Music Licensing: The Cold Cash Facts About Money For Your Music

Alicia Augello Cook widely known as Alicia Keys is an American record artist, musician, actress and an author. She was born on January 25th 1981 in Manhattan, New York to parents Teresa Augello and Craig Cook. Her parents separated when she was two years old and was brought up by her mother. She learnt music and dance throughout her childhood. Soon she began playing the piano when she was only seven years old. She was accepted into the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12 and majored in choir. She also began to write songs by the age of 14 and graduated as valedictorian after three years and enrolled in the Columbia University. She also had a contract with the Columbia Records and opted out of the college to pursue her music career.

But I’m not an anti-Hip-Hop listener. I love Hip-Hop. I’ve always been sort of an old soul greatly influenced by the 60’s and 70’s R&B/Soul music and yet my generation and much of my own identity has been shaped from the lifestyle of Hip-Hop culture and the sound of its music. Being that I’m a loyal fan of Soul music in which most of the themes center around love and romance, the Hip-Hop love song has always been a favorite of mine. There have been a lot of love songs in Hip-Hop but of course the most well-known documented and celebrated game one is I Need Love by L.L. Cool J.

With a heart-wrenching lead song like Mary J. Blige’s “I Can See in Color”, the director brings you into the private life of an abused 16 year-old, Claireece Precious Jones. The film begins in the late 80’s and resurrects the old Queen Latifah hit “Give Me Body” and Sunny Gale’s version of the 1933 hit “Did you Ever See a Dream Walking”. Together with a few other little-known finds with powerful messages, this soundtrack underscores the colorful dreamscapes that our heroin fantasizes about while being victimized in countless hard-to-watch scenes of severe abuse and neglect.

Fonda and Hopper had asked to include Bob Dylan’s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” and hoped that Dylan would write an original theme song for the film. Dylan, however, did not like the film’s ending in which the protagonists are killed in the South. Dylan refused to license his recording of “It’s Alright, Ma,” but would permit a cover version to be included as long as it did not end the film.

After all, it’s not all about entertainment anymore. Listening to certain types of music is definitely therapeutic much like doing yoga, eating a good meal, or even taking medicine. It can actually help you to feel better but without any harmful side effects.

My Chemical Romance took a more laid back approach in ‘The Ghost of You,’ but that doesn’t make the song any less effective. This sad number explores the pain of the loss of a loved one. While it’s one of the more moody tracks on their ‘Three Cheers for Lovely Revenge’ record, it perfectly demonstrates the bands knack for combining mournful melodies with an angst driven delivery.

Were the World Mine is not just a new adaptation of the play, though. Its central character is Timothy, a gay teen at an all-male private school. He has an unrequited crush on Jonathon, who happens to be an uber-jock rugby player. Enter Miss T, the English teacher. She insists on casting the macho rugby players in the school play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Everyone knows that English teachers possess magic, and in this case, it’s literally true. She casts Timothy as the mischievous fairy Puck, prompting many “fairy” jokes but also teaching him the magic formula for making the play’s love-inducing flower.

Furtado plans to release her fourth album between May and August of 2009. She will be recording songs in English and Spanish for the new record. She will also be recording an entire album in Spanish and an additional album in Portuguese.

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