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The Music Royalty Breakdown

Every musician, independent or not, should understand music royalties. Sadly, most don't. So I'm going to break it down so that you can understand how they effect you, regardless of where you are in your music career. First, you need to understand the difference between the Songwriter, Publisher, and Recording Artist. The Songwriter The Songwriter is the person who actually writes the song - but that's a loaded statement. Really it is whoever wrote the portion of the music that can be copyrighted. Here in the USA that boils down to the melody and lyrics. You're not allowed to copyright rhythms (i.e. drum beats) or chords. So if you're a drummer in a band, and your sole contribution to a song is the drum beat, then you aren't technically the songwriter. That's why if you look at the songwriting credits for the Beatles' songs, you'll rarely see Ringo or Harrison's names pop up. But if you're a drummer, bassist, or rhythm guitarist, you shouldn't give up and quit. You can always make agreements (or preferably contracts) with your band mates that the band and its songs could not exist without ALL of you, and therefore everyone is credited as a songwriter. That's what U2 did! Read the rest of this entry »

Producers gather huge following online with hip hop beats

Hip Hop Beats Online, a online production site with a huge following, is giving away four free beats and a chance to win over $1,000 in free radio airplay, and promotion (Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube) . Hip Hop Beats Online is team of producers,that have gathered a huge profile on the internet, and offers hip hop beats and other instrumental tracks for new and upcoming hip hop artists and the overall independent scene to use for putting together mix-tapes, singles, games, movies, films, and albums. The new company allows individuals to sign up for an account and then download hip hop beats and available tracks for use in album or productions. The site contains a large number of track choices. Read the rest of this entry »

Unfiled Tax Returns: Statute of limitations

People always ask the question: What is the statute of limitations for unfiled taxes? This is an easy one...there isn't one. Taxpayers often believe that if they just don't file their returns then at some point there is a statute that expires. But when you don't file then the statute clock has not started. So in theory the IRS can come after you for tax returns for an unlimited number of years. What normally happens is that if you have outstanding W2s and 1099s are other income that the IRS is aware of then after 3 or 4 years the IRS will often file a Substitute for Return (SFR). The SFR won't give you as many deductions as you would normally have if you had properly filed your return. Once filed, collection efforts will then start and the IRS will pursue collection with any means possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Iron Gym As Seen on TV product review

The Iron Gym product is a great inexpensive way for you to build muscle and workout, literally anywhere in your home. This is my personal review of this product. You've probably seen this on TV, it is now available to buy online. My review is below, however the product's official website is here: First off the pull up bar attaches under any door frame. I've tried it as well as my 220 lb friend and it held our weight fine, great for pull ups. You don't need any extra screws, fasteners, or any bolts which is really nice, so you can literally use this thing anywhere you want. The bar has really nice grip handles so even if your hands get sweaty, they won't slip off. What is neat about the bar, is that you don't have to use it just for pull ups, you can set it on the floor and do sit ups, dips, and pushups as well. All great workout routines to build more muscle. I enjoy exercising with this everyday and what I also like about it, is that it is extremely portable! If I am going over a friend's house, I can just throw it in my car and take it to his house and work out anywhere there. Read the rest of this entry »

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