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James Taylor and Carole King Perform Together

James Taylor and Carole King have linked up to start their “Live at the Troubadour” tour. Taylor and King originally performed at Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California November of 1970. At the time, Taylor had just released his debut album and King was getting her feet off the ground as a songwriter. The time was pivotal for both performers’ careers, which stemmed the idea of having a reunion, now thirty years later.


James Taylor has had a successful career that started in 1968. Selling over 40 million albums and earning 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards has made him a household name. Popular singles from Taylor’s career include: “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “Something in The Way She Moves,” “Mexico,” “Shower The People,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Carolina In My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” “You Can Close Your Eyes,” “Walking Man,” “Never Die Young,” “Shed A Little Light,” “Copperline” and many more.

Taylor is also known for setting a precedent as a solo singer/songwriter who has inspired countless young musicians.

James Taylor found success quickly, by 1970 his release “Sweet Baby James” went triple-platinum and helped set off his first Top 10 hit “Fire and Rain.” By 1971 “Mud Slide Slim and The Blue Horizon” was another hit single. This was followed by his hit “You’ve Got A Friend”, a song written by Carole King. The song won a Grammy Award in 1971.

Carole King has also held her own when it comes to accolades. King wrote her first Number 1 song in 1959, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. In addition to writing hit songs for other performers, King has also made 25 solo albums. She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She holds the record for the longest time for an album by a female to remain on the charts and the longest time for an album by a female to hold the #1 position.

King’s most popular album Tapestry was released in 1971. The album ranked No. 1 for 15 consecutive weeks and remained on the charts for six years. Tapestry sold over 25 million copies worldwide and was certified diamond in the US by the RIAA. The album also won four Grammy Awards and Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, as well as Record of the Year.

The return to the Troubadour by Taylor and King hold’s many memories for the couple. The small venue also served as the home to musicians such as the Eagles, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell. Taylor and King say performing at the Troubadour was meant to rekindle a wonderful memory as well as celebrate a love of music and making music. Taylor states: “The Troubadour in 1971 wasn’t the beginning, but it was a big step into the light for both of us. When we reunited for the Troubadour’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2007, it felt like yesterday. It was, and still is, all about the music and the celebration of performing together.”  King adds, “What’s even more remarkable is that James’s and my musical connection and friendship continue to transcend time and place. Whenever we’re together, there we are. I feel a tremendous gratitude to be able to share this experience with James, with this fine band, and most of all, with the fans.”



The 60-concert “Troubadour Reunion” world tour kicked off in Melbourne, Australia on March 26th and will travel to New Zealand and Japan before coming to North America in May. For the Troubadour Reunion tour, King and Taylor will once again be joined on stage by Kortchmar, Sklar and Kunkel.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Usher – Still Standing

Releasing his sixth studio album on March 30, 2010, Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond, has already become his third consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Achieving success is nothing new to Usher, born Usher Raymond, October 14, 1978. Usher has achieved ten #1 singles worldwide, with nine on the Billboard Hot 100. He has achieved fifteen Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, thirteen as a lead artist, and two as a featured artist. In the UK he has proven himself quite successful as well with 11 Top 10 singles on the UK Singles Chart. Usher is also the first artist to have a number-one single on the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1990s, 2000s and the 2010s.

Usher Raymond was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1978 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was 12.  As with many rising stars, he started singing with his church choir. While he was still in school, L.A. Reid signed him to La Face records. His self-titled debut record was produced by P. Diddy and released in 1994. Although his first album didn’t come out with a bang, Usher made a big enough impact to get noticed by Coca-Cola who asked him to record jingles for the 1996 Summer Olympics. At that time, he joined with other vocalists and formed the group Black Men United, which recorded the song “U Will Know”. The song reached No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1994 and No. 5 on the Hot R&B Hip Hop Charts.

Still in High School, Usher pushed forward. He produced the album “My Way” after graduating from school, co-writing six of the nine tracks. The album was released in 1997 and served as a breakthrough album for him, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the R&B album charts.

Usher followed this successful album with a number of hit singles that include: “You Make Me Wanna”(1997), “My Way” (1998), and “Nice & Slow (1998). His albums My Way and 8701 were his most successful. Usher also tried his hand at acting, appearing in TV series such as The Bold and The Beautiful and Moesha, and movies such as The Faculty and She’s All That.

Usher received his first Grammy Award nomination as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “You Make Me Wanna”, which also won him for Best Male R&B/Soul.

On a personal level, Usher founded New Look, a non-profit charity organization which was created to provide young people with a new look on life through education and real-world experience. The charity was started to help rebuild and revitalize city blocks in New Orleans. Usher partnered with Armani Exchange in creating “Love 4 Life” dog tags to raise money for the project.

Usher’s latest album Raymond v. Raymond is expected to follow in the success of his album Confessions. The album was released only months after Usher’s divorce from Tameka Foster. The single “Papers” was released as the first promotional single for the album in October 2009 on iTunes. The single reached the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for two consecutive weeks, becoming his tenth number one single on that chart. The song also peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Raymond v Ramond album singles so far are seeing more success than those of Here I Stand.  On March 20, 2010, Usher released his first international single and third official single “OMG”. It reached number-one in Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.

Usher may have started his career in 1994, but he is still going strong now in 2010 and possibly into years to come.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and <a href=”http://www.977music.com”>online radio</a> station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Online Music Privacy

There has been a lot of talk going on about your privacy on the Internet. Information can be easily accessed and retrieved without you even knowing. Most recently, Facebook, a social networking service, has been in the headlines for upsetting their users over privacy issues. Another company that was in the news for such an issue was Pandora. The issue is regarding playlists you create for your private use that are available to seen by the public. How private do you wish your taste in music to be?

Some people may not care who sees or listens to the music they choose for a playlist or music channel. Other people may want to hide the fact that their guilty pleasure is listening to the Backstreet Boys or Hannah Montana. If you are using Pandora, you may be unaware that your music stations are actually public. When you sign up to become a member of their music network, you have to provide an e-mail address. This is where the privacy issue becomes an issue. After providing an e-mail address, anyone who knows your address can search Pandora and find your customized music stations that you created.

Should social networking and music services make this information more readily available to their users? Or should there be easier options to control privacy settings? The Pandora privacy article was brought up on the Wired blog, www.wired.com, where you can read the full article of the Pandora problem, and how the blogger discovered his music station was not private as he, and other users, thought.

A lot of people use online music sites to listen to their favorite bands as opposed to buying CDs. An online archive of music is easily accessible and can be listened to from work or school; anywhere you have access to an Internet connection and your online music site. If you want your playlist to be private, you may want to consider using another service instead of Pandora. It is important when you are becoming a member of a social networking service to read the privacy policy before you register.

If the company does not protect your privacy or does not make their policies clear, you may want to reconsider joining or limit the information you post. It is always important to remember that once something is put on the Internet, it will be there forever. Be safe, and be smart when using a social networking service and creating playlists on online music sites.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Macy Gray: Soul Singer

Macy Gray, born September 6, 1967, has been famed for her raspy voice, extreme fashion statements and newfound film roles. Generally plated in the R&B genre, several of her peers have noted her as an original artist with a sound far outside the lines.

Macy Gray’s beginnings were in her twenties, where she agreed to write a session of songs for a friend. After the friend did not turn up to the scheduled demo session, Gray decided to sing the songs herself. The demo project was followed by many small opportunities in the Los Angeles arena. In 1998 she was signed with Epic records, after they listed to the initial demo tape recorded due to her friend’s absence.

In 1999 Gray released the album, On How Life Is, which was welcomed by a worldwide audience with excitement. Her second album, I Try, is the album in which Macy Gray saw as her entry into the successful world of musical artistry. The song, ‘I Try’, was featured on the romantic-comedy soundtrack of Picture Perfect, featuring actress Jennifer Aniston.

In 2001 Gray won numerous awards for her works, including a Grammy Award for ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’, for ‘I Try’. The song was also nominated for ‘Song of the Year’, as the album was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’.

After much success with ‘I Try’, the collaboration requested began to line up. To date, Gray has worked with such artists as: Justin Timberlake, The Black Eyed Peas, Natalie Cole, Fergie, Santana, Erykah Badu and Fatboy Slim. Gray was also asked to appear in movies such as, Spiderman, Training Day and Idlewild.

Currently, Gray has appeared on Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown playing for Habitat For Humanity. In 2002 she was the voice for Seeiah Owens in the video game SSX Tricky. She also sang the theme song for the cartoon show on Nickelodeon, appeared on the 2008 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, headlined at the 2008 Summer Sundae music festival in Leicester, England, sang the American National Anthem as part of the Israeli flag-raising ceremony, and collaborated with Australian DJ and singer Kaz James. She also worked with Carmit Bachar on songs for her upcoming solo album.

Gray has been a political activist as well, mixing her music with her beliefs. In 2007 she performed at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Gray and her band members wore politically-motivated messages and on her dress she had the words “Darfur Red Alert” written.

Macy Gray was born Natalie Renee McIntyre and also called Natalie Hinds in her music. To date she has released four studio albums, one compilation album and one live album.

In her personal life, Macy Gray was married to Tracy Hinds for two years, with whom she mothered three children (Aanisah, Tahmel and Cassius). She, politically, also was a supporter of Barak Obama for approximately two years before his presidential campaign. Gray has also been noted for her work with underprivileged teenagers looking to pursue careers in the music industry.

Macy Gray’s fifth studio album, “The Sellout”, which includes a duet with Bobby Brown, is to be released on June 22, 2010.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Online Music Store Lala Shuts Down

If you are a fan of great music then you are probably no stranger to music stores online and Internet radio stations. You may be such a fanatic that you also buy old records and CDs of your favorite artists as a way to archive music. Perhaps you are on your computer so much that you prefer to do all your shopping online including music buying. You may also listen to all your music online and use your computer as your personal radio station creating playlists of your favorite tunes.

If you are a fan of Apple and have an iPhone, you may have heard of or are currently using their music store called Lala. It was originally created by Bill Nguyen, an entrepreneur from Silicon Valley. On December 4, 2009, Apple bought the music store. The service allows its members to create personalized playlists and play full length songs, purchase CDs, purchase MP3 versions of songs, and participate in forums and be involved in an online music community.

Apple recently announced that they are shutting down Lala. All services will be ended on the 31st of this month, and no new members are being accepted at this time. For current members who have credit on their site, all monies will be refunded but only in the form of iTunes credits. You may or may not be a fan of this announcement. If you do not use iTunes, I can see how you would be bothered by this type of refund.

If you are not purchasing music or CDs from online music stores, but still prefer to listen to online music you may want to consider finding an Internet radio station. There are a lot of channels with different genres that play the music you like. Some Internet radio stations allow you to create personalized playlists where you become the DJ and offer iPhone apps to listen to the music from your playlist.

Many people are wondering the motive behind Apple’s decision. Are they trying to push sales on iTunes? Are they developing a new online music store? Are they creating a new cloud based phone application for streaming music? If you are a member of Lala you only have until the end of the month to find a new outlet for listening to music online. If you liked the online community and forums that Lala had, you will be pleased to know that a lot of Internet radio stations have the same type of communities.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Court Yard Hounds take a sidestep from Dixie Chicks

Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks have taken a parallel, but new road. Vocal harmonists known for their musical talent with the Dixie Chicks, have formed their very own musical duo: “Court Yard Hounds”. The group, “Court Yard Hounds”,was first formed in 2008 after Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, stated she was not prepared to start up a 2009 album. Finding it necessary to continue in music, the sisters (Martie and Emily) decided to record under a different name, signing with Columbia Records.

Sisters, Emily Robison (formally Emily Erwin) and Martie Maguire (formally Martie Erwin) first formed the Dixie Chicks in 1989. Lead vocalist Lynn Macy was replaced by, the feisty, Natalie Maines in 1995. The Dixie Chicks additionally managed to form their own record label, Open Wide Records, in direct association with Columbia Records. Robison and Maguire announced their new group in January 2010, stating that the Dixie Chicks are not a closed chapter, but rather a project put on pause. Robison claimed, “One reason I felt like we needed to not let the cat out of the bag too soon, is that every time I would tell someone about the project, they’d say, ‘Well who are you going to get as the leader singer?’ It was hard to explain what we were trying to do”.

The Dixie chicks originally formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas and was labeled a bluegrass and country music band. The band received great success with hit songs “Wide Open Spaces”, “Cowboys Take Me Away”, and “Long Time Gone”.

The group became controversial during the Bush era and the invasion of Iraq. The group commented that they were embarrassed for Texas and that Bush was from their state.

Despite the controversy, the group went on and produced more albums and became involved with other projects. In 2006, their album “Taking The Long Way” was the ninth best-selling album in the United States. During the 49th Grammy Awards Show, the group won all five categories for which they were nominated including the top awards of Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Not Ready To Make Nice” and Album of the Year for “Taking the Long Way”. After the Grammys, “Taking The Long Way” hit #8 on Billboard 200 on the #1 country album charts.

The group was also nominated for the 2007 Country Music Association’s award for Top Vocal Group and in May 2010 began touring with the Eagles.

Now, as the group has reformed as the “Court Yard Hounds”, they were joined on their first self-titled album, by Jakob Dylan. Although they added Dylan to the song, “See You in the Spring”, the album is said to be ‘very personal’ for the sisters: an autobiography of sorts. Natalie, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks has also proven to be quite supportive of the new album, hoping that Dixie Chick fans will hold to the new idea of the “Court Yard Hounds.”

The “Court Yard Hounds” will go on tour starting June 18, 2010 until July 10, 2010.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Bon Jovi Re-Releasing Entire Collection of Albums

If your band’s albums sell well the first time, why not re-release them and sell them again years later? This is exactly what the band Bon Jovi has decided to do. Starting May 11, 2010, the group will re-release their entire collection of studio albums as Special Editions. The 11 studio albums to be re-released include: Bon Jovi, 7800° Fahrenheit, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Keep The Faith, These Days, Crush, Bounce, Have A Nice Day, Lost Highway and The Circle. The albums will feature the original studio tracks plus era-specific live recordings as bonus tracks. These bonus tracks will include songs taken live from sound checks and concert venues from around the world.

Bon Jovi formed in 1983 and was made up of lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryant, drummer Tico Torres, and bassist Hugh McDonald. The band initially become known for writing several rock anthems.

Jon Bon Jovi, for whom the band was named after, began playing piano and guitar in 1975 in the small town of Casa Grande, Arizona at the age of thirteen with his first band ‘Raze’. By sixteen, he formed the 12-piece cover band Atlantic City Expressway and played in New Jersey clubs. Bon Jovi didn’t achieve recognition easily, it took persistence and pushing a New York radio station director into playing his track “Runaway”. Once the song hit the airways, sister studios picked up the song. It wasn’t long before the band was signed with Mercury Records and recorded its debut album “Bon Jovi”. The group soon began opening for ZZ Top, Scorpions and kiss.

In 1985 Bon Jovi released its second album 7800° Fahrenheit. The album didn’t do as well as the first but allowed the band to continue touring. In 1986, the group released their third album “Slippery When Wet”. The album proved Bon Jovi’s talent and its single “You Give Love A Bad Name” became the band’s first #1 single on the U.S. Billboard Charts. This single was followed by another successful single “Livin’ On A Prayer”, which also hit #1.

“Slippery When Wet” holds the record for the most weeks for a hard rock album at #1 in United States. The album spent 8 weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. By 2009, “Slippery When Wet” had become one of the best selling albums of all time with global sales of 25 million. In the United States, it received a Diamond Certification for selling 12 million copies.

Moving forward, Bon Jovi released their fourth album “New Jersey” in 1988. The album was also a commercial hit, spending four weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. Singles “Bad Medicine”, “I’ll Be There For Your” both hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Exhausted from tours and success, between 1990 and 1991, band members went their separate ways. Jon Bon Jovi began recording on his own and released the soundtrack “Blaze Of Glory” for the movie Young Guns II.

Coming back to center, the group rejoined and released “Keep The Faith” in 1992, this time, playing a few small gigs in New Jersey clubs. The break didn’t last long as the group later released “Cross Road” and “These Days”. This was followed by a world tour. Again, the group exhausted themselves and again tried going their separate ways. Jon Bon Jovi began acting until the group reunited again in 1999.

The band went on to release “Crush”, “Wild Night”, “Have A Nice Day” and “Lost Highway”.

Now, all of the band’s albums were repackaged and are being sold with bonus tracks for those Bon Jovi fans and potential soon to be fans.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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