Friday, January 27th, 2012

Artist Access Gives Premium Members A Foot In The Door!

The music industry can be a hard place to navigate, but here at OurStage, we want to help you get your foot in the door! We know that a huge part of success in the music industry comes from having great connections, and so once again we are giving our Premium Members the opportunity to connect with industry consultant Bruce Tyler by entering our October “Artist Access” Competition!

Bruce Tyler is the former EVP of both Sony Music and Columbia Records and is widely recognized for his efforts in working alongside artists such as Beyoncé, John Mayer, John Legend, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz and The Fray. In his over twenty-five years of experience, he’s worked with major record labels, artist managers, radio giants, music producers, TV and film production companies, leading music Internet sites and even some of the biggest artists in music today. He is widely regarded as one of the music industry’s best resources.

One winner will be chosen to travel to New York City and meet with Tyler in hopes of building a connection that could further their musical career. Want this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be yours? Sign up for an OurStage Premium Membership here, log on and enter your best pop, rock, urban or country song by October 23rd for your chance to win!

Shining Rae Nabs Exclusive Mentoring Session With Bruce Tyler

Shining Rae is about to experience what so many strive for but so few accomplish in the music business”a mentoring session with an industry giant. Bruce Tyler to be precise. Shining Rae entered her acoustic / pop / soul ditty “Dreaming” in the July “Artist Access” Competition, rising all the way to the Number 1 spot. While the talent in the competition was abundant, Shining Rae’s blend of acoustic pop and soul stood tall.

And now for a little on the man she’ll be meeting:

Currently employing his entrepreneurial expertise to some of the most influential companies and artists in music, Bruce Tyler’s résumé also includes time spent as the former EVP of both Sony Music and Columbia Records.

Shining Rae is about to join the ranks of artists privy to his highly sought after advice, including John Mayer, John Legend, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, The Fray and many more.

Note: due to a scheduling conflict, Bruce Tyler will be filling in for Don Ienner for the July “Artist Access” Competition Grand Prize.

U2 360° In Numbers

Two years and one month ago, a group of Irish fellows by the name U2 set off on a record-breaking musical adventure around the world. Spanning five continents, seven tour legs, and over 100 performances, the band was about to make history. Their first date (June 30, 2009) was at the legendary Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, to a sold-out crowd of over 91,000. Their last performance was last Saturday in Moncton, Canada, a venue that has played host to over  75,000 concertgoers in the past. “What’s up with all these numbers,” you ask? To commemorate the culmination of their tour, we’ve gathered some of the ridiculous statistics to ponder.


Records Broken:

– Highest attended tour: Over 7 million tickets sold

– Highest grossing concert tour: Over $700 million in ticket sales

– Most watched live stream on YouTube: Nearly 10 million people

– Highest set structure: 167 ft.


– Three sets built: Since each set took four days to put up and three days to take down, U2 had to stagger their tour dates and adjust to each of the caravan’s travel times

120 trucks to move each set, including all the sound and light systems, the structure, instruments and crew

– Cost of each individual set: Approximately $25 million

– Crew size: 137 in the permanent touring production, plus over 120 hired locally at each venue

– At the end of the tour, all sets will become a permanent venue somewhere in the world, each with its own high-quality sound system and tracked screen

– U2 sold out all 104 shows, many in mere minutes after tickets went on sale

– Daily cost of concert operations: $750,000. It was estimated that the tour would not break even until the second leg was over

– Major artists appearing as openers: Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Muse, Florence and the Machine, Interpol, Snow Patrol, Kaiser Chiefs

– The moving and expanding video screen has over 500,000 pixels: The band paid $2 million to raise the “Jerry-tron” at Dallas’ Cowboys Stadium during their performance so they could fit their own screen

These numbers leave us perplexed. How can U2 be such a powerhouse, even in a recession? One thing is for sure, though: There was no way you could not enjoy this concert. We can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with for their next tour.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mellow Rockers Misions Win Mentoring Session With Bruce Tyler

Take the piano steady drive of Coldplay, the sonic aesthetic of Grizzly Bear and shake it all up with some good ol’ fashioned pop writing and you’ve got Misions. The Henryetta, OK quartet has been making waves on OurStage since last summer”placing in the Top 10 during the regional rounds of the Shout It Out With HANSON and Subway Fresh Artistsâ„¢ Competitions.

The band is still turning heads, specifically those of the judges in the May Artist Access Premium Member Competition. Their hard work has earned them a mentoring session with industry veteran Bruce Tyler! Tyler’s music career spans over twenty-five years and includes having a hand in the success of artists like John Mayer, John Legend, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, The Fray and many more. He currently employs his entrepreneurial expertise to some of the most influential companies and artists in music.

Tyler will be sitting down with the guys in NYC to share with them his years of experience in the music business. Join us in congratulating Misions on their win, and check out some more mellow tracks from the group in the playlist below.


Help A Rising Star Win Valuable Industry Advice

Success in the music business is all about who you know and how much priceless advice you can mine from them. Lucky for OurStage Premium Artists, we’re doing all the heavy lifting for you. The Artist Access Competition Series is designed to help rising artists meet face to face with industry pro’s, and fans can help them get there!

Judge in the May Artist Access Competition by May 31, 2011 and you could play a crucial role in helping one artist win a mentoring session with Bruce Tyler. Tyler worked as the EVP of both Sony Music and Columbia Records, worked with and played a major role in the continuing success of artists like John Mayer, John Legend, The Fray, and many others, and currently lends his expertise to some of the most influential companies and artists in music. He’s what you might call an industry veteran, and for one lucky artist, his advice is just a few battles away…

Haven’t grabbed your attention yet? The playlist below should do the trick.

YOU Can Help One Lucky Artist Score Priceless Advice!

OurStage’s new Artist Access Series is giving premium members exclusive access to the best advice from the music industry’s brightest minds. In March, music biz heavyweight Bruce Tyler is lending his extensive knowledge to one lucky Grand Prize-winning artist. How extensive is his knowledge you ask? Try twenty-five years in the music industry, filling just about every role that’s out there. In addition to being the former EVP of both Sony Music and Columbia Records, Tyler remains an active consultant to some of the most influential companies and artists in music. Tyler has also had a hand in the success of artists like Beyoncé, John Mayer and Lenny Kravitz to name a few.

YOU can take part in helping to select which lucky artist gets a mentoring session with Tyler in New York City; all you need to do is judge! Head to the Artist Access Channel by March 30, 2011 to make sure the best up-and-coming artists get their shot at this virtual gold mine of music industry advice. All judging fans are eligible for our monthly best predictor prizes, so choose wisely!

New Artist Access Competition Gives Artists The Edge

The music industry is a brave new world fueled by advancements in technology that make it easier to create music and access music lovers. However, this innovation raises an important question: How do aspiring artists get the competitive edge over the sea of wannabe superstars?

The answer, keep it old school. There’s something to be said about the A&R model that helped guide an artist’s career with the wisdom of industry insider. Finding that willing insider is the challenge. OurStage’s Artist Access Premium Competition is the solution.

This new monthly competition for OurStage Premium Members is designed to give artists a chance to sit face-to-face with some of the movers-and-shakers of the modern music biz. Each month OurStage will award the Number 1 ranked artist in the Artist Access Premium Competition Channel the opportunity to talk shop with a music veteran in either NYC or LA.

In March, all rock, pop, country and urban artists can compete to win a mentoring session with Bruce Tyler. Tyler is the former EVP of Sony Music and Columbia Records and has helped break countless artists including Beyoncé, John Mayer, John Legend, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz and The Fray. Currently, he lends his consulting expertise to some of today’s most influential artists and online music companies. To get a shot at a mentoring session with Bruce Tyler, enter your best original song into the Artist Access Premium Competition by March 23, 2011.

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Michael Jackson video teaser released

Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, MICHAEL, is slated for release on Tuesday. The record features collaborations with artists like 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz, but because many of the recordings were works in progress at the time of Jackson’s death, Sony’s release of MICHAEL has been fraught with controversy. However, watching the new video teaser for Jackson’s duet with Akon, Hold My Hand, makes it hard to be bummed about the record. Check it out below.

Rolling Stone‘s top 30 albums & 50 singles of 2010

Rolling Stone has released their list of the top 30 albums and 50 singles of 2010. And now we have a million questions. Kid Rock beating Kings of Leon and Spoon”you sure about that Rolling Stone? Taylor Swift”sure, she can sell records, but does she really deserve the Number 13 position? And, Kanye West, your album is great and all, but seriously, Arcade Fire had one of the best albums of all time. Seriously.

The Bad

Dead celebrities back to life on Twitter

In support of the AIDS charity Keep A Child Alive, Alicia Keys, one of the organization’s founders, helped kick off the Digital Death campaign on Twitter last week. Keys, along with celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake, swore off tweeting until a $1 million fundraising goal was met. The campaign got off to a slow start, with the public donating less half that sum after a week. Just when it looked like their silence would be permanent, frustrated celebs with itchy Twitter fingers recruited philanthropist Stewart Rahr, who swooped in to pony up the $500,000+ difference. Great news for Keep A Child Alive, bad news for those of us enjoying the Kim and Khloe Kardashian silent treatment.

LCD Soundsystem to stop touring in 2011

James Murphy told Spinner this week, during the Art Basel festival in Miami, that his band LCD Soundsystem will stop touring permanently after this year. We’re done being just a pro rock ensemble, Murphy says. From now on, Daft Punk Is Playing at My House will have to only play at your house.

The Ugly

Morrissey delivers the diss to Bryan Ferry

When Morrissey found out that Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, whose album For Your Pleasure he listed as one of his top 13 favorite records, was an avid hunter, he did what any combative vegetarian would do and penned an open letter taking Ferry and a handful of other British celebs to task. Calling Ferry’s son Otis Odious Ferry and Ferry himself Bryan Ferret, The Smith’s singer apologized to fans for his support of Roxy Music in years past. Hunters, beware. To Morrissey, you are the quarry.