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Why Honest, Original Music Artists Have Never 'Got To Give It Up' For Other Musicmakers Taking Their Music, No Matter The 'Blurred Lines'

By Nicholas Sheffo

This essay about authorship, originality, responsibility, big thinking in the arts, the origins of art forms, the persons who drive them and a bit of history to go with it, intended to challenge everyone to take the arts more seriously; an article not made to demonize anyone, no matter how badly they have knowingly behaved. The recent court case where the family of the late, great Marvin Gaye won their lawsuit against the creators of the hit song Blurred Lines for ripping off Gaye's brilliant #1 hit Got To Give It Up (Part One) not only forces the entire entertainment industry to fess up to grey area over what are copyrighted works and the like, but to stop ignoring authorship for profit.

No doubt everyone likes to get some things for free and in the world of consumers listening to music, watching films, taking in TV shows and more, they can make a copy for themselves in what is called 'fair use', which has nothing to do with whatever is considered illegally stealing a work. That is a separate essay that does not apply here at all because consumers can do mash-ups (or the like) and usually not get sued, depending on what the copyright holder decides. Also, just because something is 'old' does not mean you get to use it for free, an overgeneralization that is just an excuse to throw a tamper tantrum when one does not get their way on something.

Blurred Lines was a big #1 hit for months, bringing together a likable and inarguably talented Pharrell Williams (both as a producer, performer, composer, conductor and award winner, starting with his fine work as part of the duo The Neptunes) with troubled rapper T.I. and the son of talk show host, TV sitcom star and TV theme song composer Alan Thicke, Robin Thicke, for a danceable ditty about... the fun and joys of sexual assault and rape?!?!?

Yes, that is just the tip of that iceberg, a Hip Hop/Rap song you can dance to that sexes up something that is NEVER sexy unless you are a predator, pervert, sexual predator and/or woman hater. It's unfortunate success is the ugliest reflection of our cynical, sad times, where civil rights have all been undone, especially in Rap & Hip Hop, a genre artist Questlove has rightly stated has failed African Americans (it peaked in 2000 and could not stop George W. Bush from having two terms as President in an administration that was not liberal/African American friendly). This does not make Williams or T.I. traitors to any of these communities or Thicke some kind of weird racist, opportunist, et al, either. This is about money and at least...

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Art, Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List

'Around the World' appears on the 56th Grammy Entry List in the categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap Song.

Friday, November 15, 2013 - The Recording Academy has selected the original version of Around the World, the rap/sung collaboration by Art featuring Ike C, for inclusion on the 56th Grammy Entry List in four categories. Around the World appears in the entry categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap Song. Members of the Recording Academy vote from the 56th Grammy Entry List for the nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Click here to listen to a clip of Around the World.

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year recognizes the artist; the tracking, mix and mastering engineers; and the producer. Chaz Peacock tracked Around the World. Charles Constantino and Chaz Peacock mixed the song. Garrett Haines mastered the Charles Constantino production of Around the World.

The awards for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song recognize the songwriters. Steven "Art" Williams wrote the rap lyrics for Around the World. Isaac "Ike C" Cummings and Charles Constantino wrote the sung lyrics. Charles Constantino wrote the music for the song. The Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration recognizes the artists.

Charles Constantino Publishing--a member of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers--is the exclusive publisher of Around the World. CoreCre8, a division of Core Media House L.L.C., released the song. Core Media House cofounder and chief creative officer Charles Constantino produced and co-wrote the Somerhill recordings of Free Your Mind (Tara Na) and Today or Tomorrow. Both of the Somerhill recordings appeared on the 52nd Grammy Entry List in the categories of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Rock Song.

The original version of Around the World is available at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and other Internet retailers. The song is available in FLAC, MP3-320 and MP3 file types at CD Baby. On March 17, 2013, Around the World reached number two on the list of the bestselling MP3 songs in neo soul at Amazon.

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Click here for a PDF version of the preceding press release,

Art, Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List.”


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