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With the Michael Jackson news feeding on a minute-by-minute basis, unless you can truly live under a rock, the world has seen a very interesting and fascinating story unwind on an extreme 24/7 level. As with any major story, whether we agree with the coverage or not, we can draw many lessons from it.

The v5 Group is a enterntainment packager for artists.

The v5 Group is a enterntainment packager for artists.

As a music entertainment packager, The v5 Group (part of the v5, LLC family), has watched with much interest the post-mortem (no pun intended) about artistic and financial control of the Jackson music empire, which is estimated in the billions. So, since the music business is crazy and irrational (that is a topic for another day, since the history of music marketing and distribution is amazing, so much ego, so much control), we are not surprised to see Joe Jackson (still alive?) and Al Sharpton (stop for a second and digest the fact that Sharpton is front and center here) are already trying to proclaim ownership of the MJ library.

Now, of course, we are not privy to MJ’s agreements and ownership details, but what we find relevant here is something we tell to all our artists: ALWAYS BE YOUR OWN CEO. That is, technology today has allowed a recording artist to achieve the very desirable goal of owning his/her own content.

For example, take the case of Fernando Varela, the Puerto Rican Pavarotti. Fernando has 10 years of music business experience (he has booked acts such as Dionne Warwick) and is the President of The v5 Group as well as FernandoVarela.com, which is a registered DBA (Doing Business As) part of v5, LLC.

What does this mean? In the end, Fernando is the final decision-maker on everything he does artistically, musically, and commercially. Because of this, we have pushed the social media plan for him and the results have been outstanding: A #1 Song on ITunes without a major record label. Stop to think about that for a minute, and it is all because of Twitter Love and Facebook, and a whole lotta of work. We are extremely proud of how social media has propelled Fernando Varela to stardom.

Are you an artist looking for help? A independent label that needs social media help? Feel free to connect with us here or follow us on Twitter. We can help you become a true CEO of your music, your content, and your money. Own you art and own your career. We can help.

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This is the type of message we promote. We don’t believe in challenging times, we just believe in the now and the potential it offers. Thanks to Mark for tweeting about it. Enjoy!

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June 26 Follow Friday List


Ok, people, here is the list for June 26. It is the first time I am asking you the follow two animals. You’ll see why.

Please follow:

Hi, Gini!

Hi, Gini!

@peterthetapeworm: Pete is the newest member of the Twitter Posse. Pete lives inside the tummy of Gini Dietrich, the Class President of the TwitterSphere (ty Adrian Dayton) Pete was “discovered” by Justin Brackett, and we are glad he did. Pete is the coolest worm on the planet.

@DreamWorthy: What can I say about Mike and Kali, besides the fact that I love them dearly? They run an amazing gift company (my wife loved the gifts I got her for Valentine’s Day) and I can honestly say that Mike and Kali were there with me from the very beginning. They are awesome people, full of love, integrity, and professionalism. A great duo.

@DreamWorthyDoc: Yes, Mike and Kali’s cute doggie has over 1,000 followers. Follow the Doc. He is a great tweep. Woof!

@heygregwood: Greg lives in my town, has known me since 2001, and is one of the greatest friends a guy can ever have. In addition, he is one of the top ad guys around. He knows his stuff, and what he is offering for social media these days is cutting edge and on target. I would recommend Greg to any company that is serious about making a mark in social media.

@gacconsultants: Mark is amazing, his tweets are of the HIGHEST VALUE. I love his content and what he posts. Also, very jealous since the expat lives in Costa Rica. Smart guy, great dad, awesome friend.

@katjaib: Kat is a North Shore of Boston gal, and even though I am South Shore, it’s all good. She loves to laugh, mix it up, and just be herself. She makes my Twitter experience joyful every time I see her.

@JamesRivers: Another of my Twitter mentors, James knows his stuff. He is honest, sincere, and wants to help you. There is a reason he has so many followers: he offers value and is a pro. Follow him.

Enjoy the list! Happy Friday!

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