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Preview Our World: Music Industry Titan Quincy Jones

The legendary "Q" discusses his work with music icons Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, and the future of the recording industry

This week on a special edition of Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont…

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As we get ready for the holiday weekend and wrap up our coverage of Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com tapped into our thought leaders and editors to see what motivates them when it comes to handling their business. But we're not talking educational seminars or textbooks; we’re talking playlists.Check out this cool mix of songs and add them to your own playlist. They're sure to get you moving--whether it's to work out or on your way to work. #NP —Elayne Fluker

12 Songs to Add to Your Power Moves Playlist #NP

Business leaders and Black Enterprise editors tell you what music inspires them to make power moves

Business leaders and Black Enterprise editors tell you what music inspires them to make power…

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In August 1991, Prince inked a $100 million deal with Warner Bros., making him the highest-paid artist at the time. The deal included two joint record companies as well as a vice president post for him. In 1993, the pop and rock icon would become "the Artist Formerly Known as Prince" during a legal battle with the label over artistic and financial control of his music. After a long, highly publicized battle, in which he began performing in protest using only a symbol as his name, he was able to gain release from the contract, serving as one of the most prolific public examples of an artist's success in standing up for his artistic beliefs and financial due.

8 Landmark Deals in Black Music

A snapshot of big business deals by top Black entertainers in music

Throughout out music history, blacks have been able to broker deals that not only took…

By Janell Hazelwood

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RUSH COMMUNICATIONS: Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam (1984) and Rush Communications (1991) (pictured). Def Jam is responsible for launching the career of LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, and Rush Communications is the parent company for media, entertainment, apparel, financial and philanthropic companies.

Black Music Month: BE100s Companies That Made Their Mark with Music

14 legendary black-owned businesses that influenced the sound of Black Music

Check out the BE100s companies that found success in the business of music and radio.

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It’s a known fact that a celebrity’s career rarely includes only one single job. Any multi-faceted entertainer—be it actor, artist, or both—learns fairly quickly that the key to climbing the success ladder is through constant diversification. Making money in various markets guarantees a well-rounded (and long-lasting) career. With the fickle tastes and short attention spans of most audiences, it’s only necessary to jump into multiple roles, bulking up pockets and fan bases equally.  Many artists have made the migration from musicians to actors, film producers, authors and all around entrepreneurs. Such transitory career goals have allowed many artists to garner successes they never achieved during their time solely working as musicians. As part of our continued Black Music Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a list of 11 celebs that started out as artists and have since evolved into well-oiled self-entities. —Kathy Iandoli

11 Successful Artist Brands Beyond Music

Music is only the beginning of building a brand that's something these artists know well

Artists like Jay-Z, Will Smith, Beyonce and will.i.am are multi-millionaires solely because of their music,…

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The Future of Music: 4 Ways to Protect Your Music from Digital Piracy

In a constantly changing digital world, these expert endorsed tips will keep your music (and cash flow) secure

With music piracy steadily increasing, see what four tips artists can follow to protect themselves…

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Before reality TV took over, cable networks like BET, MTV and VH1 (along with an assortment of broadcast programs) used to dedicate hours to airing music videos. Now, there are only a handful of such shows around and fans are more likely to watch their favorite artist’s latest clip online than on TV. With that said, the quality and concepts for most musicians have gone down. Gone are the days of the multi-million dollar video shoot that was more than a lip-syncing affair and produced mini movies. Still in the midst of Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com takes a trip down memory lane with some of the most expensive music videos made by African American artists. You’ll also discover which famous family has a penchant for not only making records but breaking them (and budgets) as well. —Anslem Samuel

16 Most Expensive Music Videos by Black Artists

Creative expression for music artist sometimes comes at a high cost

From Michael Jackson and MC Hammer to Kanye West and Will Smith, music videos often…

By Anslem Samuel

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The Future of Music: Dos and Don’ts of Promoting Your Music on Social Media

Expert tips on how your to 'socialize' your sound and reach the masses

Wayne Sutton and William Moss give expert tips on how your music can reach the…

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The Future of Music: 3 Alternatives to Apple’s iTunes Platform

Digital anthropologist Lane DeNicola suggests alternative music distribution outlets for independent artists to consider

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to digital expert Lane DeNicola about 3 iTunes alternatives independent artists should consider.

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Women in Black Music: Kelly Price on Body Image

With a new album, a new label, and a new determination to be her own boss, Kelly Price returns to the scene in full glory

As part of our continuing coverage of Women in Music for Black Music Month, we…

By Elayne Fluker

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This past Friday, June 24, same-sex marriages were made legal in New York, continuing conversations in the media and within many homes about the subject. While some are celebrating and making wedding plans others are protesting, as the hot political debate continues. The notion of being Black and openly gay—especially in the entertainment industry—remain controversial and traditionally hush-hush, with many artists choosing to remain in the closet. In light of Black Enterprise’s upcoming Black & Gay in Corporate America cover story [on stands July 19] and BlackEnterprise.com’s continued Black Music Month coverage, we’ve highlighted a few celebrity entertainers who are out and proud. —Janell Hazelwood

Black LGBT Entertainers: Out & Proud

A look at African American celebrities who have gone public with their sexual preference

Since the recent news of New York’s legalization of same-sex marriages, political and social debate…

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Michael Jackson: Decoding the Brand Power of a Black Music Legend

A reflection on the King of Pop's musical and business impact two years after his passing

As a musical icon Michael Jackson’s legacy spans from record breaking album sales and groundbreaking…

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Women in Black Music: Yolanda Adams on ‘Becoming’

As much a businesswoman as an artist, the gospel powerhouse talks about the importance of being diverse, and knowing when to be still

As part of our continuing coverage of women in music for Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com…

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Women in Black Music: Jill Scott Steps into the Light of the Sun

It was 10 years ago–no, eleven years ago–when a young Philadelphia poetess had us all…

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Women in Black Music: Top Women Executives Behind the Scenes

These 9 power brokers are calling the shots in the entertainment industry

These black female executives make power moves behind the scenes in the music business

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Women in Black Music: Getting Paid or Played?

Writer Jamilah Lemieux wonders if girls really "run the (music) world"

Writer Jamilah Lemieux wonders if girls really “run the (music) world”

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Behind the Music: Save the Music Programs!

A struggling economy puts the next generation of musicians at risk

A struggling economy puts the next generation of musicians at risk as countless music programs…

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Behind the Music: The Anatomy of the Record Deal

Music executives and insiders tell you who you need to have on your team to secure the best deal

Music executives and insiders tell you who you need to have on your team to…

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Black Music Month: Celebrity Managers Who Took Star Children to the Top

These savvy parents used their business sense to lead family to success

Six parents who saw star talent in their children and managed their rise to fame

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Behind the Music: Momager Sonja Norwood Grows ‘Family Business’ Tree

Industry vet has passion for cultivating careers and advocating for women executives

Industry vet has passion for cultivating careers and advocating for women executives

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Behind the Music: Jeff Robinson on the 360 Deal

Alicia Keys's longtime manager tells what every artist needs to know before signing on the dotted line

Alicia Keys’s longtime manager and label owner tells what every artist needs to know before…

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Black Music Month Power Player: Alexander Allen, The Image Maker

Celebrity fashion stylist talks the business of cultivating star-studded looks

Celebrity fashion stylist talks the business of cultivating star-studded looks

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Black Music Month Power Player: Fatima Robinson, the Choreographer

How the mastermind behind the routines of pop phenoms like the Black Eyed Peas balances success, rumors and family first

How the mastermind behind the routines of pop phenoms like the Black Eyed Peas balances…

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LeBron James Introduces Sheets Energy Strips

The NBA star and his business partners reenergize the market with an innovative product meant to give consumers a boost

NBA star LeBron James and partner Maverick Carter join forces with Purebrand LLC to launch…

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Black Music Month Power Player: Ryan Leslie, The Producer

From music production intern to hit maker, the Grammy nominated producer talks about the importance of social media for today's beat maker

Music producer Ryan Leslie is the industry's modern-day Renaissance man (Image: Press)
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Black Music Month Power Player: Chris Chambers, The Publicist

By all accounts, publicity juggernaut Chris Chambers has an enviable career.
As the owner of The…

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Black Music Month Power Player: Cortez Bryant, The Manager

As the man behind platinum rap stars Lil Wayne and Drake, Cortez Bryant has brokered blockbuster deals and reveals a new one on the horizon

As part of Black Music Month, Lil Wayne and Drake’s manager Cortez Bryant speaks on…

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Black Music Month Power Player: Chris Lighty, The Executive

From carrying crates to making $100 mil deals to his latest venture, music exec Chris Lighty proves why, in business, "persistence overcomes resistance"

From carrying crates to making $100 mil deals to his latest venture, music exec Chris…

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Black Music Power Player: Steve Stoute, The Brand Extender

From urban America to corporate America, the former music executive has mastered the art of selling big brands to the youth market without losing his edge

Former music executive Steve Stoute made the transition from selling platinum records to starting Translation…

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Celebrating the Business of Black Music

June is Black Music Month and all month BlackEnterprise.com looks at the business of music. Log on each day to see, and learn from, those who are rising, rocking and ruling

June is Black Music Month and all month BlackEnterprise.com looks at the business of music.…

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