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The world’s highest paid #DJs – reason for all DJs to celebrate.

In my opinion every DJ should celebrate that the highest paid DJs make up to $66 million. When the top end is this high there are so many more opportunities to make money in the middle. I agree with many of the complaints I hear from DJs, that skills have really deteriorated (mixing and programming both), that PR/promotion and looks have become too important, and that you don’t have a shot at the big bucks unless you are also a Producer. But still, when I was a DJ in those ancient late 20th century days, I’m not sure if there was even one DJ making a million a year. An entire industry has been created. There’s a game to be played that was never there back in the day.

Then again, a lot of things have changed for DJs.

Here’s the list of the world’s highest paid DJs for 2015.



It’s not an illusion, pop music really is worse than ever.

~ It’s not because you’re “old,” or a “hipster” that pop music throughout the 2000’s sounds boringly similar.  Turns out the majority of hit pop songs are not actually written by Taylor Swift and the various other stars, but cranked out by a handful of anonymous European producers, according to a nearly mathematical formula.  Amazingly, it’s been the same clique since the late nineties writing most of the songs.

~ Read the details here and here, and learn the names of the real “pop stars.”  Then kick back with some seventies vinyls and you’ll feel much better.

~ Thanks to the Atlantic and the New Yorker for the articles, speaking of old school quality.

Apple’s Spotify rival revealed: Meet Apple Music

Been following the Apple Music news all day. This past January in a routine iPod sync, iTunes wiped out all my playlists and purchased music from any service other than iTunes. A musical apocalypse in my case as I have over 15,000 tracks, all purchased or ripped from CDs or Vinyl, and hundreds of carefully constructed playlists. All in shambles now, with no notice. And Apple Store guys and online support don’t even want to talk about it. I have backups of all my tracks of course, and playlists that can be salvaged (I hope).  Put the rescue on hold to see how the new Apple Music will handle things. After June 30 I will give Apple 1 more try for music management, and if the company continues the disrespect for the iPod early adoptors such as myself, who saved the company 15 years ago, then it’s off to Google Music for good and just rebuild what I can. We’ll see. Regardless Apple blew a long relationship where I was a reliable evangelist.


As expected, Apple on Monday unveiled its major rival to Spotify called Apple Music. In unveiling the new streaming service, Apple is trying to regain its power over the music industry that it first seized with the release of the iPod and the iTunes Store. The service will be available through the iTunes app. Apple says Apple Music is three things: First, a “revolutionary” music service featuring playlists curated by professional DJs; a worldwide radio station that will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and a way for artists to connect with their fans.

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Bands I’d Like to Book for #PalindromeWeek

~ Here’s the Top 15 bands I wish I could book this week for Palindrome Week, May 5/10/15 – 5/19/15 (dates the same forwards and backwards). What are your favorites?

~ Solo Gigolos ~

~ Party Boobytrap ~

~ Dr Awkward ~

~ Evil Olive ~

~ Dog Sees God ~

~ Rot Cart Tractor ~

~ Yay ~

~ Avid Diva ~

~ Bob ~

~ Racecar ~

~ No X in Nixon ~

~ Yo Banana Boy ~

~ Never Odd Or Even ~

~ UFO Tofu ~

~ Do Geese See God? ~

What are your favorites ideas or posts for PalindromeWeek?

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Is Today’s Country Music Just for “Cheesy Horndogs?”

~~ I have opened and marketed 3 country bar/restaurant/nightclubs over many years, and have a great deal of respect for this music format. I have to agree with the article below. In the Garth Brooks years of the 90s there were so many great songs and performers.  In the last few years, Country has been taken over by a boring, moronic, negative formula.

~~ I could not believe the idiotic atmosphere at Kenny Chesney’s recent Soldier Field show I attended, with fights breaking out, people spilling beer on others and vomiting and overall the trashed atmosphere of a bad frat party.  My experience in our clubs was always that country bands and fans were the most polite and good hearted crowd in all of music.  What happened in the past few years?  It’s time for the artists and business to step up or be a meaningless joke genre like booty house music.

Read about how Country Music has become music “for cheesy horndogs,” and needs a Nirvana moment here.  I agree and hope the musicians and industry can see beyond the quick buck and save this great genre for the long term.


The Last Tolerated Bias ~ Ageism

~~ In the latest Rolling Stone, Madonna tackles the issue of age discrimination, which is pervasive in business and life for both women and men.  It’s definitely a widespread hidden bias in the nightlife/hospitality world where I work.  If someone continues to be as fit, creative and effective in show business or the nightlife world, why should it be OK to degrade or dismiss them due to age? Good question, and Madonna tackles it in her typical daring style ~~

“No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay,” Madonna continues. “But my age – anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What’s the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They’re judging me by my age. I don’t understand. I’m trying to get my head around it. Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they’re not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don’t follow the rules. I never did, and I’m not going to start.”

~~ Read more here in Rolling Stone and watch the video of Madonna’s interview.  I say Bravo Madonna.  Age is only important in wines and cheeses.

~~ Have a great week and stay ageless my friends — TTBG

Relive AC/DC’s Butt-Kicking Opening Performance To The 2015 Grammy Awards

Now this is rock.


AC/DC performed tonight for the first time ever at the Grammy Awards, opening with an ass-kicking back-to-back double performance of “Rock or Bust” followed by “Highway to Hell” to remind everyone that Angus Young was rocking shorts way before Pharrell decided it was cool. Or as CW viewers watching the Grammy Awards thought, “some old guys singing those songs from Supernatural.” Let’s just shut it down now, it’s doubtful any Grammys performance this evening is going to top this.

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