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Tegan and Sara

This musical group, headed by identical twins, Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Kiersten Quin has gained an intense fan base and equal popularity in the indie/indie-rock genres. Now playing on television soundtracks, and touring, these young musicians have grown accustomed to working with such artists as: The Pretenders, Neil Young, Cake and The Killers.

Both women were born in Calgary and started their musical careers at the ripe age of fifteen. They utilized their school’s recording studio in 1997 to drop the tracks on their first demo, which then led to an album. In 1999 the twins released this first album, entitled, Under Feet Like Ours. At the time of this album release, the band was known as Sara and Tegan, but was later re-released as Tegan and Sara as it was easier to pronounce. The album was then re-released again in 2001 with the bonus track “Frozen”. The album was made available again in 2006 via Tegan and Sara’s online store at Maple Music.

Later, the sisters were signed by Neil Young’s manager to Young’s Vapor Records label. The album “This Business of Art” was released in 2000.

In 2002, the sisters released their third album If It Was You. Singles from the album include “Time Running”, “Living Room,” “I Hear Noises”, and “Monday Monday Monday”.

Staying with their success, a fourth album came out in 2004, So Jealous. The album contributed highly to the girl’s success. The single “Walking With A Ghost” was covered by “The White Stripes” who released it on their album “Walking with a Ghost.”

While making albums, Tegan and Sara toured, performing in festivals nationwide. In 1999 the group took part in Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair, and in 2005 the group was then invited to play at Lollapalooza. Cyndi Lauper recruited the duo in 2008 for her True Colors Tour, and Holly Miranda has already taken interest in including them in an upcoming show.

In 2007, they released The Con. Guest performers on the album included Jason McGerr of Death Cab For Cutie, Matt Sharp of The Rentals and formerly of Weezer, Hunter Burgan of AFI, and Kaki King.

On October 27, 2009, Tegan and Sara released their sixth album Sainthood, as well as a three-volume book set titled ON, IN, AT. The book is a three-book set that chronicles different time periods over a year in the girl’s lives with writing and photographs: the 2008 US national tour, a joint writing session in New Orleans for the new album in the fall of 2008 and the 2009 Australian headlining tour.

In 2009, the band released their album Sainthood. The lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s 1976 song, “Came So Far For Beauty,” became the inspiration behind the album. The album revolves around relationships but as reviewers have stated, they tend to go deeper than typical relationship drama and that the struggle, grief and bitterness bleed and breathe throughout the album.

While recording Sainthood, Tegan and Sara spent some time writing songs together in New Orleans. The song “Paperback Head” appeared on the album, making it the first song on any Tegan and Sara album that they wrote together. Spin Magazine gave Sainthood four out of five stars and wrote, “Tegan and Sara’s music may no longer be the stuff of teens, but its strength remains in how much it feels like two people talking.

Tegan and Sarah have expanded their musical talent to perform with television shows and movies in: North America, Canada and Europe. Tegan and Sara were proud to perform on the movie soundtracks of: Monster-In-Law and Sweet November. The two also placed musical backdrops to such popular television series’ as: Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills, The L Word, Melrose Place, 90210, One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars.

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.

Kellie Pickler Releasing New Single

“Pick Pickler” was American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler’s slogan. The then 19-year old is now on her own, still making music and still gaining notoriety. During an MTV interview, Pickler said she is working on a new album right now that will be her third, to be released this Fall. And this album, she claims, will be very country, as in the past, fans complained her music was too pop for their taste. Pickler says she is going back to her roots and the album will reflect this.

Kellie Pickler was born June 28, 1986 in Albemarle, North Carolina. Pickler’s mother left her and her father when Kellie was 2. She returned for custody but then the court returned the daughter to her grandparents when she was 12. With her father in and out of jail, Pickler was raised by her grandparents. Pickler still attributes her life’s influences to her grandparents, especially her grandfather, Clyde Raymond Pickler Sr.

When Pickler’s grandmother died in 2002, she continued to live with her grandfather and younger sibling Eric until she became a contestant on American Idol. Prior to being on Idol, Pickler graduated from high school and worked as a waitress at a Sonic Drive-In. She participated in the Miss America circuit and won the “Miss Stanly County” pageant at age 17. She also competed for Miss North Carolina in 2004.

In 2005 she auditioned for American Idol in Greensboro, North Carolina. She sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing”. The judges sent her to Hollywood and she slowly reached the Top 12. Pickler became popular due to her quirky personality and southern charm. Audiences loved her naiveté and compared her to Jessica Simpson.

After finishing sixth on American Idol, she made appearances on numerous television shows. In May of 2006 she returned to Albemarle, North Carolina for a parade and reunion with her father. The mayor proclaimed the day as Kellie Pickler Day.

Pickler wanted to continue pursuing her career and decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee. On July 17, 2006 she signed with 19 Records/BNA Records as a recording artist. She released her debut album “Small Town Girl” in 2006. It sold over 800,000 copies and was certified gold by the RIAA. It also was nominated for the CMT Video Awards as “Breakthrough Video of the Year”. The debut album topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums. The album produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Song charts. They included “Red High Heels” at #15, “I Wonder” at #14 and “Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind” at #16.

In addition to her album’s success, Pickler was nominated for “Top New Female Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music.

Pickler continued to perform and release singles. The single “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” was released to radio in June 2008 and was a Top 25 hit, peaking at #21. Her second album “Kellie Pickler” was finally released on September 30, 2008. The album debuted at the top of the country chart as well as #9 on the Billboard 200, selling over 43,000 copies in its first week.

In 2009, Pickler accompanied Taylor Swift on the first leg of her Fearless Tour. Pickler also re-recorded the single “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” from her first album. The song debuted at #55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became her fifth Top 20 hit, peaking at #14 in February 2010.

Pickler now looks forward to the release of her third album and hopes it receives as much of a welcome as her other two albums, or even a better one at that.

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.

Internet radio and Other Music Awards

Singers and bands have loyal fans that stick with them through the thick and thin of their music careers. Annual music awards are a time for the fans to vote for their favorite musicians and give praise for their musical talents. Singers and bands not only get recognition and some type of fancy award, but their careers are usually increased in ratings. There are genre specific music awards, general music awards, and online music awards. Here is a look at an Internet radio awards and some other music awards.

Perhaps the most well known music awards are the Grammy Awards show. It is an annual award given to musicians that are the best in the business. They receive a golden gramophone statuette that solidifies their place in the entertainment industry and their outstanding achievements. The Grammy Award is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The categories you can win an award for are: best new artist, album of the year, song of the year, and record of the year. These categories are also handed out awards for certain genres.

There are other music awards that take place every year that are genre specific. They are less prestigious than the Grammy’s but can still boost a musician’s career and get just as much hype and audience attention. Other annual awards are the County Music Awards, the MTV Video Music awards, Texas Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, and the Brit Awards for example. These music awards recognize achievements for musicians who make music in their genre such as country, hip hop, or alternative music.

Internet Radio is just as influential as traditional radio for promoting a band or singer. Annually, there are the Internet Radio Awards that are held online. You can vote for your favorite Internet radio station, and they will win an award for best program online. If you have a radio station online you can either nominate yourself or one of your listeners can nominate for an award. It is a great way to see what stations there are around the world and to recognize the hard work that your favorite Internet station does day to day to provide you with great music to listen to.

If you want to discover music from around the world, or nominate an Independent musician for their work, you can vote for them at the International Online Music Awards. They are held every year, and you can vote for your favorite Independent band or singer to win an award. A lot of popular mainstream artists have been discovered by their online music. The Internet is very powerful for boosting someone’s career.

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.

Stone Temple Pilots Release New Album

Very few bands survive after a hiatus. The Stone Temple Pilots may be an exception. The band is expected to release its sixth studio album, Stone Temple Pilots on May 25, 2010.

The Stone Temple Pilots, also called STP, is a band that found immediate success with their 1992 album “Core”. The album became platinum, 8x and sent STP into becoming one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s.

STP, made up of band members Scott Weiland, brothers Robert DeLeo and Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz was one of the top selling bands of the 90s, selling nearly 40 million records worldwide. During the 90s, the band had 16 top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts, six of which peaked at #`1. They also won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song “Plush”.

What caused the band to fade a bit off the scene? Mostly Weilands continual drug offenses and multiple concert cancellations. This in turn caused band members to separate and launch new careers. The band formally separated in 2003 and didn’t reunite until April of 2008 whereupon they went on a 71-date tour.

So how did this band of two brothers and a couple of guys get together and become so successful in the first place? As they tell it, their story dates back to a concert in California in 1986 where Weiland and Robert DeLeo were sitting around chatting about their girlfriend. It wasn’t long that both realized they were dating the same woman. While in any other situation a fight might have broke out, with these two, a friendship ensued instead. Each broke it off with the girl, moved into the girl’s vacated apartment and before long formed a band. In the beginning the band included friends Corey Hicock and David Allen. Once Allen left, drummer Eric Kretz joined. Then came Robert’s brother Dean DeLeo, who decided to play guitar in the band, replacing Hicock. At the time, the four called themselves Mighty Joe Young. The band recorded their first demo tape in 1990.

Later, an attorney advised the group that there already was a blues man who sang under the name Mighty Joe Young and to change their name. For a while they called themselves Shirley Temples Pussy but then changed the name again. Liking the initials STP, they settled on Stone Temple Pilots, this was in 1992.

Despite their success, the band received a lot of slack by critics. In a poll by the Rolling Stone magazine people voted them Best New Band and Worst New Band. The group went on to win Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist at the American Music Awards. In 1994 they also won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with the song “Plush.”

The group pushed forward with more albums and hit singles including the single “Interstate Love Song”, “Vasoline”, and “Big Empty”, which appeared on their second album “Purple.” Whether it was the success, pressure or criticisms that got to Weiland, the lead singer began diving deeper into his addiction to the point of being arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine, facing up to three years in prison in 1995.

Weiland’s drug addiction continued to get in the way of the band with show cancellations and his inability to appear at rehearsals. Weiland was ordered into drug rehabilitation in 1996 due to his arrest. Trying to continue to record was not easy as Weiland continued to face problems. Although the band released another album “No. 4” in 1999, Weiland was again sentenced to a year in a Los Angeles county jail for violating probation.

In 2003, the Stone Temple Pilots finally separated and band members went on to form new bands. Despite the split, by 2007 the band somehow found a way to get back together. Shortly after, Stone Temple Pilots announced a 65-date North American tour. In 2008 the group headlined the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore as well as the annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, giving one of their most successful performances since reforming.

Now the group is to release their next album “Stone Temple Pilots”. The band wrote 18 songs, twelve of which were planned to be released on the album.

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.

Internet Radio Star Controversy

If you are listening to music in your car, on your computer, or on your television you have probably heard one of the many hits by Lady Gaga. She has taken over the music industry and has set the highest of standards for entertainers. Lady Gaga has a unique fashion sense, an amazing voice, and star studded energy that cannot go unnoticed. She can be seen on magazine covers, on music television shows, and in the headlines on the news. Recently, Lady Gaga has been the center of a controversy regarding a lot of money and a contract with her ex boyfriend.

Rob Fusari is Lady Gaga’s, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, ex boyfriend and is also a music producer. He is suing her for a reported $30 million dollars for breaking the contract. He claims that he co-wrote songs with her and created her image. Fusari is also claiming that as her fame and hype grew she dropped his services and got a new manager. Lady Gaga says that he is trying to collect for unlawful compensation and is going to fight his lawsuit.

Luckily for Lady Gaga this current controversy is not stopping her from coming out with great pop music and videos. Her fans are sticking by her side and she is selling a lot of tickets for her current tour called The Monster Ball Tour. She released her first album called The Fame in 2008. She started her singing and songwriting career in the Lower East Side of New York and was influenced by David Bowie. She wrote songs at Interscope records before producing her own album. The Fame introduced music fans to hit songs such as Poker Face and Just Dance.

Her music is constantly being played on Internet Radio and traditional radio stations. If you are streaming a pop or electronic music radio channels on the Internet, you will more than likely hear one of her amazingly upbeat and fun songs. She won two Grammy awards for the Fame album and released a second album last year called The Fame Monster. One of the hits from that album is called Bad Romance and a new release song called Telephone is taking over radio stations.

In addition to being an Internet radio sensation she also writes music, plays the piano,
uses a synthesizer and keytar, designs clothes, and donates to charities. She has a production team that helps bring her fashion inspirations into life which she calls the Haus of Gaga. Despite being in the middle of a controversy with her ex boyfriend, she continues to live up the Gaga hype and is a successful entertainer.

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.

Internet Radio and Productivity

Writing long papers for school or having long days at work can make you sluggish and unproductive. The day to day routine can be boring, and in turn slow you down. Listening to music, however, can make your more productive and can perk you up with a little more energy. There are debates about whether classical music makes you smarter or not. Listening to a certain type of music ranges from person to person. Maybe pop music makes you smarter because you make up songs about what you are studying. Music choices are very personal. One thing that is true is that listening to music, for some people, can make you more productive.

Studies have shown that listening to music can make you more productive, especially at work. Most workers who listen to music get their work done faster and are happier to be at work. Depending on where you work, it can be hard to listen to music and not distract the colleagues around you. If you work in a quiet office building, you may want to consider loading your favorite tunes on an MP3 player. You can browse the Internet for your favorite songs. Some Internet radio stations also let you build your own playlists which can be downloaded to your MP3 player.

Radio stations on the Internet are a great resource for listening to music while you are studying or being productive at work. There are fewer commercials and fewer interruptions that will break your concentration. A lot of traditional radio programs have too many commercial breaks and sponsor they are obligated to promote. Some shows have frequent interruptions from DJs instead of playing music. Another benefit of listening to the radio online is that you do not have to bring in a radio or boom box that will take up space in your office or dorm room for example.

One of the best advantages of Internet Radio that makes you more productive is that you can easily listen to the type of music you like. Traditional radios only have AM and FM stations that can be difficult to tune into. Radio stations on the Internet can be downloaded from anywhere in the world. If pop music is too distracting, you may find that jazz makes you more productive. You can also find music from all over the world. A lot of people find that the beat from pop or electronic music puts them in a good make which makes them want to work harder.

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.

Sade and Soldier of Love

It has been ten years since anyone has heard from Sade Adu. Sade, pronounced (Shahr-DAY) is a woman and a band. The group was best known in the 80s and later in the 90s for “Lovers Rock.” But now, after being in seclusion, Sade has reappeared and has just released the album “Soldier of Love”.

Sade Abu was born in Nigeria. Her father was a Nigerian lecturer in economics and her mother an English nurse. The couple divorced with her mother taking Sade, then 4-years-old, back to England. Sade later moved to London and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It was in college she joined the band Pride where she sang backup vocals. She was discovered when singing the solo “Smooth Operator”. Epic Records asked her to sign along with three members of her band.

The band was later renamed Sade and technically formed in 1983. The group’s debut album, Diamond Life, went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984 and sold platinum. In 1985, their third single “Smooth Operator” was released and nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards and Sade was given awards for Best Female Video and Best New Artist. The same year, Sade released their second album “Promise” in the United Kingdom. In 1986 Sade Abu was nominated for an American Music Award and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist. She also won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

It was in 1988 Sade released their third album “Stronger Than Pride” in the U.K., which reached No. 3. The album came out in the US the following year. It didn’t receive as much attention as the 1990 release “Love Deluxe”. This album did hit Number 3 on the US Album charts and was certified Quadruple-Platinum.

If the group wasn’t known then, they became quite known after releasing two successful singles for the films Philadelphia and Indecent Proposal. For Philadelphia they recorded the song “Please Send Me Someone To Love”. In 1994 they won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for “No Ordinary Love”, the single featured in Indecent Proposal. This same year, Sade released their first compilation album “The Best of Sade”. The album peaked at Number 9 on Billboard’s Album Chart.

With the new millennium and eight years later, Sade released “Lovers Rock”. The album reached Number #3 in the US and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade also performed at the MOBO Awards ceremony for the first time since the early 90s. The band toured in the US throughout 2001.

In 2002, Sade was made a member of the Order of the British Empire, an organization dedicated to chivalry, who grants admission to both males and females.

A performer, mother, and famous recluse – Sade has now, in 2009, released “Soldier of Love”. It is Sade’s sixth album. It was released worldwide in February of 2010. The single “Soldier of Love” has already debuted Number 11 on the Urban Hot AC chart already, making it the highest debut of the decade.

When not touring, Sade continues to live in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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.

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