Buzz Track: Point Blank
The Vim Dicta are making noise, becoming media darlings with their indie signature sound. The trio have released 2 EPs and 2 digital singles helmed by producer Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Fiona Apple, Keith Richards). Their song “Your Man” was featured on the Season 5 Premier of “Sons of Anarchy” and they have shows locked down at SXSW in March, definitely a band to be on the radar.
Newcomer Michaela Grace’s If Only Hearts Could Talk” track from her debut EP “Infinite” is a teenagers tender tribute to America’s Greatest Generation and the passage of time. The track was inspired by her heart warming friendship with a couple who met and married during World War II. When she was eight she won her first talent competition singing Reba McIntyre’s “Why Haven’t I Heard From You”. She was invited to Nashville to co-write and record with producers and songwriters who have written for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Lady Antebellum. Check out the other track Great Big Crush.
Songwriters understandably hate this, but they have almost no power to stop it. The reason is that despite incredibly low payouts, it’s nearly impossible for songwriters to remove their catalogs from Pandora, or even negotiate better terms. The complicated explanation has to do with a century of antiquated laws that basically force songwriters to license their content at fractional rates, and like it.
Last year, a number of prominent songwriters protested on Capitol Hill, with emotional performances designed to combat lower royalty rates. This year, they’re exercising the nuclear option by introducing legislation to change the laws. This bill, introduced this morning, is called the Songwriter Equity Act, with Congressman Doug Collins sponsoring.
Essentially, the bill attempts to plug two massive loopholes in copyright law that greatly benefit Pandora but essentially screw songwriters. ”Roughly two-thirds of a songwriter’s income is heavily regulated by law or through outdated government oversight,” National Music Publishers’ Association CEO David Israelite told Digital Music News. ”This legislation addresses two significant inequities under current copyright law that prevent songwriters and music publishers from receiving compensation that reflects the fair market value of their work.”
Buzz Track: Won’t Get Over You
Singer-songwriter MaryBeth Doran has set out on her own crafting hauntingly beautiful, soulful songs driven by powerful melodies and memorable lyrics. She has teamed up with producer Kieran Kelly (Sufjan Stevens, Angus & Julia Stone, Rhett Miller) to record her debut full length album. She is endorsed by Gibson and has been featured on NBC’s Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase, Italian Vogue, The Huffington Post, Radar Online, among others. You can check her out out February 26th at Room 5 in Los Angeles.
It’s safe to say that Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” is a major hit.
The alternative rock band’s song just made Billboard Hot 100 chart history, breaking the record for the longest run on the list.
This week, the song recorded it’s 77th week on the chart.
“It’s unbelievable,” Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds told Billboard. “There are few things more satisfying as an artist than seeing your music have longevity. But, we could never have expected to see one of our songs have legs like this.”
“People seem to be connecting to it in personal ways, which is exactly what we hoped for,” he continued. “We’ve been out on the road and focused on touring for a long time. Somewhere along the way, we started to realize the song was taking on a life of its own.”
Buzz Track: Heartbeat
PRIME, an indie-pop rock band based in NYC will release their debut EP this April, the first catchy single being Heartbeat. The duo falls in the vein of Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, and One Republic. The band is comprised of vocalist and songwriter Paul Benedict, and instrumentalist and songwriter Bryan Christopher. A artist to watch…
Kings of A&R Top 8 Emerging Artists
1) Maggie Chapman – Graffiti
2) Beth Spangler – Like A Bird
3) Radio Days – I’ve Got My Ways On Saturdays
4) Karra – Wild Love
5) Mike Deleasa – To Damn Beautiful
6) Tommy Burr – Lights Out
7) Brittany Ray – Love Is Worth It
8) Kris Orlowski – Believer
Maggie Chapman is a must listen. Check out the track Graffiti which comes off her debut EP which was produced by Luke Laird (Kacey Musgraves). Beth Spangler captured the eyes and ears of songwriters and producers after building a name for herself through a vocal competition. She peaked at #12 on MTV’s popular artist. Radio Days is a electro-indie-pop rock band from Holland and created a buzz after Coldplay mentioned the band on their website. Emerging Electronic/Pop artist, KARRA, has entered the scene with a captivating track called “Wild Love”, with its unforgettable melodies and its unique tribal-esq sound, it serves as a perfect breakout single for the artist. Singer-songwriter Mike Deleasa has toured with the Jonas Brothers in South America, performing Chicago’s House of Blues and NYC’s Irving plaza as direct support for Olly Murs. Tommy Burr who gained traction from our last post will soon release a new EP which features the new single Lights Out. Brittany Ray, a 18 year old country/pop singer-songwriter from Iowa is making noise with her the track Love Is Worth It which features Richie McDonald from Lonestar. Lastly, Kris Orlowski, having just performed at Sundance Film Festival, and is set to perform SXSW just released his new single Believer.