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Top 5 Ways to Discover New Indie Music Online

Music has become just as easy to create as it is to share. While it used to be the case that to record some quality tunes, you needed access to some pretty expensive equipment, and then distribution was another problem altogether. Now, all you need is a laptop, a software program or two, and a decent enough microphone. Anybody can make music in the comfort of their own home, and as a result, talented musicians the world over have been given a way to realize their visions like never before. It can be a bit overwhelming, too. Sure, every major label has a nice advertising budget and the means to put their acts in front of just about everybody’s face. But how does one go about finding all the great music that’s flying under the radar? Discovering the newest independent act can be sort of a challenge, so we’ll talk about the five best ways to rustle up some quality indie tunes online.

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Top 5 Concert Promotion Tips

The crowded summer concert season is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean live music disappears for the year. Each month there are incredible lineups playing at some of the best venues in the world, and working within that industry can be an exciting and fulfilling career. But what happens if you find yourself promoting a concert for the first time? It’s incredibly hard to get noticed in the noisy world of entertainment these days. People have so many options, including films, television and video games, each of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of home. If you’re going to pack a venue it’ll take a ton more work than just booking the act, unless you’re lucky enough to be working with one of the larger bands. Whether you’re part of the promotion team for a huge festival or are a team of one trying to fill a bar for a friend’s band, here are the top five concert promotion tips. Continue reading…

Top 5 Tips for Attending Your First Concert

Live music is one of the most exciting and thrilling experiences available. Luckily enough, most of us live nearby a place where a concert of some kind is happening every five minutes, it would seem. Especially in an area like Los Angeles or New York, there are live performances of all types happening constantly, from improvisational jazz bands to some of the most popular DJs and dance producers in the world. Whatever your flavor, your very first concert experience should be a special one, and we’ll talk about five of the best ways to make sure you have a great time, no matter what. As a bonus, I’ll let you know ahead of time that the true KEY is to make sure you bring your friend. Or a group of them. Just don’t go to your first concert alone, whatever you do. Continue reading…

Top Grossing Concert Tickets of All Time

Lavatickets ranked the top ten grossing concert tickets of all time, and the Rolling Stones stood atop the list, showing the other groups that they can’t always get what they want.

The Rolling Stones and their aptly named A Bigger Bang Tour tops the list as the top grossing concert act of all time. This is huge, people. The Stones grossed well over $600 million on this tour from 2005 to 2007, which is two and a half times more than the highest grossing Michael Jackson concert tour ever, and about a kajillion times more than a Justin Bieber concert tour. Over four and a half million people attended the Stones’ concerts on the two year tour. Not too shabby for a group of guys in their 60s. What’s even more impressive is that the Rolling Stones hold the number two, three, and eight spots on the list as well. The Voodoo Lounge Tour and the Bridges to Babylon/No Security Tour each raked in over $450 million, and the Licks Tour earned over $350 million. With all their concert tours combined, the Stones are multi-billion dollar concert grossers. Stones, you got me rocking.

Coming in at number four on the list is AC/DC and the Black Ice World Tour, proving that fourth place is not just the “also ran” spot on the list. The Black Ice Tour sprung from the band’s 15th studio album entitled, Black Ice. After eight years of missing in action from the tour circuit, AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour was not without its difficulties. The illness of a band member and numerous technical setbacks plagued the group and a number of dates were canceled. Still, five million people saw the band perform on this tour, and they brought in over $440 million in ticket sales.

Irish rockers U2 come in at numbers five and nine on the list. Not far behind AC/DC, U2’s Vertigo Tour brought in a whopping $420 million. On the five leg tour the band played songs from each of their 16 previous albums, to a total audience of over four and a half million people. The 360 Tour grabbed $316 million and the group played to just over three million concert goers. Lead singer and social activist, Bono, continues to use his position to further social causes around the globe.

Girl power! Madonna comes in at number six with her Sticky & Sweet Tour, which grossed just over $400 million. The Sticky & Sweet Tour of 2008-09 supported her 11th studio album, Hard Candy. Not one to shy away from controversy, during her shows she used images of Hitler to take a jab at then presidential candidate John McCain. Though critics gave the tour mixed reviews, die hard Madonna fans turned out en masse to the tune of three and a half million concert goers.

The Police cruise into number seven for their Reunion Tour of 2007-08. Fans and critics alike gave The Police great reviews as this tour celebrated the 30th anniversary of the group.

Near, far, wherever you are, Celine Dion takes the number ten spot with her Taking Chances Tour of 2008-09, grossing just over $300 million and performing to over four and a half million concert attendees.

And there you have it. Sorry, Justin Bieber. Better luck next tour.

About the author: Chris Keenan, a blogger for a broadway theater company, writes on a variety of entertainment pieces.

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So Much Music, So Many Formats For The Pop Fan To Enjoy

Many people feel that CD recordings and digital downloads are not as good as the old-fashioned ones that used to come on those vinyl platters you’d find in every music store around the world. Back in the day there were lots of record shops found in just about every city in the world, and they were a good place for music lovers to while away the hours as they shuffled through bins filled with recordings. Better still, used record shops were also quite popular in many cities, especially those that had high college and university student populations.

Much like another vanishing retail species, the bookshop, record stores often had a specialty that would attract a certain segment of the population. Fans of a particular style of music, be it opera, jazz, rock or country, knew where the hottest records shops were located, and they would often congregate there to buy records, or just socialize with others who like the same sort of music that they did.

The Rise Of Digital Music

With the rise of the digitally formatted sound recording, and then the Internet the days of the neighborhood record store were numbered. Once music was transformed into a digital format, and a means of transporting the music became ubiquitous – the Internet – it wasn’t long before engineers developed compression technologies that allowed the average user to compress an entire album’s worth of music and post it on a public server where other could download it, and have a free copy of just about any music on the planet.

Despite the digital revolution and its impact on the record industry, the demand for vinyl record albums is returning at an increasingly fast pace. Perhaps music lovers have finally gotten over their flirtation with digitally formatted music, and have concluded that music on vinyl sounds better than do CDs or digital downloads.

Used Recording Shops And Vinyl Albums

Shops that specialize in used recording are once again stocking vinyl albums, but the vinyl recordings are oftentimes newly pressed versions of albums that had originally been released on vinyl years ago, were later released on CD, and perhaps made available on digital download, and are again making their appearance on the market as vinyl platters. If such an album was released at a certain time in music history you can also expect that the same record may have also been released on cassette or eight-track tape, as well.

Fans of certain musical acts might want to own recordings in all available formats, if  that singer or band happens to be a particular favorite. Perhaps you’ll want to own some Radiohead vinyl albums, and keep copies o the same titles on CD and in digital format for your MP3 music player, as well.

Whichever format you choose, you’ll likely still enjoy hearing your favorite music on vinyl – why not go and buy a turntable today?

High quality VPI 16.5 turntables as well as factory-sealed albums such as Bob Dylan vinyl are just some of the things Sound Stage Direct offers. You can find music in many genres – soul, rap & hip hop, jazz, rock, funk, and Latin. Well over thirty thousand albums!

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