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Robert Schwartzman Talks Music Business Then and Now, Solo Album (Video)

The Rooney singer, who releases “Double Capricorn” this week, also discusses collaborating musically with his brother Jason Schwartzman, star of HBO's "Bored to Death."

When Robert Schwartzman’s band Rooney first got signed, he was a wide-eyed kid with major label dreams who was barely out of high school. A decade later, after touring the world several times over, producing and writing with other artists like Joe Jonas and viral video sensation Miles Fisher, and selling a few hundred thousand records, he’s come back around to being an independent artist, and he couldn’t be happier for it.

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“It used to be ‘Get signed, make a record,’” he tells the Hollywood Reporter. “Now it’s, ‘Make a record, get signed?’” Indeed, his own solo effort, titled Double Capricorn (out now), is about as far from a traditional release as you can get. As part of Schwartzman’s own California Dreaming Records, all revenues from album sales, licensing fees and touring draws will benefit the Tibetan Healing Fund, a not-for-profit humanitarian organization established to improve primary healthcare and education for rural Tibetan women and children. The album’s first single, “Second Chances,” pretty much says it all.

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Of course, Schwartzman (son of Francis Ford Coppola progeny Talia Shire) comes from a long line of accomplished artists, and this solo effort, like brother Jason’s Coconut Records, is yet another example of what must be hereditary if not God-given talent. Preview the songs on his website, robertschwartzman.com, look for Schwartzman as he heads out on a national tour, and check out his thoughts on the music business then and now in THR’s video interview.

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