Archive for April, 2012

I have wanted to know the answer to this question for a long time. After finding some information on the blog “Information is Beautiful” I got some clarity. Here is my video telling it all. Transcript is below.


Transcript of the video below.


What’s up (laugh) What’s up everybody! This is Jewell aka Quepea. Coming at you with another episode for tips, on being an Independent Artist.


OK, this one I take no credit for this article; but I just have to share it with you, and do some commentary on it. Because I think it is very important that you out there the independent artist or anybody else entering in the entertainment business, have a clear understanding of how much money can you really make, by putting your music or movies or whatever you have out there on the internet.


Now this particular study was done specifically for CD’s; or CD’s that are released online like mp3’s and so fourth. I am going to shoot over here and give you a screen shot. Alright, so what you are looking at here it’s called Information is Beautiful. Here you go; if you look up here; follow my little mouse, you see that this is the website. I am going to have this link down at the bottom. And the questions was posed “ How much do music artist earn online?” So, you know I read the article and it was really refreshing and enlightening to really get an understanding of what it takes.


Now I am going to say that, um this isn’t pinpointed, or it is not exact. It’s general information that they can get based on sales data and all this other stuff. If you understand retail and big business and all that kinda things. You understand that each week reports go in and about how many sales were here or there and the third. And somebody is always keeping statistical data.


So this report was put together by that. Now I am going to click back over here on the chart. And you will see here is says “For solo artist to earn US monthly min. wage”. Now they say US monthly minimum wage is one-thousand, one hundred and sixty dollars. (pause) Yeah Right, Anyway. Psss they kill me with that sh&t. So let’s move on. You see right here, Self-pressed CD’s, if they sell for nine dollars and ninety nine cents, um and you sold one hundred and forty-three units. The artist is going to get about eight dollars per CD. Now if you are an independent artist out there and you actually create CD’s on your own, using your own computer or whatever. If you watch this video send me a comment, I really want to know if this is true.


I mean are you really making eight dollars for every nine dollars and ninety-nine cents that you sell. I mean you don’t have to tell me. But if you would be like ah yeah that is pretty close or something like that; that would be cool. Um I am doubtful. And I am doubtful because, um I understand the words of expense. You know there are expenses when you create a product from nothing to something. You know you have to gather raw materials, there is an expense for those raw materials you got to put them together, the labor to put them together, all that other stuff; it’s probably not figured into this cost. But um the biggest part of this that I wanted to share . When they start talking about iTunes and Spotify and Rhapsody. Let me shoot over here. And you will see right over here and it says album download from Napster, iTunes, it sells for nine dollars and ninety-nine cents you would have to sell one-thousand two hundred and twenty-nine units, in order for you to even come close to making minimum wage. And that is at you getting ninety-four cents per every unit sold. Yeah right. And amazon you would have to sell twelve-thousand; now this is just a track, a ninety-nine cent track. You would have to sell twelve-thousand three hundred and ninety-nine in order for you to even come close. WOW! That is huge.


But my favorite is Spotify. Real quick before I run out of time. Four million fifty-three thousand one hundred and ten units, you would have to sell to come close to minimum wage if you were on Spotify. Think about it. Is it worth it? Are you gonna make money? I don’t know, something to think about there independent artist.

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Being a female in an industry dominated by Men is no easy task. I wanted to shed some light on the Female MC’s releasing Mixtapes, and show that the Ladies can throw down just as good and the Fellas.

Here is my review on the artist Blaine Belladonna.



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I spend many hours on the internet and building a Social Media platform. Here of some of my thoughts in regards to being a business person, and independent artist using social media.  Social Media is a great tool, yet it takes time.



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On the prowl again for another artist who has lyrical writing skills, and beat mixing talent. Here is my latest review on Akia Holt. You can find her mixtape on Datpiff.


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In the old days of music artist had to really hustle in the streets and clubs to get people to listen to their music. Today with technology, the indie artist can share their music across borders far beyond their physical reach. This video is a tutorial that can help anybody who is looking to download mixtapes off of


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The world is filled with dreams of people who want to make millions or billions as an entertainer. Yet not all of them will see that kind of money. Many aspire to be signed by a major label or hope to be discovered by someone affiliated with a big label.

It is possible to make money in the entertainment business, although it is a lot of work. Social media has added some great tools to do that. With anything that give a good return on your investment, you must invest time, time and more time.

Fuse interviewed Jonathan Coulton at the Pax East show and it was said that Jonathan makes over half a million as an indie artist.


Who else out there is making this much with out a label behind them? I want to know.

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He goes by the screen name St Nic on Facebook and according to his information page he has studied at the University of Life (my Alumni). He is the current CEO and President of Devil’s Kitchen Entertainment. His latest video upload gives us a taste of his lyrical wit and style; I like it myself quite much. If you like rap and get the groove of St Nic, become a fan and follow him (Facebook ) as he will take you on a musical journey, not often offered in the current Indie artist community.

Here is his latest video. Enjoy.

Posted: April 1, 2012 in Announcements

In my search for advice, I stumbled onto this blog and wanted to share.

About a year ago or so, I discovered the world of Hip Hop in Canada. I will be honest, I was a bit closed minded and looked at music such as hip hop, rap or R&B as being only in the U.S.  (Haaa!) How silly of me.

Canada has a huge Hip Hop Independent Artist community. Artist like “Bad News Brown” may he R.I.P and others created the scene and it has surpassed that of the U.S. version. While many claim that Rap and Hip Hop are dead, that seems to be the contrary in Montreal. Here is a video of the FAMOUS Independent Artist F.R.O.S.T. I do admire his Honesty.


“Leaders Lead”

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The internet has made things very simple yet very complicated. There was a time when a musician had to sit in a subway station, or a bus station or even on a street corner and play music for people to support them or give them money to buy a meal. Now with the internet there is not much that can’t be done.

In walks or shall I say in streams the website Stageit if you want to visit the site go to This is a website that allows anyone to sell tickets to online concerts. Don’t have a Manager, no problem. Need a fan base just Stage it. Here is a video to give you more on this fabulous tool or shall I say money making opportunity.

“A prepared mind meets every opportunity”

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I was not a big fan of the group know as “The Pussy Cat Dolls”. I looked at them as another bubble gum girl group that was all body and face with nothing else. Though I did like a couple; and I do mean couple as in 2, of their songs. When the group went their separate paths, it was no big deal to me.

This interview by VLAD TV with ex-Pussy Cat Doll Melody Thornton, gives light to the subject of Major Label to Independent and what happens to the “Money” train.



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The newest video review by Jewell aka Quepea takes a look at three artist making a name for themselves in the music industry.


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