Archive for Music

Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress

Recently Lady Gaga appeared in the MTV Video Musci Awards dresses in meat. She atcually changed her dress several times during the show. On her last outfit change, while accepting an award, it was not so obvious that her dress was made out of meat, until she announced “I cannot believe that I would ever asj Cher to hold my meat purse.”

Lady Gaga has been known to wear strange clothing, sometimes trendy and cool, but most of the time wierd. However, this has to be the most bizarre dress she has ever worn.

Later she announced that she was trying to make a point that she was not just a “piece of meat!”

Last month she had appeared on cover of Vogue magazine in a meat bikini were she raised some controversy. However, this time she has  taken it one step further.

See the dress in the picture here and decide for yourself, if it is fashion or just bizarre.

American Idol questions unanswered

The big question up until now, with regard to “American Idol”, was “Who will replace Simon Cowell?” Although that question still remains unanswered, another question has joined the queue – “Who will replace Ellen DeGeneres?” Ellen left the show even though she had 4 more years left on her contract.

With one well established judge and one people friendly judge gone, there were also rumors that Kara DioGuardi had been fired leaving three spots vacant on the judging panel. The chairman of Fox Entertainment, Peter Rice, refused to comment on that matter which in turn gave the rumor more substance. When asked about the rumors that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler had been tied up as replacement judges, Rice said that no such deals had been signed.

The show has been in trouble for a few years now as viewership has steadily declined. In the last 4 years it has lost a total of six million viewers and this was probably a key reason for lynchpin judge Simon Cowell to leave the show. The drop has also seen Idol valiantly defending its number one spot in the ratings.

There have been rumors that Nigel Lythgoe would come back to the show in order to conduct massive make-overs, but Rice refused to comment on this story as well. He did say that big changes would be in place for the next season of Idol but did not elaborate further. The only thing he did admit to was that the judges would be in place when auditions get underway in mid-September.

Free Streaming Radio

Music has always been a part of conventional radio for a long time now until MTV invaded our homes and revolutionized the way music was presented to newer generations. And now, it is the turn of the internet to take over the place that television snatched away from conventional radio so long ago. Ironically, this is in the form of streaming radio and is generally offered for free over the internet.

While there are several genres that one can listen to as well a mix of the top music of the week, there is one genre that is a billion dollar industry and literally stands on its own apart from mainstream music, and is known as gospel music.

Musicians such as Ron Kenoly, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, DC Talk and Petra revolutionized every sub-genre of Christian music forever apart from the traditional devotional music offering that has been a part of the music industry for sometime to come.

And with the advent of internet radio, people from all over the world can now listen to both the oldies as well as the latest music released by (most probably) CCM in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom.

And just like the best things in life come for free, one can listen to streaming radio for no cost at all.

Genres of Gospel Music

Christian music has evolved into a billion dollar industry ever since the explosion of contemporary music that has imbibed sounds that resonates with regular pop and rock music in the mainstream music scene today.

Not only has the way people view devotional music changed, with these developments, but the medium by which one can listen to this kind of music has evolved too. Of course, with the internet finding more and more relevance to our lives just by the clicking of a few buttons, more and more people are taking a fancy to the multimedia offerings that the World Wide Web has in store for them and specifically in the form of online music that is available for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Not only do they play the latest songs that have been released by Christian artists but they also play music that some people cannot get a hold of in countries outside the United States. However, with the huge audience that is available over the internet, it also bodes well for promotional activity for these artists as well.

In the broader genre of gospel music, there are several subgenres that have evolved over the last few decades. With Black Gospel and Praise & Worship music being music that has the traditional tag, Christian Rock, Pop, and Rap that obviously appeals to a younger generation have also found their way onto online radio, and is here to stay.

So, not only does the listener get to listen to their kind of music but are also encouraged to experiment with other types of music that fall within their area of interests.

Music Appreciation Online Class

This is a guest post from Daniel Horne

I had to take more elective classes for school one semester and there were a variety of online classes to choose. Since I have never taken an online class before and it was only an elective, I was willing to give it a shot. I signed up for Music Appreciation. I have always had an appreciation for music, what I heard on the radio anyways, and figured this class would be an easy A and help boost my grade point average. Boy was I wrong. The whole class started out bad. I could not get to the website I needed. After I found that, I couldn’t watch any of the videos that the instructor had posted. They would just stop in the middle and never start back up again. I called my instructor who informed me that it was most likely my internet connection. I told him that it shouldn’t be a problem because I had cable internet and he suggested that I give hughs net a try. That afternoon I called hughes in SC and the next day had satellite internet installed in my apartment. Since then I have always been able to watch the course required movies. I have had no trouble uploading and downloading files and while I wasn’t right about this class being an easy A, it is easier now that I can access the material properly.

American Idol Finale, Simon Says Goodbye

Last night was the Finale for season 9 of American Idol and also Simon Cowell’s last night on the show. Simon is is leaving the show to start his US version of X-Factor which is a music contest show similar to American Idol with him being one of the judges. The show has been a hit in the UK for several years. It is not known who the judges will be on the version of X-Factor, but it was rumored that Simon was in talks with Victoria Beckham.  It is also has not been decided who would be replacing Simon next year at American Idol.

On the Finale, Lee Dewyze was crowned the winner and Crystal Bowersox took 2nd place. It was a surprise to many that Crystal did not win as on the night before, the judges seemed to favor Crystal as the winner. Ryan Seacrest announced that the winner won with a difference of 2% in the votes.

Several artists performed at the final, including Alice Cooper, Bee Gees, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morrissette, Hall & Oats, Joe Cocker, Brett Michaels, Chicago, Janet Jackson, Kris Allen and Carrie Underwood. In addition, several group performances included past American Idol winners and top 10 finalists.

Paula Abdul also was present at the show and came on stage to speak about Simon’s departure.

American Idol – Still the Biggest Money Maker

Over the years the ratings have been steadily dropping for “American Idol” and the juggernaut is not what it used to be. But it still packs a solid punch when it comes to making money.

According to research by the Forbes Magazine, “American Idol” is the number one show when measured in ad revenue sales. For every half hour it broadcasts, the show makes $8.1 million purely out of ad sales. The research does not try to discover “which is the most profitable show?”, but rather which show has the most power in dictating ad prices.

The research broke the time slots into 30 minute segments so that sitcoms, dramas and reality shows could be compared with each other on an equal basis. It also disregarded all sports shows in its survey. The difference between the number one and two spots was a whopping $5 million. Sitting at number two was troubled actor Charlie Sheen’s “Two and a Half Men”. The sitcom is the only one from its genre to even make it to the top ten.

Taking the third spot with $3 million was “24” the drama series from Fox. The show is in its final season, which probably accounts for the large ad revenue. The fourth spot is tied between an alien sci-fi and medical drama. ABC’s “V” and “Grey’s Anatomy” rake in $2.8 million each. The ad revenue ratings could play a great part in the future of certain shows. “V” is close to its season finale and so far no confirmation has been made of a second season.

Taio Cruz Breaks the Record

It stood for seven long years before Taio Cruz broke the record for the biggest jump to the number one slot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The British newcomer floated 52 places to the top with his collaboration with Ludacris titled “Break your heart” and is a record for the biggest jump by an act with their first chart single. Previously, the record was helped by the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, for her victory song “A moment like this” back in 2002 when it jumped 52 places.

Cruz knocked the Black Eyed Peas from the top slot after which the BEP single “Imma be” dropped down to the fifth slot after two weeks at the top. The act most disappointed by this turn of affairs would be country trio Lady Antebellum, who rose to the number two spot with “Need you now” by dislodging Young Money’s “Bedrock”, who in turn slipped to third. If not for Cruz they would be reigning in the top spot. But all is not lost; Lady Antebellum just might hit number one next week if the predicted drop in sales for Cruz does come about.

Waiting in the wings is also Rihanna’s “Rude boy”, currently in the number four slot. Rihanna’s track has been gathering momentum and could spoil the party for Cruz and Lady Antebellum. Ke$ha dropped two places to number six with “Tik tok” and Train dropped one slot to end at number seven with “Hey Soul Sister”. By climbing two places Jason Derulo claimed the number eight slot with “In my head” and the exhibitionist, Lady Gaga fell down to the ninth spot on the charts with “Bad romance”.