Thursday, July 23, 2009
As She says in the video... She "Bakes Cookies YO!"
T-Pain and Taylor Swift put together this histerical spoof video which comically depicts Taylor swift as a rap artist. It's an ironic twist that comically mirrors T-Pain's own career in which he himself was a rapper turned singer. In this video it is Taylor Swift who is a Country/Pop Music singer turned rapper with a new moniker of "T-Swizzle"
At first glance the video seems like it's a big mistake. I mean really. Taylor Swift as a Rap artist? Then one realizes the video is a total spoof video much like the videos Weird Al Yancovich used to create mimicking famous music artist videos. The most famous of which of course were the Michael Jackson Videos. R.I.P.
Taylor Swift does a good job portraying herself as her own alter ego "T-Pizzle" the mad Gangta rapper with curly lock blond hair. She keeps calling herself Gangster.. so Gangter that she as she says Lives with her moms and as she puts it "I bake cookies Yo" had me laughing and realized it was a great parody... especially since it's exploiting the fact that T-pain was a "Rapper turned singer" here is Taylor swift as a Country/pop singer turned rapper. The irony and her "Tight white-T" and T-Pain's "Big Arse Chain" was just hilarious. The crazy thing is she probably could pull off a little soft rap cause she was OK.
The last part of the video was the funniest though, When they bleep out Taylor swift as she is saying "YO" and she starts complaining that she didn't even swear and T-Pian chimes in with his famous Autotune plug in voice saying"She didn't even swear" as if they didn't have time to cut the video and stop the autotune LOL.
What do you know, When we finished posting our article on DJ Vajra tearing it up at the NBA halftime show in Denver there was a small little advertisment for Traktor Scratch Duo featuring a "DJ Battle" between DMC World Champions DJ Craze and DJ Klever of The Allies just to the left of the posting window. So we decided to let you see that one too. This is a nice little mini "battle" featuring the Two legendary DJs going head to head on the New Tracktor Scratch Duo Vinyl emulation software package that is said to have a very tight latency to more realistically imitate real vinyl while controling MP3 files on a laptop computer.
Craze and Klever basically go at it on their DMC championship won Gold Technics Turntables and mixers. (showoffs) LOL :)
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When last year’s smash single “Sorry” by rock group Buckcherry reached #9 on Billboard, lead singer Josh Todd had to be smiling. He and guitarist Keith Nelson had tasted a bit of success before, but not like this. Who would have thought the band that had been abandoned and dropped by their major label in 2002, could come back and release a new album on an indie, and eclipse their previous, short-lived fame? It doesn’t happen very often in the music world, but it does happen…
Read on… It was the summer of ’00, and things were looking good Buckcherry. The band had just come off a full length U.S tour with Lenny Kravitz. On the strength of three radio hits, Buckcherry had toured non-stop in support of their self-titled debut album, released by major label DreamWorks Records in 1999. The band was about to hit the studio for their follow up CD, Time Bomb. By the time the album released in ’01, the title “Time Bomb” proved befitting for a self-fulfilled prophecy. Slow initial sales of Time Bomb and a disinterested DreamWorks helped to all but tank the record. Add in the inevitable inner band tension and Buckcherry was all but a flash in the pan rock group for one summer, a footnote in music history...Early Years Buckcherry originally formed in 1995, then under the name “Sparrow”, playing mostly in clubs in the LA rock scene. For the next 3 years, after countless club gigs, the band built up a noticeable following. A few demos later and they finally caught the attention of the label DreamWorks and long time rock producer Terry Date. The album “Buckcherry” (after a band name change) was released in 1999, and soon after the band scored their first radio hit, “Lit Up”.
In just 15 days, the band recorded an album, and perhaps with no expectations for a release, titled the record “15”. It wasn’t long after the release of “15” that radio stations began picking up the song “Crazy Bitch” for airplay rotation. For many music fans, the song “Crazy Bitch” was their first introduction to the band Buckcherry, whose initial fame was so short-lived they were mostly missed the first time around. Or, because comeback albums for one-hit-wonder bands are so rare, the name Buckcherry didn’t resonate. Whichever the case, a whole new level of success came rushing back to the band.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
THE 12TH ANNUAL JAMROCK REGGAE FESTIVAL DROPS ANOTHER BOMB WITH ONLY Tonight! THE BIG EVENT - SATURDAY JULY 18TH IN WESTCHESTER NY
The big ‘Countdown to the 12th Annual Jamrock Reggae Festival’ has just been shifted to the highest gear as the Honorable Marcia Griffiths O.D. and Grammy award winning Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru have been added to the legendary line up of Reggae Icons at the highly anticipated concert event…
Sunday 13th July, 2009 – New York - Link Up Media Inc. CEO and Jamrock Reggae Festival owner David “Squeeze” Annakie made the announcement to press hours ago about the milestone addition to The 12th Annual JAMROCK Reggae Festival line up stating that, “It’s been a rough year for everyone thus far and our Caribbean American community is also feeling the brunt of these harsh times..Our listeners, readers, supporters and valued sponsors have all been exceptional and vital to the continued success of the Link Up Media group. We want them to know that we are also here to support and uplift them. Bringing a positive quality event of this status at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY is our way of showing appreciation and respect to the artists and the fans for their contribution to preserving our prosperous Caribbean culture in this era of hope and change.”
Just 5 days before the major concert event kicks off @ The Westchester County Center in White Plains NY, news of the latest ‘bomb’ dropped on the already explosive line up of Reggae icons Beres Hammond, John Holt, Frankie Paul and Culture with Kenyatta Hill adds Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru and the Honorable Marcia Griffiths O.D. of Bob Marley’s I-Three’s to the frontline of the legendary JAMROCK Reggae Festival cast. Without any doubt, this is the ultimate combination of class, style and international stardom that is sure to shine as the brightest beacon of what the Caribbean entertainment scene has truly evolved to. Hosted by Link Up Media’s David “Squeeze” Annakie and Jeanille Bonterre of Link Up Radio 93.5FM, BET J and MTV Tempo, this sold out event has also prompted producers to increase ticket sales by popular demand and extend the show’s production schedule. Major networks have also approached the event for coverage of the milestone concert event and new patrons are being asked to purchase tickets before Saturday July 18th to avoid being left out of this once in a lifetime live concert experience.
A Royal daughter of Jamaican soil and distinguished member of the groundbreaking female trio and backing vocal group to Bob Marley and The Wailers, the Honorable Marcia Griffiths O.D. is an indomitable Queen of Reggae. Since her initiation to the music industry as a young teenager performing with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires after her fated discovery by mentor Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths has blazed a continuous trail of over 4 decades of chartopping success and achievements to become one of the hardest working female artists in the music industry. Her timeless hit ‘Electric Boogie Song’ created a world dance craze “The Electric Slide” which has made ‘Electric Boogie’ the official song played at weddings and family gatherings around the World regardless of race, country or culture. This true Jamaican Empress of music represents the undeniable presence of the global Caribbean influence with her style, grace and harmonious voice that has inspired countless female reggae artists around the globe and established Caribbean women and our culture on the map.
‘Uhuru’ is the Swahili word for ‘Freedom’ and when ‘riddim twins’ Sly & Robbie brought the young and gifted singer/songwriter Mykal Rose to the legendary group ‘Black Uhuru’ the ancestors blessed Reggae music with a new voice of freedom, justice and success for the African race. Reggae icon Mykal Rose has risen from the harsh streets of Kingston Jamaica to become one of the most powerful and influential voices of Reggae music to date. After winning the first ever Reggae Grammy award with Black Uhuru’s chartopping album ‘Anthem’ Mykal went on to create a global media blitz on the frontline of Reggae music that led to the Black Uhuru’s and Reggae’s firm establishment in the music industry with potent hits like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Sinsemillia”. Mykal Rose’s music and unconquerable voice not only represent the foundation of Reggae’s true meaning to Caribbean people, it also reflects the power of our spirit to impact the world towards positive solutions to inequality and injustice.
Kenyatta Hill is the son of the late Joseph Hill, front man of Culture, the legendary vocal trio whose 1977 record “Two Sevens Clash” helped define the roots reggae genre. In August 2006, while on tour in Berlin, Germany, Joseph Hill suddenly fell ill and passed away. Kenyatta has since carried the torch successfully performing as the front man for Culture paying tribute to his father with every performance.
Natural Blacks, the Guyanese born roots singer has made a persistent stance in Reggae with songs like Far from Reality and Never Leave You Lonely. His style and personality has made him a favorite among some of the top record producers and fans in Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean.
Frankie Paul is often referred to as Jamaica's Stevie Wonder, and not just because of his visual impairment; like Wonder, he was a talented multi-instrumentalist with a tremendous vocal range. He was also extraordinarily prolific; part of the first wave of dancehall artists, he started his recording career in earnest during the early '80s, and has since flooded the market with product, releasing countless singles and well over 30 albums. Fans can look forward to hits like Tidal Wave, Sara and Slow Down.
John Holt has delivered timeless reggae classics like Police in Helicopter, Stick by Me, and Ali Baba. The former lead singer of the Parogons still stands head and shoulders above the rest as one of Jamaica's sweetest singers and enduring songwriters. He has voiced and penned so many of the country's classics that in a way, Holt has defined the island's sound.
Known to many as the "Otis Redding of Reggae", Beres Hammond has been writing, producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet voice over soulful reggae riddims for over three decades. From his early days as the lead singer of the '70s funk-reggae infused band Zap Pow, Beres has consistently produced hits and number one singles. As the cornerstone to Lover's Rock, he has inspired the next generation of reggae soul singers and international superstars like Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. Fans can look forward to hearing timeless classics like, Tempted to Touch and Rock Away as well as material from his latest album "A Moment in Time".
If you want to be a part of this extraordinary musical experience with Beres Hammond, John Holt, Frankie Paul, Culture with Kenyatta Hill, Natural Black , Lenya Wilks and just added the Honorable Marcia Griffiths and Mykal Rose call1 800 681 4220 now or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/ and http://www.reggaefest.com/ for tickets. Stay tuned to LINK UP RADIO 93.5FM and http://www.jamrockmagazine.com/ for more info and updates on the 12th ANNUAL JAMROCK REGG*AE FESTIVAL.
All Ticket Winners should pick up their tickets at the door between the hours of 6pm to 8pm on the day of the show. Also a Valid I.D. is needed and tickets are non-transferable
Tickets will also be availabe for purchase at the door.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Article By: Michael Harrelson - April 17, 2009
written for www.nightclub.com
Picture of The Tattoo Bar in Washington DC
Not Just Background Music:
Music is a must in any hospitality setting. Whether it’s a busy bar or restaurant, a laid-back lounge or a high-energy club, the music programming serves a critical purpose: engaging the guest to stay and spend. The “soundtrack” of the space can serve to slow down or speed up the pace of a guest’s stay, infusing it with energy or imparting a soothing vibe. Music can also signal to a customer that he’s in the right place or it can turn him away.
Indeed, studies show that playing the right combination of music at any establishment where guests have come to relax and enjoy themselves contributes to overall customer satisfaction and the likelihood that the guests will come back.
In short, whether generated by a band, a DJ or a pre-programmed playlist, music is a mood-creator and a money maker. And the house that truly seeks to get the jump on the competition would do well to give the good vibrations that trigger a customer’s natural instinct to stay some serious attention.
Specifically in programming playlists, operators can control the dynamics of a guest’s visit.
Music is always on the menu at Jack Astor’s, a restaurant and bar chain with nearly 30 locations in Canada and two in the United States. Dave Barton, a regional director for Jack Astor’s in Toronto, ranks music up there with food, specialty beverages and service in terms of its importance to the Jack Astor’s brand.
“We choose different types of music for lunch, dinner, evening and late night,” Barton says. “We are all about the environment. We want high energy and fun, and music plays a huge role in that.”
With 10 years experience in planning the music playlists for seven Jack Astor’s locations in Canada, Barton says he does not have to take a written survey of his own guests to know that the music programming is working for a given store location.
“We can gauge its success by the reaction of guests and the energy levels of the space,” he says. “We have guests asking, ‘Who is that? I remember this song.’ You can see it in their body language and also in the spirit and energy of the employees.”
Although there are many ways Barton could spend the several thousand dollars he allocates to music programming each month, he says the money is well spent based on the return it nets for the house.
“I would say it creates that energy and party environment that helps you sell some product and keep the guests longer.”
A Live DJ is Recommended to Pin Point The Mood of A Room
Is Barton a DJ in disguise? No. In fact, he turns to the experts to help him make the right music mix appear effortless. Toronto-based Hitmen Entertainment Services creates music playlists for Jack Astor’s, and advises the company on the music programming format, essentially delivering a secret weapon to compete in the city’s vibrant hospitality trade.
Finding the right vibe to fit the room is just the first step, says Hitmen Entertainment president DeMarinis. What separates the amateurs from the pros in stacking the music, he explains, is the ability to control the dynamic of the entire room and maintain the energy level throughout the night.
“Seventy-five percent of the job has nothing to do with the equipment or the way you look,” DeMarinis says. “It’s about picking the best songs, playing them in the right order and playing them at the right time. You want to keep the flow going. The worst thing that can happen is to play something that takes patrons out of their vibe.”
As DeMarinis advises clients that include bar, club and restaurant operators in Canada and the United States, live DJs as well as music derived from playlists each have their own harmonious place on the musical roster.
“On a Friday or Saturday or a Thursday, you are probably better off hiring a live DJ,” he says. “A live DJ has presence. The person is actually there. What that also means is, a DJ can actually pinpoint the mood and atmosphere of the room.”
Reading and Rocking The Crowd is an Important Part of a DJs Job
The artistry and skill of a DJ is not just measured in his or her ability to read a crowd, however, DeMarinis adds. It will also be apparent, even if only on a subconscious level among guests, in the seamlessness of the house’s music tapestry.
“If you are playing Sinatra for an older crowd and for whatever reason, the next song is Justin Timberlake, and then you jump to AC/DC, there is no rhyme or reason. You are not going to enhance anyone’s stay. A good DJ will be able to get from playing Sinatra to Justin Timberlake. It might take three or four songs to get there, but the difference is, you are not taking people out of the moment.”Still, DeMarinis suggests operators be circumspect in how they select a DJ for a special event or a weekend kickoff.
“You should consider your options,” he says. “Not all DJs can play for every type of crowd. They don’t get into it. Some guys love music and some love a specific kind of music.” Above all, DeMarinis cautions, management needs to communicate openly with the DJ selected for the gig.
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“It is very important to be straightforward about the kind of music you want played and the kind of clientele you want. And you should also listen to what a DJ has to say, because they have music expertise.”
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At the Loose Moose Tap & Grill in Toronto, assistant general manager Sean Russo says music programming plays a huge part in branding and legitimizing his establishment in the eyes of the public.
“We are a rock ‘n’ roll party bar, so music is a very important aspect of our operation,” he says. “If there is no continuity or flow to the music that you are playing, you run into an identity crisis because you really are not what you are claiming to be.”
In his own experience, it is next to impossible for independent operators to create music playlists that work for the average patron.
“You may know good songs, but most operators don’t comprehend the continuity and the flow of music like a DJ does.”Video DJ Roonie Griffeth, a veteran club music director and a partner in Martini’s lounge in Birmingham, Ala., says that just as many people believe they can sing, nightclub owners and music directors often have a distorted sense of their own music programming expertise.
“There are a lot of club owners who do not know the technical flow of the musical format,” says Griffeth, now a regularly featured DJ at the Mirage Casino’s Jet nightclub in Las Vegas. “They think they do. They know what they want, but it is not just about business and numbers. Music is art, and art is very subjective.”
Russo likes the convenience of sitting down with music programmers from Hitmen once a month and gauging the mood of the musical programming selection for the coming month. And even better, he says, once the playlists have been completed, is the way the music is delivered to the bar and the ears of patrons.
“At 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, they can program love music to come on,” Russo says. “They actually do the programming from their studio. They upload it to us on the Internet, and they can program it to start automatically any time of day. It is one less thing you have to worry about as a restaurant or bar.”
For his part, Griffeth appreciates the fact that music programming companies do all of the considerable legwork for him in an ever-changing club music environment. He’s engaged Orlando, Fla.-based Promo Only, a provider of music on CD and music video on DVD designed to meet the specific needs of various entertainment venues.
“The thing is, music changes every day, and Promo Only is a one-stop shop,” he says. “You are being updated constantly. I know that I am going to get the latest stuff, and I know that I am not going to have to spend another 10 hours a week looking for it.”
At the end of the day, Griffeth, a self-described “big believer” in music outsourcing, says he’s buying consistency.
“Your customers know what to expect, and they come back to get it.”
- Nightclub & Bar Magazine
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Sunday, July 12, 2009
Story By: Vanessa V. Night Club Diva
One hot Night in June DJ Dangerous Dan turned Martini ranch into the party headquarters Denver has been needing!
DJ Dangerous Dan Worldwide at Denver's Martini Ranch Nightclub
We have been going to Martini Ranch Saturday nights for a while now. We love DJ Frank-E, we love the music he produces and wish him great fortunes and great experiences. We will miss him when he leaves to California and hope he will always remember and honor his Denver roots.
Denver's Martini Ranch has been rotating in DJs every few weeks to fill in for their Saturday night Resident DJ Frank E (Justin Franks) now that his production work has been taking off.
Frank-E, The Producer of the Flo-Rida hit song "Right Round" and Pitbull's "Go Girl" (to name a few) has been ultra busy producing new hot tracks for Flo-Rida, Madonna and several up and coming hot new music artists. Frank-E came up learning production at various locations and perfecting his skills with Adelio at Side-3 Studios in Denver Colorado. His production work is now taking him away from Denver Colorado, to Sunny Los Angeles California. With his more frequent trips and eventual move to California, Martini Ranch has been rotating in several DJs to cover Frank-E's vacant nights.
In their search for a possible new Saturday Night Resident DJ, Martini Ranch has tried out quite a few guest DJs. There have been quite a few Good DJs, a few decent DJs a few total bombs that probably should never be allowed to DJ again, and finally there were One or Two very strong DJs. This story is about One of the strong DJs that came through and anihalated the Martini Ranch back in June.
One hot Night in June DJ Dangerous Dan turns martini ranch into the party headquarters Denver has been needing! The night featured here is about one of the great party nights at Denver's Martini Ranch. DJ Dangerous Dan was on the turntables on this night and did a fantastic job blending and mashing up all the best music from so many different Genres we simply stopped counting. His extensive musical knowledge and ability to rock the crowd from open to close made this one of the more memorable Martini Ranch nights of the year.
Dangerous Dan must have started rocking the turntables hard early in the night, cause when we arrived at 10:30 it was already insanity on the dancefloor. Not to mention there was a small line forming in the downstairs section of Martini Ranch to gain access to the top floor area where Dangerous Dan was laying down the heat.
We blazed past the lines with the help of our other close DJ buddy, DJ Emir who had just finished an early private graduation party at another local nightclub. Dan had called for Emir to bring over a microphone cause the club didn't have One available on that night. Once in the booth with DJ Dangerous Dan and Emir we started taking pictures of the already packed out night at Martini Ranch.
We hadn't seen an early crowd rock like this since DJ Emir's performances in Las Vegas and at Denver's Posh nightclub earlier in the year. Both of these DJs seem to have exactly what it takes to get parties started and keep them rocking properly.
DJ Emir in The DJ Booth with Dangerous Dan worldwide at Martini Ranch
DJ Dangerous Dan was Deejaying like a man on a mission. Even early in the night one could see a huge difference between the other substitute DJs Martini Ranch had used in the past and Dangerous Dan's much more aggressive and energetic deejaying style. The early crowd response was a huge indicator that this was going to be a great night at Martini Ranch. The crowd was real camera friendly and enjoyed the extra element of professional photography brought in by Dan's close friend DJ Emir.
Ladies Dancing on the mini Stage in fron of The DJ Booth at Martini Ranch
The ladies were abundent and beautiful and the crowd was very sexy and energetic. The ladies definitly came out in full force on this night and were getting into the music early. The fellas soon followed suite. By 11:30 Bottle service booths were all packed out, there were all kinds of chicks dancing on the mini stage in front of the DJ both, hands going up in the air, people were buying shots left and right and people were chanting along with certain songs. DJ Dangerous Dan had the crowd eating out the palm of his hands. He made sure to throw in something that would please everyone and blended it all in with a fast mix style that kept the energy going the whole night.
Hands up all night at Martini Ranch for DJ Dangerous Dan
DJ Dangerous Dan's music spanned from Electro House, to Rock favorites, to Top 40 hits, Hip Hop and the best of the 80's and 90's which fit perfectly with the variety of people that were there at Martini Ranch on this particular night. Cameras were abound on this night and DJ Emir brought in his professional Nikon digital camera and took an abundance of great shots of this amazing party which are available in the Picture Gallery Section of DJ Emir's Website www.djemir.com
DJ Dangerous Dan with the Ladies Looking On
By the end of the night Dangerous Dan had everyone chanting songs with him and even had the entire top floor and lower level chanting to the tune of "Sweet Caroline" We all watched in amazement as the entire crowd not just chanted this song, but locked arms around each others shoulders and rocked back and forth while singing it. It was as if everyone in the building were super close friends with One another, we never could have seen that coming. This night totaly transformed Denver's Martini Ranch into the type of party headquarters Denver has been needing for a long time now.
Hopefully we'll see more nights like this at Martini Ranch and at other nightclubs in town. Of course that would mean Denver Nightclubs would need to step up their ability to recognize great DJ talent, and recognize that it does actually make a difference in the quality of their club nights. Well lets just pray they do.
Dangerous Dan is the Resident DJ at Jackson's Hole Denver CO. and tours across the United States and a few other countries under the moniker "Dangerous Dan Worldwide."
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Story By: Vanessa V. Night Club Diva
Friday, July 10, 2009
Brain Gaffey, Music Distributor, PR Specialist and Music industry insider had this to say about the countless lost souls that feel they are deserving of fame without working for it.-
"So.. Over the last several months, I feel like I've been giving the same free advice to every random rapper or manager who calls my phone. This consists of:
- If you have a beer budget, don't expect champagne.
- If you have a beer budget, you might not want to even try this music thing from jump.
- Yes, there are other people that sound like you. Your still just a rapper.
- There's nothing i can do for you if you don't want to work on your own
- There's a lot of good music out there, not a lot of smart business people behind the music.
- Get your internet presence to incredible levels before you even try to approach radio.
You can hire somebody to do that, but 5 smart interns can do it too.
- Film everything you do and everywhere you go
- Go out of town weekly and meet DJs in your region. Keep building relationships.
- Hire somebody trustworthy and with a track record to work your record to radio
- Yes, radio promotion is expensive. If you don't have the money to go all in, don't expect to have a hit.
- If you don't have your hometown poppin' on your own, how can u expect me to do it for you?
- You may/may not need to sign a record deal. If you have the means to keep everything in house, do it. But it's very expensive on the front end.
- Gig, Gig, Gig, and when your tired, Gig some more.
**One, Brian Gaffey UNbassadors Entertainment Group**
Dave Carroll's video for the song "United Breaks Guitars" was posted on site earlier this week and has received more than 600,000 hits by Thursday evening.
"I was thinking I'd definitely get some action on (YouTube) because the song has been resonating so well with audiences as I've been performing it, but I didn't know it would take off like this," Carroll said.
Carroll, a guitarist for the pop-rock group "Sons of Maxwell", has since been fielding calls for appearances around the world, including a call from the Oprah Winfrey show Thursday.
The song recounts Carroll's yearlong struggle to get compensation for what he calls "a vicious act of malice" at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago last year.
Carroll was flying between Halifax and Nebraska when he switched planes in Chicago. The passenger next to him noticed baggage handlers tossing guitar cases outside the plane.
Carroll's Taylor guitar required 1,400 Canadian dollars (U.S. $1,200) in repairs. He said it still doesn't play the way it used to but he keeps it for sentimental reasons.
The 41-year-old songwriter spent the past year trying to get compensation from United Airlines. When the airline refused to take responsibility, the songwriter made the humorous music video and posted it online.
Taylor Guitars in California has said they'd be happy to see if they could repair the damaged guitar. They also promised a big discount on his next purchase.
United also called to say it wants to discuss the situation. Carroll said officials for the airline said they liked the video and want to use it as a textbook case on how to handle customer complaints in the future.
The video shows friends dressing up as flight attendants and musicians. Volunteer firefighters played the baggage handlers who are shown playing catch with the guitar case and tossing it like a hammer throw.
Carroll initially told United he would write three songs about his broken guitar. He plans to debut the second song soon but hasn't written the third one yet.
He also recieved CNN coverage and coverage on several other news stations
Which was labeled: "A PR Nightmare for United Airlines"
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
"Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you. Continue to spread his message, because that is what he would want you to do. Carry on, so his legacy will live forever."
Two days after Michael Jackson's death, his family issued a statement to fans on Saturday, conveyed by family patriarch Joseph Jackson. It reads:
"In one of the darkest moments of our lives we find it hard to find the words appropriate to this sudden tragedy we all had to encounter. Our beloved son, brother and father of three children has gone so unexpectedly, in such a tragic way and much too soon. It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times."
"We miss Michael endlessly, our pain cannot be described in words. But Michael would not want us to give up now. So we want to thank all of his faithful supporters and loyal fans worldwide, you — who Michael loved so much. Please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you. Continue to spread his message, because that is what he would want you to do. Carry on, so his legacy will live forever.
"In addition, Joseph Jackson wishes to personally convey: 'My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson.'
Joseph Jackson & Family"
On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, President Obama's senior advisor David Axelrod said the president had written to the Jackson family to express his condolences. While Obama did not issue a statement following the singer's death, he did express condolences to Jackson's family and fans through his press secretary Robert Gibbs.
MTV will be paying tribute to MJ throughout the weekend with music videos, exclusive performances and calls and tweets from celebrity admirers and friends. For complete coverage of the life, career and passing of the legendary entertainer, visit "Michael Jackson Remembered."
Other close friends that were like family to Michael Jackson have als expressed their feelings on Michaels life and legacy.
Quincy Jones: “I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the 80’s. To this day, the music we created together on “Off The Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad” is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.”
Berry Gordy: “He was like my son. He had warmth, sensitivity and two personalities. Michael was and will remain one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived,” Gordy tells ET. “When he was not on stage, he was loving, respectful and shy. When he WAS on stage, he was so in charge you would not believe he was the same person. I extend my sympathies to Joe, Katherine and the entire Jackson family. My prayers are with them.”
Diana Ross: “I can’t stop crying, this is too sudden and shocking. I am unable to imagine this. My heart is hurting. I am in prayer for his kids and the family.”