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Launch Your Band with Online Music

Forming a band can take a lot of work and time, but when it is finally formed the payoff is rewarding. Finding the right musicians for a band is only half the work. You then have to create amazing music, start working on a fan base, and work to make your band stand out above all the rest. There are different approaches you can take to get your music heard, but the best way is to use the advantages the Internet has. Here are some steps for forming a band and how to launch your band with online music.

Before you can have a band, you must have musicians. Finding the right mix and sound requires a lot of work and auditions. Musicians have to be able to play together, work together, and go on the road together without drama or fighting. You should audition for a lead singer, back up singer, drummer, guitarist, and bass guitarist as the foundation of the band. Depending on your genre of music you may need a keyboardist or saxophone player for instance.

The next step when forming your band, after you have solidified your choices of musicians, is the most epic; choosing a name for the group. This may require a lot of brainstorming and list making for choosing the perfect name. For some bands, choosing name may be more impulsive. Sometimes choosing a name will come really easy and other times you may need to be inspired by something before choosing one.

After the preliminary steps are taken, your band can then begin on writing music and practicing. If you are not a tribute band then you should write original music. You can have your music copyrighted before you produce an album. You can write music that is genre specific or play around with different sounds and style. One thing you should always do is practice and practice often.

Once your band and music is ready, you should launch your band and music online. This is a great way to have your music heard by a lot of people in one place. You can submit your music to Internet radio stations or other online music websites. Creating a personalized website is a great way for your fans to connect with you and learn about the group. A lot of bands have been discovered on the Internet and it is a great starting point to launch your future success as a band.

You can make vides and upload the video hosting sites and your website so people can see how you perform. Posting videos of practice sessions, gig, and recording sessions will showcase your band’s talents. Using online music channels can launch your band into stardom.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

The “Golden” Oldies Music Revolution

By Michele Kadison

Oldies but Goodies - Oldies MusicConsidered the Golden Age of pop music, what is known as “Oldies” music includes works created during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The term, “oldies, but goodies” was coined in 1957 by renowned DJ Art Laboe, who kept getting requests to hear songs from the early 50’s on his radio show. The name stuck, even to the point where in 1961, a song by Little Caesar and the Romans hit the charts called, “Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You).” Laboe eventually put together a compilation of songs from the era called “Oldies But Goodies” that was on the Billboard top 100 chart for over three years and enjoyed 14 sequels to date.

Oldies Music: The Early Days

The Classic Oldies music of the 50s and early 60’s signify music you can to dance to, sing along to, and fall in love to. With their lyric-driven intensity and their melodic sound, this era epitomizes the golden age of pop music. When the 1960’s came into view, the music began to become more complex and the groups became more diverse in their expression. The singer/songwriter was born, with individuals and bands ranging from folk to pop to rock continuing to break all the rules. Additionally we had a phenomenon called the British Invasion, which changed the face of rock n roll forever.

The Oldies Music Evolution

The early 70’s brought a sound that mirrored what was going on in the burgeoning hippie culture of the time. Expressions of world peace, free love, civil rights, and women’s liberation took hold through rock, funk, and reggae sounds that came from both sides of the ocean.

Oldies: A Musical Revolution of the Times

The 50’s

Back to the 50's with Oldies MusicThe popularity of the Golden Oldies music came from vitality, innocence, and innovation. Never before had music sounded like this. Emerging from a myriad of musical styles that encompassed post World War II blues, jazz, and hillbilly country, which in turn emerged from the big band era along with boogie woogie, the Golden or Classic Oldies indicated the birth of rock n roll. Right around 1955 doo-wop groups began to form, showing off a rhythmic sound and strong backup vocals, with groups like the Del-Vikings singing “Come Go With Me,” the Marcels singing “Blue Moon,” and the classic romantic doo-wop ballad by the Five Satins, “In the Still of the Night.” At the same time, in 1955, Bill Haley came forward with a song that broke all the rules with “Rock Around the Clock” and the revolution began. When Elvis Presley appeared on the scene, things broke open wide. Even though Jerry Lee Lewis had been around before him with his wild and totally unorthodox performances and lifestyle, Elvis gave rock n roll permission to be sexy. He still exemplifies the apotheosis of the Rock Star, and will forever be referenced in this context. The label Sun Records, which signed Elvis and Jerry Lee, became the number one label for making many singers important stars of the time. Artists like Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Ritchie Valens were also shaking up the scene with songs like “Mabelline, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Tutti Frutti,” and “La Bamba” respectively. Here was a whole new sound full of life and rebellion and the kids went wild.

Golden Oldies Music TV

Golden Oldies Music - Precursor to MTVAs early as 1952, a local show emerged that featured artists of the time, providing a platform for them to be seen by their fans. In 1956 this little show had a change in hosts, with the young Dick Clark stepping in for Bob Horn and American Bandstand was born. It was picked up by ABC in 1957 and went on to become one of the biggest shows on television for showcasing talent, lasting all the way until 1989.

The 60’s

The 60's in Oldies MusicWhen Chubby Checker came out with “The Twist,” in 1960, the world was galvanized by the song and the gyrating dance that went with it. Then the early 1960’s brought the revolutionary sound of the Girl Groups. Here we had the sexy Shangra-Las singing “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) along with the Shirelles, the Ronettes, and the Crystals.. Ike and Tina turner showed up with “River Deep, Mountain High” which featured the avante garde sound of producer Phil Spector and his “wall of sound.” With over 25 top 40 hits between 1960 and 1969, Spector’s creations dominated the charts.

Most of the oldies music songs of this time were written for the artists by a group of savvy songwriters holed up in the famous Brill Building in New York City. Soul singers such as James Brown and Marvin Gaye were very much a part of the time, along with blue-eyed soul artists such as The Righteous Brothers. In 1959, Berry Gordy had founded Motown Records in Detroit and created the Motown sound. Artists like The Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and The Supremes are just a few of the heavyweights that made hit after hit at the time. Add to the list Stevie Wonder and The Jackson Five, along with many other famous names, and its easy to see how Motown packed its punch. And then came the Brits! The British invasion began with a historic moment in 1964 when a group called The Beatles debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show. After this, English groups began streaming in as American teens were overcome with Brit-mania. The Dave Clark Five, the Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Herman’s Hermits, Elton John, Petula Clark, and Dusty Springfield represent a mere smattering of the impact that the British invasion had on music of the day.

The 70’s

The 70's - Disco Era Oldies MusicAs the 1970’s approached, classic American rock was hitting its stride in oldies music with The Rascals, the Association, Fleetwood Mac, The Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, The Birds, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and The Doors. The drug culture was beginning to define rock n roll in the late 60’s, spawning the most famous outdoor rock concert ever: Woodstock. Singers like Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and Papas, The Beach Boys, and the Lovin’ Spoonful added to the mix as singer/songwriters were taking their place in the firmament. Folk artists like Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Judy Collins were already making their mark in the 60’s. Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Carole King, John Denver, Cat Stevens, and James Taylor enriched the time with their pointed and sensitive songs that made listeners think.

Rock kept growing, with more imports from overseas such as Rod Stewart and the Faces, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, and the androgynous David Bowie, who gave us permission to explore a wider range of personal expression. Funk music was another genre that made the 70’s so musically rich and diverse. Here was George Clinton, Parliament, and Funkadelic along with Earth, Wind, and Fire, the Ohio Players, Kool and the Gang, and Bootsy Collins heating up the floor and making way for the disco generation to come. From folk rock to psychedelic rock, soul, the Motown sound, and bubblegum pop, 70’s music reflected what was going on in the culture, which meant revolution and change. As the 70’s moved on, other musical styles similar to oldies music began to take root from these sounds, and the beat moved on.

Natalie Merchant’s New Album

Natalie Merchant, the once singer-songwriter for the 10,000 Maniacs, who eventually went out on her own as a great success, has now come out with her next album – “Leave Your Sleep”. Nonesuch Records stated the album was released worldwide April 13. Promoting the album, Merchant is performing a series of release parties and concerts in several major American cities.

Natalie Merchant was born in Jamestown, New York. Her mother encouraged her to study music and wouldn’t allow her four children, including Natalie, to watch TV until they were 12. Merchant said they were taken to the symphony often, as her mother loved classical music. Merchant admits she didn’t know much about any other type of music beyond classical and show-tunes, music her mother loved.

In 1981, Merchant started singing for a band called “Still Life”, which later changed their name to “10,000 Maniacs”. In 1993 she left the group to go out on her own. By 1995 she released her album “Tigerlily” which contained the famous single called “I May Know The Word”. The song was to appear on the soundtrack for the movie Philadelphia but was later cut. “Beloved Wife”, another song off of “Tigerlily” was featured in the trailer for the movie Message in a Bottle. The album also contained the song “River”, dedicated to River Phoenix, whom she defend and castigates the media for sensationalizing his death. Tigerlily was a success and pushed her single “Carnival” into the top 40 of singles. The album sold over 5 million copies.

After three years, Merchant released her second album “Ophelia”. This album would contain a lot of symphonic arrangements composed and conducted by British composer Gavin Bryars. Thirty different musicians were featured on the album. The album was meant to describe a series of women throughout time, who dared to question the patriarchal status quo and were often castigated. Merchant described “Ophelia” as being at once a “novice Carmelite”, a “suffragette”, a “circus queen,” a “demigoddess” and a “mafia courtesan.” The first single of the album “Kind and Generous” received massive airplay on VH1. Merchant also joined Sarah McLachlan performing in Lilith Fair, which helped push her album into Platinum status in under a year. Singles “Break Your Heart” and “Life Is Sweet” received only moderate airplay. Merchant made appearances on VH1, PBS and Hard Rock Live that year as well.

Merchant’s third album would be “Motherland”, released in 2001. The album achieved Gold on the Billboard charts with singles “Just Can’t Last, “Build A Levee” and “Tell Yourself”.

After “Motherland”, Merchant did not resign with her record company but released her next album “The House Carpenter’s Daughter” under her own label, Myth America Records. This was in 2003. Merchant later decided to resign with Nonesuch Records and now, in 2010, we see her album “Leave Your Sleep” being released. Financial Times claims “the album is a double album of poems set to music the traverses the whole range of American vernacular, from Bluegrass to Cajon to miniature chamber music, and beyond.”

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

Why We Love Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels has it all and we love it. He has the look, charm, personality, voice, the band, and the ability to make great music. There are so many reasons why we love Bret Michaels. He has fans from all different age groups ranging from his days as the lead singer for Poison from his days on VH1 as a reality star. He has recently recorded music with Miley Cyrus, and unfortunately has been in the headlines for health reasons. He is an American star with worldwide fame and recognition.

His career started in the early 1980s when he formed the band Poison. It is a glam metal, hard rock band that had amazing success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bret is the lead singer and front man of the band. The band also consists of members: C.C. Deville, Rikki Rocket, and Bobby Dall. Some of the band’s more memorable songs were Talk Dirty To Me and Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Since 1986 they have released nine albums with chart topping hits. Last year, they were on tour with Cheap Trick and Def Leppard.

In addition to recording music and going on tour with his band Poison, Bret has also recorded solo albums. He released his first solo album in 1998 and it was called A Letter From Death Row. He is working on his sixth solo album which is due to be released later this year. It is being recorded under the Poor Boy Records label and is titled Custom Built. One song from the album that has already been released that is receiving positive feedback and attention is the duet with Miley Cyrus called Nothing To Lose.

His songs from his solo albums and from the band Poison are continuously played on Internet Radio stations worldwide. He has fans from so many different age groups because his music is played on classic rock channels as well as pop channels on Internet radio stations. His music is also on traditional radio stations as well. He also has fans who love video games because Poison’s songs are on the Guitar Hero song list, which is a very popular video game where you can be a rock star.

He not only records music but he is also a reality TV star. He was the star of VH1 hit show Rock of Love. Bret was introduced to more than twenty women at a time on his show in hopes of finding his one true love. Bret is currently on Donald Trump’s reality series the Celebrity Apprentice. Unfortunately, he has also been seen on TV recently because of a medical condition. In addition to having type 1 diabetes, he was rushed to a hospital with a brain hemorrhage. Luckily he is doing fine and recovering well.

There are so many reasons to love Bret Michaels. He has continued success in the band Poison and also with his solo career. We love rocking out to his music on Guitar Hero and cannot take our eyes off the TV when he is on a reality show.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

90s Music Hits: What You Need to Know

90s music introduced a huge variety in musical styles and taste. Everything from pop, alternative, grunge, rap, punk, electronic, and one-hit-wonders hit the airwaves along with a wave of snazzy female musicians making huge inroads in the musical firmament. Musical artists turning up in the 90s opened up many horizons, and seemed to give each genre more permission to stretch its limits as far as possible.

90’s Music Hits: The Early Days

The early 90s brought in some great dance music with sounds from Technotronic “Pump Up The Jam”, C&C Music Factory “Gonna Make Your Sweat/Everybody Dance Now”, Snap “The Power”, Madonna “Vogue”, Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back”, MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This”, Ton Loc “Wild Thing”, and Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby.”

Pearl Jam - 90s Music HitsR&B artists had some stellar 90s music hits on the charts, with En Vogue “Hold On”, Regina Belle “Make It Like It Was”, Skyy “Real Love”, Mariah Carey “Vision of Love”, Jeffrey Osborne “Only Human”, R. Kelly & Public Announcement “Honey Love R”, and Jodeci “Stay”.

Grunge was born with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Blind Melon. Nirvana’s huge hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” gave meaning to what was being depicted as a meaningless world and alternative music fans were well satisfied. Techno/house/dance music became a growing phenomenon as the wave of electronic music signified a more powerful entry of the culture into cyberspace. DJs began to become prominent as they created their own name-brand mixes for clubs around the world.

The 90’s: The Halfway Point

Around 1995, music’s darker side gave way to a lighter feel with bands coming up like Hootie and the Blowfish, the Bodeans, and Sister Hazel. Britney Spears and Cristina Aguilera blew open the charts, creating a sexy pop sound that resonated with a wide range of listeners. Sexual innuendo was becoming more provocative and overt, with videos to back up the heat. Boy bands such as N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees ruled the day with their harmonies and distinct personalities that gelled into an ideal music biz product.

Dave Matthews Band were 90s Music HitsSome really powerful bands were rising through the charts in the 90s. Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Foo Fighters, the Dave Matthews Band, Weezer, and Counting Crows all factored in strong during the decade. U2 was coming out with 90s music hits as strong as ever, Oasis had a hit with “Wonderwall” and REM issued their powerful song, “Losing My Religion.” Punk bands like Greenday and the Offspring along with heavy metal bands such as Metallica, Guns and Roses, and Jane’s Addiction were all strong influences on the music scene. Marilyn Manson typified the growing trend towards breaking down barriers in order to take the message to the limit.

Some of the strongest albums of the decade included “The Queen is Dead” by the Smiths, “Doolittle” by The Pixies, “It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back” by Public Enemy, “The Stone Roses” by The Stone Roses, and “Lies and Corruption” by New Order Power. Additionally we had the pivotal 90s music hits albums “Nevermind” from Nirvana, “Grace” from Jeff Buckley, “Blue Lines” from Massive Attack, “Different Class” from Pulp, and “The Good Sun” from Nick Cave.

On the R&B scene, En Vogue, Eryka Badu, Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, TLC, Toni Braxton, Luther Van Dross, and Janet Jackson were going strong. Hip hop and Goth also entered the charts, becoming more mainstream as these relatively new genres garnered radio play.

The 90’s: Women of the 90’s

Shania Twain Songs are 90s Music Hits90s music was the decade where more women appeared on pop charts than in any former time. Artists like Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Liz Phair, Erykah Badu, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Tori Amos, and Emmy Lou Harris created a diversity in sound that rocked the scene and brought a lot of great music to the listening public. Throughout the decade, Marian Carey was on the charts with nineteen 90s music hits; Gloria Estefan had nine; Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Allanis Morisette all had seven; Madonna had six; and Janet Jackson had five.

From 1997 to 1999, Canadian singer, Sarah McLachlin created and toured the Lilith Fair, featuring only female singers and successfully demonstrating to the music industry that girl power was indeed something to be reckoned with.

The 90’s: A Lasting Influence

The 90s had a tremendous influence on today’s musical trends through bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, which mixed heavy metal and distorted guitar licks with expressive if not depressive lyrics. Radiohead also challenged listeners to pay attention to lyrics that delivered a strong message, asking more than had been asked of music fans in any other decade.

Sean Combs helped to expose more of the hip hop scene with his producing and business savvy. The growth of “gangsta rap” came out of the 90s, and new pop divas sprang up full-blown in the form of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott delivered new and exciting images for females through their strong messages combined with danceable beats. Permission was being given to all musical artists to ‘get out there and do your thing.’ Cross-over became the order of the day towards the end of the decade as more and more artists enjoyed airplay in a variety of markets.

Many of the artists that came up producing 90s music hits through that decade still remain strong and consistent in the 2000s, demonstrating that this was definitely a time that spawned class acts with durability and dimension.

Online Music Singles

A lot of people listen to music on Internet radio stations or on another online music outlet. There are a lot of reasons for this including the ease of finding music you like, fewer commercial interruptions, and music is more accessible online especially if people spend a lot of time on their computers for work or school. Musicians have had to keep up with the demands of people spending time listening to music on the Internet. A lot of them release their new singles online before they come out with a new album.

Releasing a new single on the Internet is like a teaser to a new album they may be working on. A musician can also make just as much money releasing a single first before the album because they make money from online music channels and radio stations. It is an honor and can boost their career if they become the most downloaded music star. It can also determine if the record sales will be good or bad, and they can get feedback from their fans about their music. Releasing a single online has many advantages for a musician.

One pop star that has achieved success, fame, and fortune is Miley Cyrus. She has come a long way from her days on the Disney Channel as Hannah Montana. She has matured and so have her fans, and it really shows in her music. Just as musicians have to keep up with new technology and what their fans are doing, she has certainly done the same with her career. As her fans from the Disney channel grew older, she changed her image to cater to a more mature older fan base.

Miley took advantage of the Internet and its advantages and released her new single online this weekend. You can listen to her online music from radio stations on the Internet. Her newest single from the album she is currently working on can be played from her Myspace profile. If her new single has positive feedback then her album will surely have continued success.

Miley Cyrus’ new single is called Can’t Be Tamed. It is different and has a fresh taste from her original sound. It was an unexpected sound from her but the song was really good. Taking a risk and changing music styles can be challenging for artists. Some fans may not appreciate the new sound and others will certainly enjoy it. Other artists who want to take a risk should also release a few singles online before the album. The fans and critiques can respond with helpful comments and criticism.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

Internet Radio and Wedding Plans

A lot of time and preparation takes place before a happy couple’s wedding day. More than half of the planning is for the reception after the wedding. A ceremony usually lasts between fifteen and thirty minutes, but the reception can go on for hours into night. It is a time to celebrate with the newlyweds, dine, drink champagne if you are old enough, and dance the night away. Some couples choose to hire a DJ, and others take care of the music themselves. There is a lot of planning simply for the music during the reception. Here are some ways in which Internet radio can help during your wedding plans.

Planning and preparing for your ceremony and reception can be extremely stressful. There is so much to think about and a lot of people to take into consideration. You have to find food that everyone will like, a location that your family and friends will be able to go to, what kind of music people like and so on. Unfortunately, this can cause fights or panic attacks. If you are under a lot of stress or need to deescalate, listening to music can calm your nerves. Since you are probably looking up information on the Internet, you should keep a tab open with a radio channel ready to be played.

Listening to music while planning can also spark some creativity and inspiration in you. You may be inspired by a love song that you hear or get ideas for a theme when listening to a certain genre of music. Your spouse might have family from another country that has different cultures and customs. You can learn a lot about other cultures by listening to their traditional music. You can find music from all over the world on the Internet. You might even be planning your reception to have a worldly theme, and you can find music to play online.

If you are working with a DJ or choose not to hire one, you should still have a playlist for the reception. You can find fun dance music or love songs for slow dances. Listening to Internet Radio offers you to listen to a lot of music genres in one place without distractions from radio hosts and a lot of commercials. If you decide to play your own music and not hire a DJ, you can always connect your computer to high quality speakers to play music. Internet radio is perfect for this because it has fewer commercials than traditional radio, and you can easily switch music channels and genres.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, 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

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