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The Zimmerman Verdict: Shades of Dred Scott by Lloyd Williams

  “Southern trees bear a strange fruit/Blood on the vines and blood at the root/Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze/Strange fruit hanging from the poplar tree Pastoral scene of the...

BMG’s Alternative to the Traditional Record Deal

If the digital revolution gave artists greater power, then BMG’s Masters Model is the natural evolution of that empowerment. Setting the focus on the artist and writers’ needs was...

What I Most Liked & Disliked About BET Awards 2012

By David A. Mitchell, Amalgamation Mag While people have been tweeting and offering impulsive commentary about the BET Awards show, I wanted to continue my tradition of providing a more...

A Musician’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Courtesy Disc Masters

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving a website’s search engine ranking, usually without the use of paid advertising. For any serious band or business, SEO is...

Spotlight on James Leach, VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC

Since joining SESAC in 2001, James Leach has played a prominent role in the growth of the performance rights organization (PRO). As one of SESAC’s top executives for its...

L.A. Reid to Keynote at Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference

Epic Records chairman and X Factor judge Antonio "L.A." Reid will deliver a keynote Q&As at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, presented by First Entertainment...

10 new rules of the music industry

If you’re looking to embark on a career in the proverbial “game,” this is a little blueprint to get you started. Artists, this speaks directly to your lives right...

Jam & Lewis – The Amalgamation Appreciation by A. Scott Galloway

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – Jam & Lewis – Jimmy & Terry – Terry & Jimmy - James Harris III and Terry Lewis: no matter the moniker, you...

Does The AFM & SAG AFTRA Fund Have Royalties For You?

The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund distributes royalties to session musicians and background vocalists for their performance on songs that are played on satellite radio, webcasting,...

Remembering Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Leader And My Friend (by Danyel Smith)

He was a big man, Chris Lighty. Wide, and tall. Shoulders that stretched from Hollywood to New York City. But his normal speaking voice ranked just above a whisper. As...

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