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Is Rihanna Getting Millions For Flicking A Light Switch?

The British tabloids are abuzz today with word that pop starlet Rihanna would be receiving a £5 million, or over $8 million USD, pay day for turning on the lights.

Now these aren’t ordinary lights. It’s not as though the Barbadian singer is getting paid every time she flicks the lights off when she leaves a room! Though it begs the question what kind of residuals dimmer switches bring in.

No, RiRi is getting the big bucks to turn on the holiday lights at Westfield Stratford City, a shopping complex in East London and one of the largest such complexes in the European Union. Granted, she’s also performing a concert as part of the lighting ceremony, but who cares about that!

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Members Only: Making Music Licensing Easy

Over the last two weeks, we’ve given you a little overview of all the benefits OurStage’s Premium Artist Membership has to offer artists. One of the tastiest items on the menu is OurStage’s music licensing platform. While dealing with licensing fees, company politics, and publishing jargon may induce headaches for some people, we’ve put our team through a rigorous course load so that they know the best ways to get music licensed.

We also have the chops to walk musicians through all the steps of music licensing so no one is overwhelmed or freaked out. Here are some highlights:

  • Finding a Music Supervisor – We know who they are and where to find them.
  • Negotiating the Licensing Fee – We do the dirty work when it comes to the best deal for Master and Sync Licenses.
  • Understanding Royalties – We figure out all the little details to make sure payements are collected and distributed.
  • Closing the Deal – Artists don’t necessarily have time to chase down all the writers, producers, banjo players on every song. Decisions are made quickly in the licensing world, and we’re very thorough.

Now we understand that four bullet points does not a licensing deal make. And there are plenty of nuances to the biz that are complicated and confusing. So OurStage is also working to educate our community of artists. Whether we’re helping artists license their music or not, its important to us that they have the knowledge to protect and share their work effectively. That’s why we’re conducting Music Licensing Without All The Noise, a webinar featuring pros like OurStage’s Director of Community and Content, the VP of Digital Content at Pollack Media and OurStage’s own licensing success story Nikki Lynnette, who will help you cut through the chaos.

With such a talented community of musicians on OurStage, its easy to see why music supervisors and production companies are so quick to enlist OurStage Artists for their projects. Just listen to the great tracks OurStage has helped place in television and commercials.

Rapper’s Delight: Hip Hop Girls

Women have played a critical role in the evolution of hip hop; Queen Latifah, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj, to name a few, have all left distinguishable marks. In 2008, the Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem recognized their importance with its first annual tribute event called “The Impact of Women in Hip Hop”. Our very own fast-growing pool of female talent, living in the Hip Hop Channels on OurStage, also deserves some love, and we thought that featuring a playlist with a few of them was apropos.

Nikki Lynette

One prime example is Nikki Lynette, who won our “NextMovie Review” competition just weeks ago with her upbeat, genre defying dance jam “Love U Crazy.” Check out her review of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie for MTV’s NextMovie.com. And that’s not her first big moment on OurStage; Nikki was a finalist in OurStage and New Music Seminar’s “Artist on the Verge” competition last year. “I was competing against all male rock bands,” she recalls, “and I still managed to come in 2nd. Black girls know how to rock, too!” She’s lingered in the Top 100 of our Best of Urban charts for nine weeks this year, too, peaking at 11.

Another exciting artist to follow is @Ibtunes. This Houston sensation has opened for Drake, J. Cole and Wale and was featured as the Unsigned Band of the Month in this past March’s edition of High Times Magazine. She’s also been doing very well on OurStage this year; take a minute to check out some of her mixtapes here. I mean, c’mon, they’re free!

IB

The Lyrical Maze is another one to keep your eye on. Given her childhood interest in writing and poetry, TLM is aptly named. Her confidence on the mic is not surprising either—she’s been competing in and winning talent contests since she was thirteen. More recently, she’s transferred these skills into live performances and even a headlining slot at the NWO Word Warriors Tour. This interview with Female First sheds some more light on the person behind the music.

The Lyrical Maze

Tracks by these women, along with other female artists, are included in the player below. We’re proud of their achievements, and we’re sure there’s something here for everyone. Do any of these tracks really stand out to you? Write us a comment and tell us why.

Nikki Lynette Reviews The New ‘Pirates’ Movie On MTV’s NextMovie.com

Instead of reading the same old boring movie reviews from the same old boring critics, why not watch a fresh new video review from the rock stars and rap gods you know and love? That’s part of MTV’s vision for the launch of NextMovie.com: movie reviews from all your favorite artists. Last month, we hosted a competition to find an awesome OurStage artist to share their thoughts on a new cinematic release. After a month of judging, thirty artists rose to the top of the heap and our very own Nikki Lynette was chosen from the ranks as the winner. Nikki has been tearing it up on OurStage since she joined, winning competitions and expanding her fanbase. With this review, she enjoyed the opportunity to connect with her fans and have some fun at the same time. And now, after much anticipation, Nikki’s review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is up and running. Check it out and let us know what you think!

 

Announcing The Winner Of The NextMovie Review Competition!

Recently, MTV launched NextMovie.com—a “movie site for the next generation” featuring celebrity interviews, movie news and video reviews from rappers and rockers. And naturally, since we have no shortage of talented rhymesayers or rock-and-rollers on OurStage, we got in on the action with the “NextMovie Review” Competition to offer one lucky rap, hip hop or rock artist a chance to have their own video review posted on the NextMovie site!

Well, a winner has been chosen: Nikki Lynette’s fierce track “Love U Crazy,” earned her the prize. This Chi-town native is no stranger to success on OurStage. In fact, Nikki regularly kicks ass and takes names in the urban charts. “Love U Crazy” is a genre-bending hip-shaker that combines equal parts rock and rap in one tasty alternative hip hop package guaranteed to get you on your feet. If you’re ready to jam out to spiky guitars and sultry vocals check out “Love U Crazy” below, and keep an eye out for Nikki’s NextMovie review when it airs on OurStage! You can also head on over to nextmovie.com to see Lego versions of summer blockbusters and hear what MC Hammer thought about Thor.

Backstage With Nikki Lynette

Nikki Lynette has never been one to play it safe. Despite being told she didn’t fit into a genre, Nikki powered through, creating her own blend electro, hip hop, rock and pop. Slap on some fishnets and leather and mix with Nikki’s energy and excitement, and you’ve got a star in the making. So much so that after entering (and coming in second place) in OurStage and New Music Seminar’s Artist On The Verge Competition, MTV caught a whiff came calling with a licensing deal. Go backstage with Nikki below to hear more about how it all came together.

Hey Nikki

Nikki Lynette

Dubbed the Queen of Englewood by Lupe Fiasco himself, there’s no doubt Nikki Lynette’s got Chi-town clout. But even Lupe knows that big talent finds its way past city limits. To date, Lynette’s opened for KRS 1, Gym Class Heroes and The Game, played SXSW and CMJ Music Festival and had her songs placed in ads for McDonald’s and Marlboro. Her allure lies in her chameleonic tastes, artfully blended into “cool music for fun, cool people.” With musical interests as diverse as Pink Floyd and OutKast, the singer/rapper/songwriter/producer leads listeners on a colorblind, genreless dance juggernaut through hip hop, rock and Motown. “Loveless” is a campy preachfest that leans and bobs to tribal street rhythms. “Need a Man” is a vintage jitterbug, sung straight and flirty, whereas the electro-grind of “Don’t Say No,” with its tachycardia beats is more forward-thinking. But it’s “Now That I’m Fine” that will really get the pulses racing. Hand claps and electric guitar plus Tony Basil’s “Hey Mickey” equals an insistent, grrrl power anthem that will keep the masses moving. Fans of Missy Elliott, Santigold, even Roger Waters will find something to dig. Long live the Queen.

New Music Seminar “Artists on the Verge” Wrap Up: Loomis & The Lust Win Big

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Will Loomis of Loomis & The Lust

Earlier this month OurStage sent three acts to Los Angeles to compete for a Grand Prize package from New Music Seminar worth over $25,000 in consultation services and gear. The three “Artists on the Verge” finalists were critiqued by a panel of music industry experts including live music producer Tom Jackson and Justin Tranter (Semi Precious Weapons).  Fierce competition between rockers Admiral Twin and Loomis & the Lust and rising pop diva Nikki Lynette made it a tough decision for the panel who, ultimately, were split between Loomis & the Lust and Nikki Lynette. The panelist then invited both acts on stage to perform in order to break the tie. After two powerhouse performances by some of OurStage’s finest, Loomis & the Lust were selected as the “Artists on the Verge” Grand Prize winners. We had the chance to catch up with Will Loomis and Nikki Lynette to see what they got out the seminar:

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New Music Seminar Announces Finalists for Artists on the Verge

NMS_2009_ logoLast month OurStage launched one of its first premium channels in celebration of New Music Seminar heading to Los Angeles. The groundbreaking music industry seminar will be making its first west coast appearance after successful events in New York and Chicago on February 2nd. The NMS founders Tom Silverman, and renowned manager and touring expert, Dave Lory, wanted to make this edition of the seminar extra special by inviting pop, rock and urban artists to compete for several exposure opportunities with some of the industry’s most connected leaders. Eight artists were narrowed down from hundreds in New Music Seminar’s Artists on the Verge New Winter Artist Search to have an A&R package sent to top US labels. Of those eight, three were selected to be flown out to LA to attend New Music Seminar and compete for a career-making grand prize package worth over $25,000 in gear and consultation services from NMS partners.

Find out who the finalists and runners up are after the jump…

 


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