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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.

Boston is Not Just a City

When you hear someone say Boston, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the state of Massachusetts. However, if you are a rock music fan you probably think of the band. The band however did originate in Boston, Massachusetts, and you can guess where they got the idea for naming their group. The most popular times for the group were in the 1970s and 1908s. Currently, the band is still recording and producing music. The last year they toured was in 2007, but continues to gain new fans, impress old ones, and make amazing rock music. Here is a look back at the history of Boston.

The founder of the group is Tom Scholz who wrote songs, produced the albums, and played the guitar and keyboard. The only other member of the band to be signed by Epic record and help create the albums was Brad Delp. Other members were brought on to tour and make up an entire group. The two men created a lot of the songs in Scholz basement where he saved up money from his job at Polaroid to make a studio. Current band members include: Tom Scholz, Jeff Neal, Michael Sweet, Gary Pihl, Tommy DeCarlo, and Kimberley Dahme. However, the band used to consist of different members during the 1970s and 1980s.

The first album was released in 1976 and was self titled after the band’s name Boston. Two years later in 1978, they released their second album called Don’t Look Back. This album topped the number one position on the Billboard music charts, and the first made it to number three. It would be almost ten years later before they released a third album which also made it to number one. The album was titled Third Stage. There was another eight year span before another album was made. It made it to the number one position like the other albums, and was called Walk On. It was released in 1994 and didn’t do as well as the others and topped the charts at position seven. For the rest of the 1990s, Boston didn’t release any more albums. It wasn’t until 2002 that a fifth was made and called Corporate America.

They are classified under the music genres rock and hard rock. You have probably heard them on Internet Radio or radio stations that play classic rock. Not only are they masters at rock music, but they also incorporate heavy metal and progressive rock into their music. One of their most popular songs, “More Than A Feeling,” really demonstrates how great the band is, what they sound like, and shows an amazing vocal range by Brad Delp. I hope that when you think of Boston, you think about the band and not the city.

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.

Ed Roland and Collective Soul

All successful bands have a beginning and often somebody who leads the group into success. For Collective Soul that person was Ed Roland.

Like many musicians, Roland had to work his way up in the industry. He started off quite formally, studying songwriting and guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also worked as the lead engineer and producer at a studio before starting his own band in 1985 called The Eddie Band. This band later turned into Marching Two-Step and finally evolved into what we know today as Collective Soul.

Where did Roland come up with the name Collective Soul? It was said that he was reading Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and came across the phrase “collection of souls”. Although author Ayn Rand actually uses the phrase in a negative connotation, using the “collective soul” as a threat to the main character’s sense of individualism, Ed is quick to point out, “…we’re not preaching Ayn Rand, objectivism, egoism, or anything…we just dug the name…” and “it [the band’s name] could’ve come out of a Motorcycle Magazine.”

The band was virtually unknown until 1993 with the song “Shine” which came from the album “Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid.” The song started off as an underground hit that college radio picked up. With this hit the band signed with Atlantic Records, boosting its mainstream status quickly.

“Shine” was followed with other US Rock Chart #1 hits including “December,” “Where The River Flows,” and “The World I Know”. The band had also gained widespread radio play across all mainstream formats, reaching beyond the conventional rock radio. Although Roland and his band were headliners and two of their albums had sold 5 million copies, the group was receiving little pay as the manager had claimed publishing rights. This caused a rift within the band, causing the group to split, cancel tour dates and face legal battles.

Times were tenuous as the group could not tour, record and weren’t even sure they could maintain ownership of the band name. While waiting for legal battles to settle, band members hid out in a cabin in Stockbridge, Georgia and began recording songs on their computer. One of these songs would be known as “Disciplined Breakdown”, a song that chronicled emotions and feelings the members were going through. The court case was eventually settled and both parties were not allowed to discuss the outcome.

Not letting the situation get him down, Roland continued to improve his skills as a writer and vocalist. His brother Dean also became a member of the band.

By 1999 the band came out with “Dosage”, the group’s fourth album. Singles such as “Run”, “Needs”, and “Tremble For My Beloved” also gained notable positions on the rock charts. With these chart increases, Collective Soul became the most played band on the radio in the 1990s. By 2000, the group’s albums weren’t seeing the same success but Roland saw success in his duet with Elton John singing “Perfect Day”.

Albums to follow the group’s roaring success of the 1990s included “7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994-2001”, “El Music Group”, “Youth”, “From The Ground Up”, “Home”, and “Afterwords.” Songs that became hits included “Counting the Days”, “Better Now” and “How Do You Love”.

In 2009 the group released their eighth album, self-titled “Rabbit”. The single “Staring Down” and “Welcome All Again” helped boost the group back to the top of charts once again.

Roland said the single “Staring Down” was written about people not having to be in a dark place after a bad relationship – how one has to let go of that energy and leave themselves open to positive energy. On the same album is the song “Hymn For My Father”. Roland said he wrote the song about his father who had died four years prior and who taught him about music.

Originating from Stockbridge, Georgia, the group was honored by the state in 2009 by being inducted in to the Georgia Hall of Fame. The group is still actively writing and performing around the world.

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.

Music, Products and Commercialization

Buying rights to songs for the promotion of commercial products has become more and more popular. It is so common now that it is difficult to hear a song you used to enjoy for the sake of the song and not think of a product. And this is just what advertisers want to happen for you.

What songs are being used with what products? Can you recall any? Maybe it has become subliminal already for you as well. Here are a few songs and the companies that are using them:

• “Dream On” by Aerosmith – Buick
• “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin – Cadilac
• “Beyond The Sea” by Bobby Darin – Carnival Cruises
• “Melissa” by The Allman Brothers – Cingular/AT&T Wireless
• “Happy Together” by The Turtles – Clinique
• “Coconut” by Harry Nilsson – Coca-Cola with Lime
• “Love Train” by The O’Jays – Coors
• “Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino – Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper
• “You Sexy thing” by Hot Chocolate – Dr. Pepper
• “Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty by KC and The Sunshine Band – Fidelity Investments

The list goes on. On the flip side of the coin, we also hear artists using brand names of products in their music. How about Janis Joplin’s song Mercedes Benz or Paul Simon singing about his Kodachrome. Today, if an artist is using a namebrand, you can be sure they have been paid to insert the product name into their song. Companies will go so far as to advertise for selling space in lyrics to advertisers.

What are some other products or trade names mentioned by artists? Here are a few:
• Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos
• Corona and Lime – Shwayze
• Little Red Corvette – Prince
• Life In Technicolor- Coldplay
• Poprocks and Rock – Green Day
• Volvo Driving Soccer Mom- Everclear
• My Adidas – Run DMC
• Maybellene – Chuck Berry
• Red Barchetta – Rush
• Louboutins – Jennifer Lopez

For a company to use an artist’s song they must purchase the music rights. Some companies will re-record a song as the rights are then cheaper. Re-recording the song leaves you recalling the song somewhere in your mind but maybe it just quite isn’t the same. Some companies that rerecorded songs make a parody of it. For instance Burger King remixed the song “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy. Some companies just re-record music such as Buick with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”.

Music is not limited to selling products of course. There are many films and television shows that love to use music to either promote nostalgia or emphasize a feeling. How many of you can hear the Beatles song Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and not think of the TV show Life Goes On? Likewise, many films and production companies make songs popular and mainstream after putting them into their movies or these companies even hire artists to write songs specifically for their productions. The movie Top Gun had composers write the song Danger Zone and then sought out artists to perform it. Originally they asked Bryan Adams then Toto, but ultimately they went with Kenny Loggins. The song went on to be on the Billboard Hot 100.

Advertisers want to invoke emotion as do film producers, so what better way than to use music. Likewise, artists want to strike emotional cords and sometimes that involves the products of our lives. Both can often go hand-in-hand whether we like it or not.

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.

American Idol History

A music show that has taken over every television in America is American Idol. It is a nationwide phenomenon that has everyone glued to their television for an hour a couple nights a week watching performers make their way into the entertainment industry. The auditions for the chance to perform on the American Idol stage are hilarious and memorable. Some people get their 15 minutes of fame for singing horribly or acting strangely on the audition portion of the show. On the other hand, there are very famous and successful artists that were made on the show like the first season winner Kelly Clarkson. Here is a look back at American Idol history.

The first season started eight years ago in 2002, and was created by Simon Fuller. The show was mirrored after the British version called Pop Idol which has the same concept. Simon Fuller created the show to be an interactive, reality, talent show. We are introduced to millions of singers who are narrowed down to the top ten, and then we fall in love and vote for our favorite singer who becomes the American Idol. The show has consistently stayed at a number one slot because millions of Americans participate and watch the show. The first episodes of the program feature the auditions to narrow down the millions of people who believe they are the best. The show travels to different cities around the nation and pick finalists from each to travel to Hollywood. Once there, the hundreds of finalists are narrowed down even further to 25 people and then down to 10.

The initial choice of who is going to be eligible as an American Idol is determined by the judges. It is a panel of people who are well known in the entertainment industry and have produced or recorded their own albums. The most well known yet least liked judge is Simon Cowell. Next to him on the panel are Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. Later on there was a fourth judge added who is still on the show, and her name is Kara DioGuardi. The only judge who has left the show is Paula Abdul, and currently Simon has expressed interest in leaving the show as well. Season 9 features guest judges and will include Ellen DeGeneres on the panel. They give their input on song choice, voice tone, and overall performance. When the performers are narrowed down to the final ten, the audience now decides who stays or leaves by voting. The judges simply give their input to help the audience decide.

Season 9 is currently airing on television now. They are in the process of auditions. Seasons 1 through 8 had amazing singers and winners. American Idol winners you have probably heard on Internet Radio and in your car or television are Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, and Kris Allen. A lot of the finalists also go on to sign record deals and produce their albums as well. The show is fun to get involved with because you are part of the process of making someone a star. You get to know the singers and help them achieve their dreams to become a star, or in this case an American Idol.

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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