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ASCAP Pop Music Awards
Winners Celebrated at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in
Hollywood on April 22nd
Songwriter of the Year: Stargate's Mikkel Eriksen & Tor Hermansen
Song of the Year: "Bleeding Love," written by Jesse McCartney
and Ryan Tedder
Publisher of the Year (tie): EMI Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music
Special awards were presented to Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart
who were honored with the ASCAP Founders Award; Wyclef Jean who
received the ASCAP Creative Voice Award; and Santigold who received
ASCAP's Vanguard Award. Awards were also presented to the songwriters
and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2008.
The Top 5 most
performed songs of 2008 (in alpha order) were:
"Apologize," written by Ryan Tedder
"Bleeding Love," written by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder
"Love Song," written by Sara Bareilles
"Low," written by Flo-Rida
"No One," written by Kerry "Krucial" Brothers,
DJ Dirty Harry and Alicia Keys
ASCAP Publisher of the Year honors went to both EMI Music Publishing
and Sony/ATV Music Publishing , who tied with 20 award-winning songs
each. ASCAP CEO John A. LoFrumento and Chairman of Paramount Allegra
Music and ASCAP Board Member Irwin Z. Robinson presented the awards
to Roger Faxon, Chairman and CEO of EMI Music Publishing and Martin
Bandier, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and their
creative teams. Jerry Cantrell of the influential band Alice in
Chains and ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams presented
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart with ASCAP's Founders Award (Past
recipients include Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Melissa Etheridge,
Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Tom Waits
and Neil Young, to name a few). ASCAP Senior Vice President Domestic
Membership Randall Grimmett presented Wyclef Jean with ASCAP's Creative
Voice Award (Past recipients of ASCAP's Creative Voice Award are
Metallica and Green Day, who received this honor in 2004 and 2006,
respectively). The awards celebration featured several performances
throughout the evening, including those by special honorees Ann
& Nancy Wilson and Wyclef Jean. New ASCAP member Natasha Bedingfield
performed two songs, including "Pocketful of Sunshine"
which earned her co-writer John Shanks a Pop Award. Jesse McCartney
sang his hit "Leavin'," which was penned by Corron Cole,
Terius "The Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky"
Stewart . OneRepublic performed their Pop Award-winning hits "Apologize"
and "Stop and Stare;" and Jason Reeves and Mikal Blue
were on stage to sing their award-winner, "Realize" (a
hit for Colbie Caillat) with songwriter and American Idol judge
Kara DioGuardi, who signed Reeves to Warner Bros. Records. Many
of the evening's winning songwriters were on hand to collect their
awards, including multiple winners Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
who received four awards; Terius "The Dream" Nash, Christopher
"Tricky" Stewart and Ryan Tedder who collected three awards
each; Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Stacy "Fergie"
Ferguson, Andre Merritt, Jason Reeves, and Brian Kennedy Seals who
won two awards each; and Jimmy Jam who won for "Bust It Baby
(Part 2);" Quincy Jones for "Good Life;" Kardinal
Offishall for "Dangerous;" Johntá Austin for "With
You;" and Webbie for "Independent." list of winners
over Susan Boyle! A week after the Scottish woman became a
global sensation following a barnstorming audition on "Britain's
Got Talent," a 12-year-old Welsh boy, Shaheen
Jafargholi, with a Motown voice has been hailed for his "life-changing"
performance on the TV show after earning a standing ovation from
Simon Cowell. The little dude with big voice and dimples! Gentlemen
and ladies at labels -- line up with your offers! He'll be choosing
carefully after receiving the TV talent show's £100,000 ($146,000)
prize. 4,461,365 views on YouTube.
Music In Santa Monica Celebrate with Honoree Eugene Levy
New West Symphony Gala at Sheraton Delfina honoring Eugene Levy
on April 26 with Fritz Coleman, Emcee and guests Tamara Sardina,
Dodge (NWS), Ramsey Jay Jr. (NEW board), Rafa Sardina, Martin
Short, and studioexpresso's Claris Sayadian-Dodge with Pianist Arnaldo
April 26, 2009, Emmy® and Grammy® Award Winner, Eugene Levy
(Jims Dad in American Pie, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind and
Waiting for Guffman which he co-wrote) received the 2009 New
West Symphony Bravo Award.
He was specifically recognized for his dedication to the arts, music,
and support of New West Symphony and its efforts to enhance the
Greater Los Angeles community through music and education at The
New West Symphonys Westside Gala.
The Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon, Fritz Coleman, KNBC-TV,
Channel 4, Weathercaster, guided attendees through a
fun-filled afternoon of Music, Live Auction, and Special Surprises.
Founding Music Director of the New West Symphony, Boris Brott, presented
the 2009 Bravo Award to Mr. Levy at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica,
CA. Eugene who was elequent and gracious in his remarks about the
important role of music in people's life, was accompanied by his
good friends, Martin and Nancy Short and Catherine O'Hara. Gala
guests included: Rafa
Sardina and his wife Tamar.
New West Symphony's
Danielle Bellen-Nesmith, Assistant Concertmaster, Mark Tanner, Principal
Cello and Evan Wilson, Viola; New West Symphony with Arnaldo Coehn,
The luncheon musical guest included New West Symphony musicians,
Kanagawa. At 14 Kanagawa, began playing the violin when she
was four years old and was a student in the Juilliard School's Pre-College
Division for three years. Currently studying with Robert Lipsett,
at the Colburn School, Mayumi won first place in the Connecticut
International String Competition in 2006 and recently performed
with the New West Symphony during Symphonic Adventure Series. Guests
also enjoyed music by New West Symphony musicians: Danielle
Belen-Nesmith, violin, Mark
Tanner , cello and Evan
N. Wilson, viola. The
well attended luncheon was followed by the orchestra performing
at the recently renovated (8 million dollars later) Barnum Hall
(Santa Monica High School). The concert program included: Bartók's
Concerto for Orchestra, Kodály's Dances of Galánt,
and Liszt's Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major for Piano & Orchestra
S.124 with renown pianist, Arnaldo
Cohen. 2009/2010 Masterpiece Series Season For the best available
seats call 1-866-776-8400 or visit www.NewWestSymphony.org New West
Symphony is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization (Tax ID 77-0406042)
Woodstock Eugene Levy is starring in the next Ang Lee directed
comedy based on the memoir Taking Woodstock: A True Story
of a Riot, Concert, and a Life, by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte.
Max Yasgur was an American farmer, best known as the owner of the
dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and
Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969. Watch
the trailer here
Joni Mitchell's song 'Woodstock' (also covered by Eva Cassidy, Crosby,
Stills, Nash & Young and Richie Havens) includes a reference
to 'Yasgur's Farm':
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to get back to the land
And get my soul free...
Back To Bacharach
New Show Opens at The Music Box in Hollywood
in expecting to hear Warwicks vintage version of Do
You Know the Way to San Jose or Karen Carpenters patented
Close to You. The production created by Steve
Gunderson, who did the musical and vocal arrangements as well as
the orchestrations, and actress Kathy
Najimy, who also directed is made to sound light hearted.
Smart. Bacharach classics are jewels, with no room to improve. Led
by musical director Ben Toth and genially choreographed by Javier
Velasco, the show is tong in cheek cabaret. A talented foursome
approaches the music in a whimsical vein, with doze of reverence
for the composer. Diana DeGarmo, a runner-up on the third season
of American Idol, maintains a loopy go-go air as she
sings her heart out. Tressa Thomas seems content to snatch spotlighted
moments without milking anything. Tom Lowe, another American
Idol alum, and Susan Mosher, who was part of the shows
original off-Broadway company, are content to hit all the right
notes while playing the cut-ups. the producers say Bacharach gave
his green light few months back. He must have approved the larger
than life images projected onto a hanging screen not so much to
illustrate lyrics as establish the right ambience a close-up
of a flower, a civil rights rally and (for Raindrops Keep
Falling on My Head) a poetic drizzle. Issues of gay and lesbian
equality and other progressive causes.
Back to Bacharach and David," The Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood
Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays,
3 p.m. Sundays. (Call for exceptions.) Ends May 17. Tickets: $25-$100.
(800) 514-3849 or www.etix.com. Running time 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Singing Road A Musical road is a road, or part of a road, which
when driven over causes a tactile vibration and audible rumbling
transmitted through the wheels into the car body in the form of
a musical tune. Musical roads are known to exist in four countries:
Denmark, Japan, South Korea, and the United States of America. To
name that tune, drive on this scenic road. in Gunma, Japan which
consist of 2,559 grooves cut into a 175 meter stretch of existing
roadway and when driven over at 50 km/h, produce the tune of "Memories
has announced the appointment of Mary Megan Peer as Vice President
of Business Development. Ms. Peer, who will report to CFO Bill Gorjance,
joins peermusic from Investment Banking where she executed transactions
for clients in the media and entertainment sector at S.G. Cowen
and Jeffries & Company. Most recently, she was Vice President
in the New York-based media and telecom group of Piper Jaffray.
Dream Love Vs Money is in the stores now. With over a decade
of hit-making experience and a certified smash in Rihanna's 1 single,
"Umbrella; Terius "The-Dream" Nash is stepping out.
"Music is uninspiring right now" says the confident Atlanta
native. "The bar needs to be raised," he adds. We couldn't
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Featuring Your Band
Denny's is embracing its history as an after-party haven for
young, hungry drunks (and, the company is quick to point out, sober
people too). For years, countless 20-somethings across the country,
after a night of carousing, have suddenly craved a Grand Slam
pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, the works to soak up the
alcoholic suds in their stomachs. It's 3 a.m., the bars are closed
... let's go to Denny's. (Not that I, for one, know any of this
from personal experience.) "When all of us were 18 to 24, we'd
give up a lot of things when we didn't have money, but partying
wasn't one of them," says Marchioli. "When it comes to
disposable income, [young adults] might have less, but let me tell
you, their priorities haven't changed." To tap into this base
which the company says it has lost over the past decade
Denny's has created something called the Allnighter
program. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the chain has started playing
alternative-rock music. It has sponsored more than 30 emerging bands
they get free meals while on tour and organized late-night
meet and greets, and occasional jam sessions, with the musicians
in the restaurants. The servers wear casual black T shirts instead
of buttoned-up uniforms. Denny's has also just introduced four new
late-night menu items, each priced between $3 and $4. These include
the "Pancake Puppy 12-pack," a dozen bite-size hotcakes
rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and "Kickin' Flavor Wraps,"
two tortillas served with chicken strips. The company is marketing
its new late-night program directly to young people, using Facebook,
Twitter and other social-media channels to spread the word. Denny's
is well aware that it needs to get younger. After all, the company
is over half a century old, and famous for attracting the senior
set for 10 a.m. powwows over coffee. Saturday Night Live recently
skewered the chain's reputation with this doozy from "Weekend
Update" comedian Seth Meyers: "The director of Iowa's
Department of Aging said he will not use the abbreviation DOA, since
it is also code for 'Dead on Arrival.' Some are suggesting that
the Department of Aging go back to its original name, Denny's."
Who wants coffee now?' " says Polydoroff. " 'I know where
you're at; I've got what you need.' " For
more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
which operates an online consumer music portal, along with operating
MediaDefender, a business which helps prevent media piracy of content
from motion picture studios, record labels, and others, said last
week that it has acquired MediaSentry, a unit of SafeNet. According
to ARTISTdirect, it paid $936K for the business, made up of $136,000
in cash plus $800,000 in a 1-year note. MediaSentry tracks and measures
digital media, including locating unauthorized digital content on
peer-to-peer and user generated content sites.
Blvd Connects Artists Directly To Fans
So where do
you go when you come to Los Angeles? Hollywood Blvd, of course!
We found a unique distribution system on the street complete with
"starbuck like" listen then buy underground kyosks. There's
an eager audience on every corner who will listen to just about
anything offered while shopping for memorabilia from tensil town
or catching the Jimmy Kimmel show.
And we noticed money exchanged. One way to grow your music fan base!
Special guest appearance by Jeffrey
Osborne and his short set of hits followed the once 12-year-old
finalist of Star Search 90 - Junior Vocalist, Kat
Adams. All grown up, Kat sang her heart out with a stellar band
to include drummer Curt
Bisquera and guitarist/prodcuer Josh Sklair (Etta James) at
the Conga room on April 21. The debut Diva who will be releasing
an album of originals (penned by her) plus covers, was not far behind
Osborne who truly wooed his audience singing "Whoo, whoo, whoo."
They equally commanded the love and adoration of a nearly packed
prefix dinner for the evening, on the other hand (I ordered the
Cuban dish with black beans), was pricy and not as remarkable.
Adams, Los Angeles
Who Meets Who: Diana DeGarmo meets Celine Dionne
Milestone: Star Search 90 Finalist, new album produced by
Josh Sklair, Debut show with Jeffrey Osborne and stellar band.
The Pianist's Vocal Performance At Disney Hall
Photograph: Grzegorz Michalowski/EPA/Corbis
performer sat silently at the piano for a moment, almost began to
play, but then turned to the audience. In a quiet but angry voice
that did not project well, he indicated that he could no longer
play in a country whose military wants to control the whole world.
Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman, widely admired for his virtuosic
performances, created a furor at Disney Hall on Sunday night when
he stopped his recital to announce that this would be his last American
appearance -- in protest of the nation's military policies overseas.
"Get your hands off my country," he said. Then he turned
to the piano and played Szymanowski's "Variations on a Polish
Folk Theme" with such passion and intensity that the stunned
audience gave him multiple ovations. Earlier, about 30 or 40 people
in the audience had walked out after Zimerman's declaration, some
shouting obscenities. "Yes," the pianist, known in Poland
as "King Krystian the Glorious," answered, "some
people, when they hear the word military, start marching."Zimerman
then said that America has far finer exports than its military --
and he thanked those who
supported democracy. He left the stage without further comment and
was unavailable for press the week following.
had problems in the United States in recent years. He travels with
his own Steinway piano, which he has altered himself. But shortly
after 9/11, the instrument was confiscated at JFK Airport when he
landed in New York to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. Thinking
the glue smelled funny, the TSA decided to take no chances and destroyed
the instrument. Since then he has shipped his pianos in parts, which
he reassembles by hand after he lands. He also drives the truck
himself when he carries his instrument from city to city over land,
as he did after playing a recital in Berkeley on Friday.
USS Stockdale 280 sailors moved into their new home, aboard
Scotsdale. Christened after Admiral James Bond Stockdale, the new
U.S. Navy warship is an engineering marvel. It's much like the one
that rescued the U.S.-flagged freighter and its captain taken hostage
by pirates off the Somali coast earlier this month.
The commissioning ceremony at Port Hueneme (home of the "SeaBees",
the wartime engineering and building force) took place on April
18 with keynote speaker Ross Perot, marching bands and celebration.
Ship's Motto: Return With Honor.
Wishing Captain and crew Peace!
Watch an ordinary
day at New York's
Central Station Come to Life with The Sound of Music
2,899,682 views on YouTube
Turning Battery Maritime Building into a huge musical instrument.
Rumor has it that the city has funded it's creation.
"A House Is Not A Homepage."
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