Getting Your Wiggle Back

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When YouTube first made its Internet debut in 2005, no one could have predicted the global affect it would have for musicians or record labels.
Fast-forward to present day, and wannabe recording artists are exploiting the site to broadcast their music to the world and to get noticed by record companies.
One case in point is Euro dance artist Abie Flinstone, a 19-year-old wunderkind from Lommel, Belgium, who has been likened to an Asian female Eminem and has used YouTube to her advantage.
For her efforts and marketing acumen, Flinstone’s reward is that she has been signed by New York-based Big Jake Music, an indie record label and part of Seven Arts Music. Recently, parent company Seven Arts Entertainment announced that it will start marketing Flinstone’s single “Get Outta My Way,” featuring Kaliq Scott, a song she recorded in her bedroom. The song has reached no. 2 on Belgium’s dance charts and will be available later this month in the U.S.
Like Flinstone, another up-and-coming artist who has enjoyed virtual success via YouTube, is Natassia Zolot, or Kreayshawn as she’s known by her stage name — a 22-year-old white rapper from East Oakland, Calif.
Last year, Kreayshawn recorded her now-famous “Gucci Gucci,” a catchy ode to independence from designer labels, then used YouTube to premier her video. By Internet standards, it became an overnight sensation, garnering 11 million hits by August 2011. She has since pocketed a seven-figure record deal, and shows no signs of slowing down. Not bad for a girl who admits that she thought she was “still going to be struggling to pay rent.”
“I believe YouTube is changing everything for music artists,” said Jake Shapiro, founder of Big Jake Music.
“Because of YouTube, small, independent record labels are now able to choose from the best of the best,” he added.
With the backing of Big Jake Music, Flinstone finds herself in good company.
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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.
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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.
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