Critically Acclaimed Chart Positioning Guitarist Magic Brook To Record New Album

San Francisco, CA (OPENPRESS) April 19, 2012 — Having had a critically acclaimed album on the New Age/ Ambient / World Radio charts for over one year with the song “Stony Creek” San Francisco native guitarist Magic Brook is currently in the studio recording his next album with producer Winter (Stellamara, Shay Black, Kymberly Jackson. The album will be tracked at B-Room Studios and mixed at EMB Studios in Oakland CA.

“Brook & I met to go over the new material, which I think is great.” Winter states. “To me it further shows off Brook’s innovative technique (which he is taking to the next level) while still remaining accessible, retaining his great melodic sense, & relying on his deep compositional skills.”

“I’m extremely happy to be working with Winter again” states guitarist Magic Brook. His expertise in the studio and his familiarity with my music and playing style will once again be most appreciated.”

Magic Brook is well known for his alternative/ experimental finger-style acoustic guitar techniques such as the use of percussive slaps, tap guitar, split hands, and also includes techniques not usually associated with finger-style as Flamenco Rasgueados enlivening the 7 musical journeys in the collection. Formerly the guitarist for both Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, Magic Brook’s critically acclaimed album “The Source: Two Hands One Guitar” (mixed by Winter) charted at number 14 and remained in the top 60 category for over 30 consecutive weeks on the New Age/Ambient/World Radio Charts. the song “12 Long Years” (co-written with Bernie Gilbert) hit #2 on the Broadjam top ten in the Chicago Blues category, while iSound placed Brook’s recordings into it’s blues radio rotation.

The album to be titled later on is being planned for a summer 2012 release.

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Having had a critically acclaimed album on the New Age/ Ambient / World Radio charts for over one year with the song “Stony Creek” San Francisco native guitarist Magic Brook is currently in the studio recording his next album with producer Winter (Stellamara, Shay Black, Kymberly Jackson. The album will be tracked at B-Room Studios and mixed at EMB Studios in Oakland CA.

ASCAP Awards Crystal Nicole with 2012 Pop Award for Penning Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl’

Atlanta, GA (OPENPRESS) April 20, 2012 — Wednesday evening, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) presented Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Crystal Nicole with a Pop Award during the 29th Annual Pop Music Awards gala at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angles, CA. The invitation-only event recognized outstanding ASCAP songwriters and publishers of 2011.

Crystal Nicole is known for her chart-topping singles, which include number one singles with Rhianna, Mariah Carey, Natasha Bedingfield and Monica. After the success of Mariah Carrey’s album E=MC2 (Crystal Nicole wrote six singles on the album), she began to be in high demand for other artist such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and many more. In the midst of tremendous success as a songwriter, Blackground/Interscope offered Crystal Nicole a recording deal of her own. Currently she splits her time working on several diverse A-list projects while finishing up her album in LA. The first single off her new project is set to be released in the summer of 2012. In addition to music, Crystal Nicole has acted as a spokesperson for the Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence since 2010.

The pop award for Rihanna’s “Only Girl” marked Crystal Nicole’s third award from the performing rights organization. “The night was amazing, God is so good,” Crystal Nicole said after receiving the award. “From the moment I heard the track, I knew “Only Girl” was a big song. Having Rihanna record it of course made it even bigger. The song marked a turning point in my career as a songwriter. “

The 29th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards gala was a part of the Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo. The weeklong conference presents an opportunity for songwriters, producers and composers to share their knowledge and experience. The ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo dates are April 19-21 2012. For more information, please visit:

Greg Ham, Member of Men At Work, Found Dead In Australia Home

Greg Ham, member of the Australian band, Men At Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home today.  Victoria state police confirmed that the deceased was the 58-year-old resident of the house but did not initially identify him by name..  Two concerned friends, who had not heard from Ham, found the body after going to check on him.  Police are declining to release any details on how Ham died, or if the circumstances were suspicious.  Ham was 58 and and lived alone.

“There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we’re assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred,” Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O’Connell told reporters.

Colin Hay, lead singer of Men At Work, issued the following statement:

“We played in a band and conquered the world together,” Hay said. “I love him very much. He’s a beautiful man. The saxophone solo on ‘Who Can It Be Now’ was the rehearsal take. We kept it, that was the one. He’s here forever.”

Men at Work – for which Ham played sax, keyboard and flute – scored such hits as “Who Can It Be Now” and “Down Under.” Last October, the group lost a protracted copyright suit that claimed their riff for “Down Under” came from a familiar local nursery rhyme, “Kookaburra.”

After he left the band, Ham worked as a music teacher. It is reported that he is survived by two children.

LQM’s 2012 Summer Concert Guide

Hey everyone! Summer is just around the corner and I’m sure you’re beginning to think about which big concerts you want to see this year. If not, this list should get those wheels in motion. Check out the list of recommended tours, in no particular order, for 2012!


Which Dead Rock Stars Would You Like To See As Holograms?

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Which dead rock stars would you like to see as holograms?

Recording Academy Issues Statement On the Passing of Dick Clark

The Recording Academy issued a statement in remembrance of the late Dick Clark, an iconic figure in rock and roll for more than six decades.

Recording Academy CEO and President Neil Portnow said in a press release:

“Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career. His shows “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” blazed new trails in pop music and became pivotal celebrations of music on television, spotlighting both established and emerging artists. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment. He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever.”

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy