Ten Great Karaoke Songs for Labor Day Weekend

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The days are getting shorter and it’s time to celebrate summer’s last hurrah. In the USA, that means a long weekend, the start of football season, backyard barbecues, pool parties, and trips out of town to blow off steam. Here’s ten great karaoke songs chosen especially to highlight your Labor Day weekend.

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Cloud is where karaoke discs go when they die

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Karaoke Cloud is where karaoke discs go when they die.

Music listeners continue flocking to online cloud-based delivery systems, and DigiTrax Entertainment is betting that the professional karaoke jockey and the casual karaoke fan will too.

A report from research outfit The NPD Group released earlier this year cited data gathered from 13- to 35-year-olds indicating that free and subscription-based streaming music services accounted for almost one quarter of those consumers’ average weekly music listening time, up from 17 percent in the previous year.

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The 2013 Karaoke Summit has Ended

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Joe Vangieri, CEO of DigiTrax took the podium and began with his background. He’s one of the first KJs in the USA, having multiple venues back in the laserdisc days, in New York City.

Natalie Madaj from the National Music Publishers Association outlined the general attitude among publishers for innovations in karaoke licensing, and suggested the Harry Fox Agency’s Slingshot program as a way for streamlining the video sync licensing process.

Allen Jacobi, famous entertainment lawyer, ran down the differences between licensing in the USA and doing so abroad, and how the current licensing structure puts American companies at a competitive disadvantage.

Hal Kinney, President of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Disc jockey Association, talked about how difficult it is for a KJ to stay legal, when his customers constantly approached him with non-licensed files to play. The customers, Kinney noted, don’t care about licensing issues. They just want to sing their favorite songs.

Jonathan Apostoles, CEO and Founder of JoltSoft, makers of Karaoke Anywhere, detailed the new social media “Karaoke Feed” integration in their very popular app, and how it can help singers, venues and KJs.

Roby Robinson, attorney for Piracy Recovery LLC spoke at length about that company’s efforts to curb piracy, and the rights surrounding karaoke use.

Kurt Slep, CEO of Slep-Tone Entertainment, gave a riveting speech covering a brief history of both karaoke and karaoke piracy in the USA, and what his company is doing to bring it closer to an end.

Toni Roberts, Senior Licensing and Production Coordinator for DigiTrax discussed setting up the correct metadata for each karaoke song ever released. Allen Jacobi returned to the podium to advocate sharing and crowd-sourcing the metadata.

Joe Vangieri closed the Summit with a look at how upcoming technology is affecting where and how we use karaoke, before taking closing questions.

You can review the Livestream, with full replay capabilites now at: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4348237/events/2168578

DigiTrax turns back time with retro karaoke releases

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DigiTrax Karaoke, makers of Karaoke Cloud, were the first to bring bulk digital karaoke libraries to the masses, allowing anyone to build an instant karaoke library complete enough to start hosting their own parties and shows, and to snag the whole thing digitally.

Lately, our ears have been bent pretty severely by folks who want to catch up with the hottest hits over the past three years, and be able to get bulk purchasing power.

So we’re happy to say there are six new 50-song packs in the DigiTrax stable as of this morning. We’ve put together the hottest country and pop hits from the past three years and released them all on easy-to-get 50-song download packs.

You can get all the details right here.

Karaoke Rescue comes from Boyz II Men

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When Cory wanted to show his lady Cassandra a very special night during a trip to LA, he planned to serenade her at a karaoke hotspot.

Unfortunately, Cory had never performed karaoke before. On the upside, he got a little help.

And if you want to sing that song to your special someone, you can sing the same version Cory did, courtesy of KaraokeOnVEVO.

Karaoke Ambush

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The coolest thing we’ve seen today comes by courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics, a firm based in San Fransisco, who recently stalked through the streets of London to bring you this total karaoke ambush:

If you enjoyed that so much you want to throw down a little Whitney Houston yourself, here you are, courtesy of KaraokeOnVEVO.

Karaoke Mailbag – Rant of the Week

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When you deal with a topic as polarizing as karaoke (wait, did we just say that?), you gotta expect to get the occasional nastygram. Here’s one that came over the wires just yesterday regarding the upcoming Karaoke Summit (more details on that tomorrow).

Smoothedge69 writes:

“It’s amazing the amount of sheer nonsense that Karaoke generates. The greed factor in the publishing world is absolutely ridiculous. Everyone has their hands out. Karaoke is a form of entertainment, and you people, with your lawsuits and the greed of everyone in music business is destroying a harmless activity. The people who sing these Karaoke tracks are not professional singers. For the most part, they are drunk people just looking to have some fun!! They aren’t making money, unless they are winning contests. The hosts make a nominal fee, especially now-a-days, and the bars sell drinks. GET OFF OUR BACKS!!

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