Thursday, 18 October 2018

Trump signs bill that ensures music streaming services pay artist royalties

There were some "Good Vibrations" at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 
Musicians including Mike Love from the Beach Boys, Kid Rock, John Rich of Big and Rich, and Sam Moore of Sam and Dave came to the White House for the signing of a bill that substantially changes the way musicians are compensated for their work played on digital streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora. 
“Certain entertainers have been taken advantage for years, but no longer — thanks to Trump. Can you believe it?” President Trump said after signing the Music Modernization Act. 
The new law, in part, also ensures that songwriters and artists get royalties on songs recorded before 1972. 
(MORE: The Music Modernization Act introduced in the House could change how artists are paid for streaming services )
Sam Moore called the bill "historic,” saying Trump got done what other presidents didn't.
The Music Modernization Act, rolled out Tuesday, will allow artists to receive fair market compensation for their songs that are played on digital streaming services, such as Spotify and Pandora.
For artists, like three-time Grammy Award winners Little Big Town, it offers relief to outdated laws.  "We’re incredibly encouraged that this long overdue bill to protect songwriters and the entire creative community is finally coming to fruition.
"The laws that were in place were completely antiquated and desperately needed to be changed in light of the digital world we live in now. This will be a big win for the Music community".
Copyright laws go back more than a century and have not been updated in years. "You have a 1909 statue trying to govern 2018 technology, and it doesn't work," John Simson, a professor at the American University and founding member of Sound Exchange, a non-profit organization set up to collect and distribute performance royalties.
The Music Modernization Act was introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. It combines the legislation introduced in December, under the same name, as well as the Allocation for Music Producers Act, which provides royalties for music producers; the CLASSICS Act, which provides royalties for songs created before 1972 from digital streaming services; and a watered-down Fair Play, Fair Pay Act, which does not include the provision that broadcast radio should pay for songs.
Corresponding bills have been introduced in the Senate championed by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
"Really each side is getting a win-win in the legislation," Daryl Friedman, chief industry, government and member relations officer for the Recording Academy.
But not all streaming services are on board with the proposed legislation.
“Proponents of this latest version of the Music Modernization Act will likely characterize it as consensus but that is simply untrue," SiriusXM said in a statement. "There were a number of unique and important perspectives which were specifically excluded from discussions, and we look forward to working with Congress to make sure those voices are heard. In its current form, this bill is anti-competitive and is harmful to the public interest and consumers.”
However, Simson believes the act is the "best solution to a complex problem."
The Music Modernization Act will also create an agency funded by streaming services that would have all of the music publishers under one roof. The digital streaming service would pay the agency that the act establishes, and it would track and collect royalties for the artist.
"The system for finding all of those publishers isn't as efficient as it could be," Friedman said. 
"The new Music Modernization Act updates the laws to make sure that the songwriters, producers, and artists who make the music that fans love, can be fairly compensated," Friedman continued.

"I'm for the bill," Simson said, adding that he's known as someone who has fought for artists before his time at the Sound Exchange.
The new legislation, according to Friedman, has received bipartisan support much like the first iteration of the act.

“Music creators, performers, and providers recognize that this bill is critical to ensuring the continued viability of the music industry in the 21st century," Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who introduced the initial legislation in December 2017, said in a statement. "I look forward to helping the Judiciary Committee send the most significant music licensing updates in a generation to the House for its consideration.”

“This legislation is imperative in bridging the gap between one of the oldest forms of expression and art -- songwriting," the group said, "and the modern musical world which we now live in that is largely dictated by tech industries.”

With the president's signature, the Music Modernization Act is officially the law of the land. As we celebrate the harmony and unity that got us here, we applaud the efforts of the thousands of performers, songwriters, and studio professionals who rallied for historic change to ensure all music creators are compensated fairly when their work is used by digital and satellite music services," Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy said in a statement.


Friday, 12 October 2018

Ben Carson and Stacey Dash to Host Black Leadership Summit

Are they Really Trying to Represent the Black Community?  

 Ben Carson and Stacey Dash 

It looks as though Trump Supporters Ben Carson and Stacey Dash are on a mission to grab black votes in the electoral support for the current Presidency. 

The two are expected to host a Black Leadership Summit in Washington D.C from Oct 25- 28. This Summit is for young conservative blacks from ages 15 to 35 and is free and open to the public.

As appealing as this convention sounds, questions are being raised as to why either Ms. Dash or Mr. Carson would be a good choice at all being that they have made public statements against the black community in the past. Stacey Dash received a tremendous amount of backlash when she went on to BET saying there is no need for Black History Month. Ben Carson, the current Secretary of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development; caused friction with his controversial commentary most recently claiming the allegations against supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh were a century-old plot by socialist.

As if the two conservatives at hand weren't questionable enough, it has been said that the infamous Candace Owens will also present at this Summit as well.  Who would think with her political stance that seems to shift as time does. Owens made latest claims that the National Rifle Association was "founded to train blacks to protect themselves against the Klu Klux Klan." This caused a lot of uproar in the community as well.

This will be quite the Summit With these 3 having a Anti-Black Community tag against them.


The Question is Will you be in attendance?


Montel Williams Describes His Life-Threatening Stroke

 Montel Williams
I Didn’t Think That I Was Going to Recover From This

Williams quotes “A few minutes after 9 A.M. on May 30, 2018, Williams was in the middle of his third set of dumbbell squats in the gym. “I was on about rep 15, and I heard this ‘pop,’” Williams tells SELF”.

This past spring, typical workout session for Montel Williams took a scary turn when he found himself having a stroke in a New York City hotel gym. The television personality and host is speaking out about his health scare in order to help spark a conversation about stroke and stroke recovery.

“My first thought was, ‘There’s nobody in this gym, so where did that noise come from?’ So, I look to the left of me where I thought the pop came from, and there was nobody there," he says. "By the time I turn my head back around in front of me, the whole gym starts to kaleidoscope and I have this wave of exhaustion come over me.” The side of his mouth started to droop and he began to drool.

Williams realized immediately that he was having a stroke, thanks to an episode of The Dr. Oz Show that he caught a couple months earlier. “I thought, ‘Don’t tell me you just had a stroke. I just had a stroke!’” Williams says. Feeling off-balance and barely able to move his limbs, Williams grabbed onto the wall and made his way to the elevator and back up to the 14th floor of the hotel, where his wife was showering in their room. “When I walked in the room, I collapsed on the couch and I called out to her, ‘Tara! Call an ambulance right now and tell them your husband just had a stroke.'”

Fortunately for Williams, one of  New York-Presbyterian’s specially configured stroke unit emergency vehicles was three blocks away when his wife called 911. They were able to do a CAT scan immediately and video-chat with the hospital to determine the right course of treatment (which includes blood pressure medication to stem the bleeding). “A doctor appears on the video screen and says, ‘Mr. Williams, you did have a stroke, and in fact it’s still ongoing right now,’” he recalls.

Williams ultimately spent 21 days in the hospital, beginning in the ICU.

“I was barely lucid, in and out of consciousness. The first five days [in the ICU] were such a blur,” Williams says. “Most of what I remember from the first five days is that every time I woke up, my wife was just right there saying ‘I love you.’ And every time I went to sleep she was right there saying ‘I love you.’ And that's really what kept me going.”

The majority of strokes are ischemic, but Williams experienced a less common hemorrhagic stroke, or bleeding stroke, which account for about 13 percent of strokes, according to the American Stroke Association (ASA). A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened vessel ruptures, causing blood to accumulate into the local area and compress the surrounding brain tissue, per the ASA.

Williams’s bleed occurred in a particularly risky area. Dr. Stieg says, “Not only did he have a hemorrhagic stroke, but he had it in the back part of his brain, called the cerebellum, on the left side”—which is a brain region responsible for the coordination of body motion on the left side of the body. Because the compartment where the cerebellum sits is very small, bleeding here can be dangerous. “When you have an expanding blood clot, something has to give—and that’s the brain. That’s where you get not only the primary injury from the bleeding episode, but then you get a secondary injury because of the pressure that the mass of the blood clot causes,” Dr. Stieg explains. “That's what makes that a life-threatening condition.”

Although many hemorrhagic strokes are precipitated by lifestyle factors—like smoking, not exercising, not managing stress, or having chronically high blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure—sometimes they occur spontaneously in perfectly healthy people like Williams, Dr. Stieg says. “It’s something that they call a transient event, where it can come out of nowhere,” Williams adds. “I had never, ever, ever in my life had a history of hypertension, high blood pressure, nothing.”

In addition to those lifestyle factors, genetic factors can contribute to stroke risk. “It’s very prevalent in African American males,” Williams notes. He also says that he may have had a blood vessel abnormality in his cerebellum. There are several blood vessel abnormalities that can exist from birth and predispose you to stroke, Dr. Stieg says.

Williams worked incredibly hard at his recovery.

After nine days in rehab at New York-Presbyterian, Williams spent six weeks doing intensive rehab at a facility two blocks away from his in-laws’ home in Jackson, Tenn. The early progress he saw from putting a lot of effort into the exercises inspired him to give rehab his all. “I noticed clearly, the third day of walking with the walker, that if I paid attention and did the things they were telling me to do, walking with that walker was a little easier.”

He also did exercises to combat nystagmus, a condition in which the eyes move involuntarily. “Both eyeballs were shaking like crazy,” he says. But he noticed small improvements after a couple of days of visual focusing exercises. “You get out of rehab what you put in," he adds.

Today, Williams is nearly back at 100 percent. “He probably will always know he had this event, but he’s near back to having a normal lifestyle,” Dr. Stieg says. “He’s worked really hard on his recovery.”

“We’re so afraid to talk about stroke in this country—we just don’t talk about it,” Williams says.

Part of changing the way we talk about strokes is changing the way we look at recovery. “Sometimes [strokes] can be devastating where people lose motor and speech function,” Dr. Stieg says. “But many times they regain function, and [Williams] is obviously an example of that … His is also a story of hope—which is the story of stroke.”

Williams wants people to understand that having a stroke or discussing the topic is not something to be embarrassed about. "It is something that happens in society and there is a way out of the depths of the darkest times,” he says.

Nearly fully recovered, Williams has returned to work. Last week, he shot the first episode of a show called Military Makeover: Operation Careers, which helps place vets in the workforce. But make no mistake, he is determined to take it easier these days, and spend more time with his wife, Tara. “As committed as she has been to being my caregiver, I need to commit to her,” he says. “I don’t want to miss out on another second with her.”

These days, he doesn’t stress out about the little stuff. “I’m not overreacting to things. What I screamed about three months ago, I’m not even slightly raising my blood pressure over today,” Williams says. And he’s started incorporating naps into his daily routine

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Hot New Release - Diamond Talk with 100 Band Neek

Hot New Release!!!

“Diamond Talk”
100 Band Neek

Setting the Month of October off on the right note – 100 BAND NEEK has released the wild & vibrant new-single “Diamond Talk” to bring that True Flow into speakers & stereo-systems all over the globe.  Combining a dynamic electro-melody with a smooth, focused vocal-flow – “Diamond Talk” brings the party straight to YOU, the people; and with its supercharged hooks, Life Wild Vibes and relentless enthusiasm, this is one Track you’ll never want to end!

Set & ready to make all kinds of big moves throughout the End of 2018 and the new year of 2019, “Diamond Talk” is the lead-single from the upcoming releases of 100 Band Neek coming out this year and 2019.  Determined to make his mark, 100 BAND NEEK puts 100% of himself into the recording sessions in effort to create music that truly makes a memorable impact & popped like it was in 3D – “Diamond Talk” is a perfect example of how the pure sound, melody and flow of his style becomes complete entertainment you can seriously feel flow right through you.

Designed for the good-times to keep-on rolling, “Diamond Talk” a HOT New Track that the world can enjoy; one that it needs right now to remind us all just how good those good-times can truly be.  Turn up “Diamond Talk” and pop a bottle or two in celebration wit’ yo boy 100 BAND NEEK – it’s going to be one hell of a year…and now that the party has officially started, there’s no stopping it…or him.