Music Marketing & development WOW! Where do I start? I'm a 80's baby raised on 90's music more Hip Hop then anything else, 2 Pac, Nas, Jay -Z , WU Tang and so on I'v seen hip hop change so much the business deals where labels have Joint Ventures with mini labels like Rocafella, Def Jam etc to 360 deals where Majors bend the artist over and rape them for everything they have. The purpose of this post is for those music lovers who intend to venture into the music business at some point in time or another or just a artist here that needs some in sight on just what the HELL! is going I think we should share ideas regarding Music Marketing & development right now is a golden opportunity and ill tell you why. THE INTERNET! Fu%$#@ up the music business not napster, not downloading , the internet as a whole CRUSHED! Music as we know it and ill tell you why. See back in the early 80's and early 90's the internet didn't really have impact on music because artist had no avenues to promote themselves such as youtube, streaming, podcast etc, and consumer still had to get there lazy asses up and go in the store and buy a CD. So consumers still had to rely on media (Radio, Television) to tell them what's hot and what was not this is why Yo MTV raps was so important and at the time Rap City people still had to watch the Television to stay on top of what was going on in music and there favorite artist. Back then there were only so many artist out there we knew we can count them on 1 hands (figure of speech LL, cool J, Jay-z, 2pac, Biggie, Nas, Dr Dre. Outkast, The point I'm getting to is this there were only a few rappers that you heard and saw as a consumer. Now think about today Rap Music everybody & there mother raps uncles, aunts, sisters, cousins all rap and in my opinion it's 98% garbage 2% talent so where exactly am I getting too ...well. The net single handedly devalued Rap Music WHY? Because you have more people supplying then buying I mean just look at the record sales major artist like 50 cent can't break 500k in a week http://www.examiner.com/rap-music-in-new-york/50-cent-talks-about-doing-poorly-with-new-album-sales Because the content that radio wants to promote isn't exclusive anymore we went from. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfXwmDGJAB8 TO!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NXBgSCSrIk&feature=fvwrel I'm mean just listen to the content transition from generation to generation Something else that's interesting that group only sold 175,000 copies http://blogcritics.org/music/article/cd-review-d4l-down-for-life/ (The reason the first week sales are important because typically after the reviews are in the sales normally decline) HOW CAN YOU TAKE AVANTAGE OF THIS & MAKE SOME GOOD CASH POTENTIAL MILLIONS Good question I hope everyone share ideas even your opinion on the current state of music in general, marketing ideas, hopefully we can eventually get a Music Marketing forum if anyone has question regarding music post them on the thread I spend time doing research because my GF will be a Entertainment attorney come this may so yea were moving to good old NYC, Ill be adding more topics and so on to this thread for those of your interested in the music business.