In order to keep up with the competition, Google seems to be attempting to put its best foot forward, working overtime to create its next generation Android media player. Although it has not been announced yet, everyone seems very excited about the launch of this next generation music player. Through of the words of one of Google’s own Android developers, the company has given the public a fairly clear idea of its plan. Continue reading Next Generation Android Music Player UI Revealed Through Leaked Video »
If you are following Lady Gaga on Twitter, then you have probably seen her tweet regarding her special announcement to make about her upcoming album entitled “Born This Way”. Behold little monsters: Mother Monster is up with a usual thrilling announcement.
The news? Lady Gaga announced to her fans on New Year’s Eve she considers this new album to be her most innovative to date, and it will be out in record stores in May, following the release of her first single in February. Could there really still be a ‘more innovative’ album after The Fame Monster…? Continue reading Lady Gaga Leaps Into the New Year With ‘Born This Way’ Announcement »
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.
9. 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. Continue reading 15 Great Artists You Should Hear, Part 2 (Artists 9-5) »
Michael 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. Continue reading Neverland Ranch: Musical School? »
Listening to music is a hobby for most people. Unlike before when you could only get music from record stores—which, unfortunately, many people would not afford— these days, it is quite easy and convenient to just download your favorites to enjoy at your leisure without the hassle of going out and buying the album. From a consumer perspective this is cool, right? But from the music industry perspective, this creates a never ending dilemma as sales continue to decline.
However, there is a legal alternative to getting free music by logging on to the Internet and finding websites that let you download your favorite hits. That alternative is streaming Internet radio. The Internet is always on and always available (well, almost always)….you will rarely find a person who does not use it, which makes Internet radio incredibly convenient. Since music files are all copyrighted materials, Internet radio providers often display ads to pay royalties to the recording companies, which in turn grant permission to play their copyrighted works. But, you say, I want the files on my computer…so what are the consequences of illegally downloading music?
Who hasn’t heard about the lawsuits filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)? These case charges were filed against thousands of Internet users from all walks of life. Its goal is not only to preserve the integrity of the copyright materials but, most importantly, to augment declining music industry sales. After realizing that sales continue to drop and that the efforts made did not create significant impact Internet users whom they sued one by one, the RIAA has tweaked their complaints a bit.
A New Route
While these lawsuits are still on-going, it is geared towards a new direction. Instead of going after each Internet user that has downloaded a music file, a letter of complaint will be sent to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This made it more sensible and efficient for the RIAA. First, your ability to download music files is dependent on your Internet connection, hence once you are dropped by your ISP, you will no longer be able to download files. Second, collaborating with handful of ISPs is much easier than going to court to sue individuals. This initiative has allowed the RIAA to differentiate regular users from the list of illegal downloaders.
The Supreme Verdict
The RIAA has gone so far as to take their case to the Supreme Court, but because of the fact that the RIAA initiatives to stop music piracy and copyright infringement did not seem to work at all, the Supreme Court was compelled not to review the case. This decision has triggered another action from the RIAA. Instead of going after small-time downloaders, they will only go after those users who are uploading more than a thousand files. This means that even if you download copyright materials, you are safe from charges as long as you will not upload these files for someone else’s benefits…at least for the time being.
Illegal music downloading is no doubt hurting the music industry—many Internet users are attracted to the widespread availability of free music downloads online. The consequences, while currently being applied mainly to those that make music available for download, can be devastating. The RIAA has switched tactics before though, so we recommend sticking to streaming Internet radio in case they start targeting individuals again—it’s free, convenient and legal.
Music has had a huge impact on jewelry design, with musical artists influencing the styles that become popular overnight. Hip hop music, for instance, made bling jewelry studded with diamonds a must-have accessory for any up-and-coming rap artist. However, not every musician can afford to load down on gold chains and diamond jewelry, and there are still other ways to express their musical talent choosing themed musical jewelry. Continue reading Themed Musical Jewelry »
Who doesn’t like to laugh? Other than the Scrooges of the world, pretty much everyone just likes to laugh and have fun; it’s a much better alternative than crying as a way to exercise those facial muscles. This basic human need to let go of the day-to-day humdrum and have good belly laugh is the number one reason why comedy has been a booming business worldwide.
You experience comedy anywhere you go and every day of your life—when you’re riding the bus, you might overhear two young teenage boys cracking jokes to each; when you get home, you turn on the television and you see that a sitcom is on; you flip the radio on and hear the DJ wisecrack about something and you suddenly burst out laughing. Comedy is an intrinsic part of our lives; comedy radio is just one side of the comedy spectrum, but it’s a direct infusion of comic relief that you can access instantly thanks to the advent of Internet Radio and readily available Internet connections.
Comedy has been buzzing over the airwaves since the invention of the radio and had its heyday in the pre-television years with shows like “Amos and Andy” and “The Jack Benny Program”, but is still alive and well today, albeit in a different format. Stand-up comedy is the norm now, rather than the serial-type comedies of yesterday. Think about it: when someone cracks a joke and you ask them where they heard it, you almost always get the same answer—they heard it on the radio. So what is it about comedy radio that everyone loves so much?