grooveshark to stream sun records greats

Sun Records has found a partner for streaming their historic catalog of Rock & Roll treasures from the likes of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and more: Grooveshark. In an official release issued by Grooveshark, the company said the following about the notable licensing deal: Grooveshark has officially inked a licensing deal with renowned Indie label Sun Records thus making it the first and currently the only music streaming service for Rock n’ Roll royalty… “We are eager to give our audience and fans around the world streaming access to our iconic artists. Grooveshark’s platform and structure allow us to give our core fans what they want, while […]

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when radio is local

I’ve attended the NAB Radio show a few times, most recently a couple of weeks ago.  I was impressed and excited to see how the show has grown to having a large hotel lower level full of vendor booths and attendees wandering throughout, ranging from large group CEOs to small market account executives.  This is not how I remember the show just a few years ago. The degree to which research and analysis plays into the format now, could not have possibly existed when radio was “local.”  Long before what we now refer to as social media was born, local radio stations and their on air personalities kept their audience […]

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licensing notes from leisa korn for 9/21/2011

If you’ve read any of my blogs, you know that as a publisher, I’m passionate about making sure our composers receive their share of performance income for commercials and infomercials. This means I spend a great deal of time watching these very commercials and programs. So it was only natural that I spent 2 days in Vegas last week at a convention mingling with the people responsible for bringing us one of the most endearing expressions in the English language…”BUT WAIT!” We are particularly proud that our music was used in commercials that won major awards…you can hear us in the award winner for “Best Short Form Housewares”…Swivel Store and […]

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stop reading

I like to stay abreast of current events, so my morning routine always includes coffee and the morning news. After reading the doom and gloom financial news of the past three days I considered my options: jump off the nearest bridge, find the one country whose economy isn’t reported to be collapsing and apply for citizenship there – or simply stop reading the news for a few days. I opted to stop reading. Reinhold Niebuhr correctly said, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” He was right. I cannot change […]

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imaging elements from a distant galaxy

I have written blogs recently that talked about the power of music. But there are many ways to attract the attention of an audience through sound, but not actually use music, per se.  By “sound”, I mean sound that is different from music.  It could be aural effects or sound design elements as opposed to thematic or melodic music. For many radio producers, finding the right sound that creates three-dimensionality and adds the appropriate amount energy and emphasis, without causing the production to turn into a big blended, directionless mess, is one of the most difficult things they have to do. I have the pleasure of being associated with Radium […]

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can the pro’s survive in the digital age?

There have been a number of recent developments which call into question the relevance of performing rights societies such as ASCAP, BMI & SESAC in the digital age. One major publisher’s recent decision to withdraw digital music rights from ASCAP is one such development. Clearly the future of the music and entertainment industries lies with Internet streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime. It is essential for the survival and continued relevance of the PROs that they continue to do what they do best with regard to these online services: offer one-stop blanket licenses covering their entire repertoire. The alternative is unthinkable: it would be an […]

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rolling stone reveals worst songs of the 1990s

(From Yahoo! News)  When people look back on a decade’s music they tend to focus on the good stuff – but the people who lived through the time period know better. While the 1990s certainly had amazing music, not everything on the radio was Nirvana or Radiohead. Michael Bolton, Kenny G. and Vanilla Ice sold enough records to fill 500 landfills – which is where most of those records now reside. Last week, Rolling Stone asked readers to vote for the worst song of the 1990s. And topping the list is Aqua’s “Barbie Girl.” “Barbie Girl” – written by the Danish dance-pop group Aqua – is an incredibly polarizing song. Many […]

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happy labor day from megatrax!

Hoping you’re having a relaxing holiday!  

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