Think of it as 'Celebrity Deathmatch' video style. In May of 2009, brokencool pitted Eminem's "3 AM" against Matchbox Twenty's "3 AM" in a video battle that had blood, Mexicans, Hannah Montana and more. The video battle (a good name for this feature is forthcoming) will return to brokencool.com soon. In the meantime, hit the jump to see who won the battle way back in '09.
It's 2024. What will you be doing? Where are you working? Do you have kids? Where are you living? These are all questions people ask themselves looking into the future...so how about another question: Where will the music industry be in 10 years? It's a loaded question given the rapidly evolving environment. Here are 10 Ways The Music Industry Will Change In 10 Years.
With news yesterday that the 'Entourage' movie now has a release date (no one talk to me on June 12th, 2015), brokencool thought it would be fun to look back at the music of 'Entourage.' The show was a launching pad for new Hip-Hop music but also a tool to bring back memories of some of that classic Hip-Hop (only now in the context of Turtle driving a limo or Ari yelling at someone). Here are 32 old school Hip-Hop artists that have appeared (musically) on 'Entourage.'
Earlier this morning, Kid Cudi followed in the footsteps of Beyonce and, with "no promo", delivered a "surprise" album release on the masses. The "no promo" trend is gaining steam after the success of Beyonce's new album. And sure, this trend will likely only serve major label artists and those with somewhat established fanbases initially, but who knows what the future holds for independent artists as well. Here are the 10 Benefits of Releasing Your Album With No Promotion.
Don't look now, but on the weekend Drake sold-out his 5th Annual OVO Fest in seconds (and tickets are already going for big money on the secondary market)...oh, this happened before too. Fans waited in line to snatch up tickets to the 2-day event featuring Outkast on August 3rd and Drake headlining on August 4th. But how did Drake turn OVO Fest into Hip-Hop's must-see concert?
Yes, Billboard Magazine is a vital part of the music business and keeps industry folks up-to-date on trends and goings on in the business. Yes, XXL and RESPECT. are key print Hip-Hop mags (with online presences) to focus on for coverage and to keep in tune to what's happening in the world of Hip-Hop, much like Revolver Magazine is key for the Hard Rock scene. But what magazines should aspiring recording artists be reading to further their career? What magazines will provide them true insight into where music (and the business of music) is going? These may not be classified as "music magazines" or publications, but these 5 mags are key to your future and the future of the music business. Subscribe to these now (digitally, print...whatever your preference).
NOTE - I originally wrote this post in 2009 - walk with me.
Video games and music are BIG business. The "Guitar Hero" series hit $1 billion in retail sales in January 2008 after only 26 months on the market while its "Rock Band" counterpart had moved 1 million units and sold 2.5 million downloads as of January 2008. The popularity of these games is so enormous that in '07 Vivendi, the parent company of the Universal Music Group, purchased a controlling stake in "Guitar Hero's" publisher Activison for billions.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I eagerly went to check the mail at 18 years old in 1998. 2 years earlier I had started one of the first music publications online called the HHN (Hip-Hop Newsletter). I had started to receive a lot more promo materials from record labels and damn, I was excited. I mean I was 18 and I was getting everything free...I didn't have to go the record store (we still had those) like my friends. I opened the mailbox, ripped open the package inside and what I found was this: