Despite K. Michelle being a force within the realm of R&B, she has earned her biggest bucks from outside the music business.
Sep 15, 2023
The woes of the music industry did not escape Toni Braxton.
Sep 6, 2023
Ice Cube, walking away from N.W.A. , was a learning lesson for him on the business of Hip-Hop.
Aug 25, 2023
Love it or hate it, artificial intelligence is here to stay and Timbaland appears to be one of the frontrunners embracing the technology.
May 16, 2023
Babyface’s talents have been a force to be reckoned with since he graced the music world with his presence 36 years ago.
Oct 24, 2022
While navigating the music industry, one thing Chamillionaire was sure to hold on to was his integrity.
Oct 24, 2022
Some individuals rely on a stacked resume to prove why they are worthy of a position. However, for Maurice Slade, his love for music has overshadowed the value of any bullet point. Slade was recently appointed as SoundCloud’s Head of Marketing, Artist Relations, where he will cultivate the artist-to-fan relationship. Of course, he is well positioned for this role as he previously played a hand in the branding and marketing strategies for Hip-Hop artists Travis Scott and 21 Savage while working under Epic Records. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Maurice Slade (@squarebiz)
Oct 4, 2022
Dr. Dre is using his influence to support students at Compton High School. Los Angeles Times reports Dr. Dre teamed up with city and school leaders for a ceremony announcing plans for the $200 million performing arts center at Compton High School. The center will be named “Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young Performing Arts Center” following a $10 million donation from the rapper in 2017, according to a press release. “When I was approached about finding a performing arts center that will provide an arts and technological education to students, and be accessible to the community at large, I was all in. I wanted to give the young people in Compton something I never had,” Dr. Dre said during the ceremony.
May 11, 2022
For its latest initiative, Warner Music Group (WMG) is working to get more people of color into the door of the music industry. Billboard reports that the music company has partnered with Culture Creators for its 2023 HBCU Immersion Program, which teaches students about what it takes to have a career in the business.
May 10, 2022
Musicians behind the scenes are the glue that keeps the industry running, but are often not as supported as their counterparts. With the pandemic’s lasting effects on the music business on not just mainstream artists but all fronts, Sony Music Publishing is backing the unsung heroes. Billboard reports that the top global music publisher has partnered with the 100 Percenters — a music-creatives advocacy nonprofit — to financially support U.S. songwriters, composers, and producers through donating $100,000 for relief grants. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tiffany Red (@iamtiffanyred) Under the new collaboration and its Songwriter Stimulus Program, the nonprofit will award $2,500 stimulus checks to qualifying songwriters. The 100 Percenters will also help music creators with emergency grants. The Songwriter Stimulus program and Emergency Fund will both launch later this year. The 100 Percenters especially champions BIPOC and marginalized songwriters, composers and...
Apr 13, 2022
Similar to fellow musicians, Pharrell Williams isn’t happy with the current state of the music industry. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, the music veteran was outspoken about how there are not enough leaders who look like him in the space calling the shots nor are there many who have ownership. “There’s not enough Black leadership. There’s not enough leadership from people of color,” he firmly stated. “There’s also not enough ownership — there just isn’t. As much as the music industry has given me, when you really love something or love someone you can be honest about the things that could be better. I gotta say that the ownership with people of color it’s just not been the same. And that’s something we’re working on now.” "There's not enough Black leadership. There's not enough leadership from people of color." Pharrell Williams on increasing Black ownership in the music industry https://t.co/ZhIDZ0kUMB pic.twitter.com/zCbIxZ3Mc1 — Bloomberg TV (@BloombergTV) March 22, 2022 The...
Mar 31, 2022
Missy Elliott is a legend — who is also all about her coins. The DMV legend found herself in the headlines when Jowell — of the popular reggaeton group, Jowell Y Randy — brought her name up in an interview. In his interview, he claimed that Elliott threatened to sue and “demanded millions” when it was revealed that the Bad Bunny hit, “Safaera,” sampled more than a little bit from “Get Ur Freak On.” Naturally, Jowell’s comment unleashed a tirade of online hatred against Missy Elliott. And at one point, things got so bad that an Ariana Grande fan page called out Jowell for his comments in his interview. Thank you jowel! Thank you for all the hate your interview is bringing Missy! Had you explained that there was 6 samples and 15 writers maybe they wouldn't all be attacking Missy for no reason because she took "everything" https://t.co/uNGNZawPqm — Ariana Fanpage (@BigAriGrande) March 16, 2022 Things only got worse when Jowell doubled down on his comments. Fuck that! Let them enjoy...
Mar 21, 2022
Vydia is making it easier for label owners to empower their artists. The end-to-end music technology platform launched the Vydia+ Partner Directory in February 2022 to meet the needs of industry owners. The directory provides Vydia’s 1,100-plus labels and artists along with industry professionals with reputable third-party vendors and service providers in various industries. Vydia’s recent integration is timely as 80 percent of its label owners cited difficulties hiring credible third-party service providers due to a lack of trust. This unsettling reality also prevents label owners from scaling their businesses and artists. Vydia’s Head of Creative Marketing Erica Johnson and Head of Label Services Liz Eason have combined the talents of its label owners to develop a credible ecosystem available to hire. “There was not a real centralized resource in the music industry that is vetted and trusted. So, we saw there was a gap through surveying our clients,” Eason told AfroTech. “We...
Mar 16, 2022
Jim Jones is a rap veteran who’s continued to drop new music, but also still has his eye on more ways to build his stature when off the mic. AfroTech previously shared a story about his digital coin, Capo Coin, which was minted in partnership with blockchain platform Zaptheory in 2021. As the recent crypto supporter has tapped into how the space is helping people create wealth, he’s now created what he believes is a “$1 billion idea” that could disrupt the music industry. According to CNBC, Jones has announced his new software company, Quarantine Studios — a metaverse music-recording platform — along with his business partner Jarman Hauser.
Feb 28, 2022
Artists not being expected to pay for features isn’t the typical narrative that’s heard of in the industry. When it comes to rap stars 21 Savage and Drake, it appears that there’s reportedly no money talk when music is involved. A glance into their studio life was shared by Justin “Meezy” Williams, 21 Savage’s manager, in a Clubhouse interview with social media personality Druski.
Jan 21, 2022