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How The Warped Tour Keeps Rolling and Rolling and Rolling…

April 7th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The Warped Tour is a wondrous thing.  Since its birth in 1995, it has been as consistent the stars in the sky. Thousands--yes, thousands--of bands have been a part of the annual craziness.  How does founder Kevin Lyman do it year after year?  Billboard takes a look.

Vans Warped Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman has been working to keep his mobile gang of bands and backroom staff rumbling along since 1995. It's no small feat, keeping this longrunning institution shipshape in the face of a rapidly changing music industry.

Aggressively streamlining the routing, gaining new sponsors and taking a look at the successes within the electronic circuit were all in the 4Fini, Inc. bossman's bag of tricks this year, but ultimately, as with his other branded touring events, the bands remain the most crucial component. 

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist – 06 April 2012

April 7th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Yeah, I know it's late.  But out here in the Indian Ocean, I completley forgot what day it was.  Again.

You can listen to this week's playlist using the player below or anytime using the new Audio and Video link in the menu on the right-hand side of the page.  A full list of the songs in the playlist is available after the jump.  

As always, thanks to Mediazoic for the help.

You Know Things Are Weird When CNN Money Writes About Insane Clown Posse

April 7th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

They never get any radio airplay.  No video channel will touch their clips.  Any record company they've dealt with is scared of them.  Their fans are under surveillence by the FBI because of their "unsavoury" characteristics. And by their own admission, they have no idea how magnets work.

But they don't give a f**k. Insane Clown Posse is the honey badger of music.

They are one of the most successful and most profitable groups going these days.  And when CNN Money starts paying attention, you know that there's some big, big coin involved.  Check out this story called "The Juggalo Empire."  Faygo for everyone!

Hope for Musicians (and Everyone) with Hearing Loss

April 7th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I received this email from Kihong Bae, a rep from a Korean company called The Good Ear Company.

I am reaching out to you after reading your recent post on ‘Musicians and Hearing Loss’.

We are an innovative startup with the goal of solving one of the most common afflictions of modern lives - hearing damage and loss. However, unlike previous companies and technologies which assume that hearing loss is irreversible, we apply a radically different theory that hearing loss, as long as it’s not permanently damaged, can be regenerated and cured by training (sound stimulation) just like other parts of the body. We apply proprietary software (4 patents registered in Korea, pending in 39 countries) that diagnoses and improves hearing.


How to Roll Out an Album: The Story of Madonna’s MDNA

April 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

It hasn't been flawless, but the end result--a #1 debut in countries around the world--meant that the plan worked.  

Madonna's manager, Guy Oseary--certainly one of the smartest managers in music--was the chief coordinator in the roll out of MDNA.  And along with careful planning, there was an awful lot of good luck, viz. MIA's errant middle finger during the Super Bowl performance, the Twitter dust-up with Deadmau5 and the permanent ban placed on Madonna by Piers Morgan.

The result has been plenty of headlines--and headlines can be turned into sales.  From Billboard:

Indeed, Oseary and his client of 22 years can explain away each one -- the title has multiple meanings and came about like this, according to Oseary: "[Madonna] told me one day, 'Here's what I'm calling my album.' And I went, 'Cool.' She had a vision."

Top Ten Most Depressing Alternative Rock Songs

April 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

In his most recent newsletter, radio consultant Sean Ross asked for nominations for the most depressing hit song of all time.

It began with a discussion with a program director about a song that tested well, but happened to be incredibly depressing. In Thursday's ROR, we'll revisit some of radio's biggest downers. And we'll look at whether radio can still find love with a hopeless lyric in the tempo-loving PPM era. And we're taking your nominations for most depressing hit song now.

This got me thinking:  What are the most depressing alt-rock songs of all time?  Specifically, what songs from the alt-rock canon can (1) kill any good buzz; and (2) provide the perfect soundtrack to your sad, depressed state? Let me begin with a few thought-starters:

1.  The Smiths, "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"

If someone has been able to express self-pity and whininess better than this song, I haven't heard it.  How many kids have sobbed along with this song in their bedroom?

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