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What the Music Biz is All About

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Sixty million people watch American Idol every week. Thousands post their own recordings to iTunes and their videos to YouTube hoping to get discovered.  Why is the music business so tough to break into?

We'll explore the ins and outs of the music industry with Rick Iantosca, a Grammy-nominated producer who has been involved in all facets of the industry.

Guitarist/producer Rick Iantosca found his way into the music industry through a hard-earned spot as an assistant engineer at a recording studio. He had grown up in South Orange, New Jersey, where he quickly mastered several instruments and became an obsessive musician.

After college, he found his chance to become an engineer and quickly started to learn the way albums are recorded.Suddenly, after a year of working at the studio, he was asked to take over some Jimmy Cliff sessions after the producer left the project. Kool and the Gang also tapped him for his production skills around the same time, and both their In the Heart and Cliff's Power & the Glory were recorded at the same time. 

He earned a Grammy nomination for his work with Jimmy Cliff on Cliffhanger.  Iantosca also worked extensively with Hall & Oates and currently works with reggae legend Denroy Morgan.