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    [Alex Boateng] My Manifesto: Island Records’ king of the U.K

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    Alex Boateng has been part of the Island Records family for pretty much 10 years – but the unconventional nature of his joining means there’s no fixed anniversary and no cake with candles. In fact, his entry into the business is highly relevant to one of the points in his manifesto for change.

    Boateng had to more or less hustle his way in, as part of the team that launched Tinchy Stryder at the label in 2009. He didn’t apply for a job, bag an internship, or tap up a contact. Instead, hired as a digital consultant by Sarah Boorman, he brought something to the table, started on two days a week consultancy, and went on to make himself indispensable.

    It’s a story that he believes will be familiar to a lot of young BAME execs now rising through the ranks in the UK music industry – but a story that he says should be just one option available, alongside much more traditional routes. More on that in the manifesto.

    What is absolutely certain is that Boateng has gone on to become a key exec within Island UK. He was promoted to President of Urban just over a year ago, as part of a flurry of changes prompted by long-term UK boss Darcus Beese decamping to New York, from where he operates as the label’s US President.

    It’s a story that he believes will be familiar to a lot of young BAME execs now rising through the ranks in the UK music industry.

    Louis Bloom subsequently became President of the UK label, with Natasha Mann and Olivia Nunn also being named Co-Managing Directors in the reshuffle.

    “It’s meant more responsibility, more focus, more planning, more thinking and, most importantly, more listening – more of everything really,” says Boateng. “There’s definitely an increased workload, but that’s good, because it means we’re amplifying more amazing artists.

    “We had a great period with Darcus, and now we’re into a new era. There’s enough of the team who delivered success in the past who are still around for there to be a sense of continuity, but with a new vision and new ideas on top of that; I think it’s the best of both worlds.

    “The most important thing is that Louis is a music man – we still work closely together A&R’ing JP Cooper – which is what we’ve always had as the leadership of this label. I can still play him a tune and get his opinion, and that is priceless. There are plenty of other companies where you can’t do that.”

    Boateng says that in terms of the remainder of 2019 “we’re just pulling back the elastic ready to let go on a few new things”.

    As well as continuing to drive existing campaigns with the likes of Giggs, Drake, Sean Paul, Ray BLK and others, Boateng flags up new work from Tekno, M Huncho, Unknown T and Sneakbo, as well as some new internationally-based acts such as Lil Tecca, Kiana Ledé, Col3trane, Emotional Oranges and Masego. One act he has great expectations for is North London’s Miraa May, predicting that “she’s going to be a very important artist over the next decade”.

    He’s also excited about a new partnership with Amplify Dot’s label, Trakhouse, particularly Jada Kingdom and Shakka, as well as an entrepreneurial partnership with street brand, Lizzy.

    Perhaps most importantly, though, the move to Universal’s new Kings Cross HQ “has not only made my journey home easier, it’s also nearer my barbers, which means I’m looking better at the office – which is good news for everyone”.

    After a year of major changes for Boateng, then, here he presents five more for the industry at large.

    Credit: Music Business Worldwide

    [Steve Stoute] knows major record companies inside-out, literally.

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    Steve Stoute (born June 26, 1970) is an American businessman and author. Stoute is the founder and CEO of the Translation, a marketing agency, and the author of The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy. Previously, he worked in the music industry as an American record executive and artist manager. In 2017, Stoute received $70 million from investors such as Alphabet Inc. and Andreessen Horowitz to launch UnitedMasters, a music venture.

    From 1990 to 1999, Stoute was an executive at several labels in the music industry. At Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Stoute served as President of the Urban Music division and executive vice president. Prior to joining Interscope, Stoute was president of Urban Music for Sony Music Entertainment, where he played a role in launching the music careers of Will Smith and Nas. Stoute was the former manager to Nas and Mary J. Blige.

    Stoute received $70 million from investors such as Alphabet Inc. and Andreessen Horowitz to launch UnitedMasters, a music venture.

    In 2009 the American Advertising Federation inducted Stoute into their Advertising Hall of Achievement, the industry’s premier award for outstanding advertising professionals age 40 and under. In 2010, Stoute was recognized as “Innovator of the Year” at the ADCOLOR awards ceremony, an initiative launched by the ADCOLOR Industry Coalition, to promote increased diversity in the advertising, marketing and media industries. In 2013, Stoute was named “Executive of the Year” by Ad Age, the leading publication for the advertising and marketing industries.

    In 2005, Stoute became the Managing Director and CEO of Carol’s Daughter, a line of natural hair and body care products created by Lisa Price in Brooklyn, NY. He formed a board of investors including Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Jimmy Iovine, Tommy Mottola, and Thalía and a bevy of spokeswomen for the line include Mary J. Blige, Solange Knowles, Cassie Ventura, Selita Ebanks, Kim Fields, and Jada Pinkett Smith. The company grew and sought partnerships such as Disney’s “The Princess & The Frog” via a collection of hair and body products for children and HSN via an exclusive fragrance launch with Mary J. Blige. He has appeared in the HBO series and book “The Black List Project,” featuring interviews and portraits with leading African American figures on being black in America.

    Stoute released his first book The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy in 2011 through Gotham Books. In the book, Stoute draws from his diverse background in the music industry and brand marketing to chronicle how an upstart art form – street poetry set to beats – came to define urban culture as the new embodiment of cool.

    In February 2014, the book was made into a four-part VH1 Rock Doc, “The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip-Hop.” In April 2014, the book was released as an audiobook narrated by Kerry Washington.

    Stoute has been the keynote or featured speaker at many notable events including the International Consumer Electronics Show, the Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), Fast Company Innovation Uncensored, and AAF’s ADMERICA. He also appeared on the main stage at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity with Sean Combs in 2013, and again with Kanye West and Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz in 2014.

    The Independent Artist Showcase is Going down “May 29 2020” Online – SignUp

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    The Independent Artist Showcase gives artist the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience which includes industry A&Rs from some of the best labels in NYC. Now with the current pandemic of Covid19, we have moved the showcase online and expanded the showcase worldwide. Artist still win cash prizes and get a chance to meet with real industry executives.

    thIS SHOWCASE IS FOR ARTIST WHO WANT TO TAKE THERE CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL SIGN UP TODAY AND BECOME A WINNER.

    The Independent Artist Showcase going down Friday (May 29, 2020) Live Online Competition / Show starts at 7PM / This showcase will be Judged by Rap of Republic Records, Fella  of TNB MusiQ, and Q-Smith of Celebrity tour manager.

    Best 3 Artist Wins: (1ST. Place) – $500 Cash & Online meeting with Republic Records / (2ND. Place) – $300 Cash & Online meeting with DefJam  Records / (3RD. Place) – $200 Cash & Online meeting with Columbia Records / ALL ARTIST MUSIC WILL BE SUBMITTED TO UMG.

    HOW IT WORKS:
    The total registration is $200

    You make a $100 deposit to hold your slot and You pay the remaining balance of $100 on/by May 29, 2020 the night of the showcase.

    After you make your deposit send a photo to info@Showcaseking.com for your custom Flyer.

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    The Independent Artist Showcase is Going down “Feb. 29,2020” Sold Out

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    The Independent Artist Showcase going down Sunday (Feb. 23, 2020) at Blackthorn 51 80-12 51st Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373 / Doors open at 6PM / This showcase will be Judged by Rap of Republic Records, Grams of Rich Forever Music, and EMEZ of Power 105.1FMBest 3 Artist Wins: (1ST. Place) – $500 Cash & Office meeting with Rich Forever Music / (2ND. Place) – $300 Cash & Office meeting with Republic Records / (3RD. Place) – $200 Cash & Interview with EMEZ of Power 105.1 / ALL ARTIST MUSIC WILL BE SUBMITTED TO UMG.

    SLOTS SOLD OUT –
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    The Independent Artist Showcase is Going down “Dec 08 2019” Sold Out

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    INDEPENDENT ARTIST SHOWCASE

    The Independent Artist Showcase going down Sunday (December 08, 2019) at Aloha NYC 37-02 Astoria Blvd. S. Long Island City, NY 11101 / Doors open at 5PM / This showcase will be Judged by Rap of Republic Records, Jeff Juin of Warner Records, and EMEZ of Power 105.1FM – Grand Prize: $1000 Cash, Office meeting with a DefJam Records, and Interview with EMEZ of Power 105.1 / 2ND Place: Office meeting with a Republic Records / ALL ARTIST MUSIC WILL BE SUBMITTED TO UMG.

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    The Independent Artist Showcase The biggest showcase in NYC

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    INDEPENDENT ARTIST SHOWCASE

    The Independent Artist Showcase gives artist the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience which includes industry A&Rs from some of the best labels in NYC. Now with the current pandemic of Covid19, we have moved the showcase online and expanded the showcase worldwide. Artist still win cash prizes and get a chance to meet with real industry executives.

    thIS SHOWCASE IS FOR ARTIST WHO WANT TO TAKE THERE CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL SIGN UP TODAY AND BECOME A WINNER.

    The Independent Artist Showcase going down Friday (May 29, 2020) Live Online Competition / Show starts at 7PM / This showcase will be Judged by Rap of Republic Records, Fella  of TNB MusiQ, and Q-Smith of Celebrity tour manager.

    Best 3 Artist Wins: (1ST. Place) – $500 Cash & Online meeting with Republic Records / (2ND. Place) – $300 Cash & Online meeting with DefJam  Records / (3RD. Place) – $200 Cash & Online meeting with Columbia Records / ALL ARTIST MUSIC WILL BE SUBMITTED TO UMG.

    HOW IT WORKS:
    The total registration is $200

    You make a $100 deposit to hold your slot and You pay the remaining balance of $100 on/by May 29, 2020 the night of the showcase.

    After you make your deposit send a photo to info@Showcaseking.com for your custom Flyer.

    START NOW

    SUBMIT INFO:

    Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

    PASS SHOWCASE:

    Terms & Conditions

    R&B ONLY ARTIST SHOWCASE is Going down “Oct. 27 2019”

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    Showcase King INC in association with T&B Management presents R&B Only Artist Showcase going down (Oct 27, 2019) at TaiPan – 184-22 Horace Harding Expy, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 / Hosted by: Robbie Nova & Aminah Key. This showcase will be Judged by Atlantic Records, Power 105.1, and Bizkit of Its Bizkit.com / BEST ARTIST WINS: $500 CASH & OFFICE MEETING WITH ATLANTIC RECORDS

    TO MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT:  REGISTRATION CLOSED

    (Please Note: The Deposit is Non-Refundable – The Location, time, and date can change at anytime without notice.)

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