The queen of disco, Donna Summer, died on May 17, 2012 in Florida at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer. At the time of her death, she was in negotiations for a record deal and finishing an album, so she kept her medical condition under wrap.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 31, 1948 as LaDonna Adrian Gaines and later took the stage name of Donna Summer. Early days she sang for church choir groups and later joined groups influenced by Motown Sound.
In 1970’s she hit the top of charts with hit singles including “Last Dance”, “Hot Stuff”, and “Bad Girls”. Her dominance in the field continued in 1980’s with singles like “She Works Hard for the Money” and “This Time I Know It’s for Real”. She had a large gay following due to her singing in night clubs.
Five time Grammy winner for such numbers including “Last Dance”, “Hot Stuff” and “Carry On”. Additional recognition for her work include American Music Awards, Dance Music Hall of Fame, NAACP Image Award, Golden Globe Awards, Juno Awards, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and MTV Video Music Awards.
She was married to Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano and together they had two girls.
The famed TV producer and “The New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from New York” host died in St. John’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California of a massive heart attack after undergoing a routine outpatient procedure on April 18, 2012 at age 82. His health started to decline after he suffered a massive stroke in 2004 which also impacted his speech. He also suffered from Type 2 diabetes.
His first major television breakthrough was in 1956 when he hosted “Bob Horn’s Bandstand” which he later named as the “American Bandstand”. He continued to host the show until 1989 where he promoted such artists like Jackson Five, Madonna and many others.
Who could forget his countdown to “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” which he created in 1972 and broadcast around the world from New York City. Since his debilitating stroke, Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Since that time he attended the show sporadically and once admitted his speech difficulty. His final appearance in the event was in 2011.
Dick Clark also hosted the “Miss USA Pageant“ from 1989 to 1993. He also hosted many other TV game shows including the “Pyramid”, “Scattergories” and “The Challengers”.
The Five time Emmy winner was married three times and had three children from two marriages.
Do you remember the days that we carried a bulky Sony Walkman listening to the music? It was 1979 when the Walkman was created. It was hip to carry one around. Sony thrived on success of its electronics. In 1997 music and electronics defined what Sony is. That was then. In 2011 Sony’s income form music is far less than one fifth of the companywide revenue. Today most of us carry an iPod and listen to much more delicate sweet sounds than those days. What is going on with Sony?
It appears that they are late to the game. Sony has been trying to adept to the internet era for over decade.
Its innovation lags behind most of the other industry leaders. Sony was the symbol of quality. It was stylish at the time. However, they couldn’t continue to charge the price for quality and style when others were producing less expensive yet quality products.
Apple introduced iPod in 2001 and iTunes Music Store in 2003. Even though Sony worked with other developers at the time they were late to execute and Apple began to capitalize the music industry. People say that compartmentalization of Sony lead to its demise in music industry prominence.
Presented annually, Juno Awards honor Canadian music artists. It is considered to be the Canada’s music awards by many. Started in 1970, except for 1988, it has been conducted each year lately in late March or early April. It acknowledges and rewards Canadian musical artists and bands of their musical and technological achievements. Winners are being chosen by the members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences or a panel of experts depending on the category. Currently there are 44 awards in categories ranging from Aboriginal Album of the Year to World Music Album of the Year and in between.
The 2013 Juno Awards were held on April 20-21, 2013 honoring artist’s work in the latter part of 2011 and all of 2012 and the ceremony was held in Regina, Saskatchewan with the surrounding area hosting many events. 2013 Juno Fan Choice Award went to Carly Rae Jepsen, Céline Dion, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Drake, Mariana Trench, Metric, Michael Bublé, Nickelback and Hedley. The 2014 awards which will be held on March 30, 2014 will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the MTS Centre. The show lately is selecting a famous artist at the time to host the event and the 2014 host has not been announced yet.
Canadian actor and musician Cory Monteith found dead in his hotel room in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, in Vancouver from an accidental drug overdose (heroin and alcohol) on July 13, 2013 at a tender age of 31. He is best known for his role as Finn Hudson in the Fox television series, “Glee.” But he is also an accomplished film actor. Unfortunately he was caught up in substance abuse since age 12 and was in and out of rehabilitation throughout his short life.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Cory began his acting career in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada playing a role as Douglas Hart in Killer Bash in 2005. Subsequent movies include Bloody Mary, Deck the Halls, Glee: 3D Concert Movie, and McCanick to name a few. But he is best known for his role in Glee, casting as Finn Hudson since 2009. He was chosen for the role after mass audition in Los Angeles. He played a role in the Glee Club as the star quarterback in his high school team. He won 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Actor Comedy category for the role in Glee. An episode of Glee will be dedicated to celebrate Cory’s life.
Launched in October 2008, the Swedish outfit, Spotify is the world’s largest music subscription company on the Internet. The commercial music streaming service provides content from famous music labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group, and Universal. According to publicly available information it had more than 10 million users at the end of 2010 and more than 2.5 million of them were paying customers and by the end of 2012 its customer base reached over 20 million. More than five million of them pay a monthly subscription fee now.
It’s music available on PCs, smartphones, tablets and other devices through variety of operating systems. Anyone can browse by artist, album, record label, genre, or even by a play list. Upon activation, you can get a free three-month subscription through Facebook. Spotify’s co-founder Daniel Ek has been credited for the creation of the service through Facebook. Spotify is being considered a formidable contender for the Apple’s iTunes.
Piracy has been the main threat to the music industry for some time. Apple made an advance towards stopping piracy and Spotify has been credited for making piracy more difficult and saving and increasing record sales.
Since November 1967, the Rolling Stone magazine that publishes every two weeks brought in latest music industry and other news to the masses in the United States. With over 1.5 million copies in circulation bi-weekly, the Rolling Stone magazine has made a name for itself. However, in July 2013 it made headlines for its controversial cover depicting the only surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect young Dzhokar Tsanaev on its front cover. The headline read; “The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster”. Many Americans were outrageous and some even started a boycott of the popular magazine. Some big name main street companies including CVS, Walgreen, and 7-eleven banned the magazine issue from their stores.
The Wenner Media LLC based in New York City owns and publish the magazine. However, the magazine was originally found in San Francisco, California in 1967. Today it is known for its musical coverage and for political reporting. Sine 1990s it changed its orientation to suit young adults covering a wide range of issues including television shows, film, popular music, in-depth political stories and coverage of financial and banking issues.
At the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 10, 2013, Apple Inc. announced that it will launch the online radio, iTunes Radio, in late 2013. The release will coincide with iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks and only available in the U.S. Users will be able to skip tracks they don’t want to listen, customize stations, and purchase station songs at the iTunes Store. Those who subscribe to iTunes Match will be able to use ad-free service. It appears that Apple is gearing up to cater to user preferences.
The ad supported service will be free for all iTunes users. A close look at the iTunes licensing agreement reveals that iTunes Radio will initially pay decent royalties until the radio start to generate income. It is anticipated that payment will be around 0.142 cents per stream under the minimum royalty. When Apple start to generate revenue, standard royalty which is 0.13 cents plus 13 percent of the net revenue will kick in and it will be increased in subsequent years. Apple expects to play 15 songs per hour. This will be good for record labels and artists.
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A new revision to Linked-In’s policies included the clause to the things not to do as “Even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.” Hani Durzy, supervisor of Linked-In’s business interactions, declares that this report isn’t really momentous. Durzy states is merely an explication to members that simply since a career is legalized, it does not suggest that it needs to be accepted on their website. Linked-In wishes to keep a particular image that prostitution merely does not uphold.
Nonetheless, there are many profiles active that show racy keywords like “sensuous massage” and “independent home entertainment experts”. Some are more outright by declaring that they are “expert courtesans” and “working ladies”, and even have web links to their “sex menus” off-site. Brothel owners and call-girls in the same manner declare that they desire websites like Linked-In to market their company. Simply because it’s legal in places like Nevada, it isn’t really lawful to market it.
Linked-In hasn’t already mentioned exactly what they are intending to do to enforce their rules. They are extremely familiar with the suspicious that is going on in their social networking system. Execs understand that they get billions of page views every quarter and brag 225 million registered members. Will they exact a huge purge on the hundreds of profiles in infraction, or will they take a gentler strategy and request the individuals to alter their details? Profiles have currently been erased, however Linked-In has declined to talk about them. It appears as though making use of Linked-In as an instrument for hustling is amounting to dissolution.
The music industry’s biggest night, 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2013 at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, California. The show will broadcast on CBS and LL Cool J hosts this year’s show for the second time. Grammy Award is an annual show held by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science that started in 1959 that recognizes music talent of musicians and contributions to the music industry. Show is dubbed as the music’s biggest night.
The 2013 Grammy Awards include 81 awards and prior to the show on February 8, 2013 Bruce Springsteen will be recognized with the MusiCares Person of the Year award during a separate gala. There will be many performances by prominent artists during the award show. It is the equivalent of Emmy Awards for television, Tony Awards for stage performances and Academy Awards for motion pictures. The biggest awards to watch include Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Children from the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school will sing Over the Rainbow at the show. Adele dominated last year’s show; however, there are no clear winner mentioned by many Grammy followers this time.
The rapid expansion of mobile devices is helping the music provided through the Internet radio services. It doesn’t cost a dime to access music content available on the Internet through mobile unit or your PC. Pandora Media, SiriusXM, Spotify and Apple are competing to provide you with Internet radio service. It is estimated that there are more than 250 million in the U.S. that listen to radio in the car or at work or home.
Even though it doesn’t cost you any money to listen to music on your Pc or mobile devices such as smartphones, providers pays hefty royalties to artists and record labels. Take Pandora Media for example, it pays more than half of its sales revenue in royalties to more than 100,000 artists and record labels. Pandora Media claims more than 74 percent of the U.S. online radio market. Satellite radio services pay 7.5 percent of their revenue while cable pays 15 percent. Most of these services generate income from advertisements. Some charge an annual fee to listen to premium artists, commercial-free. The U.S. Congress is considering the Internet Radio Fairness Act at this time to address uneven payments and other things related to royalties. Royalties are set by the Copyright Royalty Board in the U.S.
Listening to radio online doesn’t have to be as big of an ordeal as it was a few years ago. When internet radio first started, there were a very limited number of stations and finding something that you wanted to listen to required you have a very specific idea of the sounds you’re going for. Nowadays, internet radio has evolved to the point where you can have a vague idea of the type of music or styles that you want to listen to and the radio station witll work dynamically with your preferences to give you exactly what you want. You can hone your likes and dislikes as you listen and the station will learn with you to give you the songs you want to listen to.
Unlike FM radio, internet radio allows you the freedom to explore many different genres and styles at your own leisure without having to be restricted to any one particular sound or style. You no longer have to flip through a dial in hopes that something will be on that you want to listen to, you can instead pick what you want to hear and listen to it uninterrupted.
A radio station online has a lot more freedom in terms of what it can and can’t play. Instead of having to get traditional radio licenses for broadcasting, anyone with a computer can setup a radio station to listen to. www.onlineradiostations.com offers a broad range of stations to choose from if you’re a listener and at the very least, you can find an idea of what you’d like to listen to from just browsing through all of the stations they have available.
Beyoncé will be headlined the Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show that is scheduled for February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. During the Super Bowl’s first decade, high school marching bands entertained the crowd. Super Bowl introduced the popular musicians during the middle of the third decade. The previous Halftime Show entertainers include New Kids on the Block, Gloria Estefan, Michael Jackson, Prince, Clint Black, Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, the Black Eyed Peas, The Rolling Stones, and Janet Jackson. Who could forget the wardrobe malfunction of Janet Jackson with Justin Timberlake during the Halftime Show at Super Bowl XXXVIII?
The 31-year old Beyoncé is an accomplished musician. She is an extraordinarily gifted 16-time Grammy Award winning singer, song writer, an entrepreneur, actress and a wife and a mother. She grew up in Houston and a recent feature-length HBO documentary film that is expected to debut on February 16, 2013 will focus on her childhood in Houston, her family and her career. The feature film is expected to detail her demanding preparations for her live shows. Her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter was born in January 2012.