Fat Beats Announces In-Store Performances for Final Weeks
Both Remaining Stores Commemorate Legacy With Appearances From DJ Premier, Bobbito, Just Blaze, Pete Rock, and More
(August 30, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) After announcing the closing of their New York and Los Angeles locations, Fat Beats is excited to present a send-off worthy of their hip-hop legacy. A week-long series of in-store performances and music industry panels at both stores will allow the music community to not only learn about the history of Fat Beats and what the future of the music industry holds, but to also celebrate the legacy of one of the strongest music brands in the company of their favorite artists. These week-long in-stores are sure to go down in hip-hop and New York history. Everyone is welcome to come and all events are free.
Today marks the official start of the week-long in-stores for the New York location. This location will host artist perfomances every day this week from 4-9pm until it closes its doors for the final time on Saturday, September 4th, 2010. Additionally, both locations will be selling limited edition commemorative t-shirts, as well as discounted music and merchandise
The schedule for the New York location is as follows:
Monday, August 30th: Artifacts, Da Beatminerz, Immortal Technique, and more Tuesday, August 31st: Ras Kass, Sav KIllz, DJ Ready Cee, panel discussion, and more Wednesday, September 1st: Bobbito, Mayhem, Riz, Juggaknots, Sputnik Brown, and more Thursday, September 2nd: Rob Swift, Torae, DJ Concept, DJ Amir, and more Friday, September 3rd: Masta Ace, J-Live, Pacewon, Tanya Morgan, and more *FINAL DAY* Saturday, September 4th: Just Blaze, A-Trak, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, and more
Los Angeles residents can expect a similar send-off later on in the month, as that location will remain open until September 18th. The final LA schedule will be announced soon.
Despite these farewells, Fat Beats will continue doing what it does best - bringing hip-hop to the people. Fat Beats Distribution has been renamed FB Distribution and continues to work with both independent and major labels. Likewise, Fat Beats Records is pllaning rleases from a number of artists from their impressive roster, including ILL BILL, TruMaster/KRS-One, Black Milk, Trinity, Sha Stimuli, Q-Unique and more. The company's online store, FatBeats.com, which carries everything available in their retail locations and more, will remain the number one destination for hip-hop fans for all their music needs. Though these two landmarks may be closing, Fat Beats' persistence during tough times for the record industry proves it is still very much alive and well.
T-Pain teams up w/ Rick Ross on his new single "Rap Song" from his forthcoming "RevolveR" album. The track was premiered live last month @ Summer Jam Canada in Ontario and now he has added Rick Ross. This is a classic mid tempo T-Pain jam (produced by Nappy Boy Entertainment's own "Young Fyre") focused on Teddy Penderazdoun's interesting choice of soundtrack for sexytime.
Princess Superstar Launches Pledge Campaign for Next LP
Princess Superstar is partnering with Pledge Music, the international direct-to-fan platform, to raise the funds for her next album, “The New Evolution.” They have just launched an innovative campaign that offers fans the chance to cut out the middleman, become her patrons and have some wild experiences with the Princess herself in the process! Pledge also gives artists the chance to donate part of the money they raise to a charity of their choice. Princess Superstar will be donating some of her proceeds to PETA. You can see the campaign page at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/princesssuperstar . She's just the world a taste of her new material with the Crookers remix of her track “Lollipop” which premiered on RCRD LBL today. You can also download the track at http://girlieaction.com/music/princess_superstar/downloads/Lollipop_Crookers_Remix.mp3 - feel free to repost.
Fans have the chance to purchase incentives ranging from a signed copy of the album to a yoga session to a private burlesque strip-tease from Princess Superstar! Aside form a world-renowned musician, DJ, and businesswoman, Princess has been a coach on MTV’s MADE and is offering packages of rap lessons, DJ lessons, and music business mentoring. She is also an accomplished cook and vegan, and some of the packages include her cooking a dinner for a pledging fan at either Princess Superstar’s house or the fan’s place-their choice! At the end of the day, it’s her music that makes jaws drop - and fans can get access to demos, a private show for them and their friends, and even the chance to go in the studio with her!
Princess Superstar has been a music business renegade for the past 15 years. She has successfully run her own label, was among the first artists to have their own video games, and was also among the first to start making their own bootlegs and mash ups. Her adventurous business ideas are only rivaled by her inimitable sound. Her tracks were recently featured in the films Brunoand Get Him to the Greekand she was on Grandmaster Flash’s album alongside Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg. She is hard at work on the forthcoming album, “The New Evolution”, which features production from The Rural (Gorillaz, Beyonce).
“”I am beyond excited to have this opportunity to make my next record (the SIXTH ONE!) in partnership with the actual people who support me! I think a new world is coming and this is a revolutionary, intimate way to make art happen. I am so grateful that your dollars actually get to make my dream materialize. Also I am very psyched to offer all sorts of experiences to you- such as glamorous "Be a Princess Superstar!" makeover; customized birthday songs; meditation lessons; or even private full on burlesque show with my dancers! Can you imagine if this were available in the 1960's and 70's? Man I think I would pay anything to hang out with the Beatles or Chaka Kahn! And, since I am an animal fanatic and am active in charity work, I am going to donate some of the money to PETA. This is a revolutionary process for an evolutionary album :-) Thanks for being a part of it! Love, Princess Superstar”
How Does Pledge Music Work?
Pledge Music tries to keep its offering very simple - an artist sets a target for an amount of financing they wish to raise to fundthe recording and marketing of their new album or DVD. The artist then approaches their fans to ask for ‘pledges’ towards the total in return for a digital download, CD or DVD of the resulting project.
The pledges available are tiered so that the fan can pledge, for example, one amount for a simple digital download, a slightly higher amount for the digital download + physical CD, an even higher amount for a bundle that includes the digital download, the physical CD and t-shirt and so on. The artists can determine themselves exactly how they wish toinspirethe pledge money.
Unlike some other fan funded offerings no money is taken from pledger’s accounts until the pledge target has been met.
The key differences between Pledge Music and other fan funded investment models are –
· No money is taken from the fan until the entire pledge target is met
· The artist retains ALL their rights forever whether they be recording, publishing, merchandising or live. Pledge Music is not interested in owning any rights that belong to artists.
· Pledge Music charges the lowest, flat rate commission in the marketplace.
We want to create a 7' Vinyl pressing that will contain the next double-single, "The Girl With The Make-Up" and another yet-to-be-determined single, plus remixes and special versions of them. This'll be sure to be a collectors item!
Remember that every cent you donate goes toward making more music for you. Being indie (read: broke), we haven't been able to pay the artists, Griff and Kevin, nearly what their awesome services were worth. So even if we are lucky enough to exceed our goal of $2,500, we can provide payment to the artists, press up enough vinyl and DVDs for everyone, plus pay shipping costs, maybe even foot the bill for a trip to your hometown for a show!
PLEASE NOTE, because of how Kickstarter is set up, if we don't make our funding goal of $2,500, all money donated is refunded, we don't get any money at all, and no rewards will be distributed. So please donate, and tell a friend!
Free J. Period x Spike Lee x Michael Jackson Mixtape
J.Period & Spike Lee pay tribute to Michael Jackson with this Limited Edition mixtape, available exclusively at Spike Lee’s "Brooklyn Loves MJ" event TODAY, August 29, or online at jperiod.com/mj. Mixing Michael's classic hits with rare demo versions, remixes, and behind-the-scenes interview clips, J.Period weaves together an 80-minute musical documentary that pays tribute to The King of Pop's staggering catalog of songs, and reminds us why-no matter what you think of the man-Michael's true legacy will always be his music.