past 18 months or so, O’Kelley said, and it represents “a complete overhaul of the company’s existing technology.”

“Four or five years ago, programmatic video was the Wild West,” he said. “But we’ve been testing this with a number of customers and we’re finally to a point where our video team can compete with entire companies.”

AppNexus says its buying tool will allow advertisers to target based on factors such as player size and when the ad gets played in the video, and it will provide data on things like completion rate and cost per completed view.

 

Plus, AppNexus will provide access to 250 billion video impressions each month. The company helped pioneer the programmatic (i.e. automated and real-time) approach to advertising, and O’Kelley said, “If you look at the programmatic buying of anything, one of the most important questions is scale. … If you spend money through the AppNexus platform you’ll be able to buy every single channel and it will be a fraction of the cost of other providers because of our overall scale.”

The company is also announcing that it has hired Eric Hoffert as its senior vice president of video technology. Hoffert’s had a long career in online video, including experience as CTO of JW Player and video architect at Spotify. He also co-founded the QuickTime video project while at Apple.

Hoffert said there were three big reasons for joining AppNexus — its technological strength (he described AppNexus as “a technologist’s dream”), the opportunity to “improve the video Internet” and the fact that the company presents a “full stack opportunity.”What does it mean to improve the video Internet? In Hoffert’s view, that involves increasing the speed of video ads, reducing the number of middlemen between the advertiser and publisher, and making the ads more relevant.

 

“There’s a real opportunity to reduce all of the intermediaries in that path and basically create less friction,” he said.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/10/appnexus-moves-back-to-video/

EDM Industry is Still Growing
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Tags: EDM The Industry money dj deejay producers composers music industry electro

EDM is definitely making a stir in the music industry making its way to one of the top grossing genres. My questions to you are:

1)How long will this boom last? So far it has been growing at a rate of 12% year by year.

2)Are there genres that feel threatened by this? With such popularity, some other genres are stuck in their ways and with the growing number of EDM fans can be losing their following.

Agree or Disagree??

Read More at http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/global-edm-industry-worth-6-9bn-up-12-yoy/061828

 

Feel free to share your thoughts and comment.

NBA Players Reveal Their Pre-Game Music
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NBA Players Reveal Their Pre-Game Music

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With the NBA Playoffs set to begin this Saturday (April 18) players from the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards reveal what music gets them pump up before they hit the court. We’re talking big time players like Damian Lillard, Jeff Teague, DeMar DeRozan and many more. Lillard and Teague spoke to XXL previously about hip-hop and the influence it had on their life.

The Playoffs Playlists were hand picked by these players and  featured artist such as rake, Kanye West, Jay-Z, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, The Weekend, Paramore, and some surprises like Billy Joel, Dylan Scott, and even Mozart. Peep them below

source = http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/04/nba-playoffs-music-playlist/

Book Explores Mixtape Cover Art Evolution
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Tags: mixtape cover art hip hop the new york times eminem 2 chainz jeezy

"Damn Son Where Did You Find This?" Book Explores Mixtape Cover Art Evolution

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A Swedish publisher pressed a book on the history and importance of mixtape cover art in American Hip Hop.

A Swedish company put together a book on the vast collection of US Hip Hop mixtape cover art, according to The New York Times.

The book, Damn Son Where Did You Find This?: A Book About U.S. Hip-Hop Mixtape Cover Art, explores the history of tape artwork from the 1980s up to the present, although they leave out the early to mid-2000s.

KidEight, Miami Kaos, Mike Rev, Tansta and Skrilla are interviewed by authors Tobias Hansson and Michael Thorsby, who largely concentrate their book on the fantastical elements of mixtape design work.

Mixtape covers featuring Eminem, 2 Chainz and Jeezy are among those featured in Damn Son Where Did You Find This?: A Book About U.S. Hip-Hop Mixtape Cover Art.

Damn Son Where Did You Find This? was released in a limited capacity (400), but interested parties can still contact the creators for orders.

source = http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.33460/title.damn-son-where-did-you-find-this-book-explores-mixtape-cover-art-evolution

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