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Dublin’s indie band Autumn Owls is currently working on a new album which is a follow from the self released EPs  in 2008. They’ve played SXSW and CMJ  and have also toured Canada and Europe.

Contact: brian@crooked-house.net

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Buzz Track:Berelain

Indie act PK who takes cues from The Killers and Vampire Weekend has become a Kings favorite. They just teamed up with PacSun and will release a new song as a featured artist.  You can check them out on December 10th at Art Boutiki in San Jose, California.

Contact: wearepk@gmail.com

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Buzz Track: Falling Star

Option//Control is a pop/rock/hip-hop outfit hailing from Saint Louis, Missouri. The band was invited to play KPNT’s Pointfest Festival and were selected as a winner of Metromix.com’s “Hot 5” leading to television performance on NBC. Also won Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands and played the St. Louis stop at Warped Tour. The buzz track Falling Star was produced by James Hargrove and Jayson Bridges, the team behind Nelly & Tim McGraw’s international hit “Over and Over.” Check them out December 10th, 2011 at The Pageant in Saint Louis.

Contact: danielrfriedman@aol.com

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Buzz Track: Time Means Anything

Inspired by Kanye West, John Legend and Outkast, Rubix has been a fixture at the studio creating his own brand of catchy pop tracks. Although relatively new to the scene, you will hear more about Rubix.

Contact: danielrfriedman@aol.com

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An article “12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music” posted by bloggers and Facebook users has become a popular read in the last few days. It’s a nice sound byte but holds no merit when one digs beneath the surface.

The article states blurbs such as Ke$ha’s “Tik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single and Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album.

First the landscape has changed, therefore the variables change. When comparing the 1960’s to the year 2011, one must consider a host of factors including demographic, technology, distribution, cost, radio, and disposable entertainment income.

iTunes and sites such as YouTube and Amazon spiked the sales of singles within the last 5 years. The explosion of mobile phones and computers also played a role in the distribution of music. Also note that Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data for Nielsen since March 1, 1991, prior to that, the tracking system wasn’t efficient. Many sales from The Beatles and artists like Michael Jackson  simply weren’t tracked.

Don’t worry folks, Paul McCartney’s estimated worth is 725 million. Our favorite songs by The Beatles will outlive the beats written for artists like Ke$ha and Katy Perry.

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