Joey Bien-Kahn takes a revealing look at the interwoven business history of two modern day moguls: Jay-Z and Master P …
2013 was a bad year for Jay-Z the Rapper. Magna Carta … Holy Grail had none of the dark elegance of Reasonable Doubt, none of the club slaps of The Blueprint and not even any of the royal over-indulgence of Watch the Throne. It didn’t have a club hit, wasn’t committed to artistry, and some of the lyrics read like stroke-induced gibberish (“I’m in the ocean/I’m in heaven/Yacht!/”Ocean’s Eleven”).
But 2013 was a great year for Jay-Z the Mogul. Once again, Jay made money for himself and his friends, while remaining squarely in the public eye. He presold a million copies of Holy Grail for early download on Samsung smartphones and tablets (check out that promo below). He toured North America with Justin Timberlake, bringing in $69.75 million. And his protégées J. Cole and Kanye West put out two of the best studio albums of the year, while his wife won the Pop Star Wars with an unprecedentedly unexpected album drop that defied the Age of Internet Leaks.
Stadiums: sold. A million records: sold. Samsung smartphones: sold. Say what you want about Jay’s rap output since The Blueprint (2001); just don’t say a thing about his business savvy. Let’s be honest here—Jay-Z the Mogul has been the more impressive side of Shawn Carter for much of his career. Remember: He’s not a businessman; he’s a business, man.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our exclusive season of stuff from Wild Child as our Artist of the Month. If this is your first exposure to the sheer awesomeness of this Austin-based collective, then we’re thrilled to have introduced you. If you were already on board the Wild Child train … well, we hope you enjoyed seeing the band get even more of the attention they deserve!
To round things off, we’ve teamed up with Wild Child to offer an exclusive competition. One lucky winner will receive (deep breath) …
- An autographed vinyl copy of new Wild Child album The Runaround
- A Wild Child T-shirt
-A Wild Child sticker
-A Wild Child war paint temporary tattoo
-Aaaaaand best of all, a one-of-a-kind poem written about YOU by Wild Child’s Alex and Kelsey!
How do you stand a chance of winning this incredible bundle? Simply send an email to info [at] bamm.tv with the subject heading ‘Wild Child Contest’ before Friday 28th February. Good luck!
Hope you’re enjoying our exclusive season of stuff from Austin’s very own melody-merchants Wild Child, who have presently been crowned our February Artist of the Month. We’ve already interviewed them and revealed their personal playlist … now we ask them to pick their personal highlights from the massive musical vault here at BAMM.tv. Which great artists did they choose? Check out the list below …
1. Birds and Batteries – ‘Trouble Makes Three’
Earlier in the week we introduced you to our Artist of the Month – Austin’s very own Wild Child, a group whose multifarious melodies will surely see them blasting out of every open window this coming summer (trust us, we’re usually good at predicting these sort of things). We asked Wild Child to put together a playlist of their favorite stuff right now, and this is what they dropped our way. Perfect entertainment to unwind with on a Friday …
1. Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
Awesomely quirky animation as recommended by an awesomely quirky band.
It’s the return of our Artist of the Month feature – and we’ve got an absolutely amazing band all set to fuel your February. Gather round and get ready to tame the beast that is Wild Child! We’ve got all sorts of exclusive stuff coming up over the next couple of weeks, starting with this in-depth interview. Enjoy …
How did the band get together?
Kelsey and I we touring together as part of the backing band for a Danish band called The Migrant. I was playing accordion and she was playing violin. We were on the road for 6 weeks and during that time we started writing songs in the van to pass the time. During one stop in SF we stayed with my cousin Evan and wrote “That’s What She Say” together. After that we really started cranking them out and by the time we got back to Austin, we decided we wanted to make a band and make a record. Next came a full band lineup and the album Pillow Talk.
Those of you who are handy with an iPad will have already grabbed our free BAMM.tv app for that particular device – but, what with it being a new year, we figured we’d give you Android users a special gift to kick off 2014. By heading to the Amazon store can help yourself to our new – and, once again, totally free – BAMM.tv app for Android. A whole world of music discovery awaits!
We’ve got a unique twist for our final Best Of 2013 round-up (before the New Year comes a-crashin’ in: BAMM.tv’s Nick Hansen has stepped into the time machine and selected the highlights from the end of 2003, which was remarkably a whole decade ago. We’ll let Nick explain further …
Farewell to 2013 with nostalgia for what 2003 sounded like in a 40 minute package of dirty little memories. I know not all the tracks were actually from 2003, but hey ya, go on, have a break, put your feet up and sing along, you know the words.
1. Hot Chip – Crap Kraft Dinner
Ready for some more musical highlights of 2013, as hand-picked by the BAMM.tv team? Good! Today we asked BAMM.tv’s Sarah Levitt to choose her favorite albums of the year gone by. The list is as follows …
1. VV Brown – Samson & Dalilah
Hope you had a great Christmas – and what with the New Year celebrations yet to come, little reminder is needed that we’re still in the tail-end of 2013, and still indulging in that wistful ‘looking back at the musical highlights of the year’ business. Today we asked BAMM.tv’s Fernando Estrada to pick his five favorite albums of 2013 …
1. San Fermin – San Fermin