Internet Radio and Free Music News - straight from the source!

content_top
977music_26

Online Music Store Lala Shuts Down

If you are a fan of great music then you are probably no stranger to music stores online and Internet radio stations. You may be such a fanatic that you also buy old records and CDs of your favorite artists as a way to archive music. Perhaps you are on your computer so much that you prefer to do all your shopping online including music buying. You may also listen to all your music online and use your computer as your personal radio station creating playlists of your favorite tunes.

If you are a fan of Apple and have an iPhone, you may have heard of or are currently using their music store called Lala. It was originally created by Bill Nguyen, an entrepreneur from Silicon Valley. On December 4, 2009, Apple bought the music store. The service allows its members to create personalized playlists and play full length songs, purchase CDs, purchase MP3 versions of songs, and participate in forums and be involved in an online music community.

Apple recently announced that they are shutting down Lala. All services will be ended on the 31st of this month, and no new members are being accepted at this time. For current members who have credit on their site, all monies will be refunded but only in the form of iTunes credits. You may or may not be a fan of this announcement. If you do not use iTunes, I can see how you would be bothered by this type of refund.

If you are not purchasing music or CDs from online music stores, but still prefer to listen to online music you may want to consider finding an Internet radio station. There are a lot of channels with different genres that play the music you like. Some Internet radio stations allow you to create personalized playlists where you become the DJ and offer iPhone apps to listen to the music from your playlist.

Many people are wondering the motive behind Apple’s decision. Are they trying to push sales on iTunes? Are they developing a new online music store? Are they creating a new cloud based phone application for streaming music? If you are a member of Lala you only have until the end of the month to find a new outlet for listening to music online. If you liked the online community and forums that Lala had, you will be pleased to know that a lot of Internet radio stations have the same type of communities.

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.

Court Yard Hounds take a sidestep from Dixie Chicks

Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks have taken a parallel, but new road. Vocal harmonists known for their musical talent with the Dixie Chicks, have formed their very own musical duo: “Court Yard Hounds”. The group, “Court Yard Hounds”,was first formed in 2008 after Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, stated she was not prepared to start up a 2009 album. Finding it necessary to continue in music, the sisters (Martie and Emily) decided to record under a different name, signing with Columbia Records.

Sisters, Emily Robison (formally Emily Erwin) and Martie Maguire (formally Martie Erwin) first formed the Dixie Chicks in 1989. Lead vocalist Lynn Macy was replaced by, the feisty, Natalie Maines in 1995. The Dixie Chicks additionally managed to form their own record label, Open Wide Records, in direct association with Columbia Records. Robison and Maguire announced their new group in January 2010, stating that the Dixie Chicks are not a closed chapter, but rather a project put on pause. Robison claimed, “One reason I felt like we needed to not let the cat out of the bag too soon, is that every time I would tell someone about the project, they’d say, ‘Well who are you going to get as the leader singer?’ It was hard to explain what we were trying to do”.

The Dixie chicks originally formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas and was labeled a bluegrass and country music band. The band received great success with hit songs “Wide Open Spaces”, “Cowboys Take Me Away”, and “Long Time Gone”.

The group became controversial during the Bush era and the invasion of Iraq. The group commented that they were embarrassed for Texas and that Bush was from their state.

Despite the controversy, the group went on and produced more albums and became involved with other projects. In 2006, their album “Taking The Long Way” was the ninth best-selling album in the United States. During the 49th Grammy Awards Show, the group won all five categories for which they were nominated including the top awards of Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Not Ready To Make Nice” and Album of the Year for “Taking the Long Way”. After the Grammys, “Taking The Long Way” hit #8 on Billboard 200 on the #1 country album charts.

The group was also nominated for the 2007 Country Music Association’s award for Top Vocal Group and in May 2010 began touring with the Eagles.

Now, as the group has reformed as the “Court Yard Hounds”, they were joined on their first self-titled album, by Jakob Dylan. Although they added Dylan to the song, “See You in the Spring”, the album is said to be ‘very personal’ for the sisters: an autobiography of sorts. Natalie, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks has also proven to be quite supportive of the new album, hoping that Dixie Chick fans will hold to the new idea of the “Court Yard Hounds.”

The “Court Yard Hounds” will go on tour starting June 18, 2010 until July 10, 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.

Bon Jovi Re-Releasing Entire Collection of Albums

If your band’s albums sell well the first time, why not re-release them and sell them again years later? This is exactly what the band Bon Jovi has decided to do. Starting May 11, 2010, the group will re-release their entire collection of studio albums as Special Editions. The 11 studio albums to be re-released include: Bon Jovi, 7800° Fahrenheit, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Keep The Faith, These Days, Crush, Bounce, Have A Nice Day, Lost Highway and The Circle. The albums will feature the original studio tracks plus era-specific live recordings as bonus tracks. These bonus tracks will include songs taken live from sound checks and concert venues from around the world.

Bon Jovi formed in 1983 and was made up of lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryant, drummer Tico Torres, and bassist Hugh McDonald. The band initially become known for writing several rock anthems.

Jon Bon Jovi, for whom the band was named after, began playing piano and guitar in 1975 in the small town of Casa Grande, Arizona at the age of thirteen with his first band ‘Raze’. By sixteen, he formed the 12-piece cover band Atlantic City Expressway and played in New Jersey clubs. Bon Jovi didn’t achieve recognition easily, it took persistence and pushing a New York radio station director into playing his track “Runaway”. Once the song hit the airways, sister studios picked up the song. It wasn’t long before the band was signed with Mercury Records and recorded its debut album “Bon Jovi”. The group soon began opening for ZZ Top, Scorpions and kiss.

In 1985 Bon Jovi released its second album 7800° Fahrenheit. The album didn’t do as well as the first but allowed the band to continue touring. In 1986, the group released their third album “Slippery When Wet”. The album proved Bon Jovi’s talent and its single “You Give Love A Bad Name” became the band’s first #1 single on the U.S. Billboard Charts. This single was followed by another successful single “Livin’ On A Prayer”, which also hit #1.

“Slippery When Wet” holds the record for the most weeks for a hard rock album at #1 in United States. The album spent 8 weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. By 2009, “Slippery When Wet” had become one of the best selling albums of all time with global sales of 25 million. In the United States, it received a Diamond Certification for selling 12 million copies.

Moving forward, Bon Jovi released their fourth album “New Jersey” in 1988. The album was also a commercial hit, spending four weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. Singles “Bad Medicine”, “I’ll Be There For Your” both hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Exhausted from tours and success, between 1990 and 1991, band members went their separate ways. Jon Bon Jovi began recording on his own and released the soundtrack “Blaze Of Glory” for the movie Young Guns II.

Coming back to center, the group rejoined and released “Keep The Faith” in 1992, this time, playing a few small gigs in New Jersey clubs. The break didn’t last long as the group later released “Cross Road” and “These Days”. This was followed by a world tour. Again, the group exhausted themselves and again tried going their separate ways. Jon Bon Jovi began acting until the group reunited again in 1999.

The band went on to release “Crush”, “Wild Night”, “Have A Nice Day” and “Lost Highway”.

Now, all of the band’s albums were repackaged and are being sold with bonus tracks for those Bon Jovi fans and potential soon to be fans.

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.

Online Music Leaked

A lot of pop stars and other musicians release new singles online before their albums are released in stores. It is a way for fans to preview their music, and the singer or band can judge beforehand if the album will be successful. It is also a way to promote a new album and get the hype started. Unfortunately, the advantages of online music hurt Lindsay Lohan recently. A song she had been working on from three years ago was leaked online.

It is unclear who leaked the song on the Internet, but some people think it was planned. The leak of her song could be a way to introduce her back into the music industry. She is never far from the headlines, but mostly appears because of personal issues with alcohol. Because of the online controversy, she is making headlines now because of her music. No statements have been made from Lindsay about whether or not she is returning to release an album. The song that was leaked is called Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.

Lindsay is not new to the music industry. She has released two albums. In 2004, she released Speak and in 2005 released A Little More Personal. She sings pop rock music and records under the labels Casablanca and Universal Motown. Her music career started because of her acting. She recorded songs for the movie soundtrack Freaky Friday; a movie she also starred in. She also recorded songs for another movie she starred in and sang four songs for the movie Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.

Her music and movies were very successful, but unfortunately her personal life did not hold the same success. Like other child actors stars that are also successful in their early adulthood, she had a battle with alcohol and drugs. Her career took a turn for the worse when she received two DUIs in 2007. Her battle was very public because of her fame and she missed out on movie roles and other opportunities to enhance her career.

She has served her time for the drug and alcohol charges and is making her way back on top in the entertainment industry. Could the online music leak be an attempt to boost her career back into stardom? You cannot help but to hope her future success. Her music is great and she always makes box office hits because of her incredible acting. If she is working on the release of a new album, it will be her third album and hopefully not her last.

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.

Advantages of Listening to Online Music

Music comes in different formats, styles, and genres, and there are so many reasons why we love listening to it. Some people live, breathe, and perform music while others listen to it for recreation or health. There are also a lot of advantages for listening to music. It can improve our mood, set a specific tone for a movie, it can make you more productive, and it can improve our health and help with occupational therapy. One of the best formats for listening to music is to listen to it online. Here are some of the advantages for listening to online music.

One of the best advantages of listening to music online is the accessibility of it. You can download music from your computer or laptop with any Internet connection. You can find music from around the world with a click of your mouse and have music streaming live to your computer. Music stored on your computer is also easily transferred to a personal MP3 player, so your music can go wherever you go. There are a lot of online music stores and websites that allow you to download certain songs for free.

Buying and listening to music online allows you to create a customized playlist and in turn you become your own DJ. This can be less expensive than purchasing a CD, especially if you are only interested in one or two songs from a certain artist. A lot of music listeners find that when they buy a CD it often gets scratched or they only listen to it while they are in their car. Most listeners also prefer to have a variety of music playing at a time and online music listening allows for this. You can download a few songs from one band and a few more from another of your favorite bands.

When you listen to music on the Internet there are fewer distractions and commercials. Traditional radio shows have a lot of advertising to fit during their programs because they have a lot of endorsements to fulfill. When you listen to online music , you do not have to hear annoying commercials or sit through a DJ that you do not like. Internet radio stations generally have less commercials and less talk time which allows for more music that you want to hear.

Another advantage of music that is streamed or bought online is the variety of music that is available to you. Most traditional radio stations consist of pop, country, rock, and oldies. However, some people prefer metal, glam rock, or another type of genre. You can listen to different genres in one place and find music and artists from all over the world. Using the Internet is a great place to discover a new band and introduce you to a new genre of music.

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.

Why Your Radio Portal Does “Radio Formatting”

Radio formatting is a way for traditional radio stations — and your favorite online radio portal — to program and broadcast material in order to reach a particular listening public. Formats have changed and mutated as music has evolved, reflecting new styles as well as the growth of listeners’ musical tastes and preferences.

Through time, radio formatting has become close to an art form, with stations learning more about how to direct their play lists to a specific demographic. Understanding the age, background, and ethnicity of a particular listenership has everything to do with capturing a targeted group in order to increase a station’s revenue. Good radio formatting is a marketing tool to get more listeners to tune in and stay tuned in.

Radio formats can be straightforward or complex. Some stations just play Country, which is simple to understand. Others combine a variety of play lists because they include cross over musicians or a combination of formats that are closely linked in other ways, such as Adult Alternative, Adult Album Alternative, and Adult Contemporary.

Format labels are there to help each radio portal or station define their target audiences. Sometimes these labels are a boon to listeners, making it easier for them to know what they are getting when they hit the dial. Sometimes, however, the labels can be confusing, especially when the lines of distinction start to blur.

Format Details
Alternative - This format includes punk and new wave material of the 1970s as well as the grunge bands of the 80s. Newer bands that do not fit into a top forty context are also featured in this context.
Classic Rock - Includes music from the 60s, 70, 80s, as well as some current releases.
Comedy - Features short comedic routines from current and past comedy artists.
Country - Music from both the present and the past within the genre.
Oldies - Geared towards adult listeners, this nostalgia format features “golden hits” from the 1950s through the 1970s, including rock and roll and popular tunes.
Smooth Jazz - This is lightweight jazz format that sets a mood with no demands on deeper listening. The genre is also called New Adult Contemporary
The Hitz - Geared towards adult listeners, this nostalgia format features “golden hits” from the 1950s through the 1970s, including rock and roll and popular tunes.
The 80′s - Pop, rock, and dance music from this decade.
The 90′s - Pop, rock, and dance music from this decade.

Format Details
Active Rock - Generally music that is designed to be played loud, such as hard rock, metal, and heavy metal.
Adult Album Alternative - Current music play lists for an adult audience. Usually the selections are of a wider range than found on “hit radio” and can include album tracks. This genre can incorporate many musical styles such as rock, folk rock, country rock, modern rock, blues, folk, and world.

Festival Concerts From Oldies to Today’s Music

By Michele Kadison

Radio has come a long way since the days when formats included one genre, limiting the listening public to fans of that particular musical style. As on-air stations began to see artists crossing over from one type of material to another, formatting began to change, expanding listenership and creating more opportunities for what we now call “oldies music” radio to expand. Additionally, as artists began to explore fusions in musical styles while taking greater risks, radio stations began to create alternative formats that allowed new music to flourish and be heard.

Not to be overlooked is how some of the important early live concerts in oldies music have affected this important evolution. These concerts were actually the forerunners of inclusively, bringing a wide variety of artists together onstage and introducing new genres to primed and waiting audiences.

Three Days of Peace and Music

woodstock Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicThe most seminal concert of this kind was Woodstock. Born from a concept created by four enterprising men (the oldest of whom was 26), the concert was initially formulated to raise money for a recording studio in Woodstock, New York where artists such as Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix were looking to hang their hats now and then. The idea was to create a festival called the “Aquarian Exposition”, which took its name from “the age of Aquarius” out of the radical hit musical of the time, “Hair”.

grateful dead Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicThe concert took place on August 15, 1969, officially beginning at 5:07 PM and heralding in what was called “three days of peace and music”. The idea was new and the set-up for artists was unprecedented as well, as the entrepreneurs had to guarantee paychecks to the bands in order to persuade them to play. Woodstock Ventures was thus able to engage some of the biggest acts of the time, including today’s oldies music hits such as the Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Who, Cream, Grateful Dead, and Ravi Shankar. Some of these bands were paid more than they’d ever received for a concert, which ended up costing the entrepreneurs a sum that was considered enormous for the time, a whopping $118,000 for talent alone. Once these big name artists were committed, the festival gained credibility luring more artists to sign up. After all was said and done, Woodstock eventually cost more than 2.4 million dollars.

What’s Going On

jfk martin Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicThe 60′s was a decade that was chock full of political events. Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy were assassinated, the war in Vietnam was taking a huge toll on the country and its youth, and racial issues created a mounting pressure cooker. The generation gap that formed due to the draft, political divisions, and new affirmations on questioning authority in every way became a force of nature.

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll also defined the generation, separating those “on the bus” from those off the bus. Woodstock and that era of oldies music became the emblem of what was seeded in the 60s and an eventual part of our cultural lexicon as it defined what it was to be a part of the growing protest, which included draft dodgers, black militants, gays and lesbians, and everyone in between.

Hear Me, Film Me

woodstock 2 Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicRoughly 500,000 people attended the Woodstock festival. A sound system large enough to accommodate this enormous oldies music audience spread out over a large outdoor space had to be created. This proved to be a challenge that eventually was solved and led the way to big business opportunities in the rock concert scene: the formulation of speaker systems that could handle overwhelming decibels while delivering clear sound to the people.

The festival promoters were smart enough to realize that they needed to chronicle the event, so they hired a cameraman/director of independent films to do so. Michael Wadleigh had never had an assignment quite like this. He got some New York filmmakers to help, including heavyweight director Martin Scorsese, but was still unable to get funding as film executives were gun-shy after the low box office profits from the filming of the Monterey Pop Festival. The deal they finally struck was to pay the filmmakers double or nothing once the film came out. The film, “Woodstock,” directed by Wadleigh and edited by Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature and a nomination for Best Sound. Rock concert documentation suddenly became big business.

Crossing Genres

How the Woodstock festival played out is the stuff of legend and has been documented by many. That it brought together not only so many people, but also so many diverse oldies music sounds – from folk to ballad, Indian to hard driving rock n roll, and more, helped pave the way for crossing genres over the air ways as radio stations saw the huge appeal as well as the revenues to be made from the combination.

The second time around – not necessarily a charm

In the 1990s, impresarios tried to exploit the Woodstock phenomenon again. But the festival lacked the authenticity and soul of the original, proving that if people do not share common beliefs and values, cohesiveness is difficult to achieve. It is rare that a true original can successfully be replicated.

Alternative Sounds Open the Market

lollapalooza Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicYears later another type of revolutionary concert was envisioned and accomplished. The Lollapalooza festival, created in 1991 by Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band Jane’s Addition, managed to formulate a workable festival that unlike Woodstock, would bring itself to the people through touring.

Lollapalooza featured artists outside the mainstream such as alternative rock bands, hip hop and punk musicians, new generation artists, as well as dance and comedy performers. The festival exposed bands like Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Souxie & the Banchees, and Hole as well as new and as yet unsigned groups. Grunge was featured as a viable genre, and mosh pits and crowd surfing reached their heights as interactive elements that defined the concert experience beyond its oldies music beginnings.

lollapalooza 2 Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicMore people saw and participated in Lollapalooza than any other musical festival to date. Farrell coined the term “Alternative Nation” to describe the musicians and their fans who were the emblem of new music forms bursting the conventional stereotypes. All went well until 1997 when the festival stopped touring. It was revived in 2003, but as with the Woodstock festival of the 1994, it too lacked soul and drove people away due to high ticket prices, a reflection of the big business roots it had grown. In 2005 Farrell partnered with the William Morris Agency to make it a fixed destination in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois where it has taken on a new success.

From the Concert Stage, to the Radio Play

Where we are today musically is due to the contributions of unique and ground-breaking festivals like the original Woodstock and Lollapalooza concerts. They set the stage for opening up the minds not only of people coming to hear the music, but also of studio executives, stadium impresarios, and most importantly, radio station programmers who recognize the importance of delivering the goods that stimulate listeners. As more bands and single artists appear on the stage, it is often through this type of concert exposure that they are able to make radio play; this approach has held true for artists from oldies music to the present. Opening up for a major act on a concert stage is a powerful way to get a record exec’s attention, especially if the fans are in full support. From there, if the radio stations are providing adequate venues to handle burgeoning sounds, everyone benefits.

977music_58
 
  • Tune In @ 977music.com »
    15+ Channels to Choose From!
  • Follow 977music Online Radio on TwitterFind 977music Online Radio on Facebook
  • Categories
  • Keep me updated on new radio stations, the latest music news, top artists, concerts and a whole lot more!
          *  Email:
     First Name:
     
  • 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 977music.com.