How do two of the biggest entertainment companies manage to get both of their biggest girl groups to disband? That must be a new record. These groups would still be making music if not for poor management and just general lack of interest for artists’ development.

They literally got pushed aside for younger, “cuter” girl groups (which baring in mind this isn’t their* fault either, they’re just working like anyone else) but what both companies seem to forget is that both Wonder Girls and 2NE1 were an integral part to getting JYP and YG where they are today.

I only really started listening to 2NE1 last year and WG two years ago but it’s obvious that their music has impacted a lot of people. Especially girls and women. Not everyone cares about what’s new and people will listen to music they connect with.

And just a reminder both generations can co-exist under the same label. This never seems to be an issue for boy groups.

*EDIT: If it wasn’t obvious, when I say “their” I’m referring to new girl groups, who are obviously not at fault. This isn’t about blaming anyone other than the companies with more than enough money and resources but yet seem to be incapable of managing multiple girl groups properly. These same companies keep up the longevity of many boy groups. This is worth repeating.

Not only do labels control their artists’ social media, but they also make the artists pay for it!!!

I want to share an extract from a book i read…

“During the term, the company will have the exclusive right to set up the artist’s website and control social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Their argument is that they want to present a coordinated marketing campaign across all platforms and, oh by the way, we’re the big record company and you’re not. Some companies, if you ask, will allow the artist to set up an “unofficial” website during the term. After the term, the rights go back to the artist, although companies keep the right to have an artist section on their company website… 

…Companies want to recoup the costs of creating and maintaining the artist’s website and social media. It’s hard to make this go away, but sometimes you can limit the amount they can charge, to, say, $25,000 over the life of a deal” (Passman, 2015:140)

This fact isn’t really surprising considering that social media is a key part of marketing, and artists have to pay the label back for the money they spent on marketing… but it is particularly absurd to think about. Like theoretically, as an artist, you could be in a situation where you don’t like the way that you are being portrayed on social media, and you can’t do anything about it. And then you actually have to pay your label for this !!!!! If you are lucky you can maybe limit this amount to 25 grand. It’s just another perfect example of the absurd and potentially unreasonable contractual obligations that artists are put under.

Source: Passman, D. S. (2015). All you need to know about the music business. Simon and Schuster.

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pensavo soltanto ad una cosa, fuggire lontano da qua
ricordo avevo solo buio intorno
so che avrei dato luce a questo sogno
io lo sapevo
ci credevo
me lo ripetevo
ogni maledetto giorno.
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[ARTICLE] Zion.T Opens Up About Collaboration With G-Dragon And The Story Behind “Complex”

Zion.T’s new release “O O” is a buzzworthy album that took a whole lot of work!

On January 31, an exclusive interview with the singer was released on Dingo Music’s YouTube channel. In the clip, he discussed the effort put into the album, giving fans a track-by-track summary of each song.

“I really like [to play] ‘Overwatch,‘” Zion.T joked when asked what he had been up to since his last activities. “To be honest, the album was delayed for two months because of a sinus infection, but because of ‘Overwatch,’ it was delayed for another two months.”

He then began talking about the track “Complex,” which he recorded with BIGBANG’s G-Dragon.

“When I first heard him, I thought ‘You’re really going to be okay?’ ‘Can I really use this?’ ‘Can I be this blunt?’ I honestly had thoughts like that,” he began. Zion.T then explained that the song was vulnerable for him because it referred to his battle with insecurity. “I wanted the song to have a cool feel, and G-Dragon was able to give me that.”

When discussing the song “Sorry” (his collaboration track with Beenzino), he expressed that the main idea behind the song was “I hate saying sorry, but sorry.” He then added that he considers the song an apology to the public.

He ended the interview by speaking out to people who might not like his music. Whether they love it or they hate it, he insisted, “Give the album a listen. Try listening to each song one at a time.”

Currently, his comeback album “O O” has seen plenty of love from fans. Both “The Song” and “Complex” have landed number one spots on seven out of eight Korean digital music charts.