- ARK Music Factory
Ark Music Factory Founded 2010 Founder Patrice Wilson, Clarence Jey Genre Teen pop, electropop Country of origin United States Location Los Angeles, California Official Website http://www.arkmusicfactory.com
Ark Music Factory is a record label based in Los Angeles, California. The label was co-founded in 2010 by Patrice Wilson, who partnered up with producer/composer and multi-instrumentalist Clarence Jey. In May 2011, Clarence Jey left Ark Music Factory to focus on his own production company Music Intersection. Patrice Wilson also left the company on September 2011 to start "Pato Music World".
Patrice Wilson is co-founder in 2010 of Ark Music Factory. Wilson is also the CEO of the company.
Ark's business centers on the recruitment/discovery of new young singers. The artists (or their parents) pay a $2,000 to $4,000 fee to Ark, and Ark then writes and produces music in collaboration with these artists, often producing music videos and promotion of the songs. The singer owns the master recording, and Ark retains publishing rights to the song and all the sales from the song.
According to the company's MySpace page, they categorize themselves as an indie record label. They state that their main objectives are to bring aspiring acts to the musical fore: "We at Ark make it possible for an emerging artist to be discovered, defined and delivered, to advance in their chosen career and be successful." Ark is predominantly based in the US, although they claim that artists they have supported have had success in different regions across the globe.
Ark's Facebook page claims to be creating a community where artists from all fields can come together to build connections and interact. Their website also claims that their dedicated team has industry professionals who have worked with Miley Cyrus, the Backstreet Boys, and Ashley Tisdale.[non-primary source needed] Patrice Wilson has rebuffed claims of exploitation, claiming that the label provides a relatively inexpensive entry into the pop market for artists:
"I'm getting a lot of criticism saying I'm exploiting rich kids and their parents," says Wilson, "but find me another company that would do all this at a cost this low. I don't promise anyone fame. In fact, if someone approaches me with their only goal to ‘get famous,' I tell them they're not in this for the right reasons."
The staff of Ark Music Factory includes the Nigerian origin Patrice Wilson (also known with the name Pato for his various acts) who is the founder of the company, CEO and Sri Lankan / Australian record producer, songwriter  and co-founder and producer, Clarence Jey. At Ark, Jey writes the music and Wilson writes the lyrics. Ian Hotchkiss and Chris Lowe are the video directors.
Rebecca Black and "Friday"
In March 2011, Ark gained notoriety through a viral video when one of their songs, Rebecca Black's "Friday" (which also includes rapping by Ark co-founder Patrice Wilson) unexpectedly became an Internet meme - most heralding it as potentially "the worst song ever". According to the British newspaper The Independent, Black trended high on Twitter, after the release. The song has been viewed more than 167 million times on YouTube. As of June 28, 2011[update], the video has been removed from YouTube due to copyright claims from Black's family.
Patrice Wilson of Ark Music Factory has posted two music responses about "Friday" and the controversy it created. The first was posted on March 13, 2011 entitled "Friday (Rap Remix)" written and produced by Wilson and Clarence Jey, the second on April 4, 2011 entitled "Say What You Wanna Say" written by Wilson and Kustom. Both songs address some of the most common grievances against the song and the way Ark runs its business. Both these postings have received negative attention as well.
One Week to Hit Big: Pop Star
Patrice Wilson and his Ark Music Factory team appeared in One Week to Hit It Big: Pop Star the ABC (American Broadcasting Company) show Good Morning America (GMA) one-week special feature. After auditions of tens of candidates, Lexi St. George was chosen for the GMA challenge of trying to make a viral star in one week. She recorded the song "Dancing to the Rhythm" written for the show and made a music video that was broadcast on the program on June 30, 2011. The song was also used for Wowwee's Paper Jamz Pro microphones promotional ads.
Ark Music Factory is planning another nationwide online talent search and finalists will be chosen from online submissions, the company said in a statement. The contest named "Ark Star" began on July 22, 2011 offers eligible contestants the chance to win their own custom song, music video, and artist promotion by Ark Music Factory.
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- ^ Team of Musical Intersection.
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- ^ "Ark Music Factory's Facebook Page". http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ark-Music-Factory/159746174081777?sk=info. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
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- ^ Yang, Jeff (2011-04-21). "Why 'Friday' just might be the future of pop". San Francisco Gate. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/04/21/apop042111.DTL&ao=all. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
- ^ a b "Friday: Clarence Jey's Day". Sepia Mutiny. 2011-04-22. http://www.sepiamutiny.com/sepia/archives/006502.html. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
- ^ Lamar, Michelle (2011-03-14). "Rebecca Black 'Friday' Worst Song Ever? Rebecca Black Internet Sensation?". Famecrawler (Babble.com). http://blogs.babble.com/famecrawler/2011/03/14/rebecca-black-friday-worst-song-worst-video-ever/. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
- ^ "Current Twitter trends: Help Japan, Rebecca Black, Google Circles". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 2011-03-14. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/current-twitter-trends-help-japan-rebecca-black-google-circles-2241215.html. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
- ^ "Watch: Rebecca Black's Bizarrely Bad Music Video for 'Friday'". TIME NewsFeed (Time Inc.). 2011-03-14. http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/03/14/rebecca-blacks-bizarrely-bad-video-for-friday-is-this-for-real/. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
- ^ "Rebecca Black - Friday - This video is no longer available(...)". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
- ^ "Exclusive: Rebecca Black Fighting Ark Music Factory Over 'Friday'". Rolling Stone. 2011-04-01. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-rebecca-black-fighting-ark-music-factory-over-friday-20110401?print=true. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
- ^ Morgan Zalkin and Cat McKenzie article on ABCNews website: One Week to Hit It Big - Will a Pop Star Be Made on 'Good Morning America'?
- ^ Press release: Ark Music Factory's Lexi St.George Launches Wowwee's Paper Jamz Pro Jam Series Microphone
- ^ Wowwee's Paper Jamz Pro microphones ad using Lexi St. George's song "Dancing to the Rhythm"
- ^ International Business Times: Ark Music Factory's latest sensation Lexi makes debut in Good Morning America
- ^ Ark Music Factory website: Ark Star Contest
ARK Music Factory FoundersPatrice Wilson • Clarence Jey (now in Music Intersection) ArtistsRebecca Black (now independent) • Alana Lee Songs"Friday"
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