23
Jul
I like the ambition of making pop. Underground music gets all the respect and critical acclaim, yet the stuff which sells shitloads of records doesn’t. It’s the challenge of writing music that’s quality, but is also pop, that I want to take on ( … ) There are too many underground records! I’m sick of people saying: ‘That record was so great’ and yet it only sells 4,000 copies. I don’t see what’s cool about not writing hooks: if you’re really f*@king clever, where’s the f*@king melody that I can remember? I woke up today and I forgot your whole album – genius! I don’t get it.
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La Roux’s Elly Jackson tells Time Out Magazine. Hail to the pop! (via arjanwrites)

Really well put by Elly Jackson here.  Admittedly, there’s a good deal of music considered “underground” that I dig.  But I’m also one to stand up and defend the power and majesty of full-on, mainstream, unapologetically pop music.  What can I say?  I like melody.  I like big choruses that smack you ‘cross the face and knock you on your ass.  I like music that makes you feel good.  And more often than not, this is the kinda stuff that pop music brings to the party. -  J.A.S.

21
Jul
Reading poetry is like listening to music and you never get tired of your favorite songs.
- Elizabeth Gilbert
15
Jul

Check out the new spot by French retailer Castorama, a DIY and home improvement chain with over 160 stores across Europe.  This tongue-n-cheek celebration of unstoppable value features the track titled “All Hail The Mighty” by our North Star Media composer, Niels Bye Nielsen.  Props to Grandmaster Niels for his time and talents here.  And major thanks to our pals over at Tracks & Fields for helping with the hook-up.  Good times. Good music.  Let’s keep it rollin’.

15
Jul

Amazon just delivered this in my mailbox.  Yeah, yeah, I know.  But the indies & hipsters can hate all they want because I don’t care.  I think it rocks and it was worth every penny.  The long overdue DVD release of "Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey" was worth the price alone.  This album was released the same week I moved to Hollywood, CA to chase down my dreams on the Sunset Strip.  So for me, in terms of nostalgia, it marks the beginning of a life devoted to long hair, leather pants, and loud rock and roll.  This LP is the soundtrack for a really magical and memorable time in my life.  And, as such, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. Furthermore, when I bought this cassette at Tower Records on Sept. 19, 1988 I had no idea that a mere 15 months later I’d be working for the guy (Desmond Child) who cowrote the number one single Bad Medicine, along with three other tracks on the album.  And then, in different capacities, I’d continue to work alongside him for nearly the next 20 years. Yep, this is more than just an album to me.  This is a piece of me. A real part of me.  A very loud and moving and awesome part.  It was.  And it is.  And it always will be.  Bon Jovi.  New Jersey.  Ride cowboy ride.  And stick to your guns. Forever.           

Well you know that I been through it
I got the scars that prove it
Fight hard, the battle is yours…

10
Jul
If it was 1978 and I was like 21 or 22 years old… I’d probably wanna be this guy. 

If it was 1978 and I was like 21 or 22 years old… I’d probably wanna be this guy. 

09
Jul
                                                Timeless.  And true. 

                                                Timeless.  And true. 

07
Jul

On May 24, 2014 our North Star Media artist Epoch Failure threw it down live and loud at Groovebox Studios here in Detroit, MI.  This is a clip from their performance.  The tune is called “Champion” and it was recorded live, in one take.  A studio version will appear on the new 5-song Epoch Failure EP that’s dropping this fall.  Stay tuned for more details.   

I been waiting all my life
Just for this one night
To show I can do it…

30
Jun
Hot off their devastating Summerfest debut, our North Star Media artist The Lower 48 stopped in Detroit today to play a private showcase for our pals over at Team Detroit. They killed it.  It was live rock and roll at its finest and simply an awesome afternoon all the way around.  Thanks to Team D for hosting the party.  And thanks to The Lower 48 for kickin’ major ass.  And for the record… Sarah’s Hendrix-inspired jacket was a show-stopper.            

Hot off their devastating Summerfest debut, our North Star Media artist The Lower 48 stopped in Detroit today to play a private showcase for our pals over at Team Detroit. They killed it.  It was live rock and roll at its finest and simply an awesome afternoon all the way around.  Thanks to Team D for hosting the party.  And thanks to The Lower 48 for kickin’ major ass.  And for the record… Sarah’s Hendrix-inspired jacket was a show-stopper.            

30
Jun
Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.
- Chinese Proverb
26
Jun

Wavin' Flag

by K'naan

Win, lose, or draw today… it’s already been an amazing World Cup for our USMNT.  Here’s to hoping they can pull off one more upset.  I believe.

Let’s rejoice in the beautiful game…

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What up! John here. I'm the Senior Director of A&R for North Star Media. If you're an artist interested in placing your tunes or a music supervisor looking for the best new music, let's talk!

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