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All Eyez on Me is the fourth studio album by American rapper 2Pac, released on February 13, 1996 under Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records.

The album is frequently recognized as one of the crowning achievements of 1990s rap music.[8] The album featured the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles "How Do U Want It" and "California Love". It featured five singles in all, the most of any of Shakur's albums. Moreover, All Eyez On Me (which was the only Death Row release to be distributed through PolyGram by way of Island Records) made history as the first double-full-length hip-hop solo studio album released for mass consumption. It was issued on two compact discs and four LPs.

In October 1995, Suge Knight and Jimmy Iovine paid the $1.4 million bail necessary to get Shakur released from jail on charges of sexual abuse. At the time, Shakur was broke and thus unable to make bail himself. All Eyez On Me was released following an agreement between Knight and Shakur which stated Shakur would make three albums under Death Row Records in return for them paying his bail. Fulfilling part of Shakur's brand new contract, this double-album served as the first two albums of his three album contract.[citation needed]
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april 2016 by rufous
Beats co-founder Steven Lamar brings royalty claim, reveals the company’s early Apple connection | 9to5Mac
That’s when Ivovine introduced Lamar to Apple retail VP Jerry McDougal. Lamar suggested to McDougal that Beats headphones should be sold in Apple retail stores, even going so far as to design the packaging around that very idea. McDougal introduced Lamar to Don Inmon, the man responsible for product placement in Apple’s retail stores.

Ultimately Beats didn’t partner with Apple for distribution, instead deciding to go through Monster, LLC.

In the new Monster distribution deal, Iovine and Dre got a 20% royalty on all sales, and Lamar, who initially created the concept, only got a 5% cut. However, Dre and Iovine later filed a lawsuit against Lamar and his company, SLS International, for attempting to create a line of Beats-like headphones without their involvement, apparently because he was unhappy with his end of the royalty deal.

As a result of that lawsuit, Iovine and Dre agreed to pay a 4% royalty on some—but not all—headphone sales. Now Lamar is claiming that his royalties should have been applied to future models of Beats headphones that were similar to the version that originally launched. Instead, he’s only been paid for that original model.
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may 2014 by rufous
With Dre & Iovine on board, Apple could become most powerful record label in the world | 9to5Mac
Iovine also appeared to have big plans for the streaming service in terms of working directly with artists that his unique position in the music industry would make possible. In that same interview from the D conference, Iovine describes plans for Beats features that sound a lot like the type of support a label would normally provide to its artists:  “We have to make it user friendly for the artist. They have to be able to build businesses on it. They have to be able to have information about who is using their music, where they are… Right now they have all the information and the artists have no information. I run a record company, I would die to know who bought my record at iTunes.”

The latest report from The Wall Street Journal claimed Iovine’s role at Apple would be to “revamp and run its whole music strategy.” Billboard noted today that its sources say Iovine will “oversee all of Apple’s music strategy and handle relationships with labels and publishers,” while reporting that Dre and Iovine would make an appearance at Apple’s upcoming WWDC developer conference. If there was ever going to be a time that Apple started focusing more energy on considering what’s best for the artist, having Iovine revamp its music strategy would certainly be the time to do it.
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may 2014 by rufous
Yo, HTC — you got problems. And Dr. Dre can’t fix them
HTC today announced that it is buying a majority ownership in Beats Electronics, a company well known for making iconic headphones and its links to hip-hop impresario Jimmy Iovine and rap legend Dr. Dre. It is paying $300 million for coolness and a brand, though it is not very clear how it allows the company to overcome problems that are much bigger than a few cool adverts can paper over.

I have been following HTC for almost seven years. The first time I got to know this white-label phone maker was back in the day when I worked for Business 2.0 magazine. My then colleague Matt Maier was the one who said that these guys are going to be a force to reckon with, so I started paying attention to the company. Remember, this was the golden era of Palm OS, Symbian-based Nokia smartphones, web-hating Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

HTC at the time used to quietly make Windows Mobile phones for carriers, yet few knew it was HTC that build the handsets. It was an upstart, it had the hustle and it was on the right side of history. And when Windows Mobile stalled and Apple released the iPhone, HTC caught the biggest break of its corporate life — Google came up with Android.

Android co-founder Rich Miner had worked with HTC in 2002 when developing the Windows Mobile based SPV handset for Orange, the French mobile phone company. It was easy for HTC to later cosy up to Google and Android. It went on to develop Sense UI, come up with great marketing and manage to excite the early adopters. So what’s the problem, you must be asking?

Fast Start Doesn’t Mean Strong Finish

Well, a lot!

But let’s step back for a minute. During the early Android days, since it was the only game in town, the company saw its smartphone sales zoom as it got a lot of push from phone companies that were unable to offer the iPhone to their customers; like T-Mobile USA, for example. Smartphone sales for the Taiwanese company jumped — from 11.9 million units in 2009 to 24.7 million units in 2010 to an estimated 50.7 million units in 2011.

For much of 2010, its only real competition was Motorola, a company beset with its own set of problems. And then came Samsung – a big gorilla with some natural advantages: a big brand name, the domestic South Korean market to prop-up its market share and more importantly, a vertically-integrated company. It makes screens, memory, storage, chips, radios and now even has its own software unit. And it has billions to burn in order to compete in a crowded market place, and deep pockets to fight any and all patent related battles.

In 2009, Samsung sold 5.5 million smartphones. In 2010 that number was up to 24.9 million phones and in 2011 they are going to sell 83.9 million phones, according to estimates from UBS Research. In three years they have gone from have 3.1 percent market share to 20.1 percent market share in smartphones. Sure, HTC has seen their market share double from 6.7 percent to 12.1 percent, but Samsung is making rapid strides.

Tomi Ahonen, a long time wireless industry insider writes, “HTC seems to be the perpetual bride’s maid in the smartphone bloodbath, they consistently report good results, but always someone else gets a spectacular result so HTC is always in the next-best category.” I think Tomi is being too kind.

The China Syndrome

Why? As if Samsung wasn’t enough, HTC now has to contend with two major competitors from China who have faint regard for profits – Huawei and ZTE, both with massive domestic market share to use as a springboard. The way I see it, HTC will hit a wall sooner rather than later.

HTC stock performance over past six months

But wait, there is one more thing — patents. HTC as a company will pay out nearly $1.1 billion in royalty payments to others, including $5 per phone it paid to Microsoft. That’s roughly 12 percent of their revenue pr over $40 per handset, according to estimates from Ashok Kumar, analyst with Rodman & Renshaw, a brokerage! And that is before Apple gets its pound of flesh. In a cut-throat business like Android smartphones, the average selling price of a device isn’t likely to go up, and HTC is going to be reduced to what it really is  — an aggregator of other people’s intellectual property with no real edge.

To me the first real sign of trouble was when HTC’s chief innovation officer, Howard Horace Luke — a man who I respect immensely — left. Since then, the company has made some muddling moves, buying companies and patent portfolios that are confounding at best. Over the past year or so the company has spent over a $760 million on stock buybacks, ill-advised patent acquisitions and now buying a headset maker.

From a financial standpoint, I do admit, Beats is not very expensive. Beats is likely to do sales of about $350 million this year, close to what Plantronics is bringing in. But is it enough for HTC to become a lifestyle brand and compete in a market where margins are thin and getting thinner? Not likely, with all due respect to Dr. Dre.

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august 2011 by bmann

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