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15Nov/110

DMDS Profile: Sean Guerrier De Bey / World Live Music Group

Sean Guerrier De Bey founded the record label World Live Music in 2009 along with his Partner and wife Kino Kiongivi. Before starting WLM, De Bey began his business career working with Island Def Jam Records and Def Jam Recordings at the age of 15. De Bey has worked alongside some of the greatest recording artists of our generation including Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West and many more. De Bey has recently achieved the ability to distribute his artists’ records worldwide, which has been very successful. This year, De Bey’s artist King Phaze featured in Billy Ray Cyrus’s band Brother Clyde’s song entitled ‘Lately’, as well as producing Kino Kiongivi’s second album ‘Go’. We had the opportunity to chat with Sean and asked him some questions about his work so far.

1) Was being in the Music Industry at such a young age a challenge for you?

It sure was. No one understood someone my age being in the music industry. I was told many times that I was just too young for the business side of things. Kendal Freeman & Steve Carless gave me my start at Island Def Jam Records working in the mix show promotions department my alias was “Official”. We all had one and that’s what the DJ’s called me when visiting the labels. It was challenging, but it was a battle that I had won because many people genuinely loved me and I loved them back. If you’re going to win in this business just

9Nov/110

Charting for the week of Nov. 7th, 2011

Top Downloads:

  1. Amy Winehouse – Our Day Will Come (Universal)
  2. The Sheepdogs – Who? (Atlantic/Warner)
  3. Amy Winehouse feat. Nas – Like Smoke (Universal)
  4. Lee Brice – A Woman Like You (Warner)
  5. Dallas Smith – Somebody Somewhere (Universal)
  6. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy (Warner)
  7. Alex Cuba – Are You (Caracol/EMI)
  8. Chad Brownlee – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
  9. Florence & the Machine – Shake It Out (Benassi Edit) (Universal)
  10. Lady Gaga – Marry The Night (Remix) (Universal)

*Top Downloads are the most downloaded Singles in the given period

Most Active Indies:

  1. Alex Cuba – Are You (Caracol/EMI)
  2. Chad Brownlee – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) (MDM/EMI)
  3. Raghav – Top Of The World (Frontside Promo)
  4. Phill Botting – Our Soldier’s Home (Taps) (S. Fenton Prod)
  5. Zeus – Are You Gonna Waste My Time (Arts&Crafts)
  6. Bobby Wills – I’m Willin’ (Willin’ Ent/B. Martineau Promo)
  7. The Nylons – What A Fool Believes (True North/SpinCount Promo)
  8. Dan Mangan – Rows Of Houses (Arts&Crafts)
  9. Tara Oram – Kiss Me When I Fall (Open Road)
  10. Band of Skulls – The Devil Takes Care Of His Own (PHI Group)

*Most Active Indies are the most streamed and downloaded Singles in the given period by artists not directly signed to any of the four "major" record labels.

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9Nov/110

What closed captions are & why you should get them with DMDS

Well, you know how it goes… you created a wonderful music or promotional video, but it gets nowhere - or it gets rejected. And, while there are a bunch of factors why your video could get tossed out of many channel radars, there is one thing you need to make sure it's done properly and on time: closed captions. You might think closed captions are not that important - but they are!

Actually, videos with closed captions have a much better opportunity of being viewed by a greater number of people. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) “in 2005, about 278 million people had moderate to profound hearing impairment.” And, according to Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI) “from 37 to 140 out of every 1,000 people in the United States have some kind of hearing loss.” That said, what about the other number of people who have different language barriers such as being native in other tongue or just starting to learn a new language like English?

For that reason, broadcasters are required by law (with the FCC in the US and the CRTC in Canada) to closed caption their music or promotional videos for deaf or hard of hearing viewers. So, who can help you professionally closed captioning your videos? There a number of options such as doing it yourself with multi-thousand dollar software (this may be a bad idea!), hiring a  third party such as a post production company (hiring the wrong one will be a waste of time, quality, and money), or simply letting the best professionals do it (us)!

With YANGAROO DMDS Closed Captioning™ your song lyrics are encoded with the best possible quality directly into your digital video file in less than 48 hours – or even just in few hours! We’ll create one video file that you can instantly send using DMDS to any video network with your captioned lyrics or copy.

What you’ll need to apply captions to your music video:

  1. An edited video file prepared to our specs
  2. A Microsoft Word or a text file with the edited song lyrics
  3. A DMDS account to upload your music video

More questions? Please just give us a call and we will be more than happy to assist you.

2Nov/110

Charting for the week of Oct. 31st, 2011

Top Downloads:

  1. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy (Warner)
  2. Lady Gaga – Marry The Night (Universal)
  3. Victoria Banks – Never Be The Same (On Ramp/EMI)
  4. Tomi Swick (feat. Julian Lennon) – December Sky (Warner)
  5. Far East Movement – Jello (ft. Rye Rye) (Universal)
  6. Rolling Stones – No Spare Parts (Universal)
  7. Drake ft. Nicki Minaj – Make Me Proud (Universal)
  8. Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf (Warner)
  9. The Sheepdogs – Who? (Atlantic/Warner)
  10. Zeus – Are You Gonna Waste My Time? (Arts&Crafts)

*Top Downloads are the most downloaded Singles in the given period

Most Active Indies:

  1. Victoria Banks – Never Be The Same (On Ramp/EMI)
  2. Zeus – Are You Gonna Waste My Time? (Arts&Crafts)
  3. Josh Macumber – Tomorrow (Road Angel)
  4. Candy Coated Killahz – Light Up This City (ft. Saukrates, JD Era, Shaun Boothe & Tasha the Amazon) (Maple/DMD Promo)
  5. Saukrates – Say I (Frostbyte/Dale Speaking Promo)
  6. Ray Mercey – I’ll Give My Gift To You (Indie)
  7. State of Shock – Runaway (Frontside Promo)
  8. Ian Tyson – Saddle Bronc Girl (Indie)
  9. Shampouing – L’Amour Trash (Bunker D’Auteuil)
  10. Neverending White Lights – Ghost Ship f/ Hot Hot Heat (Frontside Promo)

*Most Active Indies are the most streamed and downloaded Singles in the given period by artists not directly signed to any of the four "major" record labels.

2Nov/110

Submit broadcast music videos to Telemundo on DMDS

Telemundo Billboard Awards Promo from menek on Vimeo.

Got a taste for Latin American culture? If not, you should! Why? Well, this market is more important than you might think. For instance, did you know that Latin Americans – also referred to as Latinos or Hispanics – are the biggest minority group in the United States? If you think it is not significant, this number should make you reconsider that thought again: 50,477,594! According to the US 2010 census this is the number of Hispanics living and – in one way or other – contributing to the US economy, which makes them a powerful economic-acquisition group. And, that number is considerably growing every year.

If the Latinos that live in United States were a country in America (when we say America we’re not talking about United States, we’re talking about the Americas: North and Latin America), they would be after the United States and Brazil the third largest country in America. And most importantly, these fifty million Hispanics are key influencers for the region – a region where also live at least another 580,000,000 Latinos (not including the Latinos that live in Canada, Spain and the rest of the world.)

So, why the fuzz with all these numbers? Simple, if your music or material is not been targeted and seen by this important demographic, it means that you're missing huge opportunities. And, that’s why here at DMDS we want to make sure you know we count with an important destination outlet that you can use to reach this important segment.

Telemundo is a television network in United States that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision. You can choose this destination by going to the Dashboard on your account > Create New Release > Destinations tab > under Type, select Organizations and search for Telemundo.

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