"Hello my name is Prince. I am a 21 year old, very attractive young man. I have no problem letting you know that I have it going on. In my world I am a VIP. But the reality is … I am broke and living with secrets."
I grew up in a place called Dream Land America where I would say I came from a working Middle Class Family. Growing up I didn’t know my father except for his name. I grew up with a host of Aunts who all saw and treated me as their own son. Although I had a biological mother, my Aunts served as the other matronly figures in my small world. I have siblings and a host of acquaintances. Pretty much this is me. What you see is what you get and if anyone dared try to come for me … they will be served on a platter and handed there mouth from off the floor. But that is not my truth. It’s my persona. I am a sensitive guy with love and money on my mind. Loveable, sweet and friendly. A joy to have around and to meet. I am ….
Prince, a gifted young man who has so much to offer the world, but whose flesh captured and took control of my destiny. I am caught in a life that has bred heartache and pain. Traveling through each daily journey in hopes of realizing that as long as you “NEVER STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE HOPE FOR TODAY!”
About the Author
Brevard C. Smith is the Eldest of three siblings to a single mother. Born and raised in Stamford, CT where his strong foundation in God, Love and Family was built from a young age. He aspired to do something to make his family proud, Dropping out of high school wouldn’t allow him the honor to please his family, but with hard-work and determination he later received his GED. He follows his dream of becoming an author and motivational speaker. These dreams have finally come true. He thanks God for seeing him through all of his trials and tribulations that have brought him to this “happy place.” Knowing that the Lord is guiding and leading him, he is able to write his story to tell how he overcame many obstacles by the grace of God, his Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. There are so many dreams that he has bottled up inside of him and they are coming true. Dreams do happen and they can and will come true if you just believe. He states, “Believe me, it took many years, tears and a whole lot of faith to get to this point in my life! I’m blessed and so are you!”
While nobody thought Netflix’s release of its Q3 financial results was going to be great, it was worse than predicted. The company announced that it lost a net 810,000 domestic subscribers and will be in the red by 2012, which precipitated stock free fall.
After the announcement, Netflix’s stock dropped by $32 from $120, making Apple’s significant $23.62 stock drop on Thursday look much less substantial. Overall, Netflix’s stock value has dropped 72 percent (about $10.5 billion) in the past three months, leading to questions if Netflix CEO Reed Hastings should resign.
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There are five things you need to know about The Third Man, our soon-to-be favorite haunt.
One, it’s not open yet. Two, it’s from the same team responsible for the perpetually buzzing Austrian restaurant, Edi & the Wolf. Three, it’s inspired by and decorated in the style of the postwar noir film of the same name. Four, we scored a boozy preview of the thrills to come from co-chef Eduard Frauneder. Five, beet everyone to it.
Chef Eduard Frauneder’s Franz Ferdinand
1½ oz. Aperol
½ oz. blood orange juice
¼ oz. beet juice
¼ oz. lemon juice
Sparkling grüner veltliner
1. Combine Aperol and juices in a shaker, add ice, and shake.
2. Strain into an iced highball glass; top with grüner.
3. Garnish with sliced blood orange.
The Third Man, 116 Avenue C, at 8th Street
Perhaps one of the most notable trends seen over the past years is people enjoying life. As many know the yacht market has been a re-evaluation of 'value for money'. The megaYacht SeaFair that holds private events always seems to it right. The SeaFair Yacht located in Greenwich Connecticut brings out the best kept secrets of those who loves art and luxury in the same breath. The Mega Yacht not only host exclusive art event it also create a most memorable experience for anyone who would like to use it privately. The Yacht caters hosting an intimate party for 20, or a group of 500, SeaFair’s elegant spaces paired with unique programs will ensure a memorable experience for any exclusive occasion.
Billboard Shakes Up Genre Charts With New Methodology
Billboard has unveiled new methodology for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each receive a major consumer-influenced face-lift, as digital download sales (tracked by Nielsen SoundScan) and streaming data (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) will now be factored into the 50-position rankings, along with existing radio airplay data monitored by Nielsen BDS. The makeovers will enable these charts to match the methodology applied to Billboard’s signature all-genre songs ranking, the Billboard Hot 100.
MTV Expanding, Consolidating Hip-Hop Programming Under 'MTV Jams' Banner
MTV has announced a new initiative to expand and unify its hip-hop music and lifestyle content across its multiple platforms under the MTV Jams brand. MTV Jams, which was formerly a 24-hour digital channel, will now be extended to all MTV properties, including MTV, MTV2 and MTV. The new entity also announced it will be the media sponsor for Trey Songz upcoming "Chapter V" tour featuring Miguel.
Coca-Cola in Investment Talks With Spotify
Coca-Cola is in discussions with Spotify to make a small investment in the digital music company. Sources tell Billboard the two companies are in negotiations, but a deal is far from being reached.
Peermusic, Bug, Warner, Others Win $6.6 Million in LiveUniverse Lyrics Lawsuit
A group of music publishers including Peermusic, Bug Music and Warner Chappell Music has won $6.6 million in a copyright infringement lawsuit against LiveUniverse, Inc. for displaying lyrics online to such songs as Van Morrison's "Moondance" and Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind."
Business Matters: Sirius XM Raises Forecast for Subscriber Growth
Sirius XM upped its forecast for net subscriber growth for the third time this year. The satellite radio company announced on Wednesday that net additions in the third quarter jumped 34% to 445,921% from 3334,000 in the prior-year period. Sirius ended the third quarter with 23.36 million subscribers compared to 21.35 at the same point a year ago.
As Facebook Stock Nears $18, Its Focus on Music Will Suffer
Facebook shares dove under $19 and were trading down 4.86% to $18.17 Friday afternoon after slashed price targets and fresh revenue concerns. What this means for Billboard readers is music probably will not figure prominently, or even much, into the company’s plans in the coming months and years.
Exclusive: MIDEM Director Bruno Crolot on 2013 Plans, Why the Industry Still Needs To Make the (Costly) Trip To Cannes
Speaking exclusively to Billboard.biz ahead of next year’s edition, Bruno Crolot, Reed MIDEM director, outlines his vision for next year’s edition, increasing international attendance, a new focus on classical music,expanded tech offerings and why its still important for the global music biz to come to MIDEM.
White Paper Urges FTC to Block UMG-EMI Deal; EU Nat'l Regulators Slated To Vote on Merger
The American Antitrust Institute, a Washington-based non-profit organization, has issued a white paper urging the Federal Trade Commission to block Universal Music Group’s proposed acquisition of EMI’s recorded music operation. UMG strongly disputes the paper's findings. In other UMG-EMI news, a report surfaced Thursday claiming national regulators from the 27 E.U. states will vote on the merger late next week, which could influence the European Commission's vote later in the month.
A2IM Using Federal Grant To Expand Trade Missions, Bolster Indie Music
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) will be the beneficiary of a federal funding grant of $284,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The grant comes from the Market Development Cooperator Program and will be used to expand the A2IM's trade missions and bolster independent music.
Business Matters: How Likely Is A Beats By Dre Smartphone?
While Beats Electronics may not be rolling out a branded smartphone in the very near future, a source with told Billboard.biz that Beats, HTC and Mog are in “very early discussions” about possible products that could include a branded phone and incorporate Beats-owned subscription service Mog.
- As Facebook Stock Nears $18, Its Focus on Music Will Suffer
- Exclusive: MIDEM Director Bruno Crolot on 2013 Plans, Why the Industry Still Needs To Make the (Costly) Trip To Cannes
- White Paper Urges FTC to Block UMGEMI Deal; EU Nat'l Regulators Slated To Vote on Merger
- A2IM Using Federal Grant To Expand Trade Missions, Bolster Indie Music
Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec
At press time, music industry colleagues and artists were still in mourning as they tried to make sense of the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management and worked with everyone from LL Cool J and 50 Cent to Missy Elliot and Sean "Diddy" Combs, died this morning of an apparent suicide.
Universal Music Group Reports Quarterly Revenue Gain
Universal Music Group today reported an increase in its quarterly earnings revenue which the company said was boosted by releases from Justin Bieber, Madonna, and Nicki Minaj among others as well as increases in music publishing revenue, strong North America sales and greater digital and licensing income.
Business Matters: A Brief History of Spotify Royalties
Spotify’s per-stream royalty payments to one independent artist are showing the heft people might have thought impossible just a few years ago. David Harrell of the band the Layaways regularly posts numbers from his band’s CD Baby royalty statement at his blog, Digital Audio Insider. Harrrell’s latest post sums up nearly three years of Spotify royalties.
Chart Moves: Train Makes 'Ways' Up Hot 100, Muse's 'Madness' Debuts, Neon Trees Flirt With Top 10
Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," while Neon Trees, Train, Mumford & Sons and Muse also make waves on the chart.
Yinka Adegoke Appointed Deputy Editor of Billboard
Billboard has announced the appointment of Yinka Adegoke as Deputy Editor, effective Sept.17. Adegoke will be responsible for driving the publication’s business editorial coverage across all platforms, including Billboard magazine, Billboard.biz and the brand's industry-leading conferences. Adegoke, who formerly worked as Reuters' senior media correspondent, will be based in New York.
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