WPNR Country Chart

Monday, June 29, 2015

Apple Music Launches June 30th: How To Tune In

Taylor Swift made history this past week.  Single handedly, she changed the music industry by calling out Apple Music, pressuring the music giant to rightfully pay for the music it will offer during its trial subscription of the service.  Little did Swift know, this controversy has been the most fairytale-esque PR nightmare Apple has ever seen.  By now, you have heard of this hyped streaming service...but how do you tune in?

Apple Music is set to make its worldwide debut tomorrow, June 30th, at 11AM ET/8AM PT on every Apple device around the globe.  Not only does the service give Apple users access to over 30 million songs in the iTunes catalog, the service has an exclusive 24/7 radio station, Beats 1.

The new streaming service will launch as an update for iPhones and iPads, as part of Apple's iOS 8.4, which will be available for download tomorrow.  Before you have to subscribe to the service, Apple is giving users a free three-month trial.  Following the trial subscription, membership is available for individual users, at $9.99 a month, as well as family plans, which cover six individuals, at $14.99 a month.  

Apple Music's Beats 1 radio will officially emit its never-ending airwaves exactly one hour post Apple Music launch at 12PM ET/9AM PT.  As long as you have an Apple ID, the station is free to tune in. The global radio station will feature DJs in major U.S. cities, such as New York and Los Angeles, as well as across the pond in London, UK.

Forget about Facebook and Twitter, Apple Music has integrated its own social media platform into the service, termed Connect.  Connect will allow artists to share exclusive content, such as notes, photos, and videos, directly with fans in a way that differs from the social media norm.  

As a purchaser of physical music (yes, I still am obsessed with physical CDs), I am equal parts anxious and excited for how Apple Music will impact the battleground of the music industry.  I definitely will be updating my phone ASAP, will you?

Give me a shoutout on Twitter and let me know what you think of Apple Music.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tim Chaisson "Animal" - 'SongBird Find' 4-14-15

Buy Tim Chaisson 'Lost In Light' on iTunes
If you've been listening to The SongBird Project on the WPNR airwaves, you've noticed my 'SongBird Finds,' in which I spotlight an artist per show.  At WPNR, we get a LOT of music submissions.  Every once in a while, an album will come across my desk that just stops me in my tracks.  I introduced an artist a few shows back and have gotten a great response to debuting his music on our airwaves - Tim Chaisson is an awesome Canadian artist that is bound to make a Nashville name for himself.  While listening to his eclectic album, which can be classified as Country/Alternative/Pop/It-Doesn't-Matter-Because-It's-That-Good, I stumbled across a few tracks that are just incredible.  The emotional, vulnerable, and in-your-face honest tune, "Animal" is a unique concept and reminiscent of how emotionally heavy tracks hallmark careers and propel some artists to new heights.  If I could place a bet on Tim Chaisson, this song could put him at the forefront of the Nashville scene.  Be sure to pick up a copy on iTunes and check out the video below.
Key Tracks:  "Crushed", "I Can't Live Without You", "Animal", "All Those Words"      

Let me know what you think!  Give us a shoutout on Twitter using @FM17, #TheSongBirdProject, or #WPNRCountry

Check out The SongBird Project every Tuesday & Thursday on WPNR-FM 90.7 at 1PM EST

Thursday, April 9, 2015

WPNR Country Chart 4-6-15

WPNR Country Chart

Week of 4-6-15

5.  Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You”

(Chase Bryant/Derek George/Ashley Gorley)

4.  Dan and Shay – “Nothin’ Like You”

(Chris DeStefano/Ashley Gorley/Dan Smyers/Shay Mooney)

3.  Mickey Guyton - “Better Than You Left Me”

(Mickey Guyton/Jenn Schott/Jennifer Hanson)

2.  Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

(Hillary Lindsey/Liz Rose/Lori McKenna)

1.  Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”

(Sam Hunt/Josh Osborne/Shane McAnally) 

THE SONGBIRD PROJECT airs on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 1PM-2PM EST on 90.7 FM 
(if in the Central New York area) or you can listen live at: http://player.liquidcompass.net/WPNRFM.