Jamie Mcguire: Music Is The No-fail Remedy To Writer’s Block

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Warner Music Group, the worlds third largest record company, is moving from its longtime headquarters at 75 Rockefeller Center and relocating to 1633 Broadway Tower, according to an Oct. 1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. our editor recommends Will Tanous, Warner Music Group Communications Head, Jumps to Universal The new space, located between 50th and 51st Streets, has nearly 300,000 square feet of office space and will cost approximately $16 million in annual rent, in addition to its pro rata share of certain real property taxes, operating expenses and common area maintenance expenses, according to the filing. The lease runs for approximately 16 years from on or about Jan, 1, 2014 to July 31 2029 and WMG will be spread out amongst six floors. PHOTOS: Century City at 50: How a Harebrained Idea Turned Into the Apex of Hollywood Wheeling-and-Dealing WMG, however, isnt planning to move until mid-2014, a Warner Music spokesperson told Billboard , when it will consolidate its New York offices under one roof — including its worldwide headquarters at 75 Rockefeller Plaza and its offices at 1290 Avenue of the Americas. This includesWMGstaff, Atlantic Records, Warner/Chappell and Warner Bros Records employees. Paramount Plaza will serve as an excellent global headquarters, providing us the opportunity to unite all of our New York teams in one central location right in the heart of Manhattan,” a Warner Music spokesperson said. “We see it as a great fit to help bring our people closer together, while fostering the unique cultures of our different labels and business units.” STORY: CAA’s Century City Office Building Listed for Sale Paramount Plaza is a 48-story skyscraper and in 2007 it was listed as number 46 on the list of tallest buildings in New York City. Warner Music is not the first major record company in New York this year to move headquarters. In January , Sony Corp, sold its US headquarters at 550 Madison for $1.1 billion to a consortium of investors led by the Chetrit Group. Sony companies, including Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, will remain in the building for up to three years, under a sale/leaseback arrangement.

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Beats acquired MOG, a music streaming service, more than a year ago, when it was already working on a streaming service or its own. Since MOG already had a functioning service, from a technical point of view, and apps for all major platforms, it’s safe to assume that the reason it took it so long is because getting deals with the music labels is a long and winding process. For launch, Beats Music will offer a web version of the service, as well as Android and iOS apps. A Windows 8 app is said to come at a later date. One of the ways Beats Music will try to differentiate itself is by offering a high level of curation out of the box. You need to start with a great editorial team that has a point of view, but we want to have a situation where we can really scale to the depth of your appetite, Luke Wood, president and COO of Beats, told The Next Web . If you really love music, we want something that can go deep with you for a really long time. And that requires a perfect harmony between the algorithm and human curation. Between the man and the machine. Thousands of playlists centered around artists, music styles, even moods, are being put together to be available at launch. Beats Music is using an editorial team for this, but also algorithms that can generate playlists to your exact preferences. The music streaming world is a highly competitive one, as MOG itself found out, and it remains to be seen whether the Beats brand alone will be enough to carry the service. Apple, Microsoft, Google, and even Samsung are trying to get into the same space, without too much success so far, so Beats may have its work cut out ahead of it. FILED UNDER:

Post to Facebook Jamie McGuire: Music is the no-fail remedy to writer’s block on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1fW5dmP Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jamie McGuire: Music is the no-fail remedy to writer’s block Joyce Lamb, USATODAY 12:01 a.m. EDT October 8, 2013 “Red Hill” by Jamie McGuire. (Photo: Atria Books) SHARE 1 CONNECT 8 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Lots of authors count on music to help keep the muse on a steady writing beat. Jamie McGuire, whose Red Hill came out last week, shares how music affects her writing and also shares her playlist Jamie: Stories don’t always just flow out of me. Sometimes I stare at my computer with one hand on my face, begging my muse to get it together. I try my best to put on character suits: to step inside the body and mind of my characters to truly experience what they’re feeling so I can effectively transfer their emotions to the reader. If I’m not crying during a gut-wrenching scene, how can I expect my readers to? It’s sometimes difficult to get into the writing mind-set, but music helps me get there. One of the fun things to check out on my website is the playlists for each of my books: the music I listened to “to get in the mood.” On my computer, music isn’t categorized by country, Top 40, ’80s and the like, but by happy, sad, suspense, scary and action.


Do not confuse it with the fast paced dance number. One might find it difficult to understand the language, but the passion in the music hooks the listeners. “Ishqyaun dhishqyaun” is all about fun and frolic. Slightly lengthy, its music has a little disc spinning. The next track will blow you off. Singer Arijit Singh surprises with “Lal ishq”. It starts with temple bells and has a spiritual feel to it. It can strike an instant chord with the emotional audiences. The singer takes the song and the music to another level. “Lahu muh lag gaya” is high on music, but not attention grabbing. The end of the song is interesting as it gets high on emotional content. The dance number “Nagada sang dhol” is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Osman Mir.