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The History of the Term “Rock and Roll,” Part 3

October 12th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Wait!  To get started, you need to check out Part 1 and Part 2.

First, it was an African-American slang term for “sex.”  From there, "rock and roll" it was used as a euphemism for sex in a series of songs in the 20s, 30s and 40s.  And then, in 1948, a singer named Wynonie Harris had a hit with a song called “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” which inspired a a bunch of new songs featuring the word “rock” in the title or in the lyrics. 

The next step of this etymylogical revolution begins on July 11, 1951, when a white radio DJ from Cleveland named Alan Freed began to establish himself as a promoter of rhythm and blues the new name for recordings made by black artists.


Weekly Music Sales Report – 12 October 2011

October 12th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Was it a good week or not?  Well, it all depends on how you spin it.  Yes, there were three debuts in the Top 10 in Canada.  Yes, sales are 8% higher than they were for the same week last year.  But after last week's nice numbers, overall album sales are down 9%.  

All in all, though, the industry is happy that sales are still pacing ahead of last year.  Just by 1%, mind, you, but at least that's in the "plus" column


Canadian Lyrics Site Gets Bought by CBS Interactive

October 11th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The reason publishers, labels, artists and managers have always cracked down on websites that offer song lyrics is because they've long known that there's money in these rhymes.  People--and not just music fans--will pay good money to access lyrics in a proper database.

Vancouver's Metrolyrics is very good at making these databases.  They're all legal and licensed, too.  That's why CBS Interactive just bought them for a big whack of dough.


Katie Moore Wins SOCAN’S 2011 ECHO Songwriting Prize

October 11th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

From the press release:

SOCAN today announced that the winner of the English 2011 ECHO Songwriting Prize competition is Katie Moore with her song “Wake Up Like This”. Katie Moore beat Arcade Fire, Austra, Handsome Furs, and PS I Love You to claim the $5,000 cash prize. The results were based on online public votes received from September 1 to 30 on www.echoprize.ca.  



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