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Tristan Prettyman

My Oh My, New Music from Tristan Prettyman!

Sands Media “Music Meeting” Playlist – Stream on Spotify

Tristan PrettymanI became a fan of San Diego born singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman a few years ago.  At the time, she was promoting her second major label release, Hello…x, in 2008.  We bonded over the legendary shrimp cocktails of St. Elmo’s Steakhouse in Indianapolis, told dirty jokes, and discussed this new internet thing we both had recently joined called Twitter.  She’s back again with a new CD to be released September 25 on Capitol Records.  The first radio single from Cedar & Gold is “My Oh My,” a collaboration with Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra fame.

This is a great song!  It has a fun upbeat tempo, catchy hook, and definitely stands out from most songs on your playlist today.  She’s currently touring with Josh Radin and has already booked The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for 8/29.  Radio Impact on 7/30, single available from iTunes.  Early airplay from SiriusXM The Pulse, KLLC San Francisco, KWYE Fresno, KLLY Bakersfield, KCIX Boise, WSJO Atlantic City, KCDA Spokane, KSII El Paso, & more.  New adds this week from WZPL Indianapolis, WKRQ Cincinnati, WXMA Lousiville, among others.  Watch her cat on the prowl in the new music video below:

Tristan Prettyman:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Radio (Airplay) MP3 | Video
Tristan Prettyman tour dates:  8/19 Nashville, 10/30 Philadelphia, 11/7 Durham, 11/8 Atlanta

Linkin Park - Living Things

Linkin Park released their latest CD, Living Things, which features the debut hit “Burn It Down.”  This marks the band’s return to more familiar musical territory according to vocalist Chester Bennington.  “We’ve incorporated a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound feeling without getting too metal,” he says.  The CD was titled Living Things, according to founding member Mike Shinoda, because the album is more about people, personal interactions, and it’s far more personal than previously.  UPDATE:  Living Things debuts at #1 Sales, the band’s fifth #1 selling album!

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The debut single from this new CD, “Burn It Down,” is a song I really don’t think you could go wrong playing … after all, we’re talking about a band with multi-format exposure, 50-million in CD sales, and two Grammy awards.  Their mainstream rock/alternative familiar sound will help balance the abundance of pop songs likely on your playlist now.  Plus, it’s got tempo!  “Burn It Down” has already hit #1 at Active Rock & Alternative Radio (Mediabase) and is on the verge of moving into the  Top 30 and Hot AC formats.

The video for “Burn It Down” was directed by the band’s Joe Hahn.  Shinoda told Co.Create about the creative art for this project saying it will “blow [the fans] aways; the average person is not going to be able to look at it and go, I understand that that’s completely new, like not just the image but the way they made the image is totally new; so, there’s going to be that.”  “Burn It Down” was performed live during the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.  “Powerless,” the last track of the album, is featured in the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Linkin Park is touring with Incubus on the 2012 Honda Civic Tour:  Norfolk (8/11), Hartford (8/12), Boston (8/14), Wantagh NY (8/15), Camden NJ (8/17), Atlanta (8/19), Detroit (8/21), Cincinnati (8/22), Chicago (8/24), Indianapolis (8/25), Dallas (8/27), Houston (8/28), Denver (8/30), Tacoma WA (9/5), Mountain View CA (9/7), Carson CA (9/8), San Diego (9/10).

Music Meeting for May 22, 2012

Daniel Powter is back!  You’ll remember this Canadian pop/rocker from his 2006 mega-hit “Bad Day,” which spent more than five weeks on top of the airplay and sales charts that year.  “Cupid” is the debut single from his forthcoming CD Turn On The Lights, due this summer.

Buy it on iTunes | Radio Programmers:  Stream It Here or Download MP3 Here

Cupid” is Impacting radio now!  Early adds include:  WWFS New York, KLLC San Francisco, Sirius/XM The Pulse, WMTX Tampa, KALC Denver, KMXB Las Vegas, KWYE Fresno, KCDA Spokane, KCIX Boise, and more!

Check out these other great songs endorsed by Sands Media for Hot AC, AAA, and Pop/CHR now!

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Get To Know Graffiti6!


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Jamie Scott and producer TommyD began collaborating three years ago on material that would become Graffiti6.  They were signed to Capitol Records last year are now VH1’s “You Outta Know” artist for March.  The band has been heard in MTV‘s Teen WolfVH1‘s Basketball Wives, VH1’s Football WivesOne Tree HillGrey’s AnatomyCovert AffairsSuits, Free Agents, The Secret Circle, FIFA 2012 and CSI: NY.  

“Free” was the iTunes Song of the Week download for January 30 receiving 420,000 downloads!  The video already has more than 1-million views!  Recent appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (click here to watch performance).  

Early Adds from KBFF, KLLC, KIOI, KPSI, KIMN, KRUZ, KCDA, Dial Global HAC, KEZR, KCIX, KWYE, SiriusXM The Pulse, and now Gung Ho rotation on VH1!

Graffiti6 – Free – Official Video

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Discover New Music – Rachel Platten

Rock Ridge / Aware Music / A2 recording artist Rachel Platten stopped by Click 101.5 Dayton OH to talk to @NickOnClick and perform her catchy, hit single, 1,000 Ships!  Enjoy the video and watch her climb the Hot AC & AAA airplay charts.  We wish Rachel the best of success!  

Rachel Platten:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | iTunes

New Music – Glee’s Matthew Morrison!

Actor Matthew Morrison at premiere party of TV...

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Gleek alarms across the country went off this morning as Glee star and Mercury Records artist Matthew Morrison premiered his debut single, Summer Rain on American Idol host Ryan Seacrest’s nationally syndicated radio show.   The official launch for Summer Rainat radio is March 14th.  Matthew will perform live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno April 6th and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show April 11th.

Listen/Download:  Matthew Morrison – “Summer Rain”

“Summer Rain” was co-written by Matthew with Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, et al) and the Norwegian duo known as Espionage, who produced the track in New York City.  Espionage (Espen Lind and Amund Bjørklund), are respected for their work with Train (this year’s Grammy Award-winning “Soul Sister,” iTunes’ top-selling song of 2010) and many others.  “Summer Rain” is the first track from Morrison’s upcoming debut album, set for May 10th release, details to be announced.

Matthew Morrison is best known to millions as the eternally optimistic high school teacher – and de facto glee club director – Will Schuester, on the FOX television network’s runaway hit comedy series “Glee.” The show ranks as the #1 entertainment program on broadcast television among Adults 18-34, Teens and Female Teens.   Morrison has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards, and shared the 2009 SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical, for Glee.” Morrison is no stranger to musical theatre, vocal performance and dance, which he studied at New York University’s renowned Tisch School of the Arts.  His first big Broadway break came as heartthrob Link Larkin in the hit Hairspray.  Morrison was later nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Light in the Piazza.  He received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for 10 Million Miles. Morrison also starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater.

(post sponsored by Island Def Jam Music Group & Mercury Records)

Sign Me To Roadrunner

The Music Industry Gets Crowded

This morning’s post is really more of a “Hey, did you know about this?” post than my opinion; although, it does follow up my recent suggestions on how radio can use crowdsourcing for better content.  I’ve just read about three or four relatively new start-ups from the A&R side of the music industry that should be interesting for both artists and radio.

1.)  My Major Company is a British venture that provides a destination for bands to generate funding to release their next record, co-owned by their own fans.  Originally started in France, the UK version will select 12 musicians in whom fans may invest.  The artists selected must raise about 162,000USD to release an album, go on tour, and market their music.  The fans in turn own 40% of profits generated by the project.  The band gets 20% and the site owners retain the reaining 40%, which they may choose to reinvest in the artist’s next project.  My Major Company plans expansion to other countries quickly.

See also:  Crowdbands, Sellaband, and Kickstarter … all with similar artist-driven business models.

2.)  Sign Me To Roadrunner Records is a project of American rock label Roadrunner Records.  In this concept, fans rate music submissions alongside label-employed A&R representatives.  Fan Users browse unsigned artist submissions and rate them as if they were a “scout” for the label.  The more a user participates, the more influence they have over the charts.  The artists can earn certain “badges” as their profiles are reviewed and rated more frequently.  And, while there is no guarantee, presumably the better submissions have an above average chance of getting a shot with the label.  There have already been more than 12,000 artist submissions and more than 40,000 “scouts” have reviewed music on the site.

3.) Spins.fm is a social media request line.  Fans visit the site, search participating artists, and can then request the artist on radio station’s in the user’s listening area through Facebook and Twitter.  Registration is currently free for artists.  At the moment, a majority of the artists are unsigned or on independent lables; however, Jive Records has committed their roster to the project starting with Britney Spears.

Honorable Mention:  Better Than The Van is a three-year old project with a newly funded site re-launch.  The community allows fans to provide touring musicians a place to crash on the road instead of sleeping in their van or a crowded cheap hotel room.  Participate at your own risk 🙂  And, feel free to add your own jokes here.



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