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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.

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.

Olympic Performance

The opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada took place on Friday evening. The performances by the dancers, musicians, athletes, and laser light shows were stunning. The opening ceremony paid tribute to not only the athletes, but to Canada and its rich aboriginal tradition. We learned about Canadian culture and were mesmerized by the performances. Famous Canadian singers performed during the show and included the talents of Sarah McLachlan, Nikki Yanofsky, Bryan Adams, and Nelly Furtado.

Nikki Yanofsky blew everyone by her young age and amazing voice. She is only sixteen years old and belted out the Canadian national anthem, O Canada. She is a Canadian pop singer from Montreal who also incorporates jazz sounds into her music. She is working on releasing her first studio album.

Another great performance that was filled with energy and talent was by Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams who sang Bang the Drum. Bryan Adams has been releasing albums that have been popular in both the United States and Canada since 1980. He is a Canadian rock singer who also writes songs and plays musical instruments such as the piano, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and the keyboards. He and Nelly Furtado sounded great during their performance of Bang the Drum which was an Olympic tribute song.

Nelly Furtado is also a Canadian singer who grew up in Victoria, Canada. Her music has topped the American music charts and Internet Radio stations as well as traditional American radio programs. She has worldwide fame and sings folk, pop, R&B, and Latin rock music. She also plays an array of instruments such as the ukulele, guitar, trombone, and keyboards. She has been nominated for American, Latin, and European awards.

Sarah McLachlan has such a beautiful voice to accompany her outstanding piano playing. She performed a song while the Alberta Ballet dance company interpretive danced during her song. She sang one of her own songs, Ordinary Miracle, while she played the piano. Sarah is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and has also been a success in the United States. She sings emotional ballad pop songs and plays the harp, piano, and guitar.

In addition to great music being performed, the opening ceremony had dancing, cultural storytelling, and hundreds of fiddlers playing music. The ceremony included tap dancing, interpretive ballet dancing, and aboriginal dancing. The LED light show was mesmerizing and the poem read by Shane Koyczan was captivating. There were Olympic performances that will be remembered forever.

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.

Best New Artist 2010

The Grammy’s are a music award program that recognizes accomplishment in the music industry. It is a star studded event with glamour musicians, a night of awards, speeches, and performances by some of our favorite artists. You can win awards for song of the year, album of the year, record of the year, and best new artist. These awards are given out as overall ratings, and then a musician can also a win a more genre specific award such as best rock and roll album. The most coveted award by new bands and solo acts is best new artist. It establishes their place in the music industry and proves they can make it amongst legendary bands or soloists.

This year, the best new artist Grammy award was given to the Zac Brown Band. They were up against nominations MGMT, The Ting Tangs, Keri Hilson, and the Silversun Pickups. To be nominated for this award, you had to have made a public interest for the first time with your music. The band or artist doesn’t have to be newly formed. For example, they may have started their career in music years before but hadn’t gained a lot of popularity or public attention.

The Zac Brown Band gained a lot of public attention and had songs that were played on the radio, had songs requested, and made the Billboard music charts with singles from their album. In 2009, they had three number one singles make the Billboard chart which solidified their nomination to win best new artist in 2010. The singles are called: Toes, Whatever it is, and Highway 20 Ride. Only five country music singers or bands have won this award.

They are a country music band that formed in 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia. They record under the labels Live Nation, Home Grown Music, and Atlantic. The band is made up of members: Zac Brown, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowels, Clay Cook, Chris Fryar, and Jimmy De Martini. Each member plays a musical instrument and sings. You will hear sounds coming from guitars, an organ, a fiddle, bass guitar, steel guitar, drums, and a mandolin.

It may have taken them nine years to gain a lot of public attention and national fame, but they have been nominated and won many awards. Their music can be heard on many different country Internet Radio and traditional radio stations. They have a unique sound that makes them stand out in the country music genre.

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.

Boston is Not Just a City

When you hear someone say Boston, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the state of Massachusetts. However, if you are a rock music fan you probably think of the band. The band however did originate in Boston, Massachusetts, and you can guess where they got the idea for naming their group. The most popular times for the group were in the 1970s and 1908s. Currently, the band is still recording and producing music. The last year they toured was in 2007, but continues to gain new fans, impress old ones, and make amazing rock music. Here is a look back at the history of Boston.

The founder of the group is Tom Scholz who wrote songs, produced the albums, and played the guitar and keyboard. The only other member of the band to be signed by Epic record and help create the albums was Brad Delp. Other members were brought on to tour and make up an entire group. The two men created a lot of the songs in Scholz basement where he saved up money from his job at Polaroid to make a studio. Current band members include: Tom Scholz, Jeff Neal, Michael Sweet, Gary Pihl, Tommy DeCarlo, and Kimberley Dahme. However, the band used to consist of different members during the 1970s and 1980s.

The first album was released in 1976 and was self titled after the band’s name Boston. Two years later in 1978, they released their second album called Don’t Look Back. This album topped the number one position on the Billboard music charts, and the first made it to number three. It would be almost ten years later before they released a third album which also made it to number one. The album was titled Third Stage. There was another eight year span before another album was made. It made it to the number one position like the other albums, and was called Walk On. It was released in 1994 and didn’t do as well as the others and topped the charts at position seven. For the rest of the 1990s, Boston didn’t release any more albums. It wasn’t until 2002 that a fifth was made and called Corporate America.

They are classified under the music genres rock and hard rock. You have probably heard them on Internet Radio or radio stations that play classic rock. Not only are they masters at rock music, but they also incorporate heavy metal and progressive rock into their music. One of their most popular songs, “More Than A Feeling,” really demonstrates how great the band is, what they sound like, and shows an amazing vocal range by Brad Delp. I hope that when you think of Boston, you think about the band and not the city.

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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