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The 2017 Grammy nominations are here and for the first time in history, the Recording Academy have made streaming only recordings eligible for Grammy consideration. This bodes well for many independent artists across the globe. Chance the Rapper is one of the first to benefit from this with a host of nominations. Chance has been…

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Chance The Rapper has officially dropped his highly anticipated project, Coloring Book. It’s available for “free 99” on iTunes. The project features Kanye, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Jay Electronica, Future and Justin Bieber. Chance’s rise to the spotlight of the music industry is one that represents a realization as to how different the music industry is…

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The Black funeral home business has always been an important institution in the community. There was a time when Blacks were refused the services of a White-owned funeral home because of racial prejudice. This gave the Black mortician an important role in the now multibillion-dollar industry and spawned many wealthy morticians. One funeral home in particular that…

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Schoolboy Q may be experiencing success with his major label debut album, Oxymoron, but the Los Angeles native revealed his mixed feelings about that success in a recent interview. Q spoke to CBS Local affiliate WZMX Hot 93.7. Q says that his popularity is booming, so much so that he’s even been offered his own line of bucket hats (those hats have become a bit of a trademark for Q), but he expressed reluctance with making any more “big money” deals too soon.

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Internet crowd source funding website Kickstarter has been hacked. Kickstarter has been used successfully to fund independent film and video projects through  small user donations. Spike Lee recently used Kickstarter to bypass Hollywood studios that would not fund his projects. No credit card information was stolen but the cyber criminals did get usernames, passwords, email…

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have generated much debate in hip-hop circles since the release of 2012s The Heist. The Seattle-based duo became indie rap poster boys after their single “Thrift Shop” became a mainstream smash, but not everyone celebrated the pair’s success.

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While some publicists aim strictly for A-list clients, Olivia Dikambi doesn’t mind delivering her services to lesser known talent on the underground and independent scene. In fact, focusing on this niche market has afforded her with a list of more than 50 clients ranging from rock to hip-hop to eco-friendly products. Rolling out spoke with…

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A few years after the start of the millennium, the major record label system found itself in the midst of an upheaval. Obstructed by an archaic business model and illegal downloads, major labels failed to adapt to new technology, and, in turn, struggled to develop artists. Profits dwindled as the future of music commerce became…

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