Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Christopher Columbus.......living in HIS Grace and Mercy...............



I am a most noteworthy sinner, but
I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy,
and they have covered me completely.
I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy
His marvelous Presence.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Winner of American Idol 2010.....BIG MIKE............?????????

BIG MIKE..........at least a Finalist.........???????????
Luther Vandross incarnate??????


A desire to be
by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the
heart of man.

"Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends." -
H. L. Mencken.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

IFPI claims Artists still need Record Labels.....?????

Tuesday March 9, 2010

By Ben Cardew

Record companies around the world invest $5bn (£3.3bn) a year in developing and marketing artists, according to a new report from the IFPI which aims to debunk the myth that artists no longer need labels.

The report, Investing In Music, claims that it costs around $1m (£663,000) to break a new pop act.

Of this, typically $200,000 (£133,000) goes on the advance,

$200,000 on recording,

$200,000 on filming three videos,

$100,000 (£66,300) on tour support and

$300,000 (£199,000) on promotion / marketing.

However, at a briefing to launch the report Columbia managing director Mike Smith says that this $1m figure is “a minimum to get an act up and running and moving somewhere towards platinum”.

But, he adds that companies can easily double that if they are looking to get 1m-plus sales.

“If you add the international picture and add in tour support and other things it could be $2m.

It can be more,” explains Decca managing director Dickon Stainer.

And of course this investment is no guarantee of success, but IFPI chairman and chief executive John Kennedy says the record lables are more efficient nowadawys.

He adds that 10 years ago around one act in 10 would re-coup their initial advance; now “there is a general feeling that has come down to one in five”.

This $5bn figure means that record companies spend around 30% of their sales revenues on developing and marketing artists.

Of that, a global average of 16% is spent on A&R, although this is higher in certain countries, including the UK where A&R investment totalled 23% in 2007.

The IFPI says this figure shows record companies are global leaders in investing in new product.

In the UK the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, for example, invests around 15% of its gross revenues in R&D.

But, the IFPI warns that this high level of investment from record companies is under threat from falling revenues from recorded music.

“A&R spending in some countries has stayed strong, for example in the UK,” says Kennedy.

“But it becomes more and more difficult to sustain that given some of the problems that we face.

The levels are at risk down to piracy.”

Kennedy adds that investing in music is the “core mission” of record companies and they should be respected as such.

“No other party can lay claim to a comparable role in the music sector.

No other party comes close to the levels of investment committed by record companies to developing, nurturing and promoting talent,” he says.

“One of the biggest myths about the music industry in the digital age is that artists no longer need record labels.

It is simply wrong.

The investment, partnership and support that help build artist careers have never been more important than they are today.”

Kennedy also claims that, despite the proliferation of fan-funded websites, there is “no evidence” of artists succeeding in the long-term by going direct to the consumer.

“Creative energy can be wasted on business problems,” he adds.

Looking beyond recorded music, the report claims there is an economic “ripple effect” from this record company investment, which helps to benefit a broader music sector that includes live music, radio, publishing and audio equipment, thought to be worth $160bn (£106.1bn ) annually.

The IFPI estimates that more than 2m people around the world are employed in this broader music economy.

However, the report also aims to disprove the myth that artists can survive just on live income.

“You probably won’t see the level or earnings of Madonna or U2 again,” Kennedy adds.

“But a successful band in the music industry could still become a millionaire.”

The IFPI estimates that there are more than 4,000 artists on major label rosters around the world, with thousands more on indies.

Monday, March 8, 2010

MICHAELANGELO ------- 1475


Michelangelo (1475).
Among the world's most celebrated artists, Michelangelo was one of the foremost figures of the Renaissance.
The marble David, which he completed before his 30th birthday, set a new standard in nude sculpture, and his paintings in the Sistine Chapel are among the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art.
A true "Renaissance man," he also was an architect and poet and wrote more than 300 sonnets.
***P.R. firm 42West has appointed veteran music publicist
Dvora Vener Englefield to head their newly created music department.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Happy Birthday SONG earns USD $ 1 Million a year for Warner Chappell.................and ISRAELI Model Bar Rafaeli.........


***Warner Chappell Music owns the copyright to the song ''Happy Birthday''.
They make over $1 million in royalties every year from the commercial use of the song.


Amy Winehouse is one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge in Britain in the last few years.
And Lady Gaga has my full attention. She's a unique songwriter with an original overall package.
And Bjork - she just gets better. Her voice is amazing.


The Academy Awards should allow men and women to compete for one Oscar for best actor.


The Wall Street Journal profiles the working habits and aspirations of one of Silicon Valley's most-watched men in Thursday's paper: 25-year-old Facebook founder
Mark Zuckerberg.
One of the games he likes to play is to imagine what he would do if he had $1 trillion dollars to work with.
He says he is in no hurry to turn his social networking behemoth into a public company.
Dont expect much praise, if you work for him.
But do expect movie quotes: Zuckerberg is particularly fond of Troy, which he screened for employees once.
He even delivered a gong to the office so workers could announce new developments with added authority.

ISRAELI model Bar Rafaeli