Justin Bieber has been in the news a lot in past for his wild antics. In the day of the internet, people are constantly commenting on his actions. He came out on the Ellen Show recently to tell the public, it does bother him.
Children’s Media Studio has debuted the release of their new Christmas album, Sing And Spell Christmas Sing-Along, presenting nine classic Christmas favorites and two new original songs, with featured arrangements by Mark Radice, the three-time Emmy-nominated composer who has written songs for Sesame Street, Elmo’s Christmas Countdown, The Jim Henson Hour and The Muppets at Walt Disney World. Children’s Media Studios released all of the music videos for viewing on their YouTube channel, with complimentary holiday coloring pages also offered on their website.
As we Americans prepare for a 3-day weekend of grilling hamburgers, drinking beer, and participating in admittedly poorly thought out experiments involving fireworks and other explosives (many of which will undoubtedly end up on Youtube), we here at Karaoke Cloud/DigiTrax Entertainment want to take the time to wish you, our faithful readers, a very happy Independence Day!
And here to kick off the festivities, we “proudly” present stupid people doing what stupid people do best. You’re welcome! 🙂
WARNING: Language NSFW
On a more serious note, we very much hope that you will take time out this weekend to remember exactly what it is we’re celebrating. We live in a country which has many faults. Several of our leaders, whom we voted into power, have done significant damage to our civil liberties, our education system continues to decline as our children rank lower and lower among other nations in math, science, and literacy, and more Americans can name the cast members of Duck Dynasty than can name their own congressman. We have a lot of problems which need fixing, yet to this day we remain free. And that freedom not only comes with a price, it comes with a responsibility; a responsibility which all Americans must bear. That responsibility is to never take our freedom for granted, lest we lose it entirely!
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
The music and radio industries are in mourning today as news spreads that Casey Kasem, one of the most recognizable voices in radio history, passed away early Sunday morning (June 15) at a hospital in Washington state. He was 82.
A statement written by Kasem’s children and released by his representative, Danny Deraney, on Sunday read, “Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken … The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.”
The iconic DJ was already a popular Los Angeles-based radio personality when he became host of “American Top 40” in 1970, a show which became a mainstay of thousands of radio stations world-wide as music lovers everywhere tuned in to find out where their favorite artists placed each week.
The show’s success, however, and that of successor programs such as “American Top 20” and “Casey’s Top 40,” hinged on more than a simple numeric countdown. His biographical spotlights shed light on the personal lives of our favorite artists, giving us the chance to feel as if we knew them just a little bit better. His emotional “Dear Casey” and “long-distance dedication” segments made the show a lot more personal than any other syndicated radio shows of the era.
On a personal note, Casey was a big part of my childhood. I’ll never forget listening to the show each week with a cassette tape ready and my finger primed to record my favorite songs (a joy/frustration this generation of kids will never know). I consider his death a personal loss and my condolences, along with those of everyone here at Karaoke Cloud/DigiTrax Entertainment, go out to Casey’s family. “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
Tomi Robb performs “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” at Knoxville’s Wild Wings Café during the Voice Off competition on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Robb would go on to win first place in the singing contest.
Twelve outstanding singers assembled for the final round of Knoxville Wild Wings Café‘s Voice Off competition on Sunday, May 4, 2014, but only one could emerge victorious. By the narrowest of margins, R&B sensation Tomi Robb took home the honors, the $1,000 cash prize, and a recording session at SoKnox Studios sponsored by DigiTrax Entertainment worth $3,500.
It was not a walk in the park for Robb, who was pushed to her limits by the field of eleven other competitors, each of whom brought both their natural talent and their “A-game” to the packed house.
Joining Robb in the Top Five were first runner-up Emily Struble and second runner-up Renee Maggart, along with Dylan Snowden and Cameron Dickerson.
Judges and coaches for the competition, which began in February, included Larry Blair, Linda Meyers, Mike Snodgrass and Sarah Goodpaster. The event was hosted by Master of Ceremonies Justin Marsh and directed under the watchful eye of Tara Thomas, with the crucial sound engineering duties masterfully executed by Mike Sosville.
The celebration was a huge success and included an art exhibit from local photographer Brian Murray, an outdoor karaoke party, and a performance by 3-time Emmy nominated singer/songwriter Mark Radice. Also in attendance were Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, County Commissioner Brad Anders, several members of the Knoxville business community, and local musicians from all around the South East.
Those in attendance were also treated to an impromptu acoustic set by local rock band “Sensible Madness.” The talented quintet made use of the instruments on display and thrilled party-goers with unplugged renditions of several of their original songs sending energy and positive vibes through the roof!
The staff and technicians at SoKnox Studios pride themselves on their ability to provide pretty much anything one might need with regards to music and animation for television, film, radio, games, apps, and more. They are also avid supporters of local artists/musicians and are working hand-in-hand with the local business community to revitalize and reinvent the South Knoxville area.
San Diego-based Bertrand Music Enterprises is the latest high-profile subject of a lawsuit in the continuing crackdown against illegally distributed karaoke tracks, according to an article published Wednesday (March 26) by the Nashville Business Journal.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing and affiliates have filed the lawsuit through the U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee claiming that Bertrand sold and distributed thousands of karaoke tracks without first obtaining a licensing agreement.
While no numerical specifics have been reported, we do know that Sony/ATV, which is co-owned by the estate of Michael Jackson, has filed for an injunction, an unspecified amount in damages and profit loss, and separate statutory damages.
Public records show that the New York-based Sony/ATV has filed several claims against karaoke distributors in recent years, all centered around copyright issues. Bertrand Music Enterprises has yet to comment on the case.
Guys, there’s only one way to insure you don’t face legal issues regarding your karaoke library and that’s to make sure you’re using only legally licensed material. Rest assured that DigiTrax Entertainment and Karaoke Cloud will never steer you in the wrong direction. We’re here for you!