November 2014

Debate Over Music Streaming Heats Up

Much like mp3s, downloading, and Napster before it, music streaming is now being debated by the music industry, artists, and fans. Last week, Taylor Swift abruptly pulled her entire catalog from Spotify. While she is not totally against streaming, she is concerned about fair compensation for everyone involved in the album. Read her stance here.

Swift’s label head, Scott Borchetta, went on Nikki Sixx’s radio show, “Sixx Sense” to plead his case. The Big Machine CEO echoed what Swift said, but also added that they don’t want her fans to “be embarrassed.” In his interview, he says “If this fan went and purchased the record, CD, iTunes, wherever, and then their friends go, ‘Why did you pay for it? It’s free on Spotify.’ We’re being completely disrespectful to that superfan who wants to invest.”

Borchetta predicts that other artists will follow suit. Country superstar, Jason Aldean, has pulled his new album from Spotify more than a month after it’s release. As of now, the rest of his catalog remains on Spotify. Aldean has offered no explanation for Old Boots, New Dirt being pulled. Read more.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Dickins, Adele’s manager, has come out in support of Spotify. At the Web Summit tech conference, Dickins stated ““Streaming is the future, whether people like it or not. Within five years it will be ubiquitous.”

November 2014

Manning Going for Official CMJ adds 11/17 & 11/18


Manning is going for official CMJ adds with his album, Love Justice. 

When you listen to “Love Justice”, Brett Manning’s debut album, you hear that voice calling to you, the voice that belongs to your friend who has come to show you the way home. Truly. Brett’s lyrics are an inventive roadmap through broken relationships, lost hopes, and unrequited loyalty from a guy who’s found his way again and found himself stronger than before. And his voice, pure and true in every note, sends those lyrics straight to your heart. With twenty years of experience in music (most recently with his wildly successful vocal training company ‘Singing Success’ and his product ‘Mastering Mix’), Brett guides his fellow musicians on “Love Justice” with consummate artistry and skill. Personal vocal coach to Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Brett Manning is a brilliant artist in his own right who at long last is taking centerstage.

For more on Manning, visit his websiteFacebook, and Twitter.

The Vincent Michael Project Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio


The Vincent Michael Project is impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio with “Christmas In New York”.

An original single by Vinny Raschelle, a native of New York and a member of Kill Van Kull.

For more, visit Vincent Michael’s website.


Lisa Troyer & Dawn Yoder Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio


Lisa Troyer & Dawn Yoder are impacting Top 40/Hot AC with “Season of Joy”.

Songwriters Lisa Troyer ( and Dawn Yoder ( invite you to celebrate the season of joy with Circle of Friends. Familiar favorites are creatively updated, new classics that will become your favorite Christmas songs for years to come. Lisa & Dawn’s mellow arrangement of Love Is The Answer/Tell Me The Story has found its place on national playlists in Germany during the 2012 and 2013 Christmas season. Inspired by the warm reception across the sea, Lisa & Dawn have written more than 20 new Christmas songs.

“Season Of Joy” from the album IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME is an album that gives back. When you purchase this album on iTunes for $9.99 now through Thanksgiving Day, $5.00 from each sale will be donated to Operation Christmas Child. Remember you can also gift this album to a friend via iTunes and help children around the world celebrate the Season of Joy.

For more info, visit Lisa’s Facebook, and website, and Dawn’s website.


Daniel Mark Baird Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio

Daniel Mark Baird

Daniel Mark Baird is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Hey Santa!”

Daniel Mark Baird makes his living as a computer systems administrator, but he’s been interested in music since an early age. “I vaguely recall being placed on the hood of our old Ford station wagon in a restaurant parking lot somewhere and being encouraged to sing,” says Daniel. “I was probably four years old, and there wasn’t much of an audience, but someone told me to sing—so I did.”

As a teenager, Daniel learned to play the guitar and began to write songs. In 1995, at their annual American Eagle Awards, the Country Music Associations of America named him Songwriter of the Year for his penning of “Heart Donor.” Says Daniel of his writing: “I can’t just sit down and write a song. Something has to inspire, and it’s almost always real life.”

Although he is only a part-time musician, Daniel has done a number of public performances at churches, weddings and elsewhere.

For more on Daniel Mark Baird, visit Facebook and Twitter.



Trans-Siberian Orchestra Impacting Top 40/Hot AC Radio


Trans-Siberian Orchestra is impacting Top 40/Hot AC radio with “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” and “Christmas Cannon”.

When Paul O’Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was incredibly ambitious. “The whole idea,” he explains, “was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries (of the genre) further than any group before… Way, way further.”

With more than 10 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. Meanwhile, on the road, they have become one of the world’s top acts, with Billboard magazine naming TSO as one of the top touring artists of the past decade — a $20 million-plus production that has played to over 100 million people in 80+ cities, selling more than $280 million worth of tickets and presenting $11 million to charity.

For more on Trans-Siberian Orchestra, visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.