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Internet radio and Other Music Awards

Singers and bands have loyal fans that stick with them through the thick and thin of their music careers. Annual music awards are a time for the fans to vote for their favorite musicians and give praise for their musical talents. Singers and bands not only get recognition and some type of fancy award, but their careers are usually increased in ratings. There are genre specific music awards, general music awards, and online music awards. Here is a look at an Internet radio awards and some other music awards.

Perhaps the most well known music awards are the Grammy Awards show. It is an annual award given to musicians that are the best in the business. They receive a golden gramophone statuette that solidifies their place in the entertainment industry and their outstanding achievements. The Grammy Award is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The categories you can win an award for are: best new artist, album of the year, song of the year, and record of the year. These categories are also handed out awards for certain genres.

There are other music awards that take place every year that are genre specific. They are less prestigious than the Grammy’s but can still boost a musician’s career and get just as much hype and audience attention. Other annual awards are the County Music Awards, the MTV Video Music awards, Texas Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, and the Brit Awards for example. These music awards recognize achievements for musicians who make music in their genre such as country, hip hop, or alternative music.

Internet Radio is just as influential as traditional radio for promoting a band or singer. Annually, there are the Internet Radio Awards that are held online. You can vote for your favorite Internet radio station, and they will win an award for best program online. If you have a radio station online you can either nominate yourself or one of your listeners can nominate for an award. It is a great way to see what stations there are around the world and to recognize the hard work that your favorite Internet station does day to day to provide you with great music to listen to.

If you want to discover music from around the world, or nominate an Independent musician for their work, you can vote for them at the International Online Music Awards. They are held every year, and you can vote for your favorite Independent band or singer to win an award. A lot of popular mainstream artists have been discovered by their online music. The Internet is very powerful for boosting someone’s career.

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.

Stone Temple Pilots Release New Album

Very few bands survive after a hiatus. The Stone Temple Pilots may be an exception. The band is expected to release its sixth studio album, Stone Temple Pilots on May 25, 2010.

The Stone Temple Pilots, also called STP, is a band that found immediate success with their 1992 album “Core”. The album became platinum, 8x and sent STP into becoming one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s.

STP, made up of band members Scott Weiland, brothers Robert DeLeo and Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz was one of the top selling bands of the 90s, selling nearly 40 million records worldwide. During the 90s, the band had 16 top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts, six of which peaked at #`1. They also won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song “Plush”.

What caused the band to fade a bit off the scene? Mostly Weilands continual drug offenses and multiple concert cancellations. This in turn caused band members to separate and launch new careers. The band formally separated in 2003 and didn’t reunite until April of 2008 whereupon they went on a 71-date tour.

So how did this band of two brothers and a couple of guys get together and become so successful in the first place? As they tell it, their story dates back to a concert in California in 1986 where Weiland and Robert DeLeo were sitting around chatting about their girlfriend. It wasn’t long that both realized they were dating the same woman. While in any other situation a fight might have broke out, with these two, a friendship ensued instead. Each broke it off with the girl, moved into the girl’s vacated apartment and before long formed a band. In the beginning the band included friends Corey Hicock and David Allen. Once Allen left, drummer Eric Kretz joined. Then came Robert’s brother Dean DeLeo, who decided to play guitar in the band, replacing Hicock. At the time, the four called themselves Mighty Joe Young. The band recorded their first demo tape in 1990.

Later, an attorney advised the group that there already was a blues man who sang under the name Mighty Joe Young and to change their name. For a while they called themselves Shirley Temples Pussy but then changed the name again. Liking the initials STP, they settled on Stone Temple Pilots, this was in 1992.

Despite their success, the band received a lot of slack by critics. In a poll by the Rolling Stone magazine people voted them Best New Band and Worst New Band. The group went on to win Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist at the American Music Awards. In 1994 they also won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with the song “Plush.”

The group pushed forward with more albums and hit singles including the single “Interstate Love Song”, “Vasoline”, and “Big Empty”, which appeared on their second album “Purple.” Whether it was the success, pressure or criticisms that got to Weiland, the lead singer began diving deeper into his addiction to the point of being arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine, facing up to three years in prison in 1995.

Weiland’s drug addiction continued to get in the way of the band with show cancellations and his inability to appear at rehearsals. Weiland was ordered into drug rehabilitation in 1996 due to his arrest. Trying to continue to record was not easy as Weiland continued to face problems. Although the band released another album “No. 4″ in 1999, Weiland was again sentenced to a year in a Los Angeles county jail for violating probation.

In 2003, the Stone Temple Pilots finally separated and band members went on to form new bands. Despite the split, by 2007 the band somehow found a way to get back together. Shortly after, Stone Temple Pilots announced a 65-date North American tour. In 2008 the group headlined the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore as well as the annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, giving one of their most successful performances since reforming.

Now the group is to release their next album “Stone Temple Pilots”. The band wrote 18 songs, twelve of which were planned to be released on the album.

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.

Internet Radio Star Controversy

If you are listening to music in your car, on your computer, or on your television you have probably heard one of the many hits by Lady Gaga. She has taken over the music industry and has set the highest of standards for entertainers. Lady Gaga has a unique fashion sense, an amazing voice, and star studded energy that cannot go unnoticed. She can be seen on magazine covers, on music television shows, and in the headlines on the news. Recently, Lady Gaga has been the center of a controversy regarding a lot of money and a contract with her ex boyfriend.

Rob Fusari is Lady Gaga’s, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, ex boyfriend and is also a music producer. He is suing her for a reported $30 million dollars for breaking the contract. He claims that he co-wrote songs with her and created her image. Fusari is also claiming that as her fame and hype grew she dropped his services and got a new manager. Lady Gaga says that he is trying to collect for unlawful compensation and is going to fight his lawsuit.

Luckily for Lady Gaga this current controversy is not stopping her from coming out with great pop music and videos. Her fans are sticking by her side and she is selling a lot of tickets for her current tour called The Monster Ball Tour. She released her first album called The Fame in 2008. She started her singing and songwriting career in the Lower East Side of New York and was influenced by David Bowie. She wrote songs at Interscope records before producing her own album. The Fame introduced music fans to hit songs such as Poker Face and Just Dance.

Her music is constantly being played on Internet Radio and traditional radio stations. If you are streaming a pop or electronic music radio channels on the Internet, you will more than likely hear one of her amazingly upbeat and fun songs. She won two Grammy awards for the Fame album and released a second album last year called The Fame Monster. One of the hits from that album is called Bad Romance and a new release song called Telephone is taking over radio stations.

In addition to being an Internet radio sensation she also writes music, plays the piano,
uses a synthesizer and keytar, designs clothes, and donates to charities. She has a production team that helps bring her fashion inspirations into life which she calls the Haus of Gaga. Despite being in the middle of a controversy with her ex boyfriend, she continues to live up the Gaga hype and is a successful entertainer.

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.

Internet Radio and Productivity

Writing long papers for school or having long days at work can make you sluggish and unproductive. The day to day routine can be boring, and in turn slow you down. Listening to music, however, can make your more productive and can perk you up with a little more energy. There are debates about whether classical music makes you smarter or not. Listening to a certain type of music ranges from person to person. Maybe pop music makes you smarter because you make up songs about what you are studying. Music choices are very personal. One thing that is true is that listening to music, for some people, can make you more productive.

Studies have shown that listening to music can make you more productive, especially at work. Most workers who listen to music get their work done faster and are happier to be at work. Depending on where you work, it can be hard to listen to music and not distract the colleagues around you. If you work in a quiet office building, you may want to consider loading your favorite tunes on an MP3 player. You can browse the Internet for your favorite songs. Some Internet radio stations also let you build your own playlists which can be downloaded to your MP3 player.

Radio stations on the Internet are a great resource for listening to music while you are studying or being productive at work. There are fewer commercials and fewer interruptions that will break your concentration. A lot of traditional radio programs have too many commercial breaks and sponsor they are obligated to promote. Some shows have frequent interruptions from DJs instead of playing music. Another benefit of listening to the radio online is that you do not have to bring in a radio or boom box that will take up space in your office or dorm room for example.

One of the best advantages of Internet Radio that makes you more productive is that you can easily listen to the type of music you like. Traditional radios only have AM and FM stations that can be difficult to tune into. Radio stations on the Internet can be downloaded from anywhere in the world. If pop music is too distracting, you may find that jazz makes you more productive. You can also find music from all over the world. A lot of people find that the beat from pop or electronic music puts them in a good make which makes them want to work harder.

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.

Sade and Soldier of Love

It has been ten years since anyone has heard from Sade Adu. Sade, pronounced (Shahr-DAY) is a woman and a band. The group was best known in the 80s and later in the 90s for “Lovers Rock.” But now, after being in seclusion, Sade has reappeared and has just released the album “Soldier of Love”.

Sade Abu was born in Nigeria. Her father was a Nigerian lecturer in economics and her mother an English nurse. The couple divorced with her mother taking Sade, then 4-years-old, back to England. Sade later moved to London and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It was in college she joined the band Pride where she sang backup vocals. She was discovered when singing the solo “Smooth Operator”. Epic Records asked her to sign along with three members of her band.

The band was later renamed Sade and technically formed in 1983. The group’s debut album, Diamond Life, went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984 and sold platinum. In 1985, their third single “Smooth Operator” was released and nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards and Sade was given awards for Best Female Video and Best New Artist. The same year, Sade released their second album “Promise” in the United Kingdom. In 1986 Sade Abu was nominated for an American Music Award and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist. She also won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

It was in 1988 Sade released their third album “Stronger Than Pride” in the U.K., which reached No. 3. The album came out in the US the following year. It didn’t receive as much attention as the 1990 release “Love Deluxe”. This album did hit Number 3 on the US Album charts and was certified Quadruple-Platinum.

If the group wasn’t known then, they became quite known after releasing two successful singles for the films Philadelphia and Indecent Proposal. For Philadelphia they recorded the song “Please Send Me Someone To Love”. In 1994 they won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for “No Ordinary Love”, the single featured in Indecent Proposal. This same year, Sade released their first compilation album “The Best of Sade”. The album peaked at Number 9 on Billboard’s Album Chart.

With the new millennium and eight years later, Sade released “Lovers Rock”. The album reached Number #3 in the US and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade also performed at the MOBO Awards ceremony for the first time since the early 90s. The band toured in the US throughout 2001.

In 2002, Sade was made a member of the Order of the British Empire, an organization dedicated to chivalry, who grants admission to both males and females.

A performer, mother, and famous recluse – Sade has now, in 2009, released “Soldier of Love”. It is Sade’s sixth album. It was released worldwide in February of 2010. The single “Soldier of Love” has already debuted Number 11 on the Urban Hot AC chart already, making it the highest debut of the decade.

When not touring, Sade continues to live in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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.

Seven Years Later, Sarah McLachlan Releases New Album

For those Sarah McLachalan fans that have been listening to the same songs over and over waiting, just waiting for her to release something new, well your time has come. Come June 15th, her new album “The Laws of Illusion” will be released, just before another big event, the continuation of her famous Lilith Fair.

Sarah McLachlan, a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter, has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan, born in 1968, took voice lessons along with classical piano and guitar growing up. Before finishing high school she was offered a recording contract with a Vancouver-based independent record label. Her parents insisted she finish high school and attend at least one year of college before signing, which she did.

McLachlan recorded her first album “Touch” in 1998 followed by “Solace” in 1991. “Solace” made her a star in Canada with singles “The Path of Thorns” and “Into The Fire”, both becoming certified double platinum. But it wasn’t until the 1993 release of “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” that the world discovered who McLachlan was. The album scaled the charts in numerous countries. Her success was pushed even further forward with the 1997 album “Surfacing”, her best selling album to date. The album earned her two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. It has sold over 11 million copies worldwide.

Even with such success, McLachlan found herself frustrated over concert promoters and radio stations refusal two feature two female musicians in a row. From this stemmed the idea of “Lilith Fair”, where McLachlan booked herself and Paula Cole to appear together in Canada. Joining the women included performances by Lisa Loeb and Michelle McAdorey.

1997 proved to be a big year for McLachlan. Not only was her album “Surfacing” making it a success, Lilith Fair was garnering $16 million gross, making it the top grossing tour festival. The same year, her song “Angel”, inspired by a fatal overdose of Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardest Jonathan Melvoin, became Billboard Charts number one song. The following year the song was featured in the film “City of Angels”. The soundtrack also remained on the Billboard’s top 40 albums.

Meanwhile Lilith Fair grew in success. Within three years it brought together over 2 million people and raised more than $7 million for charities. It also helped launch the careers of several well-known female artists. Artists known for their participation in Lilith Fair include the Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow, Nelly Furtado, Queen Latifah, Emmylou Harris, and Christina Aguilera.The festival discontinued in 1999 but is also to be started back up this year.

McLachlan released “Mirrorball” in 1999. She recorded “When She Loved Me” for the Toy Story 2 soundtrack, a son that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song. In 2001 she provided background vocals, guitar and piano on the closing track “Love Is” for Stevie Nicks’ solo album “Trouble In Shangri-La”

It wouldn’t be until 2003 that she would release another album, “Afterglow” as she spent time with her husband and new family. From the album came singles “Fallen”, “Stupid” and “World on Fire” that pushed the album into selling over 2,500,000 units in the U.S. alone. The album went two times platinum and worldwide sold more than 5 million copies.

What will 2010 bring for Sarah McLachlan. With the release of her new album and the start up of Lilith Fair, once again, it could be the beginning of another successful decade.

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.

Current Events about Internet Radio

In 1998, President Bill Clinton passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, DMCA, was signed into law. It was signed to keep up with the changes of digital media innovations, and it protects copyrighted material that is accessible on the Internet. How does this law affect Internet radio? It limits radio stations online from copyright infringement and streaming music without paying royalties and licensing fees. This law created a lot of controversy between traditional radio station and radio stations on the Internet. In recent news, the controversy is shedding light again in Congress.

President Obama is now discussing royalty laws with Congress about traditional radio stations. In the current DMCA law, only radio online has to pay a royalty to performers in addition to the songwriter. They have to pay publishing and performance royalties. Currently, traditional radio stations only pay the publishing royalty which is paid to the songwriter and not the singer. Recent headlines in the news now report that the Obama administration is endorsing that radio stations must now pay performance royalties as well.

Record labels and recording artists miss out on money and recognition that is respectably theirs. Internet radio stations and other countries in the world pay the royalties to performers for their hard work to create amazing music and performances. Traditional radio stations in the United States are one of the only institutions that do not pay a royalty to the performer. The DMCA is unfair, and recording artists feel as if they are not being protected under the current copyright law.

Once again there is controversy between broadcasters, radio stations, and artists. A lot of famous musicians whose music is played on Internet Radio and traditional radio have been to Capitol Hill to support the passing of new copyright laws for traditional radio. Broadcasters believe that by passing the new royalty law jobs will be lost and record labels outside of the United States will gain high profits. The National Broadcasters Association believes they should not have to pay the royalty that Internet radio pays because by playing a band’s music they are encouraging listeners to buy their albums.

It is still unclear whether or not this issue will be brought into legislation this year or not. The Obama administration is simply stating that they endorse the performance royalties. Radio stations on the Internet and traditional radio stations play the same music and it is unfair that the Internet has to pay an additional fee. There should be fairness across the board and musicians should be able to collect for their talents.

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.

 
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