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Cashbox Canada's Live Six Pick for CMW- Half a dozen hot numbers that must be seen to be appreciated.

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Think About Life was formed in Montreal in 2005 by drummer Matt Shane and keyboardist Graham Van Pelt as a dance electronica indie rock act. The addition of vocalist Martin Cesar's idiosyncratic ways with classic r'n'b grooves pushed the band into a territory all its own. With a pair of well-received albums in the catalogue and name brand tours with such as Franz Ferdinand and Land Of Talk, Think About Life is edging closer to mainstream attention.

Who is Linda Luztono?

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By: Bill Delingat

Not only is she the first Canadian female singer to get to perform on 106 & Park on BET she is another young promising star to watch break in the USA.

Her original competition date was set for “Wild Out Wednesdays “,January 13th, however with the Earth quake disaster in Haiti, BET had dedicated time to help the survivors of this international emergency and relief fund and has rescheduled her appearance for Thursday January 21st, 2010,at 6pm ,with a special episode called “Thursday Night Throwdown” which will launch “Mobile Voting” for the contestants as well, so we hope that at the time of this article everyone has texted in her #79922 and we will have great news for our viewers and her fans on where she placed or better yet that she wins the competition.

Rawkin’ The Gospel in a Gin Joint Near You

Cover Jan 22, 2010

By Lenny Stoute

Ain’t every day dude steps up and tells you he’s about putting the stank on Gospel. Specially when said dude is a former missionary with significant cred in Gospel music and a founding member of Canada’s premiere old school Gospel act. But Marcus Mosely is a man with a mission and a heart full of soul. When he says the stank is needful, believe it.

“ The mission is to bring Gospel music back into the mainstream. We’re doing it by emphasising the music, not the message. We’re putting The Sojourners stank on because people seem to like it like that”, says the Texas-born Mosley from his Vancouver crib.

“THE HOOK”

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April Wine said it all in their 1978 hit, “Rock ‘n Roll Is A Vicious Game”... cuz it is.

So is Hot AC, AC, Dance, Urban, R & B, Pop, Country, Jazz... whatever music genre, you name it and it’s a tough sell to score a hit song.

Writing a hit comes down to 1 key element... does the song have a great hook ?

If it doesn’t, then you might as well continue with your fulltime job by day and your Thursday-Saturday and/or whatever gig(s) you can score by night.

I’ve been in radio and TV a long time and have been a Program Director and Music Director at several stations throughout my career, so I’ve seen and heard lots of great tunes and seen and heard even more songs that just downright suck.

PD’s and MD’s are busy- they’re inundated with new music sent to them every day on DMDS or record reps calling them and/or banging on their doors to play their artists.

Rebel Emergency in Toronto and It’s All Good

Cover Jan 11-2010

by Sandy Graham

When you first speak to Roddy and Geoff of Rebel Emergency, you can feel their synergy with each other and their music. “We went to the same school, but didn’t know each other that well”, Geoff Willingham says. “That is right”, Roddy agrees, “I was in high school then and jamming with Neil. We found we had some good melodies and fine tuned the current lineup and sound. I met Geoff and he said he was going to play guitar for the rest of his life, and I thought he is the guy we are looking for to round out the sound.”

They both agree that there is homage to be paid to the artists that influenced them in their younger years. Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff were a few names bantered about in our conversation of their early immersion into the world of reggae.

Rebel Emergency started out as a basement band in Scarborough, Ontario and have developed into

Top 10 Love Songs

Love songs are a fundamental part of pop music. Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives. Taken from the Top Chart Songs on Cashbox – The Crush- Love Songs Breakup.

THE LOVE SONGS

1. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z - "Crazy In Love" (2003)
As she stepped out on her own for the first time away from the group Destiny's Child, Beyonce chose this deliriously happy, romantic tune featuring raps from her main squeeze Jay-Z. The boys from Philadelphia have recorded many songs about love and romance. This one is perhaps the best song ever recorded for a prelude to a magical night with a lover.

Top 10 Love Songs: The Breakup

Love songs are a fundamental part of pop music. Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives.
Taken from the Top Chart Songs on Cashbox – The Crush- Love Songs Breakup.

THE BREAKUP

1. Abba - Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977)
The majestic pop of Abba is particularly effective here detailing the walk through an empty house and memories of "old familiar rooms children would play in" when a relationship has come to an end.

2. Cher - Believe (1999)
Cher is someone with a bit of firsthand experience at relationships coming to an end. "Believe" is an inspirational dance classic providing encouragement to make it through the pain. It became the biggest hit of Cher's long career.

3. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (1979)

Susan Boyle: Dreams Really Do Come True – Just Have Faith & Believe

I Dream a Dream

By Natasha Slinko

It is said that dreams do come true, and on January 21st 2009, Scottish-born Susan Boyle took one extraordinary leap of faith to achieve her dream by stepping completely out of her comfort zone, auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent to follow her one true passion – singing.

'I Dreamed A Dream’, a song made famous by the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Les Misérables, was Boyle’s song of choice.

Boyle stepped onto the stage, only to be ridiculed by the judges and the audience alike, as they assumed and promptly judged a book by its cover, disvaluing anything else that was present, such as the human heart and the human spirit. How brave and resilient she was in the light of their scorn.

Then history was made as Boyle began to sing “I dream a dream in time gone by, when hope was high, and life worth living. I dreamed that love would never die, I dreamed that God would be forgiving…” You could have heard a pin drop.

Elvis Crossing The Border

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By Don Graham

On January 8th this year Elvis Presley would have turned seventy five ! The King of Rock n’ Roll, three quarters of a century old. Sounds hard to imagine doesn’t it? Well it does to me, but maybe that’s because I remember seeing him on a black and white 17 inch screen on the Dorsey Brothers television show, before the famous Ed Sullivan performances. We were just kids looking for something different to listen to than our parents favourites, Johnny Ray, Frankie Laine and Julius Larosa to name a few. We wanted something to call our own, and this young, duck tailed, sideburned, gyrating rebel from the south seemed to be the ticket. In no time at all, we were all growing our hair long, using Brylcreem, buying 45’s and walking with a new found swagger. Our folks couldn’t understand a word he said and yet every word he sang spoke right to us! Something to call our own!!

Top 10 Love Songs: The Crush

Love songs are a fundamental part of pop music. Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives. Taken from the Top Chart Songs on Cashbox – The Crush- Love Songs Breakup.

THE CRUSH

1. Paul Anka - Puppy Love (1960)
Paul Anka was only 19 years old when he wrote and recorded this ode to young romance. The song was written in reference to a romance between Anka and Annette Funicello. Donny Osmond also had a hit with the song 12 years later in 1972.

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