Kings of Country Music and the Future

When a genre of music becomes popular it seems that it is distorted in every way possible so that everyone can fit into the genre and market it to the masses. This is what is happening now with country music as you had the success of Taylor Swift who is a mix of country, pop, and folk but she was definitely not the first country act to use a pop edge to make her point and gain new fans.

As country music came into the forefront in the early 90’s it had always before been seen as only something that those who lived in rural America could listen to and was seen as corny to many of the so called mainstream music fans. The early 90’s country music brought artists such as Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and of course the funny but catchy Billy Ray Cyrus song “Achy Breaky Heart.” It only continued throughout the 90’s with over twenty pop influenced artists logging top ten hits.

There have been many artists who have started their careers before the country music pop revolution and still maintain relevancy. You could argue that these are the real artists of country music as they have not followed trends but instead stood up to the test of time and still create music that is as popular as ever. You cannot start mentioning these types of artists without talking about artists such as George Strait, Alan Jackson, and more. You also have newer country artists who are more traditional such as Brad Paisley who is selling out tour dates all over the country and has been for years now. To call Brad Paisley newer is a stretch as he has been in the music industry for almost two decades now but if you compare him to George Strait and others he is fairly young.

There are many new country music artists who have been popping up for a year or so and then fade into oblivion where you do not ever hear a mention of their names. There have been a few country artists as of late who seem to be in it for the long run such as Blake Shelton, Ashton Shepherd, Miranda Lambert, and others. It is tough in the music industry today to stay relevant and have a successful career. This is why Taylor Swift’s story is so intriguing because even though she is not completely country she still has many country values and a slight twang in some of her songs but yet still appeals to a massive fan base of mostly younger listeners. The lyrical content of country has not changed over the years as it is still about love, hard times, and family but that is something that will probably never change in country music.

Pixie Lott Uses New Car Model in Her New Music Pop Video!

For pop music lovers everywhere, you are in for a real treat. We all know about the celebrity endorsements from Volvos interaction with the teen based Twilight Saga and even the fashion worlds’ involvements with and on the new Mini Countryman and more and more car manufacturers are jumping on the music- marketing- bandwagon.

Pop sensation and English singer/ song writer, Pixie Lott tunes into the new Citroen DS3 as part of her video promoting her newest single ‘Broken Arrow’. Citroen’s DS3 appears in the music video in a roll of romantic scenes, both past and present. The single (out now) is a brand new track from the re-released version of Pixie Lott’s multi-platinum 2009 debut album, Turn it Up which pushed Pixie into a global Pop sensation who has sold over 600,000 copies in the UK alone.

Citroen’s Communications director has stated that Pixie Lott is one of the most talented and successful performers of our time and that the car manufacturers are thrilled that the DS3 was chosen to appear in her new video. He also commented that the vehicle was ‘happening’ and ‘upcoming’, just like the artist.

The 19 year old singer/ song writer from London has won many awards for her contribution to music and rose to fame with her debut single ‘Mama Do’. The single hit number one in the UK charts and she went on to produce another 5 top 20 singles. Pixie has recently also appeared as a guest judge on X Factor, sitting with the cream of the music business Simon Cowell.

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How to Use Music Legally in Your Work

HOW TO USE MUSIC LEGALLY IN YOUR WORK: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: WHEN DO I NEED A LICENSE TO USE MUSIC IN MY WORK?

A: You need to acquire a license when you want to take music that you have not personally created and use it as a soundtrack in your production. Acquiring a license gives you the legal right to include someone else’s copyrighted work as a part of your own work.

Q: WHAT IS A COPYRIGHT?

A: Copyright is a federal law that protects creators by giving them exclusive rights to their works. Once a work is under copyright, it is illegal to use the work without the permission of the copyright owner.

Q: HOW DOES COPYRIGHT EFFECT MY DECISION TO USE MUSIC?

A: Music that has been recorded and issued on CD is protected by 2 copyrights. To use a recording of a musical composition in your work, you need to get permission from both copyright holders.

The first permission you need is from the music’s publisher. The music publisher holds the copyright for the actual written music – the melody, the lyrics, the accompaniment, the actual music as it would appear in sheet music. This copyright is shown by using the familiar © symbol.

The second permission is for the recording itself. To get this, you would approach the record company that released the recording. The record company holds the copyright for the actual performance of the song captured and mastered on tape and released on CD. The symbol for this copyright is the letter (P) inside a circle. (look on the back of your own CDs, you will see these symbols in use). (Author’s Note: This is where we used the 2 small graphics in the HTML version showing the (C) and (P) copyrights)

Q: HOW DO I GET PERMISSION TO USE COPYRIGHTED MUSIC?

A: The fact that music is protected by copyright doesn’t mean you cannot use it, it simply means you have to seek permission to use it. To receive that permission you will typically have to pay a licensing fee.

Q: WHAT LICENSE DO I NEED?

A: Here are the licenses you need for the right to use music in your media project:

Synchronization License – This license is issued from the music publisher. The Synchronization License (often abbreviated as sync license) gives you the right to “synchronize” the copyrighted music with your images and dialogue

Note: Having a sync license means you have permission from the publisher to use the music but it doesn’t give you the right to use a specific recording of the composition. For that you need the following…

Master Use License – This license is issued directly from the record company. Fees can range from several hundred dollars to millions of dollars depending on the popularity of the music.

Once you have paid the music publisher for a Sync License and the record company for a Master Use license, you have the legal right to use the music in your production.

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This article is about music that is under copyright and NOT in the public domain. Music written before 1933 is in the public domain and can be used without having to acquire a synchronization license (you still need a master use license if you use a recording of a piece in the public domain). Music written after 1933 is still under copyright according to US law. I hope to discuss the public domain in more detail in a future article.
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Q: WHAT ARE PRODUCTION MUSIC CDS?

A: As you can see from the process described above, licensing music can be a time-intensive, form-laden, and expensive process. Using Production Music CDs (also referred to as Royalty Free Music CDs), is the quickest and easiest way to license music. When you buy music from a production music library, you are immediately granted both synchronization and master use rights to use the music in your work.

Production Music fills a niche for producers who don’t have a million dollar music budget and can’t afford to license a major hit song. Production Music gives the smaller, independent producer the ability to use music soundtracks in his or her production.

Q: IS PRODUCTION MUSIC UNDER COPYRIGHT?

A: Production music is protected by both the (C) and (P) copyrights. When you buy a track from a production music library, you’ll receive a license agreement which gives you both synchronization and master use rights.

Production Music is not copyright-free as some have termed it. It is fully protected by copyright law. With production music you get ease of licensing. You don’t have to contact several sources to seek sync and master use licenses.

Q: CAN I LICENSE A FAMOUS SONG FROM A PRODUCTION MUSIC LIBRARY?

A: There are no production music pop hits. You won’t find an Eminem track in a production music library. To use an Eminem cut you would have to negotiate a license with Interscope Records. That’s not to say you can’t find Hip Hop tracks in production music libraries but you won’t find current or past pop hits.

Unlike a pop song, production music is composed to be used specifically as background music. It is usually instrumental, with no vocals or lyrics, and is similar to a film soundtrack.

Q: HOW OFTEN CAN I USE PRODUCTION MUSIC TRACKS?

A: The license agreement grants you very broad usage rights. For instance, with the license agreement from my company, UniqueTracks, you are not limited to one-time usage; you can use the music again in any other production you create. You don’t have to inform us of your intent to use or report back once the production is complete. Once you have purchased the music, you are free and clear to use it as often as you like within the boundaries stated by the license (i.e. the music has to be used in synchronization with narration or visuals)

The simplicity of Production music licensing makes it a perfect choice for corporate videos, Flash animations, PowerPoint presentations, independent film, multimedia applications, – virtually anywhere where music is helpful but where the project budget doesn’t included hundreds of thousands of dollars to license expensive songs.

Classical Music Appreciation For Children

This may only seem like an extra to you, but please don’t underestimate the importance of teaching your child to have a proper appreciation for music. A proper appreciation for music cannot be properly obtained without exposure to beautiful music. Pop, country, rock all have their place, but will just not suffice.

Think of it this way: The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart is like a six-tiered, filled and ornately decorated cake, as opposed to a popular country or pop song on the radio which is like a boxed cake mix whipped up and made in an hour. You get the idea… there is no comparison. Like it or not, quite often (not always) popular music is about what is most marketable and profitable for record companies. However, geniuses like Beethoven, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky were moved by something different, something moving in their souls. Listening to beautiful music will give your child an appreciation for what is “truly” beautiful.

Beautiful Music helps foster an appreciation for truth and beauty

Start at an early age exposing your children to beautiful artwork and music. There are so many crude and ugly things in our world, it is important that our children know how to recognize true beauty so as to lift their mind and soul to higher things.There are many programs to help you reach this goal, though none of them are necessary, if you would like to use all freebies from the library.

Music Curriculum

For music appreciation curriculum, I have enjoyed using How to Introduce Your Child to Classical Music in 52 Easy Lessons. It is easy to use and not only exposes your child to beautiful music, it hones their listening skills as they try and discern the different sections of the orchestra (brass, strings, woodwinds, etc.).

If you are wanting to teach your children more general musical theory, then Music Ace 1 & 2 software are a fun way to go. Students progress through 24 lessons on sharps, flats, pitch, durations and more. Corresponding to each lesson is a game for extra fun and practice. Music Ace 2 builds on Music Ace 1 by introducing standard notation, rhythm, melody, harmony and intervals.

Of course, private instrument lessons are always an option for those who can afford them. If not, there are many excellent “teach yourself” programs available. I know of many families whose children were self taught at a variety of instruments.

Have fun incorporating a music curriculum into you homeschool program and try to remember that it is truly an important part of your child’s homeschool education and not just an “extra.”