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Paying to Play: How Will Gucci Mane, Beyoncé and Other Artists Be Affected by the Performance Rights Act?

Admit it. You’ve been guilty of tuning out my favorite FM radio station after listening to a standing catalog of the same popular songs rotating all day long. Unfortunately, the very entertainment that you might have taken for granted may be threatened by the Performance Rights Act. Under the Performance Rights Act, AM and FM […]

Eminem is Robbed of His $60k Diamond Chain: Why He’s Having the Worst Week Ever

After spending the last five years on the periphery of the music industry, Eminem can’t seem to shake the spotlight. While attending the recent MTV Movie Awards, Slim Shady’s hotel room was burglarized and bandits made away with the rapper’s $60,000 diamond chain. It was later discovered that Eminem’s personal laptop was also stolen from […]

How Soulja Boy broke all the Rules... and Won.

How Soulja Boy broke all the Rules… and Won.

how soulja boy Broke All the Rules … And Won Soulja Boy in the studio   Story by Jacinta HowardImages by Hannibal Matthews for Steed Media Service Once upon a time there was a boy named DeAndre Way. His friends called him Soulja Boy. He made a Web page, recorded himself dancing on YouTube and […]

The Twilite Zone: Legendary Chicago producer Twilite Tone talks Common and fatherhood

  Anthony “The Twilite Tone” touts himself as the DuSable of ‘Go, ILL’. The average Joe might consider the claim a lofty comparison — taking on the name of the black man credited as the founder of the Windy City — but Tone’s quip is more than warranted. Along with legends Common and NO ID, […]

Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em Exclusive Sneak Peek

   Images by Hannibal Matthews ‘I just really kicked down the doors at the record label and just ran in taking money.’ Love him or hate him, Soulja Boy is running hip-hop right now. In the past year, he’s had two songs chart on Billboard’s Top 10 simultaneously — “Kiss Me Through the Phone” and […]

The Good Die Young: RIP Roderick Anthony Burton, aka Dolla

  On May 18, at approximately 3:10 p.m. in Los Angeles, Roderick Anthony Burton II was gunned down in a shopping mall. Known to the music industry and fans alike as the 21-year-old budding hip-hop talent, Dolla, Burton’s memory has quickly become marred in the debate that rappers are falling prey to the same violence […]

Letoya Luckett Boss Lady

Letoya Luckett Boss Lady

Story by Jacinta Howard Images by Benjamin Jones for Steed Media Service As careers go, LeToya Luckett’s would make an enthralling “Behind the Music” special. Talented, but overlooked member of a high-powered, girl group? Check. Chart-topping singles? Check. Super dramatic group break up? Check. Remarkable comeback? Check. Yes, Luckett’s story is full of highs and […]

Keri Hilson, Ciara Or Chrisette Michele?

Keri Hilson, Ciara Or Chrisette Michele? Who Will Be the Queen of Spring 2009? These three ladies intend to dominate the warm months leading into summer. Keri Hilson is certified songwriter with the golden pen. Ciara is pop/R&B’s reigning sex symbol and Chrisette Michele strikes us as the thoughtful girl-next-door. But who will April, May […]

Adrienne Muhammad

Adrienne Muhammad: Writer’s Block For over 13 years, Adrienne Muhammad has been an instrumental force in some of the music industry’s biggest stars. From Young Jeezy to Rihanna, Usher and UGK, Muhammad’s positions as the general manager of Compound Entertainment, director of A&R administration at Jive Records and as an A&R administrator at Island Def […]

Adrienne Muhammad: Writer’s Block

Adrienne Muhammad: Writer’s Block For over 13 years, Adrienne Muhammad has been an instrumental force in some of the music industry’s biggest stars. From Young Jeezy to Rihanna, Usher and UGK, Muhammad’s positions as the general manager of Compound Entertainment, director of A&R administration at Jive Records and as an A&R administrator at Island Def […]

Jamiel Jackson, Sound Engineer and After School Program Aide

 BUSINESS/ENTERTAINMENT Shining His Light Jamiel Jackson, Sound Engineer and After School Program Aide Jamiel Jackson and his wife share many wonderful things that make their marriage work. One of those things is their passion for children and the nurturing of their success. In fact, his wife co-founded one of the city’s after school programs where […]

Angie Stone Talks About Recording in Marvin Gaye’s Studio and Her Movie, Pastor Brown

Cult icon Angie Stone, aka Angela Laverne Brown, is still basking in the residual afterglow from recording her latest CD, The Art of Love and War, in Marvin Gaye’s studio in Beverly Hills, Calif. The recording session caps an artistically fruitful season for Stone, who also got her inner “pimp-tress” revved up as a strip […]

Keri Hilson, Ciara Or Chrisette Michele? Who Will Be the Queen of Spring 2009?

These three ladies intend to dominate the warm months leading into summer. Keri Hilson is certified songwriter with the golden pen. Ciara is pop/R&B’s reigning sex symbol and Chrisette Michele strikes us as the thoughtful girl-next-door. But who will April, May and June belong to?- todd williams  Keri Hilson:In A Perfect World The sexy singer/songwriter […]

Note to Aspiring Songwriters: Secure an Internship to Get Ahead

photo by steed media service Alonzo Robinson, senior director of black music for ASCAP (West Coast office) loves his job — and it shows. During the ASCAP songwriters’ panel, which took place in L.A. over the Grammy Awards weekend, Robinson was all smiles as he maneuvered around the room, and networked with burgeoning songwriters and […]

12-year-old Rapper Lil Chucky Comments on Working With Lil Wayne

 You’ve heard the mantra that stars aren’t born or made, they’re revealed. Well, the music industry is all abuzz over Lil Chucky, the 12-year-old hip-hop head that spit on Lil Wayne’s hit “Too Clean,” one of the singles from his smash CD, Tha Carter III.“Everything is coming in order, step by step. It’s a good […]

Fiona Simone: The Road Less Traveled

Representin’: AtlantaSounds Like: Missy meets T.I. In a world where female rappers have gone the way of the whoolly mammoth, Fiona Simone is something like a new species. Formerly signed to Universal, to say the emcee-writer has paid her dues would be an understatement. “The most important thing that I’ve learned is that if you’re […]

The 10 Biggest Grammy Snubs of All-time

The 10 Biggest Grammy Snubs of All-time grammy extra The Grammys have a long and illustrious tradition. But, too often, the Foundation seems to be out of step with what’s going on in popular culture. Here are some of the legendary artists that were never awarded the biggest honor in music. –dusty culpepper 10. Sam Cooke […]

The 10 Biggest Grammy Snubs of All-time

grammy extra The Grammys have a long and illustrious tradition. But, too often, the Foundation seems to be out of step with what’s going on in popular culture. Here are some of the legendary artists that were never awarded the biggest honor in music. –dusty culpepper 10. Sam Cooke – Sam Cooke was the first soul […]

Akon & Devyne Stephens- The Rule of Two

Akon & Devyne Stephens- The Rule of Two

AKON & Devyne Stephens – the rule of two Story by Amir ShawImages by Maurice Evans for Steed Media Service on the eve of Thanksgiving over 500 individuals braved a gusty autumn wind while standing in line outside of Throbacks Sports Bar & Grill. Located in College Park, Ga., the venue is a popular hangout […]

jacqueline rhinehart

jacqueline rhinehart photo by steed media service Author, My Organic Soul Jacqueline Rhinehart has a soft spot for youth who demonstrate a light in them that shines brighter than the lights on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. However, she’s also sensitive to a major obstacle for those pursuing a college degree. The students are unable […]

Lil Wayne, Coldplay and Jazmine Sullivan Among Top Grammy Nominees

Lil Wayne continues to have the best year ever. After releasing the best-selling album of 2008, Tha Carter III, Weezy has racked up eight Grammy nominations—the most of any of this year’s nominees. Sensitive British chart-toppers Coldplay were a close second, nabbing seven. Both Wayne and Coldplay were nominated for what is generally Grammy night’s […]

midnite black - knows about versatility

midnite black – knows about versatility

photo by steed media service Atlanta-reared producer Midnite Black knows about versatility. With seven songs on Slim’s (of 112) latest project and upcoming heaters for artists like Ciara, Plies, Faith Evans and Eightball & MJG, the seven-year sensation is leaving his fingerprints all over the music game. –j.h. What should up-and-coming producers do to get […]

the paypa boiz

the paypa boiz photo by steed media service Recording Artists The Paypa Boiz, a Detroit-based rap group, sat down with rolling out recently to talk about their Street Newz, Volume 1 CD compilation. The album is a unique blend of Motor City attitude with elements of East Coast, West Coast and Dirty South hip-hop. Now, […]

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Hits the Big Stage in London

Michael Jackson’s Thriller is arguably the most compelling event in the history of popular music. It ranks as the top-selling album of all-time and the landmark production was promoted by a 30-minute video that changed the dynamics of the music industry and influenced a new generation of pop stars. Twenty-six years after the release of […]

Donald Woodard – why fame + fortune = good lawyer

Entertainment Attorney, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell For entertainers, the pursuit of happiness – when handled properly – often leads to fame and untold fortune. Without the appropriate legal counsel however, that same pursuit may lead to debt, disappointment and a tragic VH1 documentary. An important initial decision to curtail the possibility of such financial […]

VH1 Hip Hop Honorees Naughty By Nature Defends Juelz Santana

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for music icons Naughty By Nature who were recently honored by VH1 during their 2008 Hip Hop Honors. Known for bridging the gap between street-savvy MC’s and commercial rappers with classics like “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Hooray,” it goes without saying that Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay […]

feel the noise

New Yorker Rob (Omarion Grandberry), is an aspiring rap artist who’s trying to make his mark in the music industry. After barely escaping an attack by local thugs, he goes to live with his estranged father in Puerto Rico. There, Rob discovers reggaeton, a spicy blend of hip-hop, reggae and Latin beats. The rhythm connects […]

Danity Kane Gets No Respect

Danity Kane Gets No Respect

If a picture could tell a thousand words, then the one associated with this article would have to include somewhere in there a noticeably missing term when traditionally describing Bad Boy artists and MTV reality stars Danity Kane – “Respect.” At least that’s what the lovely ladies conveyed when taking a moment to chat with […]

jason geter – ain’t life grand

For music industry mogul Jason Geter, playing the hand he’s been dealt in the record business involves great skill and responsibility. Aside from the fact that his top artist, T.I., found himself entangled in legal problems which include federal gun charges, Geter is dealing with the industry-wide decline in record sales, which is largely due […]

Monica - On Motherhood And Her Greatest Love Of All

Monica – On Motherhood And Her Greatest Love Of All

Story by Yvette Caslin Exclusive Images by Grace Kisa for Steed Media Service It seems like Monica has been preparing for the role of “Mama” all of her life. She cheerfully strolls into the sunlit lobby at the posh InterContinental Buckhead hotel carrying her eldest son, “Lil’ Rocko,” who’s tenderly resting his head on her […]

Lupe Fiasco - the strength of street knowledge

Lupe Fiasco – the strength of street knowledge

  Story and Images by Amir Shaw Wasalu Muhammad Jaco lost his cool minutes before a scheduled sit down with ro. The 25-year-old Chicagoan was pacing back and forth anxiously at the sinfully luxurious Ritz Carlton in Atlanta. He was talking on a cell phone with an operator from the U.S. Department of State who […]

Keyshia Cole - Beyond Reality

Keyshia Cole – Beyond Reality

  Words by Amir Shaw and Images by Michael Melendy for Steed Media ServiceJust Like You We’ve all met Keyshia Cole. The feisty Oakland-bred song bird conveys an intense emotion that makes her one of the most relatable artists of her generation. From the Kanye West assisted debut single “I Changed My Mind,” to the […]

Queen Latifah - Worthy of the Throne

Queen Latifah – Worthy of the Throne

 Words and by DeWayne RogersImages by Hiltron Bailey for Steed Media ServiceThe applause was indisputable. Immediately following an advance screening for the film Mad Money, which stars Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton, and Katie Holmes, the attentive audience echoed a raucous cheer to display their fierce approval of the movie. But the thunderous ovation merely marked […]

kai crawford – visual mastermind

photo by steed media service Video Director, Red Summer Photoplays The music industry has evolved into a business where presentation is everything and a song’s success is dependent upon the image and packaging. With that in mind, filmmaker Kai “Flyy Kai” Crawford has helped artists bring their ideas to life through the music videos he […]

brannu – don’t sweat the technique

brannu – don’t sweat the technique  photo by steed media service DJ, Recording Artist The DJ is as important to hip-hop music and culture as the MC. Newcomer Brannu has mastered both elements of hip-hop, and is now eager to show the world what he can do.  “I’m an all-around entertainer, DJ, producer and artist,” […]

brandon smith- polishing the star inside

    photo by steed media service President and CEO, Star Factory With the increasing popularity of reality talent competitions, one has to believe that record labels will eventually opt to go back to basics: artist development. When that day comes, Brandon Smith, Star Factory’s president and CEO, will be ready to deliver. Star Factory […]

Tamyra Gray - Rent-ing Space On Broadway

Tamyra Gray – Rent-ing Space On Broadway

  Story by Terry ShropshirePhotos by Risasi Dais for Steed Media Service NEW YORK – It was year one of the international television phenomenon “American Idol,” yet this spectacular ratings bonanza was about to erupt in scandal and intrigue. Something transpired that made Simon’s rectangular grill radiate disgust and outrage – looking as if someone […]

albright featuring vivian sessoms – sunny one day

Baby Buddha Records When Albright met Vivian Sessoms over 10 years ago, the pair sharpened each other’s writing and production talents and made their mark on the music industry, successfully orchestrating songs for Lala Hathaway and composing jingles for companies like Hanes and Dark & Lovely. On their debut release, Sunny One Day, the duo […]

thunderkatz- trojan band

thunderkatz- trojan band photo by steed media service Recording Artists After performing a set at Atlanta’s Masquerade, the Thunderkatz emerged from backstage to mingle with the lingering fans. ro spoke with group member o8o about their rapidly expanding fan base, new record deal and their niche in the music industry. Congratulations on all the success. […]

supastishun- sweet success

supastishun- sweet success photo by steed media service sweet success If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. That seems to be Atlanta rapper SupaStishun’s motto. “I started singing at first and wasn’t really good at it so the next alternative was to rap,” says the winner of Blackplanet.com 2007 Amplify Talent Search. BlackPlanet.com […]

irv gotti- how to make executive decisions

photo by steed media service CEO, The Inc. Irv Gotti is no stranger to the limelight. In fact, as a multi-platinum producer and CEO of The Inc. (formerly known as Murder Inc.), Gotti has long established himself as a trusted source on what it really takes to become a successful businessman in the music industry. […]

the core djs retreat 7 spins through dallas

the core djs retreat 7 spins through dallas

the core djs retreat 7 spins through dallas photo by steed media service Some of the most influential DJs in America converged in Dallas for the 3rd Annual Core DJs Retreat 7. The 3-day retreat featured an awards show, several panel discussions and a new artist showcase. Notable artists in attendance included Erykah Badu, Three […]

johann michael - out of the box

johann michael – out of the box

johann michael – out of the box photo by steed media service R&B/ Opera Singer In this day and age of cookie-cutter performance artists, it’s always a surprisingly refreshing experience when you encounter an artist unafraid to go against the grain of traditional musical thinking. Enter Filipino sensation Johann Michael. As the buzz continues to […]

ax boys- triple threat

lax boys- triple threat photo by steed media service Rappers, The Arrival Like many children growing up in the hip-hop generation, Cali-bred brothers Poke and Spank along with their cousin, Xay Xay, love hip-hop music and can recall the moment they fell in love with the culture. “We were all kids and used to have […]

scenic woods- the blonde bomb

scenic woods- the blonde bomb photo by steed media service R&B/Funk Singer While Scenic Woods is on the verge of releasing her first solo album, she isn’t a newcomer to the music industry. After signing with Erick Sermon’s Def Squad label as a member of the group Tha Truth!, Woods collaborated with artists such as […]

phoenix the firestarter

phoenix the firestarter photo by steed media service Rap-Rockstress, “Pull On My Weave” Atlanta is one of the entry points to music industry success and Phoenix the Firestarter is bangin’ on the door. The young female MC sells her own CDs, performs around town at the drop of a hat (or rather a beat), and […]

fred jerkins- 100 percent inspiration

fred jerkins- 100 percent inspiration photo by steed media service Producer In the music industry, the Dark Child label is synonymous with chart-topping musical production. Most fans can identify the label’s work through a myriad of R&B hit singles like Mary J. Blige’s, “Enough Cryin’ ” and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s collaborative single, “Déjà vu.” Producer […]

darrin’s dance grooves 2

darrin’s dance grooves 2 Urban Works Darrin Henson has choregraphed dance routines for many superstar artists including Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez. And for those who aspire to crunk dance their way to the top, his DVD, “Darrin’s Dance Grooves 2″ gives step-by-step instructions on how to help make it happen. With over an hour […]

brian jennings- making stars and building a community

brian jennings- making stars and building a community photo by steed media service Vice President, Taylor’d Entertainment Before the spotlight shines on center stage and the red velvet curtain goes up, and even before the fans and the fame, every recording artist starts out being just a person with talent. Taylor’d Entertainment has the industry […]

Actor Troy Pryor talks movies, how Tyler Perry influenced him

Actor Troy Pryor talks movies, how Tyler Perry influenced him

What inspired you to become an actor? Being a child. Most children are not confined to the rules and regulations of reality. Actors train for years do what the mind of child does effortlessly. We lose much of that as we get older. Being an actor allows me to play again and escape from the […]