How many singers watch the various awards shows and feel in their mind that they are every bit as good as those award winners?
Did you ever stop to wonder on a world wide scale how many singers watch the various awards shows and feel in their mind that they are every bit as good as those award winners? 99% of those dreamers are just that, dreamers living in la la land. I recently talked to a singer who has been singing for 9 years. I asked him what PRO (Performing Rights Organization) he was a member of. He said, “I guess none, I don’t even know what a PRO is.” I told him that’s ok and proceeded to ask him a few more questions just to see how much he knew and didn’t know about the ABC’s of the Music Business. I next asked him if he was a member of AFTRA (The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and of course once again his reply was he didn’t know what AFTRA is. My final question for him was if he had a mechanical license for the cover tunes he had on his CD that he was selling off the band stand. I got the same answer. He had no clue of what a mechanical license was and had never even heard of such a thing. If you are in the Music Business and don’t know your ABC’s how in the world can you proceed to the next level? How can you compete against the millions of others in your field if they have the knowledge and you don’t? I am not saying every singer in the world needs to enroll in a Music Business college course but if you plan on staying in a highly specialized field of employment at least learn your ABC’s.
– The Music City Ghost [File#2018/17]
It was ten minutes to one AM in Nashville, by the studio clock.
The pickers were tired and ready to pack up and head out.
They were also bored cross-eyed
by the three songs they had just recorded for the new singer.
The material would have been more interesting if it had been terrible,
but it was just amazingly mediocre…
in fact it should be in the Guinness Book of Records under “Mediocre”.
Now the singer was insisting on getting in one more song,
and there was no escape.
The union says they are hired for the full three hours.
They did one quick run-through on the fourth song,
and the vocalist began to sing.
The harmonica player found it hard to play while yawning.
As they were heading into the second bridge the singer got unexpected gas,
and the rather obscene sound was picked up by the microphone,
in living stereo, with reverb,
and it bled through all 24 tracks.
It did wake the musicians up.
They all looked suspiciously at each other,
because there was no dog to blame.
The engineers tried unsuccessfully to get the noise out during the mixdown.
In their frustration and excitement, mistakes were made,
and the first three songs were accidentally erased.
The singer was ready to cry,
because he was quickly running out of money,
and his potential career depended on one single track with a fart in it.
The only course he could take was having a few hundred copies pressed
and sending them to radio stations,
hoping they would not notice that part of the record.
A couple of overworked deejays were busy and did let it slip by.
Calls started to come in.
Listeners were asking to hear it again because they couldn’t believe their ears.
Some of the more vulgar ones thought it was funny,
and others could relate to the recording artist’s embarrassment
and gave him a sympathy vote.
This, of course, is how popular records come to be.
Critics argued about it, some saying that it was artistic integrity,
and others condemning it as a bad influence on their children,
who apparently had never heard such a sound.
In some places the song was banned, which is a sure way to get a hit.
Although the real title was “You’re So Sophisticated”,
the public called it “The Fart Song”,
and that’s how it will go down in music history.
The singer had a few more chart entries until he ran out of funny sounds,
and tried to switch to straight ballads.
Nobody took him seriously.
He’s been depressed ever since,
but thanks to that unfortunate little outburst,
he can sulk while sitting on his yacht.
He’d found the hook.
© 2009, 2018.
Singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle’s “You Say,” the first single from her album Look Up Child, due Sept. 7, flies 33-1 on Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs chart (dated July 28), which blends streaming, airplay and sales data, following the song’s first full week of tracking after its July 13 release. Daigle earns her third Hot Christian Songs leader, sparked by the song’s first-week sales of 37,000 (her best weekly sum) in the week ending July 19, according to Nielsen Music. The track opens atop Christian Digital Song Sales, where it’s Daigle’s fourth No. 1 and her first to debut at the summit.
“It’s incredible to see how ‘You Say’ has connected, not only with fans, but with people who might never have heard my music before,It’s a powerful thing, to see how a song can bring people together and create a sense of community. I’m honored to see how unreal the support has been and I cannot wait for everyone to hear the entirety of Look Up Child.” Daigle says.
“You Say” bounds onto Billboard‘s all-genre Digital Song Sales list at No. 5, marking the highest-ever start on the chart for a non-holiday-themed song by a core Christian artist.
The track scores the highest rank on the list for a Christian track since Jordan Smith, season-nine champion of NBC’s The Voice, debuted atop Digital Song Sales on Jan. 2, 2016, with the seasonal “Mary Did You Know” (161,000 sold), which also launched atop Hot Christian Songs that week.
As for a non-holiday track, Carrie Underwood’s Christian and country hit “Something in the Water” debuted at No. 4 on Digital Song Sales on Oct. 18, 2014 (125,000). The track topped Hot Christian Songs for 26 weeks and Hot Country Songs for seven frames.
Daigle’s No. 5 start on Digital Song Sales marks the second top 10 by a Christian artist in 2018. MercyMe’s crossover hit “I Can Only Imagine” jumped from No. 44 to its No. 10 high on March 31 (27,000). Interest in the song, originally released in 1999, was reignited by the same-named film released March 16. Plus, while 14 titles have bowed atop Hot Christian Songs, dating to its 2003 inception, Daigle’s 33-1 jump with “You Say” marks the biggest positional jump to the top. It surpasses Hillsong United’s 21-1 flight (Dec. 7, 2013) with “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” which went on to a record 61-week run at No. 1.
Daigle logs her first Hot Christian Songs leader since her duet with country icon Reba McEntire “Back to God,” which spent a week at No. 1 (Feb. 18, 2017). Daigle’s first No. 1, “Trust in You,” dominated for 18 weeks starting in March 2016.
On Christian Airplay, “You Say” romps 22-10 with 5.9 million audience impressions in its first full week, granting Daigle her ninth top 10. On Christian Streaming Songs, the song launches at No. 4 with 2 million U.S. streams, becoming her fourth top 10.
Furthermore, “You Say” enters the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 at No. 53, marking Daigle’s first appearance on the chart.
Elsewhere on Billboard‘s Christian charts, Francesca Battistelli achieves her 11th Hot Christian Songs top 10, as “The Breakup Song” lifts 13-10. It bullets at No. 6 on Christian Digital Song Sales (4,000, up 21 percent) and hops 19-14 on Christian Airplay (3.6 million, up 20 percent).
Also on Christian Airplay, Ryan Stevenson’s “No Matter What,” featuring Bart Millard, pushes 11-9 (6.2 million, up 4 percent). Stevenson stacks his fourth top 10, while Millard, frontman of MercyMe, earns his third on his own; MercyMe boasts 24 top 10s.
– Music Starts Here
Ahead of her Saturday night (7/21) show in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Shania Twain let out a hearty “let’s go girls” invitation to many of country music’s finest rising female voices.
During a pre-show reception, the best-selling female in country music recruited Cassadee Pope, Jillian Jacqueline, Kalie Shorr and many other amazing women for a power-packed photo as a show of support.
Many of the women grew up listening to the hits released by Twain over the years, making the evening all the more special. “It says a lot about @shaniatwain that she’d take the time to meet all of us before her show in Nashville last night and give an incredible pep talk. We’re so lucky to have such a badass role model. Ps… good thing I don’t have to sing today,” shared Pope.
Added Shorr, “Can’t believe me and my queens got to meet THE queen last night. Shania- thank you for inspiring little girls with boom boxes everywhere to fall in love with country music and be proud to be a woman. Still shook.”
Among the women invited to join Twain was Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT, who has been an outspoken advocate for more female voices to be heard on country radio. Fram praised the iconic performer for the glass ceilings she’s been able to break through, and for holding out a helping hand to those following in her footsteps.
“Last night was magical – for anyone who has ever said “Women Don’t Want To Hear Women” has never experienced a @shaniatwain concert where thousands of women from all generations are singing every word to every song,” wrote Fram. “Before last nite’s show, Shania gave a toast to Nashville, expressed words of wisdom & invited/celebrated some of Nashville’s new female creators. She is making a difference and as an industry we must come together so we can support/nurture our next Shania, our next Dolly our next Reba. We must create an equal playing field. Thank you Shania❤.”
The stop in Nashville was just one of many Twain scheduled for her massive Shania Now Tour. The trek will continue for just two more weeks before wrapping on August 4 in Las Vegas, NV.
– Lauren Laffer for SoundsLikeNashville
George Strait isn’t known as the “King of Country” for no reason. The influential, iconic and legendary hitmaker has had such an impressive career, and even at 66 years old, he’s still going strong. Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in a town called Poteet, Texas. His Texas influence has been visible throughout his storied career, which began in 1981 with the release of “Unwound.” The following year the singer released the Straight from the Heart album, which included his first No. 1 hit, “Fool Hearted Memory.”
You Think You Know George Strait?
Have you also noticed that the view counter on YouTube does not always move on once the Video is viewed
With all the monetization and royalties now allegedly available by adding your song to Youtube and collecting royalties, it seems something is wrong. In the past six months many artist shave been complaining that their fans are watching their videos but the viewing counter refuses to move
We have therefore in the interest of the artists decided to check this, we took a few videos at random and viewed each one of them twice, and low and behold the viewing counter refused to move on 50% of the viewed videos. There is most definitely a problem somewhere and in good faith we will not blame Youtube yet, however it is, their viewing counter.
One fan said that after watching his favorite band on You tube he noticed the counter didn’t change. He says he then backed out of you tube and logged right back in and then and only then did the counter change. Another fan said he decided to put this to the test and not only tried this but he also hit refresh several times after viewing his favorite video and still the counter had not moved.
Just In, Comment from the Music City Ghost: “If I had a video on you tube that I was hoping to receive royalties on, I don’t think I will live long enough to get enough money for a meal at my favorite restaurant here in Nashville. I have heard stories of copyright owners receiving one million views on you tube and receiving less than one hundred dollars for a royalty check. Please Note This comment by the MCG was not included in the original article and is added now for your attention.” – Late Insertion by The Music City Ghost, as always we thank him for his input.
Now it can be said that its normal and could even be argued that the computer that’s viewing these videos could be faulty. However no matter how many excuses we or anyone else could come up with the fact is the artists are not going to be paid their pennies on the dollar for the views that are not recorded.
Yet I am pretty sure that the advertisers wont be that lucky. YouTube will do anything in their power to ensure that the ads are recorded so that they can receive the fees and the views not recorded while the artist will have to suffer that loss.
One thing is pretty sure, YouTube will not pay out their share of the advertising fees to the artists for views not recorded. If you have had the same experience please comment below, for if you keep quiet you are loosing valuable income even if it is just pennies on the dollar.
This article replaces the previous one due to the late insertions, thank you for your support and understanding.
– TheRoyaltyWatchdog 2018
He has won Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Alan Jackson is one of the most successful country artists of his generation, and he’s built his huge career entirely around traditional country music. Jackson came to Nashville after his wife approached Glen Campbell at the airport and told him about her husband, who landed a songwriting deal with Campbell’s publishing company.
That led to a record deal, and Jackson’s 1989 debut album, ‘Here in the Real World,’ scored several big hits, including the title song, “Wanted” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” Since then he’s landed an enormous string of hits including “Livin’ on Love,” “Gone Country,” “Drive” and many more. Jackson responded to the 9/11 attacks with a song titled “(Where Were You) When the World Stopped Turning,” which many regard as an all-time classic. Alan Jackson has won Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In recent years he has turned his attention to gospel and bluegrass music.
Their first joint appearance since 2012, the moment had many wondering if Sugarland was finally reuniting after their five-year hiatus. While the duo had hinted that they would come back together when the timing was right, their awards show appearance in November set the ball in motion. “There was never a time we thought it was a thing of the past,” Nettles recently told members of the industry during a rehearsal for their 2018 Still the Same Tour in Nashville. “We always said from the beginning that we left that door open. We just continued to walk the truth that we knew and to do what we wanted to do and we are doing that still.”
Since announcing their hiatus, Nettles and Bush have kept busy creating music separately. As Nettles explains, the intention of their pause as a duo was to go and “fill our cups in other ways: as human beings, as artists, as craftsmen and women.”
Both Nettles and Bush achieved this with countless side projects. Nettles released three solo albums — 2014’s That Girl, 2016’s Playing with Fire and To Celebrate Christmas — while Bush dropped 2015’s Southern Gravity. Additionally, Bush served as producer for both Lindsay Ell’s debut album, The Project, as well as Tyler Farr, while Nettles pursued Broadway and television roles including Chicago and Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.
“We have come back with really full cups in terms of there are things that we can do in Sugarland that we can’t do on our own and there are things that we can do on our own that we can’t do in Sugarland, and there’s this beautiful symbiosis where one feeds the other,” Nettles tells Sounds Like Nashville, seated on the arm of a couch beside Bush during a recent press day.
“So, we’ve come back with full cups, not only of life and experience, but to be able to look at each other and go, ‘Oh my God! And what about this, and what about this?’” she says excitedly. “We’re also in a very ripe time, in terms of the world and in terms of our country, where we have had a lot to say that we can only say in this specific way that Sugarland does so well. So that has also been a beautiful discovery of the reasons and the timing for coming back together that I’ve enjoyed.”
As Nettles talks, Bush nods his head in agreement. At times, they finish each other’s sentences like the old friends they are and occasionally grab hands when praising the other’s talents. When asked how Bush’s past experience as a producer helped Sugarland’s new album, Bigger, out June 8, Nettles waves her left arm in the air and exclaims, “Let me answer! Let me answer!” as she reaches for his hand.
“This is part of what I’m saying when I say we’ve each gone and filled our cup and gained many things and new skills. Kristian came in with all these fantastic skills that he had crafted and honed within himself over the past five years in terms of being a producer,” Nettles marvels. “Even where technology is concerned and writing, the things that he was able to come in with — musical ideas that already had a groove, already had the bass and the drums — so there were all these pieces that were already efficiently there, that he brought in and knowing how to do based on all the work he’s done in between.” I want to be remembered for storytelling and for stories that touch people…
When the two bandmates began discussing their return, they say it wasn’t one specific moment that initiated things. Instead, it was more of a series of questions and answers: “Does the calendar work? Are you even interested? Can we write together?”
“Where I usually start the story is about right there which is, ‘Sure, maybe we ought to sit down and write. Just in case, you know? See what happens,’” Bush explains. “And the really great part of that beginning is we literally sat down and wrote a song that you are literally listening to as a first single. That is the first song, that is the first moment. So there’s something really unique about you going on this journey with us at the same time. You’re listening to ‘Still the Same’ about as many times as I have.”
Sugarland wrote most of the album in New York and Bush says when they first met to create what would become “Still the Same,” they sat on the floor and began throwing out ideas. “When you hear it, it’s an account. It’s like, ‘Well, where do we start? We haven’t done this in so long. Well, how about we start right here where we are? What does it feel like to walk in this door after all this time? You’ve been carrying this around; walk in the door and lay it down. Let’s meet in this moment where we are.’ And that’s the song,” Nettles recalls. The lyric that they built the song around was “Your future is your history.” Nettles initially said the line and Bush loved it and wondered how they could make that the song. They then built the track up from there.
“There’s a lot of instinct that happened on that song that, I think, played out over the months that followed. But the real beautiful part for me was just seeing that the instincts were all there,” Bush says with a smile. Sugarland are well known for penning songs with a message and Bigger is no different. On their 11-track album there are songs that touch upon the countless school shootings throughout the nation, female empowerment, the #MeToo movement, and an all-encompassing love. Nettles further explains how it has always been important for Sugarland to translate pain into hope within their music.
We don’t like to preach but we do send messages of love and hope.
“I think it’s one of the things that music can do best. Music does it in a way that no other medium does. I think it can really speak right to the heart,” she says. “And I think, along with that, there’s a bit of responsibility. Dare I say, that it’s a calling. A powerful part of this whole album are those sorts of messages, and that it is pain into hope. Music is transformative in that way and there is a lot of pain happening right now.”
One of the album’s standout moments is “Tuesday’s Broken,” which Bush and Nettles penned together. Inspired after one of the many school shootings in the U.S., Nettles opens the song with whispered vocals as she questions how to explain these events to her son. “Yesterday hell rained down / Another kid, another school in another town / I think about how to tell my son and I think about how that one got a gun,” she sings.
“What do you do as a parent? [This] was Kristian’s initial inspiration behind the first verse. How do we talk to our children about these heavy, dark things?” Nettles asks. “I had read an article by a woman named Ruby Sales, who is a Civil Rights activist. In it she said, ‘We should be asking each other the question, in these painful political times, where does it hurt?’ Because everything is so polarized right now I thought, ‘This is a great time for that.’ Meaning, this verse is a great time for that overarching message so let’s put those together.”
The song also touches upon social media becoming a major culprit in teenage suicide and how instead of ignoring these issues, parents should start to ask, “Where does it hurt?”
“What if we tried to reach them with words? / What if we looked in their eyes and asked where does it hurt? / Would they find all they were worth? / Monday was hoping / Don’t leave it unspoken / Tuesday’s broken,” Nettles belts on the song’s final chorus.
Bush says the song has given him an opportunity to have important conversations with his own son and daughter about online bullying, teen suicide, and school shootings. Sugarland hope the song opens up the dialogue between adults as well.
“It’s less about the guns and it’s more about the kids. What I love about that song from a writer perspective is that it doesn’t seem that we’re going to pour gasoline on anything. We’re just asking questions about kids that matter,” Bush notes. Another powerful track is “Mother.” The soaring and personal ballad has Nettles singing of the supportive role a mother often plays on a child’s life.
“She fixes all the broken things / When you’re in love she’s got a ring / To give to you she hopes you give away / She don’t care who you give it to / Where they’re from, if they pray like you / As long as they are good to you that’s enough / First thing she taught you was love is love,” she sings on the inspiring ballad.
“We wanted to celebrate what we feel is so beautiful about mothers, what we have in our own mothers, and what we see that is beautiful about that relationship and that kind of unconditional, open-ended love,” Nettles explains. “Within country music, we have such a lovely opportunity because we have such a broad fan base and a broad demographic. To be able to offer messages of how we see the world, hopefully might inspire people that if they don’t see it that way maybe they might ask a question.”
She adds, “Your mama might not have been that way but she should have. What she wants most for you is somebody that’s good for you and good to you. It doesn’t matter how somebody prays. It doesn’t matter who they are. The ‘love is love’ line, obviously being a beautiful motto for the LGBTQ community as well, we wanted to include that in there. In a time where religion and sexual orientation are sometimes hot buttons for people, we wanted to talk about the love piece of that from a mom and what’s really important.”
Bush further explains that while there is a lot of messaging in the album, Sugarland doesn’t go about it in a preachy way. As a result, the lyrics aren’t yelling at the listener but instead talking to them.
“When we get in a room and write, we’re completely aware of who might be listening and how to reach their heart instead of how to set them off. Go on and calm everybody down and then hug them and then remind them that their mother would be sorely disappointed in them if they started to hate,” he adds.
For the first time in their career, Sugarland has recorded an outside song on their album. “Babe,” the duo’s new single, was penned by Taylor Swift and Train’s Pat Monahan. As Nettles recalls, they received a phone call from Swift, who said she had a song she’d love for them to listen to.
“We started out together with Taylor around the same time, except she was 15 and we were not 15. But not far!” Nettles jokes ahead of performing “Babe” at their tour rehearsal. “At the time we had a little unsigned EP that she still has that we autographed for her. We’ve been mutual fans and admirers of each other. When she heard we were getting back together she was excited and said that she had a song and would we be interested in it. We said, ‘Yes, of course!’ and wanted to do it the most justice and recorded it. She loved it when she heard it and wanted to be a part of it.”
In addition to “Babe,” the album’s anthemic title track will prove another memorable moment in Sugarland’s live show. A song that Nettles credits as being cathartic, “Bigger” is an empowering song with an uplifting message of self-acceptance that features the singer’s rapid fire singing style within the bridge as she belts, “They think they’re big, but you’re bigger.”
“We talked about, in terms of what it is to be a woman or what it is to be a father of a daughter, what kinds of messages do we want to offer our girls and what kinds of support do we want to offer each other as women? And, what sort of changes do we want to offer to the world as humans?” Nettles explains. “We’re seeing, especially with the #MeToo movement, so many ways that we are evolving.”
She adds those two lines of the bridge, “they think they’re big, but you’re bigger,” will hopefully remind people, and more importantly remind young girls, of their worth.
Now in the midst of their 2018 Still the Same Tour, Sugarland promise that the trek will include the countless hits their fans know and love as well as some of the new material from Bigger. As Nettles assures, each show will be “encapsulated in a transformative musical environment.”
While it has been a long five years for Sugarland fans anxiously awaiting the reemergence of the duo, Bush and Nettles prove that they are, in fact, still the same. Their time away allowed them to focus on their individual passions and inspirations. As a result, their return shows that their bond and musicianship is stronger than ever. While some things may have changed for Sugarland, they hope the messages within their songs continue to inspire and to leave a lasting mark on listeners.
“I want to be remembered for storytelling and for stories that touch people and connect them to themselves and to each other. Mostly, I want them to be reminded of what they want to become,” Nettles concedes. “Sometimes we think about that or sometimes that becomes more clear when we think about where we’ve been. Sometimes we like to celebrate that nostalgia. For the most part, we don’t like to preach but we do send messages of love and hope. I hope that we are able to leave that behind.”
Ell just released her new full-length record titled The Project, which debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen Soundscan Current Country Albums Chart. Its most recent single “Waiting on You” is a soulful ballad co-written by the artist and reveals her melancholy romantic side, which also comes through in its music video. She recently performed it on Jimmy Kimmel Live alongside another new song, “Champagne,” and couple of covers.
It seems like some promoters are using social media and dot com websites to make promises that they cannot possibly fulfill. Promises like guaranteed #1 spots in the charts, guaranteed high paying bookings, help in finding corporate sponsorship, are just a few promises circulating all over the Internet from these promotion companies. If it was as simple as handing someone a few hundred dollars then can’t you see everyone that thinks they can sing and has a savings account that they would all be stars? If you are asked to give up your hard earned money to a person who says they can make you rich or make you world famous because of your super talent, then please contact that person’s other clients and see how well they are doing. I am not saying by any means that every promoter is crooked or hasn’t done some good for their clients. I am simply saying it is not as simple as they indicate it is.
– The Music City Ghost [File#2018/16]