‘Man or the Music’ [Michael Jackson Tribute Mixtape]

There are few better ways to celebrate what would be Michael Jackson’s 52nd birthday than with a tribute mixtape devoted to the King of Pop . DJ-producer J. Period joins forces with director Spike Lee and 40Acres.com to release a free limited edition mixtape Man or the Music (40 Acres Edition), an 80-minute collection of MJ classics, rare demo tracks, remixes, and behind-the-scenes interview clips.

The mixtape overlaps with Spike Lee’s 2nd Annual “Brooklyn Loves MJ” celebration in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, taking place today (Aug. 29).

“It is a tremendous honor to join a storyteller like Spike Lee in celebrating the legacy of Michael Jackson’s music with an elite mixtape for this incredible event,” stated J. Period. “Crafting the tape was a labor of love and a learning experience. Digging through hours of interview material and music, I have definitely gained a new respect for Michael’s life and legacy, and I’m excited to share that with my fans—and over 25K fellow MJ fans in attendance on Sunday!”

The mixtape offers tracks including the demos for “Billie Jean,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “P.Y.T.,” and “Workin’ Day and Night,” as well as remixes of “Rock With You” and the Jackson 5’s “It’s Great to Be Here.”

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Free Delirious song download “God is Smiling&quot

The guys in Delirious have a free song (from their upcoming album Kingdom of Comfort, April 2008) available for download. The song is called "God is Smiling", and the guys had this to say about where you can obtain it. According to a recent update:

"The treat is located in a brand new free members-only section called The Living Room. On top of that The Living Room will feature band blogs, galleries, videos with more features being added weekly. All that it takes to get in the room is a simple registration, once that’s taken care of members will be right at home.

To get access to the free download go here: http://www.delirious.co.uk/livingroom"

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We Will Stand Tour – Avalon, Michael English, Cadia, Daniel Doss Band

Award-winning Sparrow Records vocal act Avalon is preparing for the “We Will Stand” tour, its first headlining tour in three years. Joining Avalon are labelmate Daniel Doss Band, Curb Records industry veteran Michael English and emerging Fervent Records female duo CADIA. The tour kicks off on March 27 in Pittsburgh and will visit more than 30 cities through May.

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Inhabited released its debut label project, Revolution, with Fervent Records in 2005. Revolution earned rave reviews from media who hailed frontwoman Sara’s strong vocals, formidable stage presence and genuine heart for youth. The group steadily grew its loyal fan base, while touring alongside popular artists Todd Agnew, Starfield, By The Tree and Jonah33. Today Inhabited continues to re-invent itself, always on the cutting edge of sound and style

Peter Khosla, president of 7 Spin Music comments, “The quality that most impressed me about Inhabited is its sincere desire to impact youth. The group is also musically talented and works extremely hard at its ministry. The band is an excellent fit with what we’re trying to cultivate here at 7 Spin.”

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Fireflight shoots video for “Unbreakable” using RED ONE camera technology

Photo Caption: Pictured (L-R) on the set of Fireflight’s new music video are band members Justin Cox, Dawn Richardson, Phee Shorb, Wendy Drennen and Glenn Drennen with Ruckus Film producer Brittany Hailes and director Wes Edwards.

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) January 28, 2008 – Orlando-based rock band Fireflight recently shot a high-intensity music video featuring car crashes, tragic characters and the band’s commanding live performance of its current radio smash “Unbreakable.” Shot inside a commercial steel warehouse by Ruckus Film in east Nashville, the “Unbreakable” video is the first in town to use the RED ONE camera technology. Having four times the resolution of a High Definition camera, RED ONE is being called Ultra High Definition. “Unbreakable” is the first single and title track off Fireflight’s anticipated March 4 sophomore album release, and is currently ranked the No.3 song in the country on Christian Rock radio.

Fireflight’s “Unbreakable” music video will premiere on various cable networks in February. The shoot was directed by Wes Edwards and produced by Brittany Hailes. The RED ONE camera has been used by Academy Award winning directors Steven Soderbergh (“Ocean’s Eleven, “Traffic,” "Solaris”) and Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings,” “King Kong”).

“Fireflight is an incredible performer and the band gave 100% on each and every take,” said director Wes Edwards. He adds, “The set was so fun and relaxed that it never felt like work. And on top of all that, the footage looks killer.”

The band’s new hit song has been creating tremendous momentum for the forthcoming album. In November 2007, “Unbreakable” was promptly selected by the NBC network as the anthemic soundtrack for the promo spots of primetime TV show “Bionic Woman.” The spots aired during Nov. sweeps, and extended into the promotion of NBC’s entire Wednesday night lineup.

Fronted by female vocalist Dawn Richardson, Fireflight’s music has been featured on E! Entertainment’s “Style Network” and in music-video reels at both

American Eagle and Journey’s stores across the country. Fireflight averages 140 shows a year, and has delivered two No. 1 rock singles “You Decide” and “Waiting” off its 2006 debut album.

For more information on Fireflight, please visit www.fireflightrock.com, www.myspace.com/fireflight or www.flickerrecords.com. For more information about RED ONE, please visit www.red.com.

Buy the "Unbreakable" single at iTunes by clicking below:

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Copyright guard for music compositions

The approved report, drafted by Brian Crowley (UEN, IE), amends on hand legislation to increase the copyright guard for music compositions to 95 years.

To ensure that performers fully enjoy the extra royalties deriving from copyright extension, the committee amended the original text so as to prevent the use of previous contractual agreements to remove money from the additional royalties.

A fund intended for session musicians

A dedicated fund for session musicians was also standard by the committee. This fund would be financed by charity from producers, who would be obliged to set aside for this purpose, at least once a year, at least 20% of the revenues gained from the planned extension of copyright term.

Committee members also amend a provision relating to this fund so as to give collecting societies, which symbolize performers’ and producers’ interests, the right to administer the annual supplementary remuneration.

Copyright addition for audiovisual works, too?

The committee also asked the Commission to launch an impact evaluation of the situation in the European audiovisual sector by January 2010, with a view to decide whether a similar copyright extension would advantage the audiovisual world.

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Final chance to see Silence of the Music

Cape Town audiences have only one more week to knowledge the musical magic of Silence of the Music.

With a leading Cape Town daily giving the musical score a five-star rating and nightly standing ovations from audiences, Silence of the Music – the original South African musical drama – demonstrates its tagline that in a varied world, music does certainly fuse.

Directed by Basil Appollis, Silence of the Music premiered on September 23 at the Baxter Theatre to turbulent applause and a standing ovation. This audience reaction has become a nightly occurrence as the star-studded production enters its second and final week.

Critics and audiences alike have raved about the score composed by leading world music composer Lynne Holmes-Ganief of the Desert Rose music production company and the original soundtrack has been experiencing brisk sales only a week after its launch.

Holmes-Ganief’s musical score reflects the rich diversity of South Africa’s melting pot of cultural influences, merging classical, Eastern and African musical elements into contemporary melodic world music arrangements which drive the narrative of an intercultural love story set in South Africa.

The production’s stellar cast, headed by doyennes of stage and screen, Michele Maxwell and Farouk Valley-Omar, comprises award-winning musical actor Loukmaan Adams, popular TV heartthrob Keenan Arrison, top Bollywood singer Asmina Aleker, rising soprano Antoinette Blyth, leading actress and singer Nobuhle Ketelo, well-known TV personality and Hebrew vocalist Belinda Silbert, as well as Yusuf Ganief, the acclaimed Arabic vocalist who is the lead singer for Desert Rose.

Silence of the Music has evolved from a partnership between Appollis and Holmes-Ganief and the duo’s ground-breaking combination of drama and diverse musical styles is pioneering a new genre of theatrical entertainment that reflects a uniquely South African perspective.

Silence of the Music is being funded by a group of customers who have come together with a common vision to promote common humanity and peaceful co-existence amongst people through music and theatre.

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Pillar announces “For the Love of the Game” tour dates

GRAMMY-nominated rock band Pillar has unveiled dates for its 3-month, “For the Love of the Game” Tour, sponsored by World Vision, TVU and RadioU. Christian music’s leading rock band will kick-off its ninth headlining tour in Palos Heights (Chicago), Ill. on Feb. 22, 2008. Named for Pillar’s upcoming album, which will hit stores Feb. 26, 2008, the full tour line-up is: Pillar,

Building 429Wavorly and introducing Brooke Barrettsmith. All dates are listed below and additional dates are still being added. For the most up-to-date schedule, visit www.pillartour.com.

Pillar has started 2008 in an awesome way: earning its first GRAMMY nomination (Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album for The Reckoning), having its music played on numerous ESPN sports programs, achieving its ninth No. 1 radio single (“For the Love of the Game”), and gearing up for the release of its fifth album (For the Love of the Game) and ninth headlining tour.

Pumped about his band’s ninth headlining tour, Pillar lead vocalist, Rob Beckley, exclaims, “I have never been so excited to get out on a tour! Over the last 10 years we’ve been on the road a lot, doing numerous headlining tours and we’ve had the privilege of playing in many types of venues, and for different types of crowds. This is going to be the most fun we’ve had on stage in our decade of touring – guaranteed!”

Word Records artist Building 429 debuted in 2004 with “Glory Defined,” a song that hit No. 1 on eight different charts and became BMI’s 2005 Song of the Year for Christian music. The band received four Dove Award nominations and was named the GMA’s “New Artist of the Year” in 2005. Building 429 has toured with Casting Crowns, tobyMac, Jeremy Camp and BarlowGirl, among others, and frontman Jason Roy acted as a spokesperson for 2004’s Redeem the Vote, with appearances on “Fox News Live,” CNN and ABC’s “Nightline.” The band’s third full-length record, Iris To Iris, released in May 2007. For more information, visit www.building429.com.

 burst onto the national scene in 2007 with their Flicker Records debut, Conquering the Fear of Flight. The highly-acclaimed album is a sprawling modern rock masterpiece. It blends elements of alternative, classic progressive, indie and hard rock with highly literate lyrics, a boldly imaginative use of strings and a sublime sense of melody. Go to www.wavorly.com for further information.

Christian rocker Brooke Barrettsmith captivates audiences with her passionate vocals and straightforward lyrics about faith and relationships. Growing up a pastor’s daughter in Chicago, Brooke first started singing in church with her siblings. Since then, she has shared the stage with artists such as Toby Mac, Audio Adrenaline, Jeremy Camp and Steven Curtis Chapman. As a top 40 finalist on “American Idol Season 5” in 2006, Brooke has been championed by local Chicago TV and print outlets and has received hometown support performing at various local events including White Sox games. Brooke’s debut album on Essential Records will be released in June. Visit www.myspace.com/brookebarrettsmith for further information.

Catch Pillar’s “For the Love of the Game” Tour in one of the following cities:

*Tour dates, cities, and venues subject to change without notice

Friday, 2/22 Palos Heights, IL Harvest Bible Chapel

Saturday, 2/23 Minneapolis, MN Club 3 Degrees

Sunday, 2/24 Ashby, MN Destiny Center

Monday, 2/25 Sioux Falls, SD Southern Hills United Methodist Church

Tuesday, 2/26 North Platte, NE Community Playhouse

Thursday, 2/28 Tulsa, OK The Otherside

Friday, 2/29 Fort Worth, TX The Door

Saturday, 3/1 San Antonio, TX Tri-Point Club

Sunday, 3/2 Weatherford, TX Faith Family Fellowship

Tuesday, 3/4 Joplin, MO The Foundry Music Theatre

Friday, 3/7 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Christian Center

Wednesday, 3/12 Prestonburg, KY Mountain Arts Center

Thursday, 3/13 Springfield, IL iWorship Center

Friday, 3/14 Orion, MI The District Venue

Saturday, 3/15 Cincinnati, OH The Underground

Sunday, 3/16 Van Wert, OH Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio

Wednesday, 4/2 Carlsbad, NM Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center

Sunday, 4/6 Merced, CA Yosemite Church

Friday, 4/11 Seattle, WA Royal Brougham Pavilion – Seattle Pacific University

Saturday, 4/12 Portland, OR New Hope Community Church

Sunday, 4/13 Spokane, WA The Service Station

Since Pillar’s Dove Award-winning debut Above in 2001, the band has tallied nine No. 1 radio singles, 12 top five hits, a GRAMMY nomination, three Dove Awards, eight national headlining tours, covers of numerous national magazines and album sales approaching one million. For the Love of the Game

(Feb. 26, 2008) is the band’s fifth, full-length studio project. Pillar is: Rob Beckley, vocals; Lester Estelle, drums; Noah Henson, guitar; and Kalel, bass.

Find more information at www.pillarmusic.com and www.myspace.com/pillar

Read our interview with Pillar here.

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Children’s Melody Music Toys

A knowledge toy for babies & toddlers with music and flashing lights, serving children to learn numbers, letters, shape & colors. New designs obtainable and see what we might do for you!

4 detachable animal figurines teach shape identification

Horizon Toy industrial unit has a wide product assortment of various kinds of knowledge toys, science toys, instructive toys, learning aids, playgroup toys, baby toys, toddler toys, developmental toys, melodic toys, phonic toys, electronic alphabet books, math toys, puzzle blocks, artificial toys, study machines, culture machines, toy laptops, children computers, laptop toys, toy computers, sound games, brain training toys, instruction toys, discovery toys, teacher provisions and school supplies.

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Rahman to present Games song on Saturday

After a few changes in the tune and the lyrics, the much awaited and much delayed anthem of the Commonwealth Games is ready for release on Saturday. Music maestro A.R. Rahman has inserted the word ‘India’ a few more times in the lyrics and made the tempo peppier, sources said. The changes were made following suggestions from an Empowered Group of Ministers on Commonwealth Games, which gave the song, "O Yaaro! India bula liyaa" an in-principle thumbs up a few weeks ago.

The Delhi Games Organizing Committee on Thursday said the Oscar winner music director will be performing the song on Saturday. However, the venue has not been finalized. The launch of the song got delayed after the GoM asked Rahman to change it a little bit.

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New Iona Album coming soon!

Celtic music fans, the wait is over! Iona’s new album Another Realm is finished and ready to ship. Watch this promo to see if it’s for you, and click here to visit their website and order. We highly recommend!

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Miley Cyrus and Charlie Sheen Trade Flattering Tweets

Miley Cyrus has only been back on Twitter for a few days, but she has already revealed strange obsessions with both mustaches and Charlie Sheen.

When Cyrus rejoined the service a few days ago — she had quit in October 2009 — she listed the factors at the back her return, which we’re hoping she doesn’t weight equally in meaning:

"’Do not fear…the Sheenius is here!’ I’m not gonna lie. I came back to twitter for 2 reasons. My fans and to follow @charliesheen #winning," she wrote.

Well, now the Twitter love affair has urbanized.

Sheen, never missing an opportunity to self-promote, wrote the following to Cyrus:

"Dear Miley, Welcome back to Twitter! Always felt you were epic… Now you proved it! Thanks for the love! ybh c @gypsyhearttour."

Cyrus responded: "@charliesheen I always felt the same about you! You have trained me everything I know about WINNING. Duh!"

And she apparently can’t get Sheen off her mind, later tweeting to a friend of hers that he had been replaced by @charliesheen as her BFF, and then writing, "Makin dinner for my fam right now. Honey sesame chicken, garlic rice & salad. There’s only one thing missing & that’s @charliesheen YBH!"

If we were counseling Sheen, we’d try to get Cyrus to stop by his tour, which would at least renew interest in his deteriorating pop-cultural stock for a day or two.

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Sony launches music streaming overhaul

Sony has launched a music streaming overhaul in a bid to break Apple’s supremacy of the online music business.

The Japanese company’s “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” is a cloud computing-based digital music service that does not engage downloading tracks like Apple’s iTunes.

Instead, a subscription gives users access to a catalogue of about six million songs, which can streamed to Sony’s Internet-connected devices like the PlayStation 3, personal computers and Bravia TVs. The service can be synchronized with a user’s existing music files, including iTunes, Sony said.

The service began in the UK and Ireland on Wednesday and will be revolved out in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the United States next year. – Sapa-AP

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Queen leaves EMI for Universal in moment for 40th anniversary

Queen, the British band, has signed a record contract with Universal Music Group after being with EMI for almost 40 years. They are also preparing to free remastered versions of their studio albums to hit store shelves next year.

Under the contract with Universal, the band will appear on the Island Records label starting January 1. Brian May, the band’s guitarist, said that they are very thrilled. After so long, they will be embarking on a new phase of their career with new dreams, new thoughts and a new record company.

Queen’s original lead singer, Freddie Mercury, passed away in 1991, and the group hasn’t been as accepted as it once was. However, re-releasing their albums could mean big business for them, while their result to sign with a new label comes as they are celebrating their 40th anniversary next year.

Island Records is already getting the remastered albums ready, which will comprise worldwide hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites The Dust and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Additional contenyt is also set to be added, with the first 5 albums being made accessible in March. Universal Music Group International chief operating officer, Max Hole said that they want to apply fresh novelty and thinking to the marketing and promotion of the group’s work.

The band is also set to be marked in a television documentary to be shown on BBC, while a Hollywood film will be made about them. Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian, will reportedly play Mercury.

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Rebecca Black has a holy place to Justin Bieber

Rebecca Black has a little Justin Bieber shrine in her room, she has exposed.

The singer, who factually became an overnight sensation last week with her song ‘Friday’, said in an interview with People magazine ‘ is so dorky when it comes to Justin Bieber. I have a little holy place in my room.’

She has before admitted to trying to get Bieber’s attention on twitter in an attempt to tee up a duo.

She recently said on Good Morning America that she would ‘scream at the top of my lungs and perhaps not be able to sing again’ if a Bieber teamwork were to happen.

Bieber’s only comment on Black was in a Twitter post reading ‘Sunday comes after Saturday? Weird.’

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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was back

The men and women in black and white come into view in Orchestra Hall on Saturday night for the first time after a corrosive six-month strike, having reached an agreement with management last week.

Detroiters broke up free tickets for the hastily arranged reunion. People stood in the back of the hall and a screen was set up for the run over. Dozens were turned away. Many appeared to be newcomers to the hall, and dress was a mix of ties, bandannas, pearls and T-shirts. Couples clutched hands and some in the audience teared up. Shouts of “Yeah!” and whoops and whistles sounded in the middle of the applause.

“Welcome home,” said the music director, Leonard Slatkin. “It’s been the longest six months,” a period to be and put in the past, he said. “This evening is about celebration. It’s about you.”

The moment was about amazing more than the end of a bitter labor argument. The sounds of music at the hall (along with the Tigers’ victory in their home opener on Friday) were like the chirpings of a bird in the bleak days of late winter. It finally meant some good news in a town so often explained as hollowed out, shriveled up and deserted.

The census figures in March were the latest dark development. They showed that over the past decade the population fallen by a quarter in Detroit, where a fifth of the lots are vacant, and the city’s leaders are knocking down 10,000 empty residential buildings.

At the least the orchestra stays alive, albeit with the phrase “near-death experience” repeated often. Detroiters are used to seeing businesses go bust, leaving workers — on strike or not — without jobs. The strike played out, sometimes cruelly and to a large degree over Facebook, as the governor in nearby Wisconsin sought to cut back on collective bargaining rights, fueling a national debate over the place of unions in society.

The strike ended a dispute over pay cuts that the players said would turn them into a second-class orchestra, along with changes in work rules that they said would detract from the mission of presenting top symphonic performances. Management said Detroit had simply run out of money to pay for an orchestra at its old level of spending. 

A number of other major orchestras — including those in Philadelphia, New York and Boston — are facing or undergoing negotiations for new contracts, and the outcome here will be scrutinized by musicians and their employers.

Despite the Saturday night love fest serious problems remain. Even with the cost savings, the symphony is projecting a yearly deficit of $3 million and labors under a $54 million debt from the music center that was built to supplement its hall, a 1919 gem that seats 2,000 people.

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Jazz with pop music bands

Before jazz drums came to Taiwan, here no such term; we only said drummers and called the music light music. Afterwards, when jazz music inwards in Taiwan, people gradually accepted it and pop music bands were formed. With the interest and rhythmic sense of the drummers, jazz drums became fashionable, widely loved and learned by youthful people. Jazz drums, in detail, are the heart of a jazz band.

In this developmental period, jazz drums endured some lean times before the unique crude instruments evolved into the present comfortable drum sets. Due to shortages of equipment and backward system, the early sets were simple to carry. They needed only to make a rhythm. Basically, the drum set consists of the bass drum, the side drum, and the hi-hat cymbal, which is copper.

The modern jazz drum set benefits from improved developed techniques. The basic set has grown to a deep drum, a side drum, a hi-hat cymbal, 2 tom-toms, one bass tom-tom, a ride cymbal, a crash cymbal, and a cowbell. This set has been used on step for quite a long time.

In the group of present-day bands, these two modern drum sets are combined. Tom-toms and cymbals can be added to make an entirety of eight or nine pieces. It depends on the talent of the player, and on demand. If you can get a firm and correct grasp of the rhythm, you can strike the drums and cymbals by now stretching out your hand, and develop a drummer’s skill and presence.

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Sanctus Real and Matthew West tour

Award-winning Sparrow Records acts Matthew West and Sanctus Real will join WAY-FM and World Vision for the organizations’ first-ever national tour. Designed to bring World Vision’s ministry to the local station level, “The WAY-FM/World Vision ’09 Tour,” also featuring special guest Jason Gray, will kick off Jan. 28, 2009 in Charleston, SC, and visit 12 WAY-FM radio markets through Feb. 20, 2009.

“I’m ready to hit the road this spring with Sanctus Real,” says Matthew West. “WAY-FM has some of the greatest listeners in the world, and it’s going to be a blast visiting all these WAY-FM cities. Of course, the chance to team up with an outreach like World Vision is an honor, and we hope these concerts will be more than just music but a chance to change the world by teaming up with such an amazing ministry.”

“As we’re getting ready for the ‘WAY-FM/World Vision ’09 Tour,’ we see this as a unique opportunity for us to reach a whole new audience with our music,” says Sanctus Real frontman Matt Hammitt. “We’re great friends with Matthew West and so appreciate the ministry of both WAY-FM and World Vision. To be partnered with such great people is an honor and a pleasure. We know this will be a great tour on all levels and hope a ton of people come out and join us!”

“As the World Vision – WAY-FM partnership came together, we realized a national tour would be a great way to bring the story of the ministries of both organizations directly to our audience,” says Lloyd Parker, WAY-FM Chief Operating Officer. “Because both Matthew West and Sanctus have a heart for what we do, and they also receive a lot of airplay on WAY-FM, having them co-headline the tour made sense.”

“The World Vision Artist Associates Department has hoped for a tour with WAY-FM for many years,” says Jenny Lockwald, World Vision channel/product executive director, artist associates & volunteer programs. “This year along with the World Vision radio department we have produced a tour specific to the WAY-FM markets in conjunction with Maxx Live. The tour features Matthew West and Sanctus Real and introduces Jason Gray. We felt that the combination of these artists in concert would be attractive to the WAY-FM audience, as well as share World Vision ministry and need in serving the vulnerable and needy in over 100 countries on a daily basis.”

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Neil Young wins first Grammy for music

A year after he won the first Grammy of his career, eclectic rocker Neil Young dual his tally on Sunday. The win marked the first recognition for his musical skills, since last year’s honor was for his work as an art director on the wrapping of a boxed set.

This time he won a statue in the best rock song category for "Angry World," a tune from his album "Le Noise."

"This is my first Grammy for music, and it’s valued greatly," Young said.

He lost another race to Paul McCartney, and remains in argument for best rock album.

Young, now 65, is often nominated 11 times since 2006 alone but his musicianship evidently was not forceful enough for Grammy voters, who now number about 12,000 music industry professionals.

Young, in turn, has made no secret of his scorn for the Grammys, declaring that he was "not Grammy material" in a 1987 interview told in the authorized biography "Shakey." But his look at both this year’s and last year’s events appears to point to a softening of his approach.

The Canadian singer-songwriter has confounded fans over the past 40 years with an idiosyncratic output spanning folk, rock, grime, soul and country. "Le Noise," his 31st studio let go since 1969, debuted at No. 2 on the Canadian albums chart and at No. 14 in the United States.

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Fireproof Soundtrack Now Available

The FIREPROOF songs that you’ve fallen in love with are available in one place: The FIREPROOF Original Motion Picture Soundtrack!

The soundtrack features the full score, which was composed by Mark Willard, Sherwood’s musical minister. And it has these songs from popular artists that you hear in the film:

Leeland’s "Brighter Days"

Third Day’s "This Is Who I Am"

Casting Crowns’ "Slow Fade"

John Waller’s "While I’m Waiting"

Grey Holiday’s "You Belong To Me"

Warren Barfield’s "Love Is Not A Fight"

There’s even a special bonus track: the FIREPROOF Remix of John Waller’s "While I’m Waiting," which features sound clips from the film interspersed with John’s beautiful song.

The FIREPROOF Soundtrack is available starting today, July 14, at your favorite Christian store and online retailer. Be sure to let your friends know by utilizing the Soundtrack banners, available online.

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Robbie Seay Band’s “New Day” on Oprah’s “Big Give&quot

“New Day,” from Sparrow recording artist Robbie Seay Band, will be featured on episode three of “Oprah’s Big Give,” which will air this Sunday, March 16 at 9 pm ET on ABC. “New Day,” showcased on Robbie Seay Band’s critically acclaimed 2007 release, Give Yourself Away, is slated to be the group’s next Christian radio single, following their Top 5 hit “Song of Hope.”

The March 2 premiere of "Oprah’s Big Give" drew 15.7 million viewers, the largest audience in primetime that week for any program other than "American Idol," according to Nielsen Media Research. On the show, participants compete to find the most creative ways to multiply a given amount of money and other resources before giving them away to help others.

In addition, FOX recently featured Robbie Seay Band’s “Rise” on four national television promotional spots for its hit show “American Idol.” The song was used in promotion for the seventh season of “American Idol,” which premiered January 15 and 16.

Give Yourself Away released August 28 and was one of the top 25 Christian albums downloaded on iTunes for over 18 weeks. The album features the hit single, “Song of Hope,” which charted 18 weeks in the Top 5 on R&R’s Christian CHR National Airplay chart and Top 10 on R&R’s Christian AC National Airplay chart. The song was also one of the Top 20 Christian CHR/pop singles of 2007, according to CRW’s year-end charts.

Read our review of Give Yourself Away here.

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ANDY BELL The New Single & Album 2010

Andy Bell the voice of Erasure released his next solo album called Non-Stop with the first single Call On Me.

01 – Andy Bell – Running Out mp3

02 – Andy Bell – Call On Me mp3

03 – Andy Bell – Subject-object mp3

04 – Andy Bell – Say What You Want mp3

05 – Andy Bell – Will You Be There – mp3

06 – Andy Bell – Slow Release mp3

07 – Andy Bell – Touch mp3

08 – Andy Bell – Non-stop mp3

09 – Andy Bell – Dhdq mp3

10 – Andy Bell – Honey If You Love Him (that’s All That Matters) mp3

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Music sovereignty talks deem cell phone mandate

A long-running dispute between radio broadcasters and the recording industry over music royalties has taken an unexpected turn with a future settlement that threatens to haul the mobile phone industry into the ring.

The negotiation under argument by radio broadcasters, recording labels and recording artists could include a federal mandate that all new cell phones come with a built-in FM radio chip. While a deal is far from final, the outlook that the government could utter a key design decision for such a ubiquitous consumer device has alarmed electronics manufacturers and wireless providers.

"This is two old-media industries offending the new wireless broadband industry," said Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumers Electronics Association. "This is a battle that doesn’t involve us."

Building FM radio into cell phones involves an additional antenna, which could add weight and bulk to devices prized for their sleekness, Shapiro said. It could also consume battery life more hurriedly, which could lead manufacturers to eliminate other features from their devices, he added.

"We don’t think Congress should accept a back-room deal on how an iPhone should be designed," Shapiro said. "We think consumers should choose and companies should choose."

For years, the National Association of Broadcasters has been fighting a music industry proposal that would require radio stations to pay music royalties to recording labels and performers for the right to play their songs on the air.

Current law necessitates broadcast radio stations to reimburse royalties to songwriters, but not recording labels or artists. Broadcasters disagree that the existing arrangement makes sense because radio airplay provides free promotion and drives music purchases etc.

But compact disc sales have dropped off, and sales of digital albums haven’t made up the difference, punctual labels and artists — represented by a group called musicFirst — to step up their push to start collecting royalties, too.

Heirs to over-the-air radio, such as satellite radio, Internet radio and cable TV music channels, are required to pay performance royalties, noted Marty Machowsky, a spokesman for musicFirst, which is backed by the Recording Industry Association of America and the Recording Academy. Broadcast radio stations, he said, get a "free ride" — paying zero for "musical performance which is the basis of their business."

Both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees have passed bills that would give recording labels and artists a cut of advertising revenue that radio stations engenders by playing their songs, but neither contains an FM chip mandate. Both bills have stalled due to stern broadcaster resistance. Faced with a stalemate, lawmakers have asked NAB and musicFirst to try to parley a compromise.

The proposed settlement would launch a tiered system of royalty payments that would bring in a total of roughly $100 million for the music industry. Commercial radio stations with more than $1.25 million in annual income would pay royalties totaling 1 percent of revenue. The smallest commercial and nonprofit stations would pay either 1 percent of revenue or $100 annually, whichever is less.

As this battle has dragged on, new rivals to broadcast radio have grown stronger and drawn more listeners as digital music players and streaming Internet radio have flourished. If Congress approves the compromise with the FM radio mandate, it would be a victory for NAB, which is seeking to expand radio station audiences.

Both the recording industry and the broadcasters trumpet the clause as a win for consumers. Machowsky said FM radio on cell phones "would give consumers more ways to listen to and enjoy music."

And Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters, which represents over-the-air radio stations, said such a requirement would provide a valuable public service — particularly in emergencies, when consumers often tune into local stations seeking critical public safety information.

But Jot Carpenter, vice president of government affairs for CTIA-The Wireless Association, which represents wireless carriers, insists that while consumers do like to listen to streaming Internet radio and music downloads on their wireless devices, there is "not a huge desire to listen to over-the-air, ad-laden radio" on mobile handsets. Phones with FM radio chips are not in high demand, he noted.

At this point, NAB and musicFirst are pushing ahead. They are taking the potential agreement back to their members to try to get buy-in on a deal that they can take to lawmakers after the summer recess. And they hope that Congress will act in the fall.

"Nothing is locked down just yet," said Mitch Bainwol, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association, "but we’re on the precipice of an historic breakthrough."

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