Can TV/Film Music Placement Help Save the Industry?

Music SupervisionWe’ve hearing about it for awhile now:  synch placements are helping revitalize the business by offering massive exposure (and income) to new artists.  TRIPLE POP has had some success in recent years with placements on NBC, MTV, and Fox.  It takes work, competition is difficult.

But when you get lucky, the opportunities are wonderful for new music exposure, opening up many doors for new artists.  Ten years ago, synch placements barely ever got any notice, few cared.

But with the advent of social media and TV/cable expansion of new shows, the synch industry has exploded in recent years, some musicians are making considerable income solely from this niche.

You can read the article here in ROLLING STONE featuring music supervisor, Chris Mollere.

Kris Farrow in Zane Williams’ Music Video “Overnight Success”

Triple Pop’s legendary AGK guitar player, Kris Farrow, is featured in the brand new Zane Williams’ music video “Overnight Success” on CMT.  You can watch it below.  It’s currently ranked #2 on the CMT Pure rankings right behind Carrie Underwood’s new single.

Kris is on tour as the guitarist with the Zane Williams Band for the rest of 2013.

Check out their tour schedule here.

Kacey Musgraves sings for Oreos and Jay Leno

Kacey Musgraves recently recorded a sweet ditty of song for an Oreo commercial, performed her new song “Blowing Smoke” live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she’s going on tour in the UK and Ireland and with Lady Antebellum this fall (after she wraps up her tour with Kenny Chesney).

Oh, to be young again … so much energy.

Kacey Leno

Kacey’s debut major label album, Same Trailer Different Park, continues to get rave reviews nationwide.  Rolling Stone noted her first single “Merry Go ‘Round” as one of their “50 Best Songs of 2012” while NPR named her as their “Best New Artist of 2012.”

Her EP (from Triple Pop) features her acoustic versions of the songs “Apologize” (OneRepublic) and “See You Again.”

We just found this YouTube video clip of Kacey performing “Apologize” live in 1998:

Dee Dee Ramone: Live with The Ramones on YouTube & Sid Vicious Painting

While recently updating the Triple Pop website and artist pages, we came across a 1977 live concert of the The Ramones, when they were at the height of their punk rock power. Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee are amazing, it’s electric, man.

See it here on YouTube or watch below.

Sid Vicious painting

Dee Dee Ramone was also a prolific painter, often collaborating with artist Paul Kostabi.

Here is a never before seen image of Dee Dee’s only painting of Sid Vicious, the bass player for The Sex Pistols.  This painting has only been seen by a handful of people since Dee Dee painted it for me back in 2000, so consider yourself lucky.

Dee Dee sure had some great stories about Mr. Vicious, whose life story was dramatized by Alex Cox in the feature film, Sid and Nancy (1986). For some reason, in the mid-eighties, the exploits of The Sex Pistols, along with Sid Vicious, were popular stories among the punk rock kids.

So when I got to work with Dee Dee, I asked him about meeting Sid and Nancy one night at dinner.  Dee Dee, who was also a nice guy, sat down and custom painted this work for me the next morning.

Dee Dee’s last album of recordings, “Greatest and Latest” (2000), originally produced for the Conspiracy Music label, has since became part of Triple Pop.

Kacey Musgraves burning up the Google News

Kacey is burning up the Google news feed in 2013 …

Her major label debut record album, Same Trailer Different Park, continues to stay in the Billboard 100 and earn rave reviews.  She’s been touring with Kenny Chesney and making major television appearances (Billboard Live, CMT Awards, David Letterman).  She’s performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival alongside other acts such as Paul McCartney, The National, Tom Petty and David Byrne.  It’s hard to keep up with this lady, so perhaps we should go back into the past and hear more music from Kacey?!

Triple Pop SinglesWhich is what you’ll find on Triple Pop’s exclusive Digital EP from Kacey available on the iTunes Store (also Google Play, Amazon MP3).

You can listen for free to the full stream of  one song from the EP — link here to listen to “Apologize” on Soundcloud.

Recorded in 2008, the two song EP features Ms. Musgraves performing acoustic cover versions of the songs “See You Again” and One Republic’s “Apologize.”

“I remember going to see Kacey perform live at Momos here in Austin. It was just me and her mom in the audience and Kacey up on stage with her acoustic guitar. She’s a born performer and it was exciting to see  her perform live before anyone else knew her name.” says Triple Pop producer, Monte Robison.

Apple’s iTunes accounts for whopping 75% of global digital music market … stunning

iTunes GraphAccording to Apple Insider, Apple’s iTunes store accounts for 75% of the global digital music market.  The number is big, very big.

According to the report, the average iTunes user spends about $12 per year on music and with 575 million active users, Apple’s annual revenue hits $6.9 billion.

That suggests Apple’s $6.9 billion account for about 75 percent of the $9.3 billion global digital music market. The remaining slice of the pie is divvied up to streaming music services like Pandora and retailers like Amazon – not much else to go around, thus everyone’s focus is on iTunes.

This is another reason why we here at Triple Pop are not too excited about radio streaming and subscription based music distribution services for the industry – so little revenue for the industry.  Less revenue = less money for musicians.  Period.

Kris Farrow’s version of The Office TV theme featured in actual NBC Season Finale May 16th!

The Office The producers of NBC’s show, The Office, are going to use Kris Farrow’s acoustic guitar version of the classic Office theme song in the primetime season retrospective finale of the show, which airs tomorrow, Thursday, May 16th 8pm EST, 7pm CST.

This is the final episode of the show (which we’ve all loved over the years) and we are sorry to see such a great show end.

We’re not sure exactly at what spot in the episode they’re are using the recording – it’s all top secret and stuff being the last episode. Our guess it’s going to be used in special montage segment.  Just listen for Kris’ unmistakable guitar playing!

We are thankful to NBC for licensing Kris’ amazing acoustic guitar version of the song, which is available on Acoustic Guitar Karaoke, Vol. 24 (Movie & TV Themes) on the iTunes Store.


Kacey Musgraves’ Early Acoustic Song Recordings Released Today

Triple Pop SinglesTriple Pop has announced that a two (2) song digital Digital EP featuring songs from Academy of Country Music nominee Kacey Musgraves is available online at the iTunes Store.

Recorded over five years ago in 2008, the exclusive EP features Kacey Musgraves performing acoustic guitar cover versions of the songs “See You Again” and OneRepublic’s “Apologize,” which the label had thought been lost to the sands of time due to a computer hard drive failure.

The songs were recorded at Brain Machine Recording Studios in Austin, Texas when Ms. Musgraves first got out of high school.

“They’re just acoustic songs, but they showcase Kacey’s developing performing talent, which has now made her famous.  She took these songs and made them her own,” says Triple Pop owner, Monte Robison, who produced the songs.

Ms. Musgraves’ hit Billboard single “Merry Go ‘Round” has been certified RIAA Gold and her debut  major label album, Same Trailer Different Park, debuted at #2 in the Billboard Top 100 albums.

Kacey Musgraves was nominated for multiple Academy of Country Music Awards, including “Vocalist of the Year’, alongside Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

Listen for free to the full stream of “Apologize” on Soundcloud.