Long Time Coming....

So, I have FINALLY found the first way to help defray the costs of running my website. It's been over 20 years. It's cost me thousands, all out of pocket. I have toyed with many other ideas that wouldn't work for one reason or another over the years, but I think this one can do it without having any impact on anyone and without costing you any extra above what you already do. I am hoping to do more things that can help, but won't cost you extra money as well. This is the first step....

I have gotten an affiliate page at karaoke.net!

Many of you are already buying karaoke tracks from them. I have bought some myself and they have been great quality!! They are even making some of the old tracks that nobody else but SoundChoice had made before and still going!

All I ask is that if you are already buying them, perhaps you can buy them through me! Doesn't cost you anything extra and it helps! It really does! Every little bit helps!

For those who have never heard of it, karaoke.net is the online, download site for Cybersound/PartyTyme karaoke. It is completely legal and you can use the tracks in public and professional shows. They are NOT just for home use like YouTube and Stingray etc. You really should check it out!

Thanks for reading and this is the affiliate page on my site: http://www.karaokeacrossamerica.com/buykaraoke

The direct affiliate link is here: https://www.karaoke.net/songshop/cat/?merchant=96

Thank you!!!!!

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Site updates...

Just a couple of Q&A points:

Q: Why don't I post show times on my website?

Quick answer: "law of diminishing returns".

A: I have been doing this a looooong time. I can probably count on the fingers of one hand the shows I have been to that have consistently started at the advertised time. It almost never happens. I have seen karaoke show ads in my group and websites that list karaoke at XX time but when I call the venue they tell me a different time. Not even those involved agree. Then there are football game nights.....and not enough singers to start yet.....and playing DJ music instead of karaoke for the first hour.....and whatever other "reasons".

Stated show times are rarely if ever accurate.

If it does start "on time" though.....what does it matter really if it's listed on my site? People are going to call the place or confirm with a secondary source before they go……right? I even confirm them myself when I go out even unless I have spoken to someone that is authoritative on the show. I do have a flag option for an “Early Show” which is defined as a show starting no later than 7:30. That really just divides shows up into “I have to work tomorrow” and “no, I don’t have to work tomorrow” groups.

So…..although I wouldn’t mind having times listed, unless they are accurate what good are they?

Q: why can’t I edit my shows anymore?

A: Thank some of your fellow KJ’s!

Despite the fact I have it posted right in the instructions (http://www.karaokeacrossamerica.com/karaoke-shows/how-to) as well as having said it multiple times in my group, we still have people trying to change an existing show into a new one in an attempt to get rid of the old entry when they lose the gig.

Sneaky, huh?

You can’t do that. Not only is it against the rules, but my site tracks the change. You can’t do this without me knowing so please stop doing it! It doesn’t get rid of the gig….it just creates more work for me when I fix what you tried to hide. If you get a NEW gig add a NEW entry! Don’t try to change one of the other entries in a feeble attempt to get rid of the old show. Sorry you lost the gig, but this happens all the time in the karaoke world. Next time it may be you GETTING a gig so remember that when it comes to show entries. If the guy before you does this then YOU won’t get the traffic. Think about it….

So…….I disabled the ability to edit shows until further notice. If you need an update either email me at karaokeamerica@gmail.com or PM me on Facebook. You can still add shows without an issue. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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KAA and Piracy

Howdy karaoke peeps. There was a recent incident in this group where a KJ who didn't know another KJ posted things on the first KJ's thread claiming they were a pirate and asked me to remove the original post due to this alleged piracy. I just wanted to set some things straight here.

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It's been a while...

Good morning folks! I haven't written in a while, but I wanted to send a reminder about how KAA works.
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A Singer's Guide

Since this blogger wrote this he has blocked me on Facebook. I can only speculate on why, but my educated guess is because he possibly uses a less than legal library and doesn't want the publicity. Sad, but true....:(

I am retaining the blog entry because it is well written and is a good contribution to the karaoke community.


Over the last 15 years, I've watched karaoke shows come and go and with it batch after batch of new singers. A good singer can carry a show, and a bad singer can break a show. That's what makes karaoke both beloved and despised: the performer is the variable that can't be predicted, bought, or cultivated for consistency. Karaoke is a peculiar, masturbatory art form and the people that enjoy it are a class of their own. If you're one of them there's several things you may not be aware of, especially if you're a newbie. So this guide is for you.

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Fun karaoke promotion from Heineken!

Here is a link to a video that was part of a promotion by Heineken beer. Heineken gave a few random strangers the chance to perform their favorite holiday carol in front of thousands of strangers.
Here's the video:

Heineken invited unsuspecting New Yorkers for an evening of #CarolKaraoke at Karaoke Boho in NYC’s West Village– as long as they promised to sing one carol. But at the last minute, they were told their performance would be broadcasted in front of thousands. Those who decided in a matter of seconds to keep singing were broadcasted in well-known public places, including a Jumbotron at an NBA game, on the TV of every NYC taxi for a week and on a famed Times Square billboard.

Heineken also put together a survey on holiday karaoke and found:
•  The favorite holiday tune is "Jiggle Bell Rock" (31%),
•  followed by "Winter Wonderland" (20%).
•  “All I Want for Christmas is You” (13%).
•  56% think karaoke in front of friends and family is less embarrassing than in front of strangers.
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Just a reminder Q&A for KAA

Howdy! I don't write very often, but I have had some questions come up and since adding a blog entry will automatically get broadcast to Twitter, LinkedIn and of course Facebook I figure this is a good way to handle it!

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KJ 4.0 Karaoke Summit

This link came from a conversation I recently had regarding a karaoke industry summit that is upcoming.

Any progress is good progress!

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15 Terrible Songs To Ban On Karaoke Night

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Shout out for KAA!

Interview I did a couple months back for KaraokeFortLauderdale.com!


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Why Does Music Give Us Chills?



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What to sing.....or not....

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8 Types of Karaoke Singers

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Return of the Rants

Welcome to my karaoke editorial page.....;)

I’m sure you can guess what this is for!  These aren't in any particular order, some are from suggestions and some are from my own deviant little mind. I also reserve the right to change, delete, add or otherwise deface anything I want to here as well as anywhere else on my site!

These posts started out as a little project back around probably the  1998-1999. I added to them over time and during one of my site re-vamps they kind of got dropped off at the curb so I'm bringing them back. I'm going to attempt to put them in some kind of logical sequence, but ultimately they are in no particular order...

Enjoy....and please leave comments should you be so inclined! I may be able to turn some of them into additional rants! Remember, I am a SINGER, not a KJ......:)

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How Good Does Karaoke Have to Be to Qualify as Art?

How Good Does Karaoke Have to Be to Qualify as Art?

John Brophy, the mastermind of America’s greatest karaoke night, lives in a well-kept bungalow in a neighborhood of small homes in southeast Portland, Ore. When I visited on a weekday afternoon last spring, Brophy, then 36, wore a ringer T-shirt and dark jeans. His wrist was encircled by a half-dozen bracelets, and his dark hair swooped in front of his face. Like many Portlanders, he’s in a band, called Gingerbread Patriots, although currently the band is on hiatus — the “Shows” section of the Gingerbread Patriots Web site is empty but for the words “2009 will bring shows shows and more shows!”

Read the rest here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/magazine/portland-karaoke-scene.html?pagewanted=1&_r=4&

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America's Best Karaoke Bars

Another karaoke honorable mention!

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How To Add A Show

(This can also be found here: https://www.karaokeacrossamerica.com/basics/how-to-add-a-show)

The "Add A Show" link is located under the "Karaoke/Shows" menu above. To add shows you MUST be registered, and logged in to the site. If you do not see the link for adding a show please make sure you are logged in.
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Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered

Shamelessly stolen from here: http://thetrichordist.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/letter-to-emily-white-at-npr-all-songs-considered/

Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered

Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people like Emily White who are fully engaged in the music scene are the artist’s biggest allies. We also believe–for reasons we’ll get into–that she has been been badly misinformed by the Free Culture movement. We only ask the opportunity to present a countervailing viewpoint.

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Steve's favoritism...

I recently got a message from someone accusing me of being biased. I'm going to *officially* reply to that message here and give the person the link rather than get into a tit for tat. I'm not naming names. Who it is, is not relevant....the message is:

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The KAA Take On Singer Rotation...

This post is from my original floridakaraoke.com site from back in the early 2000's.

This is where I explain what I think a fair singer rotation is.....no, you don't have to agree with this...

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