New a new tune from ‘J Ara’. This one is titled ‘ Ala Ara’.
September 2016 saw the release of SonOfMeRLiN voL 1., a project that debuted 7 tracks with a cover of Jcole’s LOVEYOURs as the opener. The EP also featured what later became an anthem in the south, the smash hit “TsunamiRELOADED”. (Son Of Merlin Vol.1)
John Networq, now widely referred to as “SonOfMeRLiN” is set to drop his sophomore EP SonOfMeRLiN voL2 which is a 10 track collection with features including Gen Pype, LA, BoyBreed, SpotLess, and Minz. There is a song for everyone on this project as John Networq expresses his beliefs, struggles, hopes, aspirations and most importantly his lyrical depth in this project. It’s so easy.
This is the Champions League of EPs dropping March 1st 2018, however, you can pre-order now on iTunes.
Follow John Networq on all Social Media platforms @JohnNetworq for exclusive news and updates as they come.
Today, the music industry is at a crossroads. The Faustian deal that the music industry made with the late Steve Jobs — make every music track available for $1 on iTunes — isn’t working. Physical record sales continue to decline, as they have every year for nearly a decade. But now digital track sales are declining, too — iTunes music sales are down by more than 10 percent this year — and the recorded music industry is scrambling for a solution.
The hot question of the moment is whether streaming on-demand music services are the answer to arrest the recorded music industry’s decline, or whether the industry is about to enter another protracted downward spiral. The flash point for this has been Taylor Swift’s decision to remove all of her music from the free streaming service Spotify. Other artistes have followed suit in recent days with their latest albums, including Jason Aldean, Justin Moore and Brantley Gilbert.
As a pioneer in streaming music — in 2002, Rhapsody was the first music service to offer streaming music from all the major labels — being big believers in streaming as a key part of the answer for both consumers and the recorded music industry. Indeed, earlier this year Rhapsody crossed two million paid subscribers, making them the No. 2 on-demand music service in the U.S., and one of the top two in many countries around the world.
Before Swift’s decision to pull her catalog from Spotify, most people didn’t understand the difference between free streaming services and paid ones. There is actually a big difference. On Rhapsody, everyone who has full access to the more than 30 million songs in its catalog is a paying subscriber, either directly or indirectly (for instance, through their mobile phone service plan). Although Spotify’s services are free, they have been able to generate revenue through ads, which they offer artistes a certain percentage.
There’s certainly a role for free ad-supported services — radio has been around for over 75 years, and the popularity of Pandora clearly demonstrates how robust this model is. But we have long thought that the industry going all the way to free on-demand music is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It’s heartening to see the industry figure this out and take action.
Windowing is clearly one way to differentiate free versus paid access. The fact that Swift is the first artiste this year to sell more than one million copies of a new album — which she did in just one week — demonstrates that the model can work.
We already know that consumers are fine with windowing in other parts of the media world. The most common example of windowing is movies, which almost always open in movie theaters before moving to home video and television.Television also has this model — hit shows premiere on the network that owns or underwrites them, then they move to other distribution places later. Based on how durable box office revenues are, and how much consumers love shows like “Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards,” it is clear that consumers are perfectly willing to embrace windowing.
The key to making consumers happy is consistency and exchanging value for value. If 90 percent of new releases from established artistes were only available at launch on paid services — whether by purchase, or as part of premium subscription services, such as Rhapsody, or through some new model — then consumers would quickly come to understand that premium services are the way to get access to all the latest music.
The result would be a win-win for everyone — more artistes would get paid reasonable rates for their music, aggregate industry revenues would rise and consumers would get excellent, virus-free experiences, and would know what they were paying for.
Windowing is but one of a number of ways that the music industry can embrace the innovative possibilities that digital distribution offers. Rhapsody unRadio, which was launched earlier this year, is an example of innovation that being recently brought to the market.
Streaming if done right can be part of a future where recorded music is again a vibrant and growing industry. We look forward to continuing to work with the music industry to deliver compelling services that both consumers and artists will embrace and that keep the music industry vibrant and vital.
Listen to Freeme Digital’s compilation of the best of Afrobeats out of Nigeria #EssentailAfroBeatsVol.1. This tune is a 50-sec cut each of 36 best songs of Nigeria put together into a 30-minutes mix and is sure to start a party any day, any time… Listen and get in the vibe this Xmas season. Available on soundcloud and YouTube:
Souncloud Link – http://bit.ly/1yRuGa5
YouTube Link – http://bit.ly/1znE3fd
iTunes has released a compilation of its best songs of 2014. the songs were selected by its editors. Check them out below
1. Happy – Pharrell Williams
2. All of Me – John Legend
3. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
4. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo
5. Fancy – Iggy Azalea
6. Problem – Ariana Grande
7. All about That Bass – Meghan Trainor
8. Let It Go – Idina Menzel
9. Turn Down for What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
10. Rude – Magic!
2. 1989 – Taylor Swift
3. Ghost Stories – Coldplay
4. In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
5. Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack
6. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
7. Pure Heroine – Lorde
8. X – Ed Sheeran
9. The Outsiders – Eric Church
10. 5 Seconds of Summer – 5 Seconds of Summer
Best Artist: Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Best Album: 1989 – Taylor Swift
Best Song: Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) – Iggy Azalea
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Pop: 1989 – Taylor Swift
Best Rock: Lazaretto – Jack White
Best Alternative: Lost in the Dream – The War on Drugs
Best Hip-Hop/Rap: Under Pressure – Logic
Best Country: Pain Killer – Little Big Town
Best R&B/Soul: JHUD – Jennifer Hudson
Best Dance: New Eyes – Clean Bandit
Best Singer/Songwriter: Utah – Jamestown Revival
Best Latin: MultiViral – Calle 13
Best Electronic: Our Love – Caribou
Best Jazz: Time and Time Again – The Cookers
Best Classical: John Luther Adams: Become Ocean – Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony Orchestra
With the appreciation of African music globally, Freeme Digital is out with a collection of great Afro-Beat sounds in its new playlist called #EssentialAfrobeats. The playlist features 36 of Africa’s greatest tunes and it’s sure to get you vibing this festive period
Be among the first to pre-order this massive 36 tracker specially selected Afro Beats classics and enjoy the festive season in style. Now you can place your order HERE on iTunes.
Around November time iTunes starts to get a lot busier with more artists wanting to distribute their music for the Christmas/holiday period. iTunes has laid down the following timescales for when you can expect to see your music online.
For example if you upload your music on November 24th you can expect that to be for sale on iTunes by December the 5th. The table below marks out the temporary release time scales you can expect for November, December and January.
|Date Uploaded||Date Online|
|November 24th, 2014||December 5th, 2014|
|December 8th, 2014||December 12th, 2014|
|December 15th, 2014||December 31st, 2014|
|January 1st, 2014||January 9th, 2015|
We hope this helps with the planning of your releases over this busy and festive period.
Freeme Digital Team
Freeme Digital is the premier music distribution company in Africa that assists artistes in distributing and monetizing their audio and video materials to digital platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Vevo, Shazam etc. With a large array of artistes from across the continent on its clientele, Freeme Digital is your one-stop point if you are a content producer/owner and are looking to start earning revenues.
At Freeme Digital, we are bounded by the following characteristics:
Our services are being rendered as follows:
iTunes & other Music Services:-
We offer Single, EP, Mixtape or Album distribution services to many digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Google, Rdio, Deezer, Sony Music, Beats Music, Muve Music, Media Net, Shazam, Soundcloud.
Tracks can be on iTunes within 12-24 hours MAX (Available in the US, UK, Nigeria Stores plus 110 other iTunes stores across the world)
Pre-release (pre-order) links can be generated before the official release so you can market with live links along with the release.
NB: Charges – #7,500 for a single release, #12,500 for an EP (4 tracks package) and #15,000 for an album release.
Movie & Music Video Services:-
VEVO: – We are capable of setting up an artist VEVO channel either for an independent artiste or label signed artist. Set up takes 12 days from date of name, image, data submission (cost $250)
YouTube (Movies & Music) – We can help set up or simply manage your content on YouTube and carry out the following:
Copyright Infringement Services
We can remove content infringing on your rights across the web.
Our aim is to offer a holistic and transparent service to our clients.
We believe in offering a value for money service based on mutual benefit and transparent cooperation.
FREEME DISTRIBUTION PACKAGE
*YouTube will be 60% due to the complexity and specialized nature of the service and the advantages Freemedigital’s partnership offers.
Pay a 1-time fee for vevo