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Americas Country Sweetheart Carrie Underwood

This 26 year old American country singer has rose to fame since her debut on the forth season of American Idol in 2004. After her American Idol win, Carrie Underwood has captured the hearts of all ages, with her girl-next-door personality and amazing vocal talent.

Carrie Underwood has released three multi-platinum albums. Carrie’s hit songs from her first album, “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus Take The Wheel” remained on both Canada and the United States pop hits chart for weeks on end. This initial album, entitled, Some Hearts earned seven times platinum and was historically recognized as the fastest selling country music album of all time. Some Hearts also landed Underwood two advertising deals with both Hershey chocolate and Sketchers shoes.

In 2006 Carrie Underwood won her first CMT Country Music Award in the Horizon Female Vocalist category. This award led to a whirlwind of over ninety-three additional awards thereafter, notably, the World’s Best-Selling New Artist in 2008 and CMT Female Vocalist of the year in 2008.

While touring and continuing to work on her second album, Carrie Underwood was inducted into the honorable, Grand Ole Opry. Underwood stated on the night of the induction, “I promise I’ll do everything I can to not make you regret it”. Since that night, Underwood has sold over 10.4 million albums in the United States alone; blatantly proving her statement as truth.

Carrie Underwood was born to Stephen and Carole Underwood in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and was raised on her parents’ farm in the rural town of Checotah, Oklahoma. She has two older sisters, Shanna and Stephanie. Her father worked in a sawmill while her mother was an elementary school teacher. During her childhood, Underwood had performed at local talent shows and at her church. In 1996, she was in the process of getting a contract with Capitol Records, but the deal was canceled when the recording company’s management changed.

Besides being a talented singer, Underwood was also a good student. Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. After high school, she attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, graduating magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism. For two years during the summer, Underwood performed in Northeastern State University’s Downtown Country show in Tahlequah. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.

Carrie Underwood has also chosen to use her good fortune to give back. Whether it be visiting American Troops in the Middle East or traveling to the desserts of Africa for ‘American Idol’s Give Back’, this starlet uses her extra time to assist. Underwood, as a vegetarian, has also chosen to work closely with the Humane Society of the United States; continually donating to causes for animals needing rescue. Underwood also lent her voice to benefit cancer research. She was featured on the 2008 song, Just Stand Up. The proceeds benefited Stand Up to Cancer. As a result of their fund raising efforts, the SU2C scientific advisory committee, overseen by the American Association for Cancer Research was able to award 73.6 million dollars towards new groundbreaking research.

While Underwood has only been in the public eye for five years, her current success may only mark the beginning of a long and successful career.

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.

Musicians Take Over Reality TV

Reality TV has scooped up musicians as a new and popular hype. Retired musicians, as well as those attempting to jump start a second-wind in their career, have now allowed their personal lives to be taped for the sake of exposure.

Some famous musicians have taken the path to finding love, as Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison did, in his three seasons of ‘Rock of Love’. Others choose to exhibit a family life worthy of television, introducing Hollywood living at its best. The TOP 5 rated musicians whom have made reality TV appealing are:

1) Reverend Joseph ‘Run’ Simmons – Run’s House – Reverend Run, of Run DMC exhibits his hit rapper-turned-minister ways as a family man attempting to consistently manage his six children (Vanessa, Angela, Jojo, Diggy, Russy and Miley), and the launch of his come-back career. Rev. Run, alongside his wife Justine, have proven to be an act to follow since the show’s initial air in 2005.

MTV has since launched five seasons of the rapper’s New Jersey lifestyle, which has also led to the spin-off, ‘Daddy’s Girls‘. In Daddy’s Girls, the reverend’s daughters Vanessa and Angela leave home to pursue their career in fashion, while still staying in touch with Daddy ‘Run‘.

2) Ozzy Osbourne – The Osbournes – This kooky Prince of Darkness has become one of America’s favorite TV fathers. The Osbournes, a series featuring the domestic life of Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, children Jack and Kelly and special guest appearances from his son Louis) Ozzy and Sharon’s oldest daughter Aimee declined to participate in the show, completely. The program became one of MTV’s greatest hits, premiering in March 2002. The family’s final episode aired March 21, 2005.

3) Gene Simmons – Gene Simmons Family Jewels was a series that premiered in 2006. The show follows the life of K.I.S.S. bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons, his longtime partner Shannon Tweed, and their two children, Nick (born 1989) and Sophie (born 1992). The show is similar to The Osbournes in that it follows a rock star and his family through their everyday lives. Season four ran from June 7, 2009 until August 16, 2009.

4) Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood is an American television reality show starring rapper Snoop Dogg and his family. His family includes wife Shante, daughter Cori whom he calls “Choc”, son Cordell whom he calls “Rook”, and his oldest son Corde whom he calls “Spank”. It premiered December 9, 2007 on E!, and premiered on January 13, 2008 in the UK. It is rated TV-14, but is often mistaken to be rated for a more mature audience. The series initially broadcasted on E!. The second season debuted November 30, 2008.

5) William ‘Flavor Flav’ Drayton – Flavor of Love premiered on VH1 after the rapper’s two prior reality shows, ‘Strange Love ‘ and ‘The Surreal Life 3′. In season one, 25 women from around the globe competed for Flavor’s heart. Women underwent physical, mental and emotional challenges all under the public eye. The winner of the season was awarded, not only Flavor’s heart, but also a set of gold teeth.

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.

Musicians Who Are Entrepreneurs

Many musicians aren’t just making their millions off of their music. Stretching their name and business savvy into other fields has proven just as profitable as selling their musical talents. Here are just a few of these musicians doing just this.

1) Sean Combs – P. Diddy or Puff Daddy operates his business interests under the business name Bad Boy Entertainment Worldwide. Business ventures that fall under Bad Boy Entertainment include Bad Boy Records; the clothing lines Sean John; Sean by Sean Combs, a movie production company; and his two restaurants. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Coombs has also taken the roles of recording executive, performer, and producer of MTV’s Making the Band. If that isn’t enough, he is also a writer, arranger, clothing designer, and Broadway actor.
So what else does P. Diddy sell under his various company names? There is his fragrance Unforgivable, which sells for roughly $70 a bottle. And then there is vodka. In 2007 he signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Ciroc.

Other ventures that earn P. Diddy a pretty penny include the TV series he created called “Making Da Band.” Diddy also owns restaurants in New York and Atlanta (named “Justin’s,” after his son). And if that’s not enough, Diddy holds the honor of having designed the Dallas Mavericks’ green alternate jerseys.

All of Coombs efforts have paid off well making him one of the richest hip-hop performers with a net worth estimated at US $346 million.

2) Jay-Z – Jay-Z, also known as Shawn Corey Carter is also a financially successful hip-hop artist having a net worth of over $150 million. Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club an upscale sports bar that started in New York City and has since expanded to Atlantic City and Chicago. He is part owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the clothing line Rocawear along with Damon Dash. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records and recently, the founder of his new venture Roc Nation.

Jay-Z also serves as co-brand director for Budweiser Select and collaborates with the company on strategic marketing programs and creative ad development. He provides direction on brand programs and ads that appear on TV, radio, print, and high-profile events. He has also invested in a real estate development venture called J Hotels that recently acquired a $66 million mid-block parcel in Chelsea, New York.

3) 50 Cent – Curtis James Jackson III, better known as 50 Cent, rose to fame with his music which sold more than twenty-one million copies combined. It was from here that he went on to expand his empire through a handful of ventures. To start, he signed a five-year deal with Reebok to distribute the “G-Unit Sneakers” line as part of his G-Unit Clothing Company. He worked with Glacéau to create a Vitamin Water drink called Formula 50. In 2007, Coca-Cola purchased Glacéau for US $4.1 billion. 50 Cent also teamed up with Right Guard to launch a body spray called Pure 50 RGX Body Spray and a condom line called Magic Stick Condoms.

50 cent is also an author and started a reality TV show on MTV called 50 Cent: The Money and The Power.

4) Jennifer Lopez – Jennifer Lynn Lopez often nicknamed J. Lo, is an actress, singer, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and television producer. Lopez launched a clothing line in 2003 named JLO by Jennifer Lopez, which includes different types of clothing for young women, including jeans, T-shirts, coats, belts, purses, and lingerie. She also sells jewelry, hats, gloves and scarves. In 2005, J. Low launched a new clothing line called Sweetface. In late 2007, Lopez retired JLO by Jennifer Lopez and launched a new juniors’ line called JustSweet. Her fashion lines have featured at many New York Fashion Week events.

Jennifer has also opened a Cuban restaurant and is a spokesperson for Lux shampoo in Japan. Lopez owns the film and television production company Nuyorican Productions, which was cofounded with her manager Benny Medina. Lopez net worth is estimated at over $250 million.

5)Justin Timberlake – Justin Randall Timberlake is a pop musician and actor. Timberlake has co-owned three restaurants in the United States: “Chi” opened in West Hollywood, California and “Destino” and “Southern Hospitalty” in New York. He also has his own brand of tequila called 901; the name comes in part from the area code of his hometown of Memphis.

In 2005, Timberlake launched the William Rast clothing line with childhood friend Juan (“Trace”) Ayala. The 2007 line contained cord jackets, cashmere sweaters, jeans and polo shirts. The pair reports inspiration from fellow Memphis native Elvis Presley.

Recently Timberlake started his own record label, Tennman Records.

These are just a handful of musicians who have made it big in other arenas; numerous other musicians are making it big with their marketing skills, business expertise and name.

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.

Thanksgiving Dinner Music Playlist

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is a time to come together with friends, family, and our loved ones to give thanks. It is also a time to watch football for as long as we can without feeling guilty, eating until we are about to explode, sitting at a formal dinner table, and listening to smooth music playing in the background. The perfect Thanksgiving dinner party should have background music amidst the conversation. The music shouldn’t be too distracting or loud, but a nice compliment to a great tasting home cooked meal.

You should choose your playlist in advance so that you can spend as much time as you can with your friends and family and less time picking out CDs or radio stations. I would suggest listening to smooth jazz, holiday, or classical music during dinner. It will set a nice tone that will go along with most Thanksgiving dinners that are usually more formal than regular family dinners. If you don’t already have a nice selection of these types of music, you can find free Internet radio stations that have these channels. You could also select the music you want in advance and create a playlist for an MP3 player or your computer. Here are some music ideas for your dinner.

There are many great classical songs that you can choose from. This type of music has many different types of sounds and is usually instrumental. There are many famous composers that you could play during your dinner party such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. If you want something more contemporary, you could play music by David Lang, Julia Wolfe, or Richard Adams.

Smooth jazz has a unique sound that is more modern sounding and includes electric guitar, saxophones, drums, and synthesizers. It is a subgenre of jazz that is more mainstream and different instrumental styling that classical jazz. You can find great music by Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Peter White, or David Lanz to include on your playlist.

For families that celebrate Christmas, a common tradition is to start putting up decorations after Thanksgiving dinner. It can be fun to listen to holiday music to start the season off right after Thanksgiving. There is so much holiday music to choose from including classics and modern remakes from our favorite pop or country artists today. If you wanted to continue with the classical or smooth jazz theme, you can find holiday music recorded in those genres as well. Kenny G has some wonderful holiday music that will keep the music theme for your dinner.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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.

Young and Successful Star

The careers of many musicians start when they are young kids or teenagers including stars such as Michael Jackson. There are so many sensations that have amazing vocal talent that are under the age of 21, and we are always shocked when we hear their actual age. A young and very successful star you hear in all media forums from the Internet to television to radio is Miley Cyrus. She is only 16 years old and has sold more number one hits than some artists in their 20s or 30s. To some, she is the youngest most successful recording artist of our time. Here is a look back at some of her hit albums, songs, and other accomplishments so far during her career.

Miley’s songs are played on both radio on line and traditional radio. She has a unique sound that mixes together country, rock, and pop genres. Her country sound is deeply rooted in her because she was born and raised by country star Billy Ray Cyrus in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to recording number one hits under Hollywood Records label, she also acts, writes songs, and is an author. She was the star of a Disney television show and movie Hannah Montana. She starred in another movie called Bolt in 2008 and contributed some of her songs for the soundtrack. That year she made more than $20 million and was named one of the most influential and successful people in the world.

Her musical career is so unique because she started out with another persona. She was known as Hannah Montana, and recorded albums under that name based on her television show. As Miley grew up, she switched over to perform under her own identity, Miley Cyrus. Her songs were more mature and catered towards an older audience. A lot of her Hannah Montana fans grew up with her and have been loyal fans to Miley. Currently, she has recorded three albums as Miley Cyrus which are: Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout, and The Time of Our Lives. One of her hit songs that you have probably heard on the radio is Party in the USA. It’s a fun song with great lyrics and an upbeat tempo.

A lot of child stars aren’t successful as adults and see the stardom life start to fade away. Miley has proven to remain a star from childhood into her teenage years, and looks to have a promising career as an adult. Her spunk, creativity, beauty, and intelligence make her the successful star that she is.

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.

One Hit Wonders: Where’d they go?

A one hit wonder is a music artist that has only produced one hit that was a success. They blow up the charts, have millions of fans, then either drop off the charts or seem to go into hiding. A lot of one hit wonders are successful because they jump on the fad train and ride the success of a popular thought, idea, or trend. Other times, a one hit wonder becomes that because a band’s fame, fortune, and success can cause the breakup of the band. People can sometimes get big headed and money can cause fights over power or jealousy.

One hit wonders can still be heard on both traditional and Internet radio even after the fame and hype has settled down. The songs that made the hit lists are still around but sometimes the artists are never heard from. The success of the song can live on while the success of the artist who produced it doesn’t match up. Here are some one hit wonders that you will be sure to recognize. The list is compiled from a VH1 episode they aired where they had a countdown of 100 great and memorable one hit wonders. Their full list and clips from the episode can be found on their website www.vh1.com.

In 1996, an unforgettable dance move was originated with the catchy tunes of Macarena. It is by the band Los del Rio. The song was often played at clubs and frequently makes the dance list for middle school or high school dances. All ages know the legendary dance moves that accompany the song.

If you flashback to 1982, there were two bands that released hits and then became one hit wonders. Tainted Love by Soft Cell and Come on Mickey by Toni Basil made the VH1 list. Marilyn Manson did a remake of Tainted Love in 2004; however he isn’t a one hit wonder. The song was remade for the film Not Another Teen Movie.

A song that you probably sing in front of the mirror or when you are planning the perfect outfit is I’m Too Sexy by one hit wonder Right Said Fred. The song was released in 1992 and is still popular today. We all love to sing it and dance in front of the mirror until we start to believe that we’re too sexy for our shirts.

In 2000, the Baha Men released a catchy tune called Who Let the Dogs Out. We haven’t heard much from the group itself but continue to hear the song. It seems to be a popular anthem for pet lovers and commercials for dog food or toys.

Who could forget the fashion and hair styles from Vanilla Ice. The one hit wonder released an awesome song called Ice Ice Baby. The song was released in 1990. Vanilla Ice pops up here and there in reality TV and other TV spotlights.

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.

80’s Movie Soundtracks Rock!

Music has a strong influence on our mood and can change the way we feel. That is most likely the reason why movie producers play a background song during an important part of their movie. Songs during movies are played to ramp up the movie experience and set the tone of the movie. The 80s not only had great clothes, hair, and music, but the movies were also awesome. A lot of classics that are still popular today were released during the 80s and their soundtracks include some of the best radio hits from that time. Here is a list of movies that have great soundtracks.

Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott, was released in 1986 and was a hit for movie fans. The movie starred actors Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, and Kelly McGillis. It is a naval movie about love, pilot training, crisis, and determination. The soundtrack for it is as amazing as the stars that acted in it and even held the number one spot on the Billboard charts. Two of the most popular songs from the movie are “Take My Breath Away,” and “Danger Zone.”

Another soundtrack that is worthy of being on this list is from Flashdance. It was released in 1983 and directed by Adrian Lyne. Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri were the stars of this film. It is a romance about a dancer that was a steel mill worker during the day. Irena Cara wrote the award winning song “Flashdance…What a Feeling” for this specifically. The soundtrack also includes another great hit called “Maniac.”

Who could forget the movie directed by Martin Brest that was released in 1984 called Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy was a hit and became a star. This soundtrack was so great it even won a Grammy Award. It includes songs such as “Axel F” performed by Harold Faltermeyer, “New Attitude” by the legendary Patti Labelle, and “The Heat is On” by Glenn Frey.

Another 80s Tom Cruise hit was Cocktail, directed by Roger Donaldson. It is about an ambitious bartender who is striving to be a professional in the business world. This soundtrack includes hits from the Beach Boys, Ry Crooder, Little Richard, and Starship among many other great artists. Songs you will hear in this film are “Tutti Frutti,” “Wild Again,” “All Shook Up,” and “Kokomo” just to name a few.

Movie soundtracks make a great movie even better with the right song list. Having the right song playing during a sad, happy, intense, or scary part of the movie will enhance the experience the director wants you to feel at that time. A lot of soundtracks even win awards, and especially when songs are composed specifically for a film. I hope this list of 80s songs will bring back some of your own memories and movie favorites from the 80s.

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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