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Idol Winner Kelly Clarkson

American Idol is one of, if not the most, popular shows in America. We are introduced to hundreds of singers who are then narrowed down to the most amazing top two in the competition. There can only be one American Idol winner, and the audience plays the biggest role by choosing who the winner will be. We help to create a singing sensation and we fall in love with the winner before they become a big star. The first American Idol that won the title is Kelly Clarkson. Her career hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since she was announced the winner.

Out of all the American Idol winners, Kelly has sold the most albums. She has sold at least 23 million albums, and Carrie Underwood is second to her record. She won the Idol title in 2002 and has released four albums since then. Her first album called Thankful went double platinum and her second album called Breakaway went multi platinum. Her fame and success could be attributed to American Idol because millions of viewers were exposed to her talents before she released albums. Her talent and voice is amazing which is why she won and continues to be a success. Her third album My December was such a hit that she won two Grammy Awards. The current album that she has out is called All I Ever Wanted. She records under the labels Sony Music and RCA Records.

Her music is so unique and likeable by a large audience because she incorporates soul, pop, and rock and roll into her sound. She also writes a lot of her music and her down to earth personality is expressed in her writing. Her down to earth and relaxed style could be attributed to the fact that she grew up in a small town outside of Houston, Texas. At her high school, she started to become interested in singing. She was active in the school’s choir and performed in different musicals throughout her four years there. After high school, she chose to focus on her singing and song writing career instead of going to college.

Not only does Kelly sing and write songs, she has also tried her talents with acting. Soon after winning American Idol, she starred in a movie with the runner up Justin Guarini. She was an extra in a few sitcoms including King of the Hill, Reba, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Her comedic performances can be seen in television shows like MadTV and Saturday Night Live. She has performed some of her top singles and Saturday Night Live and has performed in some of their skits as well.

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.

American Idol History

A music show that has taken over every television in America is American Idol. It is a nationwide phenomenon that has everyone glued to their television for an hour a couple nights a week watching performers make their way into the entertainment industry. The auditions for the chance to perform on the American Idol stage are hilarious and memorable. Some people get their 15 minutes of fame for singing horribly or acting strangely on the audition portion of the show. On the other hand, there are very famous and successful artists that were made on the show like the first season winner Kelly Clarkson. Here is a look back at American Idol history.

The first season started eight years ago in 2002, and was created by Simon Fuller. The show was mirrored after the British version called Pop Idol which has the same concept. Simon Fuller created the show to be an interactive, reality, talent show. We are introduced to millions of singers who are narrowed down to the top ten, and then we fall in love and vote for our favorite singer who becomes the American Idol. The show has consistently stayed at a number one slot because millions of Americans participate and watch the show. The first episodes of the program feature the auditions to narrow down the millions of people who believe they are the best. The show travels to different cities around the nation and pick finalists from each to travel to Hollywood. Once there, the hundreds of finalists are narrowed down even further to 25 people and then down to 10.

The initial choice of who is going to be eligible as an American Idol is determined by the judges. It is a panel of people who are well known in the entertainment industry and have produced or recorded their own albums. The most well known yet least liked judge is Simon Cowell. Next to him on the panel are Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. Later on there was a fourth judge added who is still on the show, and her name is Kara DioGuardi. The only judge who has left the show is Paula Abdul, and currently Simon has expressed interest in leaving the show as well. Season 9 features guest judges and will include Ellen DeGeneres on the panel. They give their input on song choice, voice tone, and overall performance. When the performers are narrowed down to the final ten, the audience now decides who stays or leaves by voting. The judges simply give their input to help the audience decide.

Season 9 is currently airing on television now. They are in the process of auditions. Seasons 1 through 8 had amazing singers and winners. American Idol winners you have probably heard on Internet Radio and in your car or television are Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, and Kris Allen. A lot of the finalists also go on to sign record deals and produce their albums as well. The show is fun to get involved with because you are part of the process of making someone a star. You get to know the singers and help them achieve their dreams to become a star, or in this case an American Idol.

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.

Part of the Club

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E This is a familiar tune for a lot of young adults ranging in age from their early 20s to early 30s. It is the anthem from the Mickey Mouse Club, a show that we grew up watching, singing, and dancing along with. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry have made their start on the Disney television show. There are a lot of very successful actors and musicians that wouldn’t be where they are today without the help of the big eared, talking mouse that is an International icon, Mickey Mouse. Here are some modern pop star icons that got their big break being a member of the new club.

The Mickey Mouse Club television show first made its debut in the mid 1950s with Annette Funicello as its starring club member. Walt Disney started the series as a way to earn money for the construction of his magical theme park. The show lasted for a few years that went off the air. The show was rereleased in the 1980s and was known as the All New Mickey Mouse Club and MMC in the 1990s.

One club member that is on every tabloid and magazine cover, not to mention has a lot of number one singles, is Britney Spears. Britney was on the show from ages 11 to 13. Soon after her run on the Mickey Mouse Club, she released her first album called “Baby One More Time.” She instantly launched her career into stardom, and a lot of fans from the Club supported her solo career. She has continued to remain on top of the Billboard charts, despite a period of time in which she went through a lot of personal issues.

Another female pop icon, and perhaps Britney Spears’ biggest competition, who made her start to fame is Christina Aguilera. She and Britney were on the same seasons of the Club. Disney asked her to record the song “Reflection” for the soundtrack Mulan which gave her the solidarity to obtain a record contract. She recorded the single soon after her career on the Mickey Mouse Club. Christina beat out Britney for the coveted award of best new artist. She is an international star and has sold almost 45 million records throughout the world.

Two guys that not only started out on the Mickey Mouse Club but also were a part of the sensation N’ Sync are JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake. Both guys were on the same season of the Mickey Mouse Club as Britney and Christina. N’Sync was a boy band that over took the world with their harmonic voices and incredible dance moves. Both Justin and JC both launched solo careers after their time with the band.

The Mickey Mouse Club is a common connection for all of these stars. It is where they all launched their careers and first met each other. Years after the show, Britney and Justin dated, JC and Justin were in a band together, and Christina went on tour with the band that Justin and JC were a part of.

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.

Justin Timberlake is a Triple Threat

A triple threat isn’t just a football player who is great and passing, running, and kicking. A triple threat can cross over into any industry including the music one. A triple threat in the entertainment world is someone who can sing, act, and dance. You may have noticed a recent trend in which actors are releasing albums or musicians acting in movies or in television shows. An even more popular trend is when we see some of these actors or singers performing on dancing shows. When you combine all three elements on entertainment such as these you will come out with a triple threat. A modern triple threat that has taken over the music charts, is an awesome dancer, and who has appeared in both movies and television is Justin Timberlake.

Justin Timberlake’s career has come a long way since his debut on Star Search and his early stardom beginning on the Mickey Mouse Club. He was a part of the world renowned band ‘N Sync, broke off to be a chart topping solo artists, and has acted in movies as well as hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) several times during his career so far. The man is unstoppable! His dance moves have also been compared to the legendary Michael Jackson, a compliment any artist would be humbled by. He has won numerous awards and recognitions for his amazing talent.

He does more than sing, dance, and act. He also writes and produces songs, owns restaurants, owns a clothing line, is the face of products such as cologne and clothing and, always finds time to donate to charitable organizations. In 2009, he was named the most charitable star of the year. It is very noble of him to share his success to help people and organizations around the world that are less fortunate.

He collaborated and released albums with the group ‘N Sync, but has also released two albums as a solo artists that topped the music charts. “Justified” and “Future Sex/Love Sounds” included a lot of number one hit songs such as “Cry me a River” and “Sexy Back.” He released these albums under the label Jive Records.

In addition to releasing albums, he also appeared on television shows such as SNL and Touched by an Angel. He is the only person who has hosted and performed on SNL simultaneously three times so far. That is more than any other artist. Usually SNL has an actor to host and a musician to do a live performance. He has appeared in movies and has even had a voice role in the Shrek movies. In 2009, he was in the movie Open Road. So far in 2010, he has two movies that he is acting in.

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.

Trans Siberian Orchestra on Tour in Austin, TX

Trans Siberian Orchestra, or commonly referred to as TSO, is currently on tour selling out live concerts all over the nation. The TSO winter tour of 2009/2010 made a stop in Austin, TX and Matt and Krystle were lucky enough to have been there. Here are some things that they have said about the concert.

The concert was amazing! They had the best set, the best musicians, and the best singers at the concert. They even showcased songs from their most current album, Night Castle. The concert had the most incredible lights, lasers, and pyrotechnics which made the concert unique and outstanding. The light show went along with the songs they were playing and were synchronized perfectly. When a guitarist would play and use the whammy bar, laser streams would light up the stage. Also, when the entire orchestra, guitarists, and main violinists would rock out the stage would light up and fire would be blasted from the stage. Without these effects the concert still would’ve been good, but the use of such effects made it even more incredible.

The guitarists couldn’t have been any better. They all had long hair which was always being used for head banging and flaring around. They would rock out with their guitars and moved and ran around the stage. Some of the best musicians tour with TSO and make up the band. One of the lead guitarists produced amazing rock bands such as Aerosmith. The guitarists had amazing stage presence and got the crowd involved with cheering and clapping. Angus was always pointing and smiling at Matt and Krystle.

There were two crazy and incredible violinists. They would play madly and wildly, run around the stage and the concert venue, and flare the hair around while rocking out on their violins. They had very interesting violins that must have been made specifically for the genre they play which is rock and roll mixed classical music. The violins were hollow. At one point during the concert Matt noticed that the girl violinist’s hair got stuck. Krystle also noticed that she was playing so hard that some of the strings broke on the violin.

The singers’ voices were beautiful. The girls could carry out any tune. One man who had a lot of solos throughout the concert, has toured and sung with Journey during his career. His voice was so strong and loud and represented the essence of rock and roll. He also had long hair that was never short of a hair flip or some type of head banging.

TSO is such an awesome rock band that transforms classical Christmas music for their concerts. Matt and Krystle would recommend anyone to go to one of their concerts and support their music. Not only are they a great band, but they are also very charitable. TSO donates proceeds from every concert to a local organization or school from every city they tour in.

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.

Singing Siblings

People say that talent runs in a family. A lot of actors take after their parents, brothers, or sisters. This is also true in the music industry. There are not only a lot of family acts, such as the Jackson 5 or the Jonas Brothers, but there are a lot of siblings who are both in the industry. Sometimes one sibling takes the spotlight more so than the other which can lead to rivalry and jealousy. Other times, both siblings are both such sensational hits that the family name takes over the music charts. Here are some famous sibling musical artists.

Both the Jonas Brothers and the Van Halen brothers perform as a group. The Jonas Brothers took over the music charts and their group exploded into stardom amongst younger kids and teens. They are a pop band from New Jersey and record under the labels Hollywood, Columbia, INO, and Daylight. They went on tour with another famous artist who followed in her father’s footsteps, Miley Cyrus. Currently, they have four albums released. Their first album was titled, “It’s About Time,” and the most current album is titled, “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times.”

The Van Halen brothers are a little more old school and are a rock band that hit their prime in the 1980s. The three brothers, along with a few other musicians, make up the band Van Halen. This band is from the opposite side of the country from the Jonas Brothers and originated in California. They are a heavy metal and hard rock band that records under the labels Yessup Recording and Warner Brothers. They are such a successful band that has sold close to 100 million albums worldwide. The three brother’s names are Alex, Wolfgang, and Eddie Van Halen.

Two siblings that performed separately that both took over the music charts since the 1980s are Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Michael’s career started much earlier than his sister’s did when he performed alongside his older brothers in the Jackson 5. He had a solo career which turned him into music sensation and legend. His music and dancing is still admired even after the mourning of his recent death. He is a pop icon and invented new dance moves. His sister had a huge shadow to cast out of. Janet Jackson was a hit and her dance moves also stunned the world. When she turned 16 years old, she signed a recording contrast and her career took off ever since that time.

You can’t look at a tabloid or magazine without seeing the two faces of these sisters. Jessica Simpson and Ashley Simpson-Wentz are singing sensations. Jessica had a promising career and was up against huge stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. She had a rough start and a lot of competition. Her voice is amazing and she can carry a tune. She had a few hit singles as a pop star and recently crossed over to work on her career as a country music artist. Like Janet Jackson, Ashley Simpson also had big shoes to fill. Ashley was instantly a hit even with a lot of criticism. Her fame can be attributed to her MTV reality show and her name. She is more of a punk/pop singer and is more edgy than Jessica. Both sisters have had chart topping hits.

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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