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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.

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.

Most Grammy Awards Won: Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss, and U2

A Grammy award is a prestigious music award that is given out for various categories such as album of the year, record of the year, best new artist, and song of the year. The awards are held every year and every music artists strives to win or even be nominated to win a Grammy award. The Grammy award winner receives a gold gramophone trophy and receives recognition for having won a musical achievement. Two solo artists hold records for winning the most Grammy’s, and they are Stevie Wonder and Alison Krauss. Stevie Wonder has 22 trophies, and Alison Krauss has 26 gramophone trophies. The group that has won the most Grammy’s is U2 with 22 trophies.

Stevie Wonder is a musical legend that produces music in genres such as R&B, funk, Motown, psychedelic, and soul. He started his musical career in 1961 and still continues on strong. He records under the label Tamla-Motown. He’s had numerous number one singles such as “Fingertips,” “Superstition” and, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” to name a few. He has also had three number one albums and many other chart toppers that came in as number two and four on the charts. He won his first Grammy in 1973 and continued to win many more throughout the years.

Alison Krauss is best known for her country bluegrass music. Her musical career started in 1983 and she records under the label Rounder. Not only does she have a beautiful voice, but she also writes songs, produces music, and plays the fiddle. Her most recent endeavor is performing with the band Union Station, and they also have a bluegrass sound. You may remember one of her earlier number one hits called, “When You Say Nothing At All.” She has performed songs during the Olympics and her music has been in Hollywood hit movies such as O Brother Where Art Thou.

U2’s music can be heard throughout the world, and the group is definitely worthy of winning Grammy’s and holding the record for the group with the most coveted gold gramophone trophies. They have had numerous number one hits singles and albums. The group is made up of members Larry Mullen, Bono, Adam Clayton, and The Edge. They are all from Dublin, Ireland originally. They record under the labels Island, Mercury, and Interscope. Their latest album released this year is called, “No Line On the Horizon.” They have released other great albums such as “Achtung Baby” and “The Joshua Tree.”

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.

Halloween Songs: Get Ready to be Spooked!

October 31st, to some it’s the best night of their life. Halloween is a night filled with goblins, zombies, monsters, and witches. For children, it is also a fun holiday where they can be anything or anyone their minds can dream up. They dress up as their favorite cartoon characters, superheroes, and princesses. They go door to door collecting candy to put in their jack-o-lantern candy pails saying, “Trick or treat!”

For the parents and adults, the dark side is brought out in all of us. We get to bring our alter egos to life as we dress up in costumes. There are Halloween parties, parades, and festivals that last all night long. After the trick or treaters are tucked away in bed or safe at grandma’s house, the adults throw parties. There are common party songs that you are likely to hear at Halloween parties that will never go out of style. Here is a list of the best songs to play at your Halloween party.

The most popular song that everyone will find themselves dancing and singing to is “Monster Mash” by Bobby Picket. “He did the mash. He did the monster mash. The monster mash. It was a graveyard smash. He did the mash. It caught on in a flash. He did the mash. He did the monster mash” (Pickett, Garpax Records). The song became a hit in 1962 and has topped the list of Halloween favorites ever since.

Another popular song and music video played at parties is “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. The legendary zombie dance moves and makeup made the video a hit. The song is spooky and contains sound effects of zombies, coffins, screams, and graveyard noises. The song was released in 1982 and contained scary lyrics such as these, “It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark. Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart. You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it. You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes. You’re paralyzed” (Jackson, Epic Records).

A song sure to be played at your party is Ray Parker Jr’s “Ghostbusters.” Not only is it a great Halloween song, but it was also the theme song to the movie called Ghostbusters which came out in the early 1980s. “An invisible man sleeping in your bed. Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!” (Parker, Arista, Geffen, MCA, Indie). The song was number one for three weeks in 1984.

If you are more into rock songs, you’ll probably recognize this favorite from White Zombie called “I’m Your Boogieman.” The song is a cover that KC and The Sunshine Band originally recorded. “I’m your boogieman. That’s what I am. I’m here to do whatever I can. Be it early mornin’, late afternoon
Or at midnight, it’s never too soon.” (Zombie, Geffen Records).

What are some of your Halloween favorites?

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.

Garth Brooks: Best Selling American Artist

An American tradition that will never fade away is our love for music. It is timeless and brings our nation together. The United States of America even has their own national song which is rooted in folk/country music. When you think of country music you think of American traditions and people. Garth Brooks, a famous and very popular country music artist, is the best selling American artist of our time. He has sold almost as many records as the Beatles, but in America, he holds the record.

He has sold more than 200 million albums during his career, which is still going strong. He made his debut into the country scene in 1989 with the release of his first album that was self titled Garth Brooks. Right away his music was a success. You couldn’t tune into a country music radio station without hearing his songs being played. Even today you can hear his hit singles on Internet radio sites. His songs have won numerous awards including Grammy awards, Billboard Music awards, Academy of Country Music awards, American music awards, People’s Choice awards, a Golden Globe, and Recording Industry Association of America awards.

His unique country sound mixed with rock made him a successful crossover artist. His music charts both rock and country lists. He released hits from 1989 until 2001. He officially retired in 2004 and made a comeback in 2009. He had originally retired because he didn’t want to lose out on family life. He retired to spend more time with his family as it was rumored he and his wife were having marital problems.

In 1999, Garth Brooks took on an alter ego role as Chris Gaines. He was a fictional character that was supposed to star in a movie. The alter ego didn’t make a big impact and the movie was never made. Chris Gaines, however, did make an album which produced a number one hit. You can see the alter ego on a VH1 mockumentary and on a Saturday Night Live episode.

You can see him perform live in Las Vegas. He has a lot of shows scheduled in 2010 at the Encore Hotel and Casino. He agreed to the performances and making a comeback because he is keeping his schedule light. There are only a handful of concerts scheduled and he will get to fly back home to his family during performances.

Garth Brooks is an American legend, an unforgettable country music star, and the best selling American artist of our time.

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.

The Many Genres of Country Music

Country music, which was popularized in the Appalachian Mountains and the South, goes back as far to the 1920s. It is a blend of gospel, folk, Celtic, and old traditional music. The blends of the different sounds made it appealing to all types of people; old, young, southern, country, rock, and even Northerners liked the sound. The legendary Elvis Presley made his debut as a country singer and his fame and fortune can be accredited to not only his great voice and stage presence, but to the sounds and popularity of country music. Country music has been through many faces as would any type of music that has been around for so many years. There are a lot of different types, or genres, of country music. Which genre do you like to listen to?

County pop is perhaps the most listened to today as far as country music goes. It is a blend of country and hip hop and is the sound of many modern artists such as Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, and Shania Twain. Pop country artists are classified under this genre if their country songs cross over and make it onto the top 40 radio pop list. This genre first appeared in Nashville during the 1960s. Most songs include musical sounds from guitars (electric and acoustic), bass, drums, and amazing vocals.

During the 1940s, Bluegrass made its way onto the music scene. It is a fusion of country music, jazz, ragtime, and traditional music. Typical sounds and instruments unique to this genre are: fiddles, guitars, bass, drums, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, and vocals. If you’ve seen the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” then you’ve heard bluegrass. Dolly Parton is a popular, iconic figure that sings Bluegrass Country music.

Rockabilly, also known as hillbilly music, became popular in the 1950s. Honky tonk, swing, country, and rhythm and blues heavily influenced the sounds that are known as rockabilly. Guitar, drums, double bass, and piano are instruments you will typically find in these types of songs, and they are what make the sound unique. Elvis Presley was a major influence in making this type of music popular and was given the nickname the “Hillbilly Cat.” Buddy Holly is another name that comes to mind when you think of rockabilly.

Other types of country music or sounds that aren’t main stream are categorized as alternative country. The term was coined in the 1990s, but can be attributed to any type of country music that was played during a time when it wasn’t popular according to main stream standards. It is a vague term used to describe different genres and sounds of country music.

There are many different genres of country. Other genres are: Bakersfield Sound, Texas Country, Red Dirt, Western Swing, and country rap to name a few. You can listen to country hits as well as other genres of music on free Internet radio 977music.com.

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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