20 Hit Songs Meant For Other Singers

20 hit songs meant for other singers is taken from an article in Billboard last year. It is interesting to look at some of the songs that pop stars chose to pass on that became hits for other artists.

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20 Hit Songs Meant For Other Singers


Last week, Nicole Scherzinger revealed in an interview that she had the opportunity to record “We Found Love,” the Calvin Harris-produced dance smash that became the biggest hit of Rihanna’s thriving career, but let the chance slip through her fingers. “I passed on ‘We Found Love,'” Scherzinger admitted to Notion Magazine. “I’ve got the demo of that song and I was busy at the time.”

Surprisingly, this occurrence is not at all uncommon in the music world: the past half-century is littered with examples of iconic pop songs that were originally intended for someone else to perform. Imagine a world in which Britney Spears is singing “Umbrella,” Hillary Duff scored a monster hit with “Since U Been Gone” and Paris Hilton asked “Don’t Cha” instead of Scherzinger’s old group, the Pussycat Dolls. Strange to consider, isn’t it? But some of these missed opportunities were pretty close to becoming reality.

Check out these 20 instances of smash songs originally intended for other artists, and let us know which one is the most mind-blowing to consider in the comments section below.

Turned Down By: Britney Spears Recorded by: Lady Gaga
For those who love comparing Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, this one is a doozy: Gaga originally wrote “Telephone” to be included on Spears’ “Circus” album, but after the pop superstar rejected it, Gaga saved the track for later inclusion on her “Fame Monster” release. A demo of Spears singing the track supposedly leaked online in 2010, but we’re unlikely to ever hear Spears’ polished take on the song.

Turned Down By: Chris Brown Recorded by: Rihanna
Months before the 2009 Grammy Awards, Chris Brown co-penned an electro-pop jam that was considered for the deluxe edition of his “Exclusive” album. Brown opted to record “Forever” instead, and gave “Disturbia” to his girlfriend Rihanna, who turned it into another No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. Brown could have easily turned Brian Kennedy’s propulsive beat into a radio hit of his own, but the track just sounds cleaner with Rihanna out in front.

“Friends in Low Places”
Previously Recorded By: Mark Chesnutt Made Famous By: Garth Brooks
While Brooks claimed in the liner notes of “The Hits” that “Friends in Low Places” was originally held for him, Mark Chesnutt, who enjoyed a run of success in the early 90s, also recorded the song. His version appears on his 1990 debut “Too Cold at Home” — released only a month after Brooks’ “No Fences” — and was the B-side to his 1991 single “Broken Promise Land.”

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“Rock Your Body”
Turned Down By: Michael Jackson Recorded By: Justin Timberlake
Imagine, if you will, that Michael Jackson’s final album was comprised of Neptunes-produced bangers like “Rock Your Body” instead of the uneven fare of 1999’s “Invincible.” And imagine that Justin Timberlake’s solo debut was not blessed with tracks like this ubiquitous dance-starter. MJ passed on “Rock Your Body,” and a number of other “Justified” songs, before the tracks went to JT, sending us into an alternate pop universe that still resonates today.

“Since U Been Gone”
Turned Down By: Pink, Hillary Duff Recorded By: Kelly Clarkson
Dr. Luke and Max Martin originally teamed up to give P!nk another hit, and when she reportedly turned it down, they reached out to Hillary Duff. But the story goes that Clive Davis convinced the producers to give the song to Clarkson, who fashioned it into the centerpiece of her “Breakaway” and helped it sell 2.6 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“N—as in Paris”
Turned Down By: Pusha T Recorded By: Jay-Z & Kanye West
Hit-Boy’s bonkers beat on the “Watch The Throne” hit could have been the property of the former Clipse member, but even he doesn’t know if it would have turned out as irresistible as Jay and Ye made it. “I tell people all the time that I don’t know if I would’ve attacked it that way,” he said in a 2011 interview, “which means the record might not have been as special once I got on it.”

“Gold Digger”
Turned Down By: Shawnna Recorded By: Kanye West
“Gold Digger” became one of Yeezy’s biggest hits to date, but would the Jamie Foxx-assisted “Late Registration” jam topped the Hot 100 if it had been recorded by Chicago rapstress Shawnna? After she passed on the beat, West rewrote the hook to accommodate a male perspective, and struck, er, gold.

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Turned Down By: Christina Milian Recorded By: Rihanna
In a hits-packed career, “S.O.S.” still stands out for Rihanna: the infectious dance track spent three weeks atop the Hot 100, notching the Barbadian star her first number one single. Christina Milian, who infamously passed up the chance to record the track, certainly could have used the smash single — her last mainstream hit was “Dip It Low” in 2004, and she hasn’t released an album since 2006, the same year that “S.O.S.” reigned on the radio.

Turned Down By: Britney Spears Recorded By: Rihanna
Back in 2007, a full-fledged Britney Spears comeback was far from assured, after a series of personal meltdowns prevented the pop superstar from once again reaching greatness. Legend has it that “Umbrella” writer/co-producer The-Dream offered the song to Brit as a way to engineer a return to the throne, but that her management nixed the track, which eventually went to Rihanna and became a No. 1 record. It’s not hard to imagine Spears’ voice on the track, but it’s impossible to think how a lack of “Umbrella” would have changed Rihanna’s career.

“Nothin’ On You”
Turned Down By: Lupe Fiasco Recorded By: B.o.B.
Before B.o.B and Bruno Mars linked up to perform the song that would serve as a breakout to both, “Nothin’ On You” was originally offered to another Atlantic hip-hop artist, Lupe Fiasco. Apparently the label rejected Fiasco’s version of the track, which made the rapper reach a breaking point. “It was less about the bruised ego but more the audacity of it. It was mentally destructive,” he said in an interview after the song’s release.

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“…Baby One More Time”
Turned Down By: TLC Recorded By: Britney Spears
This is one denial that seemed to work out for all parties involved: Max Martin’s pop track was originally offered to TLC for their “Fan Mail” album, but the R&B group rejected the song, which eventually served as Spears’ debut single. Without “…Baby One More Time,” Spears perhaps does not arrive in such a huge way; meanwhile, TLC packed “FanMail” with hits like “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty,” and the album was eventually nominated for album of the year at the Grammy Awards.

“How Will I Know”
Turned Down By: Janet Jackson Recorded By: Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston’s No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 stands as one of the artist’s most iconic tracks — but it could have sounded a lot different with Janet Jackson at the helm. Songwriters George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam reportedly approached Janet’s management team with a demo, but a swift decline forced them to look elsewhere. Thanks in large part to Clive Davis, Houston was given the track and turned it into a behemoth.

“Whataya Want From Me”
Turned Down By: P!nk Recorded By: Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert’s biggest hit to date could have ended up on “Funhouse” by P!nk, who co-wrote the track with Max Martin and Shellback before delivering it to the “American Idol” runner-up. P!nk eventually recorded her own version of “Whataya Want From Me,” complete with the exact same arrangement, and placed it on her “Greatest Hits… So Far!!!” compilation in 2010 — but Lambert’s rafter-reaching vocals still score the victory in a side-by-side comparison.

Turned Down By: Kylie Minogue Recorded By: Britney Spears
Britney’s 2004 smash won the pop star her first Grammy and  has sold 1.9 million downloads since its release according to Nielsen SoundScan, but the seductive song could have been a logical sequel to Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” “I listened to a snippet of it in the record company offices and decided against it,” Minogue said in a 2008 interview. “It’s like the fish that got away. You just have to accept it.”

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Turned Down By: Mary Wilson Recorded By: Madonna
The unstoppable “Holiday” was passed around to Phyllis Hyman and then to Supremes founding member Mary Wilson before it came to Madonna, who guided the track to a No. 16 peak on the Hot 100 and gave the upstart singer her first taste of the chart. How would the song have sounded with an R&B backbone? The world will never know.

“I’m A Slave 4 U”
Turned Down By: Janet Jackson Recorded By: Britney Spears
The Neptunes’ slinky pop track was almost given a completely different context: instead of becoming the sexually charged lead single of her more adult “Britney” album, “I’m A Slave 4 U” almost ended up as a game-changing single for Janet Jackson, who passed on the opportunity to record the song. That’s right: if Janet opted to take on “Slave,” maybe Britney NEVER dances with a python on the VMAs stage!

“Thinkin Bout You”
First Recorded By: Frank Ocean Famously Recorded By: Bridget Kelly
Ocean’s record of the year Grammy nominee was originally written for Roc Nation artist Bridget Kelly, but in 2011, Ocean leaked his own demo of the track on his Tumblr page. Fast-forward one year, and the vulnerable slow jam is featured on both Kelly’s “Every Girl” EP (under the title “Thinking About Forever”) and Ocean’s best-selling “Channel Orange” LP. Both versions are worth hearing, but Ocean’s personal cut still lingers with fans, years after that Tumblr post.

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“Call Me”
Turned Down By: Stevie Nicks Recorded By: Blondie
Disco producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Fleetwood Mac’s lead songstress to help compose lyrics and deliver vocals for his latest dance confection, but when contractual issues prevented the collaboration from happening, Moroder turned to Debbie Harry, who co-wrote “Call Me.” Nicks scored a huge hit two years later with “Edge of Seventeen,” but could she have guided “Call Me” to its No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, as Blondie did?

“Don’t Cha”
Turned Down By: Paris Hilton Recorded By: The Pussycat Dolls
The salacious single was originally offered to both the Sugababes and Paris Hilton before ending up with the Pussycat Dolls, who used the track as the lead single from their 2005 debut album “PCD.” Hilton’s 2006 debut LP “Paris” never scored a hit on the level of “Don’t Cha,” and could have used the track as an introduction to her short-lived sonic style.

“Let’s Get Loud”
Turned Down By: Gloria Estefan Recorded By: Jennifer Lopez
“Let’s Get Loud” was originally written by Estefan and Kike Santander for the Latin-pop superstar to use for herself, but the song was eventually passed to Lopez, who turned it into one of the biggest hits from his 1999 debut “On the 6.” The song, which has sold 413,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, surely could have worked for Estefan as well, but helped catapult Lopez to a new level of fame.

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The song I am the most curious about is Michael Jackson performing “Rock Your Body”, could have been interesting. Is there a song in particular of the 20 Hit Songs Meant For Other Singers that you would have liked to hear?

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DJ Beaten – Birthday bash beating based on bad beats

I used to live in Madison, WI and can feel for the DJ beaten by an angry customer. I can’t imagine what she was so full of rage about, of course, we assume it had nothing to do with the real DJ or his music, must have just been the thing that tipped her over the edge. The worst I have ever experienced was Grandma Smacks Wedding DJ with Cane, and that was more playful than anything like this man experienced.

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DJ Beaten – Birthday bash beating based on bad beats

Police seek woman who battered DJ

MADISON, Wis. – A Madison woman is sought by police after she beat a disc jockey over his choice of music at a birthday party early Sunday morning, police say.

The DJ beaten at the party held at Brocach Irish Pub at 7 W. Main St. told police the women began yelling about his song selection. Partygoers were able to pull her away, but she broke free.

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Police said the 32-year-old beaten DJ was punched several times in the head and got a scratch on his face. His laptop computer, headphones and microphone were smashed, tossed and broken.

Witnesses told police the 34-year-old woman was pulled away again and grabbed a glass and threw it at the DJ’s head. He ducked and it struck a window sending pieces of glass everywhere, police said.

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The DJ said he wasn’t sure what he played to make the woman angry.

The woman left before police arrived and she remains at large.

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I would like to hear from any other DJ beaten by a customer or guest at an event or party!

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How To Hire Your Rhode Island Wedding DJ

If you are like most couples planning a wedding, you want your wedding reception entertainment that pleases you and your guests alike. But, you’re probably not sure about how to hire the best Rhode Island Wedding DJ, right? If this sounds like you, please read our list of hiring and interviewing suggestions from a professional Rhode Island Wedding DJ and stop stressing about having the best wedding reception ever! Remember, it’s your wedding, your music.

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1. Music Preferences – To save time, decide what styles and genres of music you want before your disc jockey search begins. You may be as diverse, broad or specific as you want. It’s your wedding.

2. Length of Reception – Determine how many hours you will need the Wedding DJ and your budget for entertainment. I encourage you to give realistic numbers to your Wedding DJ, being honest about what you can spend. But don’t just grab the lowest bid.

3. DJ’s Repertoire – Does the Wedding DJ play the music you want? Is he/she willing to expand music selections for you? If resistant, this may not be the right Wedding DJ for you. Hire someone who guides you to selecting the best music for your wedding. It’s your wedding, your music.

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4. Music Requests – Are requests from guests welcomed? Some Rhode Island Wedding DJs or Massachusetts Wedding DJs only play what’s decided in advance and what they think is best. If you want your guests to have input on what music is played, make sure you find a Rhode Island Wedding DJ who will honor requests and treat your guests as guests.

5. Inclusions – What is included in the proposed package? Agree on the hours needed plus set-up time. It is also recommended to establish in advance, the rate for overtime, if needed. Most Rhode Island Wedding DJs will charge about 1.5 X their hourly rate for overtime. It can be sticky if you do not agree on this in advance, which brings us to our next subject…contracts.

6. Get it in writing! Always ask for a contract and then take it home to really read it. Be sure each aspect of the contract is understood before signing. Look for information on what will happen if your Wedding DJ is sick, if there’s equipment failure or anything that might increase pricing like needing a second set of equipment for your Cocktail Hour or Ceremony if they are in a separate space from your Reception.

7. Sustenance – If your wedding vendors are going to be working for you for more than a few hours, and most will, please offer food and beverages. A Wedding DJ who has eaten is going to perform at peak level with the energy and enthusiasm you want. Most venues will offer you a reduced rate for feeding your wedding service providers and should provide a private area to serve wedding vendors their meals separately from your wedding guests. The Wedding DJ should have background music (or an assistant DJ) prepared to play while they are eating; you do not want silence during their break.

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Like many couples planning a wedding, you’ll have questions for your Rhode Island Wedding DJ. What are the appropriate answers?

Q – Does Your Rhode Island Wedding DJ Offer a Guarantee?

Do they know they excel as a Wedding DJ and MC? Some DJs want you to have that same confidence so you can focus your attention and energy into other areas of your wedding. If a good Rhode Island Wedding DJ knows you and your guests will have fun, they can offer a guarantee since they are certain you will want to pay them for their excellent service. You are investing in a Wedding DJ by hiring us and sending us a deposit. We can invest in your wedding by offering a guarantee that states if you are not happy with our performance, you do not have to pay the remainder of the balance. Period.  A good Rhode Island Wedding DJ will offer you a guarantee so you have peace of mind at your wedding. Make sure your Wedding DJ offers a guarantee.

Q – Do you need a Wedding DJ as your Wedding MC, or a DJ plus MC as a two-person team?

Many DJs also have experience as emcees and enjoy the opportunity to be more involved in your wedding. They can provide energy and excitement to your reception. Most disc jockeys are comfortable making announcements (Introductions, First Dance, Special Dances, Cake Cutting). This will work in most cases. Some couples want a separate emcee to be able to get out on the dance floor to make Introductions, lead dances and generally add flavor and energy to your wedding. If hiring a two-person team, I recommend this to be identified in the beginning to make sure the Wedding DJ Team can provide this service for you. A good Rhode Island Wedding MC can add to your reception and help everyone get more involved. Also,establish in advance the energy level (High,medium,low) and involvement (Fully engaged, main announcements only) of your Wedding MC.

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Q – What if there is equipment failure with your Rhode Island Wedding DJ?

It is essential to know your Wedding DJ’s back-up plan for unexpected problems. Typically, an additional hard-drive will be at the ready for computer problems, an iPod for the quick fix or even an extra set of speakers. When speaking with the Wedding DJ, does he/she seem confident about handling unforeseen issues? Follow your gut. A good service provider sells less-stress, not more!

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Q – What kind of experience Does Your Rhode Island Wedding DJ have?

Being a Club DJ and a Wedding DJ can be as different as a corporate attorney and criminal lawyer. Both are lawyers, but each specialize in very different areas of the law. Some DJs excel at both, but that is rare. Most have a specialty and that is what they feel most comfortable doing. Make certain your Wedding DJ has plenty of wedding experience.   Significant wedding experience provides confidence and comfort if there are last minute changes or unexpected situations.

Q – Does the Rhode Island Wedding DJ have references?

Most former brides and grooms that have had good experiences with Wedding DJs are excited about sharing this with future couples. They know what a big day this is and want to support others going through the same experience. One or two is usually enough for you to get a feel for what they do and how they do it. A resume with former work references can be helpful.

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Q – Does the Rhode Island Wedding DJ have Personality?

Your entertainer should have the sort of personality you and your guests will enjoy. Ask about how a crowd is handled and, if possible, view video samples or ask to see your Rhode Island Wedding DJ in action at a live event. However, visiting a Wedding DJ at a private reception is not advised.  Will your friends and family feel comfortable interacting with your Wedding DJ? Will their presence add or subbtract from your big day?

 Trust your instincts to make the right choice for Your Rhode Island Wedding DJ

Finally, see if you can sense if your Wedding DJ really wants to be part of your wedding or just looking for work. Interview your Rhode Island DJ or Massachusetts Wedding DJ in-person. Hiring a Wedding DJ via the Internet without “real-life” contact can leave you with unexpected surprises. Again, follow your gut. For your reception, the right Rhode Island Wedding DJ can make all the difference. It’s your wedding, your music.

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What tips do you have for future Brides and Grooms about hiring their Rhode Island Wedding DJ?


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Your Wedding MC: Family, Friend or DJ?

When I was younger, it was traditional for an elder family member, an Uncle or friend of the family, to MC at weddings. As Wedding DJs became more popular and slowly replaced bands as the norm, many Wedding DJs took on the role of Wedding MC offering a more polished, professional touch to a wedding Reception. This is now the norm as well. But is it better?

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I personally enjoy being on the microphone. I started my DJ career with college radio, studying Communication: Radio, TV, and Film. I was Music Director and Program Director and DJ at two radio stations. I like the mic! To me that is not a good enough reason to be the MC. I leave it up to the Bride and Groom to decide. It’s your wedding!

 Who Would Make A Fantastic MC For Your Wedding?

When asked for advice on what’s best, someone they know or me, I will reply with questions about potential Wedding MCs within their circle. If they identify someone they both think would do a great job and “keep it in the family”; I encourage them to approach this person. I am not aware of anyone turning down the honor. If they are not able to identify someone, I am glad for the opportunity. Again, I like the mic!

There is nothing like an old friend or family member who can share stories and experiences to the reception as Wedding MC. They make it real and personal. Yes, they do make a few mistakes along the way but who said weddings need to be like television shows scripted to perfection? Does love or marriage follow a script?

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Ask Your Rhode Island Wedding DJ

If you have not yet decided whether to ask your Wedding DJ to MC or a family member or friend, I encourage you to reflect and on who will relish and flourish with this honor in your circle. If not,hire  a good, experienced Rhode Island Wedding DJ  and they will do an excellent job. It may not be as personal, but it will be professional in most cases. Wedding DJs that are scared of microphones rarely agree to MC. Those who accept typically do a great job and keep things moving smoothly.

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 Make Sure Your Wedding MC is Prepared

Regardless of whom you choose to be your Wedding MC, it is essential you provide clear direction of what you want to happen, the order, and most importantly, the correct pronunciation of all the names in the wedding party. A little mistake like a mispronounced name during Bridal Party Introductions can dampen the mood and create hurt feelings. Communication with your Rhode Island Wedding DJ is always to your advantage. Your Wedding DJ can also coach your friend or family member through their jitters and prepare them for the honor of MCing your wedding.


Wedding MC is A Great Responsibility

We have all been to enough weddings to see when the Wedding MC does a fantastic job, and when the Wedding MC is leaving a bad feeling in everyone’s mind. Too many jokes are not always appreciated, nor is rambling on and on. Some people do not understand that the shine should always be on The Bride and Groom, not the Wedding MC. Last, but not least, there are no “redos” at weddings. If it is not done well, we do not get to try again tomorrow or give a free commercial spot like they do in radio and TV. One of the grand aspects of weddings are the energy and excitement of a live event unfolding with friends and family as “cast members”. Choose your cast wisely. I invite you to follow your gut.

If you would like advice on choosing your Wedding MC, please comment and I will be sure to reply with ideas for your Wedding MC.

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Wedding DJ Equipment Basics for Brides (and Grooms)

If you are like many Brides (and Grooms), when a Wedding DJ begins talking to you about Wedding DJ equipment, you might shy away from the discussion, thinking you do not know enough to proceed. You might even tune out the conversation altogether, thinking you have a certain gene omitted from your DNA when it comes to this kind of stuff. I want to tell you there is no such gene and you probably know everything you need to know to make an intelligent decision in discussions regarding Wedding DJ equipment. You do not have to leave this to the men, there is no secret knowledge base that you are born without. The key is to know what details actually matter, not the specs and technology that can often be more about ego than quality. Many Rhode Island Wedding DJs are busy trying to impress other DJs, rather than creating happy customers. Of course, many Brides today do know quite a bit about Wedding DJ equipment and none of the above applies. If you are part of this group, I invite you to continue to further your knowledge base, before hiring your Wedding DJ.

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Wedding DJ Equipment Basics – What is Good Sound?

Sound This is simple, if it sounds good, it probably is good, if it doesn’t sound good, it probably isn’t very good! The rest is why this is true. Listen to the system; if it fills the room and sounds exceptional everywhere in the room, this is what you want. You want your friends and family sitting left and right, as well those in the back to all hear excellent quality. The volume may vary but the quality should sound similar in all parts of the room. Many systems are set-up to sound good directly in front and are often much weaker on the sides, this is not what is optimal.


Can you hear the bass, treble and all the middle? Would the system sound good for Classical songs that may be part of your ceremony as well as Elvis Presley, Madonna and Beyonce, with enough oomph to let the Wedding DJ crank-out some Bon Jovi if this is something you want? Many systems can do Rock, Classical, Dance or R&B, if you are only going to have your DJ play one genre this is fine. If you want everybody to be happy with a diverse mix of music, the gear needs to support this.

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Wedding DJ Equipment Basics – What Will It Look Like in Your Wedding Album?

Aesthetically Pleasing It is your wedding, why let a big, ugly sound system ruin all your photos?  This is simple; you’ve gone to great lengths to make the room look exactly the way you want, maybe even better. No reason to compromise now. There is no reason no matter what anybody tells you that you need big, ugly speakers taking up space and energy on your dance floor!  It is myth.  Nice, sleek attractive speakers are one of the benefits of modern technology.  It is not necessary for a NJ or NY Wedding DJ to pile stacks of equipment on a table, looking more like a recording studio than a wedding reception. Remember, you are getting married, not hanging out in at a local tavern on Friday. Make sure your DJ’s equipment expresses your elegance and style.

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Wedding DJ Equipment Basics – Will Music Fill The Space Completely?

Volume Loud is important and necessary, booming is not, in fact it is unattractive and often a sign of a system lacking in quality. The place where volume matters is not in the numbers like watts, it is in making certain the music effectively covers the room where you want it to and fills the dance floor with enough oomph that you can feel it in your belly. If it does not have enough oomph, you will probably not be happy. Unfortunately, most manufacturers have developed methods raising ‘watts’ without actually increasing the quality of sound strictly for marketing purposes.

A general rule is for about 250 guests, your Wedding DJ’s equipment needs to handle 300 guests, or add about 25% onto your guest list to make sure you are covered for your wedding. Most systems will work up to about 400-500 guests in a large banquet hall. I encourage you to use common sense and not let a DJ convince you that numbers like watts and impedance are what matters.

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Wedding DJ Equipment Basics – Sound quality is what matters

 Ask the Wedding DJ if you can hear their equipment performing somewhere to experience their system live and in operation. You will know if it will make you happy or not.If this is not a possibility due to client privacy concerns, ask for more information for you to do your own research.  Trust yourself and what you do know, instead of being afraid of what you may not. Your ears are equipped with all the technology you need!

Do you have any questions regarding Wedding DJ Equipment Basics for your wedding? Ask DJ Mystical Michael, a Wedding DJ Equipment Pro for answers to your questions.

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What is World Music? Does The Name Work Anymore?

As a Rhode Island DJ with a diverse, Multicultural DJ Music library, I get asked often to play “World Music”. Of course, I know what the person requesting World Music wants to hear most of the time but the name World Music may not be applicable or respectful anymore. Let’s take a look at the roots of the genre World Music and if it is something that needs to change in a multicultural world like we haver today; Uganda, Mumbai, Turkey and Tibet do not feel like foreign, “exotic” nations as they did before the internet and You Tube took hold of the world do they?

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What Is World Music?

I wish I had a dollar for every time I am asked “What is World Music?”. It is probably my most frequently asked question.

To a lot of people I know, the term “World Music” conjures up images of men in loincloths, banging on clay gourds in Africa. Or something like that. A style of music that is particular to a specific, usually non-Western culture.


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And to an extent, they are right. World Music is, to over-simplify, music from around the world. Sounds that reflect a particular culture through the use of geographically-specific musical structure, instruments, and in some cases, lyrics that also reflect a cultural or social reality.


In some cases, World Music an be as simple as pop music with lyrics in a language other than English. What does the linguistic approach Francis Cabrel takes — his pronunciation, his turns of phrases — say about the French language? What does his style reflect about the development of the French chanson since the early part of this century?


Or, most commonly assumed, World Music can be a musical style completely rooted in a culture apart from our own respective ones. To me, someone who has grown up in white, middle class Canada, Native American music opens the doors to a rich social and musical history — even though many of the performers, like Buffy Sainte-Marie and Robbie Robertson, are from the same country as I. And when the music is performed by an artist completely outside the Western realm, someone like Youssou N’Dour, it is practically impossible to separate the perfomer from the culture he or she comes from.

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Sometimes musical styles and cultures start to mix. This is when things get interesting. In general, music utilizing a wide range of cultural instruments and styles is called World Fusion or World Beat. Peter Gabriel made World Beat a household term when he founded Real World Records, a label that supports and distributes the work of many World artists. It really doesn’t matter where an artist is from or what his or her background is — if a performer uses different ethnic influences that are obvious in the sound of the finished work, that’s World Music. Inside World Music


      Zeb - Sufism

World Music Dictionary Definition

world music


Music from cultures other than those of Western Europe and English-speaking North America, especially popular music from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


      Vas - Astrae


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What Is World Music?

ABSTRACT:  World Music is the currently popular alternative for terms such as primitive, non-Western, ethnic and folk music.  It has come to the forefront by its use in commercial and academic circles.  With the growth of worldwide systems of communication and commerce, music librarians will feel increasing demands for materials characterized as world music.


            World music means different things to different people, making it difficult to define.  One thing is certain–we see more of it coming into our music libraries every day and “we know it when we hear it!”

World music might best be described by what it is not.  It is not Western art music, neither is it mainstream Western folk or popular music.  World music canbe traditional (folk), popular or even art music, but it must have ethnic or foreign elements.  It is simply not our music, it is their music, music which belongs to someone else.

A review of the literature shows that “world music” is a relatively recent term, and one appearing in ever wider contexts.  Only since 1989 has the Music Index given a cross reference for the term, one which directs us to see “ethnic music,” “folk music”, and “popular music–styles”.  This seems to imply that world music is a large category, which encompasses ethnic music, folk music, and certain popular styles with non-Western elements.  The fact that the term only gets a cross-reference suggests that Music Index has not yet fully accepted it as a subject.  The Library of Congress Subject Headings do not use the term at all.  What, then, is world music? By Carl Rahkonen                        What Is World Music


      Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi - Chaiyya Chaiyaa - Dil Se

The term ‘world music’ is outdated and offensive

Its original intention was to help promote non-western musicians. But now it is just putting them in a ghetto• Ian Birrell will be taking part in a Guardian Open Weekend session on Sunday 25 March, discussing music’s global revolutions with Fatoumata Diawara, Ian Anderson, Johan Hugo and DJ Abrantee.

It is 25 years since the concept of world music was created by enthusiasts in a north London pub. Perhaps it made sense then, as a marketing device to promote the sounds of the world that were lost in record shops and on the radio. But not now. Not in this mixed-up, messy and shrunken world. It feels like an outdated and increasingly offensive term.

For a start, it implies cultural superiority. Artists from America and Europe tend not to get stuck in the world section, just those that don’t speak English or come from “exotic” parts of the world. They can be consigned safely to the world music ghetto, ignored by the mainstream and drooled over by those who approach music as an offshoot of anthropology.

Of course, even Fela Kuti made music that owed as much to America as to his native Nigeria. But how does this label make any sense now, when you have western bands such as Tuneyards relying on African grooves while artists such as D’Banj and Buraka Som Sistema destroy the concept with each track they release? Or when you hear samples from all over the world in clubs?

Or indeed, when a very British singer and a bassist from one of America’s biggest rock bands join forces with Fela’s drummer and singers from Mali and Ghana, as on Damon Albarn‘s latest project Rocketjuice and the Moon? This band emerged from Africa Express, an organisation I helped to found seven years ago to break down the ghetto walls. Among those joining Albarn, Flea and Tony Allen on the album is M.anifest, a Ghanaian rapper who lives in Minnesota and often performs with M3nsa, a fellow countryman who lives in north London, with a British teacher as their DJ.

Should this be filed under world music? The Guardian

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      Musa Dieng Kala - Mawahibou

World Music, The Genre Dear America, you are doing it wrong!

US music industry is the most matured industry as I understand, but juvenile when it comes to classifying music. The American nomenclature of musical genre is what I have been constantly struggling to grasp. Basically, the system address all aspects, Explores the music and their roots, period, flavor etc, in every possible direction. But whenever I encounter a situation where I need a chose a genre for my music, it is not an easy job, if not impossible.Earlier, I started to select World as my genre for Indian flavor music. And.. yeah! its International at times. But I am yet to understand the difference between a World Beat and Fusion. I wanted to make it asInstrumental for convenience. But that doesn’t seem to work.A common man from East is unlikely to understand ‘Classical’ as ‘Western Classical’, ‘Fusion’ as ‘Jazz Fusion’, for examples. Because, every country, especially countries like India, has great heritage of music and ‘Classical Music’ would always mean something to them.

When I read a page from All Music saying ‘Blues is about traditional and personal expression’, I wondered myself. “Oh! Blues is about personal expression too, like Rock”. I know this is funny. And so the definition too. And, I never find it reasonable when I read something like ‘… generally a three chord progression…’

Every country has Classical, Easy Listening, Children, Holiday, Folk and Film Score. For me, the most obscure genre is Bollywood and I never understood it technically.

The genre ‘Ethnic Jazz’ is an American perception of an exotic style. It has doesn’t give a clue about to a non American. The entire system sees music as American and WorldThe problem is, music doesn’t fit in such clear-cut suites. Its a fun that my recent release is named under different genres on different portals. At least, an artist from West should be able to say what he or she produces. They may abhor saying “I make world music”.  Gokul Salvadi


      Fun-Da-Mental - Ja Sha Taan (Transglobal Underground Karachi Deathcult Mix)


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How to define the broad genre of world music

By Alex Case-Cohen

The month of October brought a cultural twist to Ambient Transience.  I dedicated three shows to various factions of “world” music.  To me, the term is vague and somewhat offensive; in general, it signifies musical themes from non-western cultures, eliciting sounds distinct from what we would typically hear in the West.  World music is infinitely broad; its strange to me that Chinese folk music can be considered in the same genre as African Mbira music, but so is the Western process of definition and categorization. Granted, each show possessed only a small taste of each culturally distinct genre, and it was necessary for me to lump together regions and ethnicities that are completely opposite to each other. I chose an Asian theme for my first show in October; the majority of the music came from Japan with such influential ambient artists as Tetsu Inoue with Ambient Otaku, and Yukari fresh.  Some Chinese choices included Monolake, Liu Fang; Chinese ambient draws on traditional Folk music while incorporating contemporary trends in electronic sounds. The following show brought songs from Africa. Again, my two-hour time slot did not allow for an extreme clarification of the various genres existing in the diverse continent.  From northern Africa came distinct Islamic influences, for the region is dominated by the religion; Orchestre Du Jardin Du Guinee and Ali Farka Toure exhibit stylistic tendencies out of MENA (Middle East and North Africa).  Mbira, out of Nigeria and Kenya, utilizes the finger piano to create distinctive rhythm in the music.  Thomas Mapfumo and Toto Bona Lakua are among the many that represent this musical variety. The following week brought music from my favorite region: Latin America.  Both Central and South America incorporate a vast array of people, cultures, languages, and musical types.  I used indigenous folk songs from Atahualpa Yupanqui with incredible wind instruments, and looked at the Brazilian band Os Mutantes which greatly influenced the American Progressive Rock movement.  Another theme I touched on was Nueva Cancion where various musicians produced songs of peaceful protest against the tyrannical regimes of the 1960s and 1970s. Although I’ve never set foot in Asia, Africa or South America, researching the musical genres from these regions has greatly intrigued me.  One day, I hope to explore such diverse and interesting regions in order to create my own definition of “World” music. Ambient Transience airs every Thursday from 12-2 a.m. University of Kansas Radio

      Keola Beamer - Ku'u Lei Awapuhi

Does Hawaiian Music qualify as World Music?

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World Music Party Mix by DJ Mystical Michael

      World Music Party Mix - DJ Mystical Michael


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What are your favorite artists fro around the globe? Do you fid the term World Music offensive?

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Girls Gone Vinyl: The Untold Story of Female DJs

I came across this important project earlier today and wanted to share it with you in hopes of gaining some support and momentum for the producers. I think Girls Gone Vinyl is something we have needed for a while and hope they can get their message out there to inspire young women to DJ and acknowledge those that have been female DJs for years unnoticed. And I love the name; Girls Gone Vinyl!

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Girls Gone Vinyl: The Untold Story of Female DJs

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A film about the true story of female DJs from around the world in a male dominated industry. No one would think that the electronic music industry is in conflict, but the truth is that DJs are more segregated that politicians or business executives.

Girls Gone Vinyl is the world’s first documentary about female DJs, their struggles and successes, what inspires them and what drives them in spite of overwhelming odds. Watch these women converge on Detroit for the largest electronic music festival in North America and hear their stories firsthand.

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Preproduction will begin immediately. Shooting will commence promptly at the start of the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit which takes place May 28 to 30, 2011. To learn more about the festival please visit their site http://www.movement.us/

Out of 107 acts at the festival there are 6 female DJs preforming. We will be interviewing and filming their performances at the festival itself and numerous afterparties taking place during the weekend.

We will also be hosting our own all female DJ line up event during the festival on Sunday May 29th.

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WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?We’re producing, directing, shooting, and editing the film. By day, Jenny Lafemme is a video and film producer for Parliament Studios, who will handle film production and post-production. Funding for this project goes toward flight costs for DJs to interview, travel for shooting, camera equipment needed to produce beautiful footage, and marketing and PR costs. The movie will be shot digitally to reduce cost and speed up production. All people working on the film will be donating their time and talent to bring this story to life.

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Please share and pass on the news of the Girls Gone Vinyl: The Untold Story of Female DJs project. I have always hired and promoted female DJs for my business as a Rhode Island DJ but know that I am in the minority. I have trained several women to become female DJs and find they are often better students and more serious about their work then young men who seem more interested in image ands sex than substance and skills.

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Girls Gone Vinyl: The Untold Story of Female DJs Trailer

For the record, it was really hard to find images of female DJs that are not selling sex versus talent, very disturbing, but not surprising!

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Rhode Island Multicultural DJ

How did I become a Rhode Island Multicultural DJ? Being raised in the New Jersey/New York City area, I was put in many situations that forced me to recognize that not everybody or every family lived life the way I did. I can remember walking down the streets of Manhattan as an adolescent and being amazed that it felt like there was a representative from every country in the world also walking down the same streets as me. Of course, this was not true but It helped me understand that the world was made of all kinds of different and similar people.  This is how I eventually became a Rhode Island Multicultural DJ.

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Your Rhode Island Multicultural DJ

I am very grateful for the diverse Multicultural Weddings and Multicultural Parties that I get the opportunity to provide Music, DJ and MC services for.  I assume that Brides, Grooms and Party Planners embrace finding a Multicultural Wedding and Party DJ,knowing that I have extensive experience with creating outstanding Weddings, Parties and Events with people from diverse races, culture and religions.

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Rhode Island Multicultural DJ Story

A significant part of the story on how I became a Multicultural DJ is still not told. Along with being a Rhode Island DJ, I have been a social worker and counselor since 1993. I have had the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, The United States and a diverse a mix of race, culture, class, gender and religion, as well as socio-economic class as one can imagine. I love it! I learn from you as much as you learn from me.

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Rhode Island Multicultural DJ and Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism relates to communities containing multiple cultures. The term is used in two broad ways, either descriptively or normatively. As a descriptive term, it usually refers to the simple fact of cultural diversity: it is generally applied to the demographic make-up of a specific place, sometime at the organizational level, e.g. schoolsbusinessesneighborhoodscities, or nations.

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As a normative term, it refers to ideologies or policies that promote this diversity or its institutionalization; in this sense, multiculturalism is a society “at ease with the rich tapestry of human life and the desire amongst people to express their own identity in the manner they see fit.” Such ideologies or policies vary widely, including country to country, ranging from the advocacy of equal respect to the various cultures in a society, to a policy of promoting the maintenance of cultural diversity, to policies in which people of various ethnic and religious groups are addressed by the authorities as defined by the group they belong to. However, two main different and seemingly inconsistent strategies have developed through different Government policies and strategies: The first focuses on interaction and communication between different cultures. Interactions of cultures provide opportunities for the cultural differences to communicate and interact to create multiculturalism. This approach is also often known as interculturalism. The second centers on diversity and cultural uniqueness. Cultural isolation can protect the uniqueness of the local culture of a nation or area and also contribute to global cultural diversity. A common aspect of many policies following the second approach is that they avoid presenting any specific ethnic, religious, or cultural community values as central.

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Multiculturalism is often contrasted with the concepts of assimilationism and has been described as a “salad bowl” or “cultural mosaic” rather than a “melting potWikipedia

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If you are looking for a really fun Rhode Island Multicultural DJ, I can help.

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What Is A Rhode Island Multicultural DJ?

I get asked from time to time, “Michael, what is a Rhode Island Multicultural DJ?” And this is the conversation that typically follows.

I smile and reply, “A Rhode Island Multicultural DJ is a professional DJ that is well-versed in the many cultures and traditions that a diverse area like Rhode Island demands for great Weddings, parties and Events.”

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“Yeah, that sounds great but what does that mean in real life for me hiring a good Wedding DJ for me and my fiancé for our Wedding? We are from two different cultures and want our families and friends to have a great time and fit together well.”

That is exactly what a good Multicultural DJ does!

“A good Multicultural DJ has a vast library across many cultures and genres to meet the needs of a diverse population like yours. We are very comfortable with both taking direction and guidance from you as to what your cultural traditions and music demand, and taking over when you need someone to make sure everything goes exactly the way you wanted it. In short, a good Multicultural DJ is ready for whatever happens at your Wedding. That is what a good Rhode Island Multicultural DJ is. Make sense?”

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“Yes, I think I get it now. You are saying that a good Multicultural DJ knows a lot about different cultures and is confident enough to let their ego get in the way of me teaching the about my culture for my Wedding. Do I have it correct?”

“Yes, I should hire you to be my marketing guru!”

We both laugh and start talking about the details of their Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding and cultural traditions…

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