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Amy Lee and Evanescence To Release New Album

It has been two years since anything new has come from Evanescence. Some of this may be due to the rotation of band members. But now, the group has pulled it together, pulled in some new talent as well as winning producer Steve Lillywhite and are ready to release their album in late fall of 2010.

If you are looking for the same sound Evanescence has released in the past, you may be disappointed. If you are looking for something fresh and new, then the album may be for you. Lee explains that the album will sound more changed, reversed and distorted. Lee also adds that the album is going to be a mix of ‘sarcastic aggression.

Who is on the album? Amy Lee of course, guitarist Terry Balsamo, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt and new member, also named Will Hunt, who is a producer and songwriter.

The rock band Evanescence was formed in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. The two met at a youth camp in 1994. Their first songs together, written by Lee, included “Solitude” and “Give Unto Me”. The band at first recorded private albums and then later released their first full-length album “Fallen” in 2003. The album sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and the band won two Grammy Awards. In 2004, the group released another album, “Anywhere But Home”, which sold more than one million copies worldwide. And then in 2006 they released “The Open Door”, which jumped back up to five million copies sold.

The name of the band, Evanescence, also was a process of evolution. Lee and Moody originally tried on names such as Childish Intentions and Stricken. They decided upon Evanescence as it meant to ‘disappear’ or ‘fade away.’

As the group rose to the top, so did the opinions and criticisms. In efforts to identify the band, publications such as The New York Times and Rolling Stone coined them as gothic metal. Other publications called them gothic rock or nu metal. Blender magazine went so far as to label them as “goth Christian nu-metal with a twist of melancholic Enya.”

When the band originally began recording, they were promoted in Christian stores. Not wanting to be pigeonholed into the Christian rock genre, Evanescence asked to be removed from such store’s shelves. In 2006, Amy Lee told Billboard that she had opposed being identified as a “Christian band” from the beginning.

The band progressed without being labeled. But not without problems. In 2007, John LeCompt had been fired and drummer Rocky Gray decided to quit. On May 17, 2007, drummer Will Hunt and guitarist Troy McLawhorn from the band “Dark New Day”, would replace the two. The band continued to tour as they started the process of working on their new album for an August or September 2010 release.

Lee is co-writing the album with Will Hunt. The pair decided to start writing together after arranging “Sally’s Song.” Amy Lee stated, “The sounds and influence he brings to the table — programming outer-space awesome sounds you can’t even recognize. I went through a phase where I didn’t know if it was solo time, or go write score music, or what. And then once we wrote together, I realized this is totally Evanescence.”

The new album to be released will also be the band’s first with veteran producer Steve Lillywhite, who has produced for the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band and, most notably, worked on eight U2 albums.

Lee said she is excited about the new album and feels it is a change in direction. She adds, “I’m just at a place where I know who I am. I’m not trying to prove anything this time. Last time I had a lot of weight on my shoulders. This time I’m just having fun with music.”

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

Sound Editing and Mixing

There are many components for making a box office hit movie. You need the best actors in the industry, talented producers, creative directors, and last but not least music. Sometimes, the soundtrack for a movie is the most anticipated album release for music fans. Music soundtracks can increase a movie’s ratings from good to great. Another similar music feature that enhances a movie is the sound editing and mixing. It is recording music or sound effects for movies and television.

The eighty second Academy Awards were last night and Oscars were given to the best actors, actresses, movie soundtracks, best movie of the year, and there is an even award for best sound editing and sound mixing. It is such an important aspect of a movie, and sound editors are incredibly skilled and creative. They can make an explosion scene rattle your home or theater or make prehistoric animals come to life on an animated movie for example. How can you create sound for a dinosaur walking when there aren’t any real recordings? How can you create ocean sounds on the set of a fake beach? These are some of the tasks a sound editor has to accomplish.

Sound editing and mixing has to be done together to be effective and sound good. Sound editors have to create sounds and sound effects that can then be mixed onto the correct places in a movie. Sound editors create the sounds and sound mixers place them in the film. The difference between the two is production and placement. Sound mixers also have the task of finding the best songs for a certain mood or ambience. Movie soundtracks don’t include the sound effects, such as explosions, beach noises, walking, etc.; they are a compilation of songs used in a movie. Some soundtracks have pre-recorded songs and others ask musicians to write a song specifically for the movie.

It has become a popular trend for musicians to cross over and also act in movies as well. A lot of musicians that act in films also help to produce the soundtracks. Christina Aguilera’s career started to take off when she recording a song made for the Disney movie Mulan. Some bands or singers that aren’t well known can become house hold names if they are chosen to be on a soundtrack. The songs that are chosen have the ability to affect the tone of the movie and add emotional value and recognition for the audience.

Sound editing and mixing adds inherent value to a movie and have to be done precisely and require a lot of thought, planning, and creativity. It is a great job to have on a movie set and the audience gets a lot from the effects and soundtracks.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

Whitney Houston and Her Comeback

Whitney Houston has certainly been around the block and back. Where is she today? Performing again and trying to get her career on track. In December of 2009 she released “I Look to You”, which has already been certified platinum by RIAA for sales that exceed one million copies in the united states. Houston also released again, her 25th anniversary edition of her debut album titled Whitney Houston – The Deluxe Anniversary Edition.

To welcome Houston back, in January of 2010, she received the BET Honors Award for Entertainer citing her lifetime achievements and comeback success. She was also nominated for two NAACP Image Awards for Best Female Artist and Best Music Videos.

Whitney Houston was born in 1963 into the music industry. Her mother, Cissy Houston and cousins Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick, as well as godmother Aretha Franklin, helped coach her along through her childhood as a singer. Houston began singing at her New Jersey church and then with her mother at nightclubs in the New York City area.

She went out on her own and released her first album Whitney Houston in 1985. It became the best selling debut album by a female artist at the time of release. People were intrigued by her voice and wanted more. In 1987 she recorded her second album Whitney, and it became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 1992 she married singer Bobby Brown and simultaneously took up acting. Her first role was in The Bodyguard. The film’s soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single was the remake of Dolly Parton’s song “I Will Always Love You”.

Houston continued acting, playing roles in Waiting To Exhale and The Preachers Wife. The soundtracks for each movie contributed to furthering her success and the size of her pocketbook. Add to this the renewed contract with Arista Records in 2001 for $100 million, Houston became one of the highest earning females in the industry. And with good reason. Still, today, Houston is ranked as the fourth best-selling female artist in the United States with 55 million certified albums. Rolling Stone magazine named her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

By the new millennium, Houston’s marriage of eight years began taking a toll on her. People close to her saw the changes in the late 90s as she began showing up late or missing appearances altogether. On January 11, 2000, when airport security discovered drugs in she and her husbands luggage while at a Hawaiian airport, rumors of serious drug use began to surface around the couple.

To top off her self-sabotaging ways, Houston didn’t renew a $100 million contract with Arista Records in 2001. Her publicist said she was under great stress due to family matters. Houston also canceled more and more performances.

In 2002 Houston granted an interview with Diane Sawyer, where she spoke about the rumored drug use and her marriage. She denied using ‘crack’ but did admit to using various substances at times, leaving the public questioning how she could let herself get so far down.

Trying to pull her career back together, she released her fifth studio album Just Whitney in December of 2002. The album received mixed reviews but her reputation carried it to #9 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart.

It wasn’t until the reality show in 2004 titled Being Bobby Brown, aired, that people saw how far she really sunk. Many wondered why she took part in the series as it portrayed her and her family in their lowest moments. The show was considered a train wreck.

Whether it was the show and seeing herself as she looked from the outside or time itself, by 2009, Houston realized she was a mess and in September 2006 she filed for a divorce with Brown. In 2009 during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she admitted to doing drugs with Brown and how her mother wanted her in rehab.

Houston released her album I Look to You in August of 2009. The album entered the Billboard 200 at #1, marking Houston’s first number one album since The Bodyguard.

Houston has made full circle and continues to be an influence on the industry with her unique range of vocals. How long will she stay on top this time? Only time will tell.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

Bands of Brothers

Boy bands have been around a while, but what makes them even more unique is when the boys in the band are brothers. Who are some of the top bands of brothers?

1. The Jackson 5- The Jackson Brothers, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and of course Michael got their start in 1964. They performed together until 1989. The group was known for their R&B, soul, pop and later disco. This band of brothers was a pop-music phenomenon in the 70s bringing to popularity the idea of family bands. Some of their top songs were “ABC”, “I’ll Be There” and “Dancing Machine.” Not only was the band a success, but the brothers also served as the first black teen idols. In 1976 the band left their label Motown and were forced to change their name. At the time Jermaine was replaced with his younger brother Randy. Later, independent careers were launched from the group, primarily by Michael Jackson, who went on to be a huge success.

2. Menudo – This Puerto Rican teen band was formed in the 1970s initially with two groups of brothers. They included Ricky Melendez, Carlos Meledez, Oscar Melendez, Fernando Salaberry and Nefty Sallaberry. The band achieved great success during the 80s, becoming the most popular Latin American teen group of the era. Their album Quiero Ser launched the group into stardom. Members of the band began getting replaced as the years went on. The last original member Ricky Melendez was replaced in 1984 by Ricky Martin. Martin’s career began from the band as he later went on to be a huge independent success.

3. Hanson – Brothers Isaac Hanson, Jordan Hanson and Zac Hanson formed this group in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their career hit a high in 1997 with the hit song “MMMBp” earning them three Grammy nominations. The three young boys sang a capella recording popular songs like “Rockin Robin” and even their own material. All three boys started their careers as pianists. Isaac later began playing the guitar and Zac the drums. Creating their own garage band, they recorded two independent albums in 1994 and 1996. The boys were signed by Mercury Records after performing at the Kansas State Fair.

4. The Jonas Brothers – Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas make up this American pop rock boy band. The Disney Channel helped bring this band to its early popularity. The boys also started in the Disney movie “Camp Rock.” The band has released four albums; It’s About Time, Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit Longer and Lines, Vines and Trying Times. In 2008 the group was nominated for the Best New Artist award at the 51st Grammy Awards. They have sold over eight million albums worldwide.

5. The Naked Brothers Band – The band consists of brothers Nat and Alex Wolff. The boys began singing in preschool with friends, calling themselves The Silver Boulders. Nat wrote his first song titled “Mama Don’t Let me Cry” at the age of five. Nat was inspired by his jazz pianist-composer father Michael Wolff and music by The Beatles. The band name was coined when the boys as toddlers used to jump out of the bathtub shouting, “We’re the naked brothers band.” The boys were part of a mock documentary, filming them as if they were huge like The Beatles. Film production took place in the family’s apartment in New York City – Nat was 9 and Alex was 6-and-a-half. The film’s notoriety got hem signed with Nickelodean who put together a TV series “The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie”.

The boys started their first national-tour around the country called Nat & Alex Wolff: Fully Clothed and On Tour, in 2008.

Boy bands most likely will be around for a long time and bands when the boys are related makes it even a more unique phenomena.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

Canadian Pop Star Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, and she is twenty five years old. Not only is she a Canadian pop star, her music has become popular in the United States and all over the world. Avril is more than just a pop star, and she also has an entrepreneurial spirit among other talents. She broke through in the competitive American entertainment industry. She is one of the top ten selling American artists and continues to top the Billboard music chart with her unique voice and music sound.

Worldwide, she has sold nearly thirty million albums and was named the number ten pop artist in the music industry. Her music is so unique that it is hard to categorize her as just a pop star. She brought a new look and sound to the entertainment industry. She incorporates punk, pop, rock, alternative rock, post-grunge, and powerpop into her albums. She hit the music scene in 2002 and records under the labels RCA and Arista. She is currently only working with RCA label.

Her first album which was released in 2002 is called Let Go, and one third of the record sales from that album were sold in the United States. She sold 16 million copies worldwide. Two years later she released her second albums called Under My Skin, and then in 2007 she released her third album called The Best Damn Thing. She is currently working on a fourth album that is due to be released sometime this summer.

She contributes a lot to her albums. She is an amazing songwriter. She not only sings, but she also plays different musical instruments. Her voice is amazing and so is her playing talent. She plays the electric guitar, drums, piano, and acoustic guitar.

In addition to selling millions of albums worldwide, she has also appeared in movie and television roles. Her most current act on television was appearing as a guest judge on the hit show American Idol. Her fame and talent made her a very qualified guest for the show. She has also appeared on episodes from shows Saturday Night Live, MadTv, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In 2006, she played a college activist in the movie Fast Food Nation.

Her entrepreneurship shows through in her clothing line and perfume line. She designs clothes for her brand called Abbey Dawn. Her fragrance is called Black Star and is sold throughout Europe and North America. She works with the Canadian Canon brand and designs cameras and is the face of their brand.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

American Idol Judges

Season nine of American Idol has been going strong since the first weeks of production. The judges have narrowed down the thousands of contestants who auditioned for a spot in Hollywood. The show is now getting to the top twenty five performers. The judges have narrowed down and deliberated about the best of the best to present to the audience these top singers. The audience votes on their favorite singer to try to get them passed to the next round of competition. The judges are harsher in their evaluation and give critique and praise to contestant’s performance of the night. The judges can sway or influence how the audience will vote. Here is a look at who the American Idol judges are this season.

Simon Cowell has been with American Idol since day one. He is one of the most well known judges yet he is liked the least because of his brutal honesty and temperament. However, the man knows what he is doing and is a leader in the entertainment industry. He produces music competition shows in both the U.S. and the U.K. Simon has been in the industry for more than twenty years and has worked as an executive at Sony Records. His ear for talent has made him a pioneer in the pop industry as he has shaped and molded some of the top pop artists of our time.

Kara DioGuardi is highly qualified to a judge on the show. She is a seasoned veteran in the music industry and has her own personal success. She is a songwriter that has produced hits for top recording artists all over the world. She is part owner of Arthouse Entertainment, and it is a very successful lucrative business. She is one of the highest demanded songwriters in the industry. She has written songs that have made an artist’s career skyrocket to stardom, and her songs also appear in movies, television shows, commercials, and all over the world. She has even written award winning songs for Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. You have probably heard Kara’s songs on the Internet radio, a movie, or a traditional radio station being sung by famous singers.

A judge that everyone loves and who has also been there since day one is Randy Jackson. He is also a powerhouse in the music industry. Like Simon, he has also been in the industry for twenty years. He not only produces music, but he plays music as well. He toured with the band Journey and played bass guitar. He has been a vice president and major recording labels and has toured, produced, and worked with some of the best in the industry including Madonna. He helps the contestants of American Idol become stars and his critiques are invaluable. He not only performs in the industry, but he has shaped and produced some of the best performers and has contributed to albums that have sold millions worldwide.

The newest judge who replaced Paula Abdul is Ellen DeGeneres. Unlike the other judges, Ellen isn’t a veteran in the music industry. However, she does know a thing or two about stage presence and performance because she is an actress, comedian, and the host of an award winning talk show. Her critiques and perspective on the show offer some new light and a different perspective to the contestants and audience. She is a star in her own right as she has been a leader in the entertainment industry for acting.

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About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

The Death of Disco

For those who recall the 70s, you also most likely recall the days of disco. It came, it was great and then it disappeared. What happened to disco and all the musicians who became sensations from it?

According to historians, disco died on a specific day, July 12, 1979. This was due to an anti-disco demonstration held in Chicago. During a White Sox doubleheader, disco records were blown up and riots broke out due to rock station DJs push to kill the genre. Others feel disco just fizzled out due to a bad economy and the burnout that followed the hedonistic lifestyle that went hand-in-hand with disco. Whatever it was, after the riot, the top six records on the U.S. charts which were of the disco genre fell from the top ten. Radio stations followed suit, not wanting to be associated with a genre that society was beginning to protest against, they stopped playing any disco themed music. Country music then began to come to the forefront, thanks to John Travolta’s shift from Saturday Night Fever to Urban Cowboy.

On television, a new sitcom called WKRP in Cincinnati, also promoted a disgust toward disco. Before long, the genre completely slipped away.

If you weren’t around in the 70s, you might wonder what disco was and why it was such a big sensation.

As rock and roll became ‘whiter and whiter’, disco opened the door for African American performers as well as gays. In the 1960s, it was illegal for men to dance together, disco changed that. Then, in 1977, the film Saturday Night Fever was released. The main character, John Travolta, a white male, starred in the show. The release of the film broadened disco’s popularity beyond its primarily gay and black audience. The movie’s success also pushed disco worldwide.

Musicians that became sensations in the disco era included Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Chic and The Jacksons. Summer would be the first well-known and most popular artist giving her the title “Queen of Disco.”

With the popularity of the music came clubs dedicated to disco, which were called discotheques. Almost all major US cities had thriving disco clubs. Private loft parties were also held where DJ’s would play disco hits. With disco came the added technological innovation of adding light shows. Entertainment was based on multiple and simultaneous sounds, images and lights which catered hallucinogenic states. People were experimenting more with psychedelic drugs and of course speed to keep up their energy on the dance floor. Club goers never seemed to tire but could dance all night long.

Discos seemed more like big ring circuses. Playing on that theme, one of the more popular discotheques in New York was indeed called the Electric Circus. Inside, emphasis was on charade and masquerade. One could even purchase clothes, furbelows and feathers.

If you didn’t know how to disco dance, most cities had instructors. Dances included touch dancing, the hustle and the cha cha.

Disco indeed was a phenomena and one that has seen a few small resurgences. While it might be dead, many of us can still enjoy its music with fond memories.

Top Disco Songs and Their Musicians:
ABBA – Dancing Queen
Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Bee Gees – Night Fever
Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Alicia Bridges – I Love The Nightlife
Chic – Le Freak
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
KC & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way (I Like It)
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Lipps Inc. – Funkytown
Diana Ross – Upside Down
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
Donna Summer – Last Dance
Van McCoy – The Hustle
The Village People – Y.M.C.A.
The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

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