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I own my own record label and I put almost all of the money in my pocket from every single record I sell. I presently sell more records than most new artists on any given major label. After only 2 years of pursuing a career in Europe and in the UK, I'm now headlining shows there, drawing crowds (young and old alike) in excess of 10,000. The future looks bright. Out of the 52 weeks last year, I held the number 1 spot on the European Country Charts for 26 of them. My new single, "The Circus Is Over" will more than likely debut at number 1 while well known American artists on major labels will be lucky to break the top 20 on any given single. Not only am I performing at large festivals, but I'm also playing in non-country venues as well to sold out crowds... venues where maybe only 1 or 2 country artists have ever darkened the door. I am breaking new ground.
Danah Boyd has published an excellent paper on the hows and whys of the explosive growth of teen users of MySpace, the most popular social networking site ever:
Adults with authority control the home, the school, and most activity spaces. Teens are told where to be, what to do and how to do it. Because teens feel a lack of control at home, many don't see it as their private space.
To them, private space is youth space and it is primarily found in the
interstices of controlled space. These are the places where youth gather to hang
out amongst friends and make public or controlled spaces their own. Bedrooms
with closed doors, for example.
Adult public spaces are typically controlled spaces for teens. Their public space is
where peers gather en masse; this is where presentation of self really matters.
It may be viewable to adults, but it is really peers that matter.
Teens have increasingly less access to public space. Classic 1950s hang out locations like the roller rink and burger joint are disappearing while malls and 7/11s are banning teens unaccompanied by parents. Hanging out around the neighborhood or in the woods has been deemed unsafe for fear of predators, drug dealers and abductors. Teens who go home after school while their parents are still working are expected to stay home and teens are mostly allowed to only gather at friends' homes when their parents are present.
Keith stars alongside Kelly Preston and Burt Reynolds: "I wrote and recorded the soundtrack, and Show Dog will put it out. The girl who plays my daughter, Lindsey Haun, sings her little butt off in the movie, too. I want to sign her to the label. I saw a 90-second trailer for the movie the other night, and it was really breathtaking to me. It was such a good experience, we've already agreed to do another one, and I'm writing the script. It's something I think I can have some fun with."
"PCM started in 1999, with a few random lists of songs. Top 10 worst songs of all time, etc.
"Through the years, we have added dozens of songs lists (sad, friendship, break-up), and added a feature seen nowhere else on the internet: The most requested songs of all time. Our annual
lists don't rehash old Billboard charts. Instead they have a top 40 list of songs that have outlasted the rest from their era. Our number one song for the year isn't "Ballad of the Green Berets" or "Winchester Cathedral" as Billboard states, but "Summer Wind," Billboard's # 25 song for that year. Why? Because, simply put, more people know "Summer Wind" than the other two. It was featured in the film, "The Pope of Greenwich Village", which gave it a whole new audience.
"We have over 400 joke/trivia pages too. We founded HotPopSongs.com last year to allow for the Hip-Hop, most of which isn't family friendly enough for Pop Culture Madness.
"We get many suggestions from visitors coming from the Country perspective, and given the size of the market, we want to build that section up. I have started the Top 40 most requested Country/Pop tunes list. Hopefully it will be done by the end of the month. I'm more a
pop/rock fan, although I like and appreciate Garth, Martina, Toby and a few others. I'm looking for an intern or two who are more knowledable about it for reviews and features. Also watching more Country Music Channel myself! :-)"
No, Fairbanks isn’t about to get pummeled by 20-foot waves, especially in February. But a slip-up at a National Weather Service office sent the header for a tsunami warning out to the entire state Monday morning. That did touch off a big wave — of phone calls to newsrooms and radio station front desks. NWS says it’s trying to figure out how the erroneous header got sent. Once again we issue a plea to the FCC and other authorities to make the Emergency Alert System something that will truly serve the nation. How ’bout it?
The teaser on abc.com quotes New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer saying that evidence 'clearly shows' some of the radio conglomerates have accepted payments from record companies and middlemen for guaranteed airplay. "The behavior has been unethical, improper, illegal and a sanction of some severity clearly should be imposed," Spitzer told ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross.
television has an inspiring past, ripe with innovation and
popular culture influence, but today, audiences are becoming increasingly
fragmented, splicing their time among myriad media choices, channels and
For the last few decades, consumers have migrated to more
specialized, niche content via cable and multichannel offerings. Now, with the
growing availability of on demand, self-programming and search features, some
experiencers are moving beyond niche to individualized viewing. With increasing
competition from convergence players in TV, telecommunications and the Internet,
the industry is confronting unparalleled complexity, dynamic change and pressure