Almost everyone who is involved in music has heard of the weekly magazine, Billboard. As one of the oldest trade magazines in the world, the American magazine is dedicated to the music industry. Billboard is regarded as one of the most pertinent and unbiased sources of information in the field of music.
Most people are familiar with the music charts that Billboard posts each week. There are two charts that are the most popular. The Billboard Hot 100 ranks the top 100 songs based on physical sales, digital sales, and radio play. The other important chart is the Billboard200, which rates albums.
Billboard was first published on January 4, 1936 and by 1940, they started to publish the Music Popularity Charts. Today, Billboard magazine covers all angles of the music business. Besides the charts, it features news stories, features and opinion articles. The magazine covers the entertainment business in a very extensive way.
When Billboard publishes a review of a new CD, it is copied and published all over the web. Since the publication is a leader in the music field, their review is usually a much –anticipated event.
On Friday, May 21st, Billboard published the following review about Tried & True, the new CD from Clay Aiken. The review can already be found at Reuters and has been picked up by many sites.
It is nice to see that Billboard approves of the change of direction Clay and Decca are presenting in Tried & True. After you read the review, be sure and click on the link and “buzz” the review. A positive comment would be wonderful too. If Yahoo gets enough traffic and buzz, they will put the review on their first page. This would be wonderful “buzz” for Clay.
NEW YORK (Billboard) – After a series of so-so soft-rock efforts, Season 2 “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken looks back to the music of the ’50s and ’60s on “Tried & True,” a big-band-style collaboration with German producer Alex Christensen, whose resume includes work with Paul Anka, Sarah Brightman and Right Said Fred. Given the cabaret-ready character of Aiken’s voice, the change in direction suits the singer. Where he used to sound like an oldster attempting to crash the top 40, here Aiken’s vocals exude a relaxed vibe that seemingly reflects his recent stint on Broadway in “Spamalot!” That even goes for a surprisingly authoritative version of “Mack the Knife,” where Aiken summons a swagger he never previously displayed. Other songs include “Moon River” (with a tasty acoustic-guitar solo by Vince Gill), a jazzy take on Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe” and “Unchained Melody,” which gets the full Hollywood-orchestra treatment.
What do you think of the Billboard Review?