May 2005
  Music
MARK WINTERS 

Well, it's that time of year, when we will all be thinking of our Summer Holidays and especially what new tracks are going to be heard in Ibiza. I am certain we will be hearing some goodies form Stonebridge, ATB, Headstrong, Sergio Flores, Angel City and many of the other staple producers of the Club scene. I can't wait!

As I like to vary the content of my column, so that I do not have a standard format I thought you might be interested in this new site Name My Tune, which is a song recognition service. www.namemytune.com

Shortly after the launch, Netscape.com was quick to feature it as "Cool Site of the Day". Name My Tune is the first of its kind and allows music fans and consumers to quickly and easily find the name of a song by simply humming or singing the tune near a computer. This patent-pending service is a breakthrough for frustrated visitors to regular and online music stores who've been previously unable to find the tracks or albums they're looking for because they didn't know the name.

'Similar services offer consumers the ability to have a song recognized if they are listening to the actual music, but Name My Tune takes the concept one step further," says Brooke Furst Kaye, Co-Founder of Name My Tune. 'It's also free, unlike other services."

Anyone with a microphone attached to their computer can go to www.namemytune.com sing or hum a 10-second segment of the song they're looking for into the microphone, and receive the name of the song and the recording artist nearly instantaneously via email. The user can then purchase the tracks or albums from online music stores if so desired.

How It Works: The hummed or sung clips are anonymously distributed around the globe to people most likely to recognize the tune based on the genre and era that the song is thought to fit in. Visitors to www.namemytune.com can also listen to other peoples' anonymous song clips and help them find what they're looking for by anonymously entering their best guess for the song title and/or recording artist.

For more information about Name My Tune, please contact Brooke Furst Kaye at Strongtooth Inc. brooke@strongtooth.com


Who's on Tour?? !!!!

60's Idol DONOVAN!!

11th - Guildhall, Porstmouth
12th - Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone
13th - Hove Centre, Brighton
14th - Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
16th - St David Hall, Cardiff
17th - St Georges, Bristol
18th - Town Hall, Cheltenham
19th - Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
20th - Babbecombe Theatre, Torquay
21st - Hexagon Reading
22nd - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
24th - City Hall, Newcastle
25th - Queens Hall, Edinburgh
26th - Findhorn Community, Findhorn
29th - Sands Centre, Carlisle
30th - Royal Philharmonic, Liverpool
31st - Varietles Music Hall, Leeds

BARBARA DICKSON

4th - Bloomsbury Theatre, London
5th - Bloomsbury Theatre, London


Peter Reichardt

Peter Reichardt, EMI Music Publishing's UK chairman and CEO, will leave after 16 years, at the end of May.

Peter, the first-ever publisher to win the prestigious Strat at the Music Week Awards, is planning to take time out from the music industry.

He however, maintains that he is not retiring!

Peter is looking to return as a music consultant and says, 'Things had never been better at EMI. I'm leaving the company in great shape and I am proud of everything that I and my team. have achieved at EMI Music Publishing. This is borne out by the fact that the company has the number one market share '

He started his music career as a plugger with Elektra Records in 1973 before joining Warner Bros Music in 1976, eventually progressing to managing director and then taking the same title when Warner merged with Chappell Music. He joined EMI Music Publishing in 1989, leading it to a Queen's Award for Export six years later.

The company will announce a successor to Peter in early June. It will be interesting to see who will take his crown.

Piracy

Police together with trading standards officers and anti-piracy investigators from the BPI and software trade association Elspa raided an open air market at Southmead Hospital near Bristol recently.

Where they arrested two people who had around 15,000 music CDs and other software, including film DVDs. The Market is known to local trading Standards as a particular hot spot for the sale of counterfeit goods.

A BPI spokesperson said that the haul amounted to £250,000 on the open market, which is a big loss to the copyright holders of the goods that had been counterfeited.


Hell's Kitchen



The delectable singer Lara McAllen, better known as the face of Angel City, was allegedly struck down with food poisoning after visiting the Hell's Kitchen Restaurant, recently!

She told me exclusively, that she arrived home and immediately started vomiting and shivering. Her pulse shot to 200 beats per minute and her temperature was nearly off the scale!

As she is supposed to be promoting her debut Album 'Love Me Right" let's hope her lawyer's don't sue them for damages as it could cost them a fortune to make up for her lost earnings and the suffering that she has gone through!


Victoria Beckham


Victoria Beckham


It would appear that the tabloids are saying that the marriage between Victoria and David Beckham is over! It will be interesting to see the developments over the next few weeks!


Well that's the lot this month, keep the e-mails coming in
markwinters@btopenworld.com


And don't for get to check out the following sites:

For the budding artiste and songwriter

Bandit A&R Newsletter
Helping unsigned acts/songwriters target their material to the right people. mailto:bandit@banditnewsletter.com / http://www.banditnewsletter.com
Phone +44 1983 524110 SIP 30055666

Songlink is for Songwriters who need to place their songs www.songlink.com

If you are a performer and you want to showcase to the industry then this is for you www.kashmirklub.com

Also don't forget the song for little Sarah, who was so brutally murdered www.asongforsarah.co.uk

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