Monthly Archives: December 2007

Last Week of 07: Performance Rights Legislation & Don Cheadle in Oakland

PERFORMANCE RIGHTS LEGISLATION

Ever since sound recordings were made part of copyright law in 1972, The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) has been trying to get a royalty for performers when music is played on over-the-air AM/FM radio. With the introduction of the Performance Rights Act, our time has finally come to obtain a performance right in sound recordings. This will not be an easy fight. The broadcasters are very powerful. That’s why we urge you to send a letter to your representatives in Congress here so that they will know that a musician who is their constituent will be affected by this legislation. To learn more about the performance rights campaign, go to www.musicfirstcoalition.org

DON CHEADLE IN OAKLAND

On Saturday December 22nd, Black Dot Artists, Inc celebrated 11 years of cultural arts programming with acclaimed actor Don Cheadle in Oakland benefiting the nonprofit’s development of a cultural district in West Oakland. In his first public appearance in Oakland, Cheadle engaged in a lively conversation with Black Dot Artists’ Chief Creative Officer Marcel Diallo. Full Story…

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Fusicology featured in January’s Vapors Magazine as well as on Creative Criss Cross

Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

THE NEW WITH FUSICOLOGY

New Fusicology Music Sampler up ahead with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Russell Taylor, IG Culture, Kai Alce, Erik Rico, Maya Azucena, Invincible, soul jazz from Osunlade, hip hop from Ron Trent and other heaters. Hear last year’s entire music sampler featuring J*DaVeY, DJ Dummy, Karriem Riggins, J Rawls, Detroit Beatdown, Grammy Nominee Vikter Duplaix and much more.

BLOGS: Our affiliate sports writer, Michael Tillery interviews Ron Artest on his Starting Five blog
Our new Go Green blog and city-specific blogs on our Blogroll

NEXT…a nifty Facebook Application with Widgets, New Cities: Philly, Columbus, Charlotte and just announced, Montreal!, a New Look and Backend and many new features for 2008. We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to another great year!

Mel Cheren & Ike Turner R.I.P, Grammy Nominees, Barack in LA & Boondocks Book

FUSICOLOGY.COM UPDATES:

Imeem.com featured our site and garnered our player over 3 million hits! Click on the Imeem link above or click fusicology.imeem.com to go right to our playlist.

New Cities for 2008! Philly, Columbus, Charlotte and just announced, Montreal!

STAR POWER:

Grammy nominees congratulations to Vikter Duplaix, Alice Smith, Dwele, Raheem DeVaughn, Herbie Hancock, Kanye West & Amy Winehouse. Check out our DJ Top 5 below representing some of the nominees – thanks NARAS! We all feel the change is coming…

Barack Obama hit Los Angeles with a big concert in Universal City with a performance by Ne-Yo and a slew of celebrities and thousands of supporters.

OUT NOW:

‘All the Rage: The Boondocks past and present’, the new book by Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. Gift shipping available, get yours for cheap…

R.I.P. MEL CHEREN & IKE TURNER

Mel Cheren, the undisputed Godfather of Disco, passed away last Friday due to complications from AIDS. He was 74.

Credited with playing a pivotal role in the rise of the disco phenomenon that swept the 1970s, Cheren co-founded the seminal disco label, West End Records, in 1976. Its tunes inspired early hip-hop artists like the Sugarhill Gang.

An avid supporter of contemporary dance music, Mel Cheren’s death is a great loss to the global dance music scene. He will be sorely missed. Full Story

Ike Turner also passed yesterday 12/12. Although his reputation permanently tarnished by abuse allegations, he is still deemed by many as the Godfather of Rock N Roll with his 1951 classic evolutionary song “Rocket 88″. Rest in Peace.

FADER 50th, Game Rebellion & J.Period & Perfect Holiday

THE FADER CELEBRATES ITS 50th ISSUE

Publication Committed to Documenting Emerging Music and Culture Releases Its Golden Issue… Available on Newsstands and iTunes. Since 1998, The FADER has been the first to give early coverage to artists such as The White Stripes and Outkast, and the first to place Kanye West, The Strokes, and MIA on its cover. To add to the celebration, The FADER has also partnered with eMusic to offer 50 free anthems by artists who have helped define the magazine. Download @ emusic.com/thefader

GAME REBELLION & J.PERIOD: “SEARCHING FOR RICK RUBIN” PUNK ROCK MEETS HIP HOP!

Always one step ahead of the curve, Mixtape King J.Period is back with a groundbreaking new remix project—this time alongside fellow Brooklynites and rising hip hop/punk rock stars, Game Rebellion. “Searching for Rick Rubin” combines LIVE re-recordings of classics with hard-hitting remixes. LISTEN on IMEEM | FREE DOWNLOAD

OUT NOW IN THEATERS:

The hilarious flick, Perfect Holiday, with Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Katt Williams, Faizon Love, Terrence Howard, Charles Murphy and more | view trailer & ecard

Now #35 on iTunes! Causes 1: Darfur Charity Album with exclusive tracks from Black Keys, Bright Eyes, The Cure, The Shins, Spoon & more | Order Now