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Musicians Who Are Entrepreneurs

Many musicians aren’t just making their millions off of their music. Stretching their name and business savvy into other fields has proven just as profitable as selling their musical talents. Here are just a few of these musicians doing just this.

1) Sean Combs – P. Diddy or Puff Daddy operates his business interests under the business name Bad Boy Entertainment Worldwide. Business ventures that fall under Bad Boy Entertainment include Bad Boy Records; the clothing lines Sean John; Sean by Sean Combs, a movie production company; and his two restaurants. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Coombs has also taken the roles of recording executive, performer, and producer of MTV’s Making the Band. If that isn’t enough, he is also a writer, arranger, clothing designer, and Broadway actor.
So what else does P. Diddy sell under his various company names? There is his fragrance Unforgivable, which sells for roughly $70 a bottle. And then there is vodka. In 2007 he signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Ciroc.

Other ventures that earn P. Diddy a pretty penny include the TV series he created called “Making Da Band.” Diddy also owns restaurants in New York and Atlanta (named “Justin’s,” after his son). And if that’s not enough, Diddy holds the honor of having designed the Dallas Mavericks’ green alternate jerseys.

All of Coombs efforts have paid off well making him one of the richest hip-hop performers with a net worth estimated at US $346 million.

2) Jay-Z – Jay-Z, also known as Shawn Corey Carter is also a financially successful hip-hop artist having a net worth of over $150 million. Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club an upscale sports bar that started in New York City and has since expanded to Atlantic City and Chicago. He is part owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the clothing line Rocawear along with Damon Dash. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records and recently, the founder of his new venture Roc Nation.

Jay-Z also serves as co-brand director for Budweiser Select and collaborates with the company on strategic marketing programs and creative ad development. He provides direction on brand programs and ads that appear on TV, radio, print, and high-profile events. He has also invested in a real estate development venture called J Hotels that recently acquired a $66 million mid-block parcel in Chelsea, New York.

3) 50 Cent – Curtis James Jackson III, better known as 50 Cent, rose to fame with his music which sold more than twenty-one million copies combined. It was from here that he went on to expand his empire through a handful of ventures. To start, he signed a five-year deal with Reebok to distribute the “G-Unit Sneakers” line as part of his G-Unit Clothing Company. He worked with Glacéau to create a Vitamin Water drink called Formula 50. In 2007, Coca-Cola purchased Glacéau for US $4.1 billion. 50 Cent also teamed up with Right Guard to launch a body spray called Pure 50 RGX Body Spray and a condom line called Magic Stick Condoms.

50 cent is also an author and started a reality TV show on MTV called 50 Cent: The Money and The Power.

4) Jennifer Lopez – Jennifer Lynn Lopez often nicknamed J. Lo, is an actress, singer, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and television producer. Lopez launched a clothing line in 2003 named JLO by Jennifer Lopez, which includes different types of clothing for young women, including jeans, T-shirts, coats, belts, purses, and lingerie. She also sells jewelry, hats, gloves and scarves. In 2005, J. Low launched a new clothing line called Sweetface. In late 2007, Lopez retired JLO by Jennifer Lopez and launched a new juniors’ line called JustSweet. Her fashion lines have featured at many New York Fashion Week events.

Jennifer has also opened a Cuban restaurant and is a spokesperson for Lux shampoo in Japan. Lopez owns the film and television production company Nuyorican Productions, which was cofounded with her manager Benny Medina. Lopez net worth is estimated at over $250 million.

5)Justin Timberlake – Justin Randall Timberlake is a pop musician and actor. Timberlake has co-owned three restaurants in the United States: “Chi” opened in West Hollywood, California and “Destino” and “Southern Hospitalty” in New York. He also has his own brand of tequila called 901; the name comes in part from the area code of his hometown of Memphis.

In 2005, Timberlake launched the William Rast clothing line with childhood friend Juan (“Trace”) Ayala. The 2007 line contained cord jackets, cashmere sweaters, jeans and polo shirts. The pair reports inspiration from fellow Memphis native Elvis Presley.

Recently Timberlake started his own record label, Tennman Records.

These are just a handful of musicians who have made it big in other arenas; numerous other musicians are making it big with their marketing skills, business expertise and name.

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.

Thanksgiving Dinner Music Playlist

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is a time to come together with friends, family, and our loved ones to give thanks. It is also a time to watch football for as long as we can without feeling guilty, eating until we are about to explode, sitting at a formal dinner table, and listening to smooth music playing in the background. The perfect Thanksgiving dinner party should have background music amidst the conversation. The music shouldn’t be too distracting or loud, but a nice compliment to a great tasting home cooked meal.

You should choose your playlist in advance so that you can spend as much time as you can with your friends and family and less time picking out CDs or radio stations. I would suggest listening to smooth jazz, holiday, or classical music during dinner. It will set a nice tone that will go along with most Thanksgiving dinners that are usually more formal than regular family dinners. If you don’t already have a nice selection of these types of music, you can find free Internet radio stations that have these channels. You could also select the music you want in advance and create a playlist for an MP3 player or your computer. Here are some music ideas for your dinner.

There are many great classical songs that you can choose from. This type of music has many different types of sounds and is usually instrumental. There are many famous composers that you could play during your dinner party such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. If you want something more contemporary, you could play music by David Lang, Julia Wolfe, or Richard Adams.

Smooth jazz has a unique sound that is more modern sounding and includes electric guitar, saxophones, drums, and synthesizers. It is a subgenre of jazz that is more mainstream and different instrumental styling that classical jazz. You can find great music by Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Peter White, or David Lanz to include on your playlist.

For families that celebrate Christmas, a common tradition is to start putting up decorations after Thanksgiving dinner. It can be fun to listen to holiday music to start the season off right after Thanksgiving. There is so much holiday music to choose from including classics and modern remakes from our favorite pop or country artists today. If you wanted to continue with the classical or smooth jazz theme, you can find holiday music recorded in those genres as well. Kenny G has some wonderful holiday music that will keep the music theme for your dinner.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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.

Young and Successful Star

The careers of many musicians start when they are young kids or teenagers including stars such as Michael Jackson. There are so many sensations that have amazing vocal talent that are under the age of 21, and we are always shocked when we hear their actual age. A young and very successful star you hear in all media forums from the Internet to television to radio is Miley Cyrus. She is only 16 years old and has sold more number one hits than some artists in their 20s or 30s. To some, she is the youngest most successful recording artist of our time. Here is a look back at some of her hit albums, songs, and other accomplishments so far during her career.

Miley’s songs are played on both radio on line and traditional radio. She has a unique sound that mixes together country, rock, and pop genres. Her country sound is deeply rooted in her because she was born and raised by country star Billy Ray Cyrus in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to recording number one hits under Hollywood Records label, she also acts, writes songs, and is an author. She was the star of a Disney television show and movie Hannah Montana. She starred in another movie called Bolt in 2008 and contributed some of her songs for the soundtrack. That year she made more than $20 million and was named one of the most influential and successful people in the world.

Her musical career is so unique because she started out with another persona. She was known as Hannah Montana, and recorded albums under that name based on her television show. As Miley grew up, she switched over to perform under her own identity, Miley Cyrus. Her songs were more mature and catered towards an older audience. A lot of her Hannah Montana fans grew up with her and have been loyal fans to Miley. Currently, she has recorded three albums as Miley Cyrus which are: Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout, and The Time of Our Lives. One of her hit songs that you have probably heard on the radio is Party in the USA. It’s a fun song with great lyrics and an upbeat tempo.

A lot of child stars aren’t successful as adults and see the stardom life start to fade away. Miley has proven to remain a star from childhood into her teenage years, and looks to have a promising career as an adult. Her spunk, creativity, beauty, and intelligence make her the successful star that she is.

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.

One Hit Wonders: Where’d they go?

A one hit wonder is a music artist that has only produced one hit that was a success. They blow up the charts, have millions of fans, then either drop off the charts or seem to go into hiding. A lot of one hit wonders are successful because they jump on the fad train and ride the success of a popular thought, idea, or trend. Other times, a one hit wonder becomes that because a band’s fame, fortune, and success can cause the breakup of the band. People can sometimes get big headed and money can cause fights over power or jealousy.

One hit wonders can still be heard on both traditional and Internet radio even after the fame and hype has settled down. The songs that made the hit lists are still around but sometimes the artists are never heard from. The success of the song can live on while the success of the artist who produced it doesn’t match up. Here are some one hit wonders that you will be sure to recognize. The list is compiled from a VH1 episode they aired where they had a countdown of 100 great and memorable one hit wonders. Their full list and clips from the episode can be found on their website www.vh1.com.

In 1996, an unforgettable dance move was originated with the catchy tunes of Macarena. It is by the band Los del Rio. The song was often played at clubs and frequently makes the dance list for middle school or high school dances. All ages know the legendary dance moves that accompany the song.

If you flashback to 1982, there were two bands that released hits and then became one hit wonders. Tainted Love by Soft Cell and Come on Mickey by Toni Basil made the VH1 list. Marilyn Manson did a remake of Tainted Love in 2004; however he isn’t a one hit wonder. The song was remade for the film Not Another Teen Movie.

A song that you probably sing in front of the mirror or when you are planning the perfect outfit is I’m Too Sexy by one hit wonder Right Said Fred. The song was released in 1992 and is still popular today. We all love to sing it and dance in front of the mirror until we start to believe that we’re too sexy for our shirts.

In 2000, the Baha Men released a catchy tune called Who Let the Dogs Out. We haven’t heard much from the group itself but continue to hear the song. It seems to be a popular anthem for pet lovers and commercials for dog food or toys.

Who could forget the fashion and hair styles from Vanilla Ice. The one hit wonder released an awesome song called Ice Ice Baby. The song was released in 1990. Vanilla Ice pops up here and there in reality TV and other TV spotlights.

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.

80’s Movie Soundtracks Rock!

Music has a strong influence on our mood and can change the way we feel. That is most likely the reason why movie producers play a background song during an important part of their movie. Songs during movies are played to ramp up the movie experience and set the tone of the movie. The 80s not only had great clothes, hair, and music, but the movies were also awesome. A lot of classics that are still popular today were released during the 80s and their soundtracks include some of the best radio hits from that time. Here is a list of movies that have great soundtracks.

Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott, was released in 1986 and was a hit for movie fans. The movie starred actors Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, and Kelly McGillis. It is a naval movie about love, pilot training, crisis, and determination. The soundtrack for it is as amazing as the stars that acted in it and even held the number one spot on the Billboard charts. Two of the most popular songs from the movie are “Take My Breath Away,” and “Danger Zone.”

Another soundtrack that is worthy of being on this list is from Flashdance. It was released in 1983 and directed by Adrian Lyne. Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri were the stars of this film. It is a romance about a dancer that was a steel mill worker during the day. Irena Cara wrote the award winning song “Flashdance…What a Feeling” for this specifically. The soundtrack also includes another great hit called “Maniac.”

Who could forget the movie directed by Martin Brest that was released in 1984 called Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy was a hit and became a star. This soundtrack was so great it even won a Grammy Award. It includes songs such as “Axel F” performed by Harold Faltermeyer, “New Attitude” by the legendary Patti Labelle, and “The Heat is On” by Glenn Frey.

Another 80s Tom Cruise hit was Cocktail, directed by Roger Donaldson. It is about an ambitious bartender who is striving to be a professional in the business world. This soundtrack includes hits from the Beach Boys, Ry Crooder, Little Richard, and Starship among many other great artists. Songs you will hear in this film are “Tutti Frutti,” “Wild Again,” “All Shook Up,” and “Kokomo” just to name a few.

Movie soundtracks make a great movie even better with the right song list. Having the right song playing during a sad, happy, intense, or scary part of the movie will enhance the experience the director wants you to feel at that time. A lot of soundtracks even win awards, and especially when songs are composed specifically for a film. I hope this list of 80s songs will bring back some of your own memories and movie favorites from the 80s.

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.

To Sing Or Not To Sing – Lip-Synching

Lip-synching, most people hate it and many musical artists within recent years have been caught doing it. Whether the lip-synching was done for technical reasons or due to the fact the ‘singers’ couldn’t sing, audiences have stood up against it.

What is lip-synching? Technically it means to match lip movements with a voice. The term can refer to performances in the production of film, video and television programs. The practice of people during live concerts, lip-synching, is quite controversial.

People will go as far as to boycott a singer or even sign a petition. When Britney Spears was lip-synching on tour, over 3,500 fans signed an online petition begging her to stop the practice. Spears denied the practice saying “I don’t lip-synch”. But her tour manager, Larry Rudolph said Spears tour would be a mix of live and lip-synched vocals as past tours have been.

Lip-synching has been used often in the past to help recording artists create a particular effect, to enable them to perform live dance numbers, or to cover for illness or other deficiencies during live performance. Sometimes lip-singing performances are forced by television for short guest appearances, as it requires less time for rehearsals and hugely simplifies the process of sound mixing. The practice of lip-synching during live performances is frowned on by some who view it as a crutch only used by lesser talents.

Although lip-synching is a historic practice in the music industry, after Spears petitioners created a big to-do about it, the act of lip-synching has become taboo. And yet, few live pop performances, such as those at the Super Bowl’s halftime show, can go without being lip-synched. Purists complained when Shania Twain lip-synched her performance. Producers of the Super Bowl’s half time show won’t say whose music has to be lip-synched with prerecorded music and who is performing live.

The biggest controversy when it comes to lip-synching was with the group Milli Vanilli. Milli Vanilli not only practiced lip-synching, they didn’t even sing the prerecorded version of their music, a double taboo. Milli Vanilli came about when Frank Farian developed the concept of the group and chose to feature vocals by Charles Shaw, John Davis, Brad Howell, and twin sisters Jodie and Linda Rocco; however, he felt that those singers lacked a marketable image. He then recruited Morvan and Pilatus, two younger and more photogenic model/dancers he found dancing in a Berlin dance club, to front the act.

Milli Vanilli’s debut album All or Nothing, was released in Europe in mid-1988, with Rob and Fab’s pictures on the front and center of the albums, but no mention of who actually sang the songs. The success of the record caught the attention of Arista Records, who signed the duo, added a new track written by Diane Warren, “Blame It on the Rain,” and renamed the album to Girl You Know It’s True for release in the American market in early 1989.

This version of the album went 6 times platinum and led to the re-release of the title track, which peaked at number 2 on the Hot 100 in April of that year and was certified platinum. Milli Vanilli’s meteoric rise to pop music superstardom culminated with a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on February 22, 1990.

The first sign that the group was lip-synching happened in late 1989 during a live performance on MTV at the Lake Compounce theme park in Bristol, Connecticut. As they performed onstage live in front of an audience, the recording of the song “Girl You Know It’s True” jammed and began to skip, repeating the partial line “Girl, you know it’s…” over and over on the speakers. They continued to pretend to sing and dance onstage for a few more moments. Then they both ran offstage.

Unlike the international release of All or Nothing, the inserts for the American version clearly attributed the voices on the album to Morvan and Pilatus. Because of rising public questions regarding the source of talent in the group, as well as the insistence of Morvan and Pilatus to Farian that they be allowed to sing on the next album, Farian confessed to reporters on November 12, 1990, that Morvan and Pilatus did not actually sing on the records. As a result of American media pressure, Milli Vanilli’s Grammy was withdrawn four days later (however, their three American Music Awards were never withdrawn because the organizers felt the awards were given to them by music consumers), and Arista Records dropped the act from its roster and deleted their album and its masters from their catalog, taking Girl You Know It’s True out of print.

Lip-Synching, whether for convenience or lack of talent, will continue to be a bone of contingency among audiences who when paying for live music, want live and real music.

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.

Most Grammy Awards Won: Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss, and U2

A Grammy award is a prestigious music award that is given out for various categories such as album of the year, record of the year, best new artist, and song of the year. The awards are held every year and every music artists strives to win or even be nominated to win a Grammy award. The Grammy award winner receives a gold gramophone trophy and receives recognition for having won a musical achievement. Two solo artists hold records for winning the most Grammy’s, and they are Stevie Wonder and Alison Krauss. Stevie Wonder has 22 trophies, and Alison Krauss has 26 gramophone trophies. The group that has won the most Grammy’s is U2 with 22 trophies.

Stevie Wonder is a musical legend that produces music in genres such as R&B, funk, Motown, psychedelic, and soul. He started his musical career in 1961 and still continues on strong. He records under the label Tamla-Motown. He’s had numerous number one singles such as “Fingertips,” “Superstition” and, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” to name a few. He has also had three number one albums and many other chart toppers that came in as number two and four on the charts. He won his first Grammy in 1973 and continued to win many more throughout the years.

Alison Krauss is best known for her country bluegrass music. Her musical career started in 1983 and she records under the label Rounder. Not only does she have a beautiful voice, but she also writes songs, produces music, and plays the fiddle. Her most recent endeavor is performing with the band Union Station, and they also have a bluegrass sound. You may remember one of her earlier number one hits called, “When You Say Nothing At All.” She has performed songs during the Olympics and her music has been in Hollywood hit movies such as O Brother Where Art Thou.

U2’s music can be heard throughout the world, and the group is definitely worthy of winning Grammy’s and holding the record for the group with the most coveted gold gramophone trophies. They have had numerous number one hits singles and albums. The group is made up of members Larry Mullen, Bono, Adam Clayton, and The Edge. They are all from Dublin, Ireland originally. They record under the labels Island, Mercury, and Interscope. Their latest album released this year is called, “No Line On the Horizon.” They have released other great albums such as “Achtung Baby” and “The Joshua Tree.”

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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