Details emerge on Karaoke Summit 2013

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The official website for this year’s Karaoke Summit has been updated, and includes an intriguing entry in the agenda.

Set to appear at 10:30 am is Natalie Madaj, who is a legal fellow at the National Music Publisher’s Association. The title of the talk is “Reform Sync Licensing Now”, which has us fascinated. Coupled with the appearance of Allen Jacobi, who’s widely regarded as a top entertainment licensing and copyright attorney, this is shaping up to be an interesting line-up.

Is it possible we could be witnesses to a paradigm shift in the way publishers view karaoke licensing? It’s hard to tell from the information given.

ABKCO v Stellar pretty much gutted the industry way-back-when as the dominoes began toppling over licensing disputes. If karaoke could shed the video sync license requirement, perhaps even (dare we dream it) become compulsory, like some economic zones enjoy, there could be a karaoke renaissance in the USA.

That would be a major boost to labels, KJ’s, singers, publishers…. pretty much everyone involved in the industry.

Update 3:11 pm: The streaming channel link has just been released http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4348237/events/2168578.

Ten people you meet at karaoke

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You know them all.

They’re present at every karaoke night, in Anytown, USA, determined to embellish your quality of life with their idea of the superior karaoke experience. As a public service, to help you readily identify the various species of Genus Karaokus, we present this by-no-means exhaustive list, in all their glory, or lack thereof.

The Diva. Dressed for a cocktail party and dripping with costume jewelry, she sings well, smells great, looks fantastic, and is well and truly aware of all three.

Performs like: a Broadway understudy being given her first big chance. Will be drinking: room-temperature mineral water. Will ask the KJ: at least three times to adjust the reverb on her microphone because it’s “too dry”. Will leave when: the crowd fills less than half the room. Favorite song: “My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion.

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Five reasons to sing during National Karaoke Week

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You already knew singing karaoke was fun, but did you know it can have powerful positive effects on your life? Here’s five ways singing makes your life better

It improves your health. There are many studies that show the health benefits of singing. Not only does it release endorphins, those natural body chemicals that induce feelings of well-being, singing encourages deep breathing, a key part of relaxation techniques, and increases oxygen in the bloodstream. One study suggests it may even boost your immune system.

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Country legend George Jones takes last Grand Tour

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We are saddened to hear that one of our all-time favorites, country legend George Jones, has passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center today, at the age of 81.

Often cited as the most-emulated voice in country music, Jones’ successes were as epic as his failures, helping cement him as one of the icons of his genre.

George Jones’ classic “The Grand Tour” from KaraokeOnVEVO

When you’re out singing karaoke tonight, lift a glass and sing a song for Ol’ Possum. If you need help finding the tunes, just drop by Karaoke Cloud, where we have more than forty by this giant who recorded music for over 50 years.

National Karaoke Week around the country

In New York

The New York Times Magazine asked the question a few weeks ago – “How good does karaoke have to be to qualify as art?” in a review of the Portland, Oregon karaoke scene. But a collection of 50 emerging artists in the NYC area have put together an art show that’s entirely based on karaoke. Like the video above, consisting entirely of nonsense syllables from popular songs, the CCTV show offers a fresh perspective on culture and art through the lens of karaoke.

In St. Louis

A karaoke jockey makes a pledge to visit a different karaoke bar in the St. Louis area for every day of National Karaoke Week. What happened was almost entirely NSFW.

Where did you say you were from?

And finally, something we’ll all be guilty of this week, and every week. One of the great things about karaoke is that the lyrics are provided. That doesn’t mean the person who scrolls them for the karaoke video always gets them right, though they try real hard. Here’s ten of the most-often-misheard lyrics, courtesy of Mental Floss. You’re welcome, Gretchen.

National Karaoke Week in Britain

Those crazy Brits. You think your obsession with karaoke is worthy of sharing with your shrink? Talk Talk (not to be confused with these guys) took to the streets of London to ask the punters what their go-to karaoke tunes were, and to share a few bars with the TV audience, in recognition of National Karaoke Week. Turns out most of them have their own karaoke machines at home.

Here in the colonies, of course, we have Karaoke Cloud and KaraokeOnVEVO to keep us happy streaming and downloading our favorite tunes. Still, it’s good to know that in the land of double-decker buses and red phone boxes, the urge to strut your musical stuff is still going strong.

Karaoke – is it time to pull the plug?

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Wait, what? Karaoke is more popular than ever! It’s the subject of countless social media posts, tens of thousands of YouTube videos, and is hosted by as many as 40,000 venues across the nation.

But in one sense of the term “pull the plug”, yes, it is high time. Especially if you’re tired of the same-old same-old.

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