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Train Finding New Success in Hey Soul Sister

The band train has been riding the tracks of success again with its October 2009 release “Hey Soul Sister” from the album Save Me San Francisco. Based in San Francisco, California, the title of their album seems pretty apt. The song has already spent sixteen weeks on Billboards Hot 100, sitting at #7 on the week of January 30, 2010. Train hasn’t witnessed such success of a single since it released “Drops of Jupiter” in 2001.

The band Train was formed in 1997 with members Patrick Monahan (lead vocals) and Rob Hotchkiss, (guitar and vocals). The two later recruited Jimmy Stafford on guitar, Charlie Colin on bass and Scott Underwood as drummer. The group began touring nationally in 1997, opening concerts for groups such as Barenaked Ladies and Counting Crows. The group was quickly signed by Columbia Records label Aware Records. Their song “Free” saw significant airplay on mainstream rock radio. It was followed by the hit single “Meet Virginia” a song that became a top 20 hit.

Before releasing their second album, the band issued another single, “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me). Not realizing the success of the song, it entered the Hot 100 on March 10, 2001 and spent 53 weeks on the chart. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song as well as a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement. The song’s writer Pat Monahan stated the song was written about a dream he had regarding his mother’s death. The album became Train’s first multi-platinum.

In June 2003 the band released its third album My Private Nation. Its single “Calling All Angels” drew great attention to the album, as the song became Train’s third top 20 hit. Other hits on the album included “When I Look To The Sky”, a song used as a trailer for the 2004 movie Jersey Girl. In 2004, their non-album song “ordinary” was featured in the Spider-Man 2 movie and later on NBC’s Heroes.

After this, Train struggled. They released their fourth album For Me, It’s You in 2005. It was Train’s first album to fail commercially. With this, the band decided to take a break in November 2006. Lead singer Pat Monahan released a solo album Last of Seven on September 18, 2007. Single’s “Her Eyes” was released in July with second single “Two Ways to Say Goodbye” following. Staying separated didn’t last long. In April of 2009 the band returned to its three original members, leaving them without Johnny Colt and Brandon Bush. It was then they released their first single in over 3 years, “Hey Soul Sister”. Monahan later commented how important the break was for the band.

“I think taking time away from each other really made the heart grow fonder,” Monahan said. “We realized how important we were to one another and taking a few years off helped us all really look at ourselves and what we could contribute to this band as opposed to what we weren’t getting from the band.”

The title of the new album “Save Me San Francisco” was named due to the band’s identity tied so deeply with the city. The group said they wanted to pay homage to the Bay Area metropolis, a place the band holds dear to them. “Save Me San Francisco” is an autobiographical account of Train’s beginnings, and embodies not only the spirit of the album, but also the soul of Train as a band. Band members’ say the song’s lyrics take the listener through the three-piece’s humble start in the mid-90s up through the time when Monahan, in particular, left the City by the Bay. “It’s very related to my existence, but Jimmy, Scott and I have been through a lot together in the last 14-15 years, so it represents a lot to them, too, because they don’t reside in San Francisco anymore, and we all miss it,” Monahan said.

Critics say the album taps into Train’s organic sound, recalling the blues and folk-infused rock that put the band on the map from the start. “It’s pretty basic,” Monahan explains of the record. “But really cool because there’s super catchy riffs and melodies in it, which I think are way more important that any production trick or great-sounding vocal production. It’s kind of us going backward so we can go forward.”

The band is currently touring with Butch Walker and the Black Widows. We haven’t seen the last of Train yet.

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.

Famous Runners Up

In a competition you always strive to be number one, the best, the winner. However, there can only be one winner and this is true in music competitions as well. The winner from a music competition gets a lot of attention that likely result in fame and fortune. Sometimes though the runner up becomes more successful than or just as successful as the winner. We’ve seen this happen over time in music competitions such as Star Search and American Idol. Pop sensations Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were runners- up on Star Search. Here are the runners-up from a more modern music competition, American Idol.

Starting in order of seasons, the runner up of season one was Justin Guarini. He lost to Kelly Clarkson, who is now one of the world’s recognized recording artists. I would say in this instance, he had some fame but now as much as Kelly. He released two albums after American Idol that were called Justin Guarini and Stranger Things Have Happened.

Season Two, which aired in 2003, had some tough competition. The two finalists were Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. The runner up that year was Clay Aiken. After the show, he had a lot of success in the mainstream pop music industry. Maybe even more than Ruben Studdard did. Clay has won numerous music awards and has released five albums. Ruben has released four albums, and is better known as an R&B singer.

The runner up in season three was Diana DeGarmo. She was beat out by Fantasia Barrino. She released two albums called Blue Skies and Unplugged in Nashville. Soon after American Idol, she decided to sing country music instead of pop music. I would say that Fantasia got more of the spotlight in this scenario. However, Fantasia doesn’t have the fame that Clay Aiken or Kelly Clarkson has.

In season four the top two contestants were Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood. The winner of this was Carrie Underwood which left Bo as the runner up. Both of these contestants were not known for their pop music style. Bo sings southern rock and Carrie sings country music. Bo has only released two albums which are called The Real Thing and See the Light. In this case, the runner up didn’t have as much success as the winner.

Season five was a fun one to watch and had a lot of character. The runner up was Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks was the winner. Katharine released two albums, and has great success as an actress. She has had roles in different movies and television shows such as the House Bunny and CSI: New York.

In 2007, season six aired. The competition was great and the runner up was Blake Lewis. The winner that year was Jordin Sparks. He has released two albums, A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) and Heartbreak on Vinyl. The second album has some songs that will be release this year as singles and will have to be determined their position on the Billboard music chart.

Season seven had a young runner up, David Archuleta. He was beat out by David Cook. Archuleta got a lot of attention because of his age, looks, and great voice. He can also play musical instruments like the guitar and piano. He has been nominated and won a lot of Teen Choice awards for his music and talent.

Season eight which aired last year had so many great singers. It was narrowed down to Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. Adam Lambert was the runner up, but that hasn’t stopped him from being so successful.

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.

The Tangled Relationships of Fleetwood Mac

Mixing relationships and business together can either be a disaster or lead to success. With Fleetwood Mac, although the breakups of band members John and Christine McVie as well as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks created chaos, it lead to the creation of the hit album Rumours with hit singles “Go Your Own Way”, “Dreams”, “Don’t’ Stop” and “You Make Loving Fun.” Rumours sold over 19 million copies in the U.S. alone and 40 million copies worldwide.

Fleetwood Mac saw many changes before this success. The band was formed in 1967 in London by Peter Green. He was joined by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. At the time the band was called Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, which played blues rock. In the 1970s the band topped charts with Green’s “Black Magic Woman”, which Santana later picked up and made popular. But the band, with Green, never realized worldwide notoriety. Green then began struggling with his abuse of LSD and suffered from schizophrenia and later he quit the band in 1970.

Just after Green left, Christine Perfect McVie joined the group, not long after marrying Fleetwood Mac band member John McVie. Christine was perfect for the band as she had been a long time fan of Fleetwood Mac and knew all of Green’s lyrics, allowing her to pick up where he left off. With a music background, once performing with the group Chicken Shack, fitting in with the group was an easy fit.

With the group’s reformation, they decided to move to the United States and try their hand with American audiences. In 1972 they released the album Bare Trees. Meanwhile the band struggled with band members coming and going, it wasn’t until a scouting tour in Van Nuys, California that Mic Fleetwood discovered the band Buckingham Nicks, made up of Lindsey Buckingham and Stephanie “Stevie” Nicks.” Fleetwood asked Buckingham to join, Buckingham agreed if his musical partner and girlfriend could also be a part of the band. And the rest is history.

In 1975 the new mix of band members released the album “Fleetwood Mac”. Hit songs included “Over My Head”, “Say You Love Me”, “Rhiannon” and “Landslide.” The album sold over 5 million copies.

The following year, relationships began to crumble. Fleetwood was in the middle of a divorce from his wife Jenny, John and Christine’s marriage came to an end and Buckingham and Nick’s romance fell apart. Other songs that came from the Rumours album that achieved great success was “Second Hand News”, “Gold Dust Woman” and “The Chain.”

After the group’s success, the band went back to the drawing board searching for a new sound. The result was the 20 track double album Tusk released in 1979. The song “Tusk” reached #8 on U.S. charts and featured the USC Trojan Marching Band. “Think About Me”, and “Sara” were also successful.

In 1982 the band released the album Mirage. It included hits “Gypsy” and “Oh Diane.” Mirage received a double platinum status in the United States. Touring the United States, Stevie Nicks’ popularity grew and grew. With her popularity came pressure and it wasn’t long before she was admitted to the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction problems. John McView was also suffering from addiction-related problems. While there were rumors the band was breaking up, the later released Tango In The Night along with their Greatest Hits album in 1988. Tango in the Night included hits “Big Love”, “Little Lies”, and “Everywhere”.

The band came back to the forefront of the music scene when asked by U.S. President Bill Clinton to perform at his first Inaugural Ball in 1993 performing his campaign theme song “Don’t Stop.”

The band, minus Christine McVie toured in 1984, opening for Crosby, Stills and Nash. In 1998, Fleetwood Mac (Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed at the Grammy Awards program that year. They were also the recipients of the “Outstanding Contribution to Music” award at the BRIT Awards (British Phonographic Industry Awards) the same year.

Despite the tangled relationships the group had throughout the years, success continued to follow them and the band is still highly recognized.

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.

Battle of the Boy Bands

In the mid to late 90s a modern style band hit the music scene. We were introduced to contemporary, pop style boy bands. The music charts were topped with singles from NSYNC, the Backstreet boys, and 98 Degrees. There were rivalries from fans and they argued which boy band was better, more famous, had better music, and who had better looking members. NSYNC and the Backstreet boys got more hype and popularity than 98 Degrees did, but they held their own in the battle of the boy bands. As the members grew up, the bands faded away. Some members from the groups tried as solo careers. Some made it big and others are just a memory from our past. Here is a look back at the boy bands from the 90s.

NSYNC was comprised of members: Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass. They are a pop group that formed in 1995 out of Florida. Worldwide, they have sold nearly 60 million albums. However, they didn’t sell as many albums as the Backstreet Boys. They recorded under the labels RCA and Jive Records. They produced their first album in 1995 and the band officially broke up and went their separate ways in 2002. Justin and JC were the lead vocals for the group, but everyone sang and harmonized together. They were incredible pop dancers and their concerts sold out all over the world. They toured all over the world for four years starting in 1998. They released four albums which were called: NSYNC, Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, and Celebrity.

The boy band that sold the most albums worldwide was the Backstreet Boys, and to date have sold 130 million albums. Like NSYNC they also formed in Florida, and their group members were: Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, and Howie Dorough. They recorded under Jive Records label. All seven of their albums reached the number one position on the Billboard music charts. Their albums are titled: Backstreet Boys, Backstreet’s Back, Millennium, Black and Blue, Never Gone, Unbreakable, and This is Us. They have been touring for more than ten years, and their most current tour is called This Is Us Tour which will wrap up in the spring of this year. Interestingly, both the Backstreet boys and NSYNC had the same founder, Lou Pearlman.

Another boy band to hit the scene during this time was 98 Degrees. They were formed on the opposite side of the country as the other two bands. The group consisted of brothers Drew and Nick Lachey and two other members Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. They recorded under the labels Universal and Motown and released five albums called: 98 Degrees, 98 Degrees and Rising, This Christmas, Revelation, and the Collection. Unlike the other two boy bands that created pop music, 98 Degrees incorporated R&B, soul, urban, and contemporary sounds into their music genre. They were a boy band in nature but wanted to separate themselves from NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. They focused on writing their own music and staying in tune with a unique more urban sound.

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.

Idol Winner Kelly Clarkson

American Idol is one of, if not the most, popular shows in America. We are introduced to hundreds of singers who are then narrowed down to the most amazing top two in the competition. There can only be one American Idol winner, and the audience plays the biggest role by choosing who the winner will be. We help to create a singing sensation and we fall in love with the winner before they become a big star. The first American Idol that won the title is Kelly Clarkson. Her career hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since she was announced the winner.

Out of all the American Idol winners, Kelly has sold the most albums. She has sold at least 23 million albums, and Carrie Underwood is second to her record. She won the Idol title in 2002 and has released four albums since then. Her first album called Thankful went double platinum and her second album called Breakaway went multi platinum. Her fame and success could be attributed to American Idol because millions of viewers were exposed to her talents before she released albums. Her talent and voice is amazing which is why she won and continues to be a success. Her third album My December was such a hit that she won two Grammy Awards. The current album that she has out is called All I Ever Wanted. She records under the labels Sony Music and RCA Records.

Her music is so unique and likeable by a large audience because she incorporates soul, pop, and rock and roll into her sound. She also writes a lot of her music and her down to earth personality is expressed in her writing. Her down to earth and relaxed style could be attributed to the fact that she grew up in a small town outside of Houston, Texas. At her high school, she started to become interested in singing. She was active in the school’s choir and performed in different musicals throughout her four years there. After high school, she chose to focus on her singing and song writing career instead of going to college.

Not only does Kelly sing and write songs, she has also tried her talents with acting. Soon after winning American Idol, she starred in a movie with the runner up Justin Guarini. She was an extra in a few sitcoms including King of the Hill, Reba, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Her comedic performances can be seen in television shows like MadTV and Saturday Night Live. She has performed some of her top singles and Saturday Night Live and has performed in some of their skits as well.

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.

Creed Coming Full Circle

Creed gave credence to their own existence as a band in the 90s with hits such as “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open.” And then it seemed they disappeared. But they are back with their new album Full Circle.

The band, once divided, pulled back together last year and began touring in August. To support their new album, plans to begin a World Tour in March 2010 followed with another US tour are in the works.

The band Creed was started by Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti after recruiting Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips in 1995. Selling 26 million records in the United States alone and three multi-platinum albums, the group disbanded in 2004. Before the break-up, the group started off its success with their album “My Own Prison” topping charts with the song “My Own Prison.” This was followed in 1999 by their second successful album “Human Clay”. The album’s hit “Higher” put it on Billboard 200′s album chart as number one. What was once a rock band crossed over onto pop radio and Creed soon became a household name.

Stapp, who wrote the song Higher said it was about a reoccurring nightmare where he was being pursued and killed by a gunman. Studying lucid dreaming, he was able to escape the reoccurring dream and by finding himself escaping the gunman. Shortly after, he sat down and wrote the lyrics to the song that took them higher than they imagined on the charts.

Other album hit “With Arms Wide Open” was also written by Stapp for personal reasons. When discovering he was going to become a father, he sat down and wrote the lyrics to the song. After it became a success, he released the limited edition single with profits befitting his Scott Stapp’s With Arms Wide Open Foundation to promote healthy, loving relationships between children and their families.

In the midst of their success, Brian Marshall quit the band and Brett Hestla took over finishing the Human Clay tour and subsequent tours. In fall of 2001 Creed Released their third album “Weathered” with the hit “My Sacrifice.” The song hit number four on Billboards Hot 100 and topped Mainstream Rock Tracks for nine consecutive weeks.

On June 4, 2004, Creed officially announced their break-up. Stapp went on to record his own album solo with Roadrunner Records. The album “The Great Divide” was said to be inspired by Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. Other’s feel the lyrics make reference to the breakup of the band. The Great Divide failed to sell as well as Creed’s previous albums.

After pressure to reunite, on April 27, Creed’s website announced the band’s reunion tour and plans for a new album. Scott Stapp commented in People Magazine that the reunion was more like a rebirth as the band never felt ‘together’. He added them he and guitarist Tremonti reconnected, thanks to the Champs Sports Bowl, according to Rolling Stone. All four original members said they sat down in a meeting, their first since 2000. After making amends, the group recorded the album, “Full Circle” in Nashville during June and July 2009. Stapp said the album name is also a name on the track, which he says “It really defines and articulates, melody-wise and lyrically, what’s happened with us. We’ve come full circle and it’s a great place to be.”

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.

The Goo Goo Dolls Road To Success

Who can forget the Goo Goo Dolls, if not for the name? While the band isn’t as mainstream as they were in the 90s, many of their songs still live on with great success.

The Goo Goo Dolls may have been most successful in the 90s but the band was actually formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York by musicians John Rzeznik and Robby Takac. While the band was originally called The Sex Maggots, on a whim it was later changed to The Goo Goo Dolls, a term pulled from an ad in a True Detective magazine.

Peforming small gigs as any new band does, the group was finally picked up by a small record label, Celluloid. As their popularity grew, the larger record company Metal Blade signed them and began helping the band tour. The band struggled to find their own sound in the early 90s being compared to The Replacements. In 1993 they released Superstar Car Wash, which received significant media attention. Metal Blade Records increased their budget, which gave them more publicity, which followed with more playtime on college radio stations.

In 1995 the band released its fifth album, “A Boy Named Goo” and simultaneously replaced George Tutuska with Mike Malnin. The album became the first in the recording label’s history to receive a double-platinum status. As many bands who find quick success discover, their recording company wasn’t paying what the band felt they deserved. The band filed a suit against Metal Blade and the two parties reached a settlement that resulted in a resigning of the band to Metal Blade’s distributing label Warner Brother Records. Under the new label, The Goo Goo Dolls released their sixth album “Dizzy Up The Girl” in 1998. The success of the band’s song “Name” helped push the band into further popularity. Band leader Rzeznik was approached by producers of the film City of Angels to write a song for their soundtrack. Writing “Iris” in just under five minutes, the song propelled the band to stardom. Iris stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for 18 weeks and was nominated for three Grammys that year. When the album Dizzy Up the Girl was released, it would contain some of the group’s major hits including Iris, Slide, Black Balloon, Broadway and Dizzy. The album marked the height of The Goo Goo Dolls success.

In 2001 the band released a compilition CD “What I learned About Ego, Opinion, Art and Commerce, followed in 2002 by Gutterflower. Gutterflower achieved gold certification with hits “Here is Gone”, “Sympathy” and “Big Machine”.

Moving into the new millineum, The Goo Goo Dolls marked their 20th anniversary with their new album “Let Love In” which included songs “Give A Little Bit”, “Better Days”, “Stay With You” and “Let Love In”. The group hit a record 12 Top 10 hits in Adult Top 40 history beating Matchbox Twenty and Sheryl Crow.

Presently, The Goo Goo Dolls are working on new music and still touring around the world. In August of 2009 Robby Takak stated that the recording for their new album had been putting the finishing touches on their new album “Something for the Rest of Us”. The album is to be released in mid-February 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.

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