Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

IOTW – Jon Dym

Mass Appeal Entertainment’s
Intern of the Week:

Jon Dym

Jon comes to Mass Appeal via JWU where he is studying for his Masters in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management. His major is focused on the entertainment and sports industries and from this he has learned a lot with regards to putting on shows/events, setting up meetings, knowledge of restaurants, etc. He came here knowing that he wanted to be involved with the Music industry and from the experience gained in Artist promotion, he now knows he wants to focus on management. We wish Jon the best in his future endeavors, as he ventures back to New York to join the working world!

  1. The first CD I ever bought was: Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt
  2. The artist I admire the most is:Dr. Dre
  3. I’m hoping this experience at MAE will: Teach me more about the music industry and open my eyes to new artists and music
  4. My dream vacation would be: A cruise around Europe with my 6 best friends
  5. One album I could listen to constantly is: The Chronic 2001 by Dr. Dre
  6. On my iPod you will find: Everything from Hip Hop, House, Ska, Reggae, Punk Rock and Country
  7. My ideal job would be: Music Producer
  8. When I’m not interning at MAE you can find me: At Johnson and Wales University or working on my music at home
  9. My guilty pleasure song is: “All I Want For Christmas” Mariah Carey
  10. 3 words that describe me are: talented, outgoing and motivated

Intern of the Week Opinion: LP, EP, IP?

Zack Trahan:

(L)ong (P)layer, (E)xtended (Player), (I)nfinite (P)layer?

As gramophone and vinyl records were developed throughout the 20th century, their play lengths varied between about 5 minutes to 60 minutes based off of the record size, width of the grooves speed of the player, etc.

When Phillips and Sony first developed the compact disc format in the late 1970s, they specifically set its maximum length at 74 minutes to ensure that a single disc could hold all of Beethoven’s 9th symphony.

Now in the age of the mp3, a single audio file can play virtually for ever.

Many artists are left wondering whether to embrace this infinite play time as a new level of artistic freedom or a destruction of one of the defining parameters of modern music making.

In a recent interview with, indie music icon Sufjian Stevens ruminates at what seems to be a “creative crossroads”:

“I feel that the album no longer has a stronghold or has any real bearing anymore. The physical format itself is obsolete; the CD is obsolete and the LP is kinda nostalgic.
I’m wondering, what’s the value of my work once these forms are obsolete and everyone’s just downloading music?”

His attitude may be a bit dismal, but Stevens addresses an important point: How much longer will the 74-minute format govern musical creation?

IOTW Opinion: Radio Royalties and Record Labels

Ashley Macaulay: Radio Royalties and Record Labels

Conflict between the radio and recording industry has been escalating over new legislation proposing artist and label royalties for radio airplay. The Performance Rights Act calls for radio broadcasters to pay royalties in order to air recorded music, effectively overturning a 70 year copyright standard. If the bill passes, it potentially could force radio stations to pay around $500 million annually, which would be split between artists and record labels.

Supporters of the act claim that artists and labels deserve to be compensated for use of their work, and point out that music publishers are paid for underlying the words and composition of tracks. Sound recordings are considered intellectual property, and radio stations have fundamentally been capitalizing on artists’ and labels’ work for free. Proponents of the act believe that the royalties to artists will support not only their livelihood, but help foster further creativity and motivation. The increased revenue to labels may provide relief to the current losses accrued by falling record sales, and could supply extra income to be spent on artist support and development.

Opponents of the Performance Rights Act point out that the costs of paying royalties to radio could be disastrous. Increased spending and consequent decreased revenue to large stations may result in less spending in important areas, such as community service and outreach programs. Small stations could be forced out of business- especially local and college setups. Furthermore, stations may begin to play less music and revert to talk-shows and advertising to offset the royalty payments and costs. The act may also be detrimental to independent artists, as stations may decide it is less risky and more economical to play acts signed to major labels with an established fan base instead of trying to promote new music.

The advantages and disadvantages of the Performance Rights Act are both strongly defined and pose a wide range of problems. However, I believe that given the nature and custom of copyright law, the act should be implemented. Copyright law exists to protect intellectual property and promote innovation and is based on the idea of compensating creators and owners of work. Given the nature of radio play and the emphasis it places on recordings, I feel it is only natural that copyright law be exercised. Radio companies would simply need to adjust to the cost increase in sound recordings- just as other businesses acclimatize to price changes in factors of production. Business models could be altered and creative new ideas generated to help counteract the effect of the royalty payment, perhaps resulting in greater operational efficiency. In respect to arguments claiming that radios would revert to more talk-based shows to offset costs, I believe that such actions would significantly lower the radio consumer base and would not be highly utilized by stations.

The relationship between radio and the recording industry is reciprocal; radio needs sound recordings to attract listeners and fans and labels utilize radio extensively for artist and album promotion. Which side is “right”? Is the Performance Rights Act fair? Should radio stations be responsible for compensating artists and labels for their work? Are labels and artists wrong in seeking royalties for the airing of recorded music? Is there a better way to handle the issue?

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Intern of the Week!!

Mass Appeal Entertainment’s
Intern of the Week:

Mary Aldrich

Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your Internship go? With fresh ideas and many posts, you are proving how easy it is to steal the show! Mary was in interesting addition to the team since she is studying Business Administration with a Management major and African American Studies minor. She also attends Northeastern University and her efficiency and effectiveness seem to come naturally and we greatly appreciate her here. Mary is an absolute pleasure to have in the office and we are looking forward to seeing what ideas she will bring to the table!

  1. The first CD I ever bought was: Fugees – The Score
  2. The artist I admire the most is:I really admire Wyclef for his work with Haiti especially in light of the recent tragedy there
  3. I’m hoping this experience at MAE will: introduce me to the music industry and provide me with my first work experience in the field.
  4. My dream vacation would be: Relaxing in over-the-water bungalows in Bora Bora
  5. One album I could listen to constantly is: Ready to Die
  6. On my iPod you will find: Diverse mix from hip-hop and R&B to classic rock and soul
  7. My ideal job would be: A&R executive for a successful record label.
  8. When I’m not interning at MAE you can find me: At school or spending time with my family and friends
  9. My guilty pleasure song is: “Blame It” by Jamie Foxx – I think Autotune is best left to Zapp & Roger Troutman usually!
  10. 3 words that describe me are: loyal, driven, and independent.

Intern of the Week!

Mass Appeal Entertainment’s
Intern of the Week:

Courtney Fangmann

Courtney comes to Mass Appeal via Berklee College of Music…. A world renowned music school that encourages hands on learning and pushes their students to be the best they can be. Courtney brings to Mass Appeal an unparalleled enthusiasm both for what she is learning and experiencing as an MP & E major and for life in general. Courtney’s personality shines through in all that she does and if you ask her even about her last haircut, you’ll see even her stylist thought so! Courtney has been doing a great job covering the posts and updates from Mass Appeal Entertainment each Thursday and Friday. She is definitely pairing her love of music with her interest in the business of music. There’s no doubt that Courtney gives her all to what she loves and I am sure because of this, she will be happy and successful.

  1. My favorite album of 2009 was: Bring Gary Go’s self-titled record = AMAZING.
  2. The best concert I have ever been to is: MuteMath ft. As Tall as Lions (if you ever have a chance to see them live DO IT!)
  3. On my iPod you will find: lots of R&B/Hip-Hop/Rock/Gospel/Soca/Dancehall/Regae…pretty much everything.
  4. My guilty pleasure song: Ke$ha “Tik Tok”, Miley Cyrus “Party in the USA”, anything Taylor Swift….they’re so damn catchy!
  5. I’m hoping this experience at MAE will: Give me more experience with New Media Marketing and mold me into a marketing machine!
  6. My ringtone is currently: “Last Word” A.I. Music Group
  7. My dream vacation would be: Escaping to a hut over the water in Fiji or Tahiti…I need the beach!
  8. When I’m not interning at MAE you can find me: In the studio working with my production company, A.I. Music Group LLC! Chea!
  9. My ideal job would be: Freelance Production and Engineering for high-profile clientele!
  10. 3 words that describe me are: confident, motivated, spontaneous

Intern of the Week!!

Mass Appeal Entertainment’s
Intern of the Week:

Ashley Macaulay

You see this sweet innocent girl and would never think she fits into the ‘Metal’ world… but the reality is, packed into her petite self is an intense passion for various music and definite dedication to an abundant life!! Ashley plays the guitar, has taught the guitar and is active with Tastemakers Music Magazine and MEISA at Northeastern University. Ashley hates being with us just once a week and cannot wait until the Summer when she can take her MAE foundation to the next level 😉 ! We are definitely looking forward to this and hope Ashley will too! Be on the lookout for Ashley’s updates in the coming weeks!

  1. My favorite album of 2009 was: Bring Me the Horizon – Suicide Season
  2. The best concert I have ever been to is: Ozzfest ‘07
  3. On my iPod you will find: Everything from Bright Eyes to Necrophagist
  4. My guilty pleasure song: I Wish (the Little Mermaid Remix) – Skee Lo
  5. I’m hoping this experience at MAE will: Help me learn more about the music industry and the way an independent record label works.
  6. My ringtone is currently: Things That Rhyme With Orange, I Set My Friends on Fire.
  7. My dream vacation would be: Somewhere warm, with a beach!
  8. When I’m not interning at MAE you can find me: Collecting cookies from Stetson East.
  9. My ideal job would be: Something that I love and enjoy doing.
  10. 3 words that describe me are: Motivated, committed, fun

Meet our latest Intern of the Week!!

Mass Appeal Entertainment’s
Intern of the Week:

Veronica Rodrigues

Veronica joins MAE from Emmanuel College and is in the home stretch of her Senior year. Veronica is happily working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Management and I am sure will reach passionately for success once this major goal is accomplished! Veronica is active at school both with her classes and in her extracurricular activities where she is a Founder and Vice President of the Cape Verdean Student Association Club. She is rightfully proud of her culture and how her culture affects the world through music, art, fashion, etc. It is certainly nice to have and observe a real fan like Veronica working with a project where she feels a personal connection to the tasks, and we are very happy Veronica is with us to increase the awareness and exposure for Suzanna Lubrano!

  1. The first CD I ever bought was: LL Cool J
  2. The artist I admire the most is:Mary J Blige
  3. I’m hoping this experience at MAE will: be a learning experience and a fun one.
  4. My dream vacation would be: Relaxing on the beach in Fiji
  5. One album I could listen to constantly is: Trey Songz “Ready”
  6. On my iPod you will find: A little bit of everything, literally ☺
  7. My ideal job would be: Becoming a business lawyer
  8. When I’m not interning at MAE you can find me: Working, in school or shopping
  9. My guilty pleasure song is: What is Love
  10. 3 words that describe me are: Independent, Focused, Fun

IOTW opinion!

Hillary Gove: “We Are the World” – Untouchable?

If you happened to watch the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics then you most likely caught the premiere of the remake of “We Are the World”. While some think that re-recording the 25 year old hit was the right idea with the right outcome, many think that it should have been left alone – or as Jay-Z put it, the original is simply “untouchable.”

I will admit that when I saw the video for the first time I thought the song had been completely butchered and absolutely agreed that the original should not have been touched. If you have ever listened to or have seen the original “We Are the Word”, what you hear and see are music legends and icons throughout the 7 minute video. So to say I was slightly disappointed and confused to see none other than Justin Bieber opening such an important song would be an understatement. I continued to watch uncomfortably as Miley Cyrus belted out a solo within seconds of a clear shot of Gladys Knight only singing in the chorus. The whole concept just seemed wrong.

However, after replaying the video a few times and really taking into account why it was re-recorded, I realized that the choice of participants was brilliant – they captured all ends of the spectrum, from newcomer Justin Bieber, to hip-hop sensations Lil’ Wayne and Snoop, to music legend Tony Bennett. We’re in a new generation of music and in order to appeal to all ages and a variety of genres, new approaches were necessary to ensure this project would be as successful as the original – hopefully raising a significant amount of money for Haiti. This was by far the best way to approach the challenge of even slightly measuring up to the success of the original version.

I definitely agree that there are some songs that have had an incredible impact, not only in the industry but also in society, and should not be touched, as nothing will ever compare to the original. Artistically and musically, WATW is certainly one of these songs, but for the purpose behind re-recording this song, I believe this was in fact the best outcome.

Hear From MAE Interns!

Zenova King: What’s Next?

This spring I’m interning with Mass Appeal Entertainment for a second time and I love it. I’m also interning for Hot 97 Boston, doing my best to learn as much as possible. With three months left before graduation I’m torn with mixed emotions. Excited and nervous about what my future has in store for me. Will I move back to the Bronx? Reside in Boston or take the leap to Los Angeles. Questions I haven’t answered but thought long about. I’ve learned to cope with the notion that all my plans might not follow through but I will do my best to make sure I make things happen for myself.

May 9th, 2010- graduation date

First Listen – new track from Bleek!!

This is the first single off Memphis Bleek’s forthcoming album “The Process”! We hope you like the track! It has an awesome new school/old school feel… Enjoy!! Leave comments and share if you like it!

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