Music Review: Drake Plays Melancholy King On Introspective 3rd Album ‘nothing Was The Same’

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Then, through its patent-pending platform, TweelX issues stock in these songs to accredited investors. Investors may receive royalty distributions through online accounts on a quarterly basis or sell their shares. “Our music stock platform offers publishers, labels and independent artists a powerful capital-raising solution that simultaneously promotes artist-content and increases exposure,” said Chase Tweel, founder and chief executive officer of TweelX. Selling stock in music publicly has not been allowed in the past under federal securities law, but a recent SEC regulation now makes it possible. The regulation is part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). While the JOBS Act focuses primarily on easing restrictions for small companies seeking to raise capital and go public, it also modifies certain rules with the effect of loosening marketing restrictions of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933. TweelX will fully launch on September 23, 2013. This is concurrent with the effective date of the new rule relaxing restrictions on advertising the sale of unregistered securities, and hence enabling the public sale of “music stock.” The TweelX music stock exchange will feature songs from a variety of artists and writers, including up-and-coming sensation, Ty Bates, who recently signed with music industry juggernaut, Red Light Management. The launch will also feature legendary singer-songwriters such as Steve Dean, who has co-written six number one hits with artists such as Rodney Atkins, Alabama, George Strait and Reba McEntire, as well as notable writers like Bill Kenner, who boasts three number one hits and recordings with artists such as Alan Jackson, Prince, LeeAnn Womack, Mark Chestnut and Tracey Byrd. “TweelX is a great model and a great opportunity for serious artists to generate revenues in a business where it’s increasingly challenging to do so, whether for unrecorded songs or for songs that have experienced decreased royalty streams over the years . . . in either case, it is great way to gain exposure for the songs and the artists and writers behind the songs,” said Grammy-nominated songwriter Billy Montana. TweelX is also excited to showcase its genre-diversity with bands like Mama’s Love, a southern jam-rock sensation out of Athens, Georgia. Mama’s Love’s most recent album was produced by John Keane. Keane has produced notable acts such as R.E.M. and Widespread Panic. Mama’s Love will be joined on TweelX by other up-and-comers in the jam-rock, funk, Americana, jazz, alternative rock, hip-hop, jazz, Christian-rock and EDM scenes.

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Cyrus, who will release her new album “Bangerz” next month, also sang a cover of Melanie Safka’s “Look at What They’ve Done to My Song.” The guitar tune featured lyrics like “They think I’m half insane” and “I wish I could find a book to live in.” Cyrus has been added as one of the main performers for the second night at iHeartRadio’s festival at the MGM Grand Arena, joining a list that includes Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney and Drake. Elton John, Katy Perry and Chris Brown performed Friday. Saturday’s day line-up also featured Jason Derulo, Avril Lavigne, The Wanted, The Band Perry and others. ___ Follow Mesfin Fekadu on Twitter: Loading Slideshow Nicki Minaj The singer made these flower-shaped pasties a part of her 2012 tour. Do you think they add a nice touch to her already extravagant costumes? Pink The brazen singer decided to wear some duct tape pasties when in July 2012 when she decided to announce her new album. Nicki Minaj She wore prominent flower-shaped pasties with a lot of her costumes during tour. Hayden Panettiere Lady Gaga The singer is known for her love of pasties, pairing them with sheer outfits or wearing them by themselves for coverage on stage. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) Lil’ Kim The most infamous pasty photo of all time… That is all. (Photo credit HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images) Lady Gaga Lady Gaga is never one to shy away from making serious fashion statements. She definitely did not keep it demure last Halloween when she wore these aptly-placed weed pasties.

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Drakes third album is introspective, practically guest free and every bit as sonically brave as Kanye Wests Yeezus though not quite so abrasively bold. Drakes right. There are no radio cuts here a predictable inevitability after he debuted Started from the Bottom last winter. That song was nothing like the music Drake released on 2011s top album, the Grammy Award-winning Take Care. Yet it got stronger, more mesmerizing and meaningful with each play, and it remains among the most streamed songs in a year overstuffed with sickly sweet pop tunes. While there were introspective lyrics and moments on Take Care, the album was filled with songs meant to be played at top volume with the windows rolled down. The party is over now. Nothing is for dark rooms and headphones. There are few hooks here, almost no choruses, not much to sing along to. The heart-on-his-sleeve rapper with a million friends and the tightest of crews seems all alone here after ridding himself of fake friends, trying to sort out why all the success, the money, the drugs and the women leave him with a hollow feeling. He tells us over the course of the album how his relationships with his family and friends, like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, have been strained. The only pleasant memories seem to come from his childhood represented by that chubby-cheeked cherub in the cover painting and the 90s are all over the album, serving as touchstone, reminder and measuring stick. He references the Wu-Tang Clan in the song Wu-Tang Forever and in a half-dozen other places. Nothing is full of the kind of studied minimalism and sped-up soul vocal samples favored by RZA and his acolytes like West, who well get back to in a minute. But hes not aping the game-changers as much as using them as a landmark.

By pairing an online trading platform with a veteran music publishing operation, TweelX has established a viable securities market in music.

Twitter said to hire ex-Topspin exec to head music effort Marketing exec Bob Moczydlowsky has been hired to lead expansion of the microblogging service’s nascent music platform, according to AllThingsD. Follow @stevenmusil Twitter has reportedly hired a new head of music, filling a key position at the microblogging service that has been vacant for the past month. Bob Moczydlowsky, former senior vice president of product and marketing at Topspin Media, has been hired as Twitter’s new music partnerships leader, a position vacated a month ago by Tatiana Simonian, according to AllThingsD . Moczydlowsky, who is expected to join Twitter in the coming weeks, will be tasked with attracting music industry partners and artists to the company’s nascent music platform, according to the report. Moczydlowsky has not yet updated his LinkedIn or Twitter profiles, but he responded to congratulatory tweets about the new position with messages of thanks. CNET has contacted Twitter for comment and will update this report when we learn more. Related stories The secret company behind Twitter’s TV takeover The hire comes amid an aggressive Twitter campaign to strengthen its ties to the entertainment industry. In April, the company confirmed it had acquired music discovery service We Are Hunted and then promptly launched its much-rumored #Music app , which lets people find new music by seeing both what their friends and artists they enjoy are listening to. This summer, Twitter started letting TV advertisers target ads to its users , and last month it acquired Trendrr , a social media analytics company that focuses on television and serves big brands like ABC, MTV, Telemundo, and Univision. Topics: