Sunday, October 8, 2017

How To Get A Record Deal



In past videos, I explain how much money you can make as an independent artist. In this video, I explain real and practical ways to get yourself a major record deal. Being independent can be very rewarding but what are some of the advantages to being signed to a major label? I speak about the advantages of being affiliated with a major record label and give you tips on how you can go from being an independent artist or indie label to being signed to one of the major record labels.

Friday, October 6, 2017

How To Have a LONG LASTING Music Career



In this video, I explain why good BRANDING is key, to having a long lasting music career. I also talk about how to build your brand to the point where your name is recognized all over the world, in the most positive manner. I discuss why The Weeknd doesn't do many interviews and why I think Russ is doing too many interviews. I also discuss talking too much during interviews and saying too much on social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. The wrong moves can damage your music career to irreversible levels so you must always be conscious of your words and actions when the cameras are on. You must also do your best to promote yourself without compromising your brand in any way. Watch this video for advice on how an independent artists can maintain a long lasting music career and brand.

Devin Malek - 1993



Devin Malek "1993" Official Music Video

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How To Stop Procrastinating



Procrastination and putting things off can and will lead to failure. In order to be successful, you must do more now and stop saying you will complete things later. Success in the music business and with any business happens through being prolific. It's not always about having the highest quality work. I believe real art is about expression and not about quality. Using lack of money or resources as a reason to not produce, is the worst excuse you can make. In this video, I give advice and motivation on why you need to stop procrastinating. You can't be a procrastinator if you have ambitions to succeed. Don't allow lack of equipment or lack of resources stop you from creating your dreams.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

How To Make $250,000+ Per Year Selling YOUR Music!!!



I've generated over a quarter million per year, year after year, selling my music online. In my last video, I speak about how much an independent artist or label can make by selling physical products such as CDs, vinyl, t-shirts and concert tickets. In this video, I speak about the opportunity for independent artists and labels to generates hundreds of thousands of dollars every year by selling digital downloads and streams. I show proof with invoices of some of the revenue that I have personally made by selling my music in digital music stores, using digital music distributors, such as Tunecore & Songcast. I'm a car fanatic and selling my music online has allowed me to purchase all of the vehicles that I've wanted over the years. All of my cars were paid for in full with cash money that I made from selling digital downloads and streams! I’ve also been able to use my music revenue to start new businesses and invest in upcoming talent. Check out some of my 100% REAL results that I've personally had, by selling my music digitally, online, before I made it big with a #1 hit record, which went Platinum.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Devin Malek - Live From Decatur



Devin Malek "Live From Decatur" Music Video

Shot this music video on my iPhone 7 for my artist Devin Malek. We didn't plan the shoot, it was impromptu. The video turned out good, as usual. Download or Stream "Plug Call" http://smarturl.it/plugcall

Friday, September 29, 2017

How Much Money Do Independent Artists Make???



How much money can you make as a musician (rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, artist manager, record label)? Despite what false information you may hear about the record industry going downhill, the fact is, the music business is on an upward rise. Making $300,000 a year, is good money for anyone. That, $25,000 extra dollars every month. In this video, I will show you that with only 10,000-25,000, you can make a quarter million to a half a million, minimum, every year, by just selling your music, merchandise and doing a few shows. We hear about people making $20 million in a year, but how much money do you really need to live a life of luxury? I also break down some of the luxurious purchases that you can make with the income you can make with only 10,000-25,000 true fans. The US music industry is on the rise and revenues surpassed $7.6 billion dollars in 2016. Watch this video to see just how much you can make as an indie, and some of the cool things that you can buy with at least $25,000/month income.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Spotify TOP 10 Earning Artists!!!



Which artists are generating the most streams and making the most money on Spotify? Here’s the complete list:

#10 - Daddy Yankee - Streams 2,835,653,320 = $11,342,613.28
#9 - Major Lazer - 2,960,711,295 = $11,842,845.18
#8 - Ariana Grande - 2,993,682,622 = $11,974,730.49
#7 - Calvin Harris - 3,621,725,135 = $14,486,900.54
#6 - Rihanna - 4,160,971,112 = $16,643,884.45
#5 - The Chainsmokers - 4,239,413,037 = $16,957,652.15
#4 - The Weeknd - 4,822,039,148 = $19,288,156.59
#3 - Ed Sheeran - 6,337,284,452 = $25,349,137.81
#2 - Justin Bieber - 7,774,553,143 = $31,098,212.57
#1 - Drake - 9,217,224,217 = $36,868,896.87

Spotify is the biggest online music streaming store, making up for almost 70% of music consumption in 2017. Here’s a complete list of the top 10 most successful artists who chose to stream their music on Spotify, to date. These numbers are as of September 26, 2017. Streaming numbers are always going up as time moves forward. Music by Prestley Snipes.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Going PLATINUM with Streams!!!



The RIAA will now recognize your song as Gold, Platinum or Diamond, depending on how many streams that your song or album accumulates. In the past, only physical and digital download sales were accepted by the RIAA. Now, the RIAA takes streaming numbers in to account. You can now receive an RIAA Award for streams! Check out the list I made below to see how many streams it will take you to go Gold, Platinum and Diamond.

150 streams = 1 Song Download ($0.99-$1.29 Equivalent)
1500 streams = 1 Album Sale (10 Tracks / $9.99 Equivalent)

75,000,000 Million Streams = 500,000 Singles Sold (RIAA Gold)
750,000,000 Million Streams = 500,000 Albums Sold (RIAA Gold)
150,000,000 Million Streams = 1 Million Singles Sold (RIAA Platinum)
1,500,000,000 Billion Streams = 1 Million Albums Sold (RIAA Platinum)
1,500,000,000 Billion Streams = 10 Million Singles Sold (RIAA Diamond)
15,000,000,000 Billion Streams = 10 Million Albums Sold (RIAA Diamond)

If you go RIAA Platinum on YouTube, you will receive = $103,500
If you go RIAA Platinum on Spotify, you will receive = $655,550
If you go RIAA Platinum on Apple Music, you will receive = $1,102,500

If you go Platinum in Music Downloads you will receive = $990,000 if you sell your single for $1.29 & $690,000 if you sell for $0.99

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How Much Is A Music Stream Worth??? (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal)



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1 Stream on YouTube = $0.00069
1 Stream on Spotify = $0.00437
1 Stream on Apple Music = $0.00735
1 Stream on Tidal = $0.01250
1 Stream on Amazon Music = $0.00402

1 Million Streams on YouTube = $690
1 Million Streams on Spotify = $4370
1 Million Streams on Apple Music = $7350
1 Million Streams on Tidal = $12,500
1 Million Streams on Amazon Music = $4020

150 streams = 1 Song Download ($0.99-$1.29 Equivalent)
1500 streams = 1 Album Sale (10 Tracks / $9.99 Equivalent)

75 Million Streams = 500,000 Singles Sold (RIAA Gold)
150 Million Streams = 1 Million Singles Sold (RIAA Platinum)
1.5 Billion Streams = 1 Million Albums Sold (RIAA Platinum)

If you go RIAA Platinum on YouTube, you will get = $103,500
If you go RIAA Platinum on Spotify, you will get = $655,550
If you go RIAA Platinum on Apple Music, you will get = $1,102,500

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What Are Split Sheets???



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Split sheets are used to determine how much each person involved with a song, contributed. If you made a song on your own, that being the music (or the beat/instrumental) and you wrote the lyrics, then you own 100% of the song and there is nothing to split up. But if you only wrote the lyrics to the song and a producer made the beat, then you and that producer need to sign a split sheet together stating that the two of you created the music and lyrics and that you are splitting the song 50/50. There are different ways that you can split up a song, depending on the amount of contribution that you made to the song. For example, one person may have come up with the hook to the song, one person may come up with the lyrics and another made the beat. Typically, the producer of the music gets 50% of the song and the other 50% is split up between the writers. The two writers may agree that the hook is worth 20% and the verse is worth 30%. So the split sheet would say Producer 50%, Hook 20%, Verse 30%. Then all parties will list their name and which part they contributed and then all will need to agree and sign the split sheet, to make it official. The split sheet protects every one from future disputes about who contributed what and ensures that every party gets their fair share of the song royalties. In some cases, depending on the relationship of the parties involved in the song, the song may be split evenly. So three people would split the song up 33.33%, 33.33%, 33.34% to total 100%. Split sheets must always total 100%.

This is an excerpt from Chapter 9: Split Sheets from my book "How To Make It In The Music Business: Using Social Media Marketing To Build A Large Following" Written by Ousala Aleem Published by Prestley Snipes LLC. Purchase your copy today.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Filthtown Eskay - Don't Wanna Get High (Prod. by JPrice)



Filthy Eskay releases a new music video for his song "Don't Wanna Get High", Produced by JPrice. I've been working with JPrice since 2015, and he's proven to be very prolific and consistent. Check out JPrice YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/JPriceBeatz

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mixtapes Don't Exist Anymore



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"Mixtapes" started emerging during the cassette era. There was no way possible to hear a compilation of your favorite songs, from various artists, without having to physically carry various cassette tapes, while having each cassette tape on cue, to be played, after you eject the current cassette that you were playing. That is when DJs started copying songs on cassette tapes, onto new blank tapes, while adding various mixes of songs and artist. The mixtape was born and was a thing of the 80s and 90s. I grew up listening to DJ Clue, DJ Whoo Kidd, Kay Slay and the list goes on. Underground artists would sometimes be featured on these mixtapes, and it gave some of the best local talents, an outlet to release their music. Brooklyn Rapper Fabolous was originally a mixtape artist. He released a string of songs with DJ Clue which eventually led to him getting a major record deal. 50 Cent also took advantage of the late 90s/early 2000s "mixtape CD" craze with his mixtape series hosted by DJ Whoo Kid. The mixtape was and is still responsible for the promotion of many artist, to this day. The term mixtape is certainly phasing out though, in the new digital era and no one is actually listening to "mix tapes" any more, now that the majority of music consumption is now based on digital streaming. In this video, I give my opinion on the term mixtape and how I think artists and record labels use the term as a scapegoat for lack of performance.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

How To Come Up With Good Ideas



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How does one come up with good and sustainable ideas which can change your life financially, while continuing to pay off? That is the question that every one wants to know. Whether you are starting a new business or brand, or whether you have an established business or brand, coming up with new ideas are key to staying relevant. In this video I give some tips on how I come up with good ideas and I also talk about teamwork and establishing a team, in order to reach your goals the fastest.

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The 360 Deal



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The 360 deal is nothing new. The first reported 360 deal was English recording star Robbie Williams’ deal with EMI in 2002. In the last few years 360 deals have become common place. New artists signing with a major label or their affiliates can expect it as a matter of course. The reason for the prevalence of the 360 deal is the dramatic decline in income from sales of recorded music. Income from sales of pre-recorded music reached its peak in 1999 at approximately 14.5 billion dollars. By 2012 that amount had shrunk to only approximately $7 billion - a decline of more than 50%, mainly due in part by the rise of the Internet. Under the traditional paradigm, the label would pay the artist a small royalty, which was even smaller after all the deductions. The artist could expect to receive no recording royalty at all unless his album was a major commercial success. But he got to keep everything else: publishing, merchandise, touring, endorsements, etc. However, these days artists often generate more money from other activities than record sales. For instance, Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour grossed over $227 million dollars, and 50 Cent’s deal with Vitamin Water turned golden when he accepted shares in the company in exchange for authorizing the use of his professional name in “Formula 50”. It is reported that his shares were worth over $100 million after Coca-Cola purchased Vitamin Water’s parent, Glacéau, for $4.1 billion. These developments have spurred the labels to seek to participate in all the possible revenue streams generated by an artist. I have seen small labels also known as production companies get in on the act and insist that new artists sign 360 deals with them even if they put little or no money into recording and make no promises in regard to marketing or promotion. These companies expect the artist to provide fully mastered recordings for little or no money upfront, and they demand income from all sources of revenue. This is an excerpt from Chapter 6: Contracts and 360 Deals from my book "How To Make It In The Music Business: Using Social Media Marketing To Build A Large Following" for Music Business advice which will help you succeed!

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What Does Independent Mean?



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What does it mean to be independent? Are you an independent artist? Do you have an independent label? If you follow all the rules in my book, you may have several record labels calling your phone looking to sign you or your act. Being independent is really a blessing, if you are fortunate enough to be able to generate monthly revenue from your music and pay your bills. Any record deal that you sign will come with some sort of compromise. If you aren’t willing to compromise, then you shouldn’t get into agreements with other people and other businesses. When you are independent, you really cannot fail. Any profit made, is a win. You become somewhat of a slave to the label when you owe them millions of dollars. I personally would not want to owe anyone millions, unless I was 100% sure that I could generate it back. Think about this. Would you rather take $2 million dollars and owe someone, or would you rather earn $2 million dollars on your own time and not owe anyone? This is what you must consider before signing a record deal. Are you mentally in the position to handle a large amount of money and is your brand strong enough to make the labels investment in you worthwhile? You must think about this before you sign a deal because if things don’t go as planned, you could end up at the record label’s mercy.

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How To Be A One Hit Wonder



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In this video, I explain what you will need to do, if you want to be a one hit wonder. Nearly half of all musicians that created a chart hit in the half-century in between 1955 and 2005 never did so again – 47.5 percent, to be exact. The “one hit wonder” is an artist who makes a hit song, that reaches the music charts, then after their initial success, they never are able to outdo their prior success by making another hit song. Depending on how big the hit song is, you may never need to make another hit song. There are plenty of artists still touring due to hit songs that they’ve made years and years ago. All you need is one good song, and you could be receiving royalties for the rest of your life. The goal of getting in the music business is to have a catalog of hit songs. Not just one hit song. True success in the music business, is having a large catalog of successful records under your belt. That is the ultimate end goal in this business. Why do some artists have big songs and very successful years in the music business, and then all of a sudden, you don’t hear from them anymore? They never seem to be able to follow up and make another smash record. Why is that? Read my book "How To Make It In The Music Business: Using Social Media Marketing To Build A Large Following" for Music Business advice which will help you succeed!

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How To Get More Followers on Social Media



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Wondering how to get more followers on your social media profiles? Looking to raise your following on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Soundcloud, etc.? Here's 7 steps that will teach you what you will need to do to get more followers, which will help you sell more products and help take your music career to the top! Read my book "How To Make It In The Music Business: Using Social Media Marketing To Build A Large Following" for Music Business advice which will help you succeed!

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How To Find A Manager



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Need to find an artist manager? Looking for artist management but don't know how to find a legit talent manager? Here's 5 steps that will teach you what you will need to do to find a manager, who can help take your music career to the top! Read my book "How To Make It In The Music Business: Using Social Media Marketing To Build A Large Following" for Music Business advice which will help you succeed!

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Devin Malek - Lookin P [Music Video]



Here's my latest music video by my new artist Devin Malek, called "Lookin P". I shot the video using my iPhone 7 and added a bunch of random b-roll footage and overlays for a weird, trippy, psychedelic look. I've been working with Devin for a few months now and he's extremely talented. Here's more iPhone 7 footage I shot when he opened up for Raekwon from Wu-Tang Clan, during his "The Wild" tour.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Life of Artist Manager [Documentary Series]



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Check out my new documentary series "Life of Artist Manager" chronicling years of work in the music and entertainment business. See some of the work that it took, which led to me receiving a Grammy Award Nomination, going RIAA Platinum and selling over a million records. There's now over 101 episodes, so watch and learn as much as you can from my experiences. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up to date with the latest videos.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Life of Artist Manager: Another Platinum Plaque Unboxing



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Here's footage of me unboxing my second RIAA Platinum Plaque for my contribution on the Furious 7 Movie Soundtrack. Thanks to everyone involved with the project. I'm very blessed to be involved with such a huge movie franchise. I am now a Multi-Platinum & Grammy Nominated Producer, Publisher, Songwriter, Artist, etc. It's been a long road, and my work is finally starting to pay off.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Clorox #GetMoreOut Campaign with #MrStealYourGrandma



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(2/2/17) - Prestley Snipes acquired a sponsorship deal with Clorox, for my past client, Irvin Randle aka #MrStealYourGrandma. I also shot, edit & produced these two videos for the #GetMoreOut Campaign, sponsored by Clorox. My one year old son, Taj, stars in the first episode. I shot both of these videos with my iPhone 7.



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Looking forward to finishing this project.

Life of Artist Manager: Platinum Plaque Unboxing



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My RIAA Platinum plaque arrived in the mail today. I received this plaque for my Co-Writing, Publishing, Management on this record. Thanks to Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin & Drake for helping to make this happen.

Life of Artist Manager: My Grammy Award



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Here's a look at my Grammy Award for working on the Grammy Nominated Song "Tuesday" featuring Drake. I also won a ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award for 2016 for my publishing and co-writing work on this hit record. Also a YouTube Award for reaching over 100,000 Subscribers on the https://www.youtube.com/user/iLoveMakonnenMusic channel that I created in 2011 when I was developing and managing the career of iLoveMakonnen. That channel is now managed by Warner Records and has over 300,000 subscribers.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Remake of Prestley Snipes Song Becomes Huge Success Overseas


Burak Yeter's remake of the hit song "Tuesday", co-written and published by Prestley Snipes is nearing 300,000,000 million views on YouTube.

THANK YOU WORLD 🌍 for 100.000.000 views on @YouTube ❤️😇 #BurakYeterTuesday

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We'r coming ❤️🙏🏻 #PlatiniumSales #Tuesday @sony_music_russia

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