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This Business of Urban Music

A Practical Guide to Achieving Success in the Industry, from Gospel to Funk to R &B to Hip-Hop

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The first reference book all about the business side of gospel and urban music. Hip-hop and R&B hold 25 percent of the consumer music market. Another 20 percent is held by religious (gospel and Christian) music, soul, disco, dance, and jazz. Here’s the first reference book to offer sound business and legal advice specifically tailored to these areas of the music industry. Securing a record deal, starting a label, publishing music, marketing and promoting—this is the information that today’s musicians need. With insightful examples, quotes, and anecdotes from dozens of top artists and executives, This Business of Urban Music is entertaining as well as informative. Author James J. Walker, Jr., is a leading entertainment lawyer, representing such well-known clients as Cole, Jamie Foxx, DMX, and many others. Now he brings his years of professional expertise in litigation, business, intellectual property, and corporate law to This Business of Urban Music—at a price every aspiring musician can afford.

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Customer Reviews


It's a very good intro to the world urban of music business, or any artist wanting to be in the business/ signed. Very helpful

I’ve read this book twice!!!!!!

When I was just getting started in this biz I read every single book on the market from Donald S. Passman to Moses Avalon including every Billboard, "This Business Of" publication out and when I tell you that this book is one of THE BEST and most informative books I've read, #pleasebelieveit!!!!! I'm not trying to stroke the authors ego(pause), I just want people to know from somebody who've actually read everything out there that this book is golden, if you want to know how this industry work, especially on the urban side, this book is a must read!!!!!!

P.S. Just a quick note to anyone who’s trying to get in the music industry. I’ve read all the books, from business law to concert promotions. Some laughed telling me I was book smart but that wouldn’t make it in the real world, but once I got my break, books like this one and Donald Passman’s, equipped me with the knowledge that helped me become the president of a indie label in Nashville, who’s label was voted in top ten two years running in Billboard magazine. Don’t discount books like these, you have to stay current with what’s going on but these books will give you an understanding on the intricacies of this biz! Good luck!

This Business of Urban Music
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Music
  • Published: Jan 08, 2008
  • Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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