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Scott Hirsch – Much Too Late

Musician Scott Hirsch today heralds the announcement of his third solo album Windless Day with a new song “Much Too Late” released today. Hirsch, an original member and current collaborator of Hiss Golden Messenger, serves as both producer and artist for Windless Day which comes out October 8 via Echo Magic Records with Soundly Music. The album is available digitally, CD, and on vinyl (black and iridescent pearlized purple). Preorders are available starting today.

Listen to “Much Too Late” here. Pre-Order Windless Day here.

“Much Too Late” features Carol Dennis, Jade Hendrix, and Sharon Hendrix on backing vocals. “When I moved back to California six years ago I wanted to learn more about singing and found Jade Hendrix,” Hirsch says, “She was such a positive force and gave me the confidence to sing my own songs. You’ll hear Jade’s voice on all three of my records, and when I started recording her, I carried on about how much I love the vocal stylings of the late 70s Christian-era Bod Dylan records. When I put on Street Legal, she kind of laughed and said, ‘Oh that’s my godmother, Carolyn Dennis!’ This time around, Jade suggested, instead of borrowing her style, why don’t we just get Carol herself? My head exploded!” He adds, “We recorded deep in the pandemic, and it felt like quite a feat to make the session happen. But it was worth it, and truly one of the highlights of my life to have these magical voices accompany my own.”

A founding member of Hiss Golden Messenger, Hirsch was integral to the band’s formative years in the studio and on the road. His sonic imprint remains on their productions; most recently mixing the forthcoming album Quietly Blowing It. He also has recorded and mixed Follow The Music, the Grammy-nominated record by the legendary folk-singer Alice Gerrard and has produced and played on records by William Tyler, Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco, Orpheo McCord of Edward Sharpe, and Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear.

Stayed tuned for Windless Day songs to be released in the near future.

Windless Day

Track Listing:

  1. Spirit True
  2. Much Too Late
  3. Dreamer
  4. Big Passenger
  5. Redstone
  6. Night People
  7. The Price Of Gold
  8. Wolves
  9. Drummer Of Shiloh
  10. Love Is Long

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2021 INDUCTEES

36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to take place October 30 in Cleveland, Ohio – Tickets on sale in July 

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reveals its 2021 Inductees, celebrating the most diverse list of Inductees in the history of the organization. They are:

Performer Category:

  • The Go-Go’s
  • Tina Turner
  • Carole King
  • JAY-Z
  • Foo Fighters
  • Todd Rundgren

Early Influence Award:

  • Kraftwerk
  • Charley Patton
  • Gil Scott-Heron

Musical Excellence Award:

  • LL Cool J
  • Billy Preston
  • Randy Rhoads

Ahmet Ertegun Award:

  • Clarence Avant

“This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture”, said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.” 

To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction. Two-time Inductees include Carole King, previously inducted with Gerry Goffin in 1990, and Tina Turner, previously inducted with Ike and Tina Turner in 1991. The Foo FightersThe Go-Go’s, and JAY-Z were on the ballot for the first time. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) will become a two-time Inductee having previously been Inducted with Nirvana in 2014.

The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310. The Induction Ceremony will air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

The Induction categories and criteria for selection: 

  • Performers: honoring bands and solo artists who, in their careers, have created music whose originality, impact and influence has changed the course of rock & roll.
  • Ahmet Ertegun Award: given to non performing industry professionals who, through their dedicated belief and support of artists and their music have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture.  
  • Musical Excellence Award: given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music. 
  • Early Influence Award: given to a performing artist or group whose music and performance style have directly influenced and helped inspire and evolve rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture. 

To learn more about past recipients, click here.

Ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,200 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration. 

Three out of the top five on the “Fans’ Ballot” are being Inducted, including Tina Turner (winning the fan vote), The Go-Go’s, and Foo Fighters. 5 million votes were cast. 

The Inductees were announced on Rock Hall’s social channels and live on SiriusXM’s Volume channel and the morning show “Feedback,” hosted by Nik Carter and Lori Majewski, featuring special guest, Joel Peresman, CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

Tickets go on sale to the public and members in July.

Select Rock Hall donors and members get exclusive Induction ticket opportunities. Donate or join by June 30, 2021 to be eligible. Visit Rock Hall to learn more.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2021 Inductee exhibit celebrating this year’s class opens at the Museum in Cleveland on July 1. The Museum is open daily with advance tickets required at Rock Hall.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Inductee Bios

THE GO-GO’S 

As the most successful all-woman rock band of all time, the Go-Go’s performed catchy, well-crafted songs that formed a bridge between the brash urgency of L.A. punk and the dark melodies of new wave pop.  

Formed out of the diverse and egalitarian punk scene in Los Angeles in 1978 with Belinda Carlisle on lead vocals and Jane Wiedlin on rhythm guitar and vocals, the core lineup of the band solidified over the next few years with the additions of lead guitarist and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey, drummer Gina Schock, and bassist Kathy Valentine. Known for their raw and energetic live shows, the Go-Go’s circumvented record label sexism and signed with IRS Records in 1981. Their debut album Beauty and the Beat was released later that year and became the first (and, to date, only) album by an all-woman band that played its own instruments and wrote its own songs to top the Billboard albums chart.  

Despite a shift toward a more melodic new wave sound, the band’s D.I.Y. punk roots remain evident in hits like “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” The group’s second and third studio albums, Vacation (1982) and Talk Show (1984), furthered their success with the singles “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels.” In heavy rotation on MTV, their songs (primarily composed by Caffey, Wiedlin, and Valentine) had weighty lyrics belied by their sunny melodies and a timelessness that set the band apart from many of their 1980s counterparts.  

Though the band broke up in 1985, the Go-Go’s have reunited periodically since 1990 to record and tour. In recent years, the band’s music has been celebrated with the Broadway musical Head Over Heels and chronicled in the Showtime documentary The Go-Go’s (2020). For the documentary’s soundtrack, the band reconvened virtually to record their first new song in 19 years, “Club Zero.” The Go-Go’s influence is seen in countless artists, including Bikini Kill, Green Day, and Nirvana. 

Selected discography:
“Screaming” (Live, 1979) • “Blades” (Live, 1980) • “We Got the Beat” (Stiff Records single version, 1980) • “Our Lips Are Sealed,” Beauty and the Beat (1981) • “Vacation,” Vacation (1982) • “Head Over Heels,” Talk Show (1984) • “The Whole World Lost Its Head,” Return to the Valley of the Go-Go’s (1994) • “Unforgiven,” God Bless the Go-Go’s (2001) • “Club Zero,” Beatnik Beach Summer (2020) 

Inductees: Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin

Influences: Beach Boys, Germs, Buzzcocks

Legacies: Green Day, Nirvana, Bikini Kill

Eurovision Singer Destiny illustration by Heather Skovlund (Photo Credit: Carlton Agius) for 360 Magazine

2021 Eurovision Song Contest

Will there be a shock winner at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest?

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most popular annual events that takes place across Europe. Over 180 million people tuned into the 2019 contest, which was won by the Netherlands. The final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest final takes place on 22nd May in Rotterdam, where thirty-nine countries will take part in the live-streamed musical event.

The current favorites to win in 2021

There are a few acts that will be confident of winning the final, with the Eurovision song contest odds placing Malta as 4/1 favorite to win, who will be represented by their act, Destiny. They have never won the contest before but have finished in 2nd place on two occasions. Despite being the favorites, Malta will have to navigate a semi-final before they reach the main stage.

The second favorites to win are France, who are at 5/1 odds. Unlike the predicted winners, France has won the contest on five occasions, however, they haven’t won it since 1977.  Switzerland, Italy, and Bulgaria will also perhaps all fancy their chances of winning this year as well.

Will 2021 see a shock winner?

The United Kingdom hasn’t seen a Eurovision winner since 1997 – on that occasion, Katrina and the Waves won with the song “Love, Shine a Light.” The UK’s representation in 2021 will be James Newman, a singer-songwriter who has had a successful career in the industry – though many bookmakers believe that he is unlikely to win. 

Ireland is also seen as huge outsiders to win, but they are actually the most successful country in Eurovision’s history. They have won the competition on seven occasions, with the last success coming in 1996.

A previous shock winner

The 2011 edition was won by Azerbaijan, and it was seen as a huge shock at the time.  This was their first success in the competition, having only entered for the first time four years previously.

How many times has the host nation won Eurovision?

The host nation of the final has won Eurovision on seven occasions. The last time this occurred was in 1994 when the competition was won by Ireland. Looking back towards the upcoming contest, the Netherlands are, however, seen as huge outsiders to win.

A further brief history of Eurovision winners

The first edition of the contest was held in 1956. On that occasion, it was won by Switzerland. In 1969, four countries won the contest, which was the first and only time in which there were joint winners, all garnering the same score from international judges and the public vote. The United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and France all came in first place that year.

A few years later, in 1974, ABBA won their contest, and the Swedish pop group would go on to become music icons. Their winning song “Waterloo” is still popular all over the world.

There are several other countries that are yet to taste success in Eurovision. This list includes Iceland, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Will the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest see a first-time winner?

Musicians x Social Distancing

Engineers and musicians from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the Houston Symphony determined social distancing will not be enough to keep musicians safe while performing on-stage.

Using a high-speed camera, researchers studied air released by musicians who were singing or playing wind instruments.

Ashok Veeraraghavan, a Rice imaging expert, said social distancing is important, but other factors must be taken into account.

“Our main message is that there is no single silver bullet. Performance venues are going to need a mix of several different risk mitigation strategies. Each of them will help a little, and the sum total of all of them will minimize risk to both the performers and the audience,” Veeraraghavan said.

Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and co-principal investigator of the study, said a goal of the study was to help people return to the stage, which is why the findings are being published.

“Peer review may take a year or more, and we believe it is imperative to make others aware of what we found,” Yekovich said.

Schlieren imaging is a method used to study airflow, so Yekovich, Veeraraghavan and John Mangum, the president and CEO of the Houston Symphony, used it to study singers and flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trombone, trumpet and tuba players.

With cameras, a high-resolution background and computational algorithms, they were able to see and track air flow after it leaves mouths and instruments and travels throughout the room.

While the travel of large droplets is well-documented, they wanted to study microdroplets, which can linger in the air for hours.

The group hypothesized that the microdroplets would be the most important droplets to pay attention to. The experiment showed that exhaled air and droplets tended to rise to the top of the room.

“Because exhaled air was warmer than the room air, we found most of it rose rather quickly, carrying the bulk of exhaled microdroplets into air currents that were primarily driven by ventilation,” Veeraraghavan said.

They now recommend music venues meeting or exceeding federal guidelines of six room air exchanges per hour. They also suggest that venues themselves consider air filtration above the stage.

Veeraraghavan still said social distancing is important because of the large droplets, adding that masks should be worn.

Mangum thought that social distancing would be the most important thing when welcoming performers and audiences back to venues, but it’s going to take a bit more than standing six feet apart.

“The Rice experiments showed it’s more complex than that. Now we want all musical organizations and individual musicians to benefit from that understanding,” Mangum said.

You can see the results of the study by clicking right here. A video is also available by clicking right here.

I ❤️ Beirut

By Justin Lyons

Mika announced Wednesday that his “I ❤️ Beirut” concert, which was live-streamed Sept. 19 on his YouTube channel, raised more than €1 million for the people of Lebanon.

An explosion at a Beirut warehouse on Aug. 4 killed more than 200 and injured more than 5,000.

Ticket sales, sponsors and public donations all contributed to the large sum that will be split between the Lebanese Red Cross and Save the Children.

Tickets were purchased in 120 different countries via Ticketmaster, the most in the ticketing giant’s history. Donations also poured in from 48 different countries via a GoFundMe page.

The show featured megastars like Salma Hayek, Danna Paola, Rufus Wainwright, Kylie, Mashrou Leila, Louane, Etel Adnan, Fanny Ardant and Laura Pausini. It has also picked up interest from major television stations across the world.

Mika joined Georges Kettaneh, the secretary general of the Lebanese Red Cross, and Kevin Watkins, CEO of Save the Children UK, on a video call Wednesday to make the announcement. He thanked everyone who helped the fundraiser cross the €1 million mark.

“I also wanted to say how amazing this statement of solidarity for the situation in Beirut has been, with tickets for the stream selling to over 120 different countries around the world,” Mika said. “This has been a project that was born out of and made possible by love, and a huge amount of collaboration with friends and many new friends made in the process.”

The certified gold and platinum artist was born in Beirut and is now celebrated around the world.

Kettaneh also thanked donors, saying the Lebanese Red Cross would continue to use the funds to support the people of Beirut.

“The people of Beirut face a long road to recovery, with this generosity and the continued support we have received from around the globe, we can continue to stand alongside them for as long we are needed,” Kettaneh said.

Watkins also chimed in to say Save the Children would work to help children and families affected by the explosion.

“All donations will be going toward our emergency response efforts in Lebanon, which include weather proofing damaged homes, supporting vulnerable and displaced families with food and cash grants, and providing ongoing psychological support for children and families,” Watkins said.

Donations can still be made to the campaign’s GoFundMe by clicking right here. The goal of £150,000 has already been passed, and it is closing in on £200,000.

You can also learn more about the Lebanese Red Cross by clicking right here and about Save the Children UK by clicking right here.

High School Musical, tv series, soundtrack, Disney, 360 MAGAZINE

High School Musical

The soundtrack from the highly-anticipated Disney+ “High School Musical:  The Musical: The Series” will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, November 8. The Disney+ series will generate over 40 pieces of music and content.  The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series cast members penned two of the new songs for the Walt Disney Records OST. “Just A Moment” (airing January 3, 2020) was co-written by Joshua Bassett (Ricky) and Olivia Rodrigo (Nini) as well as Dan Book, who also produced the track. “All I Want” was written by Olivia Rodrigo and is set to air November 29. 

Following the initial roll-out, every Wednesday, Walt Disney Records will release a new single on all services as well as a companion lyric video on Disney Music VEVO.  Lift videos will be available the same Friday an episode premieres on Disney+. The full soundtrack will be available January 10, 2020. 

The cadence of song and video releases starts off with a few key dates:

November 1 – The first single and official music video, “The Medley, The Mashup,” was released.

November 8 – The cast of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” performs on the #1 morning show, ABC’s Good Morning America.  The same evening, the premiere episode airs on ABC, Freeform and Disney Channel. Immediately after the premiere episode airs, “I Think I Kinda, You Know” and “The Start of Something New” singles and lift videos will be available on Disney Music VEVO.  The singles will be available with the store turn, with the lift videos timed to the airing of each new episode.  The acoustic version of “Born To Be Brave” will be available on Disney Music VEVO as well. 

November 9 – The cast returns to ABC’s Good Morning America Weekend to talk about the first episode. Instructional videos of cast members Rodrigo and Bassett teaching “I Think I Kinda, You Know” on ukulele and guitar, respectively, will be available.

November 11 – The acoustic video of “Start of Something New” will be available.  

November 12 – Disney+ launches, and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” premieres on the platform.  The lyric video for “I Think I Kinda, You Know” will be available along with the “Wondering” single and lyric video.  

November 15 – The second episode premieres on Disney+, and the “Wondering” lift video will be available on Disney Music VEVO.
The track listing for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series:  The Soundtrack blends new versions of fan favorite “High School Musical” songs – including some medleys, some acoustic and some instrumental numbers – with new songs.  Some of the musical numbers in the series are even performed live by the cast.  All the tracks and video content will be rolling out on VEVO throughout the series.  

Just For A Moment 
The High School Musical franchise was born in 2006, when Disney Channel aired the first “High School Musical” movie. For two consecutive years, “High School Musical” (2006) and “High School Musical 2” (2007) were ranked the #1 best-selling albums globally, according to the IFPI, marking the first time one franchise topped the chart for two years in a row.  To date, the “High School Musical” soundtracks have sold over 26 million units and over 16 million albums worldwide.  An unprecedented nine original songs from the “High School Musical” soundtrack entered Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, with five tracks in the Top 40.  An unprecedented nine original songs from the “High School Musical” franchise broke onto Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart; five of those in the top 40.  Steven Vincent, Vice President of Music and Soundtracks for Disney Channel Worldwide said, “This soundtrack has all the nostalgic fan favorites from the movies with a modern twist, as well as fantastic contagious new series songs.  The new cast is infinitely talented, and bring great energy in telling this new story.”

Starring an exciting, multitalented cast, the scripted Disney+ series introduces 10 main characters:  Nini (Rodrigo), Ricky (Bassett), Gina (Sofia Wylie), E.J. (Matt Cornett), Ashlyn (Julia Lester), Kourtney (Dara Renee’), Carlos (Frankie Rodriguez), Big Red (Larry Saperstein), Miss Jenn (Kate Reinders) and Mr. Mazzara (Mark St. Cyr) – a group of drama students and faculty members at East High, the Utah high school where the original “High School Musical” movie was filmed.  Through the course of 10 episodes, these characters count down from auditions to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical.” They have budding romances, faltering friendships and harsh rivalries as they experience the transformative power that only high school theatre and music can provide.  

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” was created by Tim Federle (Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated “Ferdinand”) who also wrote the first episode.  The first episode was directed by Tamra Davis.  The series is executive produced by Federle, Oliver Goldstick and two-time Emmy Award-winning “High School Musical” executive producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush.  

About Disney+

Launching on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, Disney+ will be the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, together, for the first time. The direct-to-consumer streaming service will offer ad-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content.  In addition to “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” other original programming available at launch includes “The Mandalorian,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and “Encore!” and films “Lady and the Tramp” and “Noelle.”  Visit DisneyPlus.com to learn more.

Pre-order the soundtrack HEREListen to the playlist HEREDisney Music VEVO HERE @HighSchoolMusicalSeries @DisneyPlus

K-POP CONTENT MEDIA APP

theQoos Inc. has launched a data-based media service app platform that targets English reading K-Pop fans. Through aggregating K-Pop content, theQoos attempts to lock-in users and create communities among K-Pop fans. theQoos Inc. was established in February 2019 with a Seoul office established in April. The venture founders are composed of experienced members from Kakao, Samsung Electronics and, YG Entertainment USA. An investment by SK Group, South Korea’s third largest conglomerate, was completed earlier this year.

2019 has been yet another record-breaking year for K-Pop with BLACKPINK signing to Interscope/Universal Records and being the first K-Pop girl-group to perform at Coachella. BTS became the first Korean act to perform on “Saturday Night Live” and followed up with performances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Good Morning America” and “The Voice.” A new study by Hyundai Research Institute found that the boy band is worth more than $3.6 billion yearly to Korea’s economy. Both acts contributed to the “Hallyu” (or Korean wave) fanbase which is estimated to grow to 100 million fans by 2020 and leading the way for other acts globally such as Monsta X and NCT. In the first half of 2019, there were over 50 concerts taking place in North America and as STYLE put it, “K-Pop is now more popular and profitable in the West than ever before.”

With the increased interest in K-Pop globally, theQoos set out to build a roadway for content by gathering as many select English-written sources of K-Pop into one feed. The idea is that fans who have an enthusiastic passion for K-Pop are called “theQoos” and want to consume all of the content that exists out there without having to search or open multiple applications. These content sources include K-Pop news sites, reputable global news sites that cover K-Pop, artists’ official social media, and YouTube but also fan-made content such as reaction videos, and fancam footage. Since many K-Pop fans usually find their news through K-Pop sites, theQoos also gathers in-depth coverage from respected major media outlets so users can see content they might not normally come across. theQoos also gathers album and concert reviews from various lesser known sites/blogs that deserve to be read as well as fan-made content that are meant to entertain and be enjoyed.

In 2018 BTS was the most tweeted about account worldwide and a tweet featuring BTS member J-Hope participating in the #InMyFeelingsChallenge was the Most Liked Tweet worldwide last year with 1.8 million Likes. Since K-Pop thrives on Twitter, we also gather many official and non-official Twitter accounts into our feed.

Users are able to “Save,” “Like,” and “Share” content but also organize the feed based on their favorite artist(s). Artist pages also include discography and links to music videos. theQoos promises this release to be their minimal viable product and has already planned for many features including in-app commenting and a community section so that Users can have “real interaction”.

MISSION STATEMENT:

theQoos is dedicated to encouraging the growth and distribution of, English language, K-Pop content, and to provide this content to fans free of charge. We want to build a bridge between K-Pop fans across the world and the content that exists in the universe. As the fan community continues to grow, we want to create a platform for them to engage with each other in a genuine way. By promoting users to enter their real information into their profiles we believe that real commentary and real interaction will create a positive space for K-Pop.

By learning who our users are and what their interests are in, we will be able to understand this community like no one has before us. Imagine a world in which every English reading K-Pop fan can freely view and share K-Pop content & be part of a community – which they can take with them, everywhere. theQoos: We are your gateway to the K-Pop Universe.

FindMyFans

FindMyFans wants to solve the problem of revenue generation for artists and bands by utilizing data already being generated from their social media and streaming profiles. This data, when combined and visualized in the app, will give users an accurate reflection of their fan activity and listener locations. This will empower them to plan better touring routes and create targeted marketing plans to maximize their profits. 

The app’s goal is to be a resource for everyone in the music industry from professionals to DIY artists. According to founder & CEO, Ravi Ramkeesoon, “Location intelligence is the most effective of the metrics from social and streaming from an artist and bands as it serves as markers for where they already have traction.  Many times, these markets are unknown or are overlooked butcan represent additional revenue opportunities.  They’re an artist’s pot of gold. FindMyFans will be able to identify these new opportunities.”The goal of the campaign is to raise $170,000USD to finalize the app’s development, test, and launch in the App Store and Google Play.

Key Features Include:

* Top Countries Played

* Top 50 Global Streaming Songs

* Social & Streaming Trends

* Top Songs by Genre

The timing for this type of app is perfect as streaming has continued to grow and social media is widely and regularly used all over the world. According to Nielsen’s 2018 Year-End Music Report, American music streaming volume continued to rise, with the total number of on-demand audio song streams reaching 611 billion in 2018, a sizable 49% increase over the same time period in 2017. Overall on-demand music streaming volume, including video, surpassed 900 billion streams, an increase of 43% over the same period last year. Additionally, 90% of millennials globally are active on social media (Emarketer, 2019). This means the data that artists and bands generate from their social and streaming accounts generate valuable and growing information into their brand awareness. 

Understanding where these listeners are coming from is vital to their long-term success. Momentum has been growing for FindMyFans as they are in the Project Music Portfolio Portfolioa program at Project Music in Nashville, TN.Additionally, they have entered into a strategic partnership with a leading US equipment instrument retailer Guitar Center. “A strategic partnership between FindMyFans and the Artist Relations Division of Guitar Center makes sense because of our shared vision. Guitar Center has been the leading source for music creators, empowering them with instruments. FindMyFans vision is to empower music creators with reliable data that will enable them to find their fan bases and ultimately, expand their brand presence and lead to more revenue opportunities.” Said, Judd Goldrich, Artist Relations Manager, East Coast, Guitar Center. The campaign launches on August 8th and runs until September 14th. Prospective donors can visit the Indiegogo page here.

Drax Project

New Zealand sensation Drax Project release new track, All This Time today. The song was produced by Roget Chahayed (Travis Scott-Sicko Mode, Halsey-Bad At Love) and showcases their unique blend of pop, R&B, jazz and hip-hop. All This Time best represents what it feels like to be a part of the live show experience, and has become a fan favorite while out on the road.
Buy/Stream HERE
“For us, All This Time is the closest representation of what a Drax Project show is like. The contrast between the clean guitar and vocals to the heavy distorted saxophone is something we’ve been looking to do for a long time, just haven’t quite been able to until working with Roget. We’re sooo stoked to finally have it done,” said the band.
Drax Project’s infectious pop anthem “Woke Up Late” collaborating with multiplatinum-selling artist and Academy Award-Hailee Steinfeld, charted at #2 on New Zealand Pop Radio, #1 on iTunes in New Zealand, and #1 on Shazam in New Zealand for over 4 months with a global push. With over 85 million total streams worldwide and growing daily, the “Woke Up Late” music video features YouTube star Liza Koshy in a fun and refreshing story full of charisma and feel-good vibes.
Watch HERE.
“Woke Up Late” was handpicked as Zane Lowe’s World Record + Amazon’s Song Of The Day, debuted on Billboard’s Pop Songs Chart, and won “Single Of The Year” in the 2018 VNZMAs, where Drax Project was also awarded “Breakthrough Artist”.
The band recently released the acoustic version of their EP NOON. Listen HERE. The acoustic EP highlights their musicianship and peels back the layers of the studio versions. NOON introduced four songs, including certified gold “Toto,” alongside hit “Woke Up Late“. With a new body of work underway, Drax Project is currently in the studio and gearing up to the take the world by storm.

POWERHOUSE FEMALE PERFORMERS × WYNN LV

Wynn Las Vegas’ “Encore Theater,” features hot performances by Diana Ross, Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Diana is celebrating her 75th birthday diamond jubilee with her show “Diamond Diana”; Melissa will perform material from her new album, “The Medicine Show”; and Pat Benatar will perform her greatest hits with husband/musican Neil Giraldo during their remarkable 40th Anniversary tour this year.

DIANA ROSS (6/5, 6/7, 6/8, 6/12, 6/14, 6/15; 8/14, 8/16, 8/17, 8/21, 8/23, 8/24)

Due to high demand, Diana Ross will continue her 75th birthday diamond jubilee celebrations with the return of “Diamond Diana” this summer at Wynn Las Vegas. Ross will present 12 additional performances of the radiant production at Encore Theater, June 5 – 15; and August 14-24. Honoring her multi-decade career in the music industry, the launch of “Diamond Diana” in February saw sold-out crowds and special appearances by Ross’ family members. Throughout the show, fans can enjoy back-to-back performances of Ross’ renowned chart-toppers, as well as an intimate Q&A with the international music icon. Ross will celebrate her enduring collection of award-winning songs, brilliant new costumes and timeless memories in this exclusive, self-named powerhouse production at Wynn. Among her many accolades, Ross is a recipient of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement and a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, has been recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is an inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is a 12-time GRAMMY Award nominee.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE (7/12 – One Night Only)

GRAMMY and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is set to make her Wynn Las Vegas debut this summer. For one-night-only, Etheridge will bring “The Medicine Show” tour to the intimate Encore Theater on Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m.

With more than 25 million albums sold worldwide, five platinum and three multi-platinum records, and 15 GRAMMY Award nominations and two GRAMMY wins, Etheridge has established herself as a music icon. Recently she released her latest album, The Medicine Show, released via Concord Records. The namesake of her tour, The Medicine Show deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing. Through the songs she processed the deep fears and hurting she saw in the nation on collective and personal levels; “Shaking” about national anxiety, the unifying “Human Chain” about the hope for healing, and the rocking, anthemic “Love Will Live.” More highlights include the album-closer, “Last Hello” drawing on the incredible strengths and courage shown by the survivors of the Parkland school shootings, and the infectious “Wild and Lonely,” and “Faded By Design,” exploring themes of her past with a new perspective.

PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO (8/2 & 8/3)

GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist Pat Benatar and trailblazing producer and performer Neil Giraldo will make their Wynn Las Vegas debut together this summer in their self-named, two-night engagement at Encore Theater on Aug. 2 and 3. The limited engagement of Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo will serve as part of the duo’s upcoming tour, marking a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their musical career. Benatar and Giraldo first met in a small rehearsal room at SIR Studios in New York City in 1979 and have since gone on to create two multi-platinum records, five platinum records, three gold albums and 19 Top 40 hits. In addition, together they have sold more than 30 million records worldwide and have won an unprecedented four consecutive GRAMMY Awards. Their undeniable chemistry and unique sound has led to the creation of notable rock hits such as “Love Is A Battlefield,” “We Live For Love” and “Invincible.”

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