10/14/10

The latest in Entertainment News: Willow Smith set to debut new music video

The latest in Entertainment News: Willow Smith set to debut new music video: "Yes that is right. We have been keeping up with the latest on young Willow Smith, and since you all seem to lover her, she will debut her ..."

The ladies of 'The View' storm off stage after a fight with Bill O'Riely


On this morning's episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Bahaar got into a heated debate with the controversial Bill O'Reily.  They were discussing The Mosque at Ground Zero, when a disagreements and rage occurred. This is how TMZ is reporting it:

In a fit of rage, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar angrily charged off the set of "The View" this morning in the middle of a screaming match with Bill O'Reilly over the mosque near Ground Zero ... and moments later Barbara Walters railed on the women for being unprofessional.
Tempers flared on both sides as O'Reilly argued that the mosque has no place near the World Trade Center site because "Muslims killed us on 9/11."
Just as the women stormed off stage -- a rattled Walters proclaimed, "You have just seen what should not happen ... we should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and screaming and walking off stage."


Walters continued, "I love my colleagues, but that should not have happened."
Whoopi and Joy eventually returned to the set ... though Joy did not return to her usual seat, located right next to Bill ... instead sitting on the end of the couch.
BTW -- we think both shows should announce the results of this poll.
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Willow Smith set to debut new music video


Yes that is right. We have been keeping up with the latest on young Willow Smith, and since you all seem to lover her, she will debut her brand new video on October 18th for your viewing pleasure. Whip My Hair has been burning up the web lately, and it seems that the pint-size Will Smith is already having a brush of the Smith family success.
She's been on promo shoots, world wide fashion shows, and now she is ready to put some sales back on the suffering music charts. Are you ready for the heavy hitting machine that is Willow Smith? It will be an amazing journey to see what becomes of this young lady.

Whip My Hair single will be available for download on ITunes Oct 26th. Meanwhile, check out the new single cover



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Music artists are being hit hard by the economy and illegal downloading/leaks

 

Many artists of today are finding it quite hard to make money in the music business. From cut-backs on music videos on networks such as MTV, VH1, BET, diminished music sales, and decreasing sales for tour tickets, one could only wonder how an artist make their money.
If you happen to stop by and take a peek at the latest charts on Billboard, you can see there are albums in the number 1 slot with under 100k sold on a regular basis. Back in the day, that was unheard of. An album with that amount sold, was lucky to even crack the top 20, let-along being number one. In this new age of instant gratification, downloading, leaks, Twitter, etc, you can see why artists are branching out in other markets outside of music.
Itunes is a convenient way for consumers to purchase singles, albums, and videos w/o stepping a foot outside their door, but in retrospect, many artists do not make money in the digital world if they are not songwriters or producers-and if the music isn't selling. Portions of the money earned from digital sales are paid to the owners of these digital stores, not to mention, the record company, producers, songwriters all get their cut before the artist. If you happen to be all three, then I guess you may have lucked up. If we had stuck to the old formula (purchasing music from a physical music store or department), it cuts out at least one middle man.
What are some solutions?  It is more complicated then you would expect because of today's conveient technology, but maybe if we cut down on at least a few things, it could help;
  •  Moderating heavily on copyright infringement; This is a big problem in the piracy of music. Most inhibitors illegally obtain music, and send out viral links throughout the web, causing many online spectators able to download music before the viral link is stopped. Now you could possibly have anywhere from 1 person to 300k or even more potential buyers, who now own this music that they got for free online. This can put a damper in anartist pockets.
  • Trust the people who work around you/and who's around in the studio sessions; Producers and songwriters genuinely leak material to gather feedback. Some leak material to get a positive/negative response, and believe it or not, some even leak the material intentionally. It is a risk artists take when they bring an entourage into their recording sessions as well. Be at your own risk, and trust the people around you
  • Get rid of promo CDs; Instead introduce online pre-release music streaming for journalists. Bypass the traditional build-up to an album release to reduce illegal downloading.
However, these things listed above doesn't combat unfinished albums being leaked. Apart from tracking down the culprits  and threatening them with lawsuits, with the help of companies like Web Sheriff, the only thing artists can hope for is the good faith of their fans.

What about you, do you have any solutions? Thoughts? Share them with us.

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