There’s been a lot of things said about this record since it dropped. What do I think? I say, ENOUGH SAID! It’s great to hear Aaliyah’s voice and we are in a business of creating and that’s what Drake was doing. So love it or hate it, you have to respect Drake for expressing his admiration for the Angel that is Aaliyah through music. xo @RozOonTheGo
FORBES: Inside Pauly D's $11 Million Dollar Payday
After reading the below article on ‘Jersey Shore’s’ Pauly D I have a new found respect for him. Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of the ‘Jersey Shore’, but when I worked at MTV Networks, Inc. apart of my job was to review tape of the show before it aired. This kid Pauly D has continued to build off the Brand that he already had before the show and the results have been amazing! Check out the below article & be inspired! xo @RozOonThego
Paul DelVecchio’s résumé doesn’t scream “Master of the Universe,” at least not at first glance. The Rhode Island native never attended college, instead taking a job at a car dealership after high school. For much of the last decade, he spent the bulk of his nights and weekends DJing small clubs in Providence for a few hundred dollars a pop.
But something changed in 2009, when he was selected to be a part of MTV’s Jersey Shore.Three years later he’s got a slew of eponymous products, his own television show and a DJ career that earns him an average of $40,000 per show from club gigs, private parties and a stint opening for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale tour. Over the past year, Pauly D pulled in $11 million, enough to earn him the No. 7 spot on FORBES’ first-ever top-earning DJs list.
The opening day of Lollapalooza 2012 closed with a black celebration. Or the north end of Chicago’s Grant Park, devil horns flew and heads banged as Black Sabbath brought forth a metal onslaught of the heaviest form. On the south end, fireworks illuminated fans who swayed and shimmied to the sexy blues licks of festival faves the Black Keys. And somewhere in the midst of it all was organizer Perry Farrel, taking in his annual summer circus with his famously impish grin.
On its 21st anniversary (and its 8th year as a stationary, 3-day event), Lollapalooza remains the grand poobah of late-summer American festivals. With a lineup that veers from rock legends to rap rebels to dubstep deities, Lolla offers something for everyone with an ear for cutting-edge tunes - which is why more than 160,000 sun-drenched fans will swarm the 319 acres of downtown Chicago park land where the festival is held by weekend’s end.
It’s impossible to catch all the action and see each of the 50 bands that played on Lolla’s eight stages Friday, but that didn’t stop us from trying. Here’s the high points of what went down on day 1:
EDM: MILLION DOLLAR DJ'S! TIESTO, SKRILLEX + MORE!
Kids, perhaps you shouldn’t rule out a future career as a DJ. As electronic dance music (EDM) continues to ascend the popular music charts, some of the genre’s biggest names are generating some serious cash along the way.
According to a list compiled by Forbes — the magazine’s first-ever class of "Electronic Cash Kings" — the world’s 10 highest-paid DJs raked in $125 million over the past year. Of course, when you consider that these DJs are now performing at some of the world’s biggest music festivals, gracing the cover of Rolling Stone,walking red carpets and making gossip headlines, it’s no surprise that they are becoming notable celebrities in their own rights.
So how much did these “Electronic Cash Kings” make? Tiesto topped the list $22 million — and an average nightly gross of $250,000 — while Skrillex was named No. 2 with $15 million, followed by the newly defunct Swedish House Mafia with roughly $14 million. Hitmaker David Guetta raked in $13.5 million, thanks in part to his Top 40 hits “Titanium,” featuring Sia, and his collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On.” Meanwhile, “Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D surprisingly came in at No. 7 on the list with $11 million. We can’t wait to see what Deadmau5 — No. 6 — will have to say about that addition.
I posted a list of some of the hottest upcoming music festivals yesterday and guess what? At least one of the above DJs is playing a set at each of them! I support the DJ and I salute ALL of these talented guys! xo @RozOonTheGo
GABBY DOUGLAS: 'I'm Living on Cloud Nine' After All-Around Win
On her way to the women’s all-around competition at the London Olympics – arguably the biggest meet of her life – Gabby Douglas had a good feeling.
"I was on the bus and it was raining and I thought, ‘It’s going to be a great day,’ " Douglas, 16, told PEOPLE on Thursday after winning the all-around gold medal. “My mom used to tell me when I was little, ‘When it rains, it’s God’s manifestation, a big day’s waiting to happen.’ “
"I texted my mom, ‘It’s raining. You know what that means.’ "
And a big day it was for the gymnast dubbed “The Flying Squirrel,” winning the most coveted prize in her sport. It comes just two days after she took home the team gold medal alongside Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and People.com blogger Jordyn Wieber.
Due to popular demand I’ll be conducting a Music Business Q&A periodically via UStream and/or here on Tumblr. I get tons of messages here on Tumblr, Facebook and on Twitter regarding my career in the Music Business. Some would like to know how to break into it, what it’s like working in it etcetera! Well, the Q&A’s will be your chance to receive a response from a respected Music Business Professional who’s been in the game over 10 years! Check out my'who is Roz-O'section for a little background and my Business Blogas well! Oh and Follow me on Twitter! I’ll post the date and time of the Q&A’s soon and whether it will be via Ustream or Tumblr! The Q&A’s will definitely be helpful to aspiring Rappers, Singers, Song writers, Producers and people wanting to work behind the scenes at Record Labels and Music TV Networks such as my former job MTV Networks!
I can’t wait to speak with you guys! xo @RozOonTheGo
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AVICII, JUSTICE Lead Dance Invasion At LOLLAPALOOZA!
Get ready to dance, Lollapalooza fans. This year’s three-day, sold-out mega-festival that starts Friday on Chicago’s lakefront will have well-known headliners like The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Black Keys, but it also will have a special focus on dance music. Two electronic heavyweights, Avicii and Justice, will play main stage shows this year
Swedish DJ-producer Tim Bergling, who performs as Avicii, sees his Lollapalooza performance as an example of dance music’s growing popularity.
"It’s just been blowing up so rapidly," Bergling said. "It’s really interesting to see the bigger festivals getting into it now and recognizing the genre."
Festival founder and Jane’s Addiction lead singer Perry Farrell said he looks at his more than 130-artist lineup as a guide to what’s happening in music.
"It’s not just alternative rock that’s happening," Farrell said in April when the lineup was announced. "You’ve got Avicii headlining this thing and his music is what is happening."
The festival also is expanding the stage that has hosted dance and electronica acts, removing last year’s tent that didn’t allow enough room for the more than 15,000 fans who wanted in.
So, I told you all how much I love this time of the year and all the Music Festivals! Some of the best have come and gone; but don’t fret, I’ve listed some awesome ones that you should go and scream your lungs out at and dress outrageously ‘festive’! xo @RozOonTheGo
1. Hard Summer - August 3rd-4th - Los Angeles - Skrillex, Mike Snow etc.
2. Lollapalooza* - August 3rd-5th - Chicago - Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys etc.
3. Gathering of the Juggalos - August 8th-12th - Illinois - Danny Brown, DMX, Raekwon, Insane Clown Posse etc.
4. Sunset Strip Music Festival* - August 16th-18th - Los Angeles - De La Soul, Far East Movement, Marilyn Manson, RZA etc.
5. Budweiser Made in America Festival* - September 1st-2nd - Jay Z, Pearl Jam, Rick Ross, Drake, Odd Future etc.
6. Austin City Limits* - October 12th-14th - Austin - Florence + The Machine, Jack White, Weezer, The Black Keys, Neil Young etc.
'The World's Youngest Self-Made Billionaire: SARA BLAKELY
Sara Blakely likes to think big.
The 41-year-old Spanx founder, who transformed $5,000 of her own money into a$1 billion shape-wear empire, didn’t hold back when it came to designing her new solar-powered Atlanta home.
"It started as a minor renovation, and I basically built a house inside of a house," says Blakely, who spent two years infusing the 10,000-sq.-ft. home with her "eclectic" style that blends bold patterns (check out that zebra print rug!) and strokes of whimsy.
Fans can expect new music from Lil Wayne within two weeks. In an interview with DJ Drama yesterday (August 1), Wayne revealed that his mixtape, “Dedication 4,” wil drop August 15.
The fourth installment of Weezy’s “Dedication” mixtape series is slated to include remixes of Ca$h Out's “Cashin' Out,” Big Sean's “Burn” and Chief Keef's “I Don't Like.”
But, “Dedication 4” may be the last we hear from the rapper for some time. He continued to tell Drama that he’s placed “rap on the backburner” to “be fully commited” to skateboarding. “I picked up the skateboard and I thought it’d be a hobby and what happened is it’s a lifestyle,” he said. “In order to be fully committed, you have to live that lifestyle. With these young kids now, you have to be about that life. It’s kind of putting rap on the back burner. Rap is taking a backseat to skating.”
"I think I deserve that," he continued. "I think fans deserve a little to no Wayne. I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been out on everybody’s song. My artists have been doing awesome. I believe my fans deserve some peace from me. I’ll be on my skateboard in the meantime."
Weezy explained to Drama the difference, for him, between recording a mixtape versus an album. “When I’m mentally doing the album and doing those songs, I make sure I stay on subject [and] that I’m saying things in the song [so] that you can be singing the song and repeat those things and they still make a lot of sense to actually say. I make sure I do all those things when it comes to making an album,” he said. “When I’m making a mixtape, there’s not half of that thought. I just say what comes to my mind, I make it make sense, and that’s how it goes… ‘Mixtape Weezy’ means freelancing my thoughts everywhere and just putting them together like a puzzle.”
LONDON — Might be time to get Gabby Douglas a new nickname.
Olympic champ might work.
Known as “The Flying Squirrel,” Douglas won the women’s all-around title Thursday night, becoming the third straight American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize. It’s her second gold medal of the London Games, coming two nights after she and her “Fierce Five” teammates gave the United States its first Olympic title since 1996.
Douglas rocked the O2 Arena with her electric floor routine, flashing a dazzling smile and lots of pizzazz. She finished with a score of 62.232, about three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova of Russia, runner-up at last year’s world championships.
Komova’s floor routine was impressive, as well, and she stood at the center of the arena staring intently at the scoreboard. When the final standings flashed, her head dropped and she hurried to the sidelines, tears falling.
“WHAT about an audiobook?” Pharrell Williams asked, sitting at the head of a conference table at the Park Avenue South offices of Rizzoli as he looked at the nearly finished galleys for an October release called “Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been.”
Here was a lavish coffee-table book filled with images of the many products he has designed in collaboration with other artists and fashion designers, and interviews between Mr. Williams and the likes of Jay-Z, Anna Wintour and Zaha Hadid, which do not exactly lend themselves to the narrative treatment. But why not?
“It could be really interesting,” Mr. Williams said, “if I went out and hired Morgan Freeman or Danny Glover to read them.”
Or, as was pointed out by others in the room, it could be a little weird, if not uncool.
“An audiobook is not a good look,” said Loïc Villepontoux, sitting across the table. A calm, affable man, he is Mr. Williams’s longtime business associate, who oversees the licensing operations for his fashion labels.
Wanna See The 'NBA 2K13' Tracklist? JAY-Z Scores U2, KANYE WEST + MORE!
U2 will be rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall.
The band’s “Elevate” will make an appearance in “NBA 2k13,” the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise — as part of a soundtrack curated by the game’s executive producer, Jay-Z.
"I’m not sure if they’ve ever been in a video game," 2K Sport’s vice-president of marketing, Jason Argent, told Billboard.com. (The band came close in 2001, when the track made the soundtrack of "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" — the game’s big-screen adaptation.)
Jay brought a number of diverse artists to the game soundtrack, ranging from indie rock (Phoenix, Dirty Projectors) to electro (Daft Punk, Justice) to hip-hop, with classics such as Nas’ “The World is Yours” and Eric B. and Rakim’s “I Ain’t No Joke” sharing time with a number of hits from Hov himself. The Throne collaborator Kanye West makes several appearances, with “Amazing,” “We Major” and recent track “Mercy” — and Coldplay adds to the arena-rock contingent with “Viva La Vida.” It’s the latest curatorial project for the MC, who is also directing the Philadelphia Made in America festival this September.
But according to Argent, Jay’s involvement extended well beyond the music.
"Jay is completely obsessed with authenticity," he said. "So right off the bat, he said ‘Look, I love this franchise and I love this game, but if you want me to be involved, I need to be truly involved. I want to actually help make this game."
OLYMPICS 2012: Changing Basketball to 23 and Under? Oh My!
Team USA center Tyson Chandler has a message for NBA owners and executives who are rumbling about their players extending themselves in the summer to play for their countries, and about limiting their stars’ involvement in future Olympics: Check the facts.
“It’s ridiculous,” Chandler told Sporting News. “Why would you want to do that? Because like I say, throughout the history, just about every time a player has played for the U.S. team, he comes back and had a better season. That goes around the board.”
Rick Ross is aiming for his best sales week ever, as “God Forgives, I Don’t,” is tracking to sell around 200,000 copies by week’s end on Aug. 5.
That number — forecasted by industry sources — should easily claim the hip-hop king his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week. He’s topped the list previously with 2006’s “Port of Miami,” 2008’s “Trilla” and 2009’s “Deeper Than Rap.”
The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 8.
I don’t expect nothing less than #1 and a huge sells week! The album is truly a dope piece of work as I mentioned yesterday and Ross’ online promo skills are phenomenal! My twitter TL has been flooded for weeks with #GFID and I love to see an artist standing by their work like that! If you haven’t purchased it already then do it NOW! xo @RozOonTheGo