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New Pro Audio Training Video: Sound Forge 10 – Know It All! December 28, 2009

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Digital Music Doctor announces the release of a new video training course, Sound Forge 10 – Know It All! This course contains over 2 hours of interactive video tutorials which cover all aspects of audio recording, editing, and mastering for the Sony Sound Forge 10 digital audio production software.

This course is a complete guide to audio recording, editing and mastering with Sound Forge. There is an overview section which covers the features that are new to Sound Forge 10 and also provides an introductory tour of the Sound Forge workspace.

The second section, Projects, is the heart of the course. It has a Quick Start tutorial which provides an introduction to Sound Forge editing and processing tools, followed by three in-depth modules which demonstrate editing and processing techniques using project examples.

The Tool & Techniques section contains mini-tutorials which cover the specialized functions available in Sound Forge: Spectrogram, Video, MIDI, Batch Converter, Synthesis, and Repairing. Finally, there is a section on CD Architect 5.2 which covers CD creation as well as mastering using the iZotope Mastering Bundle.

Sound Forge 10 – Know It All! is presented using Adobe Flash and is available in DVD and digital download formats for Windows XP/Vista/7.

Sound Forge 10 – Know It All! is available at the Digital Music Doctor website http://www.digitalmusicdoctor.com and Amazon.com as well as various online publishers and pro audio dealers. The Digital Music Doctor website also features demos of the course. This course is part of the Know It All! series which provides training for DigiDesign Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, Cakewalk Sonar, Apple Logic Pro, Image Line FL Studio, MOTU Digital Performer and Sony Sound Forge pro audio software.

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UK Competition Commission Clears Ticketmaster/Live Nation Merger December 28, 2009

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The Competition Commission (CC) has decided to clear the proposed merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation in the UK.

Both Ticketmaster and Live Nation operate in the live music and entertainment industry in the UK. Ticketmaster is a ticketing agent, whilst Live Nation is a live music promoter and venue operator. Prior to the proposed merger, Live Nation signed an agreement with Ticketmaster’s largest global competitor, CTS Eventim (Eventim), headquartered in Germany, consequent to which Eventim is planning to enter the UK for the first time. Under the agreement, Eventim will provide Live Nation with ticketing software and services, enabling Live Nation to sell its own tickets. Eventim will also be allocated a proportion of Live Nation’s tickets to sell to consumers.

Although Live Nation’s incentives will change as a result of the merger, the merged entity will have little scope to affect Eventim as, under the agreement, Eventim will continue to receive a fee for every Live Nation ticket sold and Live Nation will continue to be obliged to allocate a minimum number of tickets to Eventim.

CC Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Inquiry Group, Christopher Clarke said: Our analysis has focused on the effects of the merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation on the ability of their competitors and potential competitors to compete as live music ticket retailers, promoters and venue operators in the UK.

Rather, we found that Live Nation always saw its agreement with Eventim as a way for Live Nation to become the principal retailer of its own tickets, through the use of Eventim’s managed ticketing services. We also looked at how the combination of Ticketmaster and Live Nation might affect other ticketing agents, and the promoters and venues which put on and host live music events.

Warner Music Group Announces Agreement With Hulu To Offer Music Videos And Concert Footage December 28, 2009

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Warner Music Group (WMG), one of the world’s leading music companies, announced an agreement with Hulu, an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips at Hulu.com and other online destination sites — anytime in the U.S. The agreement brings an artist-focused online video experience that features music videos, artist interviews, live concerts and rare behind the scenes footage from WMG’s world-renowned artists and labels including Atlantic Records, Rhino Records and Warner Bros. Records.

Warner Bros. recording artists Muse are the first artists featured under the agreement. Recently, Hulu launched an all Muse artist page (www.hulu.com/muse) that features the band’s appearance on Saturday Night Live’s December 19th holiday episode as well as content from Muse’s sold out tour dates at Wembley Stadium, exclusive interviews and rare deep-catalog videos.

Hulu will also launch artist pages for Atlantic’s multiple Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and for Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic’s multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rock band Paramore in the coming weeks. More artist channels will be announced in early 2010.

Muse will launch their US tour in February 2010 in support of their fifth studio album, The Resistance, which earned them their highest-ever debut on the Billboard album chart when it debuted at No. 3. Jason Mraz most recently released an all new live CD/DVD titled Jason Mraz’s Beautiful Mess – Live On Earth recorded at the Chicago stop on his Gratitude Café Tour. The album, which was produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock) and co-produced by Paramore, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and features the hit single “Ignorance.” Paramore also contributed two songs to the soundtrack for the box office smash “Twilight,” including the Grammy-nominated focus track “Decode.” The band’s THE FINAL RIOT! DVD has been certified gold by the RIAA, making it the first Atlantic Records video/DVD release to be certified gold in more than 10 years.

Revealing The Top 10 Online Radio Stations Of The Decade December 28, 2009

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RadioTower.com is happy to announce its list of the Top Online Radio Stations of the Decade.

Selecting from over 6,000 radio stations that stream online RadioTower has narrowed it down to 10. These stations were picked based on newsworthiness, playing ground-breaking music or offering major innovation to the market.

These stations were culled from RadioTower’s list of 5-star stations. This list of over 300 of the best online radio stations all offer excellent production, quality live feeds and useful, appealing websites.

As opposed to stations that are programmed automatically or by amateurs RadioTower directs listeners to professional radio stations. This helps ensure that the programming is of the highest quality and standards are met. Professional radio stations also offer the “voice”, someone to relate to and offers a sense of community.

President of RadioTower Communications (which operates RadioTower.com) Paul Valkama states: “With thousands of online radio stations available, listeners want to cut to the chase and find that great radio – That’s why RadioTower offers rankings. Our Top 10 Online Radio list offers a quick introduction to the best of the best that internet radio has to offer.”

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Nielsen BDSradio Unveils Decade Top 500 Airplay Reports December 28, 2009

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Nielsen BDSradio’s exclusive Decade Top 500 Reports are now available, featuring the Top 500 releases spun in every format. These reports are accessible to BDSradio subscribers and reflect radio detections from January 1, 2000 – December 17, 2009.

Nielsen BDS charts are managed by the Billboard chart department and appear in Billboard magazine, Billboard.com, and Billboard.biz. Last month, leading urban radio and music industry Web site Urban Insite added Nielsen’s BDSradio’s Gospel, Urban, Urban AC, Rhythmic and Smooth Jazz airplay chart data to its site. In September, BDSradio’s airplay chart data encompassing every Nielsen BDS-monitored radio format were added to Radio-Info.com’s Programming & Music section.

The following is a sampling of BDSradio Decade Top 500 Airplay Reports, reflecting the songs with the most spins at some of the formats monitored by BDSradio:

Country: “Something Like That” / Tim McGraw / 487,343 spins
CHR/Top 40: “Yeah” / Usher featuring Ludacris & Lil Jon / 416,267 spins
Hot AC: “Drops Of Jupiter” (Tell Me) / Train / 338,749 spins
Alternative: “Last Resort” / Papa Roach / 221,767 spins
Rhythmic: “Low” / Flo Rida featuring T-Pain / 206,864 spins
Album Rock: “It’s Been Awhile” / Staind / 189,195 spins
Urban: “Drop It Like It’s Hot” / Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell / 169,511 spins
Urban AC: “Think About You” / Luther Vandross / 147,818 spins
Gospel: “Never Would Have Made It” / Marvin Sapp / 92,603 spins
Smooth Jazz: “Pacific Coast Highway” / Nils / 29,328 spins

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, a business of The Nielsen Company, is the world’s leading provider of airplay tracking for the entertainment industry. Employing a patented digital pattern recognition technology, Nielsen BDS captures in excess of 100 millionmusic performances and advertisements annually on more than2,000 radio stations, satellite radio and cable music channels in over 140 markets in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and 30 Canadian markets.

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Shazam Reveals The Sound Of 2010 December 28, 2009

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Shazam, the world’s leading mobile music discovery provider, today announced its predictions for acts to watch in 2010. Unlike the more subjective tastemaker polls such as the BBC’s “Sound of 2010”, and Spin magazine’s “10 Artists to Watch in 2010”, Shazam’s chart is derived from the behaviour of its 50 million users who have been using the Shazam service to tag the artists most likely to do well next year. Shazam users would appear to agree with the music pundits but have also identified a few up-and-coming acts of their own.

Shazam’s Music & Content Director, Will Mills, says; “User generated data from Shazam has for the last two years picked out some of the most successful acts mooted for stardom by the critics from Duffy to Empire of the Sun. Our 50 million users have spoken and this year have picked out acts like The Drums, Nicki Minaj and Delphic as ones to watch in 2010.”

The Drums currently sit atop Shazam’s Sound of 2010 chart thanks to the success of their debut EP, Summertime!, to be shortly followed by the release of their first album in January. Shazam users have really got behind this explosive band, who mix the pop sensibilities of the Beach Boys with the post punk output of Factory Records. Acts like the Mancunian electro-influenced guitar band Delphic also made the Shazam top five with users across the globe forecasting big things for them next year. Recently signed to Polydor, Delphic produce harmony laden electro pop tunes and have already appeared on Jools Holland in the UK.

Music pundits across both sides of the Atlantic seem to be betting heavily on soul and rock next year. The BBC is predicting the half Jamaican soul singer Rox to take the music world by storm in 2010 and US-based Spin magazine is rating rockers like Free Energy and Final Fantasy as the next big thing. However, Shazam users have shown a little more diversity in their musical tastes and predictions, tagging breakthrough acts like Queens-based rapper Nicki Minaj and smooth crooner Chase Coy as just two of their preferred sounds of 2010. A teenage acoustic troubadour, Chase Coy has been wowing his MySpace followers with a clutch of songs already this year, whilst Nicki Minaj is the latest discovery by Lil’ Wayne’s record label Young Money Entertainment.

The pundits and the public do agree on some of the acts set to do well, with both the BBC pundits and Shazam users rating Brit Award-winning Ellie Goulding as a rising star for 2010. Born in Wales, this singer songwriter completes Shazam’s Sound of 2010 – fronting an eclectic mix of styles with her enchanting voice Ellie Goulding has attracted a wealth of hype with her single Under the Sheets.

Shazam’s Sound of 2010:

1) The Drums
2) Nicki Minaj
3) Ellie Goulding
4) Chase Coy
5) Delphic

Url: http://www.shazam.com

SoundExchange And Sonicbids Team Up In ‘Reverse Telethon’ December 28, 2009

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In this economy, it’s hard to imagine anyone making thousands of phone calls trying to give money away. But that’s exactly what happened when SoundExchange, the nonprofit performance rights organization, and Sonicbids, a Web site that helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands, teamed up this week to register and pay more than 10,000 musicians who have earned, but not yet claimed, digital performance royalties.

When sound recordings are streamed on the Internet, played on digital satellite radio or used on cable music channels, the performers on that recording accrue a small royalty. Those digital performance royalties are collected by SoundExchange, who processes logs from services and distributes the payments to artists. Unlike other royalty societies, who collect and distribute only to their members, SoundExchange collects royalties for all performers, then has to locate and register artists so they can be paid.

Enter Sonicbids and its international network of independent bands and promoters. SoundExchange asked Sonicbids to crosscheck its list of members against SoundExchange’s list of artists with unclaimed royalties to find matches. Since the two groups share a commitment to advancing the interests of independent artists, both were excited when the match turned up 10,000 Sonicbids artists with unclaimed royalties totaling more than $4 million. Sonicbids Founder and CEO Panos Panay immediately emailed those artists, encouraging them to register with SoundExchange and claim their royalties. Additionally, Sonicbids volunteered it staff to be trained by SoundExchange, and is making nearly 800 phone calls to artists owed $1,000 or more, asking them to register to claim that money.

“Our mission at Sonicbids is to empower the Artistic Middle Class and to help these artists develop sustainable careers. What better way to demonstrate this than partnering with SoundExchange to help our members access nearly $4 million in unclaimed royalties,” said Panay.

“Supporting and empowering artists by making sure they get paid for their work is our core mission. Many artists don’t know they are entitled to these royalties, and partnerships like this one help us spread the word through services like Sonicbids that artists already know and trust,” said Bryan Calhoun, SoundExchange’s Vice President of External Affairs.

Editorial Note: Curious as to whether SoundExchange is holding money for you and how much? Before you register with them to find out, read their terms very carefully. In signing anything on SoundExchange, you are giving them tacit endorsement to continue to collect money for you, whether you want them to or not. This agreement with Sonicbids (Reverbnation, and other sites) is just a mass attempt for them to continue to do what they have been doing, and your signature condones their practices. (Certainly you remember how the RIAA was suing everyone for downloading P2P files., how they effectively crushed internet radio, etc. Well, SoundExchange is part of the RIAA. Regardless of how they present their position, they don’t have your best interest as a musician in mind. They are simply trying to bolster revenues from the recording industry’s sagging record sales.)

Music, TV And Movie Stars Set To Come Out For The 2010 NAMM Show December 28, 2009

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The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) today announced just some of the many stars and events that will make up the world-famous NAMM Show, which will take place in Anaheim, Calif., Jan 14-17, 2010, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The trade-only and highly exclusive NAMM Show is one of the longest-running and largest events in the music world, featuring thousands of the latest musical instruments and products, amazing live music at every turn and the biggest names and brightest minds from the international music products industry.

At the 2010 show, attendees will be able to see such greats as Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Jason Mraz, Chad Smith, Nikki Sixx, Vince Gill, Orianthi, Weird Al Yankovic, Stevie Wonder, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Peter Frampton.

Additionally, TV stars, including actress and country singer Julianne Hough from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and actor Jesse Spencer from FOX’s House, will be on hand to perform and talk about their passion for making music.

The NAMM Show starts each morning with live music from many exciting and diverse acts. On Thursday, the show kicks off with the 40th anniversary of the Petiot All-Industry Marching Band who will join forces with the Get a Life Marching Bandfrom Portland, Ore., a group of passionate seniors who love playing music just for fun, to lead the parade.

At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Wanna Play Lennon Bus Stage at the Arena Plaza, Yoko Ono, Quincy Jones and a host of other celebrities will show their support for music education and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in 2010 — the year that would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday and 30th anniversary of his death. Thursday’s events conclude with a stirringTribute to Industry Leaders Lost, featuring legendary guitarist Doyle Dykes and the L.A. Scots, followed by a powerful concert from The Mark Wood Orchestra featuring Jesse Spencer from FOX’s House.

On Friday, the raucous Wicked Tinkers will open the show with plenty of energetic Celtic music. That evening, the NAMM Icon Jam takes center stage and features a variety of music legends, including Alan White, Lee Oskar, Liberty DeVito, Peter Tork and more.

Saturday opens with the 350-piece Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band thundering up Convention Way in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. Then, the U.S. Airforce’s Mobility band will take the main lobby stage. In the afternoon, NAMM will present the finals of the SchoolJam USA teen battle of the bands competition, featuring a performance by Jive Recording artists, The Dares. That evening, Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi will play a special concert on the main lobby stage, presented by PRS Guitars.

Steel Pan Palooza will kick off the last day of the show and later, the final act on the main lobby stage will be GRAMMY-Award winners, The Mariachi Divas. Also on Sunday, Roland Corporation will present a performance by renowned contemporary Christian artist Andrae Crouch.

Gibson Custom Shop Announces The Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul December 28, 2009

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Gibson Custom announces the Gibson Custom Jimmy Page Number Two Les Paul Limited Edition guitar modified by the legendary Jimmy Page himself. Every musician knows that late ’50s Sunburst Les Paul Standards are hard enough to come by as it is. Obtaining a pristine and exemplary ’59 ‘Burst and modifying it for heightened performance and vastly expanded tonal options? Unheard of unless, of course, you’re Jimmy Page. That’s exactly what the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist, perhaps the world’s most iconic Les Paul player, did with his own ’59 Les Paul Standard, and now-thanks to the extreme efforts of Gibson’s Custom Shop and the intimate cooperation of Jimmy Page himself-the artist’s hallowed “Number Two” Les Paul is available to mere mortals, in the form of the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Produced in strictly limited numbers, with two levels of aging, this guitar captures the look, feel, sound, and versatility of one of the greatest artist-owned Les Pauls of all time, and it is likely to disappear from authorized Gibson dealers in record time.

The 1959 Les Paul that has come to be known as “Number Two” was purchased by Page in 1973 after trying for some time to acquire an exceptional second Les Paul.This was several years after havingacquired his other legendary Les Paul-“Number One”, a ’59 ‘Burst with shaved-down neck profile and no serial number-from Joe Walsh. “Number Two” was essentially all original when he acquired it. Jimmy did have some modifications done to the neck shape so that it would more nearly match the feel of his “Number One”.The neck is certainly slim but notto such extremes as the now-ultra-slim neck on “Number One”. Ithad a strong, beautiful sunburst finish with a red element that had faded to a dusky amber-brown, along with a clear serial number dating it to 1959. Page played this Les Paul frequently through his days with Led Zeppelin, and in the early ’80s decided to make it an even more versatile instrument. Page also added that he wanted to “explore the full range of what the two humbuckers have to offer”. He designed a switching system for coil splitting, series/parallel, and phase-reverse options for both pickups, and employed a skilled electronics technicianto devise a working schematic and make his sonic vision a reality. The result comprised a push/pull pot on each of the guitar’s four standard controls, plus two push-button switches hidden beneath the pickguard, all mounted on a ’59 Les Paul Standard that is otherwise a superb example of the breed, both in tone and playability.

The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul was recreated with intense, inch-by-inch examination of Page’s original guitar, inside and out. The process of getting it right involved the production of a number of hand-built prototypes, each of which was checked and critiqued in detail by Page himself. Approval of the final iteration was only offered after the legendary artist had intricately examined and extensively played this last prototype in his London home-after which it was given the thumbs-up, worthy of being the template for the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Only 325 examples will be produced in total: The first 25 instruments are to be aged by vintage-reproduction master Tom Murphy theninspected, played and hand signed and numberedby Jimmy Page personally.An additional 100 guitarswill begiven the extensive aging treatmentand 200 will be finished to Gibson’s VOS specs.