Jay Z, P. Diddy & Lil Wayne 2011 V-Concert

Jay Z, P. Diddy & Lil Wayne 2011 V-Concert

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Rockafella Records, Bad Boy & Cash Money Records are said to be in a negotiations process to do in Hip Hop Rap only what Michael Jackson could do for Pop Music.  As a result of the huge success of MJJ’s “This is it,” showcase that made over $101M in less than five days, the hottest Rappers in the business plan’s are to do a huge Virtual Concert to be seen worldwide at Movie theaters near you.


I mean this is huge as Monster Energy Drink and Red Bull are being called in to sponsor this musical extravaganza featuring the hottest acts in Rap music all on one stage.  The show is planned to be very high energy and a promotional for the Energy Drinks companies. 


The show is planned to go on for about 3 hours in a mix of acts from Cash Money, Rockafella and Bad Boy.   There are a lot of logistics that has to be settled as far as media venue to pricing.


In an unusual arrangement by Live Nation the mega tour production company with venues throughout the United States, this promotional strategy is selfless as Live Nation will use a different type of venue to present these shows, being Movie Theaters rather than Concert Venues.


There is conversations out there that it will be a limit engagement with first come first served as tickets will be sold in advance with a system of Rhythm and Reason, meaning a setup by design to serve the fan base of these three mega record companies and entourages.


The estimated gross from ticket sales alone is predicted to be over $300M in less than a week, by being carried by thousands of theaters at once all over the world.  Lil Wayne can be released in as little as 8 months.   Part of the proceeds will go to AIDS Research and NaQuila Hardy is the BUZZ, she is being considered to open the show with the International AIDS Anthem, FindCure-CureAIDS. 


Taking Independent Labels to a new level


Taking Independent Labels to a new level


Usually the music album for an independent artist is a promotional tool and the product is the things it is used to promote such as a tours, gaining advertisement endorsements, getting the music on the airwaves and video games and commercials, because of the weak distribution of independent distributors as secondary clients to the record stores, the shelf space is regulated and therefore the sales expectations are lowered.  Janet Jackson, Prince and the Time Band as well as numerous artist who are independent now and unsigned artist like LL Cool J has to look for another ways to get their music to the consumers,


Now we have Live Nation who has joined with Ticket-Master, who is the number one concert promoter and the US and beyond, which should mean instant record sales tied to the sales of concert tickets through ticket master, then there is the idea of taking record sales to the streets in door to door fashion like Avon personalizing the music buying cliental.  The Underground Distribution Movement is a very serious consideration.  Yes certain logistical considerations have to be taken into account for sales accountability for tax reasons and chart positioning.


Why would a black market network be interested in a legitimate CD distribution operation that would raise the prices of the product to about $5 per CD?  Which is a far price because the packaging standards will be higher and similar to what you find in stores?  It should cost us about $1 per CD to record the album, and package it and distribute it, based on a certain amount of sales to create a breakeven point.  Our main costs will be in recording album with quality in mind.  That leaves $4 to split between the music production and record company in Janet’s case Black Doll and Flyte Tyme and the distribution network per CD.  A far split in such a case would be $1.5 to the record company and $2.5 to distribution and $1 to product development for and distribution, in getting the product to the consumer.  Out of the $1.5 one dollar goes to the artist and $0.50 to the production of the album personal, such as producers and engineers and so forth such as studio time.  In Janet’s case 2 million sales puts $2 million in Janet’s pockets from record sales alone a million to Flyte Tyme Productions a million to production and distribution costs of $2 million and $5 million split to the distributor down to the sales person.  Now this is just Janet’s CD. 


Now everyone will not sale like Janet, but the idea is that these sales persons will have diverse products and a long list of artist.  Is that a good enough reason to become legitimate?  I will take this a step further, I think inspirational and gospel music should be sold at the level of the Churches and delivered by the same distributors bring spiritual music to the steps of the churches supporting ministries and getting directly to the right cliental. Forget-a-but store shelf space, we can do this.  We are talking about 1,000s of jobs nationwide as well as numerous outlets.



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Janet Jackson & the Time Band World Tour

A New Marketing Strategy


time-bandJanet Jackson & the Time Band World Tour


We all know Janet is pure magic and can put on a great show.  She is currently working with Jam and Lewis of Flyte Tyme Productions on new album, what everyone may have let slip by is the fabulous Time Band with lead singer Morris Day is working on something concurrently.  It is possible the two albums might drop about the same time and it is a huge possibility that the Time Band will be added to the Janet World Tour ticket as the other act and an added attraction.


Also with Ticket-Master merged with Live Nation who is a huge distributor of concert tickets, it is a possibility that the albums will be sold as an add on to ticket purchases through Ticket-Master, meaning for the same basic price of a concert ticket to see Janet and the Time Band featuring Morris Day, you will also get a copy of the newly released album in the mail with your purchase.  This is a new marketing strategy being introduced by Black Doll and Live Nation the Monster of musical entertainment.  So not only will you get to see Janet and the Time up close and personal, but you will get to hear them for the price of your concert tickets.  Oh, sure the albums will be available at record stores in you local location, but if you plan to go to the show, this is great package deal.


Details have not been iron out yet; the idea is in the embryonic stage, but realistically a foreseeable future business venture for Black Doll, Flyte Tyme and the Live Nation umbrella.  It would increase record sales, promote the tour and add much more interest to the whole shebang.  The East Coast canceled stops may be rescheduled with the newly ensemble.  Pure excitement!

Janet Jackson and the Big Guns

janet-in-dallas1Janet Jackson and the Big Guns


There are basically 4 or 5 major record labels today and what a major label really balls down to is they have their own distribution system and demands high volume record sales.  An independent label is basically a label that has no affiliation with a major label and uses independent distributors to get their record into the stores.


So if a person has their own label but is under the umbrella of a major labels are they actually independent of the major labels? The fact of the matter Live Nation is a monster in the music industry and is if not the most influential company in the music industry in conjunction with Clear Channel Communications.  So to sign an independent deal with Live Nation is not in fact independent of the major channels of the music industry, because the fact of the matter is record labels depend on Live Nation and Clear Channel Communications, for touring and airplay on the radio.


So it is obvious that they can demand from the major labels distribution for artist signed to them. The bottom-line is there will be advantages by Janet for signing onto her own Record Label “Black Doll” under the umbrella of Live Nation.


Perhaps Janet’s timing is perfect as Live Nation and Ticket-Master is announcing a merger, making Live Nation even bigger.  Just as major labels have their own distribution now Live Nation owns distribution of concert tickets as we know Ticket-Master is a major distributor of concert tickets.  So as a package deal it might be a very good business venture to sign onto Live Nation to put out a new album and new tour in 2009.  However statistical analysis has to be taken to measure the success of the tour based on the economic soundness in the world at large.


Some economist predict a full economic recovery and some a partial recovery and even other predict it will get worst before it gets better, and concerts and record sales are in fact out of discretionary spending.  So we have to respect Live Nation for their cautiousness as they take a risk on Janet.  In this one Janet is the Forward Observer for the King of the Battle.  In other words she is being sent out front to test the waters for the biggest and the boldest being Live Nation; because as the old going say it, “The show must go on.”   


With Live Nation in conjunction with Clear Channel Communications and Ticket-Master every opportunity that the Economic Reinvestment Plan can offer will be put to a test; and who better than Janet to face the challenge?  As we would often say in the United States Army the forward observer directed the big guns who were the king of the battle Artillery and air support.