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recording Music and TechnologyMusic colors every part of our lives. Its nature is simple: rhythm, melody, and harmony; and with the rise of technology, these elements are capable of great musical depth.

“Today’s recorded music  is done with computers, which really has fine-tuned recording and can make multiple manipulations to perfect the sound and balance,” said Pat Pearson, a  guitar teacher and performer out of Atascadero, California. page go Music and Technology Continue reading Music and Technology »

Top Holiday Songs for 2010

As the first snow recently started dropping the base layer on ski resorts across the country, we all know that the Yuletide season is here. Christmas would never be the same without our loved ones and (of course) our favorite holiday music. Everyone has their favorite holiday tunes; here are the most popular of them all – are any of yours on our list? page go Top Holiday Songs for 2010 Continue reading Top Holiday Songs for 2010 »

Five Favorites from Hitz and Mix Internet Radio

Hip hop originated in New York City, the results of the creative endeavors of the Latino, Afro-Caribbean and African American artists living in the South Bronx during the 70’s. This music genre is made up of sampling, rapping, beat boxing and scratching.

Before the 80’s, the hip hop genre was mostly limited in scope to the borders of the United States of America. During the 80’s its popularity started spreading to other countries. Presently, hip hop enjoys a large following in every modern country on the globe.

black eyed peas Five Favorites from Hitz and Mix Internet RadioThe influence of hip hop music has transcended genres and can be found in many different types of music; we’ve selected five songs from the Mix and Hitz Station lineups that are standouts in their fields, and whether or not they fall under the heading of hip hop, we play them side-by-side with hip hop tracks on the Hitz and Mix stations:

California Gurls
This song was performed by Katy Perry, featuring the famous hip hop star, Snoop Dogg. In this song, the amazing sounds of the guitar beats used in the 80’s can be heard clearly among the summer-themed lyrics.

Imma Be
This song by the Black Eyed Peas starts with a moderate tempo linked to urban beats, then somewhere in the middle of the song, it turns into a dance track of the fully loaded funk house type. It also boasts a music video that is a mix-up of Imma Be and another song, Rock That Body.

kesha Five Favorites from Hitz and Mix Internet RadioYour Love Is My Drug

This number by Kesha is one of the songs in her debut album entitled ‘January’. Its soundtrack is reminiscent of the 80’s feel with a chorus is all about fascinations of adolescent love, playful in nature. This song features auto-tuned vocals, and is spontaneous, lively and informal.

Airplanes

This song is by B.o.B, featuring Hayley Williams. Most of the melodies of this song are basically from the piano with an outstanding clapping backbeat. The song is one of the many from B.o.B’s debut album called ‘B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray’.

Need You Now (2010 Pop Mix)

A unique song by Lady Antebellum about yearning for late night friendship, this hit is written in the form of a beautifully composed ballad. By November, 2009 it hit No. 1 on the Country Charts and then migrated to pop radio. In recreating the 2010 version, which is a pop mix, the country guitar that was used previously was substituted with an electric guitar. Very delicate, but then it has the magic.

Telephone

A song by Lady Gaga, she first showcased this amazing song in ‘The Fame Monster’, prior to its January 26th release. A song for the club, even though the use of a harp was integrated into this top song, this piece includes rapping performed by Beyonce Knowles. The song was originally written for Britney Spears, but was performed with great results by Lady Gaga after Spear’s recording label rejected it.

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Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 Tracks

cruz Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 TracksIf you have ever been a teenager (or if you’ve ever acted like one…), then you probably remember being enamored with the Top 40 hits on the radio.  But of those 40, the only songs that will matter in the long run are those from number 10 up to number 1.  You’ve probably waited through the countdown to hear the song on the number one spot.  Secretly you are hoping that it’ll be your favourite song.  If it is, you smile to yourself, anticipating the many times the number one song will be played in the next week.

This Week’s Top 10

  1. Taio Cruz – Dynamite
  2. Eminem – Love The Way You Lie (featuring Rihanna )
  3. Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
  4. Enrique Iglesias – I Like It featuring Pitbull
  5. Katy Perry – California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  6. B.O.B – Airplanes (featuring Hayley Williams)
  7. Jason Derulo – Ridin’ Solo
  8. Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (featuring Pitbull)
  9. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  10. Drake – Find Your Love

eminem Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 TracksThe Top Forty or Top 40 is the music industry’s way of determining the most well-known songs whether across all genres.  The top 40 list refers to the top selling or the most listened to songs or music from last week; this method of tracking the most popular music started in the 1960s and has continued up to today.

This list of the most popular songs can either be determined through a survey done by a publication or radio station.  Of the songs commonly featured in the top 40, the common characteristic is that most of the top songs have just been released or are relatively new.

The top listings are not limited to the number 40.  The number of songs on the listing may differ depending on the organization doing the tracking.  It can either be “Top 20”, “Top 50” or even “Top 100.”  The number does not really matter; all the list does is to determine the most popular songs during the current week.

The Top 40 is more than a list…it’s the basis for the playlists on stations everywhere. Want to hear some great Top 40 hits? Hit up 977music.com’s Hitz977 Music Flash Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 Tracks or Mix977 Music Flash Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 Tracks or Jamz977 Music Flash Top 40 Radio’s Top 10 Tracks Stations and enjoy some great streaming Internet Radio right now!

Country Radio: 10 Great Songs

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

10:  ‘I Fall To Pieces’ (1961)

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

09:  ‘Folsom Prison Blues’(1955)

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

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

08:  ‘I Hope You Dance’ (2000)

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

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

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

06:  ‘The Dance’ (1990)

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

05:  ‘Crazy’ (1961)

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

04:  ‘Stand By Your Man’ (1968)

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

03:  ‘I Cross My Heart’ (1992)

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

02:  ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ (1952)

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

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

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

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

Hip Hop Music: Then and Now

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

1970-1973

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

1974

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

1975

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

1977

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

1983

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

1986

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

1993

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

1996

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

2001

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

2005

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

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

3 Things We Love about Alternative Music

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

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

It offers something new.

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

It has been a venue for new artists to emerge.

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

Its lyrics will make you socially aware.

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

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

What Will You Hear?

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

 
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