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Aug 182011
 

Wow, wow, wow! Alex and band are sounding better than ever before!! Check out this new video of Alex performing Anthony Hamilton’s “Coming Where I Come From”, John Legend’s “Save Room”, and his own original song with his friend J-Fly called “New World”. Thanks to MissGolightly22 (aka snuffles) for capturing this amazing performance. Hopefully, there will be more to come!

Update!

Thanks to Lulu we have some more awesome videos from Alex’s Room 5 show. Lulu has also given us some great pics to post…look for them after the videos. Thanks Lulu, we really appreciate it! :biggrin:

Alex Lambert, the band, and the SNAF - Room 5 - LA

Alex Lambert - Room 5 - LA

Alex Lambert - Room 5 - LA

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  1. Yes, Ohnel has an impreesive resume :cool: Then too, the Avila Bros, Toby Gad, Busbee, Nasri (and his partner), Harvy Mason Jr. and a multitude of others, including Ray Ray (Raphael) Saadiq, have produced and written with Alex..They are producers for countles A- listers like Janet Jackson, Usher, Bieber, Beyonce, Justin Timberalke, and a TON of other A – listers that are just as big. Sooo, the patient Snaf will have some AMAZING tracks to indulge in, at some point :whistle:…

  2. Diane:

    Cathy, I think you asked about bookings and tbh, I know nothing about that stuff.It must be more complicated than it appears, because otherwise, Alex would be performing every week!We are aware (through twitter) of a lot of up-and-coming acts/singers who are in some stage of development.In the “olden days”, I guess the record labels used to develop artists–maybe even take 2 or 3 years to write songs, find the right producer to match the artist, and produce an album.Today, most labels readily admit they don’t have the manpower, resources and patience to do that.Alex got lucky with his connection through AI to have someone like Simon Fuller/19 in his corner.Now, everyone seems to be getting on this “artist development” bandwagon…Ellen DeG and Perez Hilton come to mind.In a sense, maybe that is the void that American Idol filled 10 years ago…create an “instant” artist.

    Here’s an interesting tidbit:Simon Fuller signed Amy Winehouse to 19M back in 2002.He kept her hidden away from the public for some time, while she wrote and recorded her music.At some point she signed a music publishing deal with EMI; and then finally signed a record deal with Universal, but not before other labels were ready to create a bidding war over her.Her debut album came out on October 20, 2003.Just some food for thought…

    I was JUST thinking back about the ol’ “development deal” with 19, after being blown away by the Hurricane leak, and seeing that an X Factor boy band came out with a song with the same title as a song alex wrote, “What Makes You Beautiful” (any connection?)

    But since that “19 rep” spoke out in January, I’ve been dying for more info.
    I found 2 music biz articles about the typical dev. deal, and realllllllyyy filled me in on questions I had about what Alex might be doing now. (ex: First of all, WTF IS A DEVELOPMENT DEAL??? hahaha 2. Why record a full album before he has a deal? 3. Pros/Cons for the artist and 4. (most importantly–to me anyway) Does Alex own the rights to his own music?

    Check um out for sure, and let me know what you think!

    [ahh sorry links aren’t posting. Google: “taxi development deal” & “songwriteruniverse development deal”)

    EDIT: Hey Lola…just helping out with the links.

    http://www.taxi.com/music-business-faq/publishing/artist-development.html

    http://www.songwriteruniverse.com/pubdevelopment.html

  3. oh and as far as the “r&b” leanings– DIG IT, always have.

    Always pictured him as a Robin Thicke (blue-eyed soul singer BUT ALSO lays down hooks for rappers like Lil Wayne, Snoop, Jay Z, NIcki Minaj, Kid Cudi, etc etc)

    Robin Thicke: “I’m always gonna have the influence of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Al Green in my music. But with this album I also wanted to show my HIP HOP side. I grew up listening to Run DMC and NWA and Biggie and Pac and Jay-Z… So I really wanted to make a record that represented how much that music has influenced me.” (just like Alex!!)

  4. lola: I was JUST thinking back about the ol’ “development deal” with 19, after being blown away by the Hurricane leak, and seeing that an X Factor boy band came out with a song with the same title as a song alex wrote, “What Makes You Beautiful” (any connection?)

    No connection there, unfortunately!

    I hope it doesn’t take too long before they feel Alex has developed enough. I know Pixie Lott was on a development deal for 4 years before her debut album came out.

  5. Matilda: No connection there, unfortunately!

    I hope it doesn’t take too long before they feel Alex has developed enough. I know Pixie Lott was on a development deal for 4 years before her debut album came out.

    Oh dang, Matilda….. I hope we don’t have to wait 4 years. But I will if I have to. :pouty:

  6. Cathy: Oh dang, Matilda….. I hope we don’t have to wait 4 years. But I will if I have to.

    I don’t think we’ll have to. Pixie was way younger, only 14. I doubt Alex needs as much time, he knows where his sound’s at!

  7. I love when Alex says “down for whatever” in the Comin From Where I’m From” vid at the end, his lil southern accent is so cute. :wub:

    Oh and Lola, I’m with you on the Robin Thicke thing…so hottt ;)

  8. Katherine:
    I love when Alex says “down for whatever” in the Comin From Where I’m From” vid at the end, his lil southern accent is so cute.
    Oh and Lola, I’m with you on the Robin Thicke thing…so hottt ;)

    LOL…I like the, “do a little DIRT!” I love him so much :heart: ….

  9. Just listening and watching again. THIS is the voice I fell in love with. Best performance to date imo. It’s like he threw away all the rules he’s been taught and just sang from the heart like he did in the beginning. Outstanding! :cool:

  10. Alex tweeted that he’s in the studio with Onhel…awesomeness! :w00t:

  11. If anyone hasn’t checked out Lola’s links above, they are definitely worth a quick read. Thanks for the links, Lola. Especially interesting is the songwriteruniverse article. Gives a good sense how a publishing deal works with an artist. Most often, the publisher works with the artist to write the music, hooks them up with other songwriters, shops the artist’s music to record labels, and also might give out advances and stuff like that. Alex’s situation is a little unique, in that he has management in place that is functioning as the “developer” of the artist.

    The fact that Alex was working in the studio with Onhel is very promising. Onhel is signed with the independent publishing company, Imagem, which is an interesting mix of songwriting talent and artists. It’s possible that this company signed Alex in some capacity, not sure. But I’m still leaning toward the Sony family–but they are still in consolidation mode–so I don’t have a good feel for what’s happening right now.

    In case you guys don’t follow some of the insider websites (like HDD), Sony and Universal (the two biggest record companies) have basically been playing musical chairs for almost a year now. Doug Morris, the former CEO of Universal Music Group, is now the chairman at Sony (eff July 1), and Barry Weiss, the head of RCA/Jive at Sony, is now running Island Def Jam/Universal Republic Records. Sony has since folded their Jive label into RCA, (and I think the “J” label as well)…all this stuff is happening this summer and new announcements are coming out everyday. Basically, a bunch of staff members are following their old bosses to the new companies, or getting laid off because their “loyalties” were to the old regime. It is a real period of transition.

    Could be one of the reasons for the delay in getting Alex signed to a label. Well, that and the selling of 19 that has distracted his management. I mean, really, Alex popped up on the scene at the worst possible time due to all this reorganization/merger/acquisition, etc. When you realize that Casey James, the #3 finisher in Season 9, STILL doesn’t have his album out yet (he’s signed to Sony), tells you something. And Kelly Clarkson’s album has been ready for months, but they delayed it until October 25, due to all the upheaval at RCA. (Not my theory, I read it somewhere reliable, really!)

  12. Diane:
    If anyone hasn’t checked out Lola’s links above, they are definitely worth a quick read.Thanks for the links, Lola.Especially interesting is the songwriteruniverse article.Gives a good sense how a publishing deal works with an artist.Most often, the publisher works with the artist to write the music, hooks them up with other songwriters, shops the artist’s music to record labels, and also might give out advances and stuff like that.Alex’s situation is a little unique, in that he has management in place that is functioning as the “developer” of the artist.

    The fact that Alex was working in the studio with Onhel is very promising.Onhel is signed with the independent publishing company, Imagem, which is an interesting mix of songwriting talent and artists.It’s possible that this company signed Alex in some capacity, not sure.But I’m still leaning toward the Sony family–but they are still in consolidation mode–so I don’t have a good feel for what’s happening right now.

    In case you guys don’t follow some of the insider websites (like HDD), Sony and Universal (the two biggest record companies) have basically been playing musical chairs for almost a year now.Doug Morris, the former CEO of Universal Music Group, is now the chairman at Sony (eff July 1), and Barry Weiss, the head of RCA/Jive at Sony, is now running Island Def Jam/Universal Republic Records.Sony has since folded their Jive label into RCA, (and I think the “J” label as well)…all this stuff is happening this summer and new announcements are coming out everyday.Basically, a bunch of staff members are following their old bosses to the new companies, or getting laid off because their “loyalties” were to the old regime.It is a real period of transition.

    Could be one of the reasons for the delay in getting Alex signed to a label.Well, that and the selling of 19 that has distracted his management.I mean, really, Alex popped up on the scene at the worst possible time due to all this reorganization/merger/acquisition, etc.When you realize that Casey James, the #3 finisher in Season 9, STILL doesn’t have his album out yet (he’s signed to Sony), tells you something.And Kelly Clarkson’s album has been ready for months, but they delayed it until October 25, due to all the upheaval at RCA. (Not my theory, I read it somewhere reliable, really!)

    Great Post Diane! Very informative :smile:

  13. (no problem Diane, I definitely learned a lot! –especially the part about what happens if no one bites when the young artist is shopped around to labels. Spoiler: He’ll be ju$$$t fine.)

    Savannah Outen’s (wait who?) cover of “I Didn’t Know” was just posted on IdolFever.info

    How crazy/backwards is it that fans COVERING Alex, have music on iTunes, but he doesn’t?!
    (Putting salt in the wound, Savannah tells everyone to buy “I Didn’t Know” on iTunes–d’oh!)

  14. lola:
    (no problem Diane, I definitely learned a lot! –especially the part about what happens if no one bites when the young artist is shopped around to labels.Spoiler: He’ll be ju$$$t fine.)

    Savannah Outen’s (wait who?) cover of “I Didn’t Know” was just posted on IdolFever.info

    How crazy/backwards is it that fans COVERING Alex, have music on iTunes, but he doesn’t?!
    (Putting salt in the wound, Savannah tells everyone to buy “I Didn’t Know” on iTunes–d’oh!)

    Wow, Lola….interesting info…. Have you got a link for that? I remember she did a YouTube of IDK a while ago. Didn’t know she was on Itunes.

  15. lola:
    (no problem Diane, I definitely learned a lot! –especially the part about what happens if no one bites when the young artist is shopped around to labels.Spoiler: He’ll be ju$$$t fine.)

    Savannah Outen’s (wait who?) cover of “I Didn’t Know” was just posted on IdolFever.info

    How crazy/backwards is it that fans COVERING Alex, have music on iTunes, but he doesn’t?!
    (Putting salt in the wound, Savannah tells everyone to buy “I Didn’t Know” on iTunes–d’oh!)

    Yeah Savannah covered “I Didn’t Know” almost a year ago on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkH6RjTIt5A

    I am sure that she assumed it would be on iTunes since there was a music video for it at that time. I view it as a promotion for Alex, seeing that she has over 360,000 subscribers on her Youtube channel. Not too shabby Savannah. :smile:

    It does seem as though just about anyone can put music on iTunes; although, I don’t think it’s crazy that Alex doesn’t have any songs there. No one knows what is written in his development deal with 19, so it continues to be a waiting game until a label comes through or decisions have to be made. No worries as far as I’m concerned and yes Lola I am sure Alex is JU$$$T fine. He continues to make the right associations in the business. It’s just a matter of time before his day will come.

    I saw your conversation about the One Direction song “What Makes You Beautiful”. I remember several of us discussing it at the end of July and the possibility of it being Alex’s song, but the word “SO” was missing from the title. To me that was key. How ironic that just a a day or two later Justin Bieber tweeted this:

    @justinbieber
    what makes you so beautiful is that you dont know how beautiful you are… to me
    30 Jul via web

    Only Justin knows what those words are? Could they be lyrics? I don’t know. Could there be a connection to Alex’s song “What Makes You So Beautiful”? I don’t know, but I must say it piqued my interest. Also Justin did work on some new music on Aug. 2nd., just a few days after. Am I speculating? NOT at all… I’m just making observations.

    Thanks Diane… you are always in the know.. Keep the info coming and thanks Lola for your two articles. I saw something just the other day from Universal Music Group’s CEO discussing the state of the industry.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/with_the_band_UMuaCqP009KPrErfKyii1N

    He noted that it is less of a singer/songwriter market, but that it would change and that some things never change: the magic of innovation and raw talent. Lastly he added that the internet has altered A&R and how the platform is now social media…

    Yes…. Social media is key to the industry and to artists today. We all know that. Artists now are expected to maintain twitter, tumblr, Facebook, and Youtube accounts. That’s just the way it is. Lately it has made me curious as to how important an artist’s fan base numbers are before a label decides on offering such artist a contract.

    Truly there has never been a more challenging environment to be a TRUE artist and I respect John Mayer for the stance he took on social media recently. He deleted his twitter account because it was hindering his songwriting ability, but he can afford to do that because he is John Mayer. It’s not a problem for him, but for the developing artist there is a balance that must be established. Sorry for those who have already read this article, but here it is again: http://bit.ly/qD8QvU

    Early this morning Alex was in the studio with Andrew Garcia making a Youtube video. Hopefully it will post in the next few days. Keep your eyes and ears open. As to whose Youtube channel this will be uploaded to is unclear. I would imagine it would be similar to “Skyscraper” which included both Andrew and Katie Stevens and was uploaded to Andrew’s channel. Btw I think Katie has a development deal with 19 also. I have noticed similarities with songwriters she and Alex have worked with and the fact that she is in the process of label shopping her music (or will be very shortly).

    Here is a tweet from one of Andrew’s business partners that includes a picture of Alex.

    @ChaazJWilliams
    @truealexlambert droping some guitar magic in the booth http://instagr.am/p/L638h/

    Oh yeah I think the song is a Chris Brown tune. Alex and Andrew both tweeted the title (well kind of)

    @TrueAlexLambert
    I should of kissed you..
    8 hours ago

    @andrewagarcia
    “I Should’ve Kissed You” -Chris Brown
    9 hours ago

    ETA: 9 days later a youtube video was released for “Should’ve Kissed You” but it only included Andrew. Wonder what happened in the studio that night that never materialized?

  16. Lauren: Yeah Savannah covered “I Didn’t Know” almost a year ago on.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkH6RjTIt5A

    I am sure that she assumed it would be on iTunes since there was a music video for it at that time. I view it as a promotion for Alex, seeing that she has over 360,000 subscribers on her Youtube channel. Not too shabby Savannah. :smile:

    It does seem as though just about anyone can put music on iTunes; although, I don’t think it’s crazy that Alex doesn’t have any songs there. No one knows what is written in his development deal with 19, so it continues to be a waiting game until a label comes through or decisions have to be made. No worries as far as I’m concerned and yes Lola I am sure Alex is JU$$$T fine. He continues to make the right associations in the business. It’s just a matter of time before his day will come.

    I saw your conversation about the One Direction song “What Makes You Beautiful”. I remember several of us discussing it at the end of July and the possibility of it being Alex’s song, but the word “SO” was missing from the title. To me that was key. How ironic that just a a day or two later Justin Bieber tweeted this:

    @justinbieber
    what makes you so beautiful is that you dont know how beautiful you are… to me
    30 Jul via web

    Only Justin knows what those words are? Could they be lyrics? I don’t know. Could there be a connection to Alex’s song “What Makes You So Beautiful”? I don’t know, but I must say it piqued my interest. Also Justin did work on some new music on Aug. 2nd., just a few days after. Am I speculating? NOT at all… I’m just making observations.

    Thanks Diane… you are always in the know.. Keep the info coming. (I think Kass linked the publishing and development articles..very informative indeed!!) I saw an article from Universal Music Group’s CEO the other day discussing the state of the industry.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/with_the_band_UMuaCqP009KPrErfKyii1N

    He noted that it is less of a singer/songwriter market, but that it would change and that some things never change: the magic of innovation and raw talent. Lastly he added that the internet has altered A&R and how the platform is now social media…

    Yes…. Social media is key to the industry and to artists today. We all know that. Artists now are expected to maintain twitter, tumblr, Facebook, and Youtube accounts. That’s just the way it is. Lately it has made me curious as to how important an artist’s fan base numbers are before a label decides on offering such artist a contract.

    Truly there has never been a more challenging environment to be a TRUE artist and I respect John Mayer for the stance he took on social media recently. He deleted his twitter account because it was hindering his songwriting ability, but he can afford to do that because he is John Mayer. It’s not a problem for him, but for the developing artist there is a balance that must be established.Sorry for those who have already read this article, but here it is again: http://bit.ly/qD8QvU

    Early this morning Alex was in the studio with Andrew Garcia making a Youtube video. Hopefully it will post in the next few days. Keep your eyes and ears open.As to whose Youtube channel this will be uploaded to is unclear. I would imagine it would be similar to “Skyscraper” which included both Andrew and Katie Stevens and was uploaded to Andrew’s channel. Btw I think Katie has a development deal with 19 also. I have noticed similarities with songwriters she and Alex have worked with and the fact that she is in the process of label shopping her music (or will be very shortly).

    Here is a tweet from one of Andrew’s business partners that includes a picture of Alex.

    @ChaazJWilliams
    @truealexlambert droping some guitar magic in the booth http://instagr.am/p/L638h/

    Oh yeah I think the song is a Chris Brown tune. Alex and Andrew both tweeted the title (well kind of)

    @TrueAlexLambert
    I should of kissed you..
    8 hours ago

    @andrewagarcia
    “I Should’ve Kissed You” -Chris Brown
    9 hours ago

    Dang! so much interesting stuff lately. So many interesting observations. I saw those tweets this morning, Lauren. I hope it means we’re getting a YouTube video, but I’ve learned to not count my chickens until they’ve hatched. We’ll see in a couple of days. :unsure:

  17. lola:
    (no problem Diane, I definitely learned a lot! –especially the part about what happens if no one bites when the young artist is shopped around to labels.Spoiler: He’ll be ju$$$t fine.)

    Savannah Outen’s (wait who?) cover of “I Didn’t Know” was just posted on IdolFever.info

    How crazy/backwards is it that fans COVERING Alex, have music on iTunes, but he doesn’t?!
    (Putting salt in the wound, Savannah tells everyone to buy “I Didn’t Know” on iTunes–d’oh!)

    I got to thinking about your spoiler and I have no doubt he’ll be fine, really. But I went back and reread the article you posted. Correct me if I misunderstand, but doesn’t it say that an artist will likely give up the rights to his songs if he doesn’t get picked up by a label? I know that was one of your major concerns. It’s one of mine too. I’m still holding out hope for a label cuz I want to hear those songs.

    btw…. I love your input. You post some really interesting stuff. Glad you’ve been coming around again. :)

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