|Sat, January 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
I am sure I as well as countless other Program Directors, DJs and radio stations have run into the same issues concerning how music is submitted to be aired. While there may be some variations depending on who you submit your music to, most will tell you to make sure your music files are properly labeled.
Often times I receive emails from artists wanting their music played on NeX Radio and the email containing the music file is full of information about the artist, their links to where they can be found online, and even a contact number to call them if needed. The main detail that is missing...the labeling of the music file.
Once the song you sent via email is downloaded from the email, all the information you took your time typing into the email is separated from the song file and therefore, if your file is not properly labeled, all information as to who the song belongs to is lost. Example: if you attache your song to the email and it shows up as 'Track 5', no matter how much you described the song in the email, 'Track 5' means nothing to the PD after it has been downloaded from the email.
I have had to trash several songs based on improper labeling alone. Doesn't matter how hot the song is, if it's not properly labeled, I will not take the time to label it. Why? Imagine I get approximately 50 songs a day (no exaggeration). Now imagine of those 50 songs, 35 are labeled 'Track 5' or by the song name only. Neither I nor any PD will take time to label your music if you were too lazy or uninformed to do it yourself. Afterall, you are the one requesting that we play your song, correct? The least you can do is make sure everything you send is properly labeled.
Properly labeling, at least for NeX Radio standards, is making sure your song file includes: Artist Name - Song Title (Radio or Explicit)
To rename your song file so it matches proper NeX Radio labeling, here are some quick video tutorials:
Mac users click HERE
PC users click HERE
The next step in ensuring your music files are ready to be aired on NeX Radio is making sure your files are tagged.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you have the SONG NAME, ARTIST, ALBUM, YEAR and GENRE
tags filled in for each song as these are required for several reasons and one most important one is this is required for the platform NeX Radio uses to air your songs and for other DJs to know all the information about your song. A FREE program to tag your song can be downloaded HERE
Next, your song file needs to be uploaded at the proper bitrate. The current maximum file size of a song is 12Mb and only in MP3 format . As we only stream at 320Kbps, the songs should be converted to this Bitrate and then the file size will be under the 12Mb for 98% of all songs.
A FREE program to recode can be downloaded HERE
After all steps have been completed, your song is now ready to be submitted to not only NeX Radio, but most radio stations or DJs. They will appreciate the time you took to properly label your files before sending.
As a courtesy, you should ask each station or DJ you desire to submit your music to, what their submission requirements are.
To submit your song to NeX Radio, email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, program director
|Mon, February 14, 2011 at 5:50 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Pandora filed for an initial public offering (IPO) of common stock on Friday, lifting the curtain that had hidden the financial details of the leading Internet radio company. Now, because of the disclosure requirements placed on companies seeking an IPO, financial facts like Pandora's revenue, royalty expenses and executive compensation are now available to the public.
Pandora's revenue has grown at an incredible rate. In the nine months ending October 31, 2010, the company had revenue of $90.1 million and a net loss of $0.3 million. That will likely put full-year revenue over $120 million. In all of fiscal 2010 (the 12-month period ending January 31, 2010) the company had revenue of $55.2 million and a net loss of $16.3 million. The year before revenue was just $19.3 million and net loss was $28.2 million.
The company is heavily reliant upon advertising and gets relatively little from paying customers. While Pandora offers paid subscriptions for ad-free listening, it accounts for less than 14% of the company's revenue. Advertising accounted for 86.4% of revenue in the nine month period ending October 31, 2010. At $36 per annual subscription, that comes out to about 454,000 subscribers in the first nine months of fiscal 2010. In other words, less than 1% of Pandora's 71 million registered users (as of October 31, 2010) have opted to pay for the ad-free service. Subscription revenue has improved, however, climbing from 5.6% of total revenue in the 12 month-period ending January 31, 2009.
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Royalties take a big - but declining - chunk of Pandora's revenue. The company paid out $45.42 million for content in first three quarters of 2010, or 48% of revenue. As a percent of revenue, content acquisition costs have from 119% in the quarter ended April 30, 2009 to 44% in the quarter ended January 31, 2010. They were 58% of revenue in the quarter ended April 30, 2010 and 48% in the following two quarters.
Royalties paid to the three PROs accounted to 4% of total revenue. BMI gets 1.75% of gross revenue. SESAC gets 0.38% of gross revenue. Pandora terminated its agreement with ASCAP in October 2010 because the company felt the royalty rates are "excessive." A final determination is pending.
Pandora is selling its IPO as a bridge to a successful future. "We have pioneered a new form of radio," the company states in the S-1 filing. The $100 million it hopes to raise will be used to enhance the service, develop innovative ad products, build ad sales and support organization, expand distribution, expand to other territories and expand into non-music content.
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|Thurs, August 19, 2010 at 12:01 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
4th Annual Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival takes place October 7 - 9, 2010.
Norfolk, VA (PRWEB) August 19, 2010 -- The organizers of the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival (MABFF) have announced a final call for submissions for the 2010 festival. The premiere African-American short film festival returns for its fourth year from October 7 - 9, 2010 with three days of screenings and workshops at the historic Crispus Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia. During the three-day festival, veteran TV and film stars Ted Lange ("The Love Boat", "That's My Mama", and "Friday Foster" with Pam Grier), Judy Pace ("Cotton Comes To Harlem", "Brian's Song", Spike Lee’s "Sucker Free City") and Beverly Todd ("Crash", "The Bucket List", "Lean on Me") will attend as celebrity guests and will each be honored with MABFF's Living Legend Award.
As in previous years, the MABFF is accepting entries in the categories of Short Film, Animation, Documentary, Music Video, and Student Film. This year, the festival is also introducing exciting new categories, including a Screenplay Competition, an Original TV Pilot Competition, and a Web Series Competition. Submission forms and general requirements for all categories can be downloaded online at www.mabff.org or www.withoutabox.com.
The festival will kick off on Thursday, October 7th with a selection of opening day screenings and workshops followed by an Opening Night Ceremony Gala hosted by Beverly Todd and Judy Pace.
Beginning on Thursday, October 7th, Emmy-winning producer/LAWEBFEST founder Michael Ajakwe, Jr. will conduct a two-day Web Series Workshop with informative sessions on Writing, Producing, Marketing and Monetizing Your Web Series.
As part of the festival program, members from the Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS) will join MABFF in hosting a three-day TV and screenwriting workshop and will also judge the festival’s screenplay and Original TV Pilot competitions. On Thursday, October 7th, OBS will conduct an Intensive half-day TV Writing Workshop followed by an Intensive half-day Screenwriting Workshop on Friday, October 8th. On Saturday, October 9th, the workshop will culminate with a special screening of "For Love of Amy", veteran actor Ted Lange's feature film directorial debut. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with both Lange and the film’s screenwriter/producer/star, Vincent Alston, who will share how he raised the money to complete his first feature film. During the award ceremony later that evening, the two filmmakers will be presented with MABFF’s inaugural Outstanding First Film Award for their achievement.
On Friday, October 8th, celebrity honorees Ted Lange, Judy Pace, and Beverly Todd will join award-winning filmmaker Monty Ross (Spike Lee's "Malcolm X", "Do the Right Thing", "Mo' Better Blues", "School Daze") and Michael Ajakwe, Jr. ("Martin", "Soul Food", "Sister, Sister", "Eve", "Love That Girl", "Talk Soup", "Entertainment Tonight") for ''Black Hollywood Then and Now,'' a blue ribbon panel of industry veterans discussing the state of Black Hollywood and how it has evolved over the last forty years.
Closing night festivities on October 9th will feature finalist screenings of the short film and web series competitions, culminating with the MABFF Award Ceremony at which winners for the various festival competitions will be announced along with the recognition and presentation of awards to this year's distinguished VIP honorees.
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|Fri, April 16, 2010 at 3:28 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
R&B AND POP SENSATION NICOYA ADDED TO THE 13TH ANNUAL 2010 BMI UNSIGNED URBAN SHOWCASE;
ACCLAIMED SINGER PERFORMS AMONGST SUPERSTAR HEADLINERS DRAKE AND TRAVIS PORTER ON APRIL 20th
R&B and pop sensation Nicoya has recently been added to the 13th Annual 2010 BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase in Atlanta on April 20th. The much anticipated event will be hosted by R&B superstar, Lloyd at the Havana Club (3112 Piedmont Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA) in Atlanta and headlined by acclaimed hip-hop artist Drake and Atlanta based trio, Travis Porter.
Nicoya was chosen amongst 700 submissions to perform a two song set for a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges including producer Bangladesh (Ludacris, Lil Wayne); Def Jam Recording V.P. and Co-CEO of Konvict Muzik Abou Thiam; Interscope, Geffen, A&M Senior VP of A&R Shawn "Tubbie" Holiday; Sony/ATV Music Publishing's Tab Nkhereanye; attorney and manager Nova Perry; producer Damon Thomas (Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown); music consultant Lisa Vu; and producer Zaytoven (Gucci Mane, Usher).
Furthermore, Nicoya's current single "Loving What You Do," has been gaining increasing radio support in markets like her hometown of Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte and Detroit. Watch as this new up and coming artist continues to grow into a budding phenomenon.
For up to the minute news and additional information, please visit http://www.nicoyamusic.com or http://www.twitter.com/nicoyamusic.
Listen to Nicoya's New Single Loving What You Do
|Mon, March 29, 2010 at 8:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Recently I have seen models in ads that I consider normal sized. What I mean by that is they look like women and not crack heads but according to an Arizona State University study they have found that plus-size models cannot sell products as well as crack head models, and researches say this is in part because these normal sized ladies lower womens self esteem.
"We believe it is unlikely that many brands will gain market share by using heavy models in their ads," says Naomi Mandel, marketing associate professor in the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU.
"We found that overweight consumers demonstrated lower self-esteem - and therefore probably less enthusiasm about buying products - after exposure to any size models in ads (versus ads with no models). Also, normal-weight consumers experienced lower self-esteem after exposure to moderately heavy models, such as those in Dove soap's 'Real Women' campaign, than after exposure to moderately thin models."
According to the ASU story in the experiments, hundreds of female students were categorized as having low, normal or high body mass index (BMI) based on their heights and weights. They were then invited to a lab, but were not told what the study was about. They were shown a variety of ads and told to answer several questions, only some of which were related to the study. The questions showed the participants' self-esteem changed based on the model sizes they saw in the ads and whether they considered themselves to be similar to or different from those sizes.
Based on what I read, I thought this study was done in a college environment at ASU. It didn't make sense to me as I read it because I see women plus sizing their breasts, lips and ass. It turns out the study wasn't done in America at all.
I e-mailed the author of the article, Debbie Freeman, and asked her, "What women were studied? Were they black, white, asian etc? What age group? Who chose these women? Was it random, voluntary or did someone stand at the school and ask people they thought would respond?" I was expecting the response to be how precise the professors were in coming to their conclusions.
Instead, this is the reply I received from Debbie Freeman.
"I asked Associate Professor Naomi Mandel your questions. She says that if you are suggesting that African American or Hispanic women might have different responses to the ads, then you might be right. She is not sure about the demographic make-up of the participants for these particular studies because that part was done in Europe. (The other researchers involved are based in Germany and the Netherlands.) Therefore, she says it's very possible the participants were not especially diverse. She says this could be a potential extension to the research in a follow-up study."
WOW!!!! You publish a study on plus sized women in an American publication but you don't ask any AMERICANS?
This study is so out of touch with reality. It gives the appearance that American women are insecure about being full figured and therefore unable to identify with women of their body type. This study has the potential to change the minds of the marketers of products for American women but it doesn't even apply to American women which I think is a shame.
It's hard enough for "normal" women to be seen and heard when it comes to advertising but to place this study in the hands of advertising execs is just going to make it worse. They will look at the first page of the study and decide that their marketing is "not working" and revert to crack head models. Normal size women will feel left out and this could lower their self esteem. It's a vicious cycle.
I wanted to know if I was off base on my thought process so I looked around at various womens blogs that did a story on the study and found th
|Sun, September 13, 2009 at 1:22 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK â€" You know it's a going to be a good night when a big, thuggish-looking man with a scar going down half his face comes into the party singing Rihanna's chorus to "Run This Town."
Now imagine being at that same party and the DJ announces that Rihanna is actually in the building. Too crazy. Thursday night in New York City, if you weren't rehearsing for the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, or part of Raekwon's CD-release show at S.O.B.'s, then you had to be at the M2 Ultra Lounge.
Rihanna, Katy Perry, Devyne Stephens, DJ Clue, newcomers Jay Fresh Kicks and Jeremih, Keri Hilson, Bad Boy artist Janelle MonĂ¡e, Outkast's Big Boi, the legendary Bootsy Collins, Sammie, Goodie Mob members Cee-Lo and Big Gipp, producers Danja, Jim Jonsin and Bryan-Michael Cox, model Tyson Beckford and others attended the Hennessy Black-sponsored event that doubled as the BMI Awards afterparty.
DJ Mick Boogie spun, mixing Young Money's "Every Girl" with Gucci Mane-featuring cuts such as the "Obsessed" remix and "Make Tha Trap Say Aye."
Polow Da Don took over the mic in the DJ booth for a short time, letting Mario and famed songwriter Sean Garrett perform their club smash "Break Up." Mario started off rapping Gucci Mane's part: "Now baby girl had dumped me/ She no longer wants me/ I'm no longer hired, she said that I've been fired/ On to the next one, more fish in the sea/ Girls are like buses, miss one, next 15, one comin'."
The singer then held down his own part of...More BMI Awards