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90’s Hip-Hop Music

public enemy 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 90’s Hip Hop Music  Continue reading 90’s Hip-Hop Music »

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Country Radio: 10 Great Songs

Have you ever thought about what ten songs represent the best of country music?  If you williams Country Radio: 10 Great Songswill be asked to pick ten songs, which ones would they be?  Below are some of the country songs that we think would qualify for the top ten; they range from classic country music to mainstream country music and anything in between.

10:  ‘I Fall To Pieces’ (1961)

This is probably one of the greatest country songs of all time.  The melody and the timbre of the voice of the singer is what set this song apart from other songs.

09:  ‘Folsom Prison Blues’(1955)

Johnny Cash wrote this song while serving overseas in the US Air Force after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of

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Folsom Prison. Cover versions of this song have been recorded by Charley Pride, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard and Brooks & Dunn among others.

08:  ‘I Hope You Dance’ (2000)

The greatness of this song is signified by the award it received when this song was released: the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

07:  ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ (1949)

Part of this song’s appeal is that Hank Williams singing style immediately evokes the feeling of loneliness that he’s singing about.

06:  ‘The Dance’ (1990)

Aside from the music, the music video, which features a number of American icons that died for a dream, plays a big role in defining this song.

05:  ‘Crazy’ (1961)

cline Country Radio: 10 Great SongsMany artists have tried to recreate this song, but none of ever came close to the original. The night Patsy Cline debuted this song she received three standing ovations and the song became an immediate crossover hit, earning hit status on three different charts in the early 1960’s.

04:  ‘Stand By Your Man’ (1968)

This is one of the old time classics.  As proof of its stature in the country genre, the song has endured over the years and is still continuously played at weddings and country bars across the country.

03:  ‘I Cross My Heart’ (1992)

This song has been a sound track of a movie and has been No. 1 on the charts.

02:  ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ (1952)

Written and recorded by Hank Williams and released after his death, this blues ballad is considered one of his greatest songs.

01:  ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ (1980)

This song really portrays how a man feels after being betrayed by his lover.  George Jones credits this song with winning him the Best Male Country Vocal Performance Grammy Award.

Obviously, not everyone is going to agree on the top ten songs…some of the songs that you like might have made the list and others might not have.  The bottom line is that we all have our own preferences.  But no matter how different we all may be, country music remains one of the greatest music genres with thousands of great songs to enjoy. Now that you’ve studied up, hop on over to our free Country Music Internet Radio channel and listen to some of these songs you’ve read about!

Top 40 Radio Explained

In the radio industry, a song’s popularity is measured by the demand for the song based on the volume of requests from listeners and sales. The Top 40 is one of the music metrics that tracks the most popular songs within a current week, month or year. Top 40 playback became a dominant radio format during the 1960’s and was persisted until the 1980’s.

You may be wondering how Top 40 works: what is the process, how does a song make it to the Top 40? I will try to explain it further. Each week, the 100 most popular songs are put into a chart by Billboard. The Billboard chart is based on a national sample of top radio airplay and music sales. The Top 40 songs are then extracted from Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Airplay is the first process in determining the songs to be included in the Top 40. Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), run by Neilsen, keeps track of the airplay. BDS uses a certain technology called digital pattern-recognition to capture songs that are being played on radio stations and music channels all over the US and Canada.  This recognition process is run 24/7 and captures over 100 million songs annually; the data gathered is then used by Billboard in compiling weekly charts.

The second process used in determining the Top 40 songs is monitoring the sales of albums in music stores. To track sales, Billboard then uses SoundScan, another technology developed by Neilsen that keeps track of record sales all over the US and Canada. When we purchase an album, sales data from the barcode is passed to SoundScan; the stored data is compiled and published weekly.

The methodology of Billboard in weighting the compiled data has changed over time. In the past, they were using 90% airplay and 10% sales to determine the top songs. Now, they use 80% airplay and 20% sales because of shifting trends in how many people listen to radio versus how many people actually purchase singles.

Most recording artists’ goal is to sell albums, and for albums to sell, their songs must be popular on the radio.  Once a song hits the Top 40 list, a massive rise in album sales is generally guaranteed. Top 40 has been a measuring stick for album sales and the trend will likely continue. Not making the Top 40 does not say that your success rate as an artist will be low; not all musicians are after big sales after all. Some are contented with the money they are making and the little spotlight time they get.

Hip Hop Music: Then and Now

Hip hop music has been with us since the 1970’s; since its early years, the genre has been an evolving art form spanning a variety of styles inhabited by some interesting characters. Let’s take a look at the significant years in the development and growth of hip hop.

1970-1973

  • The Grandfather of Hip-Hop; Afrika Bambaataa started to DJ. He is also known to many as the Godfather of Hip Hop culture. As the founder of the Universal Zulu Nation, Afrika is also a visionary, historian and is recognized as the “Master of Records”.
  • Kool Herc, the Father of Hip-hop also known as Clive Campell DJ’d his first block party.

1974

  • Graffiti Art became widely visible in around New York’s subway cars.
  • Caz, Bambaataa, Herc and Flash played at block parties, house parties and were visible all over the Bronx neighborhoods.

1975

  • The art of “Emceeing” started to evolve in parties.
  • Kool Herc and the Herculoids was formed and its members Coke La Rock and Clark Kent formed the first emcee team.

1977

  • Hip hop focused its attention on the MCs while other DJs such as Disco King Mario, Casanova Fly, Disco Wiz and DJ Bam continued to perform around town .
  • Herc was stabbed three times in his party one night, and his career took a beating from which he never recovered.

1983

  • Gangsta rap came into play with Ice T as the pioneering artist. His singles “Body Rock” and “Killers” were released in the West coast.

1986

  • The Geto Boys was formed. It was founded by James Smith who was a native of Houston, Texas. Its original lineup included MCs Raheim, DJ Ready Red, Sir Rap-A-Lot and Jukebox.
  • The Geto Boys were the authors of the evolution of southern rap.

1993

  • “36 Chambers” was released by the Wu-Tang Clan.
  • “The Chronic” by Dr. Dre reached multi-platinum status.

1996

  • Jay-Z launched his highly-anticipated album, “Reasonable Doubt”. He started the “charismatic rapper” theme thus earning lots of admirers and inspiring many wannabes.
  • A new award-giving body was formed in the UK. It was called The Music of Black Origin and The Fugees came away with two trophies for that year.

2001

  • In an MTV show, Puff Daddy announced that he would change his name to P. Diddy.
  • Eminem pleads guilty to two charges of felony in an incident in 2000 where he caught a man kissing his wife, Kim Mathers. He was charged for pistol-whipping the man.

2005

  • In a Power 105.1 concert in New York, Jay-Z and Nas ended their long time feud.

There you have it; Hip-hop highlights through the years. It may be the same as before as it is now. But along the way, there are lots of personalities, happenings and events. All of these events helped shape hip-hop, and the hip-hop culture is still growing strong after all these. Listen to 977music’s very own DJ Tremble on demand here, or every weekend on the Hitz station mix shows.

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 Things We Love about Alternative Music

Tired of the same kind of music that is being played on the airwaves? Want to hear something new? If this is what you have been wishing for, then alternative music is for you.

Alternative music has garnered a large following over the past few years. But if you are new to this kind of music and need some convincing, here are three things that you will love about alternative music.

It offers something new.

Well, just like the name implies, it is an alternative to the typical music that is played on the airwaves. It is not technically a whole new kind of music; what it does is it combines a lot of music genres into one, creating a new sound and a new genre. So you might hear traces of your favourite genre here and there, but no one genre is completely dominant. It gives you something new to listen to, but it still has a connection to the kind of music that you like. If you are getting tired of the same old music routine, then alternative music is the answer. You will get to listen to something new and free your ears from typical mainstream music.

It has been a venue for new artists to emerge.

As it is something entirely different, a lot of artists want to dabble with alternative music. Many have succeeded in their dabbling and really produced worthwhile and all-around good music. Just like the music, the artists who are into alternative music are also not the conventional music artists: they won’t look cultivated by members of certain boy bands, but they tend not to favor the crazy, punked-out look either. So alternative music does not only offer new music, it also offers new artists. You never know…you might find the right band or artist for you tastes.

Its lyrics will make you socially aware.

Alternative in a way is similar to rap music. If you are not a fun of rap music, you might be shaking your head now and changing your mind about trying out alternative music. But the similarity is not with the sound but rather, with the lyrics. We all know that a lot of the lyrics written or created for rap music have a deeper meaning. It usually deals with social issues which are not normally being tackled in any other genres of music. You get to hear about oppression, loss of life and the negative impacts of violence. The lyrics for alternative music are basically the same in that they also deal with social issues. So if you have not been listening to the news lately, then try listening to an alternative music.

There are definitely many things that you will love about alternative music. But in the end, you will be the judge, so fire up the Alternative channel by clicking on the icon in the Station box in the right column and listen to a song or two – you may just become a fan of alternative music.

What Will You Hear?

The 977music.com Alternative station plays music from artists like Evanescence, 3 Doors Down, Sponge and hundreds of others!

 
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