Facebook wins according to the latest research. 65% of Aussies use social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Myspace, blogs and more. But of those, 97% use Facebook. More on this at Mumbrella.com.au
I started this blog five years ago because I felt I needed a creative outlet.
Somewhere to share my thoughts and dreams.
Then almost two years ago I left my cushy corporate gig to start a PR consultancy.
Starting with just me working on some short-term campaigns for artists with new albums, Bec Brown Communications rapidly grew into an agency with a team of three senior publicists looking after the PR for several tours, a plethora of album launches and five long-term corporate retainer clients.
Suddenly my need for this blog as a creative outlet disappeared, as my focus went to designing creative PR campaigns and growing a business instead.
I thought that maybe this blog just needed a refresh – the 2009 design was starting to look a bit out-dated (not to mention the fact that I didn’t even look like the chick at the top of the screen after I’d cut my long hair off), so maybe I’d do a re-design – how exciting!
Except it wasn’t exciting.
I was far more excited about the interesting new developments my talented clients were scheming up.
More invigorated to learn what my clever, fun staff were up to.
More interested in what was going on in the industry and how Bec Brown Communications could be a part of it.
And way more thrilled at the prospect of jumping on a plane and going somewhere I’d never been before… and usually finding a new client along the way.
I also found one of my all-time favourite creative outlets. It may not be terribly original but I adore Instagram. So if you’d like to keep in touch, please join me here:
Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller have been on-air for breakfast at Sydney’s WSFM, and nationally with their show ‘My Generation’, for eight years.
This year they’re cracked the top spot (and the champers), becoming the #1 music station in NSW, and it couldn’t happen to two nicer people. While they often have celebrities in for interviews, their radio show is all about real, everyday people – interesting, heartwarming, and always a bit ridiculous. So let’s hear it for the nice guys finishing first for once.
Perhaps you’ve seen her perform on 7′s The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars or 9′s The Footy Show. Maybe you’ve heard her play with Guy Sebastian, Ronan Keating or Michael Buble.
Already a respected and sought-after career musician, Sally Cooper is a shining star in her own right and now she’s releasing her debut album ‘Golden’ on October 19.
She’s captivating – you’ll want to find out more here.
Rolling out like a celebrated movie soundtrack, the varied pop, rock and classical sounds of ‘Golden’ include songs ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Kashmir’, ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘Riders on the Storm’ which meld with the more traditional tracks ‘Nocturne’, Czardas’ and ‘Carmen Fantasie’.
While the tracklist may seem eclectic, the tracks marry to showcase Sally’s remarkable energy, her ability to improvise with sound and style and to take her listener exploring.
Wow – channel 9 just beat rival channel 7 in the weekly ratings for the first time in over a year. How? New hit show The Voice.
Peaking at well over 3 million viewers, The Voice has proved a ratings bonanza for 9, due partly to the high “star quality” of the judges and the blind auditions that’s given the show more credibility than a standard talent competition. As the show now moves into a more standard “sing off” format, will the high viewership continue? It dropped off in the US so it’ll be very interesting to see what happens here in Aust. Either way, the singers are seriously good and well worth the watch.
Ok, so I’m still banging on about PAULINI but I just can’t help it. As well as one hell of a set of pipes, she has a great, positive outlook on life and knows that there’s nothing like a bit of cheeky fun. Check out her steamy new FIREMAN videoclip here. Ladies and lovers, I think you’re going to like it…
Her steamy, cheeky and damn infectious new single ‘Fireman’ hits radio this week and is available on iTunes from Feb 10.
Paulini’s come a long way from her Australian Idol days – after a string of #1 hits and multiple platinum selling albums, she’s been busy adding ‘songwriter’ to her resume. After signing a publishing deal with Alberts – home of AC/DC, Goyte and David Guetta – she’s already released five tracks in Spain, Japan, South Africa, Germany and The Netherlands.
Standby for a LOT more Paulini goss in the coming weeks…
As much as I love singing along (at the top of my voice, usually with a dance involved) to Mariah Carey’s ’All I Want For Christmas Is You’, for some weird reason, my fantasy Christmas is always set in the 1950′s. Carols and Christmas songs are sung by Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
This perfect soundtrack means that there are also never tears or tantrums. Children sit on the floor unwrapping their presents, little girls with big bows in their hair and matching smiles. A relaxed and perfectly coiffed wife in a stylish, hourglass dress wears a cute little apron as she serves homemade cookies and heavily laced eggnog (that she’s merrily sampled all afternoon).
Her appreciative husband sits in a chair, smoking a cigar (one that smells nice and doesn’t cause diseases) and their small son sits on one knee, happily holding his new toy car.
That this is so far from my reality makes me ponder… then realise that my reality right now is actually pretty darn awesome. It’s a cliche but all I’m dreaming of a peaceful, safe Christmas for all my loved ones.
However you’re spending your Christmas, I hope it’s merry and bright.
Thanks for all the support and love this year – It really means the world to me. Bec x
Universal Music AND Sony have joined forces for this truly incredible project. 2CD out Nov 4 (for your ipod and car) and a deluxe 90 page journal with never-before-seen artwork / cool stuff and 2CD out Nov 25 (for you and everyone you love for xmas).
Rocker, crooner and downright charmer, Chris Isaak is here in Australia this week on a promo trip for his Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis inspired album ‘Beyond The Sun’ (actually recorded in Memphis at Sun Studios).
He kicked off an iTunes gig at the Sydney Apple store on Friday night, paying a touching tribute to inspiring legend Steve Jobs – a great music loving man that Chris knew and even had much in common with (they were the exact same age and both grew up in the same little area in San Francisco). We have a full day of media interviews tomorrow then Tuesday night is a live performance on 7′s X FACTOR – be watching from 7.30pm – it’ll be awesome.
Whether it’s because those in the music and media industries are really kind hearted, or just need a month off the booze, Dry July has some damn cool celebs supporting the cause this year.
A huge mix of radio presenters, DJs and musicians are represented. And let’s not forget all those journos and publicists who work at gigs and parties several times a week. After 29 days, I’m clean out of new water combos to drink (another soda with fresh lime for me thanks. Again.) So three days left! Please donate if you can – all the money goes towards helping adults living with cancer.
Lady Gaga landed in Sydney this morning and my boss was there to meet her. Love this sneak peek.
Fab and dramatic in a 30′s style Yves Saint Laurent gown, Gaga strutted from her private jet. The diva fashionista is here till Friday to promote here new album. Not heard it? (aka: if you’ve been living under a rock) Gaga’s new CD Born This Way is a knock out.
Loving Wendy Harmer’s new project. The author, journo, radio/TV host and comedian is now also Editor-in-Chief of TheHoopla.com.au
Expect witty, wise, warm and wonderful things. For a brand new site, it has a real sense of camaraderie already. Wendy joins forces with Caroline Roessler, a fab jouro with more than 20 years of experience and former editor of Notebook mag, and Jane Waterhouse who’s the head of Sister Communications, which specialises in marketing to women. I predict greatness.
Pop the champers and tip your hat to marketing queen Katie May. News Limited has just announced that they’ll be buying her companies. Kidspot, a portfolio of online and offline destinations purposely built to answer the needs of women and mums, was launched just six years ago by Katie.
Since then, Kidspot (both in Aust and NZ) and birth.com.au have been the established leaders in the parenting category and now counts over 1.3 million unique monthly visitors – double the traffic of its nearest rivals. While details of the payout aren’t being disclosed, I’d say that Newsltd will be spending a pretty penny. Well done girl!
It’s all thanks to their warming new album The Sounds of Winter - with artists like Feist, Melody Gardot, Jamie Cullum, Colbie Caillat, John Legend, Sia, Owl City and Duffy – guaranteed to take the chill out of your days spent indoors.
Predicting big things for this singer songwriter. Norweigian Thomas Dybdahl (pronounced Dib-darl) already has fans in Morcheeba, who asked him to sing on one of their albums, to designer Philippe Starck, who cites Dybdahl’s music as an inspiration. Debut album ‘Songs’ out in July.
Which young blonde singer, who’s broken the record for being the highest selling debut artist in her genre for the whole of the 21st century, is coming to Australia in June? Hint, she was born in NZ, now lives in London and her new album was recorded in Rome..
If you love a bit of music theatre, Melbourne singer Silvie Paladino, best known for starring in Les Miserables and Cats, has a new album out on Friday called ‘On My Own’. Stunning Silvie also turns 40 this year, can you believe it? GORGEOUS!
Loving the high quality production of The Amazing Race Australia on Channel 7. Big thumbs up to production company activeTV. Oh, and just an insider tip, the ‘competitive couple’ contestants Joey and Richard are actually two of the nicest, kindest, gentlest people in real life…