Articles Posted in the The Biz Category

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    WTF Is A Spotify? (A Beginner’s Guide)

    Spotify has finally become available to American audiences, hopefully ending their seemingly indefinite legal troubles in bringing the possible future of the music industry to US shores. But what is Spotify, and why should you…

  • Chart Wrap-Up: June 9, 2011

    Chart Wrap-Up: June 9, 2011

    (Sigh) Not the best week for hip-hop. Not on the charts, anyway. Maybach Music Group’s Self Made, Vol. 1 was bounced from the top ten, falling seven spots from 5 to 12. On the bright side,…

  • On Gaga and the No Label Fantasy

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    On Gaga and the No Label Fantasy

    Gaga probably received a ton of messages from industry bigwigs after she not only declared that albums are “totally worth 99 cents” but also echoed the sentiment of many that labels are no longer a…

  • Chart Wrap-Up: May 25, 2011

    Chart Wrap-Up: May 25, 2011

    Ain’t nothin’ changed but the name at the top. In a week that saw Adele hold on to the top spot, the Beastie Boys are the last hip-hoppers left in the Top 10. Still, it’s…

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    Music Business 101 with Paul Porter

    Paul Porter has been around long enough to watch the music business grow, evolve, and gradually approach its inevitable implosion. The erstwhile BET program director backs up his enviable resume with a deep knowledge of…

  • Chart Wrap-Up: May 18, 2011

    Chart Wrap-Up: May 18, 2011

    Here’s a wrap-up of leading music charts for the week ending May 18, 2011. Tyler, The Creator’s Goblin managed to crack the Billboard 200 albums chart at No. 5, while Beastie Boys’ comeback effort Hot…

  • Chart Wrap-Up: April 27, 2011

    Chart Wrap-Up: April 27, 2011

    A rundown of this week’s top-selling hip-hop albums.

  • Weird Al and the Gaga Saga

    Weird Al and the Gaga Saga

    Weird Al Yankovic has made a living parodying rap songs. His interpretation of Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’” was pure genius. His take on T.I.’s “Whatever You Like“? High-larious. Aside from a few hiccups, Al usually gets his…

  • Lupe Fiasco: Skills over Sales

    Lupe Fiasco: Skills over Sales

    Despite posting the sales week of his career thus far, Wasalu wasn’t too impressed.

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    Freddie Gibbs Signs to CTE

    After about a week of speculation, we now have confirmation that Freddie Gibbs has aligned himself with Jeezy’s CTE. In the video below you can see the Gary, IN wordsmith getting his chain from his…

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    Jay-Z, Webtrepreneur

    Because owning a record label and an NBA team just isn’t cutting it these days. Jay-Z has officially carved out a piece of web real estate with the arrival of Life and Times. The site…

  • The Rise And Fall Of Emo-Rap

    The Rise And Fall Of Emo-Rap

    Let´s get this out the way first, rapping about insecurities is not revolutionary. There have been many hip-hop acts from Atmosphere to Scarface and everybody in between who’ve rapped about their moments of doubt and…

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