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JOHNNY COOPER Rise of the Middle Class Musician

Plus: AirPlay Direct Celebrates Five Year Anniversary!

How to Start & Run Your Own Label

New Feature Section: Christian Music Weekly

Global Radio Charts, Featured Artists & CD Reviews April 2010


Search for more great blues and roots from Alligator artists on AirPlay Direct or visit www.alligator.com


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21-year-old Johnny Cooper is quickly rising through the ranks to attain national prominence. In this exclusive interview with the Direct Buzz, the Texas-born singer/songwriter and dynamic live performer talks about his career, his music, and what drives him to succeed as an independent recording artist.

12 Behind the Desk

As AirPlay Direct celebrates their fifth-year anniversary, the Direct Buzz takes an in-depth look at the global digital-to-radio music delivery platform, including “What We Are,” “Who We Are,” “Where We Are Going” and their core management team members who work behind-thescenes to advocate for recording artists and their music.

43 The Indie Way

In this month’s edition, we present two important pieces for the DIY professional: How to Start & Run Your Own Label; and Marketing Through Visuals: The Impact of the Digital Press Kit (DPK).

49 Now Media

Web radio - Is it really radio or just streaming music? We take a look at the face of Internet radio and one unique station who gives listeners the experience they have come to expect.

26 Christian Music Weekly

We are excited to announce this new “Feature” section exclusively dedicated to the “powerhouse” of Christian music radio charts, industry and artist news.

4 The Broken Poem 20 Global Radio Charts 36 Worthy Works ---------------------------------------------------------------PUBLISHER & FOUNDER: Robert Weingartz DIRECTOR OF CONTENT: Clif Doyal DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS: Scott Welch CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Clif Doyal, Dr. T. Roberts, Hans Fink, Tom Laurie, Jeanie Cunningham, Mike Hagler, Paula Munoz, Raleigh Squires ART DIRECTION: Aleven Creatives (aleven.com) VIDEOS: Mctrax International

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FROM THE PUBLISHER This edition of the Direct Buzz is a special one for AirPlay Direct as we celebrate our fiveyear anniversary! To mark this milestone, our “Behind the Desk” feature takes the first indepth look at AirPlay Direct, examining what our company does, introduces our talented AirPlay Direct management team, and gives our readers a glimpse of where we are going as a company. We are very excited to announce our new partnership with Christian Music Weekly and the debut of their new feature section in the Direct Buzz. It is an honor to work with CMW Editor, Rick Welke. His passion for the Christian music world will provide a great foundation for us to jointly grow the format around the globe. Also in this anniversary edition, we spotlight rising independent artist, Johnny Cooper, who graces our cover and gives a revealing look at his career to date. And, with the overwhelming interest in our “Featured Artist” section, we decided to increase the number of artists this month to expose even more great talent. We expand on some existing sections of the magazine and experiment with others, always working to keep our content fresh and relevant. We have made many great strides in the recent months, by upgrading our platform, growing our core management team and introducing our digital / interactive magazine, the Direct Buzz. But, most exciting of all, we have continued to attract new membership from virtually all genres of music. It is an exciting time for us as we expand our reach and set our course for the future of this global artist community.

Robert Weingartz Publisher and Founder, the Direct Buzz CEO and Founder, AirPlay Direct


The Broken Poem oem

a songwriter profile by Dr. T. Roberts

JOHNNY COOPER “Don’t Feel Like That Anymore” Written by Johnny Cooper/Dexter Green/Glenn Rosenstein/Cody Shaw ©Johnny Bob Music, BMI

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ohnny Cooper’s songwriting and vocal style incorporates a very diverse range of influences that include Red Dirt Country, Blues, Pop, Jazz and Soul. A unique and unexpected combination for an artist of his age… Cooper is only 21 years old. “Don’t Feel Like That Anymore” is a song about change and evolution. You automatically start tapping your toes as soon as the song hits your ears. This track is uplifting and just leaves you feeling better about yourself. The simple, clean and understated production on this track really allows the song to breathe, and stand out in a world of over-produced and glossy mediocrity. BROKEN POEM: Where did this song originate from, and what is it about? COOPER: “It is about being ready to step out of the box. I was trying to branch out. It’s like putting on your new gear, trying to do something new… something that

I am always working towards. It is like letting go of previous baggage and things that bring you down. I like to keep looking towards what is yet to come; trying to bring out a side of myself that I didn’t even know was there.” BROKEN POEM: In general, how do you approach songwriting? COOPER: “It changes every day. Sometimes it starts out as a melody on an instrument, or it could be a vocal melody. It just kind of gets locked in your head. You just start to go over it and over it letting it marinate until somebody says something that triggers a word or a thought that is just perfect for the song. Sometimes a great song can come in 5 minutes, sometimes it can take 3 years. My songwriting is a work in progress and kind of follows the timeline of me growing up. By the time I am 70 years old I am hoping to have an audio autobiography.”

lyrics

“Don’t Feel Like That Anymore”

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ot my new shoes, my new coat on/See I’m done with them blues, got this new thing goin’ on/And I don’t need to worry, even though my vision is blurry/Cause I don’t feel like that anymore. Ha, you see me shining everywhere that I go, there aint much you can do to mess with my flow…hay!/Ha…Got a little swagger in my band new step…I take ‘em to the hook ‘cause we aint done yet. Good bye to that stormy weather…looks like you needed a change/If I’m right, it can only get better… ‘cause I don’t feel like that anymore/Got my tie straight, everything good… just chillin’ in the neighborhood/It feels good to be home and it just feels so right/And so you keep contemplating how you lost your way/But don’t it sound good when you can finally say/That I don’t feel like that anymore. A tick tock at the tip of the clock…there ain’t enough time so I just can’t stop/Got a little swagger in my brand new step …hey, I take ‘em to the hook ‘cause we ain’t done yet. Good bye to that stormy weather…looks like you needed a change/If I’m right, it can only get better… ‘cause I don’t feel like that anymore/No I don’t feel like that…no I don’t feel like that any mo, any mo/ You keep tryin’ ta tell me you were honest, but I know you were lying/So I’m leaving you behind for my brand new life… GOODBYE!


JOHNNY COOPER Rise of the Middle Class Musician By: Clif Doyal

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ith a string of recent high-profile shows under his belt, including opening for Robert Earl Keen at the hallowed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and a stint at Austin’s megamusic confab, SXSW, Cooper appears poised for a national breakthrough. However, you might not know it by talking to Cooper himself, who speaks more about those around him than himself. He gives God, family, his team, and his fans all of the credit for his success to date. He comes off as the most relaxed and unassuming person that you could meet. Wise far beyond his young age, and extremely humble, Cooper, 21, has his head in the right place to be hugely successful and he’s just “happy to be here.” From his home base in Wichita Falls, Texas, Cooper and his band perform over 200 dates a year in his home state and the ten or so surrounding states. He has released three albums charting six singles into the Top 10 of the Texas Music Chart. His second album sold over 25,000 copies AND he was recently named one of the “Hot 100 Unsigned Artists & Bands” in the country by Music Connection Maga-

zine. At a point in life when most performers are just getting started, Cooper, who has performed professionally since age 15, is already a veteran. His grass-roots rise to prominence is a bit of a puzzle to some at first glance, but when you see him perform, it all becomes crystal clear why this young man has a date with destiny. Onstage, Cooper seems to enter a “zone” of relaxed, yet very intense focus that is rare for someone his age - or any age for that matter. With his guitar as his foil and his mistress, he prowls, smiles, laughs, screams, emits growls and Hip-Hop riffs, and generally seems to be looking off into another plane of consciousness. You can feel it in the room - he beckons you to be a part of it and his fans love him for it. They want to be like him: the “everykid” made good. We caught up with Cooper recently in Nashville and spent some time getting to know this remarkable

young talent. Take the time to get to know Johnny Cooper and you may just find that he will inspire you to reach for that “higher plane” too. the Direct Buzz (tDb): How did you get started in music? Johnny Cooper (JC): I started dabbling in music at 13. I wanted to be a drummer and it still comes naturally for me more than anything else. My

“I try to take the stage and give it 100%. If that is my last time onstage, I’m gonna give it all I have.”


“The two greatest feelings I have is when we are on stage, and the second is when I finish a song. It doesn’t get much better than that.” Dad said at the time if I made all ‘A’s’ on my report card that he would buy me a drum kit. But, when I got the report, I got one ‘B’ and Dad said ‘No.’ I had ‘not accomplished what we had agreed upon.’ But my Mom stepped in a bought me the kit. In junior high, I picked up Choir as an elective because I thought it would be a great place to meet girls. But, after awhile I really enjoyed singing and when I was about 15, the guy that I was taking drum lessons from at the time heard me sing, and he’s like ‘Man, do you know how to play guitar?’ He said, ‘I want you to open for my band in about two weeks. Can you do it?’ My dad is a great pianist and so he helped me learn the chords and notes on the guitar and I went and played that gig with about 12 cover songs. After that, music is all I have wanted to do since. tDB: Do you write all of your own music? JC: After playing covers for awhile, my Dad encouraged me to write my own music. When I first started writing, it was like a light bulb went off in my head that you could’ve seen in

Japan! My first two songs ‘Rain’ and ‘Searching’ were both on my first album Live at the Pub that was released when I was 16. I have been writing lots of songs lately and I have been on this kick of working with other writers. I call them ‘Blind dates.’ It’s challenging because I have found things that I might not have discovered if I were not collaborating. It is really a lot of fun seeing what all I can pull out of myself! And, when you have a chance to co-write with some amazing writers it is so cool. Today I wrote with Barry Dean and we had such a great day creating! It makes you excited for the next one. tDB: Your style is quite varied. Who are some of your influences? JC: My Dad owned a nightclub when I was young and some of the first bands that I saw there were Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue and Mike McClure. From an early age, I thought, ‘this is where I gotta be.’ Cody, the whole CCR gang and Mike McClure were so good to me. I would be sittin’ on the side of the stage and they would come and talk to me

and want to know how I was doing. I couldn’t believe it! They will always hold a special place in my heart. They inspired me to do what I am doing now. Along the way I found Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and Jason Mraz. And, I am a huge 70’s rock fan. I loved Thin Lizzy. tDB: What drives you while you are onstage? JC: It’s hard to explain. I just get lost. Once that first note plays – I just go into a zone. It is almost like somebody puts a blindfold on me. Someone could be on the front row getting stabbed and I might not even notice. I feel more comfortable onstage than I am anywhere else. Plus, I have always been blessed to be surrounded by great musicians. The two greatest feelings I have is when we are on stage, and the second is when I finish a song. It doesn’t get much better than that. I could have just had the ‘worst day ever’ – and when we get offstage, all of the crap is gone. I am on cloud nine. tDB: You have released three albums: Live at the Pub, Ignition and


Follow. Can you talk a little bit about the evolution of your sound – from the beginning until today? JC: Man, the best way I can describe it is you are seeing a journey from a 16-year-old to a 20-year-old. In the beginning the sounds are from me being around the Texas music scene, and then later on it grows to expand upon my influences. When you listen to my albums, you can hear me growing as an artist. The band members that played on the first two albums were older guys, and the sound was more shaped by them. On the new album, Follow, I got to experiment. I am one of those guys, if you tell me I ‘can’t do something,’ then I’m gonna do it. There are so many musical styles that I love – it is bound to come out in my music. Music is supposed to evolve. Every artist evolves – it’s just like everything else. Every time I write a song, it comes out Country or Rock or HipHop. I wonder ‘where in the hell did this come from?’ Sometimes God and the universe just picks you and says ‘Hey, this one is gonna come from you.’ Something bigger than me helps me put it on paper. My Dad always said, ‘We are not the ones that make it happen. We are the conductor and some bigger force chooses us to write the songs.’ I feel like I owe God and the universe some royalty checks! tDB: You perform around 200 dates a year. How do you balance that with continuing to create new music? JC: Man., sometimes it gets a little tough and it is not easy to write a song in the van with seven people. So, during sound check we take some time to jam and come up with new ideas. If we don’t keep moving on to something new, I get bored. You are not gonna get your music out there if you are not out there doing it. You have to push yourself to places where you might not even think you can go. tDB: Some of your family mem-

bers are involved in your career. Can you talk about that? JC: We are a team. Johnny Cooper is about 20 people. My Dad is in charge of the books and he’s the financial manager. He keeps me on track. My Mom is in charge of all of my merchandise. Her title is “Creative.” She is so smart with marketing. My best friend, Derek, sells the merch at the gigs. I have aunts and uncles who have helped us with money. I really enjoy that feeling. I have the coolest parents on the entire planet because they are always gonna be honest with me. It’s a good backbone. I always loved being able to have those close one-on-one talks with my Mom and Dad when I was growing up. They really made me who I am. tDB: Do you feel like you are on the verge of a national breakthrough? JC: I feel like we are capable of that – most definitely. With my musicians and the team behind me, I feel like we can do it. But before we can get there – I know we still have more hard work to do. I get to do everyday what I love to do and I am in no rush. Look at Willie Nelson, he’s like in his 80’s. I wanna be like him and get to do what I love to do. I don’t have a ‘rock star’ bone in my body. So, I hope if I ever get like that, someone kicks me in the ass. I just wanna make this thing work and take care of my family and my team. I would love to break on a national and global scale, but at the end of the day, I get to play music for a living, and it doesn’t get any better than that. tDB: You have had good success on the Texas Music Chart – although a lot of your music doesn’t seem to be tailor-made for that format. Do you think that your heavy touring schedule there has an impact on your acceptance there? JC: Well, it is not because I am the greatest artist in the world, or the greatest songwriter. It has strictly been because of the fans. We have

killer fans and they believe in what I am doing as much as I believe in it. Plus, I am a ‘Texas boy’ and it will always be home to me. If I ever get to be a big national act it will be because Texas helped me get there. tDB: Your music is delivered to radio through AirPlay Direct. How has that helped you? JC: AirPlay Direct is first and foremost the best. Robert has become one of my really good friends. He has the same passion for music I do. And now, Scott, my manager is on their team. I am a ‘nobody’ – and the fact that they want to mess with someone like me, it just boggles my mind. Stations around the world are starting to play my music because of them. Even Robert’s son, Zack, is like part of my family. We spend time talking and he sends me cool drawings that he does. It is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that these guys want to help me out, and put me on the cover of their magazine. tDB: What lies on the horizon for Johnny Cooper? JC: We are in the studio cutting an acoustic record that will be released in the summer. It will have some acoustic versions of some songs from our albums and some new songs I have been working on. We are going in the studio to record an album of all new songs that will be out in the fall. My first studio record, Ignition, was out for two years without really much attention, so I don’t want to overlook anything on the current album, Follow. I’m gonna tell you something I have never told anyone. Three years ago, we were driving home from a gig and we got in a car accident, our trailer did a complete 180 and our truck flipped on its side. It was real scary. Now, every night since then I think: ‘This might be my last gig.’ So, I try to take the stage and give it 100%. If that is my last time onstage, I’m gonna give it all I have. Learn more at: JohnnyCooper.com


AirPlay Direct Five-Year Anniversary By: Clif Doyal

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s AirPlay Direct celebrates our five-year anniversary, we wish to take this opportunity to offer the first real comprehensive look at “What We Are,” “Who We Are” and “Where We Are Going” as a company. We would not have reached this critical milestone event without our valued Artist, Label and Radio members. You continue to raise the bar on what is possible for us to achieve as a company. You inspire us everyday with your tenacity and creativity - and we thank each of you for allowing us to be a part of your dreams, and for helping us to live ours.

What We Are

AirPlay Direct is an all-genre global digital music delivery system, servicing radio and the entertainment industry with downloadable content from some of the biggest names in music, alongside rising independent artists. AirPlay Direct’s web-based artist marketing, promotion, education, and advocacy platform allows artists, record labels and music publishers to securely deliver broadcast-quality music and digital press kits to industry professionals worldwide. Our system allows media programmers and film/TV music supervisors to connect to new music, create music calls, browse top downloaded artists, and immediately download music and related artist information. As a forward-thinking “green” technology service, AirPlay Direct’s core business is the digital delivery of music and artist-related content to a worldwide audience of broadcasters.

This eliminates the expense and waste of mailing physical CDs. AirPlay Direct gives artists and labels the ability to service albums – not just singles. It also offers them a very cost-effective manner to expose back catalog and out-of-print titles which likely would be cost-prohibitive to release in any other manner. That said, we wish to take our fiveyear anniversary as the opportunity to shine a spotlight on how we differ radically from other digital-to-radio delivery services: AirPlay Direct is first and foremost an artist advocacy group. We are passionate about the music - and the people who create it. Our management team is comprised of individuals who have dedicated their lives to all facets of the artistic development process. From performing, songwriting and music publishing - to management and consulting - to production and packaging of the final audio and/or visual product

- to handling the day-to-day details of running independent labels, our team members bring over 100 years of experience in working with artists to help them achieve their greatest potential. In addition, with our Global Radio Indicator Charts, we offer the first comprehensive charts which track the actual downloads of our member’s music – in real time. In September 2009, we debuted our new digital/interactive publication, the Direct Buzz. Every month, the magazine cover feature story brings an indepth look at artists from across the musical spectrum. Icons, Dolly Parton, Chuck D, Roy Orbison, Charlie Daniels and rising star Johnny Cooper have all graced our cover. “Behind the Desk” highlights leaders from the music industry. “The Broken Poem” is focused on songwriters and their music. The publication also showcases artists with a “Featured Artist” section and music reviews; and includes proven


DIY approaches to publicity, promotion and marketing, and much more. AirPlay Direct offers many different ways for artists and labels to expose AND track the downloads of their music: •

Our DPK (digital press kit) provides a valuable promotional tool where photos, bio, music, video and related content can be serviced to radio programmers via e-mail. And, with our “permission-based” option, the DPK may be targeted to media, advertisers and other industry professionals who are allowed to download the music.

Banner advertising on the AirPlay Direct web site, and in the Direct Buzz, to directly target radio and the music industry.

Download tracking system which allows the user to see who has downloaded music and the ability to interact directly with them.

Through our “Music Call” opportunities, songs can be pitched to media programmers, film and television music supervisors, advertisers, and a host of other targets.

AirPlay Direct’s “All Things Digital” contests which have included “County/Alt. Country,” “Alt. Rock/ College/Indie Rock,” “Americana/ Folk/Bluegrass,” “Girls Rock, Girls Rule,” “Hard Rock/Heavy Metal,” “Electronic/Synth-Based,” “Reggae/World” and “Jazz/Latin Jazz/ World” campaigns. To date, we have given away over $500,000 in prize packages that have included free studio time, publicity and radio campaigns, pro music equipment and instruments, video packages, and other artist-related services and goods.

The Times They Are a-Changin’ goes the line from the famous Bob Dylan song. And it is so true.

In the “old guard” way of doing business, music was filtered and controlled by a small group of gatekeepers. It was based on who you knew and how much money you had. At AirPlay Direct, we empower the artist by allowing them to deliver their music “unfiltered” to broadcasting programmers, and the music rises or falls on its own merit, in a totally transparent manner. By harnessing the power of the Internet, AirPlay Direct is leveling the playing field. No longer just a possibility in the distant future - with AirPlay Direct - the future is HERE and NOW.

Who We Are AirPlay Direct is a global presence of nearly 25,000 artist/label members and 4,800 radio stations representing almost every country in the world. We are an artistic community representing all genres of music; a place where creators of Country, Rock, Gospel, Americana, Christian, Rap, Hip-Hop, Pop, New Age, Jazz, and ANY other style of music come together to share their music with media and broadcasters. They define who we are. Our core management team and advisory board members are among the best and brightest in the business; several are pioneers in the digital music revolution. In this “Behind the Desk” edition we proudly introduce our team: Robert Weingartz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AirPlay Direct, and is the creative force behind the c o m p a n y. Weingartz has driven initial concept, corporate setup, brand development, technology and site development and has led the management team of AirPlay Direct to attain

its current marketplace position. He is also the Founder and Publisher of the Direct Buzz. At the heart of the company it is his single-minded vision and passion which propels us forward. “AirPlay Direct was birthed out of necessity,” states Weingartz. “I had been promoting Clay DuBose, an independent artist on my label, and the cost of CD mailings to radio stations around the world was getting out-ofhand. I knew there had to be a better way.” In the spring of 2005, Weingartz took action. Working with a small group of like-minded artists who supported his idea, he used his own money and funds from private investors and began building the company – one artist, and one radio station at a time. Weingartz is originally from Long Beach, California and lived in Atlanta for many years prior to re-locating to Nashville in late-2009. He is widely recognized in the music industry as a visionary, and was chosen as one of Music Connection Magazine’s Top 50 “Innovators, Iconoclasts, Groundbreakers & Guiding Lights of 2008” for bringing AirPlay Direct to market. He brings a unique perspective and understanding of the artistic process to the equation with over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including management and development of musical artists, record label start-ups, Internet radio stations, recording/video production studios and the marketing and operations of music-focused restaurants, night clubs and mega-themed entertainment venues. “I am like a proud father!” exclaims Weingartz. “We are here to empower, educate and support the newly emerging global, digital music community. Our team that comprises AirPlay Direct is what differentiates us from the other services. We are all artist ambassadors and advocates for artists, and that is what is really missing in the industry. AirPlay Direct has a heart, a soul, and a conscience. We are in a relationship business, it is not just about the technology - those are just the tools. It’s about the people. I believe that 2010 is


the year that we will re-define the music industry.” Weingartz lives in Nashville and enjoys spending time with his two boys, Zack and Quinn. Scott Welch is the President of AirPlay Direct. He oversees the day to day operations, artist and label member relations, existing and new business development, strategic planning and investor relations. A forward thinking entrepreneur, Welch has been on the cutting edge of many new technology developments in the music industry and was a key component in the building and launching of MP3.com, and the launch and development of Stubhub, an online ticketing company later purchased by eBay for $320 million. In addition, he is one of the original partners of Highnote, a real time music web search company. “In the past, music came from the top down,” Welch states. “In today’s vibrant independent scene the situation is totally flipped and music comes from the bottom up. Fans decide who’s going to make it and who’s not. I love the fact that our industry is becoming more about the music again. AirPlay Direct is on the forefront of leading that charge.” Welch is also the president of Scott Welch Management, Inc., based in Nashville. He has managed the careers and development of multi-platinum recording artists such as Alanis Morissette, LeAnn Rimes, Steve Perry, Paula Abdul, Collective Soul, C&C Music Factory, and others. These artists have sold a combined total of over 75 million albums worldwide. Under Welch’s direction, Alanis Morrisette’s debut album Jagged Little Pill was the largest selling debut album in his-

tory, with worldwide sales in excess of 32 million records and the winner of seven GRAMMY® awards, plus numerous critic and sales awards globally. He currently manages awardwinning country recording artist Mark Wills, Johnny Cooper, No Justice and Allison Kaplan. Scott Welch Management also consults companies including Harrah’s Casino, Hard Rock, Nikki Beach Resorts and American Media Group concerning their entertainment relationships. In addition to managing and consulting, Welch was also the executive producer of the City of Angels movie soundtrack, the largest selling soundtrack album of 1998, with sales of over eight million copies, the winner three GRAMMY® Awards and yielding #1 singles for Alanis Morissette and The Goo Goo Dolls. “When I first discovered AirPlay Direct, I was attracted to it because it has a real sense of ‘artist community’ and embraces all genres of music. Plus, it is inexpensive – artists can afford it, and they don’t they have to be an MIT graduate to use the system.” Welch currently lives in Nashville with his wife Desaree and their two children, Ross and Madeline. Raleigh Squires is our Operations Manager and a contributing writer to the Direct Buzz. Many of you have probably connected personally with him, as he handles the day-today support, training and interaction with AirPlay Direct artist, label and radio members. He also drives new artist and label content acquisition, and new radio membership. Squires oversees all aspects of advertising for the platform and the Direct Buzz, in addition to “Music Calls,” AirPlay Direct’s “All Things Digital” music contests and

bulk email campaigns. Squires is a Nashville native and a 30-year veteran of the music industry with experience as a songwriter, music publisher, and a songplugger, both as an independent, and with the Mel Tillis organization. His continuing success as a songwriter includes recordings by George Strait, Mel Tillis, the Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams, Vern Gosdin, and Willie Nelson. In 1999, Squires was a co-founder - along with Music Row executive Harold Shedd of Tyneville Music, one of Nashville’s first Internet record labels. He was also one of the first in the Nashville music publishing business to use the Internet as a tool to pitch songs. “From my Internet label experience, I learned about how to build web pages and began digitally pitching songs to record labels,” Squires recalls. “But I knew that just sending mp3s to someone’s in-box would not be enough but sending them a link to a web page where they could stream the music and download it, that would be better. So, I was on a parallel track with what Robert was doing, but to a different target market.” It was after Squires recorded an album of novelty songs that he discovered AirPlay Direct. “I asked myself, ‘How do I get it to radio?’ I knew that I could not afford to press CDs and physically mail them out around the world. I thought: ‘Maybe there is someone who delivers music digitally to radio?’ A Yahoo search turned up AirPlay Direct. Soon, Robert and I were speaking on the phone, and obviously, we had a lot to talk about.” “AirPlay Direct is truly the missing link for the artist to expose their music to broadcasters,” says Squires. “The old financial encumbrance of how to deliver your music to radio is no longer there. I believe that AirPlay Direct has the ‘soul’ of a record label. All of our management team members have been involved in furthering artist’s careers, and the music and the artists are the makeup and core of AirPlay Direct. In many ways we are like a big label with many artists on the roster.”


Squires and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Nashville. Peter Fleming is the Chief Technology Officer for AirPlay Direct. He is responsible for software design and architecture development for the digital delivery platform, as well as the development of new features, IT planning, and technical support issues. Fleming, a native of Glasgow Scotland, and a current U.S. resident, comes to AirPlay Direct after an extensive background of working in the IT business in diverse fields, including banking, government, telecommunications and oil. Some of his past projects include systems architect/visual team leader at Washington Mutual Finance and was a Finance/Technical leader at Arthur Andersen and Associates. He has also designed and built several high profile music business web sites for Blues.org and BandVillage.com. Fleming began his IT career in the mid-‘80s at a fledgling computer reseller which was to become Europe’s largest. This work took him around Europe to offshore oil rig installations. He later worked on the UK’s first automated credit and loan database for Mercantile Bank in London. He is a lover of Blues music. In the late-‘90s, that he had an opportunity to mix music and computing for the first time while working with the Blues Foundation in the late-‘90s. In 2005, the organization recognized him with a “Keeping The Blues Alive Award.” “I was first attracted to APD because of the combination of music and technology. But, I would not have come onboard were it not for Robert and Scott’s outlook on the music business. Their energy and belief in the musicians and artists was inspiring, and

I knew their hearts were in the right place. It is a dream job, really!” Fleming currently resides in Nashville with his wife Dawn and stepson, Alex. Clif Doyal works in Business Development to shepherd new growth opportunities for AirPlay Direct. He also focuses on media relations to further establish the brand to Internet, print, radio, television and media outlets on a local, national and International level. He also serves as Director of Content and contributing writer for the Direct Buzz. A “lifer” in the music business, Doyal began his professional drumming career at age 12, playing in an all-female gospel quartet in Southwest Missouri. By age 13, and escorted to the gigs by his mother, he was playing in local honky-tonks cutting his teeth in a rough-and-tumble environment where bar fights were the norm, and a diverse playlist helped to keep patrons happy. After over a decade of touring in countless country and rock bands - during which time he relocated to Oklahoma City - Doyal had built an impressive circuit of clubs across the Southwest where he booked his bands. Soon, local upstarts, including then unknown Toby Keith, were seeking his help with bookings. It wasn’t long before Nashville came calling, when Warner Bros. Records contacted him about a new act they were trying to break called Little Texas. Within a short time, Doyal moved to Nashville, where over the next decade he attracted acts from Sony, Capitol, Mercury, A&M and other labels who wanted to tap into his performance outlets, which by then included many of the largest venues in the country such as the Grizzly Rose in Denver, Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth, Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville

and Cowboy’s in Dallas and Atlanta. With a roster that included Lonestar, Ricochet, and Deryl Dodd, Doyal formed unique co-booking alliances with many national booking agencies, including William Morris (now William Morris Endeavor), CAA, Dale Morris, Monterey Artists (now Paradigm), and others. Since 2004, Doyal has shape-shifted his company away from booking to move into a broad spectrum of activities, including artist and label management/consulting, audio and video production, and publicity and marketing. He currently manages country rock singer/songwriter Shawna Russell, her label, Way Out West Records, and roots-rocker, Billy Adams. “I became a user of AirPlay Direct in 2007,” Doyal states. “My first call to their technical support was personally taken by Robert Weingartz, and he spent over an hour with me on the phone helping me with solutions to my questions. After wondering if I would actually get to a ‘live’ person, here I was speaking directly to the CEO of the company! After a passionate exchange about our mutual views on the music industry, I was hooked. And, I have been a cheerleader for Robert and AirPlay Direct ever since. I couldn’t shut up about them. I guess that’s why he finally hired me!” Doyal lives in Nashville with his wife, Patti, who also works with him in the areas of creative writing and photography. Mike Hagler, Jr. is a key member of AirPlay Direct’s Advisory Board. Hagler handles the company’s in-house New Media and social networking campaigns and reaches out to artist managers within the music industry to inform


and educate them about AirPlay Direct in order to grow artist and label membership. He is author of the “Now Media” section of the Direct Buzz. Hagler was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. He attended Savannah College of Art and Design before transferring to Nashville’s Belmont University in 2004. He later attended the “Belmont West” program in Los Angeles and graduated in Nashville in May 2007 with a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree, Majoring in Music and Entertainment Business. Hagler is currently employed by Dolly Parton Management and Dolly Records where he heads the New Media Department with duties including overseeing her online presence, securing new opportunities for Ms. Parton in major and minor online, mobile and digital outlets and continuing to grow her online fan base. Hagler previously held a similar post at Nashville’s Webster & Associates PR firm where he was Director of New Media and publicist for online country music portal, Digital Rodeo. Prior to that, he was assistant to the president of RGK Entertainment Group, a successful Canadian management company, record label and publishing company. Hagler says, “As a user of the AirPlay Direct platform, I love the fact that it is simple and easy to navigate. If you click on a link you know where you are going. I also really like the DPK. It gives you the ability to instantly reach out and promote your music to radio around the world.”

Where We Are Going “Radio is just the beginning,” states Kissy Black, an AirPlay Direct Advisory Board member who runs Nashville’s Lotus Nile, a media, marketing and music company. As AirPlay Direct moves boldly and fearlessly into the future, many exciting new possibilities loom large on the new horizon. Several planned features will include “AirPlay Direct University,” where artist and label members

will be able to acquire valuable knowledge from - and interact with - AirPlay Direct industry members in all areas of the creative process. This will include teleconference based e-seminars, Q&A sessions, and on-demand videos about songwriting, radio promotion, music publishing, publicity, A&R, and artist/label management. “AirPlay Direct University” will also include ‘real world’ interaction when our members appear at institutes of higher learning, music seminars and conferences across the country. We will also branch into Internet radio broadcasting with dedicated AirPlay Direct stations and special packages for our members to establish their own broadcast channels. Music publishing companies and broadcast quality video delivery platforms are all on our radar screen. The future is bright, and AirPlay Direct plans to be a guiding light for our members, and the music industry at large, as we directly engage the challenging, but exciting times that lay ahead.

What Members Saying

Are

“We have embraced the digital delivery of Dolly’s music to radio. I feel that AirPlay Direct is on the forefront of where the future of the music industry is going. And, I want to continue our relationship with them to make Dolly’s music available globally. Since she is an International star - it is a great fit.” - Danny Nozell, personal manager for Dolly Parton and GM of Dolly Records “I like AirPlay Direct’s model. I think what they are doing is the future.” Chuck D (Hip-Hop pioneer and cofounder of Public Enemy) “I’m always looking ahead. We associated with AirPlay Direct so that radio could bring Roy’s music back to the public. We’re always moving forward and looking to the future.” - Barbara Orbison, Owner/President, Orbison Records

“As we continue to transition from the physical to the digital world, we are very excited about our association with AirPlay Direct. Their platform offers us the ability to reach radio in a way that we might not otherwise be able to afford to do.” - Brad Paul, Senior V.P. of National Promotion, Rounder Records (representing artists Alison Krauss - including her recent collaboration with Robert Plant - Raising Sand, Steve Martin, Rhonda Vincent, Nancy Griffith and many others) “AirPlay Direct is spreading independent music to the world. I am honored to be a part of that. I am excited to build our success stories together.” - Shawna Russell, Way Out West Records (independent recording artist) “With AirPlay Direct, I no longer need to ship my CDs to radio stations around the world. What a great service!” -Tore Andersen, New Cut Music (independent recording artist and 2010 Norwegian GRAMMY® winner for “Best Country Album”) “Digital delivery is growing. It is a necessary change. AirPlay Direct is the future of all of this.” - Clay Neumann, Founder, APEX Music, LLC / APEX Nashville (radio promotion for Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Eli Young Band, Johnny Cooper and others) “Finally, happy to have found a fresh new organization, hip to current technology, with a forward thinking view, that can get our label’s music to radio, instantly, worldwide. The services they provide offer the perfect partner for our upcoming “Mctrax Music Delivery System”, in what I suspect will be first of many artist driven labels, that embrace this digital revolution.” - Andy Fraser, Founder & Principal - Mctrax International (independent recording artist, founding member and bass player of FREE and co-writer/ producer of “All Right Now.”)


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GLOBAL RADIO CHARTS FOR MARCH 2010

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TOP 20 RELEASES/ALBUMS FOR MARCH 2010

VIEW MORE CHARTS AT: www.AirPlayDirect.com/charts The AirPlay Direct Global Radio Charts display the top tracks downloaded for airplay by radio programmers internationally. The charts are accurate as of the date published. You can view “real-time” charts at AirPlayDirect.com/charts. We take pride in having built a transparent charting system that accurately reports the hot artists and tracks available within the AirPlay Direct community.


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GLOBAL RADIO CHARTS FOR MARCH 2010

TOP 20 TRACKS


TOP 20 TRACKS FOR MARCH 2010

VIEW MORE CHARTS AT: www.AirPlayDirect.com/charts The AirPlay Direct Global Radio Charts display the top tracks downloaded for airplay by radio programmers internationally. The charts are accurate as of the date published. You can view “real-time” charts at AirPlayDirect.com/charts. We take pride in having built a transparent charting system that accurately reports the hot artists and tracks available within the AirPlay Direct community.


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New Survey Shares Digital Movement In Music Listening A recent shared research project by Arbitron and Edison Research surveyed over 1,700 people 12+ from around the U.S. to find out how they listen to music and experience media on a daily basis. The results show that 24% of people have hooked up their iPod, iPhone or other MP3 player to their car stereo to listen to the contents contained on that device. It also shows that 44% of all Americans 12 and older own an MP3 player of some kind. The survey is in a long list of shared research projects by the two companies related to the Internet and new media. The complete study will be offered in webinar form on April 8 through the Edison website here. Start time is 2pm ET and is free to everyone, but space is limited.

EMI In Serious Talks With Universal To Take Over Distribution According to , Universal Music Group is in a fast-paced discussion with EMI regarding distributing their music longterm. The reported deal could raise as much as

$300 million for EMI who is a few weeks away from going bad on a repayment note due lender CitiGroup. According to sources Universal would pay EMI the $300 million up front in exchange for distributing all of their catalog for a five-year period throughout North and Central America. Universal had pulled out of talks with EMI with a similar deal on the table late last week. The deal that is being negotiated at print time will only be on the table for a brief amount of time, reportedly only 24-hours, according to a primary source. The reason for the fast manner of the potential deal is that CitiGroup has capped the requirements of a potential deal by the end of the day on March 31. KKR and Bertelsmann, along with Warner Music (Word) have been pursuing a joint bid to buy EMI outright. According to BusinessWeek.com, EMI posted a massive 1.5 billion-pound annual loss with liabilities exceeding assets by 408 million

Superchick Lands Tune On Rock Band As of April 6, Superchick will have one of their songs featured in the download section of the Rock Bans video game platform. “Stand In The Rain” will be listed along with over 1,000 other tunes already in the Rock Band store that can be played on the game. Other tunes of interest that are said to be potential adds in the near future include Skillet's “Monster” and Family Force 5's “Radiator.”

Showbread Moves To Come & Live Records In a bold initiative the band Showbread has signed on at Come & Live! Records after exiting the Tooth & Nail artist roster. The intriguing thing about the move is that all of the label's artists work under the mission of the organiza-

tion, which is to “strive to equip ministry oriented bands to live out the great commission, encourage and develop musicianaries, and work to enable them to offer their music as a free gift.” The band shares on why this move came about now. “At this point in our lives as Showbread, we have decided to withdraw from many elements of the industry that have been a part of our band for years, to trust God to provide ways for us to offer our music and our performances as free gifts in order to expand the scope of our ministry. By offering our music as a gift with no charge and embracing Christ’s call to give generously we will open our ministry to anyone and everyone who will take any note of it, not just those willing to pay for it. It is


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Don’t You Ever [Razzbarry]

Forgot To Breathe [Independent]

ARTIST

According to Inpop Records, the release of the next project from the Newsboys entitled “Born Again” has been pushed back to July 13 … Although Bride announced their retirement in early 2009, vocalist Dale Thompson has been talking with industry and close friends to see if the interest was large enough for the band to put out another album. The answer According to must have been 'yes' as the band will release Editor Doug Van another 10-track disc in the near future in late Pelt, the magazine that was started in 1985 to 2010 … Flyleaf's video for the song cover the more progressive side of Christian Rock music is fighting to stay afloat. It's no sur- “Missing” is now featured on MySpace's music home page here … Jimmy Needham will prise as every printed media outlet these days release his third project called Nightis struggling to figure out the new music economy and how it can survive with drastically lights on May 18. The disc will be lower income based on the age-old primary produced by Calvin Turner and feaadvertising business model. tures 12 new songs all written or cowritten by Needham, and a remake Van Pelt shares on HM's website, “I’ve done of the classic “How Sweet It Is (To lots of soul searching and seeking the face of Be Loved By You)” … the iShine Live! Tour the Lord. I do not think it’s time to give up this that bowed in 2009 will hit the road again bepublication or go all-digital. I’m in the thick of ginning in April hitting 20 plus cities. Artists a fight and struggle to keep it going. This past year has seen a drastic dip in advertising sales, that will be involved include Paige Armstrong, The Rubyz, Jamie which is our major source of income. To keep Grace, Mission Six, and newcomthe magazine printing, we went into debt. We found ways to cut our overhead and have done ers Chelsea Musick, Siloam, and Kylie Jean who will all have debut about everything we can think of to lower our operating costs. I think I’ve figured out a way to projects out at retail on May 3 … The O.C. Supertones reunion tour will be a survive and actually grow again, but we need to get out from under this debt before it one-and-done crushes us.” deal, as the band expressed reThe magazine is asking for donations to keep it cently on their going, which can be made on their website. In Facebook page. exchange they will be sending donors free They will pertunes, lifetime subscriptions, and other gifts form 12 reunion shows and call it a day … August Burns Red launches its “Marianas Trench Create Your Own Video Contest” inviting fans to direct and produce up a short film for the song. First prize will include an autographed guitar and drum heads from the band … Five Iron Frenzy's DVD sold over 2,000 copies in its first week of release, even before hitting retail outlets on April 13 … Hardcore band As Hell Retreats signs on with Strike First Records as their first ever signing. Their very first national release will be out later in 2010, after four self-released EPs over the past four years.

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Adult Contemporary LAST WEEK

THIS WEEK

AC Most Added

ARTIST Song Title [Label]

PLAYS

PLAY + or -

WEEKS

ON-ADDS

653

-40

28

20 – 0

2

TOBYMAC Get Back Up

2

AUDREY ASSAD For Love Of You

1

1

KUTLESS What Faith Can Do [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

2

2

MERCY ME All Of Creation [INO]

652

29

8

24 – 0

3

3

JEREMY CAMP Healing Hand [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

523

-20

12

20 – 0

4

4

NEWWORLDSON There Is A Way [Inpop]

499

-34

24

19 – 0

6

5

SANCTUS REAL Forgiven [Sparrow/EMI]

442

-12

25

16 – 0

5

6

PHIL WICKHAM w/ BART MILLARD Safe [INO]

434

-44

27

17 – 1

8

7

TOBYMAC City On Our Knees [ForeFront/EMI]

397

-16

32

13 – 0

7

8

CASTING CROWNS Until The Whole World Hears [Reunion/PLG]

397

-52

31

13 – 0

11

9

BRANDON HEATH Love Never Fails [Reunion/PLG]

374

26

10

16 – 1

9

10

JOSH WILSON Before The Morning [Sparrow/EMI]

369

-12

8

16 – 1

10

11

JJ HELLER Your Hands [Stone Table]

367

12

11

15 – 0

12

12

JASON GRAY More Like Falling In Love [Centricity]

336

-3

11

13 – 0

14

13

BRITT NICOLE Walk On The Water [Sparrow/EMI]

330

19

19

11 – 0

13

14

MEREDITH ANDREWS Can Anybody Hear Me [Word/Curb]

318

-8

11

12 – 0

17

15

TENTH AVENUE NORTH Hold My Heart [Reunion/PLG]

280

4

43

9–0

16

16

MIKESCHAIR Let The Waters Rise [Curb]

274

-9

19

12 – 0

18

17

JONNY DIAZ Stand For You [INO]

265

10

12

10 – 0

Former WQFL/Rockford and KZZQ/Des Moines staffer Mike Schlote and partner Doug White have launched ClassicChristian247.com as of March 31. It features classic rock music from the 70's through today … Family Life Network out of Bath. NY has named Terese Taylor as its new PD as of April 5. Taylor was previously with mainstream AC outlet WRMM/Rochester … Betsy Sharp exits as Asst. Promotions Director KZTH (The House FM) and KLVV (Praise 88.7)/ Ponca City. She will be starting up her own graphic design and voiceover company and can be reached at blynnradio@gmail.com.

15

18

CHRIS AND CONRAD You're The One [VSR]

265

-27

9

10 – 0

Frequency Flips

19

19

NEEDTOBREATHE Something Beautiful [Word/Curb]

249

1

9

11 – 1

21

20

CHASEN On And On [INO]

247

7

21

9–0

23

21

CHRIS TOMLIN Our God [Sixsteps/EMI]

246

12

4

13 – 1

22

22

MATTHEW WEST Save A Place For Me [Sparrow/EMI]

221

-16

8

10 – 0

24

23

AMONG THE THIRSTY I'd Need A Savior [Rev]

200

-7

23

8–0

24

FEE Everything Falls [INO]

197

28

3

10 – 1

25

TOBYMAC Get Back Up [ForeFront/EMI]

195

28

3

10 – 2

28 CMW Adult Contemporary Reporters. Songs ranked by total plays for the week of March 23-29, 2010. © 2010 Christian Music Weekly. All charts are the property of CMW and cannot be used without permission.

AC Power Surge + 36

JEREMY RIDDLE Christ Is Risen

+ 29

MERCYME All Of Creation

+ 28

FEE Everything Falls

+ 28

TOBYMAC Get Back Up

+ 26

BRANDON HEATH Love Never Fails

+ 26

KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying

+ 25

SELAH Unredeemed

+ 23

TENTH AVENUE NORTH Healing Begins

+ 23

AUDREY ASSAD For Love Of You

+ 19

BRITT NICOLE Walk On The Water

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Industry Shorts

Hoffman Communications sells Gospel outlet WGGM-AM/Chester-Richmond, VA to Radio Companion Limited Liability Compan. Hoffman also donates WZEZ (EZ 100.5)/Goochland, VA to One God Ministry – A Global Church … Lifetalk Broadcasting Assoc. donates the construction permit for WWTG/Carpentersville, IL to Crystal Lake Adventist Fellowship … Kesan, Inc. sells the CP for non-commercial WJSE/ Summersville, WV to Evangelist Communications … Jubille Family Church transfers their construction permit for KBAP/Batesville, AR to Tony Hammack Ministries … LC Orrick Outreach sells LP-FM KQLC/Brookshire, TX to Body Of Christ Church of Katy … Bible Broadcasting Network sells FM translator W205CF in Lawrenceburg, TN to Duck River Broadcasting.


Contemporary Hits LAST WEEK

THIS WEEK

ARTIST Song Title [Label]

CHR Most Added PLAYS

PLAY + or -

WEEKS

ON-ADDS

NEEDTOBREATHE Something Beautiful [Atlantic/Word]

649

46

12

17 – 0

3

REVIVE Blink

2

TOBYMAC Get Back Up

2

THE MUSEUM My Help Comes From The Lord

2

SANCTUS REAL Lead Me

2

ALAKRITY f/ JOHN SCHLITT Beyond Belief

1

1

2

2

BRITT NICOLE Walk On The Water [Sparrow/EMI]

579

33

19

14 – 0

6

3

JEREMY CAMP Healing Hand of God [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

546

38

12

14 – 0

4

4

FIREFLIGHT Desperate [Flicker/PLG]

543

4

19

13 – 0

CHR Power Surge

3

5

BECKAH SHAE Here In This Moment [Shae-Shok]

533

-11

20

13 – 0

+109

KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying

+ 87

MERCYME All Of Creation

5

6

SEABIRD Don't You Know You're Beautiful [Credential/EMI]

528

-7

25

14 – 0

+ 83

REVIVE Blink

+ 78

MANIC DRIVE Walls

8

7

STARFIELD Rediscover You [Sparrow/EMI]

520

74

13

13 – 0 + 74

STARFIELD Rediscover You

7

8

NEWSBOYS Born Again [Inpop]

493

23

7

15 – 0

+ 60

SKILLET Awake And Alive

+ 47

9

MANIC DRIVE Walls [Whiplash/Bema]

492

78

9

13 – 0

DOMINIC BALLI All We Need Is Love

+ 47

LIFEHOUSE Halfway Gone

447

27

20

12 – 0

+ 46

NEEDTOBREATHE Something Beautiful

+ 45

HAWK NELSON Live Life Loud

10 9

10

STELLAR KART We Shine [INO]

13

11

MERCYME All Of Creation [INO]

428

87

8

14 – 0

12

12

THE ALMOST Hands [Tooth & Nail]

366

17

23

12 – 0

14

13

TOBYMAC Get Back Up [ForeFront/EMI]

365

34

4

16 – 2

16

14

SKILLET Awake And Alive [INO]

361

60

7

12 – 0

11

15

PLUMB Hang On [Curb]

361

7

23

9–0

15

16

DAVE BARNES God Gave Me You [Razor & Tie]

352

27

7

12 – 1

23

17

KRIS ALLEN Live Like We're Dying [19/Jive]

328

109

5

8–0

19

18

DOMINIC BALLI All We Need Is Love [Lion Of Zion]

309

47

14

10 – 0

18

19

MIKESCHAIR Let The Waters Rise [Curb]

296

11

29

7–0

17

20

FLYLEAF Again [Octone/INO]

272

-28

25

9–0

22

21

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH Already Home [Tooth & Nail]

255

14

8

11 – 1

20

22

CHASEN On And On [INO]

247

-13

28

7–0

24

23

NEWWORLDSON There Is A Way [Inpop]

240

22

7

8–0

24

HAWK NELSON Live Life Loud [Tooth & Nail]

238

45

33

8–0

25

ME IN MOTION Losers [Centricity]

223

-22

13

7–0

21

25 CMW Contemporary Hits Reporters. Songs ranked by total plays for the week of March 23-29, 2010. © 2010 Christian Music Weekly. All charts are the property of CMW and cannot be used without permission.

1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois. 1957 – BBC Spaghetti tree hoax broadcast on current affairs programme Panorama. 1976 – Apple Computer is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. 1997 – Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion. 1999 – Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories. 2002 – The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so. 2004 – Google introduces its Gmail product to the public. The launch is met with skepticism on account of the launch date.

1883 – Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor (d. 1930) 1885 – Wallace Beery, American actor (d. 1949) 1921 – Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2008) 1932 – Gordon Jump, American actor (d. 2003) 1932 – Debbie Reynolds, American actress 1938 – Ali MacGraw, American actress 1950 – Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1975 – John Butler, Australian singer and musician

1917 – Scott Joplin, American musician and composer (b. 1868) 1984 – Marvin Gaye, American singer (b. 1939) 1991 – Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1894) 2004 – Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1946)


Rock LAST WEEK

THIS WEEK

Rock Most Added ARTIST Song Title [Label]

PLAYS

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WEEKS

ON-ADDS

273

18

8

17 – 1

1

1

SKILLET Awake And Alive [INO]

4

2

DEMON HUNTER Collapsing [Tooth & Nail]

264

23

10

16 – 0

3

3

RED Forever [Essential/PLG]

264

19

11

18 – 0

2

4

FLYLEAF Chasm [Octone/INO]

261

9

12

16 – 0

5

5

FIREFLIGHT Desperate [Flicker/PLG]

230

-10

20

13 – 0

6

6

THE LETTER BLACK Hanging On By A Thread [Tooth & Nail]

221

-4

10

14 – 0

7

7

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH Fire It Up [Tooth & Nail]

214

-6

20

17 – 0

9

8

NUMBER ONE GUN Forest [Tooth & Nail]

167

9

13

13 – 0

15

9

HAWK NELSON Live Life Loud [Tooth & Nail]

159

29

7

15 – 0

10

PILLAR Shine [Essential/PLG]

157

-2

12

11 – 0

11

THE CLASSIC CRIME Four Chords [Tooth & Nail]

154

2

2

12 – 3

12

RELIENT K I Don't Need A Soul [Mono Vs Stereo]

146

2

6

17 – 0

13

SENT BY RAVENS Beautiful List [Tooth & Nail]

130

-15

2

7–0

18

14

EOWYN Crashing [R-Cubed]

118

9

2

8–1

14

15

DAY OF FIRE Lately [Razor & Tie]

116

-15

23

10 – 0

16

16

QUEENS CLUB Dust [Tooth & Nail]

115

0

4

9–0

19

17

I AM EMPIRE The Elevator [Independent]

113

8

17

9–0

13

18

UPRISE Still Healing [Independent]

112

-26

10

6–0

22

19

PROJECT 86 Destroyer [Tooth & Nail]

111

20

2

8–1

20

THE ALMOST No I Don't [Tooth & Nail]

105

32

4

11 – 1

21

21

HIGH FLIGHT SOCIETY Inhaling A Bullet [GoodTree]

104

11

15

10 – 0

20

22

DECYFER DOWN Best I Can [INO]

101

5

5

9–1

23

23

FAIR Disappearing World [Tooth & Nail]

94

3

8

8–1

24

A ROTTERDAM NOVEMBER Love Is [Independent]

91

13

6

9–0

25

STAGGERFORD Common Code [CODA]

88

20

10

5–0

8 10 12 11

3

THE CLASSIC CRIME Four Chords

3

MANAFEST Avalanche

2

ALAKRITY f/ JOHN SCHLITT Beyond Belief

2

THE GREAT TRANSPARENCY Don’t You Ever

Rock Power Surge + 50

MANAFEST Avalanche

+ 38

JOHN REUBEN No Be Nah

+ 32

THE ALMOST No I Don’t

+ 29

HAWK NELSON Live Life Loud

+ 29

BRIGHT LIGHT PARADE Keep Me Under

+ 29

PARAMORE Brick By Boring Brick

+ 28

KRONICLES Switch

+ 28

HIGHLAND FALL Hey Houston

+ 25

NEEDTOBREATHE Something Beautiful

+ 24

AUGUST BURNS RED Meddler

+ 24

FALLSTAR Open Hands

+ 24

SECRET AND WHISPER Warrior [continued]

28 CMW Rock Reporters. Songs ranked by total plays for the week of March 23-29, 2010. © 2010 Christian Music Weekly. All charts are the property of CMW and cannot be used without permission.

1902 – "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California. 1917 – World War I: President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany. 1917 – The first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin, takes her seat as a representative from Montana. 1972 – Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s. 1992 – In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison. 2002 – Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues. 2004 – Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted. 2006 – Over 60 tornadoes break out; hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.

742 – Charlemagne (d. 814) 1743 – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (Old style date) (d. 1826) 1875 – Walter Chrysler, American automobile pioneer (d. 1940) 1908 – Buddy Ebsen, American actor and dancer (d. 2003)


Inspirational LAST WEEK

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JEREMY CAMP Healing Hand Of God [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

234

-7

12

13 – 0

2

2

BRANDON HEATH Love Never Fails [Reunion/PLG]

224

9

12

14 – 0

4

3

MERCYME All Of Creation [INO]

220

23

9

13 – 1

4

JONNY DIAZ Stand For You [INO]

208

-6

12

13 – 0

5

SELAH Unredeemed [Curb]

192

-3

12

13 – 0

10

6

ADIE CAMP Where Could I Go [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

188

25

9

13 – 1

6

7

PAUL BALOCHE Just To Be With You [Integrity]

187

-4

25

11 – 2

8

8

PHIL WICKHAM w/ BART MILLARD Safe [INO]

185

18

26

9

9

LAURA STORY What A Savior [INO]

181

16

11

10

MATTHEW WEST Save A Place For Me [Sparrow/EMI]

148

14

11

MARK SCHULTZ Love Has Come [Word/Curb]

141

13

12

MEREDITH ANDREWS Can Anybody Hear Me [Word/Curb]

133

-2

12

8–0

12

13

KUTLESS What Faith Can Do [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

124

-18

30

7–0

7

14

NICOL SPONBERG You Are My God [Curb]

122

-52

22

8–0

18

15

JOSH WILSON Before The Morning [Sparrow/EMI]

110

7

5

7–0

20

16

POINT OF GRACE Come To Jesus [Word/Curb]

106

15

7

9–1

17

17

BEBO NORMAN Hear It From Me [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

104

1

6

9–0

16

18

JAMIE SLOCUM Fragile [Curb]

93

-17

22

6–0

22

19

MICHAEL W SMITH & FRIENDS Come Together Now [Deer Valley]

92

10

6

8–0

21

20

FEE Everything Falls [INO]

92

5

5

6–0

23

21

MATT REDMAN You Alone Can Rescue [Sixsteps/EMI]

82

0

7

6–0

24

22

PHIL STACEY With All My Heart [Reunion/PLG]

81

4

12

7–0

23

CHRIS TOMLIN Our God [Sixsteps/EMI]

77

35

2

7–1

19

24

LEELAND w/ BRANDON HEATH Follow You [Essential/PLG]

71

-21

18

5–0

15

25

SARA GROVES Joy Is In Our Hearts [INO]

66

-46

22

3–0

3 5

2

PAUL BALOCHE Just To Be With You

Inspo Power Surge + 35

CHRIS TOMLIN Our God

+ 25

ADIE CAMP Where Could I Go

+ 23

MERCYME All Of Creation

+ 18

PHIL WICKHAM w/ BART MILLARD Safe

+ 17

JASON GRAY More Like Falling In Love

+ 16

LAURA STORY What A Savior

+ 15

POINT OF GRACE Come To Jesus

+ 13

AVALON Alive

+ 12

MARK SCHULTZ Love Has Come

10 – 1

+ 10

MICHAEL W SMITH & FRIENDS Come Together Now

12

12 – 1

+ 10

SARAH REEVES God Of The Impossible

1

12

7–0

+ 10

CHASEN On And On

12

5

10 – 0

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15 CMW Inspirational Reporters. Songs ranked by total plays for the week of March 23-29, 2010. © 2010 Christian Music Weekly. All charts are the property of CMW and cannot be used without permission.

1920 – Jack Webb, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1982) 1939 – Marvin Gaye, American singer (d. 1984) 1942 – Leon Russell, American blues-rock pianist/ guitarist session musician 1947 – Emmylou Harris, American singer also: Kirk Sullivan (4Him)

1987 – Buddy Rich, American drummer (b. 1917) 2003 – Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)

1043 – Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England. 1948 – President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries. 1996 – A United States Air Force airplane carrying United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown crashes in Croatia, killing all 35 on board. 2008 – ATA Airlines, once one of the 10 largest U.S. passenger airlines and largest charter airline, files for bankruptcy for the second time in 5 years and ceases all operations.

1898 – George Jessel, American comedian (d. 1981) 1922 – Doris Day, American actress, singer and animal rights activist 1924 – Marlon Brando, American actor (d. 2004) 1926 – Gus Grissom, American astronaut (d. 1967) 1928 – Don Gibson, American country musician (d. 2003) 1930 – Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of Germany 1941 – Jan Berry, American musician (d. 2004) 1942 – Marsha Mason, American actress 1942 – Wayne Newton, American singer


Rhythmic LAST WEEK

THIS WEEK

2

1

1 4

Rhythmic On The Verge ARTIST Song Title [Label]

PLAYS

PLAY + or -

WEEKS

JOHN REUBEN No Be Nah [Gotee]

65

25

17

2

LACRAE Far Away [Reach]

45

-4

3

3

R SWIFT Awesome God [Cross Movement]

28

0

10

5

4

KJ 52 End Of My Rope [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

25

1

32

3

5

MAJ f/ VICTOR OQUENDO Hill Street Blues [FistPic]

25

-5

21

6

6

KJ 52 f/ J.R. Calling You [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

19

0

5

7

7

MARK J Marvelous Light [Gozpul]

14

0

3

-

8

MANAFEST Avalanche [BEC/Tooth & Nail]

8

7

1

8

9

LIL PROPHET I Go Hard [Real Word]

6

-2

15

-

10

PETTIDEE The Ghetto [Soldier Sound]

5

1

3

2

1

1

ARTIST Song Title [Label]

PLAYS

PLAY + or -

WEEKS

AUGUST BURNS RED Meddler [Solid State]

58

24

27

2

DEMON HUNTER Collapsing [Solid State]

36

1

12

3

3

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Danger Wildman [Ferret]

6

0

19

-

4

BELIEVER Stoned [Metal Blade]

5

1

11

4

5

LIVING SACRIFICE Rules Of Engagement [Solid State]

5

0

9

12 CMW Loud Reporters. Songs ranked by total plays for the week of March 23-29, 2010. © 2010 Christian Music Weekly. All charts are the property of CMW and cannot be used without permission.

[continued] 1944 – Tony Orlando, American musician 1958 – Alec Baldwin, American actor also: Clayton Daily (Normals), Andrew Shirley (Switchfoot) [1974]

1882 – Jesse James, American outlaw (b. 1847) 1990 – Sarah Vaughan, American singer (b. 1924) 1991 – Graham Greene, English writer (b. 1904) 1996 – Ron Brown, U.S. Secretary of Commerce (b. 1941)

1812 – U.S. President James Madison enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with the United Kingdom.

TOBYMAC f/ BECKAH SHAE Funky Jesus Music CHRISTIAN MUSIC WEEKLY

Loud THIS WEEK

RAWSRVNT No Ordinary Love CANTON JONES I Call Him G.O.D.

11 CMW Rhythmic Reporters. Songs ranked by total plays for the week of March 23-29, 2010. © 2010 Christian Music Weekly. All charts are the property of CMW and cannot be used without permission.

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1818 – The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20). 1964 – The Beatles occupy the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. 1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee. 1983 – Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space (STS-6). 1984 – President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.

1718 – Benjamin Kennicott, English churchman and Hebrew scholar (d. 1783) 1853 – Tad Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (d. 1871)

Published by: Christian Music Weekly [CMW] Publisher/Chart Director: Rob Green Editor/Layout: Rick Welke Advertising inquiries: ads@christianmusicweekly.com Chart & radio inquiries: info@christianmusicweekly.com © 2010 Christian Music Weekly, all rights reserved 1895 – Arthur Murray, American dance teacher (d. 1991) 1906 – Bea Benaderet, American actress (d. 1968) 1915 – Muddy Waters, American musician (d. 1983) 1932 – Anthony Perkins, American actor (d. 1992) 1944 – Craig T. Nelson, American actor 1956 – David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer 1965 – Robert Downey, Jr., American actor also: Andrew Carlton [1977)

1841 – William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States (b. 1773) 1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1929) 1979 – Edgar Buchanan, American actor (b. 1903) 1995 – Priscilla Lane, American singer and actress (b. 1915)

456 – St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop. 1792 – U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States. 1923 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires. 1933 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 6102 "forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates" by U.S. citizens. 1955 – Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health. 1956 – Fidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba. 1999 – Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands. 2009 – North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks.

1856 – Booker T. Washington, American educator (d. 1915)


[continued] 1900 – Spencer Tracy, American actor (d. 1967) 1916 – Gregory Peck, American actor (d. 2003) 1920 – Arthur Hailey, American writer (d. 2004) 1928 – Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters) (d. 1992) 1933 – Frank Gorshin, American actor (d. 2005) 1937 – Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State 1939 – Crispian St. Peters, British singer 1943 – Max Gail, American actor 1949 – Judith Resnik, American astronaut (d. 1986)

1605 – Adam Loftus, English Protestant archbishop in Ireland (b. c. 1513) 1964 – General Douglas MacArthur, American general (b. 1880) 1992 – Sam Walton, American retailer (b. 1918) 1994 – Kurt Cobain, musician (Nirvana) (b. 1967) 1997 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet (b. 1926) 2000 – Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914) 2005 – Debralee Scott, American actress (b. 1953) 2006 – Gene Pitney, American singer (b. 1941) 2008 – Charlton Heston, American actor (b. 1923)

1869 – Celluloid is patented. 1973 – Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft. 2009 – A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing 307.

1884 – Walter Huston, Canadian-born actor (d. 1950) 1909 – William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965) 1926 – Ian Paisley, Northern Irish politician

1929 – André Previn, German-born composer and conductor 1931 – Ivan Dixon, American actor and director (d. 2008) 1937 – Merle Haggard, American musician 1945 – Neal Boortz, American talk radio personality 1947 – John Ratzenberger, American actor 1952 – Marilu Henner, American actress

1992 – Isaac Asimov, Russian-born author (b. 1920) 1996 – Greer Garson, Irish actress (b. 1904) 1998 – Tammy Wynette, American singer (b. 1942)

1906 – Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples. 1933 – Prohibition is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment. 1964 – IBM announces the System/360. 1969 – The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1. 1999 – The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas. 2001 – Mars Odyssey is launched.

1908 – Percy Faith, Canadian composer and musician (d. 1976) 1915 – Billie Holiday, American singer (d. 1959) 1928 – James Garner, American actor (The Rockford Files) 1933 – Wayne Rogers, American actor 1935 – Bobby Bare, American musician 1938 – Jerry Brown, American politician

1949 – John Oates, American rock guitarist and lyricst (Hall & Oates) 1951 – Janis Ian, American singer and songwriter also: Earl Wilson "Jamie" Rowe (Guardian) [1970], John Cooper (Skillet) [1975], Mark Kibble (Take6)

1739 – Dick Turpin, English highwayman (hanged) (b. 1706) 1947 – Henry Ford, American automobile manufacturer and industrialist (b. 1863) 1950 – Walter Huston, Canadian-born actor (b. 1884) 2007 – Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (b. 1931) 2 - Kirk Sullivan (4Him) 3 - Clayton Daily (Normals) 3 - Andrew Shirley (Switchfoot) [1974] 4 - Andrew Carlton (1977) 7 - Earl Wilson "Jamie" Rowe (Guardian) [1970] 7 - John Cooper (Skillet) [1975] 7 - Mark Kibble (Take6)

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our hope to make Showbread more like the work of missionaries than the work of a professional rock and roll band.” The band is asking for consistent prayer, wisdom in changing over their operation to a more ministry-oriented mindset, and for donations to help them minister to anyone who will listen to them in the future. Their long-term goal, as it is with other Come & Live! artists, is to offer up their music for free and to perform for free anywhere they can.


By: S.M. Sanders

Brought to you by:

Jimmy Wayne Life is often referred to as a journey. We choose to walk down certain roads and hope we go the right way, do the right thing. Sometimes along the way, we face obstacles and just hope we find the strength to forge on. For Jimmy Wayne his life has not been an easy journey. He survived an abusive and turbulent childhood, one that no child should have to endure. With a father who abandoned the family and a mother in prison, Jimmy then survived and escaped from a stepfather who tried to kill him. Jimmy was homeless and become lost in the foster system; he was shuffled to a series of foster homes. He became very independent relying on wit, determination and spirit to live from dayto-day. As a homeless teen, he found a home - and hope - with a couple from North Carolina, Russell and Beatrice Costner. Although the Costners were an older couple, they took a risk with Jimmy, took him in and gave him a second chance at life. In addition to providing a stable family environment, they encouraged Jimmy and his love of music. Jimmy remembers writing and singing all genres of music; he loved it

all… country, rock, opera, rap. Then, as a senior in high school, he was moved by a performance of a convict from a local prison. The prisoner told his story through a country song – the music touched the audience; and Jimmy knew then he wanted to be a country singer. On a Sunday morning in 1998, he moved to Nashville – Jimmy started down a new road on his life’s journey…he started down the road of his dreams. Fast forward ten years, Jimmy released “Do you Believe Me Now” and it soared to the top of the charts, was No. 1 for three weeks and became one of the biggest hits of 2008-2009. In 2009 he toured with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley and lived to the fullest playing in iconic places such as Madison Square Gardens. It was after this tour that Jimmy decided to embark on a life-changing crusade.

In late autumn of 2009, he recalls relaxing in his house and a feeling of guilt overcame him. He remembered his feelings from his earlier life of being without a family, without a home and without hope. So, he began Project Meet Me Halfway to raise awareness of the plight of homeless youth and young adults. As someone that faced the same dead end roads, Jimmy is determined to help these kids, especially those who are aging out of the foster system and have absolutely nothing. (“Aging out” refers to what happens when youth reach a certain age (age 18 in most states) and are no longer eligible for support from the foster care system. Without foster care, without parents, without funding, so many youth lose their place to live, health care coverage, connections to supportive adults, and are ill-prepared to support themselves in the real world.) Project Meet Me Halfway kickedoff on January 1, 2010, and is a 1,700mile trek that Jimmy is walking from Nashville to Phoenix. In speaking with Jimmy, I was amazed at his positive attitude and persevering spirit. I asked


him, what is the most difficult aspect of this crusade? And, without hesitation, he said the loneliness; he then followed up by saying that he also has an on-going battle against blisters on his feet. However, he didn’t state this in a complaining sort of way. He said that this was his way of giving back and raising awareness for those who grow up just like he did. Jimmy’s voice lights up when he talks about the best part of his trek… the people he is meeting along the way. He remembers names and towns – Justin Jackson, the Warren Family, Gary Luftman, Lt. Col. Jason Garkey. He loves small town America and the hospitality he has received in places like Dixon, Tennessee; Caddo, Arkansas; and Tuscahoma, Oklahoma. Meet Me Halfway is raising awareness and raising funds for two worthy organizations: Monroe Harding in Nashville, and Home Base Youth Services in Phoenix. Monroe Harding partners with at-risk youth and families to provide a bridge toward independence and success. Home Base Youth Services address the growing needs of at-risk and homeless youth age 21 and younger. The programs and services offer real life solutions to the physical, mental and emotional abuse and neglect these youth have suffered. Jimmy firmly believes in the mission of these two organizations. They address and target the needs of the kids and young adults aging out of the foster system. The facts are bleak for this group - more than 20% of young adults aging out of the system experience homelessness. Jimmy humbly says how lucky he is to have escaped this world - every one of his foster

brothers is either in jail or dead. We all must work together to reduce the number of young people aging out of the foster system and to greatly improve the outcomes of those youth that do age out. We must unite with Jimmy to help make a difference in the lives of these kids. We must help to make a light at the end of the tunnel so these “lost kids” can find a way out and end the cycle of homelessness. Through these Worthy Works profiles, we at Worthy Connections strive to encourage awareness and involvement with good causes. It doesn’t matter what you do or what you give, it just matters that we all do something. We also want to send a special thank you to the North Face store in Buckhead of Atlanta, Georgia; who, after learning of Jimmy’s story, provided two pairs of shoes and a hiking backpack for Jimmy.

BE WORTHY We encourage you to get involved -- do whatever you can. Be willing to be worthy and make a difference. Here are some opportunities to consider: • Learn more about organizations in your community that help atrisk youth • Volunteer to help kids in your community • Become a foster parent • Make a donation to one of the following organizations: Monroe Harding (www.monroeharding. org) or Home Base Youth Services (www.hbys.org)


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Cady Finlayson Based in New York City, Cady Finlayson has brought her spirited Celtic fiddling to 33 states, with performances at the Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival, East Providence Heritage Festival and Carnegie Hall. Her new release, Electric Green, with French guitarist Vita Tanga, combines Irish tunes with funky electric guitar and World music influences. Previous releases include Irish Coffee, nominated for “Best Celtic CD of 2007” by the NAR Lifestyle Awards; Harp and Shamrock, featured in the film The Emerald Diamond and Shines Like Silver. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/CadyFinlayson -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Janus Music

Dana Cooper

Steve & Heather

Jan Ohman is a Swedish songwriter and mathematician. In his youth, he was a Pop musician in Japan before he got lost in the academic world. His latest song, “Dry Martini,” is a gift from a magic muse, he says.

“I’ve always considered myself an outsider as far as the music industry goes,” Dana Cooper says. “I have focused on a grassroots career by making albums I like and playing live.” He is now taking that pioneering spirit on the road to promote his newest release, The Conjurer, which strikes a powerful balance between a lived-in, natural artistry and a passionate desire to speak one’s truth. Signed with Elektra Records in the 70’s, his talent has been enthusiastically embraced by fans in Europe and America. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/DanaCooper --------------------------------------------

Steve and Heather are sometimes called “the Bonnie & Clyde of Country Music,” She’s American, the descendant of the Duke of Sully; he’s French and is the great grandson of a fisherman. She should have lived like a wealthy heiress. He should have conquered his future by the sweat of his brow. But a greater destiny awaited them when they joined together to fight disillusion, cynicism, and disunion. Their music brings the listener to one conclusion: it is always possible to make one’s dreams come true! -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/SteveandHeather --------------------------------------------

When legendary Swede Nils Lindberg, who once worked with and arranged for Duke Ellington, first heard him play the song his immediate response was “This is a song for my new CD, As We Are.” Even James Bond insisted on promoting “Dry Martini” on YouTube. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/JanusMusic --------------------------------------------


APRIL 2010 FEATURED ARTISTS

Downtown Mystic

Nick Moss

Sender

The sound of DownTown Mystic is “vintage yet modern Rock ‘n’ Roll.” They are musicians which include members of Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney’s bands and began as the alter ego of Sha-La Music President, Robert Allen. Tastemakers, including “Jed The Fish” and “Mayor of The Sunset Strip,” Rodney Bingenheimer, both of KROQ in Los Angeles, have supported their music. Their new EP, Modern Ways, is available exclusively for streaming and downloads on AirPlay Direct now. Their album Standing Still drops in May. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/DowntownMystic --------------------------------------------

There’s a ‘Renaissance Man’ revival in the music industry these days, and Nick Moss has taken advantage of it. Unprecedented upheaval in the entertainment field has thrown open the doors of opportunity for artists with vision and courage to take advantage of it. The release of Moss’ eighth studio album, Privileged, is proof he has both. After seven critically-acclaimed traditional blues albums, he widened his focus on Privileged to absorb song forms and influences beyond the scope of those heard on his previous albums. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/NickMossPrivileged --------------------------------------------

Sender is a 4-piece rock act from Bendigo, in Central Victoria, Australia. Their sound has been described as somewhere between Silverchair, Incubus, Foo FIghters and MUSE. It all started in 1995 when the high school friends started jamming together and Zenyth was born. With a tremendous catalogue of songs and name change to Sender, they signed to Sony Music Australia in 2003. Their self-titled EP was released in 2004. Their new single, “Cover Up,” is from their forthcoming album, No Way Out, in stores April 10. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/Sender --------------------------------------------

Del Castillo

Mark Everett

Billy Adams

Del Castillo has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Rock, Latin, Blues and World sound. With their eponymous album, they are poised at the front of the Latino wave washing over America and the world. Calling their style “Nuevo Americano” it is as a reflection of the times and a nod to the changes. With immigration and diversity on the forefront of public consciousness, it’s a new America and Del Castillo is the sound of change.

Mark Everett was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Both of his parents were very supportive of him playing music. Growing up he drew influences from many different artists, including Hank Thompson, George Jones and later on, Radney Foster and Randy Travis. His debut release is Guardians of the Grain. “I really hope my music connects with the folks who hear it and they will come to enjoy these songs like I do,” Everett says. “That’s what it’s all about!”

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Rockabilly and Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer, Billy Adams, roars back with the much-anticipated album, Rockin On Down The Road. A longtime favorite of Nashville’s Billy Block and famed musicologist, Colin Escott, Adams is pleased to offer a preview of his new music exclusively thru AirPlay Direct. Rockin On Down The Road marks the first new songs released by Adams since Legacy, in 2000. Also included is his 1957 single, “Rock, Pretty Mama,” considered to be among the most influential songs from the golden age of rockabilly. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/BillyAdams --------------------------------------------


APRIL 2010 FEATURED ARTISTS

Donna Ulisse

Sylvia Bennett

Janiva Magness

In the Book of Proverbs chapter thirteen, in the first half of verse twenty-two the Word of God says, “a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Donna Ulisse is the granddaughter of those godly grandparents Lloyd and Martha Butler, who inspired her to give words and voice to the music that you will hear as you listen to this album, entitled Holy Waters. Ulisse’s ’s music is birthed from the pathos of her grandparent’s culture and is their shared legacy. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/DonnaUlisseHolyWaters --------------------------------------------

“A great song,” says Sylvia Bennett, “never goes out of style.” Which is why, when she sings America’s standards, she feels the nostalgia of a bygone era, yet sings the sentiments of today, inspiring more smiles than sighs from her audience. “The Very Thought of You” and “Fly Me to the Moon” are just a few of the moving standards Bennett (former singer with legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton) selected for Smile, her new release of songs chosen to make her listeners happy. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/SylviaBennett --------------------------------------------

Award-winning vocalist Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world. With a voice that possesses earthy, raw honesty and beauty she is known for electrifying live shows, and is a gutsy and dynamic musical powerhouse. She received the coveted 2009 Blues Music Awards for B.B. King Entertainer of The Year and Contemporary Blues Female Artist of The Year in 2006 and 2007, and she has received eleven previous Blues Music Award nominations. USA Today declared, “Magness is a blues star.” -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/JanivaMagness --------------------------------------------

Jenny Whiteley

Jennie Walker

Kink Ador

Singer/songwriter Jenny Whiteley’s new CD, Forgive or Forget, is the fourth from the two-time Juno Award winner (Canada’s Grammy) and her third collaboration with Black Hen president and award-winning producer Steve Dawson, who produced her CDs Hopetown and Dear. Whiteley, the daughter of celebrated Canadian songwriter/musician Chris Whiteley, first came to national attention while singing and playing with Heartbreak Hill, the groundbreaking bluegrass group from Ontario. She tours regularly both solo and with her band across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/JennyWhiteley --------------------------------------------

Jennie Walker is a singer, songwriter, actor, voice over artist, charity fundraiser and humanitarian. Recently signed with UK label, Maddie Records, she has been working with 12-time Grammy nominated and platinum selling producer, Tommy Faragher, on her debut album, It’s My Time, slated for Summer 2010 release. They have received national and international recognition for their song, “It’s Our Time,” which was inspired by Senator Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire Primary win and gained an enormous following among Clinton supporters, including coverage in Time magazine. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/JennieWalker --------------------------------------------

Kink Ador is a band full of heat and passion; the sound is thick with both the rock and the roll. Their sound is likened to the Talking Heads and the Police. At the front of Kink Ador is the charismatic and deceptively cute Sharon Koltick, who plays bass guitar and sings lead vocals.The pulse and the beat is driven by organic drum sounds, created by Brad Naylor. Then the trio is capped by the dysfunctional rock guitar sounds created by the guitar genius Andrew Sovine. Strong rhythms, meaty lyrics, and classic testosterone filled guitar sounds are what makes Kink Ador different. -------------------------------------------Listen here: AirPlayDirect.com/KinkAdor --------------------------------------------


Quick Tips Many artists and labels have asked for a “Step by Step Guide” to success. Unfortunately, there is no map that suits everyone. What works for one artist or label may not work for another. But, there are some things that generally translate to positive results — for everyone. THE INDIE WAY - QUICK TIPS will explore those tricks of the trade and give our readers “easy to follow” tips regarding a variety of areas in the music business.

HOW TO START & RUN YOUR OWN LABEL Ever think about starting your own label? Well, many artists have and, nowadays, more are taking the plunge than ever before. After all, the current trend is towards “independent empowerment.” In fact, it’s so prevalent that we decided to take a look at what it takes to do it all on your own. In this month’s Indie Way, you’ll find what you need to know to be a successful label owner. Starting and running your own label is more viable than ever. The Internet is one reason, while the availability of independent distribution is another. However, the biggest reasons most often cited are the emergence of niche markets and creative control. In fact, the indie revolution is in full swing. While major labels have been groaning about poor sales, indie labels have steadily increased their market share. In fact, recent reports from the RIAA show indie labels grabbing over 30% of the market in record sales last year. Daylle Deanna Schwartz wrote a book titled You Don’t Need a Record Deal that encapsulates the indie perspective. Schwartz started her own

label while she was a teacher and learned, via trial and error, what it takes to make it work. “You have to want it really bad,” she says. ”And, it helps if you know what you’re doing.” Schwartz found the freedom she felt in running her own label to be very rewarding. So much so she wrote a book about it (Start & Run Your Own Record Label) that is used as a text in quite a few music schools. She also noticed that artists who have done the same have similar feelings. “It takes away the desperation factor, and allows them to take charge of their careers.”

SIX STEPS TO STARTING YOUR OWN LABEL 1. Know Why You’re Starting a Label While the music industry is full of opportunities now, you should have a good reason for starting a label. And, those reasons should inspire and motivate you. If they don’t, it may not be the right time for you to take action, because it’s going to take passion, ambition and drive to make it work.

2. Choose a Name & Logo A cool name and logo could brand your label in the public’s mind. But, before you start printing up business cards, do a search to find out if anyone’s already using it. Start with Goggle or Yahoo, then move on to the United States Patent & Trademark Office (www. USPTO.gov). Search the Trademark database. If it’s clear, you should file an application to protect the name.

3. Select Your Legal Status At first, your label may be a sole-proprietorship (with only you on board). As you grow, however, it could evolve into a partnership or even a corporation. It’s important that you consult with a lawyer and an accountant to see how the different entities will affect you.

4. Take Care of Business Once your label has a name and legal status, you need to file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with your county recorder. It costs very little and is needed to open your label’s bank account. At that time, you should also obtain a Tax ID. Your bank may help


you with this, or you could contact the IRS for assistance.

Remember, it takes time to develop artists and build your label.

5. Design a Business & Marketing Plan

2. Doing Too Much Too Soon

You need a plan to succeed. It should include a mission statement with both long-term and short-term goals. Basically, it’s like putting your hopes and dreams in writing. From there, you have to decide how you’re going to accomplish your goals, and how long it will take. Analyze your market, know who your competitors are, and find a way to distinguish your label from them. Answer: What sets you apart? How are you different? Who are your potential customers? What and where are your specific markets?

Indie labels that try to do too much too soon often fail. Examples: (a) Covering too many styles of music can stretch indie resources thin; (b) Initiating a national campaign when a regional approach is more reasonable; (c) Trying to act like a major label when you have limited resources. Starting small and building slow is the key to most successful indies.

6. Obtain Funding It’s going to take some money to start your label – even if you cut corners. Figure out how you’re going to get that money. If you’re approaching investors or sponsors, you’ll need a solid Business & Marketing Plan. Prepare for best and worst case scenarios. Try to obtain enough funds so that you can survive for at least a year without any other income.

THE TEN MOST COMMON MISTAKES INDIE LABELS MAKE

3. Poor or No Budgeting A label’s entire operations should be carefully budgeted. This is the financial road map for how you do business. You should create budgets, which can be modified and refined, based on how well (or not) your label is doing. Indie labels sometimes spend too much on a recording - usually because the project was not planned well. A label’s responsibility is to see that their artists are well prepared and know what they want to do in the studio. Don’t spend more on marketing and promotions than necessary. But spend enough to fulfill your plan. Yes, it takes lots of planning and budgeting, but that’s the way you run a successful label.

Note: The following points come courtesy of Keith Holzman’s Solutions Unlimited

1. Insufficient Capitalization (Not Enough Money) This is probably the single biggest mistake people make when starting their labels. They don’t anticipate money needs accurately, and begin operating their label with little cash in reserve.

4. Poor Planning Every aspect of how you operate needs to be examined. You should have a grand plan that looks ahead two to five years. If you don’t have one, you’ll find that you’re reacting to events rather than making things happen.

5. Poor Marketing

You won’t succeed if you make up your marketing as you go along. You should have a specific plan as to how you’re going to achieve success. You must design a marketing strategy tailored to each specific release — in advance of release dates. Don’t wait until a recording is completed to think about it.

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The marketing and selling of music begins and ends with your label. You shouldn’t expect a distributor to do it for you. A distributor’s expertise is in placing your product in retail stores — not marketing or promotion. It’s essential that “you” provide your own marketing.

7. Insufficient Exploitation (Lack of Imagination) The marketing and selling of music begins and ends with your label. You shouldn’t expect a distributor to do it for you. A distributor’s expertise is in placing your product in retail stores — not marketing or promotion. It’s essential that “you” provide your own marketing.

8. Overstaffing Don’t employ more staff than you absolutely need. It’s important to imprint the style and manner of business from the top. Label owners must establish well-defined goals and set good examples for their employees.

9. Poor Staff (and Project) Supervision Your staff must understand their responsibilities and the label’s goals. Then it’s management’s job to see that tasks are handled properly. If manage-


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ment has poor supervision skills, time and money will be wasted. Outsource whenever possible. This reduces payroll, but these people need to be supervised as well. It’s not necessary to look over everyone’s shoulder all the time, but management must be sure that work is completed on schedule and on budget.

10. Weak Websites All record labels must have an Internet presence. Not having a good site is nothing short of negligence. It needn’t be expensive or complex to show how creative your designers are. Make sure everything is optimized for the web. Flash animation, though clever, can be a pain for some people. The same goes for too many graphics on a single page. Album covers and artist photos are a given, but they should use as little bandwidth as possible. If a page takes too long to load, your prospective customers are liable to give up and not navigate any further. Be sure the site is filled with useful information, not razzle-dazzle. Add artist bios, tour information and fun facts. Your entire catalog should be available for viewing. And, it’s crucial to give your visitors sufficient opportunities to listen to songs. There should be, at least, thirty-to-sixty second samples of three or four selections per artist. And these should be available in at least one — if not all — of the standard browser audio media: QuickTime Player (Apple), RealPlayer (RealAudio) and Windows Media Player (Microsoft). Finally, make it easy for a customer to buy your music — either as downloads, CDs and DVDs, or via a link to an established on-line retailer.

Marketing Through Visuals: The Impact of the Digital Press Kit (DPK) If a picture is “worth a thousand words,” then moving pictures and stunning visuals coupled with music AND audio must be worth millions of words. In today’s fastpaced world where your act is sometimes judged in moments, you need every edge that you can get. That is why the DPK, poundfor-pound, is one of the strongest pieces that you can add to your promotional arsenal. The DPK can tell your story, set up your single or album, or convey your cause. It can be posted on You Tube for free – and used in virtually every instance where you need to make a “WOW!” impression. When combined with the power-

ful AirPlay Direct DPK, you have the added impact of downloadable music, bio, tour dates, social media outlets and other information to convey your “power pitch” to media, radio and television broadcasters. The featured DPK comes to us from AirPlay Direct label member, McTrax International. It showcases artist, Andy Fraser, former bass player, producer and co-founder of the classic rock band, FREE, and writer of their mega-hit, “All Right Now.” In promotes his new song and video, “This Is The Big One,” an anthem which shines a light on the subject of global climate change, a cause that is dear to Fraser’s heart.

Andy Fraser DPK: This Is The Big One


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he Direct Buzz offers reviews by a team of professional music critics. Any AirPlay Direct artist or label interested in being considered for a review, should contact us. Choose three songs from your DPK, and we’ll give you our opinion of them. We can’t guarantee a rave review, but we can assure you that it will be honest and constructive. We will try to honor all requests, but it might take a while. As such, your patience is appreciated.

Buckwheat Zydeco

Steve Martin

Merle Haggard

When the Levee Breaks

The Crow

The Bluegrass Sessions

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Buckwheat Zydeco holds true to his name, blending modern styles of music with traditional southern folk, delivering a catchy, party time sound - like no one else can. “When The Levee Breaks” bursts with musicianship that pulsates with electrifying riffs and edges like a cliff. It keeps listeners on their toes as it takes a journey around some blind corners, and ends in a surprisingly rare find. If you really like excellent songwriting, look no further than “Don’t Leave Me,” which is superb with all the classical zydeco instruments you would expect. A modern blues feel, with a hint of Cajun and Creole, it’s so satisfying and whimsical that if you closed your eyes you’d swear you were on a tropical island sipping a Mai Tai. The whole production is crisp, clear and highly evident on “Back In Your Arms.” Slower paced, this tune is tight and powerful with a taste of Bob Marley. The lyrics are insightful and filled with meaning. Everything from the accordion to the high-hat can be heard as if they had their own speaker. Buckwheat Zydeco fans, old and new, should enjoy these songs as well as others in his well-established catalog. Tom Laurie

I’m not big on banjo music... But when presented with the chance to review Steve Martin’s recent album, a gal like me grins and says “sure!” Mainly because he’s a “wild and crazy guy” and it might be fun — except this is seriously good music. Yes, the guy with an arrow in his head is a real player and also a gifted songwriter. On top of that, he’s assembled a great cast of artists with an absolutely brilliant producer, John McEuen, at the helm. Joined by Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Tim O’Brien and Earl Scruggs, it’s a masterful collection of artists and songs. Wonderful melodies, clever lyrics and McEuen’s sonically perfect mixes create pure joy. BTW. Don’t think Martin is void of his trademark humor. He pulls a real “GOTCHA” lyrically in “Daddy Played The Banjo” that had me cracking up for almost half a minute. His liner notes are pretty funny too, and very revealing. While this album might be a departure from what you’d normally listen to, you’ll soon discover that it ALSO ends up being a departure from what you were expecting. You gotta hand it to him. Steve Martin is brilliant. Geeez… Isn’t there anything he doesn’t do well? Jeanie Cunningham

Merle Haggard’s music is just plain finger pickin’ good. You don’t have to be a hardcore country fan to admire his musicianship. He’s a staple in the fabric of country music and his latest album, The Bluegrass Sessions is a beautiful stew, with a mix of bluegrass that evokes an awakening of the senses. “Wouldn’t That Be Something” draws you in and grabs hold with soulful lyrics and harmonies that that would make a butterfly sing. Merle’s past comes to life through his lyrics in “Runaway Momma” when he tells us about a fancy, free lady who proves to be a little too elusive. And he speaks just as eloquently about the present in “What Happened?” This patriotic tune explores where we are going as a society and inspires us to be what we could be. Snappy, sharp production values and distinct, concise playing grant the violin and banjo the opportunity to seemingly leap through the speakers like a panther on the prowl. Recently, Merle hinted that there might be more to come from this bluegrass excursion. Now, that would really be something. It’s almost too much to wish for. Tom Laurie


By: Mike Hagler, Jr.

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his month, I wanted to do something a little different, so I reached out to Ken Lytle, of RadioUgly to find out about his web radio station and his experience. Most of what we know as “web radio” sites are really just streaming music services. I wanted to hear more about a web station that functions more like a terrestrial station, complete with DJs! Ken says RadioUgly started out as “a hobby” seven years ago. He was a DJ for another station and started RadioUgly shortly after leaving that post. Having a name that could easily be remembered was important. And being a huge Frank Zappa fan, Ken felt that RadioUgly had a nice ring to it. The station plays Rock, with some soft metal thrown in. In the early days, Ken would play just about any music he could get his hands on. Most leaned more mainstream. Indie music didn’t come into play until later on. After receiving the first bits of indie music, Ken started leaning more and more toward it. While he feels his listenership suffers from not playing much mainstream, he knows that by sticking to his guns, his listeners know exactly what to expect. Although he has seen a recent dip in listenership due to competition, he believes his station is attracting a better quality of music that will help them to move up! Ken also checks out many of the AirPlay Direct DPKs that come his way and says he prefers them to others he’s seen. He notes they are “always complete, easy to read and easy to find links to the music,” and he can judge quickly whether or not the music being sent fits the format of his station.

RadioUgly operates differently than some web radio stations. It is fully licensed and is very protective of its library. Because of this fact, Ken receives music that no other stations can get. You cannot simply apply online to be a DJ for RadioUgly and get access to the music. Ken’s DJs have been with him for years, and he trusts them. In addition to the programming, RadioUgly sponsors a music outreach program that donates instruments to underprivileged children. The school picks a student that may not be able to afford their own instrument, and the instrument is then presented to the student to encourage their interest in music and music education. Ken’s latest venture is a record label. His first project is a band called Flakjacket. They were looking to make a new album, but had no money for studio time. Ken came on as Executive Producer and is helping them to create a fanbase to expand their touring market in a more traditional sense. The album drops on May 22nd. All of this seems like a lot for a guy who has a family and a full-time job outside of the web radio station! Ken spends much of his time managing a collision repair center near his home in the Adirondack Mountains. His passion for music and RadioUgly has taken his “hobby” to a whole new level! Take the time to head over to www. radiougly.com and give the station a listen. And, if you feel like your music will fit the format, feel free to send your AirPlay Direct DPK over to Ken at radiougly@gmail.com.


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