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SoundScan and why it Matters

What makes a song a top hit? Is it the instruments, singers, sound, tempo, or rhythm? Or is it more mathematically calculated? A top hit is given a rating from SoundScan that is shown to us courtesy of the Billboard top hits list. Songs listed under the category top hits are usually our favorite and most catchy tunes. The more a song is played, the more we like it, and are more inclined to buy the band or solo artist’s CD or download the song onto our home computers.

Mike Shallet and Mike Fine are the creators of the Nielsen SoundScan. It is a calculated method of information that tracks and records the number of sales of CDs and other music products. To be listed as a top hit, the band or artist needs to sell a lot of CDs or music videos/products and stay consistent with sales. The higher the sales, the higher up on the list they will be. You can find the list of top sales on the Billboard music charts which are released weekly. Billboard uses SoundScan information to produce their list.

Consumers control the outcome of the Nielsen SoundScan because the tracking is recorded by music products sold in retail stores and online. SoundScan works just like the Nielsen television ratings. A group or association doesn’t control what shows are ranked as a number one hit. The more viewers that are tuned into a show make that particular show the hit that it is. The same is for CDs. It is a number recorded of total products sold.

SoundScan has a big influence on how Billboard ranks the artists on their list. SoundScan tracks the total number of CDs sold, and then Billboard uses that number in addition to radio and download time to determine who will be ranked number one.

Artists’ CDs are also rated by their production company. For example, it is a huge honor for a CD to be considered platinum. A platinum rating means that a song, from a CD, has sold one million copies. A platinum CD is based on a sales number. Nielsen SoundScan tracks the number sold. Again, these numbers are reflected on the consumer and what CDs we are purchasing or downloading.

Without an artist’s fan base, their success would go unnoticed. Consumers are what drive the hits we see on the Billboard top lists. Bands make it to the top because we buy their music and support their careers.

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 Best of 80s Hair Metal Bands

Who could forget the metal bands from the 80s and early 90s with that big hair? The hair style alone made a stand out fashion statement. The music was big, flashy, and glamorous just like the hair of the band members. This particular type of heavy metal was very popular in California near the Los Angeles and Sunset Strip areas. The music is characterized by long solo guitar rifts also called shred guitar and hard rock with a mix of pop.

Hair metals bands not only made great music, they made an impact on our culture by introducing a new way of life. Band members weren’t happy with sitting around, hanging out, and producing hits. They had to party as if tomorrow would never come and dress to the nines with big teased hair, makeup, and over accessorizing. Their late night parties were infamous, and you could also read about a band member creating some scandal in a tabloid magazine.

If you aren’t quite sure what bands are classified as hair metal bands, here is a small list that will explain or spark some memories from “the good old days.”

Guns N’ Roses consisted of band members Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, Richard Fortus, Ron Thal, Frank Ferrer, and DJ Ashba. Some of their hits include songs such as: Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, and Paradise City.

David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen, and Alex Van Halen make up the band known as Van Halen which originated out of Pasadena, California. You could party all night like the rock stars listening to their hits songs like: Dance the Night Away, Can’t Stop Loving You, and Runnin’ With the Devil.

Another band originating out of Los Angeles in the 80s was Quiet Riot. They have gone through many band members, but the original formation was Kevin DuBrow, Randy Rhoads, Kelly Garni, and Drew Forsyth. They are best known for their hit Cum On Feel the Noise. Other hits by Quiet Riot include: Metal Health, Party All Night, and Callin’ the Shots.

Motley Crue is the quintessential 80s hair metal band. They partied harder than any other band and were always in some type of trouble. The band consisted of members Nikki Sox, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Tommy Lee. Too Fast for Love, Girls Girls Girls, and Dr. Feelgood were all hit songs by the band.

All of the bands listed above have a few things in common, and the most important being that they are metal hair bands. All the bands partied hard, had numerous tattoos, teased their hair to make it big, had run ins with the law, and originated from California. Some other famous 80s hair metal bands are: Savatage, Twisted Sister, Cinderella, Slaughter, Poison, Whitesnake, and Kiss. You don’t have to time travel back to the 80s to hear some of your favorite songs. You can find Internet Radio websites that have 80s channels that will play some of the hits from these great bands listed.

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.

Rock and Rolls Origin and Name

The term ‘rock and roll’ is now so familiar to us that few ask where it got its origins and how the name came about. While there are many theories on the beginnings of rock and roll, many agree it was dubbed this name after World War II. The sound, was then born from a fusion of rhythm and blues along with influences from the African American culture as well as from America’s country music and gospel music scenes. Some say rock and roll dates back further in country records of the 1930s, blues records of the 1920s even though it was never labeled as such.

Despite the uncertainty of the timeline of rock and rolls true beginnings, it is believed that the sound did originate in the south due to a conglomeration of different music traditions from the region. From there, it grew due to the migration of many freed slaves and their descendants to major urban centers like Memphis and north to New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and Buffalo. In these cities, black and white residents were living in close proximity of one another and as a result began emulating one another’s style.

In the 1930s jazz and swing were among the first types of music to present African American sounds for a predominately white audience. This was followed in the 40s by horns, saxophones, shouted lyrics and boogie-woogie beats. During and immediately after World War II, with shortages of fuel and limitations on audiences, large jazz bands were less economical and tended to be replaced by smaller combos, using guitars, bass and drums. This was followed by the development of “jump blues” with its guitar riffs and prominent beats.

Rock and roll continued to evolve for many reasons, one being technology. With the development of the electric guitar, amplifier and microphone, came huge changes in the sound and industry.

Subgenres of ‘rock and roll’ also came out of the changes in the music style. Fusion sounds such as folk with rock coined the term ‘folk-rock’ In the 1970s, rock also included soft rock, glam rock, heavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock, and punk rock. In the 1980s there was New Wave, hardcore punk and alternative rock.

As far as the term “rock and roll”, this may have stemmed either from sexual or spiritual connotations. “Rocking” was a term used by black gospel singers in the American South to mean something akin to spiritual rapture. In 1916 “The Camp Meeting Jubilee,” recorded a song whose lyrics include “We’ve been rocking and rolling in your arms / Rocking and rolling in your arms / In the arms of Moses.” And yet, in 1937, Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald recorded “Rock It for Me”, which included the lyric, “So won’t you satisfy my soul with the rock and roll”. At the time, the term ‘roll’ meant having sex. Others say the term rock and roll have nothing to do with sex or being spiritually moved but by the motion of a ship at sea or a train in motion. Nobody knows for certain how the term came about or what it meant as it was quite possible it could have meant all of the above.

More important than the terminology or exact origins of rock and roll, this genre of music is known for its social effects, which were worldwide and on a grand scale. Some believe with the combination of sounds from so many cultures came the greater push for the civil rights movement due to the fact both African American teens and white American teens enjoyed the music. Later, rock and roll was thought to have been the emphasis behind the hippy movement, peace not war as well as the drug culture.

As ambiguous as rock and roll’s beginnings is its effects socially on cultures. Either way, people all over the world are enjoying its sound, whatever it may get called and whatever subgenre may get assigned to it.

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.

Oldies Hits from the Beatles

The oldies are classified as music from the time period of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Most oldies music is classified under the genres of pop, rock and R&B. There were a lot of progressive musical movements including Motown, the British Invasion, and doo wop which inspired fashion styles, community, and a way of life.

An oldies band that never went out of style was the Beatles. Their music has inspired the world for years and started the hype with the British Invasion. The British Invasion was a group of bands from Great Britain whose music became popular in the United States. Just recently, Rock Band video game came out with a Beatles edition. Rock band allows users to act as if they are in the band and play music on game controls such as a guitar, bass guitar, or drum set. The Beatles edition for rock band is a compilation all of their greatest hits.

The Beatles fame lasted for a span of ten years from the 1960s until the 1970s. The band originated in Liverpool and consisted of members John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. They were dubbed with the nickname, “The fab four from Liverpool.” Not only were they a success in England, but their fame and fortune reached the United States. The RIAA, Recording Industry Association of America, states that they have sold more albums than any other band or solo artist in the United States (www.riaa.com). The Beatles produced number ones hits that are still popular today and can be heard on Internet Radio and traditional radio.

From 1962 until 1976 they had 42 number one hit singles. A list of all the number one singles can be found on The Beatles Number One Hits singles website (www.bopped.com). Their first hit in 1962 was called, “Love Me Do.” This song first became popular in England and didn’t top the number one charts in the United States until 1964.

In 1963, they had 5 chart topping hits. One of the more memorable hits during that year was “Twist and Shout.” Not only was it a great song, but there were also fun dance moves to accompany it. They almost doubled the amounts of number one hit singles in 1964 with nine songs. A memorable song during that year which most people know and can hear on oldies radio station is “A Hard Day’s Night.”

They continued to dominate the charts with eight singles in 1965. After that the amount of singles started to taper off. Between 1966 and 1969 they only produced four number one hits per year. Success for the Beatles started to slow down in the 70s when they only had two hits in 1970 and one in 1976.

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.

Music and the Effects on your Mood

Upbeats, rhythms, melodies, tones, and beats all make up a musical composition. Is the song you are listening to slow, fast, a ballad, a rock song, sad, happy, romantic? Music is a form of expression, and artists often times express their feelings through song. They write songs when they are happy, sad, angry, and even when they are in love. Listening to the different types of songs can affect your mood.

If you are sad, you should listen to happy upbeat music to turn your mood around. If you are angry and need an outlet to release your feelings, you can listen to rock music with fast tempos and loud guitar playing. You can set the mood for a romantic evening with the one you love by playing soft ballads or love songs. Music can be a distraction to take your mind off of pressing issues or simply to entertain.

Music in its most simple form is to entertain. It is played for fun at parties, school dances, sporting events, at home, or while driving in your car. People listen to music in their cars while commuting to work to pass their time more enjoyably. It would be so boring to sit in a car for thirty minutes in complete silence. With the radio on, you can jam out to your favorite tunes or engage in a talk show. People listen to music while they need to pass time while at work or cleaning their house for example. It is a way to entertain them.

Music can set the tone for your day or night. When you wake up in the morning, listen to something upbeat to get your day going. It can put you in a better mood by listening to fun, happy music. Because music affects your mood, if you were to listen to slow songs in the mornings you might find it harder to wake up or be motivated to start the day. At night, when you are winding down or have had a stressful day at work or school, listen to music that will calm you. Slower beats, acoustic, or classical music can be very calming.

While planning a romantic dinner or evening at home with your loved one, you should play love songs or ballads. You can find an Internet Radio station that will have fewer commercials than on a traditional radio that won’t interrupt the flow of music or the mood you are trying to create. Listening to love music can spark emotions and have the ability to make you feel more connected to someone. Listening to love songs is a shared experience, and when you hear a particular love song you will think of the person you were with.

Listening to different types of music can affect your mood. If you listen to upbeat music you could feel happier and more energetic. While on the other hand, listening to slow music can make you feel sad or relaxed. Choose the right music that will affect the mood you want to be in.

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 the Future of Traditional Radio

Listening to your favorite song, band, or solo artist just got easier due to the internet. You can download your favorite picks from music sites and radio programming online. Does having this easy accessibility effect the time you spend listening to traditional radio? Do you spend more time listening to a traditional radio or an online radio station? That is the cause of concern for traditional radio stations. However, an article by Central Michigan Life claims that traditional radio’s future won’t be affected.

A lot of people balance their time between listening to the radio online and traditionally. While at home or at work it can be easier and more convenient to listen to a radio program online. The advantage of listening online is that you won’t have to battle with any type of bad reception to find a station you like. Some people find that listening to music at work makes them more productive, and most online stations have few or no commercials which won’t be a distraction. Traditional radio is mostly listened to while driving in your car. Traditional radio is beneficial for local information such as weather updates, traffic reports, and local events such as fundraisers or fairs. People also like to hear and connect with local radio personalities and events they sponsor. According to “Radio’s future doesn’t look too different” article, the local advantages of traditional radio will keep it alive and on the air.

Online radio doesn’t pose a threat to traditional radio or the success of an artist’s musical career. The internet is fueling the success of music because it can be listened to at any time of the day and anywhere in the world. Bands from across the globe can be heard by someone in small American town that has access to the internet. Music can reach a bigger audience online rather than traditional radio can. You can also e-mail a link to a song to friends and family which will bring more attention to the band’s music you want to share. Sharing music online is fun and easy. If you hear a song on a traditional radio, there is no way to share the song with other people through the radio. The internet or an online music station is the only way to share the song instantly.

Both online radio and traditional radio will continue to thrive. There are advantages to both mediums and bands can benefit from both. Listening to traditional radio is great for local updates and community involvement, and online radio is beneficial for listening to a wide range of music from all over the world with few interruptions.

*Original Article “Radio’s future doesn’t look too different” http://www.cm-life.com/2009/08/28/radios-future-doesnt-look-too-different/

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.

Advntages of Listening to Internet Radio

People listen to radio for a variety of different reasons; to hear their favorite talk show, sports games, or music. The radio was invented over one hundred years ago, and people still listen to them today proving it to be one of the greatest inventions in time.

Listening to a radio can be difficult at times because there may be bad reception and it can take a while to tune to the right station you want. Listening to internet radio has many advantages over a traditional radio, and finding your favorite station is just a click away. Once you find a radio program that interests you, you just click on the link and the website broadcasts onto your computer. Finding a talk show, sports game, or your favorite music is easily accessible from the internet.

The best aspect of listening to music online is the cost. It can be free or of little cost. If you want to listen online all you need is a computer or laptop, an internet connection, speakers, and a media player. Some online stations don’t require a media player so you won’t have an additional cost of purchasing software. Some online stations charge a monthly fee which usually cost around $10 to $20 a month, but there are plenty of stations that are free of charge.

Another advantage of listening to radio stations online is the wide variety of programming. Unlike a traditional radio where there has to be good reception for tuning, you can listen to stations from across the globe. You can listen to stations from different countries and hear music and talk shows from other cultures. This is great for people who have relocated to another country for work, family, or military duty and want to listen to music or a show that will remind them of home. There are stations available with every type of music ranging from folk, hip-hop, rock, alternative, and jazz, just to name a few. There are thousands of radio stations to choose from online unlike traditional radio where you can only choose from AM and FM stations that are in your area of reception. Traditional radios are also limiting with music choices and most stations only play country, rap, rock, pop, and oldies. Local sports broadcasts are only offered on traditional radio, but with internet radio you can find sports broadcasts from around the world.

There are many advantages with tuning in online such as cost, accessibility, and variety.

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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