Paragon Collective – The Frontier of Podcasting

Alex Aldea is the founder of The Paragon Collective podcast network, which produces Ice-T: Final LevelRuPaul: What’s The Tee? With Michelle Visage,and Kingsley’s Overexposed podcast. He responds to Carrie Battan’s recent article, “Podcasts: The Last Refuge of the C-List Celebrity,” in this great article, THE PODCAST IS THE LAST REFUGE FOR NO-ONE (embedded below).

Alex points out that Carrie missed crucial points about the success of podcasting: (1) It is an incredibly powerful form of media, does not insulate artists from scrutiny (as exemplified by Brandi Glanville’s recent scandal), (2) does have viral potential (as exemplified by Ice-T’s Dungeons & Dragons sensation), and (3) has become much more than the loosely based talk show format that the medium has been traditionally known for.

Check out the article for more information on the power of podcasting.





Belieber Update;

Footage from Bieber’s Miami Arrest.

The question on everyone’s mind, will the Department of Immigration revoke his Green Card?

Nicki Gets Slammed by Malcolm X Estate

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Nicki’s new single album cover depicts Malcolm X holding a rifle. The estate of the late civil rights movement leader weren’t to happy about the use of the image?

Read the whole story here:


Superbowl, Coca – Cola & Racism ?

Superbowl, Coca – Cola & Racism ?

Coca – Cola’s Super Bowl commercial featured “America the Beautiful”

Americans, however, were not thrilled about the delivery.

Coca-Cola Multilingual Super Bowl Ad

– JD

Vimeo Lawsuit; Headed to Appellate Court


For all those Vimeo users, here is an article about a copyright lawsuit currently being litigated by Vimeo and Record Companies.

*Does this remind anyone of the Record Company v. YouTube lawsuit?


A copyright infringement lawsuit against Vimeo, owned by Barry Diller’s IAC, has taken another step forward after a federal judge in New York issued a new ruling on Tuesday…

For more, read here.

Courtney Love; Defamation; Twitter

Nearly 50 years ago, the United States Supreme Court established that public figures must prove actual malice in order to recover damages for libel. What the high court couldn’t foresee was the invention of Twitter and how celebrities like Courtney Love would use social media.

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The tweet in question came by Love in June of 2010. It read:

“I was fucking devestated [sic] when Rhonda J. Holmes esq. of san diego was bought off @FairNewsSpears perhaps you can get a quote.”

In 2008, amidst a financial meltdown in the world’s markets and a good deal of public discussion on how banks had precipitated the crisis through shaky mortgage deals, Love became convinced that a fraud had been perpetuated by the moneymen on the estate of Kurt Cobain, the late Nirvana frontman and Love’s widow.

Love then met with an Holmes about a potential lawsuit, but the lawsuit was never filed. This this the issue that prompted the tweet by Love.

On Friday, Judge Johnson gets to weigh in. A trial has been scheduled for Jan. 13. A jury could be tasked with figuring out the best way to read Love’s tweet, or if defamation has been already established by the judge, what damages are incurred on a statement that is tweeted and then re-tweeted. The judge also has to figure out how much of Love’s other conduct and tweets — some of which have compelled more litigation — are going to be heard by a jury. Unfortunately, about the only thing that seems certain is that Love won’t get to live-tweet the proceedings.

For the Full Article, check out The Hollywood Reporter


Music Biz: How to Make Money

If you write songs, and your songs are sold, downloaded, streamed or used in many other ways, they’re generating songwriter royalties for you.  Awesome, right?

Nowadays, the types of songwriter royalties earned fall into two buckets: Physical/Analog Songwriter Royalties (generated from old school music industry), and Digital Songwriter Royalties (generated from the modern digital music industry). With all of the different ways your compositions can be used in both industry models, there’s a good chance your songs are generating money you’re not even aware of, which means you’re missing out on collecting your money, and that ain’t cool. So, to make sure that stops now, we’ve outlined 13 ways that your songs make you money.

This comes from an interesting article on how to make money in the music business.

Check it out here.

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