Popular beach bar in Jax isn’t alone in facing music licensing suit

Surfer the Bar in Jacksonville Beach (FL) isn’t the first bar to allegedly run afoul of music licensing regulations. ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers] is suing the bar on behalf of a number of groups for copyright infringement. Does this matter, in the scheme of things, for a bar that stands on hallowed ground in these parts—the former location of Freebird? Surfer the Bar isn’t the only venue to deal with copyright infringement issues.

Click farms target aspiring musicians and you

It’s happened to me and I’d bet it’s happened to you. You’re listening to the radio or to your favorite stream service and a top charted song plays. You may think this top song isn’t all that great, and it’s by an up and comer. You ask yourself how that song even got released much less moved quickly to the top of the charts. As with so much else in life, it starts with dreams. Then come schemes and streams. Is it acceptable? Should this be disclosed? 

Fans shocked as queen of country music announces secret marriage

Fans aren’t the only people shocked by the queen of country music announcing on social media she had secretly married “the love of my life”.  I was so surprised I scoured the Web to make sure there were multiple establishment media reporting the same. I did that even after visiting the singer’s Twitter page.

Smedley brothers’ Eternal Odyssey CD now ready for pre-order

The CD Awakening featuring brothers Kent and Brent Smedley performing as Eternal Odyssey is now available for pre-order from EMP Label Group. The estimated shipping date is April 12. The CD features nine songs in keeping with the band’s melodic metal/hard rock aesthetic. Kent and Brent have both dedicated their lives to music, including playing in or being associated with well-known bands. 

Amid Super Bowl anthem controversy, Gladys Knight says “Get ready!”

Gladys Knight spoke about singing the national anthem for Super Bowl Llll in an interview posted by the NFL on YouTube. Amid criticism from a small but vocal collection of activists, Knight has maintained her calm and is sticking to her decision to sing the anthem. Knight has seen and participated in all aspects of the Civil Rights movement, recounting having to give separate performances for white and black audiences in the South of yesteryear. 

Will indie authors and musicians catch the print and vinyl wave in 2019?

There appears to be a print and vinyl wave in progress if news reports are accurate. Books and vinyl records are holding their own, with print book sales increasing last year according to Quartz. This is good news to me, at least on the books end of things. I love books. I declare I won’t buy another one every time I dust the shelves of books in various rooms of my house. Then I go buy another one. Or two or more. As for vinyl records, I haven’t jumped on that option yet, but I might. The latest report I

World’s most streamed 20th century song almost didn’t get produced

Universal Music Group recently announced “Bohemian Rhapsody” has officially become “the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time.” Considering the song was recorded more than 40 years ago, that’s quite phenomenal. What’s even more phenomenal is the fact the song almost didn’t get produced. 

From 3 hour gigs playing for bartenders to Grammy and more: Now Hootie roars again

  By now you probably know Hootie & the Blowfish have announced a new tour and a new album, their first together in a decade. What some fans may not know is that the band began on indie footing, and according to frontman Darius Rucker, it took about seven years for them to get signed by a label. 

Video yourself doing iconic Christmas tune, and you could win big

World Market is holding a contest to determine the best presentation of a Christmas classic. All you have to do is make a video and submit it. The winner will receive a number of prizes, including a recording session at a Los Angeles studio with engineer, song mixing, on-site vocal coach & producer. It’s important, if you are going to enter, to read the rules and make sure you comply. The deadline for the Cost Plus World Market Star Maker Song contest is 12-8-18, but that competition isn’t the only holiday option coming your way.

Hot song? Take a chance on Independent Music Awards call for entries

Are you an indie musician with a hot song? Have you recorded the song in a “fully mastered and complete” format? If so, you might consider entering the Independent Music Awards contest. Entry fees are reasonable, and the bang for your buck if you win will definitely be positive. 

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