ROD DA GOD – Atlanta’s Hottest New Hip Hop Artist Releases Video for His Debut Single “FairyTale”

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Atlanta GA’s next rising star, 19 yr. old, 6’3, hip hop artist, Jerrod Thompson aka “Rod Da God”, blazes into the industry with a hit record, an authentically fast-building fan base, and the creative talent to propel him into superstardom through music and acting.

Today, he releases the debut video for his 1st single – “Fairytale” which is already in rotation at radio stations across the country and has sparked social media madness as thousands of teenage girls are participating in Rod Da God’s #FairyTaleDayChallenge on Instagram.

With millions of YouTube lyric video views and SoundCloud plays, hundreds of thousands IG and Twitter likes, and an increasing number of radio requests, performances and interviews under his belt – Rod Da God is already creating a solid foundation and industry/fan connection in the crowded “new artist market”.

His music and style are influenced by a wide-range of artists such as Drake, L.L. Cool J, and Will Smith. “I don’t have to try and fit in and look cool, I’m just myself and everyone loves me for it”, says the 6’3 artist and actor (he is also a basketball star, winning the 2016 State Championship at Westlake High School in Atlanta GA).

Fun, young and witty, Rod Da God, has affectionately been crowned the #FreshPrinceofATL, and is hot off the High School “Juice Tour” where young fans crowded the stage, sang along to “Fairytale”, took pictures and got autographs from Atlanta’s hottest new hip hop artist. He now has a full schedule of appearances and performances in Albany GA, Atlanta GA, Macon GA, Nashville TN, Chicago IL, The Carolinas, several Florida markets and more.

Check out Rod Da God’s tour performance – HERE

“Right now, I’m focused on Rod Da God’s movement, we are in the studio creating weekly, this kid is special,” says legendary and Grammy-winning producer DJ Toomp.

Rod Da God’s passion and enduring work ethic have put his career on the fast track. With major plans in development, strategically positioned to follow up and support his fast-moving single, he remains steadfast in expanding his talents, building his fan base and becoming what the industry is missing – authenticity in art…Visit the links below to Meet ROD DA GOD.

All eyes are on this rising star, you can check out the debut video right HERE (Dirty) or HERE (Clean)

Connect with Rod Da God on social media – IG and Twitter @RoddaGoddd

Bonus: Listen to Rod Da God’s next release “Conversation” produced by DJ Toomp HERE

 

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Why Is It So Hard To Get Paid In the Music Industry?

Guest Post: Why Getting Paid In The Music Industry Is So Complicated, And How It Can Be Better

Guest Post: Why Getting Paid In The Music Industry Is So Complicated, And How It Can Be Better

 

David Balto is a lawyer and consumer advocate based in Washington, D.C., who previously served as the policy director of the Federal Trade Commission.

In Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow’s recent op-ed called The Penny Paradox, he asked, “Isn’t a song worth more than a penny?” The problem, as outlined by Portnow, is that artists aren’t being paid enough for their work. However, this is a gross oversimplification of a more complicated issue of payment in the music industry. An issue that, unfortunately, consumers (and artists) are caught in the middle of as powerful and less powerful interests fight over how to divide payments amongst themselves.

When Portnow is talking about a song being worth a penny he is, of course, not talking about someone being able to own a song for an actual penny. He is talking about the cost per listen of a single license. An interactive music streamer like Spotify needs two licenses to serve a single song to a customer, and three licenses under certain circumstances. When a consumer buys a song, they make one payment and own it forever. Streaming a song is not ownership, and royalties must be paid for each listen.

This leads to a complex picture of how artists earn money. They can get one payment from a fan that buys their album or a recurring payment as a fan continues to play their songs on a streaming service. Artists can also get paid both ways from a single fan — a correlation between internet radio “spins” and sales were found in 2014.

It gets even more complicated. Artists own different copyrights and get paid differently based on whether they wrote the song and/or recorded the song. They deal with different middlemen and the licensing is handled through different organizations: SoundExchange for sound recording rights, a publishing rights organization like ASCAP or BMI for the performance right and individual publishers for each song’s mechanical rights.

ASCAP and BMI are currently regulated through agreements made with the Department of Justice that are regulated by federal courts which stress fairness and transparency. These agreements were necessary because collective bargaining — like that done through ASCAP and BMI — is illegal under antitrust laws, but all parties considered it necessary to have a collective bargaining system to cut down contracting costs in a complex industry. In other words, it’s a narrow exception to the general rules of a competitive market.

And now it’s getting even more complicated. Publishers, some of which have market power, are lobbying the DOJ to make changes in the consent decrees to allow them to withhold music from radio, venues and streaming services. These changes would let publishers jump out of ASCAP and BMI when it suits them. So much for fairness and non-discrimination. And so much for fair prices for consumers.

Publishers will also be able to agree amongst themselves not to license a performance right unless all owners of a copyright assent. This will give even small owners of a copyright complete control, not just over performance rights but over the sound recording as well. If a five percent owner of the performance rights to Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” refuses to license, for instance, that not only affects other owners of the performance rights, but also Justin Bieber’s royalty payments for the sound recording. A music user has to license all rights to play a song, and if any fractional owner had veto rights they would be able to control the destiny of the entire song and every sound recording, not just what they own.

This didn’t matter when radio and venues could contract with ASCAP and BMI, each of which has to license to all comers at a fair rate. But in a world where publishers can be in and out of ASCAP and BMI, it suddenly matters a great deal. This has the potential to not only hurt consumers, but also artists who can’t get their song played because an owner of a small piece of it refuses to license. Ultimately, both consumers and artists will lose.

I do not agree with Portnow on the simple solution that payments for songs need to increase. This is the solution before the DOJ right now, and it will likely lead to tremendous harm to consumers and potentially artists (we don’t know how much of that increase, if any, will filter through to them and how much will be pocketed by the powerful publishers). However, I do agree that we can do better and that solutions must come from Congress.

Congress, for example, could set up a one-stop shop for the complete bundle of rights needed to play a song, and all the rights owners could divide those payments among themselves. This would make it easy to agree on a payment that is good for artists while still allowing streaming services to be profitable (important after the Copyright Royalty Board’s rate increase led to the closure of many smaller independent and local services). Congress also has many more options to make sure the most vulnerable parties, consumers, and artists, are protected.

Article Via Billboard.Biz

 

A NEW STAR EMERGES….

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LEXXI BANX

Eagerly entering the music scene with her melodious tone, animated cut throat lyrics and often with her violin in tow…Lexxi is in a class by herself!

Singer, Rapper, Classical Violinist, Dancer, & Actress… Lexxi Banx knows what it means to work with dedication, determination, and discipline. Those who know her define her as an overcomer and survivor. Beginning at age eight when she picked up her first violin, then age ten when she wrote her first lyrics and at 16 composed her first score  – this child prodigy has been striking beautiful chords, vocalizing unforgettable melodies, and perfecting her freestyle rap skills every since….

Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Lexxi Banx is a unique quadruple threat in the entertainment industry…and her talents will soon reach way beyond her current home base of Atlanta GA.

For Your Hip Hop, EDM and R&B Listening Pleasure…

Welcome to Lexxi’s World!

[Client News: Legalize Loud – Recap]

Event Pics: #LegalizeLoud Concert w/ Stalley Hosted By Lady B, Fort Knox and Cory B

by whycauseican on June 11, 2013

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Last Tuesday, Legalized Loud brought the city of Atlanta out to the Masquerade for their concert which headlined MMG’s own Stalley. Special guest who came out to the event to salute the artist in Atlanta was DJ Scream, Big K.R.I.T., Scotty and more! The event was hosted by CYHMB.com’s Lady B, 107.9′s Cory B and the Livest host alive Fort Knox with DJ Mister Smith on the 1′s and 2′s. Opening performances consisted of Translee, Zip Kennedy, Band Geakz, New Fad Zoo, Marian Mereba, Willie Hyn, Stuey Rock and more!

Click Here For All The Pics From The Event

Shouts Out to My Friends At Why Cause I Can!  Appreciate the Support…See You Next Month at Legalize Loud July ’13 Edition!

[Client News] Legalize Loud with Stalley

Tuesday, June 4th the 2nd Installment of the Legalize Loud Series Kicks Off with Maybach Music Member, Stalley, along with ATL’s Own Scotty ATL, Forte Bowie,Translee, Stuey Rock and many more!

Please contact Wish Creative for Media Access!

 
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Source Magazine Cover Release Event ATL

We were very happy to work with Source Magazine to produce their April/May 2012 Magazine Issue Release Party at the legendary Artist Factory!

 

Thank You to our  Event Hosts Lil Bankhead and Ft. Knox

A BIG SHOUT OUT  to the Artist Factory and the whole Wish Creative team for Makin’ It Happen

 

 

 

 

 

Special Thanks to Ciroc, Akoo Clothing, Redbull, Agirlandherhiphop.com, Monster DJs, and Mirosa Beer

 

Check out a few pics of the event – hopefully we will get the videos up soon!

Juve, Kimberly Jo, Hiriam Hicks, and Teddy Deraj

Gregory Smith, Kimberly Jo, B.Cox

Hamilton Park Members & Jive Artist Issa

Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall & “Do It” Artist Mykko Montanna

The Incredible Angie Stone

Mr. Collipark and Source’s Summer Smith

DJ Kutthroat

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OK…people!  Make sure to check out this month’s Source Magazine.  Check back with us for videos of the event’s performances from Planet VI (formerly Rock City), Mykko Montana, Ying Yang and more!