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Seven Years Later, Sarah McLachlan Releases New Album

For those Sarah McLachalan fans that have been listening to the same songs over and over waiting, just waiting for her to release something new, well your time has come. Come June 15th, her new album “The Laws of Illusion” will be released, just before another big event, the continuation of her famous Lilith Fair.

Sarah McLachlan, a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter, has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan, born in 1968, took voice lessons along with classical piano and guitar growing up. Before finishing high school she was offered a recording contract with a Vancouver-based independent record label. Her parents insisted she finish high school and attend at least one year of college before signing, which she did.

McLachlan recorded her first album “Touch” in 1998 followed by “Solace” in 1991. “Solace” made her a star in Canada with singles “The Path of Thorns” and “Into The Fire”, both becoming certified double platinum. But it wasn’t until the 1993 release of “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” that the world discovered who McLachlan was. The album scaled the charts in numerous countries. Her success was pushed even further forward with the 1997 album “Surfacing”, her best selling album to date. The album earned her two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. It has sold over 11 million copies worldwide.

Even with such success, McLachlan found herself frustrated over concert promoters and radio stations refusal two feature two female musicians in a row. From this stemmed the idea of “Lilith Fair”, where McLachlan booked herself and Paula Cole to appear together in Canada. Joining the women included performances by Lisa Loeb and Michelle McAdorey.

1997 proved to be a big year for McLachlan. Not only was her album “Surfacing” making it a success, Lilith Fair was garnering $16 million gross, making it the top grossing tour festival. The same year, her song “Angel”, inspired by a fatal overdose of Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardest Jonathan Melvoin, became Billboard Charts number one song. The following year the song was featured in the film “City of Angels”. The soundtrack also remained on the Billboard’s top 40 albums.

Meanwhile Lilith Fair grew in success. Within three years it brought together over 2 million people and raised more than $7 million for charities. It also helped launch the careers of several well-known female artists. Artists known for their participation in Lilith Fair include the Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow, Nelly Furtado, Queen Latifah, Emmylou Harris, and Christina Aguilera.The festival discontinued in 1999 but is also to be started back up this year.

McLachlan released “Mirrorball” in 1999. She recorded “When She Loved Me” for the Toy Story 2 soundtrack, a son that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song. In 2001 she provided background vocals, guitar and piano on the closing track “Love Is” for Stevie Nicks’ solo album “Trouble In Shangri-La”

It wouldn’t be until 2003 that she would release another album, “Afterglow” as she spent time with her husband and new family. From the album came singles “Fallen”, “Stupid” and “World on Fire” that pushed the album into selling over 2,500,000 units in the U.S. alone. The album went two times platinum and worldwide sold more than 5 million copies.

What will 2010 bring for Sarah McLachlan. With the release of her new album and the start up of Lilith Fair, once again, it could be the beginning of another successful decade.

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.

Current Events about Internet Radio

In 1998, President Bill Clinton passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, DMCA, was signed into law. It was signed to keep up with the changes of digital media innovations, and it protects copyrighted material that is accessible on the Internet. How does this law affect Internet radio? It limits radio stations online from copyright infringement and streaming music without paying royalties and licensing fees. This law created a lot of controversy between traditional radio station and radio stations on the Internet. In recent news, the controversy is shedding light again in Congress.

President Obama is now discussing royalty laws with Congress about traditional radio stations. In the current DMCA law, only radio online has to pay a royalty to performers in addition to the songwriter. They have to pay publishing and performance royalties. Currently, traditional radio stations only pay the publishing royalty which is paid to the songwriter and not the singer. Recent headlines in the news now report that the Obama administration is endorsing that radio stations must now pay performance royalties as well.

Record labels and recording artists miss out on money and recognition that is respectably theirs. Internet radio stations and other countries in the world pay the royalties to performers for their hard work to create amazing music and performances. Traditional radio stations in the United States are one of the only institutions that do not pay a royalty to the performer. The DMCA is unfair, and recording artists feel as if they are not being protected under the current copyright law.

Once again there is controversy between broadcasters, radio stations, and artists. A lot of famous musicians whose music is played on Internet Radio and traditional radio have been to Capitol Hill to support the passing of new copyright laws for traditional radio. Broadcasters believe that by passing the new royalty law jobs will be lost and record labels outside of the United States will gain high profits. The National Broadcasters Association believes they should not have to pay the royalty that Internet radio pays because by playing a band’s music they are encouraging listeners to buy their albums.

It is still unclear whether or not this issue will be brought into legislation this year or not. The Obama administration is simply stating that they endorse the performance royalties. Radio stations on the Internet and traditional radio stations play the same music and it is unfair that the Internet has to pay an additional fee. There should be fairness across the board and musicians should be able to collect for their talents.

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.

How the DMCA affects Internet Radio

The DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 28, 1998. It is an American law that protects copyrights over the Internet. The radio industry has to pay a musician or band royalties when they play their music on their stations. This caused a big stir in the industry because traditional and online radio programs were being charged differently as to what royalties they had to pay.

One of the reasons the DMCA was signed into law was due to the fact that the Internet had largely influenced the music industry, and in some ways hindered it. Record sales for bands and musicians decreased by large amounts because people were downloading music off the Internet for free. A lot of down loaders were illegally file sharing, so there was not a need to go out and buy CDs anymore. Music sites online and radio programs could stream music for free.

Because of the growing popularity in the late 1990s, there was a lot of media attention and investing going on in the music industry online. Music companies and radio programs were making a lot of money online and musicians were making less. Stocks for certain online radio sites were doubling in value. Bands and musicians were really suffering during this time because most of their revenue was through record sales, especially if they were not touring.

One of the controversies of the DMCA was the unfairness of who had to pay what royalties. One way it affected Internet Radio was that they had to pay a royalty that traditional radio stations did not have too. Internet radio programs have to pay performance royalties and publishing royalties. The rates of the loyalties are very expensive and affected smaller, independently owned online radio sites. Big corporations could make the payment easily, but other companies were in danger of going out of business.

Because of the hard to pay royalties, music websites that streamed music for their listeners banded together to oppose the high fee. They had a silent protest and did not stream any music for an entire day. Due to the persistence of Internet radio stations, the law was revised. The law now states that royalties are now based on the revenue of the Internet station and there would not be a flat fee for royalties.

Even after the DMCA was passed, radio stations online have continued to thrive and grow their business. Radio programs on the Internet cater to a lot of different groups of people. You can listen to music from around the globe and find genre specific stations.

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.

Jennifer Hudson – Actress and Musician

Many remember Jennifer Hudson from American Idol. Although she didn’t win on Idol, she did win in regards to exposure. The reality show boosted her career into not only recognition for her music but also her work as an actress.

Jennifer Hudson was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the youngest of three. Growing up, she attended Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and sang with her church choir while doing community theater. As a small girl her idols were music sensations Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle. Although Hudson was used to performing before audiences, including her stint with Disney Cruise Lines, she sometimes struggled while on American Idol. She barely made it through the semifinals and was brought back on the show through a wild card round to be in the Top 12. Switching up song choices, she finally began to show her true colors when singing Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”. Her Barry Manilow song “Weekend in New England” was considered her best performance on the show – but despite it all, she was eliminated. This was in 2004. By 2006 she was cast in the film Dreamgirls and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2008 she released her debut album “Jennifer Hudson” and won a Grammy Award on it as well, selling over 700,000 copies in the US and over 1 million copies worldwide.

The rising star was on top of the world until that same year when her mother, brother and nephew were killed in a shooting. Hudson stepped away from her career for a while, not making a public appearance until Super Bowl XLIII. She was also invited by President Obama to appear with him at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills in May 2009.

Acting in Dreamgirls was not Hudson’s only role. She has appeared in the movie Sex and the City in 2007 and The Secret Life Of Bees in 2008. In the film The Secret Life of Bees she starred next to Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys. The film won two of the People’s Choice Awards in 2009 and nine Black Reel Awards. Hudson was nominated for her performances by various film institutions.

Hudson followed this work by staring in the film Fragments, again with Dakota Fanning and also with Forest Whitaker. The movie was hauntingly enough was about a killer on a shooting spree and how the survivors cope.

Currently Hudson is working on the film Winnie where she will star as the wife of Nelson Mandela. This will give Hudson a lead role.

As for Hudson’s music, in 2008, Hudson’s single “Spotlight” became her first top 40, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her second single, “If This Isn’t Love” followed it, which wasn’t released until 2009 and peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #37 on the UK Singles Chart. According to Hudson, “Spotlight” showcases what she calls “the sarcastic voice,” a story of insecurities within a relationship. In her third single “Pocketbook,” she calls it funky. Featuring rapper Ludacris, she says it is “very sassy, very much me. I spoke with each of the writers and they created a feel for me, for who I am. This song represents one side of my personality! This is something I would say – it has attitude yet it’s playful.”

The actress/musician is still new in her career. Where will Jennifer Hudson be in ten more years? At the rate she is going, it could just be anywhere.

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.

A History Lesson about Internet Radio

One of the greatest, if not the greatest, inventions of our lifetime is the Internet. It is a way to bring together millions of people from across the world to connect and share information. The Internet offers the user social networking, file sharing, music, and a plethora of information about every subject you want to know about. Radio stations have had to readapt the way they operate since the invention and technology of the Internet. Traditional radio has had a long history and now Internet radio is the current story being written. The history of radio online dates back less than twenty years and is considered modern history.

Online radio stations were first broadcasted in the early 1990s and did not take off right away. The stations, or websites, had to invent themselves and be presented to reach their target audience. Some radio stations were streaming broadcasts of music, talk shows, and some Internet radio is also considered to be a music library of songs found online. Unlike traditional radio, online radio can be accessed anywhere in the world, and in turn anyone in the world can listen to music from another city, state, country, or continent.

Originally, the Internet was a medium for communication, education, and government purposes. As the popularity of the World Wide Web grew, Congress approved the Internet to be used for commercial purposes. The first radio program to be broadcasted online was in 1993, and it was a talk show about computers and the Internet. A year later, the music industry would start to utilize the medium. The Rolling Stones broadcasted their concert live on the Internet. After that, radio stations followed their act and started to stream their shows online.

As the music hype started to spread via the Internet, music file sharing and downloading spread like wild fire. There were a lot of controversies from artists and listeners because the music industry took a hit from decreased record sales and royalties. It was not until 1998 that President Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which included laws to protect musicians and copyrighted material. This means that Internet radio stations have to also pay royalties for music. This also meant that music found online was not free and had to be paid for.

By the late 90s, there were thousands, and still are, of Internet Radio programs. Radio stations online stream live talk show programs and music stations. There are sites that are genre specific, play a mix of different music, and other that play artists that are unsigned by record labels. Having Internet radio has changed the culture and way that people listen to and find music. Bands can gain popularity through the Internet. It is easier to be heard and get heard.

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.

How to Become an Internet Radio DJ

A fun job where you can connect with thousands of people and entertain for your living is to be a disc jockey, also known as a DJ. It is a dream job for people who love music, people, and entertainment. There are many different approaches for the type of show and audience you want to connect to. You have a radio program that discusses politics, religion, life’s situations, or music for example. You need pizzazz, a “radio voice,” and a few other components to become a disc jockey. Here are some tips on how to become a DJ on a radio station on the Internet.

One of the most important components for this job is knowledge. You have to be an expert on the topic your show is about. If you are a DJ for a music station, you should know as much as possible about music. Most stations are genre specific, so you should know all the top hits, musicians, and style of music. Radio stations on the Internet are both genre specific and mixed. Usually there are links to a type of genre on one site. If you are the DJ for all channels on the site, you will have to immerse yourself in music knowledge. You can only be a great and well liked DJ if you are playing the type of music that people want to hear on the station.

After you have gained knowledge about the topic you want to DJ about, you will need the necessary materials and technology. For the Internet, it will be very important that you have a fast connection if you are working from home and streaming with a station online. The host will have a minimum connection speed and bandwidth that you will need to stream properly without interruptions. You will also need a microphone and a laptop or computer with a lot of memory and speed. If you are hosting an Internet radio music program that already has a playlist, you will need to familiarize yourself with the music they want to play. Others will require that you develop your own playlist. The playlist you compile should include top hits from the music genre you are broadcasting.

Once you have the right technology and an awesome playlist, you will need to find the Internet Radio station that you want to DJ for. Do you want to be part of a company that is streaming talk shows or music? What genre of music are you the most knowledgeable about? You will need to do a lot of research about the radio station, the type of music or talk show they stream, and if you would be a good fit or not. Once you have selected the Internet radio station you want to work with, you can send a resume, sample playlists, and samples of your voice.

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.

Who Are the BoDeans?

The South by South West music festival just took place in Austin, TX. There were hundreds of great bands and musicians from all over the world. Some classic hit bands from the 80s came back to give outstanding free performances for their fans at Auditorium Shores. Hit bands such as The Stone Temple Pilots and Cheap Trick showed up for long lasting fans from their earlier years. People of all ages came to the free concert series to see the BoDeans perform. They rocked the house and had everyone in the audience singing and dancing along with their music.

The BoDeans were formed by musicians Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann in Wisconsin back in the early 1980s. Slash/Warner records signed them on with their music label after a full band was formed by adding a bassist and drummer. They immediately began to record their music, and the first album called Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams was released in 1986. Soon after, they were voted the Best New American Band by the Rolling Stones magazine.

Since the release of their first album, they have released eight more albums. The most recent which will be released in April of this year is called Mr. Sad Clown, and it will be their ninth studio album. You may remember one of their hits if you watched the 90s television program Party of Five. The song Closer to Free from the album Go Slow Down was chosen for the theme song of the series. It instantly brought them more fans and increased their level of fame and exposure. The song was also used in the movie Heavyweights.

Their music is categorized under the genres of alternative rock, roots rock, and rock. Their music has topped the mainstream rock and adult contemporary charts. The band has seen some new members since the original formation back in the 80s. The current members, who include the two original founders Kurt and Sam, and: Noah Levy, Eric Holden, and Bukka Allen. Kurt does the vocals and plays the electric guitar, and Sam performs vocals and the acoustic guitar.

The band has been very successful and has a loyal following of fans that have stuck by them since the 80s. Two of the band members have worked on solo projects but still continue to fuel the success of the band as a whole. The two founders Kurt and Sam have worked on solo projects. Kurt Neumann recorded an album in the late 90s called Shy Dog, and Sam Llanas recorded his album in 1998 called A Good Day to Die.

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.

 
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