Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Free Hugs Video - Music by the Sick Puppies

Growing to be one of the top music videos on You Tube in popularity, I wanted to share with you one of the most motivating and touching music videos I've seen in quite a while:

Sick Puppies - All The Same (Free Hugs Video)

If you haven't taken a look at it yet, take 5 minutes out of your day and click the link. It's a must see.

The video is about Juan Mann who set out to cheer up random strangers by offering free hugs. He holds up his 'Free Hugs' sign and gives anyone who takes him up on the offer a heart felt hug. Without ruining the story completely for those of you who are going to check it out for the first time, the video shows him getting into a little trouble for doing a good dead and makes you think and realize how rediculous some places and people are in the world.

The music in the back is by the Sick Puppies who have a great debut album out with the track from the video on there (All The Same) and are fantastic in concert. The singer is friends with Juan Mann and made the video to cheer him up after some news he got about a health issue with someone in the family. Who would have figured it would have grown to be such a success and easily the band's ticket to being noticed.

Check out the music video, and while you're at it, if you like the soundtrack in the back but also enjoy a little heavier rock music, you can visit the band's myspace here:

Sick Puppies - MySpace

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Digital Sales beats out CD sales at Atlantic Records

Big news for the music downloading world, digital sales accounted for more than half of Atlantic Record's revenue beating out physical CD's!

Don't think you know Atlantic Records?

- Simple Plan
- Billy Talent
- Kid Rock
- Bloc Party
- Led Zepplin
- and the list goes on ...

This is big news since this is the first time a major company like Atlantic that physical CD's were bumped down to second place. These guys have to be doing something right as their parent company, Warner Music Group, has digital music sales representing only 27% of revenue.

A few years back, the bigger music labels and majors had the formula down of how to sell albums and promote their artists to make their millions. Ever since the original Napster got in the picture and people became more aware of digital music downloads, things were shaken up. Now you have so many new promotional avenues that are available for all scale of artists (MySpace, Facebook, YouTube ...) that the playing field for getting music and artists noticed is so much larger and available to everyone.

While a lot of the major labels and other large music labels are cracking their heads trying to get figure out a new formula that works with all the new avenues introduced, looks like Atlantic is way ahead of the pack.

You might want to check out this article from the New York Times which goes into additonal details about Atlantic and their success with music downloads and digital products:

Atlantic Records Says Digital Sales Surpass CD's

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