Industry Profile: Bryan "Birdman" Williams

— By Larry LeBlanc (CelebrityAccess MediaWire)

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Bryan “Birdman” Williams, co-CEO and founder, Cash Money Records.

Bryan “Birdman” Williams, and Ronald “Slim” Williams may live the high life, but the two brothers have worked hard for everything.

Nobody ever gave them jackshit.

The two co-founders of Cash Money/Young Money enclave grew up in the rough, uptown Third Ward of New Orleans. Their mother died when they were young kids. Their father raised them while running a neighborhood grocery store and lounge.

While Cash Money’s headquarters is now in Miami, the Williams brothers are from New Orleans, and they still ride for their town. That's their heart and soul; the base of their careers; and they never want to lose that.

One afternoon in 1991, Bryan and Ronald sat in the family kitchen and they sketched out a simple black-and-white inked logo: A dollar sign bordered by the words, Cash Money Records.

Two decades later, this logo—somewhat redesigned over the years—represents one of hip-hop's most recognizable brands.

When Forbes recently tabulated the wealthiest entrepreneurs in American hip-hop, Bryan placed #4 on the list with a personal net estimated to be $100 million. Bryan scoffed at the estimate. He was quoted as saying, “I should still be a lot more than that. $500 million, $250 million, easy."

With such new-school outlets as MySpace, Twitter and a mobile subscription service delivering ringtones, graphics, video clips, and text alerts to fans of the label’s artists--joining the old-school marketing mix of club, studio and radio--Bryan can probably make his case of greater riches.

2010 was a remarkable year for Cash Money, with a "Young Money Family" compilation release finally debuting long-signed artists Tyga, Mack Maine (now the president of affiliated Young Money Records), and Gudda Gudda, plus million-selling albums from Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil Wayne.

In 2010, Cash Money also made a worldwide administrative partnership with Universal Music Publishing Group under which Universal administers all catalog interests from Cash Money’s co-founders, as well as older copyrights from Lil Wayne, Mannie Fresh and B.G. The deal also includes new writers that the pair have signed to their publishing company, including Young Money label mates, Nicki Minaj and Mack Maine.

In the mid ’90s, New Orleans was mocked as a hip-hop backwater. The rise in the decade of Cash Money, and Master P’s No Limit label—with a roster that Master P, C-Murder, Silkk the Shocker, Snoop Dogg, Mac, Mercedes, Soulja Slim, Mia X, Skull Duggery--changed that perception.

While Ronald stayed in the background, handling the day-to-day business end, Bryan took center stage as a media figure, and a rapper himself.

As music journalist Roni Sarig wrote in "Third Coast," his 2007 book on Southern hip-hop, "Where No Limit represented New Orleans in the hip-hop world nationally, Cash Money was New Orleans."

Cash Money’s first release, Kilo G's "The Sleepwalker,” however, sold poorly. With the addition of DJ Mannie Fresh as in-house producer, the label hit its stride with such acts as Pimp Daddy, Lil Slim, Ms Tee and U.N.L.V.

Lil Wayne was only nine when he caught the ears of Bryan in 1991. The youngster turned up at a Cash Money autograph signing, and recorded freestyle raps on his answering machine, leading him to mentor the youngster, and include him on Cash Money releases.

In 1995, the label signed the young teenager, along with young rappers B.G., and Juvenile. Lil Wayne appeared on B.G.'s album "True Story" the same year.

Two years later, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, B.G., and Turk formed the Hot Boys that became one of Cash Money’s best known acts.

Lil Wayne released his first solo album, “Tha Block is Hot” in 1999. It was followed by “Lights Out” in 2000. Both sold over a million units.

In 2005, Lil Wayne stepped out from the Hot Boys’ shadow as his album “Tha Carter II,” the follow-up to the original 2004 “Tha Carter” album, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The same year, Lil Wayne became president of Cash Money. He founded Young Money as a Cash Money imprint. The label started slowly, signing artists but releasing little product. Still, largely on the strength of Wayne's prolific mixtape output, its reputation grew though Wayne had to step down due to his growing commitments as an artist.

In 2008, Lil Wayne had the best-selling album of the year and won a Grammy Award for “Tha Carter III” which sold a whopping 3.5 million units.

Lil Wayne, however, soon had legal tangles to contend with.

In Oct., 2009, he pled guilty to having a loaded gun on his tour bus after a Manhattan concert in 2007. He began serving his one-year sentence in March, 2010.

Following jail, Lil Wayne, with Cash Money quickly kick-started his recording career.

This past week, Lil Wayne shattered the iTunes record for first-week album sales in just four days, moving more than 300,000 of his new album, “Tha Carter IV” which hit digital retailers right after his closing performance of “How to Love” and “John” on THE MTV Video Music Awards.

The Young Money album sold 964,000 copies in its first week, according to SoundScan, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200.

As well, eight Lil Wayne titles debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart from the album. As four of his titles previously on the Hot 100 join the eight newcomers, Lil Wayne has 12 songs total on this week's chart, the most simultaneously-charting songs by a soloist in the chart’s 53-year history.

According to Billboard, only the Beatles have held more concurrent positions, having placed 14 songs on the April 11, 1964, Hot 100 chart, as well as 12 each the weeks before and after.

"Tha Carter IV" stayed at #1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, selling another 219,000 copies.

Another good week for “Tha Carter IV.”

Yeah, a very exciting week for us as a whole--as a brand, as a team. We are all just grateful, and blessed that God is even blessing us like this.

With these sales figures, coupled with sales of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” album, it shows that retailers can still sell physical product today.

It’s great for retail as a whole. You’ve got so many retailers closing because of how bad the business has become since 9/11. You have a lot of projects like these come out, but really the business is not putting out as much music, especially urban music, like it used to. So, when you have these types of artists drop albums it makes up for a lot of projects and product that the music industry just isn’t putting out anymore.

You have said that Forbes’ estimate of your net wealth at $100 million is too low.

(Laughing) But they are going to get me right next time. Forbes looked at me, but they didn’t look at me right. But it’s cool, I ain’t tripping.

Why brag on money? You want an audit from the I.R.S.?

No, not at all. I’m up on my dough, though. I ain’t worrying about that.

You and Slim are starting to draw comparisons to such urban music trail blazers as Berry Gordy Jr., and Gamble & Huff.

I’m hearing people saying that.

You two certainly have built an empire though the mainstream media has missed that.

Definitely. I guess it (respect) will come in time. I feel like that will make me work harder too. That’s another motivation. I like that. Because if you ain’t giving it to me, I’m going to take it, and I respect that. We need to work harder, and I understand that too. I don’t have a problem with that.

Could you have done what you’ve done without Slim?

Nah. Nah. My brother plays a major role. He’s one of the reasons why…he kept me humble. In my life, I come up different. I am the opposite of my brother. Sometimes I got hot-headed in my younger days, and my brother never gets hot-headed. He’s somebody that I would really like to be like in life. He’s smart. He’s cool. He’s special.

New Orleans is a rough town to be raised in.

I know it, man. I will still to today be looking at how strong that we have been and how much we have been through. Just to wipe all that aside to get out of where we came from. We come from a city that is built on murder, and there are no opportunities. It’s tough. It’s hard. You have to be a stand-up guy, and you have to be a smart person too, and not get caught up in things that you are surrounded by. Understand, we come from poor. We come from the Project.

You’re from the Third Ward Uptown, right?

Magnolia Projects where I’m from, Lil Wayne is from Hollygrove, which is the 17th Ward. Everything is five minutes from everybody. You can reach anybody in five minutes (in New Orleans). Ain’t nothing far.

[The Magnolia Projects has been vacated, and the majority of buildings razed. It was one of America’s most dangerous housing districts with a local crime rate higher than many full municipalities in the U.S.]

In the mid-‘90s, New Orleans had America's highest per-capita murder rate. Kilo G, Pimp Daddy and Yella Boy were all shot to death back then. At the end of last year, your girl Magnolia Shorty was shot dead there.

Yeah, she just died. That’s what I’m saying. It’s so easy to get caught up in that city we come from. Just being able to still be here first of all, and to be here working hard, and being successful, all this comes from where we come from, and how hard we come up.

Really, I look at it like the way we brought up set me up for life. Now I can deal with situations. I don’t think there’s too much that can scar me because I’ve been scarred--I’ve been hurt--since I was a kid. Life is about accomplishment, and I can’t see past us just accomplishing because I know what it’s like. I know where we come from, and I know what it is still like. We still go there, and they make us work harder because that’s not where we ever want to go back to be.

[In Dec. 2010, Magnolia Shorty, aka Renetta Yemika Lowe-Bridgewater, was shot and killed in a car in a double homicide at the Georgetown of New Orleans apartments complex in the New Orleans East neighborhood of Edgelake. Police described the crime as a drive-by shooting. At the time of her death, she had been working on her second album for Cash Money.]

You and Slim sat around a table and planned out Cash Money Records, and had a logo. How did you figure out your roles?

At that time, that was kind of my decision. I was doing all that at the time. I wanted everything to be around money because that’s what we were about; trying to make some money to help us, and to help our people; trying to make a better way out of these projects. So I kind of did that. I left more of the business decisions up to my brother. At the end of the day, my brother called the shots. Whatever he says go. That’s just how I do (what I do). That’s what it is.

You both have business savvy beyond street smarts--business savvy to set up publishing, a book company, and a mobile business. Where did the vision come from?

Just something that we wanted to expand. Just seeing that we could do more in music. We’ve got a machine, we just as well might use it. I think that we have the best staff in the business right now for radio, marketing, our street team; our whole staff is very strong.

We have always been trying to do it (expand) but, when I look back, we were ready visual-wise, but staffing wise we weren’t ready. Now in the last couple of years, we have all of our pieces together for us just doing all of these different brands. Like our merch company, our movie company, and our book company; we have a bus company, our studio company. Just branching off into different things.

I always wanted to do different businesses, but I like to be hands-on. I don’t want to be not a part of my business because I feel that I can run them better. I know how to do the things that I need to do. So I just wanted to do enough businesses that we can run; that we can be involved with; that we can market. I also now have a liquor deal too. I just did a deal with GT Vodka (Grand Touring Vodka).

I just want to keep our little circle where I can be hands on because I want to be hands on with the businesses.

In an interview with Billboard’s Gail Mitchell a few years ago, Slim said, “This is a job, not a party.”

It started as a party because we were young, and we were excited. That’s why I’m saying that it is so important for the young world to get this education because they can skip the party part of it; and remember that it is a business, and don’t get it fucked up. It’s a business. We were just young, got the money, partying and having fun, still making money, but if I’d known better, I would have done better.

It took for a couple of years to grow up to be like, "You know what y’all? I can see how we can do this, and make more money.” I just saw how this shit ain’t a party no more. Now it’s about us making this a business. This is our life. This is how we are going to feed our families.

But a lot of those youngsters just don’t get up in the rap of it because the shit can come like a wave. You have a lot of motherfuckers that never had nothing, wake up to something, and it’s hard to keep it. That’s why education plays so such a part in this shit, and in life in general. I tell anyone who does this, “Get an education.” I am fortunate enough to have a high school education. I have that. I also have other smarts that goes with my game, and what I am trying to accomplish in life. But, I tell anybody, “Get your education. It’s important because you can get the money, and if you are just dumbfounded with it, you will be right back where you started.”

We have to be smart with whatever we get. It might be as much as we done got, but whatever you get, you just have to be smart with it. So that when it comes back around, you won’t be like a lot of our peers who have done this, and niggers be back broke with nothing.

[After graduating from high school Bryan Williams attended Salisbury University in Maryland for a year before dropping out and starting his career.]

The music industry is full of artists and entrepreneurs who crashed and burned after their success.

That’s why I would like for the new world, and anybody who does this, (tell them) you have to study your craft. I studied my craft. I studied everybody who did this before me. I learned from trial-and-error. I made mistakes, also learning; but you got to know what you are getting yourself into. So if you get into it, you have a feel of how to deal with it. I studied everybody who did what I am doing before me.

Who did you study?

Tony Draper, James Smith, Russell Simmons, Eazy-E, Jermaine Dupri, Master P, Diddy, Suge Knight, I looked at all these dudes, these pioneers, these dudes that do what I do. They are CEOs. Some rapped, and some didn’t rap. I was just a CEO that rapped. I watched them, and their lifestyle and everything that they went through.

A lot of them were dealt a bad hand because nobody ever owned anything. Everything was took from the start. You understand me? I never wanted to be that way. So even when I was young, and when I worked out my deal, my first thing was, “I ain’t giving up anything for nobody.” It was like there was too much blood on this money because I lost a lot of friends, and family members growing up. I felt for me to work harder, for us to work harder, why would I go and give you half? That ain’t making any sense to me. My people are dead. I have to find a way to make it better for us as a team. I am looking at us as a unit.

I looked at how all of the older people did it before me. They all had been dealt a bad hand. They all started with half (of a company). Some of them never had nothing. I never wanted to go that route. I always wanted to be better than what they did. I salute them all because they all paved the way, but also I would look behind me. If I’m going to do this, I have to make a way for my son, and for all of the artists that are on the label so we can all survive with not being everything took from you.

Coming from where you came from, and being outside the traditional music industry—as negative and difficult as that is—it is also your strength. You know the streets; most people in the music industry don’t.

Definitely.

The mainstream music industry couldn’t figure you out.

Because I kept us to us. We 100% own of our brand. But if I would have done what a lot of my peers did because a lot of them started on half of their brand, or maybe 25% of their brand, they were always funded by the machine, by the label.

How do you keep street today? By having young people around you?

Yeah. I stay young staying around youngsters, and I feel young.

You are the old man of the camp now.

I’m 42. Hanging around these youngsters, I feel really young. I feel real young. I don’t want to ever get old because if you get old you die, man. So I feel young. I want to be young as long as I can. And to you youngsters, stay as you are as long as you can because when you get old, you are going to wish that you were young. You got to feel young to be young.

In recent years, Cash Money has signed a lot of younger artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jay Sean, Kevin Rudolf and now Savvy, the label’s first pop act.

Yeah, I love to be around a young world, and a really a young world is the music industry, and they are going to change the music industry. Of course, with what Wayne, Drake, and Nicki are doing. Wayne is a veteran, but he’s a young one. I think that with us expanding (being) more dominant rap, I would like to be as dominant on the pop side as well. We want to as a brand—that is why we have Jay Sean, Kevin Rudolph, and we have Chris Richardson (the 5th-place finalist on the 6th season of “American Idol”) on Tyga’s new record (“Far Away”) which is doing good at radio, and we just signed Savvy. As a brand, I’m looking to expand the pop side just as much as we have on the rap side.

In New Orleans, you and Slim grew up with R&B, soul, rap and hip-hop.

Definitely. New Orleans, we have blues, soul, (and we listened to) Maze, Teena Marie, Rick James, and these type of people. But I grew up on rap. I was a big fan of N.W.A., Ice-T, Public Enemy, all of those (rap) beginners who did it. Run-D.M.C., all of those guys.

Those artists led the way.

The older artists make an impression of the young world with the music. We get a lot from them. I know a lot of older acts and a lot of older companies, people that did it before me. All of them have been dealt a bad hand. The game wasn’t what it is today. I pride myself on being today’s time, and doing better than what they did, making sure that my position, and my deals are done better because all of them have been dealt a bad hand. Everybody who has done this before. I just make sure that our situation be different. I want to be today’s time, modern time in how we make deals, and how we do deals.

Bobby Marchan helped you in the early days.

Right, wow. Bobby’s a legend. We heard that he was somebody, but we didn’t know that he was at first. Bobby was one of the first people we met in the business who was already in the business, and had a familiarity with the business. He helped a lot of people from New Orleans. He helped us. We had our own local sound that we were doing our own thing, and Bobby did a lot of booking and marketing, promotions. That was someone who, when we first started, was one of the ones who helped us to get into different areas.

[New Orleans-based R&B icon Bobby Marchan had a solo career, and also toured and recorded with Huey Smith and the Clowns. As a solo act, Marchan had a #1 Billboard R&B hit with "There is Something on your Mind (Part 2)” in 1960. Marchan's vocals can be heard on Huey Smith and the Clowns’ classic R&B recording, "Don't You Just Know It" which reached #4 on Billboard’s R&B chart in 1958.

In the 1990s, Marchan’s company Manicure Productions was involved in local hip hop music booking and promotion.]

You paid for Bobby’s funeral in 1999.

Yeah, I did pay for his funeral. I do that a lot in my city. That’s one thing that I do. A lot of people reach out. A lot of people in my neighborhood. I just buried a friend. I buried my “daughter” Magnolia Shorty. That’s something that I take pride in doing. If somebody reaches out…because I know that my city is hurting.

Did Bobby Marchan teach you about distribution and radio promotion?

No, not that perspective of (the music business). I learned that from just being in the business on my own. Nobody really taught us how to do things. I always took my music to the streets, and let the streets embrace us and then it went to radio. As an independent, we never really had radio airplay, except the local station in New Orleans Q93, still to today. But we started getting radio airplay once we signed with Universal.

Why sign with Universal Music Group for distribution?

After seven years as independent, it was time for us to grow as a brand. We had done so much, and we were spreading so fast. I wanted to get with someone who could help us with radio and video. At the time, I felt Universal was the strongest brand for that.

[The Universal Music Group distribution deal in 1998 allowed Cash Money to expand its roster of young artists, and let it invest further in Lil Wayne.]

You used to take cassette tapes around New Orleans and sell them out of the back of your car. I remember seeing Cash Money tapes at Odyssey Records.

That’s where we started out. I used to bring them there. I used to sit out all night because they used to order so fast. I’d leave them with a lot (of albums). Odyssey Records played a major part in our careers. Independent stores, that’s where we started from.

DJ Khaled was working there.

Yes, Khaled was working there.

[For DJ Khaled's 2010 signing to Cash Money Records, the Williams’ brothers threw an extravagant yacht party as lawyers were flown in by helicopter to make the deal official. DJ Khaled is enjoying success with his #1 R&B/hip-hop single "I'm on One" featuring Lil Wayne, Drake and Rick Ross from the album “We the Best Forever.”]

And you were selling tapes out of the car?

Yeah, we were. That’s how we started. Independently hand-to-hand. We’d post up on our block in our project, and people used to come from everywhere just to buy our music.

Is it true that Wayne started leaving song messages on your answering service?

Yeah. He used to call me every day at my office. I’d be like, “C’mon over, man.” He’d call me at the office every day after he got off school.

The photo on “Tha Carter IV” looks like it’d be from around that time.

He was younger than that. He was looking like that though when I first met him, but he was younger.

Cash Money recorded Wayne when he was 11 with B.G. who was then 14. What appealed to you about the pair?

I knew what route that they were going. I knew that they were heading for the same shit that I was already off into. So I was looking at them. I was young. I was about 18 years old. Maybe I could save their life--let them do music and, maybe, they can get us out of the ghetto. Besides that, whatever I was doing, they were going to do. I just wanted to show them a more positive way of life. “This shit that I am off into, I need you all to try something else in life.” And I dedicated my life to them just trying to be somebody. You understand that these were people I just met. We liked each other as kids. I just wished that I could produce a better life for them. That was my whole goal in life was to try and not have them go to jail or penitentiary or get killed. So I’m going to try and get them a better life. “You want to do music? Okay, this is what we are going to do.”

You teamed up with Mannie Fresh to form the duo Big Tymers.

I never did consider myself a rapper. I was forced to rap because they were so young.

You put the Hot Boys together, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, B.G., and Turk.

Yeah. They all were young.

Mannie Fresh came in as an in-house producer as well.

Yeah, he helped a lot because he already was into music. Fresh taught him (Lil Wayne) how to write sixteens, and a hook. Wayne didn’t know about any of that. (Mannie Fresh) was already into music. He kind of showed (Wayne) how to do that and do the music. I also used to make them (Hot Boys) stay home and just write. All day, every day.

Wayne is a hard worker.

An extremely hard worker. We dedicate our life to it. There’s no second guessing what we are trying to accomplish. You heard how hard it is in our minds to focus to go straight. He’s a blueprint to hard work. He took everything I taught him, and he molded it in today’s time in what he does. What we are doing right now, we did this 10 years ago with some other acts and him. Wayne just took the formula and formulated on himself.

You passed Wayne the baton by having him set up Young Money Records.

Yeah. I told him at the peak of my career, “It’s all about you.” I’m straight. I knew that wherever we we’re going to go, he was going to be the one that takes us there. “So now this is your flow.” He was about 16 or 17. “This is your flow, do what you want with it. I’m going to follow your lead.”

What was your belief in Wayne based on?

I always believed that he was going to be the one. He had the talent, and (he was) what I was backing so he didn’t make mistakes because I was already making the mistakes. I had made the mistakes by not knowing no better. I just didn’t want him to make the mistakes--to just focus on the music. And that’s what we did. We cover all of the other shit (backroom business), and let him focus on the music. That’s where we are at.

What does Wayne have to do now in his career?

We’ve got a hell of a plateau, but we are still growing. We are still trying to sell a lot of records. I still think that we got so much more to do. Michael Jackson sold (an estimated) 750 million records, man. We got a long way to go.

Will there be a Wayne and Drake duo album?

Yep. And me and Wayne have a Father Like Son (“Like Father, Like Son”) album. We are definitely going to see both of those projects.

Next year?

Definitely. I also have an album coming out November 22nd called “Bigga Than Life.” My first single is “Why You Mad” with me, Nicki and Wayne.

You haven’t put out many solo albums over the years. This will be your fifth.

I have been focusing on (our artists). I always knew it ain’t about me, it’s about them. I can get in where I fit in and I can do me when I want to. But for us to have this all happening, I knew it was all about building their careers. That’s what I focused my stuff on--building their careers. That’s what was important to me. I can always drop an album. I do that shit whenever I feel like it. I drop a record whenever I want to. I can get a hit record for my “son” (Wayne), Nicki, Drake, Tyga, Jay Sean--any one of them whenever I feel like it. By my main concern, as an entrepreneur and CEO, is them. I need to get them straight. I need to get them off the ground. Get their careers going. Let’s focus our drive into them because they are the future. and they are the stars.

[Along with his releases with Big Tymers, and for his solo career, Bryan has recorded numerous tracks with Lil Wayne, including “Like Father, Like Son” in 2006. He began his solo career in 2002 with "Birdman" and he has been featured on remixes of such celebrated rap singles as "We Fly High" by Jim Jones and "Make It Rain" by Fat Joe.]

Is it hard wearing two hats: businessman and rapper?

Not for me because I have got not only Slim, but I’ve got Wayne. So I got me, Slim, Wayne, and I’ve got Mack Maine, and Tez (Cortez Bryant). So with all of this help and support, we good. For me to wear either one of those hats, I have been doing it for so long that it’s easy for me. I could do it in my sleep, honestly.

What does Nicki have to do in her career now that she’s had her breakout?

She’s still got a lot to accomplish. She only put out one album, so she’s got to keep growing. I would like Nicki to sell a million in one week. I would like Drake to do that. I think that they are the next two artists—period--that are in the game to do that. One of our goals as a brand is to get them up to that level, and on the way. We have to keep growing; keep putting out records; keep expanding our brand; and keep working together as a unit.

A unit will always outdo individuality. We work as a team. I believe in family and we have a lot of family around here. I think that Nicki is one of the most talented females ever to touch a microphone. It takes time to prove that. She’s got to keep putting out records; keep putting out music. I’m excited about Nicki. I think that Nicki’s next album will probably be the best album in her career.

Where is Drake at in his career?

Drake is one of the most talented acts that I have ever been around. He’s amazing. I don’t know how to put Drake in words. He is bad. He’s super bad.

Drake’s whole story is amazing. I’ve got so much love and respect for him. He’s just the coolest. When I first met him, I told him that he was a legend. He didn’t understand me, but he will understand me in a few years. That boy is a great artist. He is a well-rounded artist. He does it all. He’s not just an average rapper. No, Drake is what you call a musician artist. He’s special.

Can you take Drake to film?

I think all of ‘em are movie stars. Drake is a movie star, Nicki is a movie star, Wayne is a movie star, Bow Wow is a movie star. I think all of them are movie stars. We just have to go, and get that movie money.

[Drake (born Aubrey Graham) got his start as a child actor in Canada on the popular teen show "DeGrassi: The Next Generation" playing the wheelchair-bound character Jimmy for seven years. Through his earnings, Drake funded his first two mixtapes, "Room For Improvement" (2006) and "Comeback Season" (2007), along with a video for "Replacement Girl."

Drake's early success came by releasing an unconventional, free, downloadable mixtape, “So Far Gone” in Feb. 2009, followed by a debut EP of the same name in Sept. 2009. Drake’s sophomore Young Money LP, “Take Care” will be released Oct. 24, 2011.]

You have to resurrect Bow Wow’s music career.

Yeah, definitely. You know that Bow Wow’s a straight up movie star. He’s a movie star. He’s still on a movie set. I have to be getting him off a movie set to come and do some music for me, man.

[Since signing to Cash Money Records in 2009, Bow Wow has been working on his label debut, “Underrated” The release date, however, has been pushed back to later this year. Bow Wow announced the delay on his blog, saying that the reason is over “mixing plus clearances for the records.”]

Cash Money’s signing of the pop act Savvy--you looking for some of that Justin Bieber money?

Savvy, somebody brought that to me, and I watched them. They are international TV stars. I was enthused by the talent of them together. I think that they are going to be special. Their new series started (in the U.S. on Starz Kids & Family channel) and they are internationally huge. They show everywhere.

[Hailing from Texas, Savvy came together in 2004, and later headlined Radio Disney's "Feeling Groovy" mall tour. After the group released its first CD, “The Road to Fame” a TV series "The Wannabes" was developed around them. Launched in 2009, the series follows five high school students who attend a classical arts academy while pursuing their dream of becoming pop stars. The series is televised around the world.]

Cash Money’s signing of British R&B star Jay Sean in 2008 came as a surprise. He’s the first male British Asian singer to sign with a U.S. label

Jay is a different type artist to me. He makes great music. I love his new album (“Freeze Time”). It’s incredible. So far, he’s been a big digital artist. I think this album is the one we get both digital and over-the-counter on him.

Is it different marketing a rap or hip-hop artist than an R&B act?

Yeah, it’s different. It is very much different. Two different formats. Two different ways of marketing that are totally different. Some people like listening to that kind of music and there are people who listen to all that kind of music. Some people listen to just pop music. It’s different. Tying them all together makes sense to me. Tying Jay Sean and Wayne together; tying Nicki and Jay Sean, Wayne and Kevin Rudolph, and Tyger, I be tying it all together.

Mixtapes are a way for young artists to get their music out there. Mixtapes put Wayne and Drake where they are.

Mixtapes are another form of the culture. It is another form of the promotion; another form of being heard. Mixtapes have done a lot for careers. Now for us, it is just a form of getting the words out ‘cuz they (our artists) really like to rap a lot. Wayne dropped a mixtape before the album. Cory Gunz has got a mixtape. Jay Sean has got one. Twist. All of them do mixtapes. It’s great because people get them. You might have millions of downloads on them. Bow Wow has got one right now. It keep them (artists) relevant.

[Strategic mixtapes and guest appearances dramatically elevated Lil Wayne’s profile over the past decade. He guested on tracks with Destiny’s Child, Fat Joe, Kanye West, Kid Rock, Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Chris Brown, Madonna and Shakira. He also released a flood of new songs online via semi-official mixtapes.]

Mixtapes also can sell in stores where you didn’t put them.

Man, that’s crazy. I don’t like that at all because there’s been the situation where you can get sued for shit like that because (people) are thinking that you put that out. We do mixtapes to give them away. We don’t sell mixtapes. But people get your music, and they do that.

Is it hard getting rap and hip-hop into retail these days? Are retailers receptive.

It is hard to get as much in the stores as it used to be. 9/11 changed everything. If you are not an artist with a name or haven’t made some popularity for yourself, it is really hard. That is why you have so many new and older artists that are doing so much less numbers than everybody on the rap side because stores are just not taking as much (product) as they used to, and people are not buying as much as they used to with new names.

Music on mobile phones is exploding.

Yeah, that’s the new world. It’s a different time.

Has it been difficult to keep returning to New Orleans following Katrina?

It’s difficult for me going back, period--because I have so much blood out there. So many of my people. My daddy’s dead; my mama’s dead; my sister’s dead; my brother’s dead; my grandparents on both sides are dead. For me, when I go back it’s like I go back to that. It brings me right back to my loved ones. I still go back but I don’t go to liking it because of the feeling I get when I do go back.

How difficult was dealing with your sister Tamara’s death in 2006?

That was the joy of my life right there, my sister was the next best thing to my mom, and I only knew my mama two years because she died when I was young but she was the world to me. That’s something that…

Tamara was studying to be a nurse.

She was graduating a week later, man before that accident happened. That was a pill that I could never swallow. I live with that pain, and I just pray on it for the strength. That was something that was hard for me to get through, but you know my “son” Wayne and my family strengthen me. Every loss that I take, every loss that I done took, I always tried to make it to me to be strong because I know that can weaken you. I watched my mama and them be weak because she lived through these debts too, my stepmother, my daddy, and her mom. So I got to be strong for the team. I let a loss always make me into a gain. I never let it pull me down because I’m human but I never let it do me that.

[In 2006, Tamara Williams, 26, was killed in a head-on collision when her 2006 Toyota Camry was struck by a motorist driving in the wrong direction down New Orleans' Causeway Boulevard. A married mother of three boys, she had been studying for a nursing degree at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans.]

With your wealth, what charities do you support?

Well, we have our own foundation. We do school events. I think that is very important. We have sponsored a few parks. I do giveaways, randomly. I try to help my community, where I come from. I’m open to anything that makes a better way for the youngsters.

Larry LeBlanc is widely recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. Before joining CelebrityAccess in 2008 as senior editor, he was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-89. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, and the London Times. He is co-author of the book “Music From Far And Wide.”

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David Berger, Future Beat 10/29/14
Barry Bergman, Music Managers Forum 03/14/03
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Mark Berry, Attack Media Group 04/07/07
Scott Billington, Rounder Records 01/17/12
Jeffrey Bischoff, Cinder Block 03/24/06
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Adam Block, Legacy Recordings 11/07/13
P.J. Bloom, Neophonic, Inc. 01/24/11
Rishon Blumberg, Brick Wall Management 06/27/03
Justin Bolognino, Learned Evolution, and The Meta Agency 04/25/13
Steve "Chopper" Borges, Total Pro and Borse Techos 03/03/06
Les Borsai, Mediocre Management 01/30/04
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Jeff Bowen, Sears Centre Arena 03/13/08
Rick Bowen, Mystic Music Experience 07/11/08
John Boyle, Sanctuary Music Group 03/19/04
Jeff & Todd Brabec, Writers/Attorneys 01/03/12
Bill Bragin, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 08/08/03
Joel Brandes, Avenue Management Group 11/02/08
Joe Brandmeier, Moving Pictures 03/15/02
Scooter Braun, SB Projects 12/13/10
Ron Brice, 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill 06/08/16
Billy Brill, Billy Alan Productions 11/11/05
Doug Brown, Talent Buyers Network 09/21/01
James Browne, Sweet Rhythm 11/01/02
Bob Brumley, Brumley Music Company 02/17/16
Tony Brummel, Victory Records 05/17/09
Charlie Brusco, TBA Entertainment Corporation 10/13/01
Del Bryant, BMI 05/18/07
Cortez Bryant, Bryant Management 12/06/10
Stephen Budd, Stephen Budd Management 07/13/17
Bruce Burch, University of Georgia Music Business Program 10/09/09
Deborah Burda, Kentucky Exposition Center 08/03/07
Patti Burgart, IEBA 06/07/02
Jordan Burger, The New Musiquarium 01/22/01
Ron Burman, Roadrunner Records 08/25/06
Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore 05/19/06
Karen Cadle, KGC Productions 03/12/04
Gary Calamar, KCRW 07/10/09
Charles Caldas, Merlin 07/05/10
Brian Camelio, ArtistShare 02/29/08
David Campbell, AEG Europe 08/02/10
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Entertainment Group 10/20/00
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Resort Casino 07/03/03
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Ashley Capps, A. C. Entertainment 05/21/04
Rio Caraeff, Vevo 07/12/11
Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment 08/16/11
Charles Carlini, Carlini Group 05/16/08
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 05/27/05
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 01/10/11
Troy Carter, Coalition Media Group 06/07/10
Daniel Catullo, Coming Home Studios 06/22/08
Raffi Cavoukian, Folk Singer/Children's Entertainer 05/11/16
Jeffrey Chabon, Chabon Entertainment Group 08/22/02
Mike Chadwick, Essential Music & Marketing 08/01/12
Rob Challice, Coda Music Agency 03/27/13
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 01/11/02
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 10/04/11
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Bob Chiappardi, Concrete Marketing 06/13/03
Joel Chriss, Chriss & Co. 10/04/02
Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment 09/14/01
Michael Chugg, Chugg Enterprises 10/02/09
Gary Churgin, Harry Fox Agency 09/13/10
Vinny Cinquemani, S.L. Feldman & Associates 12/13/12
Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group 03/28/11
Matthew Cohen, Green Room Productions 10/19/01
Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic 01/10/13
Lisa Cohen, Associated Booking Corporation 02/10/06
Steve Cohen, Music + Art Management, Inc. 03/09/07
Dan Cohen, Music & Memory 01/12/17
Michael Cohl - Part 1, S2BN Entertainment 03/06/13
Michael Cohl - Part 2, S2BN Entertainment 03/13/13
Bryan Coleman, Union Entertainment Group 02/14/12
Mamie Coleman, Fox Broadcasting 07/05/12
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Tony Conway, Buddy Lee Attractions 10/06/00
Allen Cook, TOURtech 04/16/15
Tomas Cookman, Cookman International 09/05/03
Alex Cooley, Alex Cooley Presents 07/12/10
David Cooper, Foxman.com 10/31/03
Jay Cooper, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 05/23/11
Julie Coulter, Near North Insurance Groups 06/07/01
Amy Cox, Deep South Entertainment 02/09/07
Michael O. Crain, Crain Law Group, LLC 10/09/13
Charlie Cran, The Strawberry Music Festival 04/05/10
Jim Cressman, Invictus Entertainment Group 06/06/12
Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch, Inc. 07/23/15
Todd Culberhouse, Vision Management /Vision Records and Entertainment 09/05/08
Tony D'Amelio, Washington Speakers Bureau 04/21/06
Ruth Daniel, In Place of War 08/09/17
Ray Danniels, Standing Room Only Management, and the Anthem Entertainment Group 03/05/15
Ken Dashow, WAXQ-FM (l04.3 FM) - New York 09/08/06
Hal David, Lyricist 07/26/11
David Davidian, Independant Lighting Designer/Director 06/18/04
Anthony Davis, D&L Entertainment Services, Inc. 03/02/01
Chip Davis, American Gramaphone/Mannheim Steamroller 05/31/02
Mitch Davis, Tempest Entertainment 07/16/04
Jeff Dawson, Canadian Recording Services 06/08/08
Desiree Day, USO Celebrity Entertainment 08/10/01
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Gene DeAnna, The Library of Congress 02/21/12
Vincent Degiorgio, Chapter 2 Productions 08/01/13
Tony DeLauro, DeLauro Management 12/23/04
Valerie Denn, Val Denn Agency 04/30/01
Val Denn, Val Denn Agency 03/06/14
Robert DePugh, Alligator Records 07/29/05
Tom Derr, Rock Ridge Music 10/29/04
Paul Dexter, Masterworks Lighting Design and Road Cases 12/10/04
Marty Diamond, Paradigm 01/22/10
Glenn Dicker, Redeye Distribution/Yep Roc Records 07/07/06
Barry Dickins, International Talent Booking Agency 06/06/13
Jim Digby, Event Safety Alliance 09/01/16
Mark Dinerstein, The Knitting Factory 11/17/06
Neill Dixon, Canadian Music Week 03/03/16
Thomas Dolby, Musician, academic, technologist, and author 11/09/16
Jasper Donat, Music Matters 2009/Branded 04/24/09
Jim Donio, National Association of Recording Merchandisers 04/22/11
Marc Dottore, M. Dottore Management 04/11/03
Tim Drake, The Roots Agency 12/12/08
Mike Dreese, Newbury Comics 11/23/11
Charles Driebe, Blind Ambition Management Ltd. 09/22/06
Jeremy Driesen, Ray Bloch Productions 09/07/01
Michael Drumm, Music Link Productions 07/18/08
Angie Dunn, Lucky Artist Booking 10/13/06
Jay Durgan, MEDIAmobz 11/09/11
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Paolo d’Alessandro, International Solutions 06/25/14
Ros Earls, 140dB Management 02/19/14
Art Edelstein, Festival Productions 12/01/02
Bruce Eisenberg, Audio Analysts 08/31/01
Martin Elbourne, The Glastonbury Festival 12/18/09
Michael Elder, Red Entertainment 03/17/06
Tod Elmore, Sixthman 11/24/06
Paul Emery, Clear Channel Entertainment 11/19/04
Arty Erk, Citrin Cooperman 04/27/16
Joe Escalante, Kung Fu Records 07/08/05
Colin Escott, Music Historian/Journalist 07/18/11
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 09/27/02
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 04/24/12
Mike Esterman, Esterman Entertainment 09/01/06
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Bob Ezrin, Bigger Picture Group 05/24/09
Lisa Fancher, Frontier Records 08/09/10
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions 10/15/04
Ray Farrell, eMusic 06/09/06
Sam Feldman, S.L. Feldman & Associates 10/25/02
Bob Feldman, Red House Records 11/24/02
Charlie Feldman, BMI 08/26/05
Paul Fenn, Asgard Promotions 11/22/09
Debra "Fergy" Ferguson, TourDesign 08/01/03
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David Fishof, David Fishof Presents 01/08/01
David Fishof, Rock 'N Roll Fantasy 10/05/08
David Fishof, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp 02/28/12
Mike Flanagin, New England Country Music Festival 09/12/08
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Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists 03/20/10
Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
Jeff Fluhr, StubHub 10/06/06
Nancy Fly, The Nancy Fly Agency 04/02/04
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation 08/09/09
Martin Folkman, Independent Music Awards & Music Resource Group 08/11/06
Belle Forino, Fantasma Tours 03/18/05
Fletcher Foster, Universal Records South 07/31/09
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Todd Frank, 4Star Entertainment, LLC 01/24/03
Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
Larry Frank, Frank Productions 01/17/11
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Carl Freed, Metropolitan Entertainment 06/22/01
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management 01/26/07
Harlan Frey, Roadrunner Records 07/11/03
Adam Friedman, Nederlander Concerts 06/22/07
Ted Gardner, Larrikin Management 04/25/03
Daniel Gélinas, Festival d’été de Québec 05/23/13
Marci Geller, Sonic Underground 08/15/08
Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group 10/26/16
Steve Gerstman, SGS 07/19/02
Sandra Gibson, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/09/04
Sandra L. Gibson, Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/16/09
Steve Gietka, Trump Properties 07/30/01
Steve Gietka, SMG Entertainment 03/19/14
Darren Gilmore, Watchdog Management 03/17/16
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group 10/16/14
Jake Gold, The Management Trust 04/13/01
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 09/07/07
Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
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Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
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Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Elliot Lefko, Goldenvoice 09/21/17
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Jack Ross, APA Canada 09/07/17
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Adam Tobey, Concert Ideas 08/24/17
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
Nanette Zumwalt, Hired Power 02/03/06

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