Friday, July 20, 2012

BMI members (TIP)

123: Info for songs you register with BMI can be updated—no need to enter all of the info again. 

Here’s how:

Downloadable PDF links;

[SOURCE : #Bmitip]

Mary J. Blige to Be Mentor on ‘The Voice’

While ‘American Idol’ is playing musical chairs with its judges, The Voice is just adding more to their hot seats.

According to Rolling Stone, R&B queen Mary J. Blige will be a part of next season as a mentor on Adam Levine’s team.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of Mary J. Blige,” said the Maroon 5 frontman, who  called on Robin Thicke and Alanis Morrisette to be his team advisers last season. “So it’s been great having her on The Voice as an adviser to my team.”

Blige is also excited about the collaboration. “I love Adam, he’s amazing,” she added. “I’m so happy to be working with him  and his team.”

Levine isn’t the only one to announce a new recruit; Blake Shelton recently plucked Michael BublĂ© for the show’s third season. No word on Christina Aguilera or Cee Lo Green‘s additions.

While auditions for The Voice are under way, there’s no doubt this season will be a star-studded one.

The Game Cancels Wedding to Tiffany Cambridge

Earlier this week, news hit that The Game and his longtime girlfriend Tiffney Cambridge were planning to share their wedding with the world via a VH1 reality TV special. Now, all bets are off.

The couple took to their website to formally call off their nuptials. The message reads: “We regret to inform you that the wedding of Tiffney Cambridge & Jayceon Taylor has been cancelled.”

According to Sister 2 Sister magazine, a source close to the twosome says that they “just didn’t get along.” Seemingly unphased by the situation, The Game tweeted yesterday, “When LIFE throws you lemons…. Squeeze em’ & mix em wit Patron.”

'Total Recall' The New 3 Boob'd Chick

She's once ... twice ... three times a lady.

The producers of the new "Total Recall" remake finally debuted the brand new 3-boob'd hooker ... played by Kaitlyn Leeb ... and it's hot. hot. hot.

Leeb sported her costume at Comic-Con in San Diego this weekend ... revealing the iconic double cleavage made famous in the original Arnold Schwarzenegger version ... which was originally released back in 1990.

Rick Ross Explains How The "3 Kings" Collaboration Came About

Rick Ross sure knows how to pick 'em. Building up anticipation for his upcoming solo effort God Forgives, I Don't, due July 31, Rozay recruited hip-hop veterans Dr. Dre and Jay-Z for a monster triple threat track.
In an interview with Funkmaster Flex, Rozay explained the origins of the Jake One-produced single and how a mutual friend put him in touch with Dre. “I actually spoke with D.O.C. from the West Coast and D.O.C. told me Dre was a huge fan,” Ross said. “I’ve been a fan of big homie’s and I had been expressing that openly for while.”

The two kicked it in Miami in January and banged out hits on the spot. “When he walked into the studio for the first time, I was just so excited. We knocked out five songs that first night. I feel we made some incredible music.”

As for Hov's contribution, Jay was originally scheduled to appear on another song but swapped for the royal collabo. "When it comes to Jay, that’s my family. I respect dawg. I’m a soldier for life,” Ross said.

As far as bangers are concerned, the Bawse promises that there's plenty more where that came from. “That’s just one of many. 'God Forgives, I Don’t' is the biggest and best album of the year."
Listen to the full interview below.

A$AP Rocky Arrested After Brawl With Photographers

A$AP Rocky has allegedly landed himself in hot water. TMZ reports the rapper was taken into NYC police custody last night (July 19) after he had a fight with amateur photographers.

Rocky reportedly got into an argument with someone in downtown Manhattan, when two photographers decided to run up to the scene to snaps some pictures. Shortly after A$AP and another person began to fight the two photogs leaving the victims with minor cuts and bruises and one requiring hospital treatment.

The NYPD is currently charging him for attempted robbery, but it is unclear what he was allegedly trying to steal.

"The Dark Knight Rises" Theater Shooting -- Stars Show Sympathy Online

Since news broke, President Barack Obama, Warner Bros. and celebrities have been expressing condolences and prayers for those injured.

"As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors," President Barack Obama said in a statement.

"Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time," the studio behind the film said in another statement.

Celebrities have been taking to Twitter for their reactions:

Jessica Simpson @JessicaSimpson
Praying for the victims and families of those involved in the shooting in Colorado. My heart is broken. So awful. God Bless...

Mario Lopez @MarioLopezExtra
My thoughts & prayers go out to all the families of the victims of the senseless crime in Colorado. As a father, I'm devastated to hear... ...such a tragedy occur. Going to hug my daughter a little tighter tonight... God bless

Pauly D @DJPaulyD
My condolences and prayers go out to the victims and families in The #theatershooting #tragic #ColoradoShooting

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi @snooki
My prayers go out to the victims and families of the Colorado theater shooting. #justicewillbeserved

William Shatner @WilliamShatner
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the horrific shooting in Colorado. My best, Bill

Adrienne Maloof @AdrienneMaloof
Just heard the horrific news about the Colorado shooting! I am stunned, and so saddened. Sending thoughts and prayers to all involved.

Ian Somerhalder @iansomerhalder
My heart&those of many go out to the victims of #Aurora shooting last night.WHF is our world coming to?Pls,pls we must change.Seriously.

Whoopi Goldberg @whoopigoldberg
We Gotta stop looking for reasons here there is no reason only irrational acts by irrational people. All we can do is try 2 bring comfort. a mad man has shattered lives forever in Colorado To everyone who helped folks get to safety in that theatre THANK YOU for your bravery

Chris Evans @chrisevans
what the hell is happening?? my heart is completely shattered. all of my thoughts and prayers are with the people of aurora

Nancy Pelosi @nancypelosi
Our thoughts + prayers are w/ Coloradans as they grapple with the random, senseless act of violence that took the lives of innocent people.

John McCain ‏@SenJohnMcCain
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the senseless tragedy in #Aurora, Colorado, and their families

Lisa Rinna @lisarinna
My heart and prayers goes out to the people of Aurora colorado. Senseless violence and killing has to stop. Tragic.

Nancy Grace @nancygracehln
Praying for the victims & their families.

Julie Benz @juliebenz
in tears watching news footage of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims & their families.

Edgar Wright @edgarwright
My thoughts go out to everyone in Colorado right now.

Cheryl Burke @cherylburke
My heart goes out to all the families and victims in Aurora, Colorado. This is insane!!

Tabatha Coffey @tabathacoffey
Prayers and thought to all of those affected in Colorado shooting what a tragedy

LuAnn de Lesseps @countessluann
What a tragedy in Colorado. Prayers to all the families.

Eva Longoria @evalongoria
My heart goes out to all the people affected in the Aurora, CO shooting. May God be with that town and their families...

Billy Ray Cyrus @billyraycyrus
Oh no ! Just woke up and turned on the news "14 dead 50 hurt in Batman movie shooting". Praying for victims. So sorry and sad.

Paula Deen @paula_deen
My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado this morning.

Harry Shum Jr. @iharryshum
My heart goes out to all the victims in Colorado. This is just insane.

Alyssa Milano @alyssa_milano
No. Colorado shooting. My heart aches. Prayers for the victims and families.

Tyrese Gibson @tyrese
These are really the end of our days. People devious crimes are getting worst and worst.. In a theater.? My prayers to the family I'm so sad

Henry Winkler @hwinkler4real
what are we doing to one another? the glue that holds us together is slowly starting to loosen these events are more and more frequent >RIP

Olivia Munn @oliviamunn
My sincerest condolences to the victims and families in Colorado. So sad, so mindless.

Ryan Seacrest @ryanseacrest
Thinking about the families who were affected by this horrible incident in Colorado. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ryan Lochte @ryanlochte
I'm so sorry to hear of the tragedy in Colorado. My prayers are with the families & friends of the victims.

Kaley Cuoco @kaleycuoco
Colorado omg.. Praying for the families...this is sick

Kelly Cutrone @peoplesrev
Do we need to go through metal detectors just to see a movie - What is happening to our society? Prayers to Colorado and the world xK

Melissa Gorga @melissagorga
I'm watching the news... My heart goes out to those Colorado families. This is devastating. I'm praying for the 3 month old.

Deborah Cox ‏@Deborah_Cox
Sad news about the shooting in Colorado. My prayers and thoughts go out to all those families.

LeBron James ‏@KingJames
So u telling me I can't even feel safe at the movies now!!? SMH. My prayers goes out to all the families involved in Aurora, Colorado.

Damian McGinty ‏@damianmcginty
My heart goes out to the people of Colorado. Such a sad day. Life is so precious.

Deena Nicole Cortese ‏@DeenaNicoleMTV
My prayers go out to the victims and there families in the Aurora Colorado theatre shooting.. So sad

JoeQuesada ‏@JoeQuesada (Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer)
Simply horrific news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those in Colorado but at the end of the day there are no words.

Dick Vitale ‏@DickieV
My God what a disaster in Colorado- just learned of this tragedy - heart pains 4 all of those innocent ppl .Sad that u can' go to a movie.

Tia Mowry ‏@TiaMowry
My prayers and thoughts go out to the victims in Colorado. #prayersaregoingup!

Shannon Elizabeth ‏@ShannonElizab
My heart & prayers go out to the victims, families & survivors in Aurora, Colorado last night. It's so tragic, sad & pointless for that horrible man to do what he did. I'll never understand how somebody can have so little regard for human life & feel they have the right to take that away in an instant. Makes me so sad.

David Hasselhoff ‏@DavidHasselhoff
My heart goes out to all the parents and friends of the lovely people in Colorado please stop close your eyes and say a prayer for them !

Samantha Giancola ‏@MTVsammi
My deepest sympathy love and prayers go out to the victims and families in Colorado.

Devon Sawa ‏@DevonESawa
I'm so sorry Colorado. Horrible News. -- Stay strong.

Kenny Britt NFL Star Arrested for DUI at U.S. Army Base

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has been arrested ... again ... this time for driving under the influence in Kentucky ... TMZ has learned.

The NFL star was taken into custody by the Fort Campbell Police Department at 5:31 AM Tuesday while attempting to drive on to Fort Campbell -- a U.S. Army base located on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee.

We're told Britt was with a soldier at the time of the arrest.

Britt's cherry red 2008 Dodge Challenger was taken to a nearby impound lot

'The Dark Knight Rises' Massacre 12 Dead, 50 Injured

Here is the first photo of "Dark Knight" theater shooter James Holmes ... released by the University of Colorado, where he attended the School of Medicine. 

8:30 AM PT -- CNN is reporting ... Pentagon officials say members of the U.S. military are among the casualties in the Colorado shooting.

8:10 AM PT --
University of Colorado confirms ... Holmes was a student in the CU School of Medicine ... but withdrew last month. Holmes had been studying to get a PHD in neuroscience.

7:50 AM PT
-- President Barack Obama's campaign stop in Ft. Myers, FL was instead just a speech by the president about today's tragedy, where he called the events "beyond reason."

 7:45AM PT -- Police say Holmes' studio apartment is "booby-trapped" in a sophisticated manner -- and they are trying to figure out how to disarm an explosive device attached to the front door.

7:00 AM PT --
A rep for the Aurora Medical Center says ... of the 15 victims being treated at AMC, 12 sustained gunshot wounds.

The other three are being treated for chemical exposure.

Six of the wounded are in critical condition -- with gun shot wounds to the neck, torso and abdomen.

6:50 AM PT --
Officials have released the 911 calls made moments after the shooter began his killing spree.
The callers are frantic ... describing the bloody chaos inside the theater. At one point, a caller says emergency responders can't enter the theater because of the tear gas.

6:47 AM PT --
A rep for the Aurora Medical Center says the hospital is treating 15 victims ... and the age range is 16 to 31.

6:43 AM PT --
NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly says the NYPD will take extra steps to provide protection at movie theaters showing "Batman" in New York ... releasing the following statement:

"As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the 'The Dark Knight Rises' is playing in the five boroughs."

6:12 AM PT -- President Barack Obama
has released a statement saying, "Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado."

6:05 AM PT --
The LAPD has immediately increased security at the famous Arclight Theater in Hollywood.

6:03 AM PT --
Warner Bros. has canceled tonight's red carpet premiere of "Dark Knight Rises" in Paris, France. The studio has issued the following statement:

"Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

5:48 AM PT
-- According to CNN, law enforcement officers found "items of interest" in the suspect's home. They are saying the man is in his 20s and lives in the Aurora area.

A heavily armed gunman opened fire in the middle of a packed midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" ... killing at least a dozen moviegoers and reportedly wounding at least 50 others (including a 3-month-old baby) in Aurora, Colorado.

The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes from Aurora, CO.
Cops say Holmes was wearing a bulletproof vest, riot helmet and a gas mask when he entered the Century 16 Movie Theater through an emergency exit and began randomly firing at movie patrons. Witnesses say he tossed tear gas into the crowd before he started shooting.

Police arrested Holmes in the movie theater parking lot -- and federal agents evacuated his apartment building --after he "made a statement about explosives" in the building 

 One witness tells CNN Holmes did not resist arrest when cops moved in -- "He did not put up a fight."

At this point, police say there is no evidence of a second gunman.

Hundreds of police and FBI agents have already been assigned to the investigation.

A 15-year-old witness told CNN he was able to escape the theater when the gunman stopped firing to reload one of his guns.

'Two Eleven' Release Date

Brandy has officially announced the release date for her upcoming album Two Eleven.

The songstress revealed through Twitter that her sixth studio album, whose title stands for her birthday and the day Whitney Houston died, will be hitting stores August 28.

Two Eleven
will include contributions from Chris Brown, Monica, Frank Ocean, Rico Love, Sean Garrett, Hit-Boy and Bangladesh.
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The Jackson Family Accuses Estate Executors of Fraud

TGIF! See why we're dunking donuts into our morning brew:

  • Several members of the Jackson family sent a strongly worded letter to the gentlemen who control Michael Jackson's estate, accusing them of fraud. Janet, Jermaine, Tito, Randy and Rebbie Jackson all insist the current will in use is fake. It was allegedly signed by Jackson in Los Angeles on July 7, 2002. However, the family maintains the King of Pop was in New York that day. "Your heartless pursuit of wealth, fame and power is at the expense of our family, whose deepest desire is to give the world a gift of hope, love and unity through our music," read the letter. The family is threatening legal action. [CNN]

  • Actor Morgan Freeman is supporting President Obama's reelection campaign. He reportedly gave the Priorities USA Action, "the super PAC," $1M. Freeman claims the money is needed to fight Obama's opponents this election season. [EURweb]

  • George Zimmerman has relaunched his website. The shooter thanked his supporters in a video message saying, "I want to reach out to each supporter personally, however, the overwhelming support has made that effort challenging." He claims he relaunched the site so supporters could get to know the "real George Zimmerman." He is also asking for donations. [Grio]

  • Cee Lo Green is apologizing to his fans this morning. The Voice judge has postponed his Las Vegas show launch to February. The show, originally scheduled to debut on August 29, Green said he must honor his commitment to the third season of The Voice. [EURweb]

  • The Game is issuing a public apology for canceling his wedding. He was engaged to marry longtime girlfriend Tiffney Cambridge and called it off ten days before the ceremony. "Important message to all men: If you're lucky to have 1/2 of the woman I had… Appreciate her and do everything necessary to keep her happy," he tweeted. There's no word on what may have caused the split. [Madame Noire]

Brandy Performs ‘Put it Down’

Brandy is pulling out all the stops to make sure her single, “Put it Down,” is nothing less than a success. After photos surfaced last week of the R&B songstress shooting the official music video with Chris Brown, footage has surfaced today of her performing the song for the first time in Washington D.C. at the Howard Theater.

Queen of Soul Food Sylvia Woods Dies at 86

New York treasure Sylvia Woods, whose namesake Harlem restaurant was frequented by everyone from tourists to celebrities, died on Thursday in her New York home, according to the Huffington Post. She was 86.

The renowned Queen of Soul Food had been battling Alzheizmer's for the past several years, said the family in a statement.

Woods was set to receive an honor from New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg last night at Gracie Mansion commemorating the 50th anniversary of her restaurant when notice of her death made headlines. She was honored with a moment of silence and the award was given to a family friend.

On August 1, 1962, Sylvia's Restaurant opened in Harlem, selling ribs, hot cakes, corn bread and fried chicken, and garnering attention from the neighborhood locals and celebrities. Stars like Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Muhammad Ali and more flocked to the New York restaurant to taste what the city had been buzzing about. It offered more than a Southern taste in the North, but it became a local hotspot for New Yorkers.

From there, Woods took her now-famous name and branched off into other business ventures, creating two cookbooks, a commercial line of "prepared foods" and a catering service, according to the New York Times.

It wouldn't be until 2006 that Woods finally hung up her apron and retreated to retirement.

She was survived by two sons, Van and Kenneth, and two daughters, Bedelia and Crizette. Her husband and business partner, Herbert Deward Woods, of 57 years preceded her in death in 2001.

Kanye West Signs With Creative Arts Agency (CAA)

Kanye West has officially signed with Creative Arts Agency (CAA). 

Yeezy , who was previously reepresented by William Morris Endeavor (WME), has joined former rep Cara Lewis in making the move to CAA.

Kanye, however, reportedly left WME before Lewis made the switch to CAA six months ago. 

Upon her departure, it was rumored that Eminem would be the first major artist to follow in her footsteps but now it looks like 'Ye beat him to the punch!

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Love & Hip Hop's Kimbella To Give Birth To Baby Girl

According to Chris Frown, Love & Hip-Hop‘s pretty girl Kimbella will be welcoming a baby girl any day now.

Kimbella announced her pregnancy on the last season of the VH1 show without giving up too many details other than Juelz Santana being the father. It was revealed later that around the same time, her bestie Yandy Smith became pregnant with a baby boy by her longtime boyfriend.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

What is a Music Agent?

The simplest definition of a music agent is probably "a person who books live personal appearances for musicians or bands"


But there's a lot more to being a music booking agent than just that. For example, they also can negotiate contracts to bring the band other types of work, such as radio or television appearances, or appearances in commercials and finding sponsors for tours.

Even booking a club or concert performance takes more than a phone call and a signed contract. An agent becomes familiar with concert venues and builds relationships with concert promoters to book bands into the places that'll best showcase their talents. Agents know the ins and outs of negotiating contracts and work to secure the best deal for their bands. In addition, agents work on tour routes, planning schedules that make sense physically and financially.

Music agents receive a percentage of the band's revenue from a performance. Because of that, they usually want to work with groups that they know will bring in an audience or have a recording company's support. Sometimes, though, a music agency will take a risk on a group that they think has the potential to become popular

[source: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)].

Because music agencies act like employment agencies, they're heavily regulated, with guidelines set by state labor laws and unions. In California, for example, a music agency or other talent agency has to submit a detailed license application and file a $10,000 bond. Agencies may also be members of a music union, such as the American Federation of Musicians or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, or be franchised by one of these unions. These agencies have to follow union rules on setting fees and how long contracts last

[source: The Musician's Guide through the Legal Jungle].

What's a typical day like for a music agent? Here's a look at one agent's daily routine at International Creative Management, one of the largest talent agencies in the United States:
  • Clear voice mails and e-mails, starting about 10 a.m.
  • Make calls to concert promoters in a specific geographic region to give a band's available dates for shows.
  • Create a route for the tour and place holds on venues in the markets you want.
  • Gather offers from promoters, which include the money for the band and performance details.
  • Review the offers with the band's manager and the regional booking agent.
  • Decide which deals to accept, which to pass on and which to accept after working out details.
  • Continue until all tours are booked or the workday ends.
  • Spend most evenings attending client performances or checking out new bands. Talk to new bands' managers and record company contacts.
[source: StarPolish]

With those kind of hours, you need to have a real passion for music to be a successful music agent. Next, let's look at the other skills you'll need and how to break into the business.

Breaking into the Music Agent Business

Start in the mailroom. That may seem like odd advice, but many a successful music agent started out working in the mailroom of a large talent agency like Creative Arts Agency, International Creative Management or the William Morris Agency. There they gained experience, showed enthusiasm and worked their way up to music booking agent.

Billionaire David Geffen, founder of Asylum Records, for example, started in the mailroom at William Morris and then moved up to the agency's talent agent trainee program. He became one of the first agents representing music groups only, and he was one of the first to see the big-business potential of rock. From there, he went on to run his own record labels, Asylum, with artists like the Eagles and Joni Mitchell, and Geffen Records with groups like Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses

[source: Media Now].

Booking agent Max McAndrew started in International Creative Management's mailroom, or agent training program, after earning a college degree. He stocked refrigerators, made coffee, sorted mail and delivered packages. His break came when an assistant music agent who had also served in the mailroom was promoted to agent. The agent gave McAndrew a spot as assistant music agent, and he was later promoted to music agent for club department bookings in the southeast

[source: StarPolish].

Getting a college degree in music management or a related field is valuable but not totally necessary to becoming a music agent. Having some background in business, particularly sales, can be valuable, as can a solid understanding of the music industry, including the complexities of legal contracts and copyright issues.
What counts more is your passion for music and ability to make and keep relationships within the industry. You'll also want to be skilled in:
  • communications and marketing
  • negotiations and bargaining
  • research to keep up with industry developments
  • patience and listening
  • organization and administration
  • good judgment, both of bands' talent and people's character

If you're looking for an agency where you can hone your skills, a college degree may be an advantage. Often schools can give you access to career centers and even internships or industry mentors. Also check out Pollstar, the trade publication for the concert industry. Besides listing classifieds in its publications, Pollstar sells annual directories,such as the one featuring booking agencies that includes agents' contact information.
Certain kinds of music probably attracts you more than others -- alternative, pop, classic, rock, hip hop, jazz or R&B. When you're looking for a place to start your career, search for agencies -- and agents -- who share your enthusiasm. Booking aging rockers probably won't help you make the contacts you need, if you're envisioning a career in hip hop.

While on the job, don't pass up opportunities to show what you can do or make contacts with assistant agents or agents who can help give you a hand in the industry. As they move up in their careers, they can bring you along, too.

Once you've soaked up all the knowledge you can from an agency, you may be ready to go out on your own.

Rick Ross Talks

Rick Ross Calls Into The Bootleg Kev Show on Power 98.3

Rick Ross isn't letting up in his God Forgives, I Don't promo run.

Rozay called into The Bootleg Kev Show on Power 98.3 to talk about Self Made Vol. 2, signing rapper Nipsey Hussle, some information about the sure-shot hit "Sixteen" featuring André 3000, and of course the upcoming new album.

Willow Smith Addresses Tongue Ring Controversy

Willow Smith is known for her spontaneous style decisions, whether it's rocking multi-colored locks, a bald head or a faux tongue ring. 

In an interview with Michael Yo of The Yo Show, the "Whip My Hair" singer discusses being raised by two megastars (Will and Jada Pinkett Smith) and how it hasn't overshadowed her individuality. "My parents always told me to do what I want," she said. 

The creative freedom has allowed her to forge her own style and personality, but revealed that she uses her dog Abby as a hair dye tester for all her funky head designs. Willow also addresses the tongue accessory that had headlines scolding yet still didn't phase her.

"If I know what's true in my heart [and] my soul," she said. "then what people say can't shake that."

Mariah Carey To Be Honored At Annual BMI Urban Awards

(via BMI) Mariah Carey will be honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Urban Awards, scheduled for Friday, September 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The star-studded event draws the entire entertainment community together to celebrate the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed urban songs of the previous year.

BMI Icons are selected because of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” As the 2012 honoree, Mariah Carey will join ranks that include The Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Al Green, The Bee Gees, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, to name a few.

Mariah Carey is one of the most prolifically successful songwriters of the last several decades in any genre of music. With her distinct five-octave vocal range and the finesse with which she scaled it, Carey defined the modern pop performance, delivering the songs she wrote with awe-inspiring grace and power.
The BMI Urban Awards will include an all-star musical tribute to Mariah Carey, as well as the presentation of the Urban Songwriter, Song, Producer and Publisher of the Year crystals. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant will share the evening’s hosting duties with Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta. 

For more information on the BMI Urban Awards and other BMI Urban events, visit

Sofia Vergara Is TV’s Highest Paid Actress: Who’s Nipping at Her High Heels?

Sofia Vergara is having one hell of a birthday month. Not only did she have a lavish party for more than a hundred friends in Mexico, she got engaged. And now, she’s Forbes magazine’s highest paid actress. 

With a combination of her salary from the hit ABC comedy, Modern Family, product endorsements and her Kmart clothing line, the magazine estimates her take over the last year at $19 million.

That’s a lot of money, but is that enough to drop an estimated two million dollars on a fortieth birthday? It helps that she’s also one of the cofounders of talent agency-turned-multimedia giant, Latin World Entertainment, which raked in $27 million in revenue in 2011. Werq, Sofia!

George Zimmerman Apologizes to Trayvon Martin's Family, Says 'It Was God's Plan'

Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, broke his silence in an interview with FOX News Wednesday night, saying the murder "was all God's plan." Zimmerman, accompanied by his lawyer, Mark O'Mara, spoke to talk-show host Sean Hannity where he apologized to Martin's parents and said he didn't regret anything. 

"I feel that it was all God's plan, and for me to second guess it or judge it," he said, trailing off. 
Trayvon Martin's father quickly responded to his remarks saying, "We must worship a different God because there is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son."
Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, agreed. "I think it's absolutely ridiculous. God did not have a plan for Trayvon to die and for George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon for no reason," she said in an interview with CNN on today. 

"I am sorry they buried their child," Zimmerman said. "I can't imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily... I just think it's a tragic situation and I hope it's the most difficult thing I'll ever go through in my life."

Although Zimmerman did issue an apology, he didn't appear remorseful. Hannity asked if Zimmerman regretted having a gun, he said no. Hannity asked if he regretted getting out of the car to follow Martin that night, he said no. And when asked if he would do anything differently, in retrospect, now that time has passed, Zimmerman responded again with, "No sir." 

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Stanford, Florida in February. He claimed Martin threatened his life and at that point, Zimmerman said, he realized he didn't have anymore time. "I do wish there was something, anything, I could have done that wouldn't have put me in the position where I had to take his life," he said. 

A press release issued before the interview said that "Zimmerman will open up about what happened the night of Trayvon Martin’s death and his experience in the aftermath of the fatal shooting," according to the Huffington Post

Zimmerman's camp choose to do their first television interview with FOX News, a network the 28-year-old has had a relationship with. In April, Hannity went on record defending Zimmerman after an off-the-record interview with the gunman. "There's been this rush to judgment by so many," Hannity said. "If this was some type of racially motivated killing, and George Zimmerman does not seem to fit the profile as someone who mentored minority children."

Zimmerman pled not guilty to second degree murder charges in May and was released on bail. Since that time he's returned to jail and was released again on $1M bail. Zimmerman is currently staying at a safe house awaiting trial.

B.G. Of The Hot Boyz Sentenced To 14 Years!

B.G., aka Baby Gangsta of the Hot Boyz, has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.
A local New Orleans news source reports:
A 31-year-old local rapper who gained international acclaim for his gritty songs detailing drug dealing, violence and a no-snitch mantra was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison for gun possession and witness tampering. Christopher Dorsey, better known as B.G. or Baby Gangsta, was an original member of the 1990s rap super group the Hot Boyz. His most recent album, "Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood," came out in 2009 on Atlantic Records.

In federal court Wednesday, the hefty Dorsey wore a jail jumpsuit, and for unknown reasons, sat in a wheelchair. His demeanor was a far cry from the grinning, on-top-of-the-world hip-hop hero who drove fancy cars and cavorted with scantily-clad women in music videos.

Dorsey had previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm during a 2009 traffic stop in eastern New Orleans. But later, he obstructed justice by pushing one of his two associates to falsely claim ownership of the gun.

Dorsey confessed to the crimes but prosecutors made clear that he was not cooperating, staying in line with the "no-snitch" philosophy he so often espoused in his songs.
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Rock Fest July 19-22, 2012

Chippewa Valley Rock Fest
July 19-22, 2012
24447 County Highway S
Cadott, WI 54727
(800) 326-3378


Ticket Pricing

4 Day Adult General Admission Ticket

    $155.00 2/25/12 - 4/24/12
    $165.00 4/25/12 - 6/5/12
    $175.00 6/6/12 - Gate

1 Day Adult General Admission Ticket (Good for any day)

    $77.50 2/25/12 - 4/24/12
    $82.50 4/25/12 - 6/5/12
    $87.50 6/6/12 - Gate

4 Day Child General Admission (ages 6-12)*

    $87.50 2/25/12 - 4/24/12
    $87.50 4/25/12 - 6/5/12
    $87.50 6/6/12 - Gate

1 Day Child General Admission (ages 6-12)*

    $43.75 2/25/12 - 4/24/12
    $43.75 4/25/12 - 6/5/12
    $43.75 6/6/12 - Gate

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Palace Music Group Wants To Help You Shine

Palace Music Group has a vision and it involves you, your talent and getting everyone to see it.

Go Now!

Visit PMG's website it is the new destination for singers, rappers, comedians, dancers, live bands, directors, actors and fashion designers to network and discover each other’s work to collaborate or just enjoy.

"Here, we teach artist to become a brand, then build on creating strategies that they utilize to monetize themselves. PMG always will be a spot for diverse artists because we have opened up the playing field and will be the the go to guys the major A&R scouts will come to select the rising superstar.

Our platform will allow artists the opportunity to intimately interact with their fans, gain exposure and sell their entertainment or creativity as an experience. Our website will provide upcoming artists opportunity to showcase their talent by submitting video, audio or pictures in which their fans can view." or 'PMG' is a media based website for our members who will include upcoming artists (musicians, comedians, thespians, models, poets, and short film directors) and their fans. 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Wendy Williams

Today, we are wishing our favorite daytime talk-show host, Wendy Williams, a happy 48th birthday.

The self-proclaimed "Queen of All Media" definitely had a great year and has a lot to celebrate this birthday. For starters, The Wendy Williams Show, which recently completed it's third season, was renewed for two more. Williams caught the film bug, as she made her acting debut in Think Like A Man and joined forces with producer Suzzanne de Passe to create the movie version of Star Jones' novel, Satan's Sisters. She's managed this all while still juggling motherhood and being a wife. 

We are sure the upcoming year for this Jersey girl will be just as fabulous.

Happy birthday, Wendy!

25 Tricks and Tips All iPhone Users Should Know

If you weren't already put on to these interesting and highly informational tricks and tips for your iPhone, read on to get more acquainted with your $400 piece of metal—which just happens to make phone calls. We guarantee that you'll learn a thing or two that you didn't already know.

List Compiled & Written By Marc Saltzman Of Yahoo! Shopping

1. Take a photo with your headphone cord:
Now that you can use the volume up or down buttons to snap a photo, steady your hand while framing up the photo and when you're ready to take the picture, press the button on the cord so it won't shake the iPhone. Voila!

2. Get word definitions:
Apple has recently added a built-in dictionary and you can access it in most apps that let you select a word. Simply press and hold on a word — such as in an email, reminder, iBooks, and so on — and you'll see a pop-up option for "Define."

3. Dismiss suggested words:
If you're typing an email or note and the virtual keyboard is suggesting the correct spelling of the word — and you don't want to accept it — you don't need to tap the tiny "X" at the end of the word in question. Simply tap anywhere on the screen to close the suggestion box.

4. Take photos faster:
Even if your iPhone is locked you can double-tap on the Home button and you'll see a camera icon you can tap to open the camera immediately. Now you can use the volume up button to snap the photo, too. You can also use the volume up on the headphone cord to take a photo (if you want to) and pinch the screen to zoom instead of using the slider bar.

5. Use location-based reminders:
You probably know Siri can be used to set a reminder, like saying "Siri, remind me to call mom at 4pm today." But did you know you can set location-bas
ed reminders on your iPhone 4S? Say "Remind me to call mom when I leave here" or "Remind me to call mom when I get home" and you'll be notified accordingly.