‘RO’ Editor-in-Chief’s Playlist: Music on the Fly

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My insane love for music led to an initial desire to become an A&R (Artist and Repertoire development representative). When that didn’t happen, I settled for talking about music via writing album reviews. Ironically, this venture led to my current position as the editor-in-chief of rolling out. Today, my time is very limited, so I… Read more »

ASCAP Presents the 2nd Annual Outstanding Women Behind the Music: Kelly Rowland Among Honorees

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recently kicked off its second annual Women Behind the Music event in Atlanta. Sponsored by Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, Essence.com, RocaWear, and MusiconlineAlive.com the event coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and was created to recognize the considerable contributions made by women in the music industry. “We… Read more »

Music Marketing Veteran, Shanti Das Empowers Women With New Book

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It takes meticulous marketing, creativity and dedication to transform a talented unpolished novice into a household name that can sell millions of records. Fortunately for artists such as Usher, Toni Braxton, OutKast and more, these skills are all found within one woman, Shanti Das. As a veteran music industry executive, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Das has… Read more »

Vivica Fox, Brian McKnight: Black Hollywood Weighs in on How to Make it in the Industry

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NAACP Award-winning writer and director Je’Caryous Johnson’s hit stage play Cheaper to Keep Her comes to Los Angeles and rolling out got some Black Hollywood scoop from one of the leads in the play, newcomer Christian Keyes and one of the actor’s BFFs, Lisa Leslie. How do you feel about the current state of Black Hollywood? Christian… Read more »

Music Producer Jay Fenix Has the Midas Touch

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While other producers go to great lengths to ensure that the world knows their name, producer Jay Fenix is more concerned that listeners know his music. A true artist and student of the music industry, Fenix has been turning heads with his penchant for making timeless music. The producer recently sat down with rolling out… Read more »

Kem Returns to Music After 5-Year Hiatus

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The warm scent of incense unfurling throughout the air, dim smoky lights and melodious croons of singer Kem, set the tone for an intimate evening at New York Cityís Tillman lounge where Universal Motown celebrated the release of Kemís, Intimacy: Album III.  Kem was lovingly greeted after a five year hiatus by some of the… Read more »

The Film Industry Booming in Atlanta

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Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, T.I. Need to Support Jazz Music

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While reading Ted Gioia’s jazz.com blog about the ever-dwindling audience of American jazz lovers, I considered a question both jazz enthusiasts and detractors could appreciate: is playing jazz simply played out? While such a question might seem dodgy, as it highlights the decline of what many people in the international community consider America’s greatest contribution… Read more »

Kenny Burns Offers an Inside Look at the Entertainment Industry in New Film, ‘B.U.R.N.S.’

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Kenny Burns has remained a force in the entertainment and fashion industries for nearly two decades. Known as the “lifestyle specialist,” Burns made a name for himself by promoting unforgettable parties, creating the RyanKenny clothing line, and serving as the vice president of Roc-A-Fella Records during the company’s most successful years. Burns can now add… Read more »

Macy Gray Stays True to Herself Despite Music’s Race Politics

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It takes a lot to be singer-songwriter, Macy Gray. For one you have to contend with those who challenge the beauty of your ethereal voice, mock your eclectic fashion choices and as Gray recently revealed; pigeonhole you to one genre of music because of your race. “The industry has this horrible stereotype about what an… Read more »

Verizon Wireless Songwriters and Producers Series Panelists’ Say There Is a Message in the Music

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DETROIT; Saturday May 1, Verizon Wireless hosted the remarkably informative Songwriters and Producers workshop at Grace Church on the city’s northwest side. The illustrious panel of speakers included music producers Rev. Rudolph Stanfield and Paul “PDA” Allen, along with songwriter and producer songwriter Carnell Murrell. The trio of accomplished gospel acts and industry expert Donna… Read more »

100 Musicians Signed Up for ‘We Are the World’ Remake, Smokey Robinson Says Backstage at Grammys

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In the wake of the devastating tragedy in Haiti, and in honor of the late Michael Jackson, approximately 100 current musicians signed up to re-record the “We are the World” mega-single following the Grammy Awards, announced legend Smokey Robinson. The King of Pop, who was honored with a moving tribute and a posthumous Lifetime Achievement… Read more »

Wanna Be a Hitmaker? The Man Behind ‘Blame It’ Shares the Secrets of Industry Success

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“Blame It” was one of the biggest hit singles of 2009. The Jamie Foxx–T-Pain smash had one of the most instantly catchy hooks and benefited from stellar production from one of the industry’s most respected producers — Chris “Deep” Henderson. The song’s primary songwriter, Henderson, knew as a youngster that he was drawn to music,… Read more »