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CC and Blink 182
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Apple Buys Universal
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Cholly Atkins – 04/23/03
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Renaldo "Obie" Benson – 07/01/05
Elmer Bernstein – 08/17/04
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown – 09/10/05
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Celia Cruz – 07/16/03
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Hildegard – 07/28/05
Percy Health – 04/28/05
Chet Helms – 06/25/05
Rick James – 08/06/04
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Elvin Jones – 05/25/04
Ustad Vilayat Khan – 03/20/04
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Little Milton – 08/04/05
Robert Moog (08/21/05)
Charles Mingus – 01/05/1979
Thelonious Monk – 02/18/1982
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August 2005 Music Poll
Vote For Your Favorite Songs and Artists


Let us know who are the passionate, driven, creative, focus and talented artists who just happens to be an Asian/Asian Pacific American by your participation in the below-listed poll and your comments. Our communities' success has been long-awaited, having heard the great acceptance of music from great Black and Hispanic artists. It is our hope that our "list of great music artists" will be comparable to those of the just-mentioned ethnic communities.

Within this page, you will information on the following:

QUESTION - Are you looking for the ability to not depend on others to finance your own project?

If interested, information for those who are seeking the means to self-financed their own project are listed below.

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On May 21, 2004 - the first of eMusic interfaces -- digital kiosks really -- will be installed at Maxwell's, a small indie-rock club in Hoboken, New Jersey. At $10 a pop for the recording, and $20 for the reusable, keychain pen drive, let the downloading begin. This is a tool that allows fans to take home and share some of the best independent music from small live venues around the country.

Starting with a Bret Harte poem of 1871 titled 'The Heathen Chinee' (which was set to music) was indicative of a river of racism embedded in sheet music bought primarily by "well-to-do whites." - a Darren Brown thesis documented a collection of sheet music that offered a sad social commentary on what was happening at the time - stereotypes at best, ugly racism at worst.

These sheet music were purchased as the result of seeing/hearing them performed in vaudeville theaters - which was how ideas were shared during those times, since it was before the days of television and movies.

Just viewing the sheet music's title and reading the lyrics tell a lot about how Chinese Americans were perceived during those times. Even the cover illustrations had caricatures of Chinese Americans that perpetuated ethnic stereotypes.

It is a recurring American theme, that those who were already here claimed the right to discriminate against those who came later. So people wrote the songs in this collection on Tin Pan Alley with names like Billy Rose and Con Conrad, Eve Unsell and Louis Gottschalk, all playing the same tune.

Chops, from the Mountain Brothers, has a track on the hit movie "Brown Sugar!"

They are on KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California between 1:00 & 3:00 A.M. on Fridays.


North America's largest Chinese pop concert in Vancouver featured "The Twins."

Faith Rivera won on her first Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Original Song category.

Hiroshima's review at the annual 2003 Playboy Jazz Festival.
Winner of the "Chinese Popstar" contest received contract w/Beijing's Scream Records.

Panjabi MC's ability to fuse traditional Indian drumming (Bhangra), 80's theme music and Punjabi lyrics, attracted the attention of Jay-Z.


Performing Arts Center in the heart of New York City's Chinatown has been proposed to provide a central place for APA artists.


Michelle Branch played the Leslie Gore character in the NBC's 'American Dreams.'

She received the Ford Foundation's 2003 Leadership for a Changing World Award.

She appears on the upcoming soundtrack to the "Charmed" television series.
Her folk-pop inspiring is a welcome contrast to the pervailing pseudo r&b/pop music.



At Steve Harvey's Talent Search at L.A.'s "El Rey Theater on Wilshire Boulevard"- unlike other showcases and open mikes around town - Harvey's Talent Search requires performers before they take the stage to sign a contract agreeing to give NuOpp 10% of their future earnings and 10% of any agreements already in existence.

This event is co-sponsored by The Beat 100.3 & Harvey's production/management company, NuOpp Inc.

It has been stated that "When most think of hip-hop and the visionaries who created it, places like New York City and figures such as Afrika Bambaataa come to mind. While hip-hop purists know the culture stretches from coast to coast, many may not realize that the erstwhile capitol of Grunge has deep roots in hip-hop, with the likes of DJ Nasty Nes, MC Karim Panni, DJs E-Rok and Kamikaze, and breakdancing crews such as the Emerald City Breakers, synonymous with the movement.

What these artists all have in common is that they are Asian Americans who have made an indelible imprint in Seattle's hip-hop community. " A new exhibit at Wing Luke Asian Museum, "It's Like That: APA's and the Seattle Hip-Hop Scene," examines the role of Asian Pacific Americans in shaping Seattle hip-hop.


Mariah Carey's new single, "Through the Rain," has stirred up a squall in the radio world with suggestions that the pop singer's record label tried to revive her career by inflating airplay figures. Island Def Jam Music Group bought radio spots containing 53 seconds of the song, which fooled the computers that monitor and measure airplay, or "spins," for the recording industry.

As a result, the ballad seemed to be building momentum in markets across the country when in fact it was losing steam. An album's success can rise or fall on such numbers. If a song appears to be gaining airplay at some stations, others may jump on the bandwagon, adding it to their broadcasts or increasing its play. And that often translates into more sales for the label. Click Here for more information.


Mariah Recording artists who hit it big as newcomers have scant assurance of success in their follow-up albums.

"After any breakthrough, the skeptics come out and wonder if the artist can repeat it," says J Records chief Clive Davis, who discovered Keys (as well as Aretha Franklin, Santana, Janis Joplin and a host of others). "The questions go with the first success, they always have and it is expected. But she will prove herself because she is a true artist, an artiste."

The well-documented travails of the music industry today and the increasingly rigid playlists at commercial radio make it even more difficult to follow up a hit than in past years. The hook comes quicker now than ever, and career missteps are less forgiven.

"Some of the artists come back with a quest for credibility, they crave critical credibility if they had a strong commercial success the first time," Davis said. "But you know what? A great review doesn't sell an album the way a hit song does."


As the music industry reels from an epic identity crisis, musicians are circumventing the old system and finding new ways to reach fans. Artists who've been shut out of the major labels are thriving at indie labels. Improved technology has decreased the cost of quality recording and reproduction, enabling struggling bands to produce and release their own albums. Bands without budgets can use websites to cultivate global fan bases with tour updates, music downloads and merchandise.

And while mainstream radio playlists have narrowed, new-media venues have exploded. Independent artists are turning up on satellite radio, video games, online music stores and weblogs. They're also exploiting a new marketing trend — image branding with music — by getting songs on retail store CD compilations and in-store playlists, at sporting events and festivals, and in TV shows, commercials and films.

As creator of the "American Idol" franchise, Fuller manages every aspect of the careers of Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Kelly Clarkson and all other instant "Idol" celebrities.

But Fuller earns far more than the typical 15 to 20 percent that most managers keep from their clients' gross earnings. As the "American Idol" phenomenon begins its third season Monday on Fox, Fuller's franchise is raising questions about exploitation and the price of fame.

Fuller says that as the primary imaginative force behind these artists, and the one with the connections to transform Clarkson from struggling Texas waitress to pop diva, he deserves a larger percentage of their earnings.

"If you think of Andrew Lloyd Webber, if he creates 'Phantom of the Opera' he owns it. He hires Michael Crawford to take the lead. Crawford doesn't get a cut of 'Phantom of the Opera,' and no one questions that," Fuller said. "My deals are the best in the world. I create 'Phantom of the Opera' and then say to Michael Crawford, 'Let's be 50-50 partners, or 60-40 -- whatever the deal is.' "

Fuller, a 43-year-old British music mogul, is the longtime manager of Annie Lennox and former manager of the Spice Girls, whose world-conquering "girl power" image he takes credit for creating. Fuller first started the "Idol" concept in Britain, where it was known as "Pop Idol," and then transformed the franchise into a worldwide phenomenon.

1. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, $132.8 million.
"The Essential Bruce Springsteen" three-CD compilation released in 2003 and his older ones sold 1.3 million copies. He didn't log an excessive number of nights or miles on the concert trail, either, playing 47 shows in 30 cities. Yet with an average ticket price of a little more than $71, he wound up selling $115.9 million worth of tickets, the second highest-grossing tour ever, behind only the Rolling Stones' 1994 tour that generated $121.2 million.

2. 50 Cent, $125 million.
This Eminem protégé barreled out of the gate with his "Get Rich" album, not only the year's biggest seller but also holder of the record for highest first-week sales of 2003: it sold 872,000 first-week copies in February.

3. Celine Dion, $119.5 million.
Dion added $39 million in album sales to the $80.5 million in ticket revenue generated at her new concert home at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, to place third overall. Average ticket price: $135.81.

4. Toby Keith, $106.6 million.
The rowdy Oklahoma country singer- songwriter buried the hatchet in his public feud with the Dixie Chicks, otherwise he'd be singing "How Do You Like Me Now?" to the trio he bested by combining album sales of $62.4 million and concert ticket revenue of $44.2 million. Average ticket price: $37.95.

5. Dixie Chicks, $100.8 million.
Despite their political controversy, that didn't stop them from selling $40.3 million worth of albums and an additional $60.5 million in concert tickets — the highest- grossing country music tour ever. Average ticket price: $56.

6. Cher, $99.4 million.
Cher's farewell tour, which helped her come in at No. 5 on last year's Ultimate Top 10 list, generated big box office again, to the tune of $68.2 million during 2003. A well-timed career retrospective, "The Very Best of Cher," helped her move $31.2 million worth of albums. Average ticket price: $65.91.

7. Fleetwood Mac, $92.4 million.
The group keeps pulling in baby boomers who can pony up the average $83 their concert tickets cost last year. That produced $69 million in ticket sales, which also spurred album sales of $23.4 million for the year.

8. The Eagles, $88.8 million.
This Southern California band sold 1.5 million albums ($19.5 million) and $69.3 million worth of concert tickets last year. The group topped Fleetwood Mac on average ticket price, clocking in at $107.57.

9. Simon & Garfunkel, $76.2 million.
The duo reunited one more time for a well-received tour that took in $64.5 million. None of their albums wound up in the Nielsen SoundScan Top 200 for the year, but a new compilation, "The Essential Simon & Garfunkel," helped the old friends sell nearly a million albums, adding $11.7 million to their Ultimate Top 10 total. Average ticket price: $136.90, second last year only to the Stones.

10. Norah Jones, $74.9 million.
The singing sensation had neither a new album nor an extensive tour last year, but her "Come Away With Me" album remained in the national top 10 for most of the year, thanks in part to her multiple Grammy wins in February. That made it the year's second-best seller, moving more than 5.1 million copies, for $66.8 million in sales. She also sold $8.1 million in concert tickets at 50 North American dates. Average ticket price: $38.63.


Prince pays for recording and promotional costs, and Columbia presses, distributes and markets the album, receiving a percentage of each sale. It is not a long-term or exclusive agreement, although Columbia would be happy to repeat it. "No one can come and claim ownership of my work," Prince said. "I am the creator of it, and it lives within me."
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The "Single" has recently gone the way of the dinosaur - extinct. However, the half a million people who've bought "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson's hit "A Moment Like This" in the last four weeks have made record companies reconsidering their positions.

The Library of Congress has released a list of 50 recordings that will be the first to be included in its National Recording Registry. These selections are considered the "most telling" (not the best selling) recordings in the United States are listed below in chronological order:

  • Edison Exhibition Recordings, "Around the World on the Phonograph," "The Pattison Waltz," "Fifth Regiment March." (1888- 1889)
  • The Jesse Walter Fewkes field recordings of the Passamaquoddy Indians. (1890)
  • "Stars and Stripes Forever," Berliner Gramophone disc recording. (1897)
  • Lionel Mapleson cylinder recordings of the Metropolitan Opera. (1900-1903)
  • Scott Joplin ragtime compositions on piano rolls. (1900s)
  • Booker T. Washington's 1895 Atlanta Exposition Speech. (1906 re- creation)
  • Enrico Caruso, "Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci. (1907)
  • Fisk Jubilee Singers, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." (1909)
  • Lovey's Trinidad String Band recordings for Columbia Records. (1912)
  • "Casey at the Bat," DeWolf Hopper, reciting. (1915)
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band, "Tiger Rag." (1918)
  • Eck Robertson, fiddle, "Arkansas Traveler" and "Sallie Gooden." (1922)
  • Bessie Smith, "Down-Hearted Blues." (1923)
  • George Gershwin, piano, with Paul Whiteman Orchestra, "Rhapsody in Blue." (1924)
  • Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. (1925-1928)
For the rest of the list, click HERE.

Record companies are expected to sell about 20 million (2%) fewer albums this year in the U.S., the world's biggest market - the first drop in a decade. Worldwide, the record business has been declining at the same rate.

90% of the 6,000 CDs released domestically each year are unprofitable.

Continuing success of music artists in soundtracks continue to provide other options to have their music heard. This is in addition to American and Asian artists obtaining sales in areas around the world such as Australia.

Clear Channel has come under severe scrutiny because of its recent actions on "Pay to Play promotion tactics, its radio promotion activities, influencing the play lists of the radio stations they owned, its business goals, hindering the independent artists, reaction to the Telecom Act, its effect on c.d. sales, music industry's "Payola" situation, reporting of airplay at the radio stations, its show-off with Blink 182 and its reaction to a recent lawsuit. What is ironic is that similar situations exist in other parts of the world such as Korea.

More than 2,500 musical acts and up and coming artists have taken advantage of the artist registration available at Clear Channel Worldwide's NEW Music Network Web site.

Their site at makes it possible for aspiring musical talent to reach the public and the music business with their music via an online service provided free of charge for musicians and consumers.


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