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Artists and Music Community Launch Campaign to Secure Royalties From Over-the-Air Radio

A group of organizations, including SoundExchange, that represent all facets of the music community, have banded together in a coalition called musicFIRST to encourage Congress to right a decades-old wrong in copyright law and grant artists the same performance right in over-the-air radio that they receive from digital platforms. The musicFIRST coalition consists of more than 100 founding artists and several music industry organizations. Find out more at Click here

Big corporate radio is the only medium that refuses to pay performers royalties for their hard work.

The United States is the only western, free-market nation that does not require radio stations to pay artists and labels when they broadcast performances on the terrestrial radio. In fact, when American music is played in foreign countries, they withhold royalties to protest that U.S. radio stations do not honor a performance right for foreign artists. That translates into lost royalties of between $80 million and $100 million annually for U.S. performers.

Next Step

We hope to have hearings in both Houses of Congress beginning in July. We expect this to be a long, hard fight with the National Association of Broadcasters doing everything possible to avoid radio having to pay performance royalties

START THE BUZZ

What you can do is talk to your friends, write letters to newspapers, blog, and contact Members of Congress (from where you live now and from where you grew up) and tell them how, in this age of multiple music platforms, it is important that wherever music is played, the creators of music need to be paid.

Please go to Visit www.musicFIRSTcoalition.org to find out more and get involved.

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on June 20, 2007 @ 2:35 PM
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MTV is showing some love with these new Bassnectar environments-

They feature “Select Frquency” by Bassnectar & J. Wikid feat Seasunz from his new album “Underground Communication”

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on June 13, 2007 @ 5:45 PM
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The Next 1000 is URB’s annual list of bands or artists that the magazine has predicted are
about to make it big. After being carefully screened by the editors and
staff, Samantha James has been chosen for the elite list.
This year, the legendary list has gone broadband, allowing readers to vote
for their favorites. Extended coverage and events are scheduled to follow
for the bands or artists with the highest votes.

Here is the link to view the profile….

And vote for Samantha, she deserves it!!

Click Here To Vote!
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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on June 7, 2007 @ 5:36 PM
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Bassnectar’s video “Bomb the Blocks” is up on cravefest.com. Cravefest is an international music video awards festival that recognizes signed and unsigne artists. If you haven’t seen the video already, now is as good a time as ever to go check it out and show our boy Bassnectar some love. He worked hard on this video and you can tell! Its one of my faves!

The winners are determined by votes- and you are the voters!

Show your love and vote here!
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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on May 31, 2007 @ 3:45 PM
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For all you music lovers out there, our dedicated friends at Groove the Globe are bringing you an amazing trip into the world of house. In production now, “Global Groove Network- The Film” is a documentary of one man’s journey into examining the connection between DJ culture and the global community. For the past year, the producer has traveled all over the world to all the parties, interviewed your favorite DJ’s, as well as music lovers to find the meaning in this connection.

From the trailer, it already looks amazing. Your favorite DJ’s are interviewed front and center, and many of the parties this documentary were filmed at were parties that most of us went to! I personally can’t wait until the whole project is finished and we get to take the journey with them. Being a part of this film has been fun for us at Om as well, and we thank Groove the Globe for thinking of us.

Check out the trailer here

or Visit their myspace, and follow their journey here.

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on May 31, 2007 @ 2:00 PM
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Check out to see when they are coming to your town….

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on May 18, 2007 @ 2:55 PM
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This is the nation’s LARGEST Hip Hop conference, going down in Cincinnati, OH., August 9-12. For all the details check out www.scribblemagazine.com

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on May 15, 2007 @ 1:12 PM
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NEW ALBUM OUT NOW by BASSNECTAR

The highly anticipated new artist album from underground cult heavyweight, Bassnectar, combines the visceral melodic presence of modern listening music with the force and volume of sounds system dancehall devastation! Playing at over one-hundred and fifty shows a year; to thousands of different people a month; from sold out festivals to overcrowded clubs and warehouses, to tightly packed tiny bars and venues; Bassnectar’s enormous popularity reflects the current hunger for raw substance in modern music. “Underground Communication”: is an exploration of hiphop culture, featuring scores of MCs and rhythmic poetics mashed atop a heavy, driving range of tempo and of course, those signature throbbing bass lines. Rooted in political conviction, philosophical intention and backed by a rabid fan base and dedicated following, “Underground Communication” sets a new standard for the possibilities of merging music, art, new media, and social activism.

“Bomb the Blocks”
Bassnectar featuring Persia



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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on May 9, 2007 @ 4:50 PM
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Fresh from their show stopping event at this year’s WMC, Om Records continues its assault on your senses with two headline parties for the 2007 Sonar festival. Profiling two shades of respected Om music at the worlds leading progressive electronic music festival, 2007 highlights both established names on the label as well as welcoming the new wave of talent in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona!

Opening the weekend of festival fun, deep house Godfather Mark Farina welcomes you into his “House of Om” to celebrate the release of his acclaimed new album alongside Om and San Francisco’s leading light DJ Fluid aka Afromystik. Completing the line-up, Spain’s own Al Velilla, co-pilot behind Pacha Recordings and during late 90’s one of first and most innovative labels in the country D Press Industries, brings the Balearic sunkissed vibes. Set in the lush surroundings of Mondo on the Spanish coastline; Om’s groovy basslines and jackin rhythms will be perfectly at home alongside the panoramic views of the Mediterranean.

As the festival kicks into high gear on Saturday night, a host of new talent steps up to showcase the united nations of future music that keeps Om at the cutting edge of fresh sounds. New Om Europe signing Mike Monday brings the bleeps n bounce of his signature sound alongside an exclusive Sonar performance from Jesse Rose with his unique blend of Chicago house and Detroit techno all wrapped up with a UK twist and finally futuristic house beats from Sweden’s Style of Eye. Hosted in the spectacular open air surroundings of La Terraza, Om Records finishes the festival with a flourish.

Friday, June 15th
>> House of Om >>
DJ Mark Farina
Al Velilla
DJ Fluid

DOORS: 10PM – 5AM
VENUE: Mondo Barcelona
ADDRESS: Moll d’Espanya S/N, Edifici IMAX
WEB: www.mondobcn.com

Saturday, June 16th
>> om:sonar >>
Jesse Rose
Mike Monday
Style of Eye

DOORS: 10PM – 5AM
VENUE: La Terrazza
ADDRESS: Avda. Marqu’s de Comillas No. s/n Barcelona – Poble Espanol

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on May 3, 2007 @ 1:39 PM
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Here’s few photos……

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on May 3, 2007 @ 10:49 AM
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