Tag Archives: music

5 Lyrics From the Purple One that Are Obviously About Marketing

I haven’t not had a copy of Purple Rain handily available since it came out on cassette. I definitely didn’t understand all of the lyrics (thank goodness!) but I knew I loved it. It was always special to me, introduced me to “The Artist,” (who always ended up in my college radio shows), and there isn’t anyone who doesn’t like at least one track (and if there are I don’t want to know them).  And so, without further adieu… Continue reading

Are You a Singing Publicist?

Teenage girl singing karaoke in bedroomIs a love of music a pre-requisite for a successful PR career? At one point or another, you’ve probably tweeted your undying love for Pandora, grooveshark or blip.fm. Or told your friends and followers about that awesome new band you just discovered. And, we all know that singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs can be a surefire cure for a stress-packed day … whether you’ll admit it publicly or not, right?

Well, now you have a chance to put your vocal chops to good use for a chance to walk the red carpet! (That’s right, actually walk the red carpet. Not stand on the other side with a clipboard ushering people through the line.) The Tony Awards, Macy’s and CBS launched Macy’s Ticket to the Tony’s — a nationwide online contest in which one lucky fan will win the opportunity to walk the red carpet, attend and be featured on live television at the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 13th. Continue reading

Billy Corgan and Jessica Simpson: My official PR statement

V Festival 2008 - SydneyLet’s get this out of the way first: I’ve had an unnatural obsession with Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins since the 7th grade.  Sparing you (and me) all the potentially embarrassing details, let’s just say everyone who knows me, knows this little factoid.

As you can imagine, anytime there is a “news” item involving Billy Corgan, I hear from people I haven’t heard from in years. Recently, I’ve been flooded with e-mails, Facebook messages, tweets, IM’s – all asking if I’ve heard about the “news” and what do I think of the whole thing. Well duh, of course I have and here’s what I think. Continue reading

Think Tank: Music Publicity – Then and Now

Close-up of a young man listening to an MP3 playerEach area of public relations, from crisis to consumer, fashion to technology, all have their own specific rules and methodologies. I kicked off my PR career in the music industry, and I continue to have a strong interest in this particular sector.  I left music in the midst of the exploding blogosphere – where music criticism was in question, magazines were folding one by one, and bloggers were becoming the new tastemakers.

I thought this would be the perfect time to take a look at what’s going on in the music PR world and see what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and what the future holds. Continue reading