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Topps is celebrating the 2016 summer musical festivals by working with Garbage Pail Kids featuring some of the top headliners on GPK American As Apple Pie Sticker Set. Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Beck, Morrissey, Guns N’ Roses, the Cure, Death Cab for Cutie, Dead & Company, the Roots, and Red Hot Chili Peppers all get mocked in this culturally significant group of cards.






The Beatles’ final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966 was their last commercial concert, and marked the end of a four-year period dominated by almost nonstop touring that included over 1,400 concert appearances internationally.

Although they made an unannounced live appearance in January 1969 on the rooftop of the Apple building, this was it for the band in terms of live shows.

The Park’s capacity was 42,500, but only 25,000 tickets were sold, leaving large sections of unsold seats. Fans paid between $4.50 and $6.50 for tickets, and The Beatles’ fee was around $90,000. The show’s promoter was local company Tempo Productions.

The Beatles took 65% of the gross, the city of San Francisco took 15% of paid admissions and were given 50 free tickets. This arrangement, coupled with low ticket sales and other unexpected expenses resulted in a financial loss for Tempo Productions.

Candlestick Park was the home of the baseball team the San Francisco Giants. The stage was located just behind second base on the field, and was five feet high and surrounded by a six-foot high wire fence.

The compère was ‘Emperor’ Gene Nelson of KYA AM 1260, and the support acts were, in order of appearance, The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes. The show began at 8pm.

The Beatles took to the stage at 9.27pm, and performed 11 songs: Rock And Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and Long Tall Sally.

The group knew it was to be their final concert. Recognising its significance, John Lennon and Paul McCartney took a camera onto the stage, with which they took pictures of the crowd, the rest of the group, and themselves at arm’s length.

As The Beatles made their way to Candlestick Park, Paul McCartney asked their press officer Tony Barrow to make a recording of the concert on audio cassette, using a hand-held recorder. The cassette lasted 30 minutes on each side, and, as Barrow didn’t flip it during the show, the recording cut off during final song Long Tall Sally.

Barrow gave the original tape of the Candlestick Park concert to McCartney. He also made a single copy, which was kept in a locked drawer in Barrow’s office desk. The recording has since become widely circulated on bootlegs, although quite how is not known.

The final show saw perhaps a slightly more energetic performance than usual from The Beatles, and was longer than their usual 20-25 minute duration. They barely paused between songs, although their on-stage patter was notably looser and less scripted than normal.

Particularly revealing are McCartney’s comments before Paperback Writer, during which he questions the group’s future; and Long Tall Sally, which may have carried a veiled reference to the withdrawn ‘butcher’ artwork for Yesterday… And Today.

Just before leaving the stage, John Lennon teasingly played the opening bars of In My Life, before running off to join the rest of the group backstage.

The Beatles were quickly taken to the airport in an armoured car. They flew from San Francisco to Los Angeles, arriving at 12.50am. During the flight George Harrison was heard to exclaim: “That’s it, then. I’m not a Beatle anymore.”

Up next? Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The Get Down is from Baz Luhrmann and a team of collaborators including four-time Oscar winner and fellow executive producer Catherine Martin, legendary MC and executive producer Nas, associate producer Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, co-creator and executive producer Stephen Adly Guirgis; and expert collaborators, including hip-hop historian and supervising producer Nelson George.

Get to know the talented cast of The Get Down, featuring Shameik Moore (Shaolin Fantastic), Justice Smith (Ezekiel “Books” Figuero), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Shyrley Rodriguez (Regina), Stefanée Martin (Yolanda Kipling). and Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling).

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) has revealed the remaining performers as part of the 2016 CCMA Awards Show line-up. Terri Clark, Cold Creek County, Tim Hicks joined by Colin James, Johnny Reid, and special guest Sam Hunt will all take the stage at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON on Sunday, September 11. The 2016 CCMA Awards Show will air live on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Four-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year and eight-time CCMA Fans’ Choice Award winner Terri Clark, has sold more than four million albums and garnered 13 Top Ten singles including the hits; “Better Things To Do”, “Girls Lie Too” and” “No Fear”. In September, Clark will headline the Back to My Roots Solo Acoustic Tour kicking off in P.E.I. and wrapping in B.C. in November.

With three CCMA Award nominations this year (Rising Star, Group or Duo of the Year and Video of the Year), Cold Creek County delivers a powerful, dynamic sound that’s already captured the band a sizeable fan base and won them three CMAO Awards. Being heavily influenced by country and rock, the band brings both worlds together in a way that’s sure to get your feet stomping, and have already opened for such country stars as Dallas Smith, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella and Jason Blaine.

Celebrated as one of Canadian country music’s most dynamic live performers, Tim Hicks has cemented his reputation as an elite chart topping act since making his country label debut in 2013. Hicks’ catalogue of highly praised releases have earned the 2014 CCMA Rising Star Award winner five Gold-certified singles in addition to multiple sold-out headlining dates and tours across the country. With seven Top 10 singles, multiple JUNO Award nominations and a 2015 SOCAN Award, Hicks recently announced September 9 as the release date for his third album, Shake These Walls. Joining Hicks for his performance on the CCMA Awards Show is multi-award winning iconic Canadian blues rock artist, Colin James.

Over an illustrious career spanning more than a decade, multi-award winning singer/songwriter, Johnny Reid has captured the hearts of fans and audiences around the world. The recipient of several CCMA Awards, with three nominations this year, Reid is critically acclaimed and widely known for his lyrical honesty and musical ability, as demonstrated by an extensive catalogue of hit songs, album sales totaling over 1 million units, and multiple sold out national arena tours. His most recent studio recording What Love Is All About is certified platinum in Canada.

Sam Hunt’s debut album Montevallo on MCA Nashville topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart in its first week and remains the best-selling debut album for a country artist since 2011. Montevallo landed on multiple “Best of” lists including the Associated Press, Billboard, Country Weekly, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, Village Voice and The Washington Post. The album has produced three consecutive #1 Platinum-selling singles with “Leave the Night On”, “House Party”, the double-PLATINUM “Take Your Time,” plus Hunt’s Platinum-selling single, “Break Up In A Small Town”. His fifth single from the project, “Make You Miss Me” is playing at radio now. Hunt recently earned his first-ever GRAMMY nominations for Best New Artist and Best Country Album and celebrated his first American Music Award earning the all-genre New Artist of the Year title.

Eight CCMA Awards will be presented on the 2016 CCMA Awards Show, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank. Previously announced performers on the show include: Kelsea Ballerini, Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, High Valley, Brett Kissel with Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Madeline Merlo and Jess Moskaluke. Bristow Global Media Inc. will produce the show for the second year in a row.

A limited number of tickets for the 2016 CCMA Awards Show are still available and can be purchased online HERE, by calling 1-866-455-2849, or by visiting the Budweiser Gardens Box Office (99 Dundas Street, London, ON).

After years of stagnation or decline, the global music industry finally returned to growth last year. According toIFPI, recorded music revenues increased from $14.5 in 2014 to 15 billion in the past year, mainly thanks to continued growth in streaming subscriptions. By the end of 2015, paid subscribers to music streaming services had grown to 68 million worldwide, with no ceiling in sight.

Streaming revenues amounted to $2.9 billion last year, with subscription services accounting for roughly 80 percent of that total. While personalized, ad-supported online radio services such as Pandora certainly helped blaze the trail for music streaming, it was on-demand services such as Spotify and Apple Music that really pushed streaming to mainstream adoption.

Looking at the growth of subscription streaming revenues, it comes as no surprise that more and more companies want a piece of the pie. Both Amazon and Pandora are reportedly close to launching services of their own, making an already highly-competitive market even more crowded.

Infographic: Music Streaming – Subscriptions Win | Statista
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This musical phrase whoop is everywhere. How whoop long will whoop it last? Who whoop Cares? It’s fun to whoop!

The same exact whooping, melodic sequence has been showing up in a surprisingly high number of recent pop songs. The phenomenon was first noticed by musician and product manager Patrick Metzger. He detailed the trend, dubbing it “The Millennial Whoop,” in a post on his blog, The Patterning. Here’s how Metzger described it:

It’s a sequence of notes that alternates between the fifth and third notes of a major scale, typically starting on the fifth. The rhythm is usually straight 8th-notes, but it may start on the downbeat or on the upbeat in different songs. A singer usually belts these notes with an “Oh” phoneme, often in a “Wa-oh-wa-oh” pattern. And it is in so many pop songs it’s criminal.

Music completes the casino gaming experience. In other words, a casino is not a casino if it doesn’t play music. Music is a very important part of the casino experience, and even when you play online casino games on your mobile, you can hear music that fits the game you are playing.

Casinos do not play the same type of music. They select their music with care after taking into consideration a wide range of factors such as the age group of their guests, their culture, and demographic background. For example, casinos that attract younger players play upbeat and fast music.

Music and audio effects have a series of psychological effects on players. Audio effects, along with graphics and color schemes, tend to motivate gamblers to keep playing. For example, slot machines play lively tunes whenever prizes or free spins are won, and this lively music encourages players to continue wagering on the game in hopes of winning more.

Gamblers admit that they love the music and audio effects in the casino gaming environment as it lifts their mood and relaxes them. Well aware of the effect of relaxation on players’ moods, casinos play Muzak, a genre of instrumental music that is often heard in grocery stores and elevators. This genre not only has a soothing and relaxing effect on listeners, but also encourages them to stay longer and spend more money.


This does not mean that faster and livelier music plays no role in building up a favorable casino gaming atmosphere. A recent study shows that fast music accompanied by bright lights motivate players to wager larger amounts.

If ever you want to throw a casino-themed party at home, you might like to play Muzak to relax your guests and encourage them to place leisurely bets as they socialize, interact, and have fun.

Steve answers questions related to success in the music industry at his Private Sessions Event at Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA. The audience included 10 courageous and talented guitarists who were hand picked by Steve to attend as part of a contest through Guitar Center. The big takeaway? Steve stresses the importance of identifying exactly what you want out of your life and music career.