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Phil Collins – Like you’ve never heard him before


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It was THE album of the mid 1980′s.  Phil Collins was everywhere, man.

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight

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What’s the one simple thing the Music Industry can do to make more money?


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It’s not a surprise these days – the music industry is doing everything they can to get as much money as they can from consumers and give as little as possible to the artists and songwriters.

We don’t really blame the record companies for this — business is business, after all, and there has to be some give-and-take in order to turn a profit these days.

All You Need to Know About the Music Business
All You Need to Know About the Music Business

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Video Fun: Let It Go (from Disney’s Frozen)


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It’s argueably the biggest movie song since Celine Dion’s MY HEART WILL GO ON (theme from Titanic). While Pharrell’s HAPPY may dominate the pop chart as of this writing, the Oscar-winning song LET IT GO from Disney’s FROZEN has captured the hearts of movie goers and song lovers everywhere.

Frozen
Frozen

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What do Justin Bieber and Jason Mraz have in common?


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WHAT DO JUSTIN BIEBER AND JASON MRAZ HAVE IN COMMON?

It can be a difficult question to answer, as there are so many different options that could match an appropriate answer.

Is it their hair?  Their singing style?  Their sense of swagger?

Or could it be something a bit more…. sexy?

Justin Bieber Duck Tape
Justin Bieber Duck Tape

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The 20 Most Common Words in Song Lyrics


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You can’t stop yourself from singing.  You may not be very good at it, but you typically know all the words to your favorite songs.

There’s a reason why, after all these years, you’re still able to recite the Preamble to the Constitution, thanks to Saturday Morning TV.  Take some words, put them to music, and voila! Instant memory!

Reading Lyrics: More Than 1,000 of the Century's Finest Lyrics--a Celebration of Our Greatest Songwriters, a Rediscovery of Forgotten Masters, and an Appreciation of an extraordinary, popular art form
Reading Lyrics: More Than 1,000 of the Century’s Finest Lyrics
a Celebration of Our Greatest Songwriters, a Rediscovery of Forgotten Masters,
and an Appreciation of an extraordinary, popular art form

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Another sign that streaming music royalty payments stink


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It almost doesn’t pay to be a musician these days.

We’ll take that back and rephrase:  it LITERALLY doesn’t pay to be a musician these days.  And yes, we are using the word “literally” correctly in that sentence..

With more and more businesses deciding to hop onto the STREAMING MUSIC bandwagon, one would think that the greater exposure would result in greater earnings for the musicians and songwriters who are getting their music spread far and wide.

Music Publishing: The Roadmap to Royalties
Music Publishing: The Roadmap to Royalties

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Who are the Most Sampled Recording Artists of All Time?


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It’s been said that there will reach a point in time where every single piece of recorded music has been written.  There are only so many combinations of notes on a musical scale that can be made.

So that’s where the ability to make variations on a theme come into play.  Combining two different songs to make a completely new one.  Sampling music in order to add your own voice, style to something that already exists.

Start Your Music Business: How to Earn Royalties, Own Your Music, Sample Music, Protect Your Name & Structure Your Music Business
Start Your Music Business:
How to Earn Royalties, Own Your Music,
Sample Music, Protect Your Name & Structure Your Music Business

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20% of Spotify will never be heard


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Spotify is just over five years old, and has over 20 million songs in its library.

That’s how Spotify can provide you a constant stream of music that’s geared to your listening tastes.

Spotify for Dummies
Spotify for Dummies

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The real reason why Santa’s reindeer stink


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Everyone knows the song RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.

But have you taken a really good listen to what the song’s actually about?  It’s very telling — not about Rudolph, but a better description of what the OTHER reindeer are actually like.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Stuffed
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Stuffed

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How not to do a mixtape


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Everyone prides themselves on being awesome at music selection.

At least, that’s what everyone’s iTunes mix tells us.  You go to one their parties, they put their iPod on “shuffle”, and for every one awesome song you have to sludge through two or three obscure tracks that are buried deep in their music catalog.

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
Love Is a Mix Tape:
Life and Loss, One Song at a Time

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Proof that music can make you drunk


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There’s nothing better on a cool weekend evening than firing up some tunes and sitting out on the deck with some good friends and having a drink or two.

There’s a reason that people take great pride in their music atmosphere — it’s because a party without music is a bit of a downer.  Music really does help people have a good time.

Wine How Classy People Get Wasted Drinking Distressed Retro Vintage Tin Sign
Wine: How Classy People Get Wasted

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Johnny Cash has been everywhere, mapped!


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Who doesn’t love themselves some Johnny Cash?  Especially his later releases, which really hit a chord (no pun intended) with an entirely new audience.

Johnny Cash - Flipping the Bird
Johnny Cash at San Quentin

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How much is Johnny’s soul worth to the Devil?


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We all know the lyrics to the song, DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA:

if you’d care to take a dare I’ll make a bet with you.
Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the Devil his due.
I’ll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul ’cause I think I’m better than you

So what the Devil is proposing in his offer is that Johnny (who plays pretty good fiddle, boy) has a soul that’s only worth a golden fiddle.

The question is, is Johnny getting ripped off a bit?

Devil Went Down to Georgia
Devil Went Down to Georgia

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The History of the Guitar Solo


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Kids – no matter how much you’ll hate it now, you should take the time to learn a musical instrument.

Web Watch doesn’t care if it’s the piano, accordion, guitar, or marimba (heck, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots play music using plastic instruments, and that stuff sounds GOOD).  The key here is that you should be able to play something – anything.

Solo Guitar Playing Volume 1
Solo Guitar Playing Volume 1

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15 Rules for Karaoke


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Web Watch loves karaoke as much as the next person – which is to say that sometimes we really love it, and sometimes we really hate it.

Karaoke is one of those party activities that you can’t plan on being a hit. If you have a karaoke machine in your living room, we guarantee that nobody will want to fire it up and start singing when you say, “hey, who wants to do karaoke with me?”

On the other hand, if your friends know it’s available and are drunk enough – you’ve given them enough rope to lead themselves to hitting the power button and starting the games themselves.

Which leads us to…

VOCOPRO DVX-890K DVD Karaoke Player
DVD Karaoke Player
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