Internet Radio and Free Music News - straight from the source!

Blink 182: Moving on after Producer Jerry Finn’s Death

blink 182 Blink 182: Moving on after Producer Jerry Finn’s DeathBlink 182’s bass guitarist and co-lead singer Mark Hoppus sat down with MTV last week and revealed how the punk rock band is trying hard to finally wrap up the album, which they have been working on for a long time now.

Hoppus said that one of the main reasons for the massive delay has been the fact that all the three band members have their personal projects and therefore, finding time for Blink 182 has been tough for them all. However, what many don’t know is that band suffered a major blow three years ago when their longtime producer Jerry Finn died. Not only did he supervise the trio’s last three studio inventions, but he also advised them on their personal and business matters and critiqued their music without any bias. Finn also contributed his part in the studio, where his valuable suggestions helped the Blink fine-tune their multiplatinum music. The producer has been associated with the group since their 1997 album Dude Ranch, which is why Hoppus thinks that they are so badly shaken up by his untimely death. page go Blink 182: Moving on after Producer Jerry Finn’s Death Continue reading Blink 182: Moving on after Producer Jerry Finn’s Death »

Top 10 90’s Music Songs

nirvana Top 10 90’s Music SongsThe 90’s music era was a time filled with alternative music, pop and rap. Also it was a decade when the so-called one-hit wonder phenomenon was born. The tastes of music fans varied dramatically during this period. The more popular artists for this decade were mostly bands and artists who enjoyed a kind of resurgence in the music scene after their popularity from the 80’s lost some ground; others were new artists who were just starting to make a name for themselves. In many ways, the music in the 90’s was the product of a major series of changes in the music industry and in listener tastes. page go Top 10 90’s Music Songs Continue reading Top 10 90’s Music Songs »

Alanis Morissette and Souleye Welcome First Child on Christmas Day

alanis Alanis Morissette and Souleye Welcome First Child on Christmas Day Another Christmas baby! Aside from Sir Elton John and David Furnish, who welcomed their first child, Alanis Morissette received a joyful Christmas gift as well – her baby boy.

Alanis and husband Mario “Souleye” Treadway welcomed their first child, named Ever Imre, who was born on December 25. ‘Ever’ came from Alanis’ twin brother who has the same name, while ‘Imre’ is a common Hungarian name. Ever Imre, according to the singer’s representative was delivered to the world on Christmas Day and “all are healthy and happy”. page go Alanis Morissette and Souleye Welcome First Child on Christmas Day  Continue reading Alanis Morissette and Souleye Welcome First Child on Christmas Day »

Top 40 Net Radio: Its 80s Roots

By Jeff Bachmeier

Top 40 Music Top 40 Net Radio: Its 80s RootsAlso known as Mainstream Top 40 and Contemporary Hits Radio, Top 40 Net Radio Music is based loosely on playing only the top music from many other formats. Recently, more and more music hits are being “exposed” directly from the format, as program and music directors are willing to take more chances on new music being released. The majority of the Top 40 Music played fall into 3 main music genres or categories: Rock, Pop and RnB with the majority of those genres falling into the pop category.

The Hits Channel format (a.k.a. CHR) was officially labeled in the early 1980′s, however the Top 40 format can be traced back as far as the 1950′s. Top 40 Music has had its ups and downs over the years but continues to stand the test of time with artists such as: Chubby Checker in the 60s, Steve Miller Band in the 70s, Paula Abdul in the 80s, Backstreet Boys in the 90s and Beyonce currently.

Top 40 Net Radio Music: Music Hits Revolution

 Top 40 Net Radio: Its 80s RootsTop 40 Music is a diverse and widely popular music format for just about any age group. It could be argued that there’s no one right way to program the format, which is what makes it so popular. There are a few specific CHR categories that most hit radio fall under the following genres.

CHR / POP or Mainstream Top 40′s

For the most part this format plays pop, urban, alternative and rock music hits, and every once in a while a country crossover song. Some of the current artists heard on CHR / POP Top 40 Net Radio are: Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Fall Out Boy

CHR / Rhythmic or CHR / Urban AC

This Top 40 net (or traditional radio) Hits radio format focuses on Hip Hop and RnB. The major difference between CHR / Pop and CHR / Rhythmic is the lack of rock and alternative music. CHR / Rhythmic stations will still play a pop song while CHR / Urban will not. Some of the current artists heard on CHR / Rhythmic are: Flo Rida, Soulja Boy, and T.I. Some of the current artists heard on CHR / Urban are: Jamie Foxx, Rick Ross, Ne-Yo.

Adult CHR or Hot AC

This format focuses on the Pop and Rock genres of the format but may occasionally play a Rhythmic or Dance Song. Some of the current artists heard on this format are: The Fray, Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, Nickelback, and Kelly Clarkson.

There are also other local and regional music hits channels including CHR / Dance, CHR / Rock and CHR / Tejan.

Top 40 Music: Musical Events

Year Event
1950′s - Todd Storz and Gordon McClendon get the credit for creating the first Top 40 stations.
1960′s - The Top 40 Music Hits format gains ground with the current fads of the decade including: Beach Music, The British Invasion, Bubble Gum, Elvis
1970′s - The Top 40 format struggled with the fragmentation of different artists. Album Rock became very popular and was heard on many of the first FM stations.
1980′s - Casey Kasem and the weekly Top 40 was born and became a huge success. This type of music program is still broadcast today with Ryan Seacrest taking over the host duties Casey Kasem a few years ago.
1990′s - The Boy Band Craze better defined The CHR format in the 90s.  The Backstreet Boys, N’ Sync, New Kids on the Block, Hanson, etc. all enjoyed number 1 hits.
2000 – Present - In 2009 Pink became the most successful solo artist of all time amassing 3 straight number one hits.  She is the only solo artist to ever do that.  The format continues to be popular with a wide range of people tuning in to their favorite hits channel.

Top 40 Net Radio: The Current Phenomenon

Alecia Moore is Pink Top 40 Net Radio: Its 80s RootsWhat makes the Hits Channel format so popular right now is the vast variety of music released for the format. Akon, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, All American Rejects, Miley Cyrus and many more are being played on Top 40 stations everywhere. No other format can lay claim to that variety of music. The unwritten law in Top 40 radio is: Don’t like the song currently playing, chances are you’ll like the next one. Top 40 Net Radio artists such as Britney Spears, Flo rida, Black Eyed Peas and Kelly Clarkson, just to name a few, will continue to produce the massive hits that appeal to the majority of music listeners.

Why Your Radio Portal Does “Radio Formatting”

Radio formatting is a way for traditional radio stations — and your favorite online radio portal — to program and broadcast material in order to reach a particular listening public. Formats have changed and mutated as music has evolved, reflecting new styles as well as the growth of listeners’ musical tastes and preferences.

Through time, radio formatting has become close to an art form, with stations learning more about how to direct their play lists to a specific demographic. Understanding the age, background, and ethnicity of a particular listenership has everything to do with capturing a targeted group in order to increase a station’s revenue. Good radio formatting is a marketing tool to get more listeners to tune in and stay tuned in.

Radio formats can be straightforward or complex. Some stations just play Country, which is simple to understand. Others combine a variety of play lists because they include cross over musicians or a combination of formats that are closely linked in other ways, such as Adult Alternative, Adult Album Alternative, and Adult Contemporary.

Format labels are there to help each radio portal or station define their target audiences. Sometimes these labels are a boon to listeners, making it easier for them to know what they are getting when they hit the dial. Sometimes, however, the labels can be confusing, especially when the lines of distinction start to blur.

Format Details
Alternative - This format includes punk and new wave material of the 1970s as well as the grunge bands of the 80s. Newer bands that do not fit into a top forty context are also featured in this context.
Classic Rock - Includes music from the 60s, 70, 80s, as well as some current releases.
Comedy - Features short comedic routines from current and past comedy artists.
Country - Music from both the present and the past within the genre.
Oldies - Geared towards adult listeners, this nostalgia format features “golden hits” from the 1950s through the 1970s, including rock and roll and popular tunes.
Smooth Jazz - This is lightweight jazz format that sets a mood with no demands on deeper listening. The genre is also called New Adult Contemporary
The Hitz - Geared towards adult listeners, this nostalgia format features “golden hits” from the 1950s through the 1970s, including rock and roll and popular tunes.
The 80′s - Pop, rock, and dance music from this decade.
The 90′s - Pop, rock, and dance music from this decade.

Format Details
Active Rock - Generally music that is designed to be played loud, such as hard rock, metal, and heavy metal.
Adult Album Alternative - Current music play lists for an adult audience. Usually the selections are of a wider range than found on “hit radio” and can include album tracks. This genre can incorporate many musical styles such as rock, folk rock, country rock, modern rock, blues, folk, and world.

90s Music Hits: What You Need to Know

90s music introduced a huge variety in musical styles and taste. Everything from pop, alternative, grunge, rap, punk, electronic, and one-hit-wonders hit the airwaves along with a wave of snazzy female musicians making huge inroads in the musical firmament. Musical artists turning up in the 90s opened up many horizons, and seemed to give each genre more permission to stretch its limits as far as possible.

90′s Music Hits: The Early Days

The early 90s brought in some great dance music with sounds from Technotronic “Pump Up The Jam”, C&C Music Factory “Gonna Make Your Sweat/Everybody Dance Now”, Snap “The Power”, Madonna “Vogue”, Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back”, MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This”, Ton Loc “Wild Thing”, and Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby.”

pearl jam 90s Music Hits: What You Need to KnowR&B artists had some stellar 90s music hits on the charts, with En Vogue “Hold On”, Regina Belle “Make It Like It Was”, Skyy “Real Love”, Mariah Carey “Vision of Love”, Jeffrey Osborne “Only Human”, R. Kelly & Public Announcement “Honey Love R”, and Jodeci “Stay”.

Grunge was born with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Blind Melon. Nirvana’s huge hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” gave meaning to what was being depicted as a meaningless world and alternative music fans were well satisfied. Techno/house/dance music became a growing phenomenon as the wave of electronic music signified a more powerful entry of the culture into cyberspace. DJs began to become prominent as they created their own name-brand mixes for clubs around the world.

The 90′s: The Halfway Point

Around 1995, music’s darker side gave way to a lighter feel with bands coming up like Hootie and the Blowfish, the Bodeans, and Sister Hazel. Britney Spears and Cristina Aguilera blew open the charts, creating a sexy pop sound that resonated with a wide range of listeners. Sexual innuendo was becoming more provocative and overt, with videos to back up the heat. Boy bands such as N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees ruled the day with their harmonies and distinct personalities that gelled into an ideal music biz product.

dave matthews band 90s Music Hits: What You Need to KnowSome really powerful bands were rising through the charts in the 90s. Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Foo Fighters, the Dave Matthews Band, Weezer, and Counting Crows all factored in strong during the decade. U2 was coming out with 90s music hits as strong as ever, Oasis had a hit with “Wonderwall” and REM issued their powerful song, “Losing My Religion.” Punk bands like Greenday and the Offspring along with heavy metal bands such as Metallica, Guns and Roses, and Jane’s Addiction were all strong influences on the music scene. Marilyn Manson typified the growing trend towards breaking down barriers in order to take the message to the limit.

Some of the strongest albums of the decade included “The Queen is Dead” by the Smiths, “Doolittle” by The Pixies, “It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back” by Public Enemy, “The Stone Roses” by The Stone Roses, and “Lies and Corruption” by New Order Power. Additionally we had the pivotal 90s music hits albums “Nevermind” from Nirvana, “Grace” from Jeff Buckley, “Blue Lines” from Massive Attack, “Different Class” from Pulp, and “The Good Sun” from Nick Cave.

On the R&B scene, En Vogue, Eryka Badu, Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, TLC, Toni Braxton, Luther Van Dross, and Janet Jackson were going strong. Hip hop and Goth also entered the charts, becoming more mainstream as these relatively new genres garnered radio play.

The 90′s: Women of the 90′s

51N7RNF6THL 90s Music Hits: What You Need to Know90s music was the decade where more women appeared on pop charts than in any former time. Artists like Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Liz Phair, Erykah Badu, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Tori Amos, and Emmy Lou Harris created a diversity in sound that rocked the scene and brought a lot of great music to the listening public. Throughout the decade, Marian Carey was on the charts with nineteen 90s music hits; Gloria Estefan had nine; Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Allanis Morisette all had seven; Madonna had six; and Janet Jackson had five.

From 1997 to 1999, Canadian singer, Sarah McLachlin created and toured the Lilith Fair, featuring only female singers and successfully demonstrating to the music industry that girl power was indeed something to be reckoned with.

The 90′s: A Lasting Influence

The 90s had a tremendous influence on today’s musical trends through bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, which mixed heavy metal and distorted guitar licks with expressive if not depressive lyrics. Radiohead also challenged listeners to pay attention to lyrics that delivered a strong message, asking more than had been asked of music fans in any other decade.

Sean Combs helped to expose more of the hip hop scene with his producing and business savvy. The growth of “gangsta rap” came out of the 90s, and new pop divas sprang up full-blown in the form of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott delivered new and exciting images for females through their strong messages combined with danceable beats. Permission was being given to all musical artists to ‘get out there and do your thing.’ Cross-over became the order of the day towards the end of the decade as more and more artists enjoyed airplay in a variety of markets.

Many of the artists that came up producing 90s music hits through that decade still remain strong and consistent in the 2000s, demonstrating that this was definitely a time that spawned class acts with durability and dimension.

Top Young Women Pop Music Artists

Many women’s names come to mind when we think of pop music. Today, many new faces are showing up on the pop music scene, many of whom are women under the age of 30. Who are some of these top women artists?

1. Amy Lee (b. 1981) – You may know Lee more as the lead singer of Evanescence. With an almost angelic voice along with some heavy metal music, Lee is known for “Bring Me To Life”, which received 2004 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Lee, a classically trained pianist, founded Evanescence in 1995 and by the late 90′s the group had released its major-label debut, Fallen, which featured not only the award winning single “Bring Me To Life” but also “Going Under” and “My Immortal.” Fallen went on to sell fourteen million copies worldwide. Amy Lee was born to parents John Lee, a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara Cargill.

2. Amy Winehouse (b. 1983) – Winehouse’s notoriety has more to do with her personality at times than her voice. Winehouse is most noted for her song Rehab, where she won 2008 Grammy Awards in the categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her album Back to Black was nominated for Album of the Year and won the Record of the Year award. Amy Jade Winehouse (born 14 September 1983) is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, jazz, and rock & roll.

3. Joss Stone (b. 1987) – Stone, another British rocker, is likened to Aretha Franklin. Stone became a familiar name in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album The Soul Sessions. Her second album, which also received multi-platinum awards, Mind, Body & Soul, topped UK Album charts and led with its top ten hit “You Had Me”. Stone has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Joss Stone, born Jocelyn Eve Stoker, is considered a soul and R&B singer–songwriter and actress. She also made her acting debut in late 2006 with the fantasy adventure film Eragon, as the witch Angela, and she made her television debut portraying Anne of Cleves in the Showtime series The Tudors in 2009.

4. Rihanna (b. 1988) After moving to the United States at age of 16, she pursued her recording career and signed with Def Jam Recordings. In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked within the top ten of the Billboard 200 and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single “Pon de Replay”. Success was instant for Rihanna as within the same year she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart. Singles for Rihanna include “Umbrella”, “Take a Bow”, “Disturbia”, and “Don’t Stop The Music”. Rihanna has sold over 12 million albums worldwide in her four-year career span. Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Saint Michael, Barbados.

5. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (b. 1986) is better known by her stage name Lady Gaga. After being signed to and quickly dropped from Def Jam Records at age 19, she began performing in the rock music scene of New York City’s Lower East Side. Her debut album The Fame, was released in August 2008 and achieved instant access, topping the Billboard with singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. To date, Lady Gaga has sold over 20 million digital singles and more than four million albums worldwide.

6. Avril Lavigne (b. 1984) – Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. Lavigne became most notorious her debut album, Let Go, released in 2002. As of 2009, over 16 million copies were sold worldwide, more than 6 million of which were sold in the United States. Her second and third album, Under My Skin and The Best Damn Thing, reached number one on the Global charts. Lavigne has scored five number-one singles worldwide, including “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m With You”, “My Happy Ending” and “Girlfriend”. Lavigne has sold more than 30 million copies of her albums worldwide.

7. Katy Perry (b. 1984) was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California. The second child of two pastors, she has an older sister and younger brother. Perry is most notorious for her single “Kissed A Girl”, released in 2008 and “Hot N Cold”. “Kissed A Girl” peaked at number one on the Hot Digital Songs charts, the Pop 100, and the Billboard Hot 100. “Hot N Cold” peaked at number three on the Hot Digital Songs charts, number one on the Pop 100, and number three on the Billboard Hot 10.

8. Leona Lewis (b. 1985) Leona Louise Lewis, an English pop and R&B singer–songwriter. Lewis debut single “A Moment Like This” became the fastest selling UK single followed quickly by her single “Bleeding Love”, which reached number one over thirty singles charts around the world. Lewis is also known for her work on the British television series The X Factor. Lewis has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide.

9. Natsha Bedingfield (b. 1981) Natasha Anne is also a British pop singer and songwriter. Bedingfield is known for her first album “Unwritten” in 2004 which sold 2.3 million copies worldwide. This was followed in 2008 by her successful single “Pocketfull of Sunshine” Bedingfield was born in Surrey to New Zealand-born Molly and John Bedingfield who are both charity workers

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

 
  • Tune In @ 977music.com »
    15+ Channels to Choose From!
  • Follow 977music Online Radio on TwitterFind 977music Online Radio on Facebook
  • Categories
  • Keep me updated on new radio stations, the latest music news, top artists, concerts and a whole lot more!
          *  Email:
     First Name:
     
  • About the Author:
    Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.

    For more information please visit 977music.com.
  • div>