The single releases everywhere music is sold online. Visit www.rkdmusic.com for more details on Herbert D. Woods and his new single.
Hey I wrote a hit song but never got paid, what happened? Has this ever happened to you? Probably not unless you are one of the 1.5 million songwriters and counting sitting back putting your best ideas and rhymes foot forward.
Record Execs who don’t write any songs but stack in millions on paper. We call them thieves in the music industry. So, just how do you protect yourself and earn the money you deserve?
First, register your songs with a Rights Organization such as ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. Make sure you have a writer’s account as well as a publisher’s account to protect your music. An investment of $35.00 will go a long way. You must have a publishing company to receive the big money. To register your publishing company ask your rights organization what the fee is. You can do so by registering the name as a Dba, LLC or Corp (e.g. Time Slot Publishing).
Second, if someone else helped you write the song, determine if there will be a 50/50 split down the middle or 50/40/10 depending on how many writers are involved. Know what your splits are and sign off on it with everyone in writing.
Third, make sure to copyright your songs. You can visit copyright.gov. You can register your songs online as an album or single for only $35.00.
Fourth, make sure you upload your songs to get encoded through Mediabase or BDS (Nielsen) so that whenever your song is played on the radio, satellite, etc, you can receive royalties for your song. If your song is registered with I-Tunes or amazon for example, you can also receive royalties from there as well. Make sure you are signed up with sound exchange to receive mechanical royalties which come to you and only you.
Fifth, work your song and make sure you have a plan on how to get it in rotation or pitch to an artist to perform your song. All steps above, makes way for great things to happen such as licensing your song out to tv shows, movies, films, etc. And have fun.
So, there’s no excuse to keep writing those great hits and have all of your business in order. (courtesy of Andrea Wilson, President)
Deja Bryson Richmond, CA has birthed a new R&B phenomenon, Deja B. With rich, soulful, smooth and full of passion vocals, creative and catchy writing & vocal arrangement skills, undeniable swag and an effortlessly alluring and captivating stage presence, it’s no surprise that Deja B. now holds the torch for the bay. Niece of mega super star and musical icon, Peabo Bryson, Deja inherited a strong passion, drive and talent to make great music.
As a new add to the RKD Music Family, this star-studded artist is filling the air with much love from all her fans across the globe. Her new single ” Move Along” has just been released as well as her new video. “I’m so excited to start this new venture with RKD Music Management”, says Deja. I look forward to great things to come.”
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In a world with plenty of chaos, this new shiny star is lighting up the streets of South Los Angeles with his swiss beats and Drake-like swagger. The name is A.D., Compton’s Finest Young Hero to save the West Coast East Coast music from its rocky past. During this transition of “out with the old and in with the new”, it’s definitely time for a fresh sound.
With seemingly endless talent this songwriter, producer and singer debuts his first national single “All On the Wall”with a SLAM response from his fans and industry reps. The track, which features Rapper ToneP and is produced by C Ballin, displays a club banger swag in which you can rock side-to-side to or just bump and grind. “It’s new, it’s fresh and I like it” says Maani Edwards (Universal Music).
Raised in Compton, CA, A.D. has built an enormously large fan base in the state of California from the South of Long Beach to the North Shores of San Francisco Bay Area. But needless to say the fans are pouring in all across the states. You definitely wanna check out the new single and look out for A.D. as his single hits radio tp of July this summer. (Written by Andrea Wilson)
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Does this topic make you think? I mean, the music industry is a very large and established industry to just say it is now collapsing and will be dwindling away very soon, but there is great news. That is not the case here folks. It may actually seem like every industry is hurting due to our ‘so-called recession’ but believe it or not things are really starting to pick back up like never before. The great news is that digital sales are continually rising every year in music industry and even though album sales are still down at a low, people are always looking for the next big song. Let’s face it, we love music and we love to karaoke to our favorite tune, whether it be in the shower, the club or the church. Music will forever be around and for some reason will actually become even more popular according to several music research companies.
According to Grabstats.com, 66 million digital albums were sold online in 2008. Ringtones downloads have skyrocketed to an all time high and people are just not feeling like getting in their car, driving to the store and waiting in long lines just to buy a cd anymore. It’s all at their fingertips, which brings us to online revenues in the music industry. Its amazing but here goes. US Recording Industry Revenues from Online (2006-2011) - $1.1 billion(2006), $1.7 billion (2007), $2.2 billion(2008), $2.5 billion(2009), $2.8 billion(2010) and $3.0 billion(2011). Okay, do you get the picture? There is an increase in sale projections every year since 2006 in revenue from online sales, which menas every year for the last five years, people have been more prone to purchase or download an album on the internet in the comfort of their location and would rather just burn it onto a cd or add to their favorite mix tape of other hits.
Now, here’s the shocking part.
US Recording Industry Revenues from Physical (meaning on hand/in store, etc) (2006-2011) – $9.7 billion(2006), $9.1 billion (2007), $8.0 billion(2008), $7.1billion(2009), $6.4 billion(2010) and $5.7 billion (2011). Are you getting this picture? Sales are continually decreasing every year in physical store revenue. I am not posting this to scare you but just to educate you because we all can learn a little more everyday about what is going on in the world and since we are in the music business, these statistics become instrumental to a company’s future goals, strategies, projections and more as they plan for years to come.
Now let’s face it, you’re never gonna stop buying music. The day that happens is the day African Americans start populating to China and we know that ain’t gone never happen, but its interesting to see the things that we love so much, how they take their form in society. Give us your thoughts, ideas, concerns, suggestions and look out for the next blog. We’ll be discussing the music industry in the urban communities like r&b, jazz, gospel and pop. Where is it going for years to come and is it something that we need? Until then, Expect a Miracle!