A 17-year-old Chicago rapper has been charged with murder in connection to the fatal shooting of a dispatch driver in Wentworth Gardens last month.
Clint Massey, who performs as “RondoNumbaNine,” was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail at Cook County Bond Court Sunday.
Massey, of the 6600 block of South Honore Street in the West Englewood neighborhood, was allegedly one of two gunmen who fatally shot Javan Boyd early on Feb. 22, according to court records and Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack.
Massey and an unnamed co-offender drove to the 3700 block of South Princeton Avenue at about 4 a.m. on Feb. 22, looking to retaliate against an unidentified individual for an earlier altercation, Mack said.
Boyd, 28, who worked for a South Side dispatch service, was sitting in his car waiting for a passenger when Massey and the co-offender approached the passenger side door, Mack said.
Witnesses saw Massey and the co-offender shoot into the vehicle with handguns, according to Mack.
A portion of the incident was captured on video, Mack said, and Massey’s fingerprint was found on the cab.
A 19-year-old Columbia rapper has been found dead in his home, according to the Richland County Coroner’s Office. Derek McAllister, AKA Speaker Knockerz, was found deceased Thursday inside his residence, Coroner Gary Watts said.
No foul play is suspected. Watts said his office is awaiting toxicology reports to determine McAllister’s cause of death.
Over the weekend, The Game held a charity bowling event to celebrate his Robin Hood Project reaching over half a million dollars in donations! Celebrity guests to the event included: Khloe Kardashian, Too Short, Jackie Long, Malika Haqq, Justin Combs and more.
I had the opportunity to ask Game about his charity, The Robin Hood Project, and here’s what he had to say:
“The charity [is] set up by me to give back to the community… I figured once you have everything as a celebrity, once you have money, once you have cars, once you have family, once you have fans, once you have been around the world, what else is there to do besides start giving back? So, I created the Robin Hood Project for positivity, for giving back, and to help those in need. There are people who are struggling with a couple hardships in their life, and it’s on me to help them… You know, the Robin Hood Project has reached 500,000 thousand dollars, which is half a million dollars in donations since the month of August. So this is what’s popping.”
Ave’s new track “Just A Dream” refers to the idea that MLK’s dream was nothing more than that. With the gap between the rich and poor growing, prison is sometimes the end result for people.
Taking these things into account, Ave uses this Jersey Life Beats canvas to create a track that calls attention to the fact that this county is still far from being the dream that MLK jr. once spoke of.
Today’s Topic: TuneCore vs CDBaby
With digital music sales increasing due to the decline of physical albums, companies (called “aggregators”) such as TuneCore and CDBaby are revolutionizing marketing opportunities for independent artists. Aside from offering online music distribution and performance-royalty collection (working alongside PROs), they also collect publishing royalties from the sale and streaming of compositions. When faced with the choice of affiliation, however, an in-depth comparison between the two giants may seem daunting.
Allow us to provide a starting point…
(1) With CDBaby, the sign-up cost is $12.95 per song and $49 per album with no annual fee. There is a 15% commission for collecting publishing royalties, with a self-renewing contract term (as long as neither composer or CDBaby terminates) for songwriters & composers (there is a 1-year contract for publishers). In contrast, TuneCore offers free membership, but services trigger fees after affiliation. For example, album distribution costs $29.99 the first year and 49.99 each following year; single distribution costs $9.99 the first year and each following year; ringtone distribution costs $19.99 the first year and each following year; and collection of publishing royalties costs a one-time setup fee of $75.00 plus a 10% commission on earnings.
(2) Even though both CDBaby and TuneCore offer a similar range of services — music distribution for albums, singles, and ringtones; music publishing royalty collection, among others. – they do have marked differences regarding royalty collection, commissions on sales, UPC Bar codes, etc.
It’s always helpful to visualize, though. So let’s make a chart!
|Fee for Collecting Songwriter Royalties||15% commission.||$75 flat fee + 10% commission|
|Commission on Digital Sales (after store percentage)||9%||0%|
|Commission on Physical Sales||$4||N/A|
|Number of Digital Retail Partners||95+||74+|
|CD and Vinyl Distribution||Yes||NO|
|Sell music on Facebook||Yes||NO|
|Including CDs and Vinyl|
|UPC bar code||$20 for an album, $5 for a single||Free|
|Sync Licensing||Up to 40% Commission||10% or 20% Commission*|
|Outsourced||In-house Creative Team|
|US-based artists only||Open to songwriters and publishers worldwide|
|Exclusive Sync & Licensing Database|
|*20% commission if it secures licenses through its Creative Team’s efforts|
Details are still emerging but news has broke out on twitter stating that Kayo Redd has passed away. Our prayers go out to his friends and family.
I just lost another son.
— Debra Antney (@debrantney) December 30, 2013
I love my #DGBSM Family and always will I can’t take another lost swear I can’t
— Dae Dae Dunkin (@DaeDaeDGBSM) December 30, 2013
Last night rising rap star Doe B was shot & killed at Centennial Hill Bar and Grill, formerly known as The Rose. He was 22. His management confirmed the MC’s death on Twitter.
On behalf of doe b’s management i would like to thank all of his fans and say Rest in Peace my brother Glenn thomas aka @CBMDOEB
— DOE B. (@CBMDOEB) December 28, 2013
RIP to my lil brother Doe B. We gon miss u my nigga. U’ll never be forgotten & U WILL NOT DIE IN VAIN. We Love U champ. Always.
— T.I. (@Tip) December 28, 2013
Kanye recently visited Chicago’s Morning Riot to discuss variates of topics, including his trip to Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. He revealed during his trip that he and Adidas designed over TWENTY new shoes.
“We designed the entire women’s collection. We designed the entire men’s collection. And we designed 20 shoes. We coming in September and it’s about to be a paradigm shift,” He said on the radio.
“You need to hear this in Portland. Listen at the Nike Campus, that methodology, that’s not going to work. All of this leveraging and extortion is not going to work now because I’m at adidas. The game is flipped now. There’s nobody you can run to and nowhere you can hide right now,” Kanye said.
Today’s Topic: The Harry Fox Agency (HFA)
Under US copyright law (and in most other developed countries), an individual has copyright ownership in his/her original musical composition as soon as he/she fixes it in a “tangible medium” (like writing it down or recording it). One of the important ways in which composers can profit from their creation of a new musical composition is when it is used in a sound recording (a “record”). When a musical composition is used in a record and a copy of that record is sold, the owner of copyright in that record (there can be many different sound recordings of any particular musical composition – think about all the different versions of “White Christmas”) pays a “mechanical royalty” to the composer under what is called a “mechanical license.”
Under the mechanical license, the composer grants to the sound recording owner (usually a record company) the right to reproduce and distribute the copyrighted musical composition. The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) is the premier agency in the United States for issuing these mechanical licenses from composers to record companies. HFA issues these licenses, collects “mechanical royalties” from the record company and (after deducting HFA’s own fee) distributes the royalties to the copyright owner of the musical composition. Most composers are represented by “music publishers,” which specialize in maximizing composer revenue and depend on HFA to collect on the mechanical licenses which HFA issues on their (and their composers’) behalf.
Of course, composers or their music publishers could issue and collect on their own mechanical licenses, but most publishers instead use a mechanical licensing agent, like HFA, to issue these licenses and collect mechanical royalties on their behalf. For publishers (or composers who try to administer their own copyrights), HFA offers a cost-effective alternative to issuing licenses one-by-one to record companies and collecting royalties themselves.
And for record companies – who are the “licensees” under mechanical licenses — using HFA’s services is much less tedious than requesting mechanical licenses from each individual publisher. So, if a composer’s publisher does not affiliate with a mechanical licensing agent like HFA, the composer and publisher could either be missing out on entire streams of revenue or spending more money than is necessary because they are issuing licenses inefficiently.
Artists: please consider HFA and all related matters in taking your material to market. Educate yourselves and obtain the protection necessary in order to maximize your revenue in today’s music industry.
By: Barry Chase, Greg Bloom, and Michael Epstein from ChaseLawyers. ChaseLawyers, with offices in New York and Miami, concentrates in all matters related to arts, sports, and entertainment.