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8 April 2010



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iPad DJ

enlargeApple iPad with 9.7-inch diagonal displayApple’s new iPad could boost interactive music, according to Wired.com. Rj Voyager is a free app for iPad from Reality Digital that lets you modify the pre-selected music as if you were a sound engineer. For example, if the album David Archuleta was available, instead of just listening, you could create live mixes for a party — or pretend you are a DJ in the sound studio working with the artist himself!

No More Music

Half a world away, human beings have a different view of music. On April 3 Islamic fundamentalists in Somalia ordered radio stations to stop playing music. They have ten days to comply. What will happen if they don’t? Well, at least one station, Radio Mogadishu, will continue to transmit programs independent of the Islamists’ bans. “Radio Mogadishu is expected to become even more popular, especially if the dozen independent broadcasters in the city stop playing music,” Hassanow Qalli, a resident of Mogadishu who has been involved in Somali folk dances and cultural displays, told the Nation. Radio Mogadishu stores a repository of the country’s cultural heritage, including folk songs and patriotic tunes.

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Kris Allen and David Cook in Africa

Both Allen and Cook returned from recent goodwill trips to Africa. Allen brought TOMS shoes to Rwanda, while Cook was in Ethiopia to help increase awareness of the plight of young women. Cook’s trip to Ethiopia will be featured on the upcoming “Idol Gives Back”; the April 22 telecast may also include more of Allen’s trip to Haiti last February.

MORE: Top Idol Blog

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Global Trends in Music

It didn’t take a global survey to tell me that the undisputed number 1 passion in the world is—music! But the survey has a few other facts that might be hard for the Somali Islamists to accept.

The study’s highlights:

  • The majority of people (63%) consider themselves passionate about music.
  • Only 6% of people around the world say they ‘couldn’t care less’ about music.
  • One third of Americans (read, “Honeybees!”) would ‘give anything’ to meet their music idols.
  • Most people do purchase their music legally and legal mobile downloads are beginning to take off.
  • An overall 16% of people bought a live music / concert DVD in the past 12 months.
  • Almost one third of people globally (31%) said they’d buy a product that is endorsed by their favorite artist / band.

Steve Garton, global head of media research for Synovate, said: “Since the beginning of humankind, there has been a passion for music. From the primitive beating of drums, to even before we are born when we’re already used to the steady beat of our mother’s heart, we are programmed to have a passion for music.”

MORE: Global survey about music trends

¡Más Música!

The Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards draws together top artists and business executives for a four-day discussion and celebration of all things Latin. It runs April 26-29 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and confirmed panelists and speakers include Marc Anthony, Aventura and Universal Music Latin America chairman/CEO Jesús López.

Meat Loaf on Simon Cowell

No, I’m not going to throw a meat loaf on Simon Cowell, I’m just quoting Mr. Michael Lee Aday, AKA Meat Loaf, about Mr. Cowell. Perfectly civil.

American rocker, Michael Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf“…I’m doing my bit to save real music. Too many singers are famous on the back of one or two songs. We’re not producing enough artists – that’s killing music. Simon Cowell is a smart man and I salute his success, but he’s not creating artists. He’s creating people who can sing decent cover versions. He has the power to reinvent the music business. He could help take it back to the proper music we had in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. Someone needs to save music. It’s like saving the whales. I’ll do my bit, but we need to work together.”

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Way-back Machine

Did you know that Elvis Presley never won a Grammy for a Pop, Rock ‘n’ Roll or R&B song? His three Grammy Awards were all for Gospel songs.

  1. Best Sacred Performance 1967 for the album How Great Thou Art, which sold over a million copies and reached #18 in the Top Albums chart.
  2. Best Inspirational Performance 1972 for his album He Touched Me.
  3. Best Inspirational Performance 1974 for his live version of “How Great Thou Art” from the album Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis.

In 1971 the Academy granted Elvis its Lifetime Achievement Award. Elvis was just 36 years old.

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  • lyrix | 1 | 8th April 2010 at 1:06 am |

    Wow, some very shocking, thought provoking and enticing articles! This is one thing I love being part of David’s fan base, I have learned so much through all of you people.
    The article about Somalia is just heartbreaking. I applaud the station that will continue and I pray for their safety. And I agree with Meatloaf, Simon doesn’t care about finding true artists. That is why he couldn’t warm up to David. David is too true, honest & open, that Simon knew he couldn’t glitter & sex him up, slap a label on him and force feed him down the throats of an unwary public. He found no value because he couldn’t be part of the creation. And speaking of Grammys- Do they have a category for best Holiday Album? I know of one that should be nominated. 😀

  • Music Beat | Latest Trends (unregistered) | 8th April 2010 at 1:23 am |

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  • minja | 2 | 8th April 2010 at 10:52 am |

    hey lyrix, thx so much for your comment and support. In “Music Beat” I hope to bring some interesting news and info about the fast-changing music world which David Archuleta must navigate. Sometimes we fans focus on the ‘glamour’ of the stage, but we also know how hard David works being a singer and managing his entertainment biz.

    Please let me know if you read a good story I should include here.

  • Caro (unregistered) | 8th April 2010 at 6:55 pm |

    Enjoyed the new info here… I can’t imagine NO music! It’s just too basic…like before I was born even. And I think a different crowd all together was listening to Elvis.

  • Katheryn | 3 | 11th April 2010 at 12:25 pm |

    I agree with lyrix and Meatloaf about Simon Cowell. As far as I am concerned, Simon is the living, breathing version of Michael Caine’s character Ray Say in the film “Little Voice.” The only real difference between them is that Simon has actually made a fortune exploiting young talent. This is actually a little gem of a movie, and I recommend everyone see it. Here’s a link to Amazon’s web page with more info:


  • minja | 4 | 11th April 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    Thanks, Katheryn! I adore Michael Caine, so I’ll get that movie. Had not heard of it. I wonder if Caine will somehow ‘humanize’ the image I have of Cowell! haha

    Meatloaf made other statements about the state of music today. He isn’t a big fan of reality television. But I wonder how a singing prodigy like David Archuleta could have been ‘discovered’ if not for TV. He was only 16, not eligible to play in nightclubs and bars, and wouldn’t anyway. Our society needs to find more ways to support artists! Other industrialized countries do a better job with their national arts organizations. It’s time to bring back the Renaissance concept of art guilds.

  • desertrat (unregistered) | 11th April 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    First time poster here. Just wanted to say that I always enjoy browsing this site and that you do a terrific job creating “buzz”.

    Meat Loaf’s comments re. the music industry’s emphasis on making hits vs. creating artists are right on point.

  • minja | 5 | 11th April 2010 at 2:17 pm |

    hey desertrat, thanks for your support! I hope you’ll come back soon and help us create more buzz. We’d love to hear from you. David Archuleta is a great subject!

  • Katheryn | 6 | 12th April 2010 at 10:58 pm |

    Minna, your idea for art guilds is inspired! I’d literally like to see some of the energy expended on sports activities for youth transferred to the arts and sciences. Athletics play a positive role in the lives of children, but I feel there is an all-consuming emphasis on sports in the lives of too many families. Besides which, as we grow older and our bodies are no longer, shall we say, as cooperative as they once were, we can still appreciate and even participate in music and the visual arts.