Music, Murder and Mayhem - A True Story! - Tiwanda 'Ne Ne' Lovelace - ebook

An un-cut non-fiction description of how some music industry personnel murders its artist and writers quietly behind the scenes. People assume that artist just sign bad deals that allow producers or managers to take everything but this is not always the case. It is important that people understand the Game and how it ultimately affects others. The documentation provided along with my personal experiences shared in this book should demonstrate the lengths that those who have abused their positions to strip individuals of their life publicly by using illegal tactics, mass deception and intimidation.This book describes how those with money, power, and position use mass manipulation to discredit, its use of technology to spy, use of threats and intimidation to isolate.Like animals circling its prey, victims are surrounded, stalked, studied and set-up.Like lambs led to slaughter, you will not realize the severity of your situation until you are knee deep in a storm of backstabbing friends, oppressing family members, snaking strangers.Tags: true crime, injustice, mail tampering, cyber bullying, bullies, official misconduct, judicial misconduct, officials, writers corruption, unethical, true crime books, tricks, trade, Music, Methods, Politicians, lawyers, Jive Records, entertainment lawyer, entertainment laws, Copyrights, Contracts, contract, Attorney, Artists

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Music, Murder And Mayhem - A True Story!

By Tiwanda ‘Ne Ne’ Lovelace

Seven West Productions

Copyright © 2013

Created and Written byTiwanda ‘Ne Ne’ Lovelace

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by electronic or mechanical means, including information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages.Smashwords Edition 2018

ISBN 978-0-9896225-4-7 1st Edition,September 10, 2013 Released 01-04-2014

Library of Congress: Case No. 1-1114328891 Literary Work

A non-fiction of how the music entertainment business murders its artist and writers quietly behind the scenes.

Library of Congress:

Music Business: It’s a Dirty Game! Autobiography of Tiwanda Gail ‘Ne Ne’ Lovelace Case No. 1-883369881 January 29, 2013 & 1-960108361 July 6, 2013 Literary WorkPublished in the United States by Seven West Productions, P. O. BOX 400001 Las Vegas, Nevada 89140 2013

An un-cut non-fiction description of how the music entertainment business murders its artist and writers quietly behind the scenes. People always assume that artist just sign bad deals that allow producers/managers to take everything but this is not always the case.

It is important that people understand the ‘game’ and how it ultimately affects others. Those in the industry know ‘the game’ and how to manipulate situations so when you refuse to dehumanize yourself, they label you as trouble.

This book describes how those with money, power, and position use mass manipulation to discredit, its use of technology to spy, use of threats and intimidation to isolate.

Like animals circling its prey, victims are surrounded, stalked, studied and set-up. Like lambs led to slaughter, you won’t realize the severity of your situation until you are knee deep in a ‘storm’ of backstabbing friends, oppressing family members, snaking strangers.

Table Of Contents

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Chapter 1: You’re Talented, Now What?

Chapter 2: Are You ProperlyAligned?

Chapter 3: Why You?

Chapter 4: Identifying The Traps

Sex And Isolation

Love And Heartbreak


Violating Your Privacy

Suicidal Intentions

Chapter 5: Why Do They Play The Game?

Feeding The Greed – Yours And Theirs

What’s In Your Contract?

Legal Representation

Life Insurance Clause

Retainer: How Much For Your Life’s Work?

Chapter 6: Copyrights - Is It Enough?

Giving Too Much

Legal Conflicts- Conflict Of Interest

Chapter 7: Methods Used - Family, Friends, Lovers

Chapter 8: Other Methods Used – Courts, Professionals

Case Highlight 1: Zomba

Case Highlight 2: Dekalb County Police

CombatingThe Tactics

Technology Used To Block Efforts

Chapter 9: The Power Of Having Power

Chapter 10: Manipulating The Masses

Justice Is Not A Competition

Murder Was The Case That They Gave Me

Chapter 11: Getting Out Of The ‘Game’

Chapter 12: Other Routes - Plans B-Z

Chapter 13: Keeping Sane, Insane World

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Author’s Bio

Chapter 1: You’re Talented, Now What?

What I am about to tell you will be shockingly unbelievable; however, no story will ever bring you closer to the truth regarding the darker side of the music industry. Of course, I am only able to share my first-hand knowledge and I will be unable to provide details of what happened to some of the other individuals affected by this catastrophe.

Reading this book will open your eyes to the truth that hides behind the deceit and trickery involved in the music business. This is not limited to just one event but will include tactics used by all industry personnel.

People always say that the Music Business is a dirty business but they have no full idea of to what extent. They assume that these artist just sign bad deals that allow producers and managers to take everything but this is not always the case. Everyone has heard about the movie about TLC called, TLC Meant to Be, that was just released in 2012 regarding their experience with the music business.

They definitely had some bad deals but at least they were able to overcome their situation, build a name for themselves and make some money eventually.

Imagine how difficult it is for an unknown artist/writer/producer to be subjected to having their works stolen, used and gutted by the music business without receiving any royalties or recognition. In addition to being robbed, picture that artist/writer/producer also having to be intimidated, harassed and alienated because someone does not want to pay them when it is easier to manipulate, intimidate and threaten.

This industry has gotten so outlandishly dirty that they don’t even bother to try to hide their methods, they just take your ideas, musical works – (music, lyrics and melodies) with brute force. I didn’t give permission and I did not sign my works away, I signed one co-publishing agreement for fifty percent - ONLY. After refusing to sign management deals with their suggested representatives, I was forced to listen to my musical lyrics and melodies on the radio for decades as they topped the charts but I received only threats and intimidation.

It is important that people understand the ‘game’ and how it ultimately affects others. They cut, chop and shop your work. They take all of the profits and then tell you that they can choose NOT to pursue your copyright infringements when they themselves are the culprits. Meanwhile, chaos ensues when these victimized human beings wreak havoc fighting for these stolen works and royalties.

I first thought about writing this book years ago, when I realized the severity of my personal situation and the importance of completing a project of this magnitude seemed overwhelming.

When I first decided that I wanted to write lyrics, I searched for mentors and tried to familiarize myself with the business. I researched materials on the subject of the music industry but I could not find any that truly prepared me for my venture.

If you have already researched books on the subject of the music business then you have found that a lot of the books that are written denouncing the industry are portrayed as fanatical, demonic and are downright comical.

Personally, I am certain that there is a degree of evil involved in the business and that there are possibly some individuals who would sell their souls for a successful career but I didn’t look twice at those titles. It is almost as if those books are deliberately, readily accessible but the titles that would truly provide insight are not as easy to find. So I am writing this book for anyone interested or anyone who knows someone who is involved with the music business.

So let me be the first to say, “Congratulations!” I am sure that it has not been easy to make it this far. Trust me when I say that I know that you have had to deal with a lot of opposition on your journey to stardom. There are so many that give up right at the start due to fear of success or because of the first sign of opposition. Although it is far from being an easy plight, there is a great deal of work involved in pursuing such a challenging career in the entertainment industry. You must admit that with the help of technology, it has definitely made a difference in the struggle in comparison to that of your predecessor’s.

Social networking has definitely had a positive impact in allowing new artist to reach a much wider audience. I have heard that there are many artist that are found by simply placing their work online using Facebook, YouTube, Myspace and other websites.

In this Age of Technology, Artists are discovered everyday on YouTube, Facebook and other social websites by simply self-promoting themselves. There is an abundance of talented people that are being recognized so you have to really have a great support base and an extremely clever product in order to stand out above the rest.

Using websites and social networking may seem like an easy way to promote and market your works, however, it takes

dedication, hard work and persistence to be successful. It also takes physical labor by going out and pounding the pavement in an effort to promote and market. Don’t forget that it takes a lot of financial investment on your part to prepare your product for presentation.

I understand what drives you to continue to pursue you dreams. It is a wonderful feeling to be so close to having your dreams come true. It is very important to obtain your college education in whatever field that will assist you with your endeavors. Building relationships with a good group of educated friends and associates will definitely help you in achieving your goals. I definitely encourage you to pay close attention while taking Geography and Government/Politics so if your professor is simply reading from a book – switch classes because you want a teacher who will tell you how it is and not just read from a book that has been designed to withhold the truth behind the actual process.

I am sure that you have everything figured out. You have conducted business properly – upright and honestly, you have completed your demos, you have copy-written your works for your protection to avoid infringements, you have worked out who you deem as marketing targets, you have developed your style, you have a good support base, you have some financial backing and you have a couple of attorneys that you know through a friend so that if you run into any snags you will be able to obtain some assistance with legal matters. Ultimately, you believe that since you have covered all of your bases then the in the end you will be able to obtain counsel and utilize the court system to seek relief if all else fails.

I urge you not to put all of your eggs in one basket because there are things regarding the business that are not shared with outsiders.

Luckily for you, I am an outsider as well. I am a person who has had the opportunity to learn firsthand so you will want to pay close attention as I share my firsthand knowledge, my experiences and the experiences of others.

I would like to provide a little background information, I was like many other unknown artists who were used and then discarded by the music industry. After surviving numerous tactics and countless attacks on my character, I have lived to tell the tale as a true survivor.

Facing many struggles as an outcast, a black woman, a wife, a mother, and as a writer/lyricist, I wrote numerous songs to which I never received credit or royalties. I am one of the co-writer of the song, "What Can I Say to You (to Justify My Love)" for the artist Hi-Fives, for which credit was given only to secure contract.

I was contracted with Zomba, a major music publishing company for Jive Records, which was called BMG-Zomba publishing company. It was then placed within Universal Music Publishing Group, becoming the world's largest music publishing business.

Instead of administering my publishing by securing copyrights and ensuring that my works were protected, the major publishing company neglected all their contractual obligations. However, what they didn't count on was that I had secured copyrights and maintained all related documentation.

Music Business: It's a Dirty Game was written by myself in an effort to expose corruption in the music industry. I proved it using supporting documents, copyrights, public records, court documents, journal entries, and contracts. Many have found my book to be an interesting and thought-driven read.

Having been in the music industry since 1991, our company has more than 21 years of experience. I am now determined to help others before they sign a contract with a major entertainment company. It is my goal to ensure that every aspiring artist is fully equipped before they sign.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I attended Wayne County Community College and studied psychology and paralegal studies. I also attended the Community College of Southern Nevada for psychology and paralegal studies.

I may not have attended some prestigious college but life experience can definitely serve as an important guide because nothing can truly compare to hands on training. Currently, I reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.

My plight is not just about a broken heart, it's not about greed, and it’s not about revenge. It’s about obtaining true freedom from oppressors who have deliberately used money, power and positions to create a form of enslavement.

My Titles demonstrate decades of torture and abuse. I have been begging for freedom for so long that I don't even recognize the games that always follow. Even in my sleep, I am determined to not let others undermine my efforts. I write in my sleep out of desperation...IT'S NOT OKAY!

I am not anti-music but in fact, I love music. I love living in America but I feel that it is not okay to allow those with money and power to blatantly infringe on individual’s rights. I love helping others and I want to ensure that no one goes through what I had to endure without having an opportunity to truly be able to succeed.

As much as I would like to provide words of encouragement, I cannot deliberately allow you to believe in a fairy-tale. I do not wish for you to go through the same hell that I suffered or possibly face worse. I implore you to keep reading this book because it just may save you a lifetime of pain and regrets. There will be events mentioned in this book that may cause you to subconsciously want to stop reading but you must face your fears by following through. If you don’t continue reading and you find out later that you could have avoided making a bad life-changing decision then it will be difficult to handle.

Everything in this book is based on fact and can be substantiated with documentation from public record. I only wish that I had someone take the time to share even a tiny bit of the information with me prior to my decision to pursue a career in the music industry.

If you are thinking about how much fun it would be or how talented you are, think again. That so-called fun will last approximately fifteen minutes. Your ideas and talent amounts to the size of a pin needle and will have no value other than being useful in fattening the pockets of others with position and power hiding behind the scenes.

Please don’t take offense because that is not my opinion but it is the opinion of those who will take your fresh and unique ideas only to give the credit to others while pocketing the majority of the fruits of your labor , if not all of your royalties.

Oh yeah, by the way that lawyer that you think is on your team will take your money but because he/she has a team of their own to which they will gladly sell you down the river for that break and a few dollars more. Those rights that you believe that you have and are counting own having are simply non-existent. Your copyrights are useless because the courts that are supposed to enforce the laws will bend to the will of the rich and powerful.

I didn't just run out and write a tell-all book. It wasn’t until many years later that I decided to write my first book on the subject entitled, Music Business: It’s a Dirty Game!

I felt that this book differed because it doesn’t just give you words from one person’s viewpoint, it provides step by step documentation proving how the artist works are stolen and how they are able to continue stealing lives with this modern day form of enslavement. This book uses contracts with major music publisher, copyrights, court records and more to demonstrate tactics used to steal, oppress and destroy lives.

Industry people know ‘the game’ and they know how to manipulate situations so that when you refuse to dehumanize yourself, drop to your knees and allow them to take everything; they label you as trouble. I refer to this as ‘Painting a picture,’ because that is what is done to display you as the culprit. The Deception - It is definitely an art form.

As the artist, who you choose to or not choose to deal with determines whether they say that you are ‘burning bridges.’ This simple phrase is used to justify the artist works being (figuratively) ‘gutted.’

Anyone who is in a position can point and say whatever they want about you.

This book demonstrated the process through the eyes of an Artist suffering from carrying the weight of the anger and pressure from the world of music. Not everyone buckles under pressure, not everyone goes insane…some just write a book about it!

I decided that since I don’t have an army of people behind me and because every door (seemingly) has been blocked because people have been lying and manipulating, I felt that this was the only way to defend myself and my actions after twenty years of carrying the blame. I waited, hoped, tried and begged for help prior to making this decision. I wrote in the hopes that this book will reach the right person that is in a position to assist in resolving this matter. I guess that I simply grew tired of the rollercoaster ride, the games and lies.

At some point, you too will find yourself alone, looking closer into even the slightest simple changes around you. Such things as any so-called ‘signs’ (seemingly subliminal and direct), the detailed lyrics to your favorite songs, even following the programming format patterns of your local radio stations or music channels will be dissected. Seeking to find out if it is truly possible for an industry to utilize every method that they have in an effort to influence or to affect a favorable outcome for them.

You may become extremely sensitive to your surroundings and loved ones but do not let it overwhelm you. It sounds as if it is too elaborate but I will not only show you the ‘how’ but the ‘why’ as well.

Chapter 2: Are You Properly Aligned?

Well the first thing that you should consider is that corporations make billions of dollars on products and services. They also spend millions of dollars protecting their businesses interest and they are constantly competing for more. I am sure that you are familiar with the term corporate espionage?

From the banking industry, tobacco industry to the weapons industry, these are powerful big businesses that generate billions of dollars in profits. In each industry, they do not hesitate to ensure that their dollars will continue. Each one of these fields have their leading competitors of which are always utilizing the latest in technologies and programs.

They hire other individuals to represent their company and they usually pick people who think like themselves or they select those who will do what they are told. They lobby behind the scenes to ensure that they maintain their controlling lead with the competition. You rarely see the owners of these major corporations in the public’s eye but you know that they are there behind the scenes making decisions and moving people at their discretion just like pawns.

Some corporations provide employment and contribute to the improvement of the economy. I am not attacking big business, I simply do not want you to lose focus on the fact that it is just that - Business.

It is important for you to view the music industry as a business and not just see the people who are in front of you or those who have been presented to you. The music industry is no different from any other billion dollar business, they are constantly striving to make and keep as much profits as possible. People can and have been known to rationalize the music business in many different ways.

Regardless, it is and has always been about controlling the money and the power. There is nothing inconceivable that some of them are not willing to do in order to maintain the system that has kept them in power for so many decades.