Taylor Swift Sounds Off: “Music Is Art, and Art Should Be Paid For.”

Taylor Swift writes an op-ed revealing her take on the music industry (Photo: courtesy of searchednews.com)

Taylor Swift writes an op-ed revealing her take on the music industry (Photo: courtesy of searchednews.com)

It’s not exactly rare for famous people to let their opinions be known. From full-blown interviews to short quips on their Facebook or Twitter accounts, Hollywood and music industry superstars don’t typically hide their feelings on politics or anything else they feel passionate about. It is, however, rare for one of the pop-culture elite to actually write an entire op-ed for a nationwide newspaper.

Well, that’s exactly what Taylor Swift has done. The beautiful and talented singer/songwriter has written an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she gives her optimistic two cents about the future of the music industry.

“In recent years, you’ve probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal,” she wrote. “My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.”

While many artists are scathing in their remarks when it comes to revealing their personal opinions about their own industries, Swift remains typically upbeat, refusing to tarnish her famously sunny disposition. “Music is art, and art is important and rare,” she wrote. “Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.”

While celebrity has always been a popularity contest (that’s kinda how you get to become a celebrity in the first place), Taylor took some time to address the rising trend of social media-based popularity within the entertainment industry. “A friend of mine, who is an actress, told me that when the casting for her recent movie came down to two actresses, the casting director chose the actress with more Twitter followers,” she said. “I see this becoming a trend in the music industry.”

This is more than just a valid point. In a society where people can now become famous for simply being famous, sheer talent and ability are no longer enough to either grant or prolong success. Social media has changed everything and it appears that there is no going back.

To see what else Taylor had to say, click on this link to read the full Wall Street Journal article.

Nick Cannon Goes Whiteface for “White People.”

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Nick Cannon is preparing to release his first studio album in 11 years. The title of said album, “White People Party Music,” has sparked some controversy, but not nearly as much as as his new promotional gimmick and recent tweets.

Cannon, most recently noted for his marriage to R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey, posted a picture of himself on Instagram done up in “whiteface,” dressed in stereotypical “caucasian” clothing, and with a caption which read “It’s official… I’m White!!!” This was then followed by the hashtags “#WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC… #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft ‘Bro I got drafted!!’”

The artist’s promotional stunt has set off some rather heated responses in the Twitterverse. One user posted “This is so f–king offensive. What if Britney spears made herself black and put a pic up that says ‘it’s official.. I’M BLACK.’” Others have chimed in stating that Cannon is perpetrating a racial double standard.

Cannon has also taken to his Twitter feed, in part to defend himself while, at the same time, feeding the flames. He recently tweeted, “Damn I didn’t know it was going to be this hard being White! … I’m exhausted with all this ‘privilege’ LOL #WhitePeopleProblems.”

“White People Party Music” is due out April 1st.

So what’s your take? Is this an innocent gimmick in order to promote his new album or has Cannon gone too far? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Rave Reviews Continue For Sing-N-Share!

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They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity. I’m not 100% sure I agree with that, but I do know that good publicity is always good! And that’s what Sing-N-Share continues to rake in as more and more bloggers and tech-reviewers weigh in on our new mobile karaoke app.

This latest positive review comes from Faryaal Khan of ilovefreesoftware.com. Mr. Khan gives a glowing review of the app in which he presses home how easy and convenient it is to use in addition to its entertainment value. “The main page of the app has many categories of songs, like: Pop, Country, R&B, Rock. Each category has hundreds of hit songs that you can sing along with this app. You can easily search your favorite song using the alphabetical filter.”

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Faryaal goes on to itemize each of the outstanding features of Sing-N-Share, such as “attractive user interface with soft colors, easy to access features, login using Facebook or Twitter accounts,” and, “more than 12,000 songs available.”

While Mr. Khan was thorough in his review, the only thing I can see that was omitted is the fact that Sing-N-Share is available in both Google Play (Android) and the Apple App Store (iOS). “Khhhhaaaaann!!” *in my best William Shatner voice*

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We are more than willing to forgive such an oversight, however, when a reviewer ends a piece like so: “Sing-N-Share is a fun app for Android. I feel so lucky to have found this app. All my friends are gonna have a blast in our next party, singing songs with this karaoke app. I absolutely love this app. Try it yourself, it will surely cheer up your mood.”

But don’t just take his word for it! Download Sing-N-Share now at singnshare.com and see for yourself how easy it is to share the fun.

Sing-N-Share Hits The App Store!

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Sing-N-Share hit the Google Play store the week before Christmas and that was enough to keep us jacked up into the new year. “Jacked up,” but not satisfied. As excited as we were for Android users to finally get their hands on Sing-N-Share, we immediately turned our attention toward getting the app approved and pushed through on the Apple App Store. That time and energy has payed off as Sing-N-Share is now available for Apple users on iPhone, iPod, and iPad!

For those not 100% sure what Sing-N-Share is all about, it’s a completely free, add-supported (thanks to LiveRail) mobile karaoke app developed by DigiTrax Entertainment and Deansoft which gives you total access to thousands of songs from the Karaoke Cloud catalog with more being added all the time! Sing-N-Share is much more than that, however, as it also allows users to not only sing along with their favorite tracks, but to record their performance and share it with friends and family anywhere in the world by posting it to Facebook or Twitter!

But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself on either Google Play or the Apple App Store right now and share the fun!

 

“They’re Heeeeere…” Sing-N-Share hits Google Play with thousands of free tracks from Karaoke Cloud!

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The wait is over! Sing-N-Share is now available on Google Play for all Android devices and it’s rolling out to rave reviews and 5-star ratings. 

DigiTrax is excited to announce that it’s new mobile-karaoke app is now available to Android users and is awaiting final approval for release in the Apple App Store. With Sing-N-Share you’ll have access to thousands upon thousands of hit songs that you can sing, record, and share through social media anywhere at anytime.

“I have a lot of fun with this app!” stated one user in his review, “Especially since I am way too shy to sing in front of a bunch of people.” Another user said “This thing is awesome!!!!! My friends and I have started singing competitions!” Great idea! Bring your friends and family closer together through a little friendly competition. 🙂

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My friends, I’ve used the app myself. I’m not big on singing in front of people, but I’m really having fun with this thing! I like all sorts music but I’m particularly fond of 90’s alternative and pop rock. Those were my high school and college years after all! Yesterday, I sang and recorded my own rendition of “Found Out About You” (originally performed by the Gin Blossoms). The track was beautifully produced and sounded so close to the original it was amazing. I recorded it and then posted it on Facebook, taking no small amount of courage on my part, with no problems whatsoever.

Try it! I promise you’ll like. It’s free, easy to use, and a lot of fun. Get it here in the Google Play store. If you’re an iPhone/iPad person, fear not. You’ll have your chance to join in the fun very, very soon! 

Sing-N-Share: Putting the “#” in #merrychristmas

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There is no medium more powerful than music when it comes to expressing our feelings to our friends and family. Social media has made it possible to do this pretty much anywhere and at anytime. Now Sing-N-Share is adding a personal touch by allowing users to not only share meaningful songs on their favorite social media site, but to record those songs in their own voice.

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Think about it. Your job has forced you to move hundreds of miles from home and you can’t get the time off to visit for the holidays. Your husband or wife is in the military and deployed overseas through the first of the year. Are your loved ones more likely to appreciate an uploaded YouTube video of your favorite Christmas tune or the same song sung by you, personalized just for them, and posted to their Facebook wall for everyone to see? Sing-N-Share makes it easy to show those closest to you that you’re thinking about them regardless of where they are.

Since the Sing-N-Share app is 100% cost free to consumers, thanks to the fact that it is totally ad-supported by LiveRail, it also makes for a very cost-effective way to share your holiday greetings with friends and family all around the world. In an article posted on Investopedia.com, author Amanda Haury stated that according to the American Research Group “In 2011, the average American spent $646 on holiday gifts. In 2012, it is expected that the average American will be spending $854 in gifts for friends and loved ones.” Keep in mind that this was just the cost for gifts and did not include decorations, travel expenses, holiday cards, or food. It is unclear how much Americans will be spending in 2013, but if the trend continues it will be even more than last year. Sing-N-Share just might help cut the corners on that hefty budget so you don’t have a “Blue Christmas.”

The Sing-N-Share app will be available soon for both iOS and Android based mobile devices. In the mean time, be sure to check out Karaoke Cloud and KaraokeOnVEVO for more of your favorite Christmas carols and contemporary Christmas songs.

Sing-N-Share: Storm clouds gathering for other karaoke apps

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Mobile apps have revolutionized practically every aspect of our lives. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the entertainment industry. With music, movies, and games available at the touch of a finger on our phones and tablets, the days of porting around CD’s and Blu Ray disks are quickly coming to an end.

The karaoke industry is no exception in this regard. No more are karaoke-ers relegated to purchasing bulky, dust-collecting home karaoke machines. We no longer have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on CD’s in order to collect all of our favorite songs. Why? Sing-N-Share!

Set to be released in the coming weeks, Sing-N-Share is the revolutionary mobile karaoke app from DigiTrax Entertainment LLC (innovators of such services as Karaoke Cloud and KaraokeOnVEVO) that will give all of its customers free access to its entire catalog of over 12,000 hit songs! This is a far cry from similar apps which charge a mandatory premium fee for access to a much smaller library. With the Sing-N-Share app not only will you be able to sing and record your favorite performances, but also have the ability to share them with your friends and family via social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.

All of these features will be available at no cost to the consumer through the ad-supported app. Don’t like ads? Sing-N-Share has you covered there, too, as there will be an option to eliminate ads by purchasing a reasonably-priced premium version.

Check back with us regularly as more details become available!