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Internet Radio and Productivity

Writing long papers for school or having long days at work can make you sluggish and unproductive. The day to day routine can be boring, and in turn slow you down. Listening to music, however, can make your more productive and can perk you up with a little more energy. There are debates about whether classical music makes you smarter or not. Listening to a certain type of music ranges from person to person. Maybe pop music makes you smarter because you make up songs about what you are studying. Music choices are very personal. One thing that is true is that listening to music, for some people, can make you more productive.

Studies have shown that listening to music can make you more productive, especially at work. Most workers who listen to music get their work done faster and are happier to be at work. Depending on where you work, it can be hard to listen to music and not distract the colleagues around you. If you work in a quiet office building, you may want to consider loading your favorite tunes on an MP3 player. You can browse the Internet for your favorite songs. Some Internet radio stations also let you build your own playlists which can be downloaded to your MP3 player.

Radio stations on the Internet are a great resource for listening to music while you are studying or being productive at work. There are fewer commercials and fewer interruptions that will break your concentration. A lot of traditional radio programs have too many commercial breaks and sponsor they are obligated to promote. Some shows have frequent interruptions from DJs instead of playing music. Another benefit of listening to the radio online is that you do not have to bring in a radio or boom box that will take up space in your office or dorm room for example.

One of the best advantages of Internet Radio that makes you more productive is that you can easily listen to the type of music you like. Traditional radios only have AM and FM stations that can be difficult to tune into. Radio stations on the Internet can be downloaded from anywhere in the world. If pop music is too distracting, you may find that jazz makes you more productive. You can also find music from all over the world. A lot of people find that the beat from pop or electronic music puts them in a good make which makes them want to work harder.

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.

Cheap Trick Pulling Another Tour Out Of Its Hat

Some bands never die – Cheap Trick may be one of them. This 70s band is now talking about going back on tour with a full run of album shows. Frontman Robin Zander said they are thinking about doing again what they did in the 90s. Guitarist Rick Neilson felt that the 90s shows created somewhat of a trend. At the time, the group played its first three studio albums during multi-night stands, resulting in the creation of the 1999 live album “Music For Hangovers.”

Cheap Trick was originally formed in 1974 with band members Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos. The band grew in popularity as ‘power pop music’ with a hard-edged yet melodic pop sound. The band was compared to the Beatles with an edge, Cheap Trick’s biggest hits include: “Surrender”, “I Want You To Want Me”, “Dream Police”, and “The Flame”. VH1 labeled the band #25 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

The band released its first album, labeled “Cheap Trick” in early 1977. The band developed a large fan base in Japan and the continued to push forward in popularity. Their second album “In Color” was released later that same year and was more pop-oriented than the first album. Despite their attempt to lighten up, the album failed to chart in America. Cheap Trick tried again with a third album released in 1978, “Heaven Tonight”. Again, not much of a following in America, but the band became megastars in Japan.

Japan continued to support the group and all three of Cheap Trick’s albums became gold records. When the group toured the country for the first time in 1978, they received a welcome that was compared to Beatlemania. During the tour, Cheap Trick recorded two concerts for their loyal Japanese fans at the Nippon Budokan. Video footage was also filmed at the first concert. Ten tracks taken from both shows were compiled and released as a live album titled Cheap Trick at Budokan, which was intended to be exclusive to Japan. The album suddenly became a popular import in the United States, and demand for the album became so great that Epic Records finally issued the album in the US in 1979.

The album “Cheap Trick At Budokan” went triple platinum in the United States. Finally the track “I Want You To Want Me” became recognized in the United States and skyrocketed to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album became Cheap Trick’s biggest selling single. The second single “Ain’t That A Shame” also peaked at #35.

In 1979 “Dream Police” was released. The album didn’t do as well as expected as it was considered an ‘experimental’ style. Before the album was released, Petersson left the group. He rejoined the group in 1987 and helped them record “Lap of Luxury.” Their song “The Flame” became the band’s first ever #1 single.

Like all bands, in 1991, Cheap Trick released their “Greatest Hits” album. The group pressed on throughout the 90s to produce more albums and they even changed their sound to a little more hard rock. The band toured with other bands including Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. By 1997, they attempted to re-introduce themselves to a new generation. With failing record labels, the attempt was difficult to pull off.

Finally the band released another album in 2009 entitled “The Latest”. The album was issued on standard CD as well as limited pressings of vinyl and 8-Track tapes.

What will Cheap Trick do in 2010? Will they attempt to go on tour, yet again and find renewed success? Time will tell.

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.

Music Therapy and What It’s Used For

Music is used for more than entertainment. It is also used as a therapeutic process called music therapy. Research has been done that proves music has the ability to change one’s mood. It can put you in a better mood, can make you feel relaxed when things are stressful, or it can also make you feel romantic and loving. Music therapy does more than affect or change the way you feel. It is a scientific process to heal and improve someone’s overall wellbeing. It has the power to heal and improve both psychological and physical pain. Because it is more than entertainment, the value of music should never be underestimated.

Music therapy needs to be completed in a controlled environment by a professional doctor. Listening to music or suggesting a song to a friend will not be satisfactory for the purposes of music therapy. If you are interested in music therapy, you will need to work with someone who has been certified as an approved music therapist. Music therapy is used for these purposes: combating stress, wellness, improving memory, ability to show/communicate emotion, reduce or alleviate pain, improving results from physical rehabilitation, and improving communication.

Music therapy can include sessions that involve listening to certain types of music to performing music acts or dancing. Based on what an individual needs, the music therapy program designed needs to be custom and individualized. Music therapy is used in a number of different hospitals, nursing homes, dentist offices, psychiatric offices, and in schools. You don’t have to be sick or injured to use music therapy, and healthy people can use it to control the amount of stress they feel.

Hospitals use music for a number of different reasons. It can be used to help patients fall asleep and rest peacefully, and it can be used to calm a patient if they are feeling anxious. It is great for use with physical therapy because it motivates a patient to work harder and feel motivated. You may notice that when you listen to music while you work out, you work out harder and longer. This is the same concept.

This type of therapy is beneficial and can improve someone’s quality life. There is a lot of research on the effectiveness of it, and is even reimbursable by some insurance companies. Music should be a part of everyday life because it is so beneficial to our wellbeing. Music can be as simple as entertainment and as complex as using it for healing and therapy.

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.

Cover Bands and why We Love Them

A cover band is a music group that performs songs originally produced by other famous bands. Sometimes, they dress like the original band, take on their persona, and rock out like the classics. Some of them name their group as a spoof to the original and come up with creative names like Odyssey instead of Journey. Cover bands are different than a band covering a song from an original artist. Cover bands strictly perform the band they are trying to emulate. Some bands that are trying to make their way into the music industry will do a cover of a song from a more famous band, but rerecord it to make it sound like their own.

Some cover bands choose the tops songs from a certain decade to perform. Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes is a cover band the goes through three decades during their performance and have costume changes for each decade. They play the top hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Another successful cover band that performs hits from a certain time era is the Three Dog Night band. They cover a variety of songs from the 60s and 70s. A fun place to go in Austin, TX is the Cedar Street courtyard where you can see the band called the Spazmatics perform 80s hits.

While some cover bands focus on a particular decade or decades, other bands that do covers focus on a single group. They are often called tribute cover bands. A popular tribute band that covers all the greatest hits from the original band called ABBA is called Gabba. A tribute band that performs only Beatle’s hits is called the Egg Men, and they got their name from one of the Beatle’s songs. Tribute bands are so fun for people who had loved the original band back when they were in their prime. Some bands don’t tour anymore, so fans will watch tribute bands to hear their favorite music live.

Besides covering bands from a certain decade or specific band, some groups will perform a cover and change the genre of the original song. For example, Trans Siberian Orchestra performs traditional classical style Christmas songs and turns them into rock songs. Some jazz artists will take a famous rock song and play it on an instrument like a saxophone or a piano to change the genre of it.

On a different scale, there are also a lot of impersonators that act exactly like an iconic star. You have probably seen these folks in Las Vegas or Hollywood. Perhaps the most famous person to be impersonated is Elvis Presley. Other iconic stars are also impersonated like Cher or Madonna. Some impersonators just walk around the street acting like the original star, and others perform shows and concerts.

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.

Famous Runners Up

In a competition you always strive to be number one, the best, the winner. However, there can only be one winner and this is true in music competitions as well. The winner from a music competition gets a lot of attention that likely result in fame and fortune. Sometimes though the runner up becomes more successful than or just as successful as the winner. We’ve seen this happen over time in music competitions such as Star Search and American Idol. Pop sensations Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were runners- up on Star Search. Here are the runners-up from a more modern music competition, American Idol.

Starting in order of seasons, the runner up of season one was Justin Guarini. He lost to Kelly Clarkson, who is now one of the world’s recognized recording artists. I would say in this instance, he had some fame but now as much as Kelly. He released two albums after American Idol that were called Justin Guarini and Stranger Things Have Happened.

Season Two, which aired in 2003, had some tough competition. The two finalists were Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. The runner up that year was Clay Aiken. After the show, he had a lot of success in the mainstream pop music industry. Maybe even more than Ruben Studdard did. Clay has won numerous music awards and has released five albums. Ruben has released four albums, and is better known as an R&B singer.

The runner up in season three was Diana DeGarmo. She was beat out by Fantasia Barrino. She released two albums called Blue Skies and Unplugged in Nashville. Soon after American Idol, she decided to sing country music instead of pop music. I would say that Fantasia got more of the spotlight in this scenario. However, Fantasia doesn’t have the fame that Clay Aiken or Kelly Clarkson has.

In season four the top two contestants were Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood. The winner of this was Carrie Underwood which left Bo as the runner up. Both of these contestants were not known for their pop music style. Bo sings southern rock and Carrie sings country music. Bo has only released two albums which are called The Real Thing and See the Light. In this case, the runner up didn’t have as much success as the winner.

Season five was a fun one to watch and had a lot of character. The runner up was Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks was the winner. Katharine released two albums, and has great success as an actress. She has had roles in different movies and television shows such as the House Bunny and CSI: New York.

In 2007, season six aired. The competition was great and the runner up was Blake Lewis. The winner that year was Jordin Sparks. He has released two albums, A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) and Heartbreak on Vinyl. The second album has some songs that will be release this year as singles and will have to be determined their position on the Billboard music chart.

Season seven had a young runner up, David Archuleta. He was beat out by David Cook. Archuleta got a lot of attention because of his age, looks, and great voice. He can also play musical instruments like the guitar and piano. He has been nominated and won a lot of Teen Choice awards for his music and talent.

Season eight which aired last year had so many great singers. It was narrowed down to Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. Adam Lambert was the runner up, but that hasn’t stopped him from being so successful.

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.

Battle of the Boy Bands

In the mid to late 90s a modern style band hit the music scene. We were introduced to contemporary, pop style boy bands. The music charts were topped with singles from NSYNC, the Backstreet boys, and 98 Degrees. There were rivalries from fans and they argued which boy band was better, more famous, had better music, and who had better looking members. NSYNC and the Backstreet boys got more hype and popularity than 98 Degrees did, but they held their own in the battle of the boy bands. As the members grew up, the bands faded away. Some members from the groups tried as solo careers. Some made it big and others are just a memory from our past. Here is a look back at the boy bands from the 90s.

NSYNC was comprised of members: Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass. They are a pop group that formed in 1995 out of Florida. Worldwide, they have sold nearly 60 million albums. However, they didn’t sell as many albums as the Backstreet Boys. They recorded under the labels RCA and Jive Records. They produced their first album in 1995 and the band officially broke up and went their separate ways in 2002. Justin and JC were the lead vocals for the group, but everyone sang and harmonized together. They were incredible pop dancers and their concerts sold out all over the world. They toured all over the world for four years starting in 1998. They released four albums which were called: NSYNC, Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, and Celebrity.

The boy band that sold the most albums worldwide was the Backstreet Boys, and to date have sold 130 million albums. Like NSYNC they also formed in Florida, and their group members were: Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, and Howie Dorough. They recorded under Jive Records label. All seven of their albums reached the number one position on the Billboard music charts. Their albums are titled: Backstreet Boys, Backstreet’s Back, Millennium, Black and Blue, Never Gone, Unbreakable, and This is Us. They have been touring for more than ten years, and their most current tour is called This Is Us Tour which will wrap up in the spring of this year. Interestingly, both the Backstreet boys and NSYNC had the same founder, Lou Pearlman.

Another boy band to hit the scene during this time was 98 Degrees. They were formed on the opposite side of the country as the other two bands. The group consisted of brothers Drew and Nick Lachey and two other members Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. They recorded under the labels Universal and Motown and released five albums called: 98 Degrees, 98 Degrees and Rising, This Christmas, Revelation, and the Collection. Unlike the other two boy bands that created pop music, 98 Degrees incorporated R&B, soul, urban, and contemporary sounds into their music genre. They were a boy band in nature but wanted to separate themselves from NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. They focused on writing their own music and staying in tune with a unique more urban sound.

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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