Eggshell - Lara Ruggles
Fisher King - Holden Young Trio
I'm The One - Quadrosonic
Make It So - The Amends
Rock Bottom - The Yawpers
Where We All Live - Wheelchair Sports Camp
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Rosann Winn is a Singer-Songwriter & Jazz Vocalist based in Fort Collins, Colorado. She's been making music professionally for the past 20 years. She performs in both the acoustic folk and jazz genres and appears in many settings, from solo voice-guitar performances to small combos to lead vocalist with the 18-piece Colorado Swing Big Band. Rosann's vocal style has been described as smooth, light, and melodic. Both her original songs and the cover music she presents share stories of love, loss, hope, faith, and belief. Rosann describes her mission as "creating and performing music to encourage, uplift and inspire".
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DON’T PISS OFF THE SOUND GUY!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Thoughts & Prayers. . .
IN MEMORIAM . . .
SO YOUNG – BRITISH SINGER GEORGINA ANDERSON - 15 YEARS OLD
Georgina Anderson (October 1998 – 14 November 2013) was a singer from Marske-by-the-Sea, Teesside. Her posthumous 2013 single, "Two Thirds of a Piece", made #63 on the UK Singles Chart.
Born to Helen and Paul Anderson, Georgina had uploaded a cover version of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" which had accumulated 300,000 views on YouTube. Her second YouTube song - "Two Thirds of a Piece" - was performed in front of 14,000 fans at Middlesbrough F.C.
Anderson died after being diagnosed with stage four liver cancer, having exhausted all available treatment options.
Other notable musicians’ deaths...
20th : Pavel Bobek, 76, Czech singer.
18th : S. R. D. Vaidyanathan, 84, Indian musician.
14th : Georgina Anderson, 15, English singer, liver cancer.
13th : Dena Epstein, 96, American music librarian and author.
11th : Bob Beckham, 86, American music publisher and country singer.
Arash Farazmand, 28, Iranian rock drummer (The Yellow Dogs), shot.
Soroush Farazmand, 27, Iranian rock guitarist (The Yellow Dogs), shot.
Books & Movies
Our suggested movies and books involve the business of music. Learn something from them!
MOVIE FOR NOVEMBER 2013: “Rat Pack” (Made for TV, 1998).
Directed by Rob Cohen. Cast: Joe Mantegna, Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle, Angus MacFadyen, William Petersen, Barbara Niven. A made for television biopic of the exploits of the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop) the entertainers who set the style and the pace for 1950s America. The film focuses on their ties to organized crime, to the Kennedy clan, and on their often turbulent personal lives. IMDB.com
BOOK FOR NOVEMBER 2013: “Music Publishing – The Roadmap to Royalties” - by Dick Weismann and Ron Sobel. Available through Amazon until November 1st for $29.11.
Music Publishing – The Roadmap to Royalties is an invaluable guide to generating and protecting royalties and geared toward emerging songwriters and artists. Music publishing – the business of acquiring copyrights and promoting, protecting, and collecting the royalties for music – generates the largest source of income for songwriters and composers. Taking a practical approach, the authors – one a successful music publisher and attorney, the other a songwriter and music-business professor – explain in simple terms the basic concept of the music publishing industry from a songwriter’s point of view. They then break down the sources of income that can be exploited, examine the role of the music publisher, and then examine typical music publishing agreements, pointing out areas that writers need to review carefully. The book provides unique REAL WORLD and MYTH-BUSTER sections, offering true, contemporary examples of successes and failures in the world of music publishing. The book reveals how millions of dollars have been earned – and lost – through the management of publishing rights.
Every serious emerging songwriter and artist will find Music Publishing invaluable in navigating the incredible opportunities and practical challenges that face music-makers in today’s highly competitive and highly technological environment.
Ron Sobel is an entertainment attorney, with more than thirty years of experience representing songwriters, artists, and music companies. In 2001, Ron founded North Star Media (NSM), a music services and consulting company. Prior to NSM, Ron was V.P./Creative Affairs and head of the L.A. office at ASCAP. Ron was on the Board of Directors of the California Copyright Conference for eighteen years, and is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities.
Dick Weissman taught for twelve years in the Music & Entertainment Industry program at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he was Professor Emeritus, was V.P. for the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association, and has a long-term career as a studio musician, recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. He has written Guitar Tunings and Blues: The Basics for Routledge. He is also the coauthor of The Global Music Industry and Promoting Your Music, also from Routledge.
MUSICAL TERM FOR NOVEMBER 2013: “Vacillando” (Vah - si - lahn - doe) Vacillating; means that the passage is to be performed in a wavering, hesitating style.
Scam AlertTHIS WAS SENT OUT VIA LINKEDIN - MUSIC BIZ OPPORTUNITY
Group: MusicBiz | Subject: MusicBiz Opportunity!
Last month we sent out a message introducing Intel’s “Superstars” competition. This is a pretty amazing opportunity for musicians to submit their songs for a chance to win $10,000 in cash and some pretty sweet prizes. Companies like Gibson, Orange Amplifiers and Blue Microphones are involved in the project.
Here is a quick look at the current prizes:
Intel® Ultrabook™ device
Blue Microphones microphone
Creative Labs speaker
Gibson Brands Inc. electric guitar with case
HMDX Bluetooth wireless speaker
Sonos wireless speaker
V-MODA metal headphone.
So Far, we have had some great feedback from the MusicBiz community on this opportunity. You have until November 26th to submit a track, for your chance at winning. Those who vote are eligible to win prizes as well.
Learn more at their website: http://superstars2013.com/[CQ1 ]
Good luck! Keep Networking.
The MusicBiz Team.
Editor’s Note: I just looked this over. I cannot see any entry fee, and it won't let you get further info unless you sign-up/sign-in so a fee might be hidden.
Intel is a reputable company. However, it looks like the contest is actually sponsored by a third party [OurStage] as they have links to other contests they run. The first "leg" of the competition (entries in the rock & pop categories) had a deadline date in October. The next leg ends Nov. 26th (country & rap). Then they take the top entries and narrow them down to 20 per category and one winner is picked from each category to get “the package". Then the winning song is picked from those 8 winners to get the $10,000. Judges’ names or qualifications are not listed.
There are also several rules that would be hard to abide by – one being you cannot have "published" this song before which means that, technically, it cannot be on any of *your* own albums as that means *you* published it. I actually think they are referring to your song being in a publisher’s catalog. Another vague rule.
These lines also bother me:
• Artist must be eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry and must reside within the United States.
• An artist may submit only one (1) unique track into each of the Intel® "Superstars" 2013 Competition Channels. If an artist submits the same song into multiple Intel® "Superstars" 2013 Competition Channels, OurStage will remove the song from the genres deemed inappropriate.
• All entries must be acceptable for radio airplay with clean lyrics. [This means they could throw out any song that they deem "unacceptable for radio airplay. Which probably means the average recording will be X'd out because most people don't put 100s of 1,000s of dollars into their recordings. And, believe me, you will not receive a refund.]
• Entries must contain vocals, but should not consist solely of vocals. Entries must be accompanied by musical instruments.
I've added it with a "Buyer Beware" tag on it. Wish I knew if there was a BIG charge to enter. That's why COMBO does not promote most of these contests because of their ridiculous fees ($25-$30 and higher for each song) and they don’t tell you that they have thousands of entries that you’ll be competing against. Got to cover that $10,000 cash prize somehow!!
NEW THIS WEEK:
• Performance High still looking for vocal coach
• Sound Engineer and family survive tornado
• 15 year old British Singer Georgina Anderson succumbs to liver cancer
• What Rock Stars who died too soon would look like today
• Christmas Caravan - Marines’ Toys for Tots 4-Wheeler Show
• Update on Chris Daughtry - American Idol non-winner
• France's Pleyel piano maker plays final note
• RMPBS: Visit Nashville without leaving your house
• Teen Credits Concussion With Giving Him His Musical Talents
• Elvis Presley's intellectual property rights sold
• Charlene Marie Coran wins impersonator contest
• Last chance to enter Doritos’ Super Bowl Ad competition
• New “Buyer Beware” competition
• Donation Celebration
• The Voice - Short on star making but great for promotion
• Kabul’s School of Rock
• Quote of the Week from producer Jim Kaufman
Sa, 7th - Christmas Caravan: Marines’ Toys for Tots Event
Su, 8th - COMBO's Holiday Party - 7:00 p.m.
Mo, 9th - The Sing Off starts on NBCFr, 13th - Buck25's “Donation Celebration” at the Hard Rock Café
Su, 15th - Last day: Musicians In Action(.org ) is collecting "frostbite prevention gear”
Mo, 23rd - Benefit concert for the homeless featuring Hazel Miller at St. Paul's Church
Tu, 24th - Benefit concert for the homeless featuring Hazel Miller at St. Paul's Church
Fr, 24th - Colorado Performing Arts Jamboree at the JeffCo Fairgrounds
Su, 26th - COMBO’s Annual Grammy Watching Party
HAYLAR GARCIA FINDS MORE MISSING MASTERS
Songwriters SectionDURANGO SONGWRITERS EXPO:
VIDEO UP ON COMBO WEBSITE OF DURANGO PERFORMERS!
Mark King has uploaded a video of Durango attendees Donna Valentine and Eric Tingdahl performing their song, “It’s Over”, on the stage of the Omni Interlocken Hotel & Resort in October. Donna is also one of the coordinators of the Longmont Chapter of NSAI!
Be sure and sign up for the Durango Songwriters’ newsletter. Lots of pertinent information there to help you with your songwriting business! Registration now open for the California DSE. Early-bird registrations are due by November 7th in order to get 4 listening sessions.
LONGMONT CHAPTER OF NSAI MEETS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th
The Longmont Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (“NSAI”) meets on the second Sunday of every month from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Free to join and attend. Just bring your instrument and copies of your lyrics to pass around and join in the fun. Get reviews of your song(s) from unbiased people or just play for the heck of it. And what a great way to meet and make new friends who love writing songs, too. Who knows? You may run into the perfect person to start co-writing that million dollar song with!
What: Northern Colorado/Longmont Chapter NSAI
When: Second Sundays of the month (next one December 8th)
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Firestation #5 Community Room. 617 Barberry Dr., Longmont CO 80503
Who: ALL AGES! The more the merrier!
Join the mailing list for reminders so you don’t forget! For more information, to get on the mailing list, or just to chat, contact Lee Johnson at the below listed info:
NSAI MEETING IN DENVER - DECEMBER 9th
What: Greater Denver Chapter NSAI
When: Second Mondays of the month (next one December 9th)
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: CCM Studios, 4214 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, 720-941-6088
Who: ALL AGES! The more the merrier!
New Denver leader: Allen Krehbiel - Allen_Krehbiel@yahoo.com
NSAI MEETING IN COLORADO SPRINGS DECEMBER 18th!
Rob Jones is the co-ordinator of the NSAI songwriters’ meetings in Colorado Springs. The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Country Club of Colorado, 125 East Clubhouse Drive, 719-538-4080 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting room is next to the golf pro shop next to the members’ lounge. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend. Join other musicians and artists who like writing their own songs and learn a lot more about the business of songwriting!
What: NSAI Meetings in Colorado Springs
Where: 125 East Clubhouse Drive (Club house for the golf course)
When: Third Wednesday of each month (next on December 18th)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
E-mail Rob at ROBJ7480@aol.com if you would like more info, or call him at 719-291-3352.
Let us know if you need talent! We’ll be glad to put an ad here for you.
PERFORMANCE IS LOOKING FOR A POP/ROCK VOCAL COACH
Performance High is looking to add a pop/rock voice teacher at our Boulder location. Our two existing teachers in Boulder are totally maxed out in terms of scheduling, and we're still getting a lot of new students. Are you interested, or do you have a recommendation? Classically trained is fine as long as you aren't exclusively opera/musical theatre; and lack of formal training isn't a dealbreaker, as I will provide training. Message me.
Adrienne O | firstname.lastname@example.org
JIMI HENDRIX GUITAR COMPETITION UNDERWAY
Enter your cover of a Hendrix classic and win a spot on the 2014 Experience Hendrix Tour
Experience Hendrix LLC, in partnership with Talenthouse, has announced the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition, a celebration of the music and heritage of the greatest guitarist of all time. Together with Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings and IK Multimedia, Talenthouse and Experience Hendrix have launched a competition that offers entrants a chance to win a performing slot on the annual Experience Hendrix tribute tour, set to roll in March 2014.
Contestants are invited to submit a video that shows them performing a Jimi Hendrix track. One winner will be selected by a team of judges, consisting of Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister and Experience Hendrix CEO; and legendary engineer/producer Eddie Kramer who worked with Jimi Hendrix at the very start of his recording career in London, and, later at Woodstock and subsequently worked on the authorized series of posthumous Hendrix album releases. Judges also include Brad Tolinski, Guitar World Magazine Editor-in-Chief and author of Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page; and Dave Stewart, the musician and producer known for his role in the Eurhythmics and work with Mick Jagger, Orianthi, Bryan Ferry, Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks and No Doubt, among others.
The winner, as selected by the panel of judges, will be invited to perform a song as part of the Experience Hendrix 2014 Tour. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the winner and a guest. The Experience Hendrix Tour is an annual event featuring the greatest guitarists of our generation including Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, and many others. The 2014 tour line up will be announced shortly.
Click here http://tlnt.io/qurKI for further details.
Experience Hendrix, LLC was founded by James 'Al' Hendrix, Jimi's father, in 1995. Since its inception, the company has been managed by the family members, handpicked by Al during his tenure as Chairman. It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of their daily operations, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi's timeless legacy on a worldwide basis.
[Thanks to Alex Teitz for passing this along.]
AIRSHOW TAKOMA PARK STUDIO MANAGER POSITION OPENING
Airshow is currently accepting resumes for Studio Manager in its Takoma Park, MD location.
The Studio Manager at Airshow is the person primarily responsible for Airshow's interface with the public, prospective and current clients, and vendors.
Does this sound like the job for you or someone you know?
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DORITOS LOOKING FOR NEXT SUPER BOWL AD!!
Hola, video wizards. Doritos® is crazy excited to be partnering with Video Blocks for this year's Crash the Super Bowl. What does that mean for you? Well, you can use Video Blocks to help make your ad. And if you win, you'll take home $1 million and have the chance to work on the set of Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
OK, enough words. Time to watch a ridiculous video to get you started.
Doritos Crash the Super Bowl 2014 Video | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxE7h0eeG8M
(YOU have GOT to watch this really stupid – but somewhat humorous – video!)
See official rules at http://www.Doritos.com. Submissions close on 11/24.
AMERICAN MUSIC ABROAD LOOKING FOR MUSICIANS
American Music Abroad (AMA), a cultural exchange program that uses music as a means to engage audiences worldwide, has opened the application round for the 2014-15 season. Bands and ensembles are encouraged to apply at http://www.americanvoices.org/ama/apply/application. AMA is a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The deadline for applications is January 6, 2014.
American Music Abroad is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to the global music scene. Each year, approximately ten ensembles are selected to embark on month-long, multi-country tours, where they will engage with international audiences through public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews.
Ensembles from any characteristically American musical genres are welcome to apply, including, but not limited to: Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Zydeco. Ensembles will be selected for artistic quality, a strong education and interactive component, and a dedication to cultural engagement.
Previous American Music Abroad ensembles have reached audiences in more than 50 countries who had little or no access to live American music. To learn more about AMA visit http://www.americanvoices.org/ama .
American Voices has been conducting cross-cultural engagement with audiences in more than 110 nations worldwide since 1993. Serving as a cultural bridge, American Voices has introduced American music and culture the world over, showcasing a wide variety of genres ranging from jazz to classical symphony to hip hop in counties including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. Meanwhile, our Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) Performance Academies have brought Broadway theatrical education programs to places such as Thailand, Pakistan and Lebanon. American Voices programming provides much-needed expertise and support to aspiring musicians, dancers and actors, as well as enhancing cultural understanding and communications among peoples and nations. For its cultural diplomacy work, the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) selected American Voices as a "Best Practice Organization" in 2010. In October 2011, American Voices was the chosen by the U.S. Department of State to administer the American Music Abroad program.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 320 current or former heads of state and government.
For more information about the AMA audition process, see the following contact information:
U.S. Department of State ECA
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR COLORADO PERFORMING ARTS JAMBOREE
It's that time of year again (already) to prepare for the Colorado Performing Arts Jamboree.
The website has all the parts you need for registering and should be ready to use. If you encounter a problem, please let me know so I can get all the bugs out as soon as possible.
This link will send you to Information for Artists and will have all the details about the Jamboree, January 24, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - in the Exhibit Hall at Jeffco Fairgrounds, and links to all the forms you need to fill out and return with payment.
Thanks for your participation in the Colorado Performing Arts Jamboree!
Interesting BitsU.S. POST OFFICE ISSUES STAMPS IN HONOR OF MUSIC GREATS
In case you hadn’t noticed, Elvis is not the only music icon to grace the stamps the U.S. Post Office has put out. Others include Johnny Cash, Carmen Miranda, and many, many more. Latest issues honor Ray Charles and Latin singer/entertainer Lydia Mendoza. The next time you buy stamps, ask for the latest musician issue. Promote music the easy way by putting musicians on your mail! These short bios can be found on a sheet of their stamps:
Johnny Cash (1932-2003), known to many simply as “The Man in Black”, sang of love, loss, hardship and faith telling the story of the nation one person at a time. Best remembered internationally as a country music artist with an unmistakable bass-baritone voice, Cash also influenced folk, gospel, rock, and other genres. His many hits include “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues”. © ®
Ray Charles (1930-2004) was a musician beyond category. This extraordinary singer-pianist, blind since childhood, blended blues, gospel, country, jazz, and soul music in a unique and highly influential pop music style. His dozens of hits in a half-century career include “I’ve Got a Woman”, “Georgia on My Mind”, and “I Can’t Stop Loving You”. © ®
Lydia Mendoza (1916-2007) was one of the first and greatest stars of Tejano music. Known as La Alondra de la Frontera (The Lark of the Border), Mendoza performed the Spanish-language music of the Texas-Mexico borderlands and beyond. In a career that spanned seven decades, she recorded more than a thousand songs featuring her soaring voice and twelve-string guitar accompaniment. © ®
© ® Used with permission of the U.S. Post Office
HERE’S WHAT ROCK STARS LIKE KURT COBAIN, JIMI HENDRIX AND ELVIS PRESLEY WOULD LOOK LIKE IF THEY WERE ALIVE TODAY
By Ryan Perry | UpRoxx .com
Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon... the list of music legends that left us too early goes on and on. Their early demises prevented us from having richer, fuller, and (in some cases, inevitably) tarnished catalogs from our heroes.
Musical output aside, the thought of their survival brings up a fun question with potentially horrifying answers: What would those gone-too-soon legends look like if they were still alive today? That's what PR firm Sachs Media Group aimed to explore with its Rock & Roll Heaven photo series. And despite being extra generous (Elvis and Jim Morrison surely would've doubled in size given a run at modern cuisine), the results are still somewhat alarming.
Click through [the slide show] to see what legends like Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, and more would potentially look like if they were still alive today. [This is actually quite disturbing in some cases!]
Read more: http://www.uproxx.com/music/2013/11/dead-rock-stars-alive-today-photoshop-kurt-cobain-jimi-hendix/#ixzz2l8pJNGCv
TEEN CREDITS CONCUSSION WITH GIVING HIM HIS MUSICAL TALENTS
DENVER (CBS4) – Several of the music ensembles at Kent Denver High School are impressive, but the story behind a young pianist in one them is truly amazing.
Lachlan Connors is a junior at the private high school and loves music more than anything.
“Music is the thing that gets me up in the morning,” the Englewood resident told CBS4.
When he was younger it was clear Connors didn’t have of a knack for music. At all.
“He really had no talent,” his mother Elsie Hamilton said. “I would say ‘Can’t you hear what’s next?’ with something like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ or ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ and he’d say ‘No.’ “
Connors’ first passion was sports.
“I thought I might become a professional lacrosse player,” he said.
But things changed when Connors was in sixth grade and he sustained a concussion while playing on his recreational lacrosse team.
“I fell backwards and hit the back of my head on the ground,” he told CBS4. “I remember getting up and feeling really dazed. I didn’t really understand something bad had happened.”
Connors began exhibiting some concerning behaviors, but his parents took him to a doctor and they gave him the okay to return to the field.
Another hard hit or two — possibly concussions — then sent Connors to the hospital for weeks, and epileptic seizures followed.
“He started to hallucinate and had these mini hallucinations,” Hamilton said.
When Lachlan got out of the hospital, doctors said he shouldn’t play contact sports anymore. That was a heartbreaker for Connors, but in the wake of that disappointment Connors found that he suddenly could play music almost effortlessly.
Connors can now play “roughly 10 to 13 instruments.” That includes piano, guitar, mandolin, ukelele, harmonica, karimba and bagpipes — both Scottish and Irish ones.
“When Lachlan plays it’s absolutely beautiful,” his mom said.
Dr. Spyridon Papadopoulos told CBS4 it’s as if those concussions turned on a new part of Connors’ brain.
“This was not a small injury for him,” Papadopoulos said.
“The thought is just a theory — that this was a talent laying latent in his brain and somehow was uncovered by his brain rewiring after the injury. Clearly something happened in his brain and his brain had to recover from injury and change happened. And change may have uncovered this ability no one knew he had.”
CBS4's Suzanne McCarroll asked Connors what he thinks happened in his brain.
“I honestly think something got rewired. Something just changed, and thank God it did,” he said.
Connors plays music solely by ear. He can’t read music (although his mother is encouraging him to learn). And although he no longer has epileptic seizures, he finds comfort knowing his seizures were the same, rare sort experienced by composer Frédéric Chopin.
No one can say with absolute certainty that Connors’ medical problems led to his musical prowess, but Connors is incredibly grateful for a gift he hopes will now stay with him for life.
SHORT ON STAR-MAKING, “THE VOICE” MORPHS INTO INDUSTRY HIT-MAKER
By Eric Kelsey - Reuters
LOS ANGELES, Nov 21st - In May, two months after the release of his song "Blurred Lines," pop singer Robin Thicke performed the soon-to-be megahit on NBC's TV singing contest "The Voice."
That performance with collaborators Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. helped catapult his single 42 spots to No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart the following week. It also tripled the previous week's downloads to 206,000. The song rose to No. 1on the chart in June for a 12-week run in the top spot.
Although "The Voice" may not be the most-watched singing contest on television and has yet to launch a star of its own, the show has become one of the music industry's most coveted promotional platforms with its influence far outpacing Fox rivals "American Idol" and "The X Factor," music and TV, experts say.
"It continues to be a launching pad and a shot of steroids for certain songs," said Joe Levy, editor of trade magazine Billboard whose annual poll of industry experts published this week showed a big jump in influence for the show.
He points to the recent performance by one of its judges, Christina Aguilera, singing "Say Something" with pop group A Great Big World. It helped the song claim the top spot on Billboard's digital songs chart last week.
"The Voice," which airs twice a week and draws about 12.7million viewers per episode, ranked as the sixth-best venue for promoting music up from No. 37 in 2012, according to the magazine.
Meanwhile, a live performance on "American Idol," which can still best "The Voice" in attracting viewers, fell to No. 60 from No. 17, and Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" did not make the list of 75.
"The Voice" actually made the list twice. When a contestant performs an artist's song, that type of promotion was good enough for No. 56 on the list.
Part of the winning mixture for "The Voice" and the music industry has been the show's ability to distinguish itself as a music-first competition where everyone plays nicely, Levy said.
"'The Voice' is really about professionals," he said. "It's really in that sense about building or restarting careers.'Idol' hews closer to its talent-show roots and, frankly, people react to the fact that 'The Voice' is positive."
All About the Judges
That is an unusual characteristic in the reality TV landscape where much of the focus is on conflict. Part of the appeal that "American Idol" built when it drew more than 30million viewers for its finale in peak years of 2006-07 were its"jaw-dropping" failures, Levy said.
Another key to success of "The Voice" has been one of the problems that has plagued "Idol" and "The X Factor" in recent years: getting the personalities on the judging panel right, said Eric Deggans, the TV critic for National Public Radio.
The show's panel is led by Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and country singer Blake Shelton in both fall and spring seasons, while singers Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green serve in the fall, and Colombian pop star Shakira and R&B singer Usher in the spring.
"What people like about 'The Voice' is that the judges, at least on camera, get along," Deggans said, noting that ratings for "The Voice" tend to dip as the season moves along and the focus is put more on the contestants.
"When they've tweaked the show, they've tweaked the show to keep them involved for longer throughout the competition,"Deggans added.
"Idol" and "The X Factor" have suffered in part because of strife or poor chemistry on their panels on which they spend tens of millions of dollars in salaries, Deggans said.
Pop singer Britney Spears received poor reviews for her apparent lack of interest while on "The X Factor" last year, and a feud between judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj ran throughout "Idol's" spring season. All three judges have since left.
Although "Idol" can still command more for advertising rates than "The Voice," David Campanelli, a senior vice president at Horizon Media, said the NBC contest has been able to capture the popular culture buzz its rival once had.
"If it was all things equal, you'd pick 'The Voice' because people are talking about that, and you want to associate your brand with that."
10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JOHNNY CASH
By James Sullivan
Ten years after his death, the Johnny Cash legend still looms large: from Sun Records and Folsom Prison to Rick Rubin, from "I Walk the Line" and "Ring of Fire" to "A Boy Named Sue," from his own autobiographies (Man in Black and Cash) to the Hollywood version of his life, starring Joaquin Phoenix. Fans of the Man in Black's powerful tales of sin and redemption, succinctly captured in the three discs of a 2000 box set (Love, God, Murder), likely know much of the singer's story, from the tragic loss of his older brother, Jack, to Cash's epic struggle with amphetamine addiction and his late-life resurgence after an extended period wandering in the creative wilderness.
But when the former Los Angeles Times critic Robert Hilburn first spoke with Cash's longtime manager, Lou Robin, about writing a comprehensive biography about this quintessential American figure, Robin told him that 80 percent of Cash's story had yet to be told. Johnny Cash: The Life, published this week, covers Cash's monumental highs and bottomless lows in unprecedented detail. Think you know Johnny Cash? The book is stuffed with warts-and-all revelations that might surprise you, and will certainly boost the singer's profile as a man of many contradictions.
1. He empathized with a monster.
As a boy, Cash was fascinated by the original Frankenstein movie. For him, the monster was a sympathetic character, someone "made up of bad parts but trying to do good."
2. He had to overcome his bigotry.
Cash gave his friend Carl Perkins the idea for the rock & roll classic "Blue Suede Shoes" based on the flashy wardrobe of an African-American Air Force colleague stationed in Germany. Cash, well known for his advocacy on behalf of minorities (especially Native Americans), was involved in an ugly name-calling incident over a black soldier walking with a white woman. Later, he blamed the incident on the bigotry of rural Arkansas, where he was raised, and told a friend, "I never, ever disliked blacks."
3. He was goofy.
He and his first wife, Vivian, named their first daughter, Rosanne, after Cash's nicknames for Vivian's boobs: Rose and Anne.
4. He was sneaky.
Cash's first Number One hit, "I Walk the Line," widely interpreted as an oath of loyalty to his young bride, had a double meaning for him: he also thought of it as a sneaky way to put a little God into his music, after Sun's Sam Phillips told him he wasn't interested in recording any spiritual songs.
5. He was practical.
Though Cash wrote the signature song "Man in Black" to explain the social conscience behind his wardrobe choices – "just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back" – in fact he took to black simply because it was easier to keep clean on long tours. Early in his career, fellow acts teased him about it, calling him the "Undertaker."
6. His storybook marriage to June wasn't always so.
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7. He bent the truth.
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8. He was tempted to start a riot.
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9. He wasn't there when Kris Kristofferson landed a helicopter on his property.
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10. He thought no one cared.
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