Fourth annual VIA Music & New Media Festival dovetails with Carnegie International
The song that helped cross them over to the rock charts was “Whispers in the Dark,” from the 2006 album “Comatose.” They’ve since had several songs on Billboard’s rock chart. When the Coopers sat down to write “Rise,” they reflected on the success of “Awake” but didn’t find many answers. “No one really knows why our last album went platinum,” Korey Cooper said. “… So there’s even added pressure of how do you follow up something nobody can really put a handle on why it was successful.” It could be of the energy they’ve put into relentlessly touring, concentrating on both mainstream and Christian crowds. They are in South America starting Thursday and will join Nickelback in Europe Oct. 26. “Rise” made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts. And this comes after the group’s last album in 2009, “Awake,” reached No. 2. Despite their success, they’ve not had that one giant crossover hit, said Anthony Delia, senior vice president of marketing for their label, Atlantic. “We’ve not been critical darlings,” he said. “It’s hard a lot of times when you don’t have that early in your career.
It helps raise visibility for us, and I think they wanted to bring in a younger audience, which they’re going to get.” VIA pairs musicians with visual artists and in the past has included such acts as Battles, Big Freedia, Matthew Dear and Zombi. Much of it flies under the radar, and this year is no exception, with electro-punks ADULT., techno artist Jimmy Edgar and rapper Sasha Go Hard. “This year and every year where we’re kind of dictated by budget restraints. We can’t do a lot of band stuff. We end up with a lot of individuals, a lot of producers,” says Mr. Leonowicz, a Web developer and designer who created the festival in 2010 with Lauren Goshinski, a marketing manager for Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts. Four years in, VIA is working without a single national sponsor, while banking on its name and reputation to bring people back for artists they might not be familiar with. “The name has grown enough to where there’s a trust factor there,” Mr. Leonowicz, “and the word of mouth has been going better than usual. We like gritty stuff, we like dark honest things. There’s like a rawness to it, I guess, like some of the hip-hop we have on Friday, it’s not made for commercial consumption. Nothing that’s radio ready right away.” One of the more household names, Chief Keef, presented as a partnership with Drusky Entertainment, had to pull out due to unforeseen commitments. Tal National, a band from West Africa scheduled for the Thunderbird Cafe, canceled because it was unable to get a visa.
We dont encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and its associated media. You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesnt see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Dont be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because theyre making money off your youth and your beauty.. which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you cant recognise those who do not. I repeat, you have enough talent that you dont need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldnt let them make a fool of you either. Dont think for a moment that any of them give a flying f about you. Theyre there for the money.. were there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way.
How country music went crazy: A comprehensive timeline of the genre’s identity crisis
These arent C-listers getting into Twitter-feuds. These are giant arena-filling stars. March 11: Jason Aldeans 1994 draws criticism for its dumbed-down lyrics The track became a target for people claiming popular country songs were losing their intelligence. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country skewered the song, saying it panders to the country audience thats willing to scoop up anything they can relate to and chant, regardless of artistic integrity. March 26: Blake Sheltons Boys Round Here draws criticism for its country-rap stylings Sheltons song may have hit No. 1, but it polarized listeners for many of the same reasons as 1994. Saving Country Music s indie-championing blogger Trigger posted a full on rant about the song, saying: Blake Sheltons Boys Round Hereis songwriting by algorithm and analytics, fashioning together words and sounds known to have the widest impact on mainstream radios weak-of-mind demo. The boys in the title of Boys Round Here is fitting, because this song is rank immaturity. Its the audio equivalent of sneaking out of your moms house to smoke pot behind a Pizza Hut. March 19: Kacey Musgraves becomes the Katniss Everdeen of Nashville The Nashville newcomers critically adored album Same Trailer Different Park, which was driven by the hit single Merry Go Round, quickly became a rallying point for country fans unhappy with the current direction of country music. And its commercial success the disc debuted at No. 2 behind Justin TImberlakes The 20/20 Experience gave the industry hope that a woman could break through into the increasingly male-dominated market. April 18: Scott Borchetta and Dr. Luke announce joint songwriting venture Borchetta is Nashvilles ultimate tastemaker, and thats because hes always thought outside of the Nashville box.