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Desiree Perez, the Game Changer in the Entertainment Industry

Desiree Perez

Desiree Perez has made a name from herself in the music industry over the years. The Chief Operations Officer of Roc Nation has worked with Jay Z for the last two decades. Desiree’s musical career has witnessed her working at different top positions. Perez has worked as head of marketing, promotions manager, and record label president. Jay Z can’t regret having Desiree Perez in his management team.

Since joining Jay Z at Roc Nation a decade ago, Jay Z has made tremendous evolution within the music industry. The unmatched material expertise of Desiree Perez saw her appear in the Billboard Power 100 list of 2019. Her name appeared in the list at position 41 alongside Jay Brown and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, her business associates.

Jay Z started Roc Nations and hired Jay Brown as the Chief Executive Officer. Desiree has witnessed Jay z proper in the music industry. In 2018, he broke the appearance record of the On the Run II tour that saw the company make a gross profit of $254 million. His solo tour made $45.5 million and another one with Beyonce, his wife that made $235.5 million.

Desiree Perez

Desiree Perez started working with Jay Z in 1996. Kareem “Biggs” Burke, the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder, played a critical role in their connection. Perez is the force behind the signing of musical contracts associated with Jay in the company’s Tidal app for music streaming.

Besides, she is very influential in the artist’s business negotiations. Desiree and her husband Juan Perez are Hova Circle of Influence’s members. The group includes professional investors that have interests in the entertainment industry.

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Chainsmokers Single Acquires Diamond Status

Chainsmokers are 2018’s world’s second highest-paid DJ’s following David Guetta, Diplo and Steve Aoki. According to Forbes, their hit single “Closer” that has topped the charts for the third year running earning a “Diamond” status. The duo posted this new achievement on their respective Instagram pages informing their flowers that their once RIAA seven-time platinum (March 2017) status has gained a new status.

A song acquires the diamond certification from a multi-platinum status after it has shipped at least 10 million units. The chain-smokers duo, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are now valued at combined earnings of $45.5 million.

The much-deserved wealth and fame of the Chainsmokers is not just for their 2016 single “closer”, which garnered several awards and nominations in that year, but also for a couple of hits before this single and also for their singles “Memories…Do not Open,” and “Something Just Like This

Closer” was a product of the duo’s collaboration with Halsey and turned out to be her hit single. The success of this song was both due to the large following that the duo has and partly due to Halsey’s massive fan base.

Another source of the 6-figure bank balance by Chaismokers is their residency deal. The duo apparently sign a deal with Wynn Nightlife and have collected nightly sales for their sets for the third year running.

Apart from “Closer” none of the other titles by Chainsmokers has dominated Billboard 200’s top 10 for a surprisingly long time. Other artists like Calvin Harris, Odesza, Above & Beyond and even Aviici (RIP) overtake them from time to time. What’s incredible is how relentless Chainsmokers is and this is the reason “Memories…Do Not Open” and their other titles always manage to get their turn.

Speaking of “Memories…Do Not Open” this is one of their titles that enjoyed a good round in Top 40 radio and was played on repeat by many of their fans. Like the others, this title never stayed in Billboard 200’s top 10 for a long time, but it has always been on the top five list for top Electronic Albums or Top Dance since its debut in April of last year.

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/11/the-chainsmokers-producing-movie-based-on-paris-single

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Clay Hutson: Three Steps Ahead of the Others

Most people would not want to put their name on a nationwide or worldwide product if they knew that said product was not of the best quality imaginable. In that instance, a person’s name becomes a ‘brand’, so to speak, and branding is important, for it helps spread a product by word of mouth. It is also important when a product is seen briefly, and one begins to recognize the brand. And when a person recognizes a brand, you would want that brand to mean quality.

Such a person is Clay Hutson. He will work literally all day and all night and strive for perfection in just about everything he does. He does not want something to be simply ‘good.’ He wants perfection when his name is attached to the outcome.

He worked with the Reverend Billy Graham in the sound management field, always striving to make his work without errors, without problems, without a break in perfection. And he always succeeded.

Clay Hutson is a sound engineer, and his work is well known among people who have been on stage to perform or address an audience.

Having worked with some of the best of the best, such as Kid Rock Guns ‘n Roses, and Pink, and Lady Gaga, he has always striven to be the best he could be. Second best would not do, not if his name was going to be on the finished product.

What has helped him along in his career is the fact that there are new technology advances that not only make his job easier, but also provide new challenges for him and his work. If a technology exists that can be worked into a performer’s work, he will try to use it and come up with something newer every time.

Clay Hutson explains that the music that is produced in a concert is not just the music itself; there is an art form in the presentation of the music. That is what he strives to do: make the art flourish along with the music.

He tries, he says, to think ahead of what’s going on upon the stage, and tries to be several steps ahead of the performer, measuring what the performer will do and act accordingly.

His advice to others is take your dream, what you want to do, and work at it and perfect it until you are sure you can manage it. In other words, know your song well before you start singing!

http://professionaltales.com/clayton-hutson-a-rock-n-roll-professional-tale/

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Clay Hutson Ideas on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur

Clay Huston is a business owner in the music industry with theatre design courses. He seeks to deliver aesthetic performance, top-notch live music experience while considering the artist’s experience. Huston has worked in companies that offer solutions in the live music entertainment in the capacities of sound engineer and project manager. During the establishment of his business, he acquired the tools of the trade that came in hand.

Clay Huston has served Billy Graham traveling band, in the corporate entertainment industry but finally settled for rock ‘n’ roll. He identifies his love for the music sector thus dedicating his passion, energy, and time to overseeing, management, designing, and production of a memorable number of live tours. In line with his vocation, he has had an opportunity to work with the big names in the music sector including, the Garbage, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Kid Rock, and Pink.

Clay Huston idea of establishing his own company came from his perfected skills while working for various companies. He was able to navigate through the various live entertainment aspects in each of his employment ventures. When recession affected the company where he was employed, he decided to take a risk and venture into entrepreneurship.

Currently, Clay Huston is working with Kid Rock, and he is doing stage management that involves running the floor on concerts. He is the first one to arrive at the venue checking the day’s schedule, completing a walk-through, laying out a storage plan and starting to plan a to-do list for his crew for the day. For full utilization of his productivity and that of his team, he ensures that everything is done before the show starts.

When the show is running, he starts to organize all the necessary steps for successful break down of the venue including directing employees in their respective duties.

To actualize his ideas, Huston uses his experience to determine what works and what does not work to lay a foundation for his sound, lighting, and set designs. He does a lot of CAD design to ensure that every equipment fits through the door and work out perfectly.

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Interview with Alex Pall

The Chainsmokers became a household name in a few short years but just how did they manage to rise out of obscurity so quickly? Mathias Rosenzweig recently had a chat with Alex Pall about how the DJ and production duo first came to be, how they’ve dealt with their pervasive fame and where they plan to go in the future. The two first met in NYC when Taggart was enrolled at one of the local universities and Pall was taking whatever gigs he could get in and around NYC. After Pall’s manager introduced the two, they immediately could tell they would work well together. Taggart subsequently dropped out of Syracuse to work with Pall on a daily basis and the rest is history. It wasn’t long before they released their first hit single, “Selfie.” One hit single led to another and, before they knew it, they had become household names.

What makes them stand out from other DJs, however, is their willingness to sing on their own songs. Pall considers it essential as the lyrics of the songs pertain to his life. They also had a blast collaborating with Halsey as Alex classified her as a fun, unique artist who’s not afraid to be herself. He then discussed his demographic, talking about how much it’s grown over the years from mostly college students to people of all ages. And they don’t take single second of their fame for granted, stating how much they appreciate everyone who loves and listens to their music.

As for their live shows, they’ve grown and developed over the years to adapt to the perpetually-changing music industry. One point of pride for the DJ and production duo is the fact that they always sing live during their concerts. And they don’t plan on going anywhere as Pall believes that if they took a few years off, things just wouldn’t be the same when they return to the music scene. So we wish them the best of luck in the future of their musical career and hope they have continued success as a DJ and production do.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/tvshowbiz/video-1707574/Video-Puppy-Alex-Pall-Chainsmokers-adores-cute-new-puppy.html

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