RUMOR: Jay-Z to launch record label with Apple

“This one’s been floating around like a hot air balloon, but we’ve just about confirmed it. For those that don’t know, Jay-Z left Def Jam as President last month, and everyone’s been talking about where he’s heading,” reports The Boy Genius Report.

“While this might be one of his many other venutures, we just heard that Jay-Z is launching a record label with Apple,” TBGR reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “qka” for the heads up.]

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  1. The question that comes to mind is: Would Britney have ever made it without a machine? How about someone with actual talent?

    With the direct “artist to iTunes” scenario, how does an artist get “recognized?”

    Who will be the new advocate?

  2. Does this mean that Jay-Z will start wearing jeans and a black-turtleneck on MTV, or Steve Jobs with walk out at MWSF covered head-to-foot in furs and bling?!?

    Who’s rollin’ with the big dogs now?

    In other news, Bill Gates is teaming up with Vanilla Ice…

  3. @ January 24, 1984

    “With the direct “artist to iTunes” scenario, how does an artist get “recognized?”

    Who will be the new advocate?”

    Try the music… you know the stuff the artist produces… and that we would pay for. Radio and MTV and the payola scams that drive record label successes will get the capital punishment they deserve!

  4. @ 1/24/84 and skeeter:

    All valid questions, some of which we might already be seeing the answers to. If you look at Feist, the popularity of the 1234 single and corresponding album dramatically increased after Apple started airing the commercials for the 3rd generation iPod nano. Other songs/artists have seen similar results from being featured in prior Apple ads. This hasn’t been the primary effort behind these ads. Imagine what Apple might be able to do if they really throw muscle behind marketing artists and music. We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.

    The fact of the matter is the music industry isn’t what it used to be – radio and other traditional distribution channels aren’t as important.

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