June has been a big month for what was once a social media juggernaut, MySpace. It started with the official launch of the “New MySpace” out of beta on June 12. Then came the launch party on June 18, with performances from Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and surprise guest Miley Cyrus. With a new found focus on creativity, music, and brands, the future looks bright for the re-start of MySpace. Many people in the music industry were tuning in to follow the growth and fan adoption rate of the platform that once dominated social networking. With recently released site analytics and download numbers showing early success, even more people will be paying attention now. In its first two weeks, there have been 31 million visits to the site and almost 1 million app downloads. Another key note would be that 34% of the traffic has come from mobile.
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Today, Snoop Lion released his highly-anticipated music video for “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” featuring Miley Cyrus on VEVO.
Featured on Snoop Lion’s recent debut reggae album, REINCARNATED, “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” reminisces all the loved ones we’ve lost. Whether it was a break-up, losing a friend or a family member, the song reflects the hardships of losing someone close.
Yesterday, our favorite Canadians The Airplane Boys (from the Stampede Management roster) released a brand new video called “Brave” off their latest mixtape Brave New World. Shot by Warren Credo during their 2012 trip to Asia, they took inspiration from Japan and the culture for this new music video.
Check out the music video and if you’re in Asia, be sure to catch them opening for Snoop Dogg and K-Pop group 2NE1 in Seoul, South Korean on May 4th for the adidas Originals “Unite All Originals” show.
Def Jam rapper and Stampede Management client YG recently shot a music video for his track “I’m a Real 1″ in L.A.’s Fairfax District.
October’s Very Own, Drake, who YG shouts out in the song, stopped by for a quick cameo and SkeeTV was on the scene to capture it. Check out their awesome behind-the-scenes piece!
For the longest time, gospel music was a niche genre and a community synonymous with African-Americans and the “church culture”. Since its origins, gospel msuic has become a huge platform of entertainment in every medium, an assured crossover brand, and a definite moneymaker.
Gospel musicians have taken their artistry to a whole new level incorporating background dancers, high-end fashion and colorful makeup in their presentations. Music videos and collaborations now feature hip-hop’s biggest names and socialites, and more recently, have shaken up the record label industry with one of the greatest mergers to date — Universal Motown and EMI Gospel are now under the monarch Motown Gospel. The gospel labels now have pressure and a responsibility to make gospel less niche and more crossover to set a ranking on other music charts, namely R&B.
Aside from Motown Gospel’s renowned roster (including CeCe Winans, Kierra Sheard, Tye Tribbett and Smokie Norful), we also have gospel delving into reality television. As a product of the gospel community, I was faced with uncertainty as to how the church culture would be portrayed in that space and how the mainstream audiences would view it. Some of the shows have not reached a level of success (in other words, a Season 2) but it doesn’t stop networks from trying.
The latest addition is weekly docu-drama The Sheards, a product of BET’s original programming. The Sheards follows the lives of the Sheard family as they navigate family, friends, and faith in a modern world. Faith. Music. Sex. Family. Love. Relationships. Choices. These are all issues teens and young adults face. But when you’re a pastor’s kid and live in a world where drinking, sex and drugs are all considered abominations, these issues become a lot more powerful. Tune in Sundays at 8/7c on BET and watch the trailer here!