dead prez Announce New Album ‘Pulse of the People’


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Hip-Hop duo dead prez have announced they have combined with DJ Green Lantern to release Pulse of the People, the third installment of their independent album series, Turn off the Radio.

Pulse of The People will be produced by DJ Green Lantern and released via his Invasion Music Group in conjunction with dead prez’ label Boss Up Inc.

The group’s third album will feature appearances from Chuck D., Bun B., Styles P., K’Naan, and Johnny Polygon.

DJ Green Lantern and dead prez entered the studio in February, after developing chemistry on the Rock the Bells Tour. Continue reading

Jay-Z’s Rocawear Launches Social Networking Site



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Jay-Z x Rocawear. Jay-Z and his Rocawear online team have just launched the official Rocawear social networking site called Roc4Life. Similar to other urban social networking sites like ThisIs50, Roc4Life includes a blog, urban news updates and of course the standard social networking features like groups, contests and forums.

Main goal of the site will be to promote Rocawear as a lifestyle and not just a clothing brand and to drive interest (and sales) of the Rocawear branded products. Our friends Dr. Jays also has coverage of the Roc4Life launch party so make sure to check that as well.

TAG Records in Financial Trouble



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Jermaine Dupri x TAG Records. When Jermaine Dupri was booted from his job at Def Jam earlier this year, there were rumors that Dupri’s deal with TAG Records was in jeopardy as well. Fortunately for Dupri, the Def Jam and TAG Body Spray collaboration was arranged as a separate deal and Dupri kept his job as President of TAG Records…for the time being.q_da_kid

The bottom line though is TAG Records is not doing so hot. Rumored reports are coming in from Proctor & Gamble (TAG Body spray owners) that due to a combination of the economic downturn and the lack of buzz surrounding TAG Record’s initial artist Q Da Kid, P&G budgets will tighten up in future media buys and promotions with TAG Records. Rumor also has it that Def Jam has plans to phase out Dupri’s involvement with TAG Records as well. In a January interview with Essence, Dupri stated the following about his future relationship with TAG and Def Jam:

I don’t know what’s going to happen and that’s the saddest part in dealing with these situations. They try to keep the group to hurt the person who brought these artists to them. The truth is, I can always find another artist but the artist can not find another me. I have to be in a forward motion. One of my biggest focuses is that if you want to do new things you can’t do old things. I can’t be around people that don’t motivate and that’s what happened: a slow motion of people living off checks with no excitement. I’m into excitement. Continue reading

iTunes Raises Hit Single Prices To $1.29


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When iTunes announced in January that it was planning to offer music at variable prices, it was not clear when the change would happen, or if it would happen at all. However, according to The Los Angeles Times, iTunes is moving forward with the plan, boosting prices of hit singles to $1.29.

Although the higher price of select singles will lower the price of other songs (new artist releases dropping to 69 cents, and current releases remaining at 99 cents), a few music label execs are criticizing the 30% increase.

“This will be a PR nightmare,” said former EMI Music executive Ted Cohen. “It is for the music industry what the AIG bonuses are for the insurance industry.”

With CD sales declining drastically, iTunes is hoping that the variable-pricing strategy will help to increase revenue in the music industry. Yet, in a period where online music spending is low and consumers are being hit hard by a recession, some music industry vets are questioning whether the decision to raise prices is a wise one.

“Wouldn’t it make sense to try to price it cheaper instead of squeezing the handful of people who are still willing to pay for music?” said Jim Guerinot, manager to bands such as No Doubt and Nine Inch Nails. Continue reading