TOTO “40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN”

TOTO is pleased to announce their brand new Greatest Hits package titled 40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN.  The 17 track album features three previously unreleased recordings: ‘Spanish Sea’ ‘Alone’ and ‘Struck By Lightning’ alongside newly remastered classic tracks.  The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams re-entered the studio earlier this year to work on this release.

   While going through the Sony vaults, the band uncovered several unfished tracks that featured both Jeff and Mike Porcaro, one of which is now ‘Spanish Sea.’

   Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

   With close to 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s THRILLER, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.  Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base.

Soundtrack from the Motion Picture “Lady Bird”

Lady Bird

Soundtrack from the Motion Picture 

Lady Bird, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in early September to instant and rapturous acclaim. It will be released across Australia from February 15th, it has gone on to be the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes, earning universal praise from audiences and critics.

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.

Gerwig disclosed this fall that she’d written personal letters to artists she had in mind for the film—including Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette—to expressly ask for their blessing to use their  songs in Lady Bird. “The soundtrack,” wrote Tatiana Tenreyro in Billboard (November 21, 2017), “plays a big role in showing protagonist Lady Bird’s turbulent adolescent years. The film is set in 2002, and Gerwig wanted it to feel as authentic as possible with a soundtrack that transports viewers to the era.”

The film—starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role and Laurie Metcalf as her mother—won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, while Saoirse Ronan took home the award for Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The New York Film Critics Circle named Lady Bird 2017’s Best Film and Ronan the year’s Best Actress, while the National Board of Review placed Lady Bird in the year’s Top 10 Films, named Gerwig Best Director, and named Metcalf Best Supporting Actress.

BILLY RAY CYRUS

Throughout the course of nearly three decades, Billy Ray Cyrus has achieved international success as a singer, songwriter, entertainer, and philanthropist.  He has sold millions of albums, charted 35 singles, 16 of which are Top 40 hits and continues to receive critical acclaim as an actor, writer, and executive producer in film and television. He’s now gearing up for a tour and the release in Australia of Thin Line.  The album consists of 15 tracks and features collaborations with talent like Joe Perry, who lends his guitar licks on the Don Williams classic “Tulsa Time,” complimentary vocals from Kenley Shea Holm as well as Cyrus’ son, Braison Cyrus, in honor of the late Merle Haggard with “Going Where the Lonely Go.”

The first single “Hey Elvis” – a collaboration featuring Cyrus, Bryan Adams and the legendary Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer, Glenn Hughes.

 

Mick J Clark

State your reason for choosing music as a career.

Hearing a song as a kid and it instantly has an effect on you. Wow, what was that, I want to do that.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

I was always the kid that would do a three page story in my Primary School while other kids struggled with half a page. Lucky. Having said that I was in the bottom class. 😦 So writing isn’t that hard for me, lucky.

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Tell us about your life outside the music world.

I’m an electrician, which enables me to promote my music. Before I wrote over 50 songs I did have a life. All my time now is spent promoting my songs. I party every Saturday night then back to it, but as a ‘working bee’, I can do it, kind of enjoy it. 🙂

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Brief us about your music career.

I tried to make it when I was a teenager, summer season at Butlins, but failed. I’m back with good songs this time and you are only as good as the song you are singing and I want to be acknowledged as a songwriter.

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Elaborate on how you come about your artist’s name.

It’s my name. I say the J is for joker but it is ‘James’.

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List your favourite music video with reason.

Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’. ‘Impossible, spending too much time’.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Music inspires me to try and make music.

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Tell us your impression on dealing with paparazzi.

Very hard, I keep chasing after them but every time they get away. 🙂

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Elaborate on the A-Z process of this song.

I get a bit of the tune and a bit of the title, then I spend about three weeks thinking about it, writing down catchy lines every day, then I will sit down with about thirty sheets of ‘rewrites’, and put the song together like a jigsaw, (lot of work, hope it shows.).

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Tell us what you have on the way for your fans.

This summer I hope to have a great band, but I think Promo comes first. And I am not aware I have any fans. 😦

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

I have some great music mates; I talk to a lot, but in this business you are on your own, your decision on the song, the arrangement, the YouTube, the Promo etc. Okay, alright, my mum.

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Tell us your opinion on the use of auto-tune.

If my producer has auto-tune; it must have been broken when I was there.

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Tell us your opinion on quality and quantity in terms of releasing songs.

I am using the ‘cheese system’, give them just a few songs and hopefully that will tempt them back to my ‘lair’ of songs, hee, hee.

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Tell us your opinion on comparing music career to non-music career.

If you have a music career you must constantly ‘Chant the Mantra’; it is far better to give than to receive.

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State the genre you hate most with reason.

It’s never about the genre, if a song is good it can be in any genre and it will be a good listen, it’s not easy to write a ‘good’ song in any genre.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

Anything funny. Loved Jack Black in ‘Rock School’. Don’t do ‘violence’. I was gutted when ‘ Friends’ on T.V. came to an end.

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State the links to your stores and website.

www.mickjclark.com

https://www.reverbnation.com/widget_code/html_widget_config/artist_3437780?widget_id=51

https://soundcloud.com/mickjclark/sets

https://open.spotify.com/track/2ThYFqhhNJewnb43UOAQyf?si=O0vgCnKgRM2erqJw9TsMLw

Robert Thomas

Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

Robert Thomas, United States, 10-8-93.

I had a basic childhood, I grew up in the streets of Detroit, it was a rough area but I never let it define who I was.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Well so far in my music career I have been working on my craft, and trying to make a name for myself. I use my birth name because when I get plaques I want to see my name on it. I have an extensive musical background, because I grew up always hearing my mom listen to many different genres and I believe that rubbed off on me. I am a writer and producer. I mainly make Hip-hop, but I can also produce music in other genres as well.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I am a Hip-hop artist. This song is the title track to my album “Vicarious Visions”; it’s about living vicariously through someone, and wishing you live the life they live.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Just know when you listen to Robert Thomas music everything you hear is authentic; I’m not trying to be someone I’m not. I would say so far in the music business I have experienced more downs than ups, but I am confident that will change soon.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I am a solo artist. I produce all the songs I rap over. I recorded this song in my home studio, using FL Studio software.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I don’t know if I can technically say I have been in the music industry, but I have been trying to get into it the last 3 years. My future goal is to be recognized all over the world and to have a loyal fan base.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Life inspires me to write.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t know what the secret to making a hit song is, but if it’s a hit, it’s a hit. That’s all I can say.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I would like to tell anyone listening to never give up on your dreams.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

I would tell an upcoming artist that success doesn’t happen overnight, and to keep working on your craft no matter what.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
Well since I’ve started making music I have released several albums and mixtapes. I would say one of my favorite ones is “Area 51”, that album didn’t get much attention.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Ironically the only blog to feature my music so has been Broadtube Music. No radio station has featured my music yet.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I just play the beat and write whatever comes to my mind.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Jamiroquai, Drake, Taylor Swift, Jay Z, Stereolab.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I would love to collaborate with Jamiroquai, Drake, and Taylor Swift.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Twitter.com/Jamirothomas

Instagram.com/jamirogram

Soundcloud.com/Jamirothomas

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Jamirothomas.bandcamp.com

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Everyday I’m alive is a happy day.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would spend a million dollars on studio time, and music equipment/software.

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Discuss your personality.

I’m accessible …I’m fun, outgoing, I’m optimistic, I’m militant, I’m conscious, I’m outspoken, and I’m courageous.

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Brief us about you as a musician.

My passion for rap music began when I was little. I’ll say around 9yrs old and I didn’t start writing until I was 11.
I recorded my first song in my father’s basement studio.

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Go into details on what have changed in your life for choosing music as a career.

I have a label backing my music which is one of the best supportive teams I’ve ever come across. Back when I first started; I didn’t have that, I wasn’t ready yet and I was looking for my own sound. Now I do shows more often & I’m in the studio more often.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.

The benefits consist of moving your family into better & safer homes, never being broke again if you spend wisely.
Endorsements, living comfortably & fans that love you.

The drawbacks consist of bad blogs, no privacy, false rumors, & haters and fake friends (Users).

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.

I will stay humble & consistent. I will block out all negativity unless it affects my people as a whole. I won’t act on things out of anger & I will never forget where I came from & who supports me.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.

“Mink Coat” is a song for skate boarding & other outside recreational activities.

“Country Still Lying” is about waking up the sheep in America & letting them know that what they stand for is Government created…

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Tell us means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.

Itunes

Spotify

Soundcloud

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

The greatest moment would be creating my album, because I put my heart into my craft.

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Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.

I haven’t made any yet. I’m doing shows for promotion only until my fan base gets bigger.

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours.

I feel alive on stage and no matter how many people are watching. It’s an awesome experience. If you like being in the spotlight.

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Tell us how you relate with your fans.

Well some of my fans come from the same environment I come from. They want to make it out just like I do.

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Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.

I would change the positions of the middle & lower class people,
and everyone would live comfortable.

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Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.

Blast Off Entertainment is an independent record label and they’re my family. They discovered my talent when nobody else did. I’m the co-C.E.O along with Robert Williams.

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Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.

Starting my own business like a food franchise; “Something worth spending your last dollar on if you’re hungry”.

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Discuss your good and bad experience in life.

Learning from my pops “How To Raise a Man”. I turned out fine. I didn’t receive the right amount of love as a child.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

Michael Jackson, Big L, Big Pun, KRS- One, Rakim, Jadakiss, Canibus, Ice Cube, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Redman, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and the list goes on.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.

I was told my music wasn’t good enough, I didn’t have the right sound, but it made me hungrier, I kept writing & that has always been my mindset. My only way of coping is writing.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.

Someone said my style didn’t fit my image.

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Tell us how to become a famous artist.

Be different. Find yourself first. Don’t give up. Network with other artists outside of your comfort zone. Utilize social media.  Put in the footwork because this doesn’t come easy. Always be humble. Know your worth & pray.

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Tell us how you plan to make an impact on the society.

Spread the truth but also live in it. Set an example for others to not be like me…but better. Build in my community & others. Create a better life for those who go without….
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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.

I recorded my album at NJ Doc Blade’s Studio in New Jersey.

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State the official date of release.

1/19/2018

Website

www.rwilliamstracy.com