Dr. Luke, Swizz Beatz Have Midas Touch for Music Hits

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – You may not know them by name, but chances are you’ve heard their work. You may even be a fan.
To date, Dr. Luke and Swizz Beatz have collectively produced hit albums and songs for Britney Spears, Ke$ha, DMX, Katy Perry and Flo Rida, and are currently two of L.A.’s hottest record producers.
For the last few years, the good doctor (born Lukasz Gottwald) from Providence, R.I., has been responsible in whole or in part for such mega-hits as “Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus, “Right Round” by Flo Rida, “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha and “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry.
In other words, Dr. Luke creates music that, no matter your age, makes you wave your hands in the air, tap on your steering wheel and turn up the music a little louder on your radio.
In short, if a recent radio hit was catchy, smacked of bubble gum pop and was irritatingly unavoidable, it most likely was produced by Dr. Luke.
Like Dr. Luke, Swizz Beatz enjoys his success while still acknowledging that “people are fans of my music more than fans of me … because they don’t know who I am.”
That may be true, but people do know the company he keeps.
Swizz Beatz’ third album, “Haute Living,” released last summer, includes an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop, and R&B stars such as Bono and Lenny Kravitz, Jay-Z and Kanye West and John Legend.
This album, according to Beatz, is a far cry from his first work with hip-hop artist and current renaissance man DMX.
The two collaborated in the late 1990s, when X was part of hip-hop’s notorious Ruff Ryders, creating an aggressive sound that led to multi-platinum success.
Since then, DMX’s famous legal problems slowed his music career, but X is only gearing up for more with a new independent label, Big Jake Music. And Beatz hasn’t forgotten his friend of more than a decade.
To underscore his loyalty, Beatz recently produced X’s seventh studio album, “Undisputed,” which includes hip-hop heavy hitters such as the late Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls.
Of DMX’s comeback attempt, Beatz said, “Expect the unexpected. Expect the new and improved. Expect hip-hop. Expect real music. Expect the Dog to be back.”
For more information on X and his album, “Undisputed,” visit www.bigjakemusic.com.

Hip-Hop Force Rocks Crossover Music Scene

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Americans love to dance. And today, more than ever, they are moving to the beat of electronic dance music.
So much so that artists like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Britney Spears are filling their music with these electronic elements — a popular form of dance and rock that hails from Europe.
This cutting-edge style was made popular in the early 80s and 90s by British band Duran Duran and Swedish band Ace of Base. Since then, Europe has become a recruitment destination for American executives looking to sign new acts.
Enter Abie Flinstone — a 19-year-old R&B and hip-hop artist from Lommel, Belgium, who is making headlines with her distinct sound.
Infusing her flow and lyrics with a 90s feel, but with a millennium twist, Flinstone says she’s in a category all her own, and Jake Shapiro, founder of New York-based Big Jake Music, agrees.
“The most important business aspect of dance music is a great hook. To that point, you also need artists who are marketable. We believe we have found that in Abie,” said Shapiro.
With songs like “Have Dat,” “Love You Like Davao” and “Get Outta My Way,” Flinstone believes she is ready to take on the music industry.
From writing and recording in her bedroom, which she calls Bedrock, Flinstone is a star on the rise. According to Shapiro, she has the potential and credentials to go as far as she wants.
“Besides being sexy and fun, Abie is cutting-edge with her lyrics and beats,” he said.
Clearly, dance music is suiting American tastes more and more each year. The cross-over appeal between America and her European sister is at an all-time high for the genre. Branding opportunities have opened up, and record company producers are taking notice, making it easier for artists like Flinstone to get a foothold in both countries.
Having recently been acquired by Seven Arts Pictures (NASDAQ: SAPX), the indie music label believes it can now better focus on up-and-coming new artists like Flinstone.
For more information, visit www.bigjakemusic.com or www.7artspictures.com.

Indie Label Signs Hip-Hop Wunderkind Abie Flinstone

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Big Jake Music believes it has seen the future of the industry, and it comes in a unique package named Abie Flinstone — a 19-year-old wunderkind from Europe who is currently making headlines with her distinct sound.
The New York-based indie music label recently signed Flinstone and has high hopes for the rising hip-hop and R&B star.
“Right now is the most exciting time ever for new labels and new artists,” said Jake Shapiro, founder of Big Jake Music. “We have every confidence that Abie has the ability and makings to be a musical force to be reckoned with,” he added.
Flinstone, who originally hails from Southern Davao in the Philippines — she gives a shout-out to her country in a song titled “Love You Like Davao” — now calls Lommel, Belgium, home. It’s there that she writes and records songs such as “Have Dat” and “Aye.”
After sending a demo to Absolute P Entertainment (Mostiko Records) late last year, Flinstone took the underground and club scene by storm with “Get Outta My Way,” a single featuring Kaliq Scott.
With a 90s feel to her lyrics, but with a millenium twist, Big Jake Music thinks their new hip-hop artist is in a category all her own.
“In an industry that can make or break you,” Shapiro said, “Abie has the potential and credentials to go far.”
Even as the music industry grapples with less-than-stellar CD sales, indie labels are finding success by being choosier about whom they sign and more cost-conscious in their marketing and promoting strategies.
By controlling costs and targeting marketing, indie labels are able to give their artists the attention that larger labels cannot provide — a creative, nurturing environment and the opportunity to be a very big fish in a much smaller pond.
Having recently been acquired by Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: SAPX), the indie music label now believes it has the backing and the ability to focus on up-and-coming artists like Flinstone.
For more info on Flinstone or Big Jake Music, visit www.bigjakemusic.com or www.7artspictures.com.