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Goodbye Compact Discs

CD out, Internet Radio in.We all knew this day would come. The downfall of the compact disc was inevitable once technologies like MP3 players and streaming Internet radio started gaining consumer acceptance. It was only a matter of time before the industry realized the trends of our times and readjusted their distribution strategies. However, the demise of the compact disc, although in the making for at least a decade, is only starting to show visible signs. Sony recently announced that it would be shutting down one of its two compact disc manufacturing plants in the States and commented, in no uncertain terms, that the main reason for the closure was the increasing dominance of digital music distributed via the Internet.

The era of the compact disc is officially over. We have not used them for at least half a decade (my personal collection of CDs is gathering dust in a corner of my attic). They have ceased to be a part of our lives. Compact discs will join the likes of cassettes and vinyl records, collected by fringe enthusiasts and ignored by the rest of the general populace. Like most technologies that have outlived their purpose, compact discs will be remembered with nostalgia but rarely missed.

Compact discs will join the likes of cassettes and vinyl records, collected by fringe enthusiasts and ignored by the rest of the general populace…

Truth be told, I’m a little surprised that it took this long to for the compact disc to be retired and for plants to be shut down. Officials at the plant linked the rise of the digital music and online piracy to the decision to shut the compact disc manufacturing plant down, and they are spot on. Personally, I have not bought a single CD in the last two years. Most of the music I want is readily available online. Additionally, I can pick and choose which tracks I want from an album and get other interactive features a compact disc simply cannot offer me. I don’t even know where my CD player is right now! Likewise, millions of other people across the world rely on their MP3 players today to satisfy their musical needs.

From Piano Man to Diaper Man: Elton John Welcomes First Son

As you probably know by now, it’s a boy for Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish.

Together with his civil partner, film director and producer David Furnish, 62 year old Sir Elton John will be making a major change as they both enter into parenthood. It was confirmed by Elton’s publicist, who is based in Los Angeles, that the baby was born to a surrogate mother on December 25th as everyone was celebrating one of the most joyful holiday seasons. page_go Continue reading From Piano Man to Diaper Man: Elton John Welcomes First Son »

15 Great Artists You Should Hear, Part 2 (Artists 9-5)

This is the second article in a three-part series “15 Great Artists You Should Hear”. You can read Part 1 here.

Here is the second part to a list of great artist you need to hear! We all know how vast the musical spectrum can be; there is a lot of good, a lot of bad, but definitely a lot you should hear.

Serge Gainsbourg9. Serge Gainsbourg: France’s version of Sinatra is the iconic emblem of European cool. Serge was like Bob Dylan, Sid Vicious, Neil Diamond, and of course Sinatra, all rolled into one. Starting his career in the 60’s, Serge did everything, folk, pop, ballad, rock and roll, phsycadelic. His albums have been sampled time and time again. The best album to pick up is the revered “Melody Nelson” – this crowning achievement has been marked as essential by such current artists as Beck. page_go Continue reading 15 Great Artists You Should Hear, Part 2 (Artists 9-5) »

Neverland Ranch: Musical School?

Neverland RanchMichael Jackson’s “Neverland Ranch” has been notorious for many things. It was the home of one of this century’s most eccentric pop stars. Now that home may become an equal opportunity school for music.

Due to a couple of criminal investigations, Michael Jackson had not lived at Neverland for more than a couple of years at the time of his death. He had all but retreated from the public eye due to the constant barrage of paparazzi and invasion of his privacy. In the end, Jackson’s worst enemy was himself, when he lost his famed ranch due to debt. page_go Continue reading Neverland Ranch: Musical School? »

90’s Hip-Hop Music

Hip-Hop, also known as rap, is a musical genre that was derived from the hip-hop culture. It originated in the 1970’s in The Bronx, New York. Hip-hop became a famous musical genre because it allowed the urban youth to freely express themselves. The 1990’s were the Golden Age of Hip-Hop in a way, so let’s take a look back at the 90’s and reminisce about this genre’s success during that era.

Hip-hop in the 90’s was all about expressing politically conscious views in a manner that was smooth and effortless and was assisted by soft bass beats and melodic synthesizers.

In the mid-90’s, a rapid change in the hip-hop culture occurred, and some of the purists saw it as degenerating to the hip-hop culture. This rapid change was the transition into “commercial hip-hop”. It was slowly deteriorating what the emcees in the 80’s built – a culture of music, creativity, artistry and dance wherein they expressed themselves and delivered a clear and positive message to the world. page_go Continue reading 90’s Hip-Hop Music »

Choosing Workout Music

Workout Music

It is natural that you have some favourite songs that you listen to when you work out or exercise. Music can be good for relaxation, but by choosing songs with the proper tempo and beat characteristics, it also makes your heart beat faster and makes your body more willing to undergo the physical stress of exercise. Exercise is pretty much like dancing; who would like to groove without music? The same principle applies when you work out.

If you are a music lover, music is connected to every aspect in your life. You might have a favourite song for whatever activity you’re doing: waking up, cooking song, dropping off to sleep, driving and so on and so forth. If you love exercising and working out, then it just follows that you have a song or two for that as well.

3 “Top 40” Songs for Exercising

  • Keri Hilson & Lil Wayne – Turnin Me On
  • Hey Monday – Homecoming
  • Benny Benassi & Channing – Come Fly Away

These are all relatively new songs with a common characteristic: their upbeat tunes (which is the reason why a lot of people are choosing these songs as their favorites for working out). These songs help them to keep on moving and give them the push and motivation that they needed. But aside from these things, these songs offer something more which will be beneficial for their health.

The biggest advantage of mixing music with your workout is that up-tempo music helps to stimulate cardiovascular activity; if the music is good, it will not only stimulate you to do the workout but it will also stimulate your rate. Your blood circulation will be better and your workout will be more effective, resulting in enhanced weight loss.

For best results, note that the speed of the music should be from 118 to 122 bpm, or Beats Per Minute. Your workout playlist should also be designed to accommodate a full workout, starting slowly and allowing your body to adjust and adapt to the activity before increasing in intensity. After a warm-up period, the beat will increase and encourage quicker movements. After the workout is complete, the music should slow down again for a cool-down period to allow the body to relax.

Music has a lot of uses in our lives. We can listen to music if we want to relax. If a person wants to be energized and to be encouraged to keep on moving, music can be used as a cardiovascular stimulant. It helps when the gym that you are a member of always has good music playing in the background…if not, fire up your iPod Touch or iPhone and use 977music’s app to play your workout music.  Your mood will immediately be set. Adding music to an otherwise tiresome activity of working out and exercising will make a more worthwhile experience…it might even become fun.

3 Reasons to Stream Music at Work

Burned out from work? Are you looking for a way to relax, clear out your mind and escape for a while? If the answer to both these questions is yes, then it is about time to open your browser start streaming some music. It does not require you to leave your work station or take any drastic measures, but it will definitely give you the relaxation and break that you badly need.

If you have not yet discovered the joys of music streaming, then you are missing almost half of your life. Since you can do it online, it can be done anywhere as long as you have a computer and an Internet connection. Will you be able to do it at work? The answer is definitely yes.

There are a lot of reasons why you should stream music. But there are three reasons why you should stream music at work.

It relaxes you.

We all know that music has a way of relaxing you. So, if you are really stressed out from work, then you need to listen to music. Since it relaxes you, it frees you from stress as well. You might now be thinking how you will be able to do that at work. You do not have to be a gadget freak, your cellular phone does not have to be high end and you do not need to have an iPod. All you have to do is make use of your available resources. You have your computer and that will probably have an Internet connection. Just open up a search engine and look for sites which offer streaming. Go to that website and you can now listen to music while at work. 977music.com’s streaming stations are a great place hear whatever type of music you like; simply click on a station in the Stations list in the right column to get started!

It offers you the escape that you need.

Once you found the station which has your brand of music, all you have to do is listen. Music isolates you from the activity around you and allows you to concentrate fully on whatever you’re doing without being distracted by the antics of your co-workers. On the other hand, if whatever you’re doing is boring you to death and you need a break, you can close your eyes for a bit and think of a place that you would rather be at that moment. You can be at the beach, at a coffee shop or in your own room. You can be anywhere as long as you use your imagination. Music with the help of your imagination can transport you anywhere. You are still within the confines of your work station but your mind is already somewhere else. The fun part about it is that no one will ever know.

It is free.

Listening to streaming music online is available to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. If you find that you don’t like the mix of music on any pre-made stations, you can create a personalized playlist that will allow you to choose the songs you want to hear and play them anytime. The best thing about all of this is that you do not have to pay for anything.

These are just some of the reasons why you should stream music while at work – no doubt you will discover more as you enjoy listening to music while you work.

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