Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Iris DeMent, "Sing the Delta"

Iris DeMent, "Sing the Delta"

Born: Jan 5, 1961 in Paragould, AR
Genre: Country, Folk, Pop/Rock


DeMent's fans have waited 16 years for a new album of original material, and "Sing the Delta" rewards that patience justly. It also lives up to its evocative title, favoring tempos as unhurried as the pace of summer in the Deep South and vowels elongated by the singer's honeyed drawl.

There's a solidity to the writing that harks back to classic country  one can easily imagine Tammy Wynette singing "Before the Colors Fade" yet an emphasis on unpretentious piano playing, plus recurring lyrics concerning faith and prayer, makes "Sing the Delta" feel more like a golden hour of homespun gospel.
- K.B.R.

One of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, singer/songwriter Iris Dement was born on January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, AR, the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music; during her teenaged years, however, she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

Upon graduating high school, she relocated to Kansas City to attend college. After a series of jobs waitressing and typing, Dement first began composing songs at the age of 25.

Honing her skills at open-mic nights, in 1988 she moved to Nashville, where she contacted producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract. Dement did not make her recording debut until 1992, when her independent label offering, Infamous Angel, won almost universal acclaim thanks to her pure, evocative vocal style and spare, heartfelt songcraft.

Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the record's word-of-mouth praise earned her a deal with Warner Bros., which reissued Infamous Angel in 1993 as well as its follow-up, 1994's stunning My Life. Her third LP, 1996's eclectic The Way I Should, marked a dramatic change not only in its more rock-influenced sound but also in its subject matter; where Dement's prior work was introspective and deeply personal, The Way I Should was fiercely political, tackling topics like sexual abuse, religion, government policy, and Vietnam.

In 1999, she collaborated with country man John Prine on his album, In Spite of Ourselves. Dement recorded four duets with Prine that earned her a Grammy nod the following year. Her own recording career was on hiatus for the late '90s and early 2000s, but she returned in 2005 with Lifeline. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Internet Radio Fairness Act

As you may know, a bill is circulating in Congress called the "Internet Radio Fairness Act" (H.R. 6480/S. 3609). We strongly believe that this bill would be anything but fair - particularly for tens of thousands of recording artists and record labels that we represent. 

It is our mission to protect, propel and support the digital music industry moving forward. For this reason, SoundExchange President Michael Huppe will testify tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28, before Congress in opposition to the "Internet Radio Fairness Act." This bill could dramatically cut the royalties that Internet radio services pay to music creators. It also does nothing to address the fact that AM/FM broadcasters still pay nothing in performance royalties to recording artists and record labels. 

As representatives of both recording artists and record labels alike, we believe creators deserve more for their contributions to the digital music space, not less. Creators should receive fair compensation for their work, and we will deliver that message directly to Congress.  
You may watch the webcast of the hearing tomorrow at 11:30 am ET at:

You are also encouraged to visit to learn more and write your member of Congress.  Let them know that musicians should not be deprived of the income they deserve.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

MARTHA DAVIS - We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye

MEMPHIS TN (IFS) -- Martha Davis (December 14, 1917 – April 6, 1960) was an African-American singer and pianist whose musical comedy act, "Martha Davis & Spouse", was popular in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Martha died from cancer on 6th April 1960 in Mount Vernon, New York.
Born in Wichita, Kansas on December 14, 1917, and raised in Chicago, Illinois Martha Davis attended the famous Du Sable High School. She counted Dorothy Donegan and Nat Cole among her classmates. By the mid 1930s, she had met and been influenced by Fats Waller, who allegedly taught her some of his piano skills. At that time she performed regularly as a singer and pianist in Chicago clubs.
At one such in 1939 Martha Davis met and subsequently married bass player named Calvin Ponder. He enjoyed a lucrative career with Earl Hines' big band. Therefore the couple didn't work together regularly until 1948. In this year Martha and Calvin had moved to California where Martha made her impressive recording debut on the Westcoast for the small Urban label with the surprise hit Little White Lies

She signed with the much larger Decca label, which reissued Little White Lieswith Calvin Ponder (b), Ralph Williams (g) and Lee Young (dr) on its Jewel subsidiary. Around this time, too, Martha worked with her jazz pal Louis Jordan with several cuts recorded again for Decca. It was Martha's most successful year (3 Top Ten hits: Little White Lies, Don't Burn the Candle At Both EndsDaddy-O).
But in that year Martha and her husband put together their own two-person nightclub act developing a musical and comedy routine as "Martha Davis & Spouse" in which she was decidedly the star of the two.
The act became hugely popular, touring and having a residency at the Blue Angel in New York. They appeared together in movies including "Smart Politics" withGene Krupa, and in the mid 1950s, variety films "Rhythm & Blues Revue", "Rock 'n' Roll Revue" and "Basin Street Revue". Several of their performances (Martha's BoogieWe Just Couldn't Say GoodbyeVipity Vop), were filmed for video jukeboxes, and they also appeared on early television variety shows.
Even though they were at the height of their popularity, they strangely did not record during this era (1951-57) and would not again until the brand new ABC Paramount label had them cut two LPs, one being a tribute to Martha's mentor, Fats Waller. These would be the final recording of the pair.
Among boogie-woogie enthusiasts, Martha Davis has remained well enough known, but to the general music loving public she has been long forgotten. Her fame was with her contemporary black audience, who well knew her from jazz clubs days. She played stride piano unique, which took a bit from Fats Waller, with whom she was chums in the 1930s.
Davis was born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised in Chicago, Illinois. By the mid 1930s, she had met and been influenced by Fats Waller, and performed regularly as a singer and pianist in Chicago clubs. In 1939, she met, and later married, bass player Calvin Ponder (October 17, 1917 - December 26, 1970), who went on to play in Earl Hines' band.

In 1948, Davis and Ponder moved to California, and Davis developed her recording career on Jewel Records in Hollywood with a trio including Ponder, Ralph Williams (guitar) and Lee Young (drums). Their cover of Dick Haymes' pop hit "Little White Lies" reached # 11 on the Billboard R&B chart, followed by a duet with Louis Jordan, "Daddy-O", from the movie A Song Is Born, which reached the R&B top ten later that year.

Davis and Ponder also began performing together on stage, developing a musical and comedy routine as "Martha Davis & Spouse" which played on their physical characteristics (she was large, he was smaller). The act became hugely popular, touring and having a residency at the Blue Angel in New York. They appeared together in movies including Smart Politics (with Gene Krupa), and in the mid 1950s, variety films Rhythm & Blues Revue, Rock 'n' Roll Revue and Basin Street Revue. Several of their performances were filmed by Snader Telescriptions for video jukeboxes, and they also broadcast on network TV, particularly Garry Moore's CBS show.

In 1957, after a break of several years, they resumed recording for the ABC Paramount label, with whom they cut two LPs. Davis died from cancer in New York in 1960, aged only 42, and Ponder died ten years later, aged only 53.

This set contains essentially all of pianist and singer Martha Davis' recorded output, although it doesn't include a mostly inconsequential late-'50s LP and curiously also lacks her best and biggest hit, a definitive cover of Dick Haymes' "Little White Lies" that topped the charts in 1948. What's here is fun jump blues-oriented material that shows Davis to be a fine singer and a quite striking pianist (she is said to have learned more than a few tricks from the great Fats Waller) on sides like "Martha Boogie" and the unique "Player Piano Boogie." The omission of "Little White Lies" is a problem, though.



























Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Adrianna Freeman - Either You Do Or You Don't - Old Wounds - Release

Biography: Adrianna Freeman - Either You Do Or You Don't
By Brian Clough
In 1966 the Lovin’ Spoonfull brought us a great chart entry with a song called ‘Nashville Cats’. One of the lines in the song related ‘There are Thirteen Hundred and Fifty Two Pickers in Nashville’…. years on of course there are many more all wanting a step on the fame ladder. Many never make it and just add to that Nashville pickers list. Others are told “No you’re not right for country music”, “There’s no way we can put money behind an artist with unproven ‘marketing strategy’”, and “Country audiences won’t buy a black female country album”.
These were some of the thoughts and words of record company moguls when Adrianna Freeman was pitching her musical career.
She is now about to prove them wrong as under the direction and production talents of Teddy Gentry from the award winning Alabama group she has just produced her first album.
It is sheer class from the opening track ‘I Will Not Be Your Tennessee’ (released as the first single from the album) through to the fading refrain of ‘There’s Gonna Be A Rainbow’.
The last track could be a fitting omen for Adrianna as the album contains an eclectic mix of light and shade of mid tempo and gentle songs which shows off her vocal range and quality, sometimes , smokey and gentle, but always meaningfull and believable.
Production is brilliant, complimented by great musicianship throughout with a across the board song selection.
Diversity of music is perhaps to the fore with ‘The Price’ featuring Duck 13 who offers a rap injection. If you fancy being one of the first in years to come, to be able to say you bought her very first album, then treat yourself to a future country star in the making.
Her debut album is released on the Musik and Film record label ( and is available from this week on her own site
Apparently her grandfather had dreamed of being a country artist as had her father Ed, the dream has now been passed on to Adrianna and I think it’s about to come true.
She’s one less picker to be counted in Nashville if ever the Lovin’ Spoonfull re-record their song. Join me from Saturday on the American Connection Show on for a taster as I’ll be playing three tracks as she features in our Album Of The Week spot.
Adrianna Freeman Either You Do Or You Don’t Musik and Film Records

Monday, October 29, 2012

Still rockin' at 86, music legend Chuck Berry promises a comeback

Still rockin' at 86, music legend Chuck Berry promised a comeback Saturday with six new songs, some written 16 years ago.

"And as soon as I can get someone to guide me - and I do know a little about the business - I want to push them out," he told reporters at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which honored him with an award and tribute concert. "I'm going to come back and push them out if you know what I mean, somehow."

Berry, a rock pioneer with early hits that included "Surfin' USA", "Roll Over Beethoven," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Johnny B. Goode," wouldn't tip his hand in detail about the new songs or when they might be released.
"They might be old, but they are the same type of music that I have been playing," he said.

The lineup for Saturday night's tribute concert honoring Berry at the State Theater included Ernie Isley and Darryl DMC McDaniels, Joe Bonamassa, Rick Derringer, Rosie Flores, John Fullbright, David Johansen, Ronnie Hawkins, Steve Jordan and Merle Haggard.

Berry offered some advice to the performers: "Keep rocking, keep rocking. That's two words. Next word is: Be kind to your fans."

Earlier in the day, the legend struck a bittersweet tone when talking to reporters about his own mortality and diminished vocal abilities, saying he's been "wondering" about his future.

"I'll give you a little piece of poetry," he said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "My singing days have passed. My voice is gone. My throat is worn. And my lungs are going fast."
Berry still performs monthly at Blueberry Hill, a club in St. Louis, and says he has no plans to slow down, adding his fans are "having a great time from memory. I hope that I can continue to enhance their memory, because it looks very dim."

To mark the American Music Masters award presentation, the rock hall has mounted a special exhibition with items including Berry's stage clothes, a guitar and his 1958 Chess Records recording contract.

The rock hall's new library and archives has a separate exhibit with items including Berry's 1964 British tour program and a handbill promoting his appearance with the Grateful Dead in 1968.

Past American Music Masters program honorees include Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Woody Guthrie.

Berry, the museum's first inductee in 1986, called the award and enshrinement in the rock hall a great honor. "You can't get any higher in my profession than this building or this reason for this building," he said.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Doug Briney - The Northern Cowboy from Alaska

The original Northern Cowboy, Doug Briney is an ICMA nominated Best Male Artist from Alaska. Warm baritone voice reminiscent of Toby Keith, Trace Adkins and Kenny Rogers. When you think of cowboys and country music, the cold climate and frozen tundra of Alaska might just be the last place on earth that you would think of. But, the northern-most state in America is right where up-and-coming country artist, Doug Briney’s by Text-Enhance" career is heating up. With his highly anticipated debut CD, “It’s All Country” just released on March 9th, 2012, and a nomination for Most Promising New Artist at the 2012 ICMA awards, this God-fearing road warrior with the warm baritone voice and love for all things southern, might just be the original Northern Cowboy. With the release of “It’s All Country,” Doug is showcasing his signature sound, which he cultivated from years of touring camps, churches and conferences across the US. “We even played in an airport once, to impress a pretty girl for one of the band members,” he says with a laugh. Blending traditional influences from country music’s past, like Lee Greenwood, Gatlin Brothers and Kenny Rogers, with modern contemporaries like Toby Keith and Trace Adkins, Doug has created an original, honest and authentic sound that is all his own. “It’s All Country” is a timeless collection of well-known country classics from recent memory (“Bleed Red”, “Voices”, ”Ol’ Red”) alongside heart-warming and inspiring by Text-Enhance" href="">new tracks, such as the title track and first single, “More Than Just a Farm.” “More Than Just a Farm” was written by ICMA member, Pat Kelley and Ed Leavitt, and it tells the true-to-life story about growing up and learning life’s lessons, set against the backdrop of a working farm. “When I was selectingsongs for this project, I must have listened to hundreds, looking for just the right ones. I wanted songs that, not only spoke to me on a personal level, but would also be very relatable to country music fans everywhere,” says Doug. With his first single, he has done just that. Sure to strike a chord with listeners around the world, the track is already receiving international airplay on more than 150 stations, and it is currently in the Top 10 of two independent music charts (#2 CMG Radio Network, #10 Independent Music Network.) A music video for the track has been released, and debuted at #1 on the Music Video chart, where it has remained for over a month. The video has also been added to the playlist of Country Music Channel (CMCTV,) a popular internet video channel. While recording in the studio is a labor of love for Doug, performing live on stage is his true passion. He has been a finalist for two year running in the KBear Radio “Country Idol” in Anchorage, Alaska. Through his associations, he also met and performed live with Kelly Clarkson, before her big American Idol win. Doug has also been featured on, New Music Weekly, Music News Nashville, Knight Rider Radio, The Jiggy Jaguar show and others. Next stop for Doug: Nashville. “I like to tell people that I’ve sung at the Grand Ol’ Opry. Of course, it was in the parking lot..but some day!” It’s this sunny disposition and witty sense of humor that is making country music fans sit up and take notice of this cowboy as one of the “good guys in white.” Living up to that reputation can be a difficult task for any artist, but for Doug, it is second nature. Grateful for being able to live his dream of performing and recording music, he has gladly given back to his community in a big way. He is involved with charities like the Wounded Warrior Project and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, as well as being a pastor at the Cowboy Church of Anchorage. In fact, it’s his unwavering faith that keeps him grounded along his musical journey. Still think a country singer can’t come from Alaska? Just ask this Northern Cowboy: “I have come to know and love the Cowboy Lifestyle through country music…And, it is who I am now, who I have been, and who I will always be.” Artist:Doug Briney Album: It's All Country Artist Name: Doug Briney Album: It's All Country First/Last Name: Amanda Judge Email address: Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska, USA Website: Style of music: country MySpace: SonicBids: SoundClick: Facebook: Other: Label Affiliation: Unsigned Performing Rights Affiliation: Description: The original Northern Cowboy, Doug Briney is an ICMA nominated Best Male Artist from Alaska. Warm baritone voice reminiscent of Toby Keith, Trace Adkins and Kenny Rogers.

Ad dollars continue to lag behind consumers' shift to mobile

Time spent on mobile devices surges in U.S., at expense of print, radio, even online

Ad dollars continue to lag behind consumers' shift to mobile

Posted by: Paul Maloney

EMarketer's new study shows the time U.S. adults spend daily using mobile devices (not including phone calls) has more than doubled in the past two years. And in 2012 alone, mobile device usage looks to grow nearly 52%, to about 82 minutes per day.

Last year "non-talk" mobile device use passed print as the fourth most-used major media.

As 2012 is shaping up, the ranking (TV is top, then online, radio, mobile, and print) stays the same. But while television and online are growing in use, broadcast radio and (especially) print are slipping. Even online (using non-mobile computers) is seeing the pace of its growth slow.

"Mobile, by contrast, is growing quickly from a small base — and growth in time spent is also being boosted by fast uptake of smartphones and tablets, which have still penetrated only a minority of all consumers," eMarketer explains. "As more U.S. consumers continue to acquire these devices, and current owners shift more of their digital activities to mobile and portable devices, mobile is grabbing an ever-greater share of time with all media — potentially at the expense of faster online growth."

Ad dollars, as we've seen, have not caught up to these shifts in media usage. While U.S. adults will average 11.7% of their media time on mobile devices, just 1.6% of ad spending will go there.

Read eMarketer's summary here.

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New iTunes fails to launch, but Hypebot says iPad Mini an awesome music device

Posted by: Paul Maloney

Issue Date: October 24, 2012 - 2:10pm

Music fans were expecting an iTunes update as part of Apple's iPad Mini launch yesterday. That didn't happen, but Hypebot says there's still lots about the Mini that make it "an awesome music device."

Obviously, the Mini is thinner and lighter than other iPads, and most other competing tablets, and fits nicely in a purse or breast pocket. What's more, the LTE "ultrafast wireless" lets you stream music at top quality. And, existing iOS apps won't need to be modified to fit the smaller screen, since the Mini has the same 1014x786 resolution.

Read more from Hypebot on why music listeners should love the iPad Mini here.

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Stitcher announces finalists in podcast awards

Posted by: Paul Maloney

Issue Date: October 24, 2012 - 2:10pm

Stitcher, which aggregates podcasts and non-music radio and audio content, has announced the finalists for its first annual Stitcher Awards (first covered in RAIN here).

News organizations dominate the nominations. NPR received the most nods, with other top finalists including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, KCRW, BBC Radio and The Wall Street Journal.

Stitcher picked six finalists for each of 20 different categories, based on the more than 55-thousand listener votes. Through November 5th, listeners can vote for their favorites from among the finalists. Stitcher will name the winners in December at the first annual Stitcher Awards ceremony, to be held in San Francisco.

You can see a list of all the finalists here (note, you'll need to "Like" Stitcher on Facebook to see the nominees and vote).

Friday, October 19, 2012

First adult film star Sylvia Kristel dies at 60

Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel, 1952 - 2012Sylvia Kristel, arguably the first adult film star, has died at the age of 60 after suffering a long battle with cancer.
"She died during the night during her sleep," her agent told the AFP.  She was admitted to a hospital in July after suffering a stroke, though she was first diagnosed with throat and lung cancer roughly ten years ago.
The Dutch actress, born in Utrecht, Holland, made waves around the world as the star of 1974 erotic French film "Emmanuelle." In the controversial film she played the woman after which it was named -- a young model Emmanuelle, married to a much older man. The plot revolves around the couple as they move to Bangkok. Kristel's character then engages in a number of extramarital affairs as her husband doesn't seem to mind.
The film garnered a major following, played for 11 years in a theater on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, and remains one of the most successful French films of all time. "Emmanuelle" also inspired a number of sequels in which Kristel also starred.
Kristel's performance in the "soft core" film even drew critical praise from Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert. He wrote in 1975: What makes the film work is the performance of Sylvia Kristel... [who] projects a certain vulnerability that makes several of the scenes work... The performers in most skin flicks seem so impervious to ordinary mortal failings, so blase in the face of the most outrageous sexual invention, that finally they just become cartoon characters. Kristel actually seems to be present in the film, and as absorbed in its revelations as we are. [via the BBC]
Sylvia Kristel in 2008Kristel in 2008 (Photo: (AP/Leoni Ravestein/Features Creative Management)Kristel appeared in nearly 60 titles over the years, including television movies. She admitted to drug and alcohol addiction and experienced her share of bad relationships, later saying if she had it to do over again, she would have never entered those relationships -- with the exception of early boyfriend, Belgian author Hugo Claus.
Having won a few notable beauty pageants by the time she was 21, Claus is the one who initially encouraged Kristel to become an actress. The couple had a son, Arthur, in 1975.
Somewhat ironically, Kristel was educated in a convent and had a strict, religious upbringing -- something she fled from as a teenager when she moved to Amsterdam.
A private funeral will be held for Kristel, according to her agent.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Internet Radio European Summit event is this Friday!

RAIN 10/2: Even the U.S. will be well-represented at RAIN Summit Europe

Paul Maloney
Special thanks to our U.S.-based industry friends who'll make the trip over to Berlin this week for our very-first RAIN Summit Europe. This is especially for attendees here in the United States that will incur the time and expense to take advantage of this unique learning and networking opportunity. We'll do our best to make it worth it for you!
Some of our esteemed experts who'll speak are also U.S.-based. We've previously announced Liquid Compass CEO Zachary Lewis (here) and Triton Digital's Patrick Reynolds (here). Joining Reynolds from Triton will be VP/Sales for Europe, Daniel Karlsson. He'll take part in the "Targeted Advertising & Listener Registration" panel.
Also joining us from "stateside" will be TuneIn VP/Sales & Business Development Carl Rohling. TuneIn is the free online radio tuning service, which aggregates over 70-thousand music, sports, news and current events stations from around the world. TuneIn functionality is available via TuneIn mobile apps, and is built-in to select BMW and MINI car dashboards (Rohling will speak on "The Connected Dashboard" panel).
The Echo Nest is a "music intelligence" company, the largest repository of dynamic music data in the world. This data helps application developers build smarter music apps. The Echo Nest's customers include Clear Channel, Nokia, eMusic, MOG, Rdio, Spotify and more than 15-thousand independent app developers. You'll agree, then, that it makes perfect sense for The Echo Nest to be represnted on our "Personalized Radio" panel. Doing the honors will be CTO Brian Whitman.
We're proud to welcome Spotify's European GM and VP of Ad Sales Jonathan Forster as our keynote speaker. Spotify now has 15 million active users worldwide, 4 million of whom pay for the service every month. Besides its on-demand streaming product, Spotify Radio is a personalized radio stream listeners create based on artists, songs, or genres, which can be further influenced through "thumbs up/thumbs down" song ratings.
We're looking forward to Friday's (October 5th) RAIN Summit Europe, at the stylish nHow Berlin. We hope you'll be able to join us (Click here for registration info and the agenda).
Paul Maloney
Billboard, as part of an article on Apple negotiations for a webcast service, sheds more light on music publisher Sony/ATV's announcement to pull out of ASCAP and BMI (we covered this inRAIN here).
[Note: this story regards digital music services' use of the composition right of a song; not the copyright sound recording.]
Digital services (new ones immediately, others when current deals expire) will have tonegotiate with Sony/ATV (which now also owns EMI Music Publishing) and will no longer be able to rely on the "compulsory" license to use compositions and simply pay ASCAP or BMI the going rate.
Sony/ATV (and EMI) represents hundreds of thousands of songs.
"'All we are seeking is a fair and reasonable royalty for the writers and ourselves for digital performances,' Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Martin Bandier told 'We think the songwriter is just as important as the master recording and should get a fair price.'"
The "master recording" is the sound recording, for which webcasters pay a far higher percentage of their revenue than other forms of radio, and (for now) for other royalties.
Billboard reports Sony/ATV is pulling its digital performance rights, including EMI, from BMI and ASCAP on January 1, 2013. Apparently, Sony/ATV is not pulling its digital rights from SESAC, which is not under the "government consent decree" and "sometimes has greater flexibility in rate negotiations than BMI or ASCAP."
Read here.
Paul Maloney
Maybe the most enthusiastic endorsement of Internet radio for advertising came from panelistTaylor Wood (pictured right), National Radio Supervisor at Group M. Discussing how campaigns delivered on digital channels generate so much data beyond simple "impressions," he said, "It's bringing a life to radio that's never existed before. We're finally able to capture actions that are taken off of our audio messaging," e.g. "retweets" and Facebook "likes" generated from campaigns. "We need to be capturing all this data," he continued. "Clients aren't used to getting all this data back on their buys."
Michael Theodore, Vice President, Member Services at the IAB moderated the panel "Identifying Opportunities for Advertisers in Internet Radio" at our recent RAIN Summit Dallas event.
The panelists agreed that advertisers have exited what Theodore called the "101" phase in that most we're well aware of the Internet radio medium, and the advantages of the platform. Panelist Karen Cuskey (left) of TBS Promotions said while most clients look initially at a campaign's click-thru rate (to see if the targeting is correct), they quickly want to know more. "Not just 'What's the quatity,' but 'what's the quality' of those clicks? We're looking for lead-generation: are you giving me your name, are you interested in my product, am I actually selling, and if I'm selling, what's my ROI against what I just spent to find you?"
Cuskey made a point for how mobile device-centric the audience has become ("Everything we do is mobile, we're all mobile."). She described a particular Pandora campaign that incorporated a "click-to-call" instant reponse mechanism. With all the tracking involved, she explained, the client could monitor response to the campaign and adjust along the way.
What's good about that, added JWT's Lee Triggs (right), also a panelist, is that with digital, you can test programs on mobile first, before introducing it into other media.
Woods described another unique campaign on Pandora. Pandora develed a custom station for realtor Century 21. But as the client couldn't envision a consumer actually wanting to tune in to a "Century 21 Radio," they suggested keeping the channel private as an internal tool for sales agents, with its custom playlist, Century 21 ads, and customized player. Agents now use it during open houses, and the client feels itportrays Century 21 as creative and unique.
The fourth panelist, Shannon Haydel (left) of The Richards Group, offered attendees some advice: "Think about the (overall) change in (consumers') media consumption." She suggests media planners "start looking at digital and mobile as parts of your overall plan."
"But don't put it in your plan simply because it's 'new & cool,' added Woods. "Know what you're doing, make sure it speaks to client's needs, and develop a custom solution for the client."
Please listen to the entire "Identifying Opportunities for Advertisers in Internet Radio" panel via SoundCloud below (that's moderator Michael Theodore in the photo), and watch for more fromRAIN Summit Dallas.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Green Day Diss Bon Jovi, Praise The Hives | Kerrang! Radio | Music

Green Day Diss Bon Jovi, Praise The Hives | Kerrang! Radio | Music

Green Day Singer: ‘Worst Band’ Is Bon Jovi

Green Day Singer: ‘Worst Band’ Is Bon Jovi

by  | September 14, 2012 at 5:24 PM | GeneralMusic
MEMPHIS, TN (IFS) --If this is the worst band ever, God please let me be the second worst band on the planet, Amen. - KHS
Billie Joe Armstrong has a reputation for speaking his own mind even, it seems, when it comes to dissing beloved rock icons of the ’80s.
The Green Day frontman was quick to throw fellow rockers Bon Jovi under the bus in a candid interview with the U.K.’s Kerrang! Radio, admitting that — after 25 years of touring — the New Jersey combo were definitely his least favorite fellow musicians.
During the show, Armstrong was answering random questions from fans when someone inquired who were the best and worst bands Green Day had ever shared the stage with.
“The best is probably The Hives,” the 40-year-old rocker replied. “They’re a great live band. [As for the worst] Oh boy, I have to go with Bon Jovi.”
Armstrong didn’t elaborate on the reasons for his dislike, unfortunately, at least according to NBC News.
But he may have soon have an opportunity to re-evaluate his opinion — or, possibly, to have the world’s most awkward backstage conversation. Green Day and Bon Jovi are both set to appear at the at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 21 and 22.
At least this time the bands will be appearing on separate nights.
The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

“Happy Days” star Erin Moran is reportedly homeless

Former child actress and “Happy Days” star Erin Moran is reportedly homeless, according totabloid reports.
Moran, 51, and her husband Steve Fleischmann are said to be hopping from motel to motel after allegedly being thrown out of the Indiana trailer they were living in with Fleischmann’s ailing mother. The couple lost their California home in 2010 due to foreclosure.
A source tells the National Enquirer that Moran’s “partying” is to blame for her being asked to leave her mother-in-law’s trailer: She “was going out and coming home at all hours of the night, sometimes with her rowdy bar friends, and Steve’s mom just couldn’t take it anymore, so she told Erin to leave.”
The couple is said to be “blowing” the former actress’s “Happy Days” cash settlement she received earlier this year after she and several cast members sued for over merchandising rights.
Moran last appeared on TV in 2010′s “Celebrity Fit Club,” where she allegedly displayed “drunken behavior.”

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Breaking Pop Artist Lachi Releases New Single "Make Some Noise"


New York, NY
Pop / Indie Pop / Pop Rock

Breaking Pop Artist Lachi Releases New Single "Make Some Noise" Release Date September 25 2012

The Rock-infused Social-Conscious Pop title track off her upcoming album Make Some Noise(releasing this January) is now available on all major retail outlets such as iTunes and Amazon!
New York emerging pop artist, musician and writer, Lachi is back, and here's the first single off her new album.  Praised on CWMTVOprah RadioOnion/AVSpin Earth and The Deli Mag among other, Lachi and her high-energy band set out to write an album with a positive message with a message.
Lachi’s music has been played on commercial, college, community, online and satellite radio as well as retail stores and restaurants around the country.
Click HERE to download the single from iTunes!

Be sure to visit for more information about Make Some Noise and Lachi's upcoming shows!

Please continue to support the dying art of creating music for the love of speakingn to the soul!


"The real deal!"  Derrick Ashong, Oprah Radio

"...redefines raw talent. She is amazing."  CW Morning News

"Lachi plays bright, soulful, piano-driven pop and cathartically sings about perseverance"  The Onion AV Club


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