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BIRTHDAYS

November 1st
Rocky Lynch - R5

November 2nd
Katelyn Tarver
Kendall Schmidt

November 5th
Kevin Jonas - Jonas Brothers

November 8th
Riker Lynch - R5

November 15th
Shailene Woodley

November 17th
Isaac Hanson - Hanson

November 18th
Connor McDonough - Before You Exit

November 20th
Carly Rae Jepsen
Michael Clifford - 5 Seconds Of Summer

November 21st
Liz Mace - Megan & Liz
Matt Best - Tonight Alive
Megan Mace - Megan & Liz

November 23rd
Katherine McNamara - Happyland
Miley Cyrus

November 18th
Lauryn Taylor Bach - 1 Girl Nation

November 25th
Jamie Grace

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UPCOMING RELEASES

November 10th
Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas

November 11th
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (3D, Blu-ray, & DVD)
Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out (Deluxe)
Sailor Moon: Season 1, Part 1 (DVD & Blu-ray)

November 17th
Fifth Harmony - Reflection
One Direction - Four
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - Soundtrack

November 18th
Kiki's Delivery Service (Blu-ray)
Princess Mononoke (Blu-ray)
The Wind Rises (DVD & Blu-ray)

November 24th
Coldplay - Ghost Stories: Live 2014 (DVD & Blu-ray)

November 25th
Copeland - Ixora
The Giver (DVD & Blu-ray)

December 2nd
One Direction - Where We Are: Live from San Siro Stadium (DVD & Blu-ray)
She & Him - Classics

December 9th
Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series (DVD & Blu-ray)
Guardians of the Galaxy (3D, Blu-ray, & DVD)

December 16th
Charlie XCX - Sucker
The Maze Runner (DVD & Blu-ray)

December 23
Continuum: Season Three (DVD & Blu-ray)

January 13th
Rixton - Let The Road

January 27th
Downton Abbey: Season 5 (DVD & Blu-ray)

February 10th
101 Dalmations (Diamond Edition) (Blu-ray)
Sailor Moon: Season 1, Part 2 (DVD & Blu-ray)



Artists you love. Music they love. Get Rdio Free

Radio Disney as we knew it is gone, New Releases, Idina Menzel releases Baby It’s Cold Outside video, Ella Henderson on The Voice

November 18th, 2014

For the past twelve years at Tommy2.Net, November 18th has been the day we’ve recognized the birth of a media outlet that has played a HUGE role in Teen/Tween Pop music. Unfortunately, the thing that so many of us dearly cherished died this past year. The property once called Radio Disney was killed not long after the keys to the kingdom were given to the non-broadcast entity, Disney Channel in 2007.

How can it be dead if it’s technically still on-the-air?

It’s clearly evident that during their teenage years the ‘The Radio Station Just For Kids’ was repurposed and packaged exclusively for Women 25-54. As a result, all teen oriented acts without a connection to Disney Channel have virtually disappeared? In the past year I mentioned this to one of the higher ups and was told that I was incorrect. I also was given a list of “New Young Artists” currently featured on Radio Disney – the average age of the talent on the list was just a few months shy of 20 years old? And what about that N.B.T. program that promised to spotlight new talent? After five years of failing turn a winner into a success story they decided to use N.B.T. to feature signed acts that are backed by solid management with a strong probability for success. Why? So they can claim they helped make that well established and well funded act into stars when it couldn’t be further from the truth. After all, they do claim Taylor Swift as one of their success stories despite the fact her album was certified Platinum before they gave her a spin on November 3, 2007.

Musically, those glory years of playing exclusive content for younger EARS is long gone. Research Director, Inc. said it best, “Their attempt to play music on AM stations, much of which was already available on the FM dial, certainly limited their available audience.” That statement is clearly referring to the changes made to the Radio Disney playlist in 2008 that put the station into the financial mess they are in right now.

How many acts do you remember that at one time could only be heard on Radio Disney? Here’s just a few that previously graced the Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown charts: A*Teens, Aaron Carter, Alexa Vega, Allstar Weekend, Aly & AJ, Anneliese van der Pol, Anne Hathaway, Ashley Tisdale, B5, The Beu Sisters, Bridgit Mendler, Brie Larson, Caleigh Peters, Chris Trousdale, Corbin Bleu, Crazy Frog, The Cheetah Girls, Christy Carlson Romano, The Clique Girlz, Crazy Frog, D-Tent Boys, Demi Lovato, Dream Street, Drew Seeley, Emily Osment, Everlife, Fan_3, Greg Raposo, Hampton The Hampster, Haylie Duff, Hilary Duff, Hoku, Joey Page, Jonas Brothers, Jordan Francis, Jordan McCoy, Jordan Pruitt, Jump5, Katelyn Tarver, Keke Palmer, KSM, Kyle Massey, Lalaine, Leslie Carter, LMNT, Lucas Grabeel, Melissa Joan Hart, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Cosgrove, Mitchel Musso, Myra, Nikki Cleary, No Secrets, Play, Plus One, PureNRG, Raven, Ron Stoppable & Rufus, Rose Falcon, Roshon Fegan, S Club 7, Sabrina Bryan, Savannah Outen, Savvy & Mandy, Simon & Milo, Skye Sweetnam, Solange, Selena Gomez, Stevie Brock, T-Squad, Tiffany Evans, Triple Image, Vanessa Hudgens, Varsity Fanclub, and Zac Efron.

As for Radio Disney turning their back on kids, it’s more apparent than ever with their recent contests. When the station launched in 1996, contests were open to ages 12 and UNDER. Did you know that in their most recent ’Tune In Radio Disney Birthday Sweepstakes’ you had to be 13 years of age or OLDER to be enter the contest? (Official Rules PDF).

What about the new music they are playing? The current playlist would clearly have made the former staff blush, and for the life me I can’t figure how they’re able to strong arm the content through Disney’s Broadcast Standards and Practices. If we go back to that era just before things changed in 2008, Demi Lovato was rockin’ the charts with her single, Get Back. However, under the old rules this song featured an edit removing the words “kiss me” everytime they occurred in the chorus. Let’s just say, that line they once had has been crossed so frequently it no longer exists. Their “Family Friendly” programming has turned toxic and if Radio Disney still exists, the mouse is more than guilty of something comparable to getting kids hooked on candy cigarettes and non-alcoholic beer (by endorsing artists) that will eventually take their ‘habit’ to the next level. Sadly, those in control not only turn a blind eye to what is going on, but cover it up. Up until a few years back, all edited songs included the phrase “Radio Disney Version” alongside the title of the song on their Top 30 Countdown listings. They’ve dropped that practice online and one can only speculate that was done to cover a possible PR disaster with the heavy volume of songs edited for inappropriate content in rotation. Although, not everyone is being fooled. Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading advocate for kids removed the review of RadioDisney.com that was once featured at their site. Why? Remember that phrase from Bambi where Thumper repeats what his father once told him, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all?” Perhaps, that says it all. Ironically, Radio Disney still airs public service announcements to promote Common Sense Media despite the fact the organization has distanced itself from their behavior.

Not only have they crossed the lines, but the staff is so colorblind that they aren’t even aware of their fumbles. Somehow clips from Robin Thicke’s music video for Blurred Lines found there way on to RadioDisney.com? And what about all of the direct links from their Facebook and website provided to preview and PURCHASE albums at iTunes that carry the Parental Advisory – Explicit Content sticker? Then there were the photos and videos Radio Disney distributed through their online division and publicity department that featured Calum Hood of 5 Seconds Of Summer at the station wearing a t-shirt with a cross that has the ‘no’ symbol over it? How could this pass through all of their filters without one person suggesting this might be offensive to some? Maybe now we know the real truth as to why the listening to Radio Disney in the car has dropped to an all time low.

I guess I shouldn’t be a party pooper with the Family VIP Birthday event just around corner. After all, the people who just laid off nearly 200 people three months ago need to blow of some steam and find someway to feel good about themselves. I would love it if someone in charge could justify this to a shareholder.

Friends, it was fun while it lasted and to ALL of you that played a part of making something truly good I applaud you for what you did and I LOVED every minute of it. Crank it up and sing-along “I’ve got a lot to say… to you, ah yeah and your other crew. If it is a dream, boom see boom.” The Radio Disney we grew to love just died.

-Tommy2

New Releases

David Cook: Wait For Me (Single) – You can help support Tommy2.Net by purchasing this release at iTunes.

Mack Z: Christmas All Year Long (Single) – You can help support Tommy2.Net by purchasing this release at iTunes.

One Direction: Four – featuring the single “Steel My Girl,” “Night Changes,” and more. Deluxe edition includes four bonus tracks: “Change Your Ticket,” “Illusion,” “Once In A Lifetime,” and “Act My Age.” Japan has a bonus remix and acoustic version of “Steal My Girl” and a live version of “Story Of My Life.” Yearbook edition also available. You can help support Tommy2.Net by purchasing this release at iTunes.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1: Soundtrack – Curated by Lorde, it features songs by her, CHVRCHES, Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Major Lazer and Ariana Grande, Bat For Lashes, Tinashe, Grace Jones, XOV, The Chemical Brothers, and more. Catch the film in theaters Friday! You can help support Tommy2.Net by purchasing this release at iTunes.

Nashville Indie Spotlight: Christmas – featuring songs by American Idol winner Kris Allen, Sugar & The Hi-lows, Brooke Waggoner, Sandra McCracken, and more.

Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6: Various Artists – Featuring “I Knew You Were Trouble” by We Came As Romans, “Wrecking Ball” by August Burns Red, “Problem” by Set It Off and more! You can help support Tommy2.Net by purchasing this release at iTunes.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray in the United States, the 1989 classic anime film from director Hayao Miyazaki.

Princess Mononoke (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray in the United States, the 1997 classic anime film from director Hayao Miyazaki.

The Wind Rises (Blu-ray/DVD) – The final film by writer and director Hayao Miyazaki based on his manga The Wind Has Risen.

Pokémon: Alpha Sapphire / Omega Ruby (3DS) – Available Friday, return to the Hoenn region in the remastered 2002 Game Boy Advance games.

Super Smash Bros. (Wii U) – The popular Nintendo fighting game is back! Also available, a bundle including a classic GameCube controller.

Idina Menzel has released her music video for Baby, It’s Cold Outside, featuring Michael Bublé. Menzel and Bublé both channel their inner child as their young counterparts (played by Emily Carey and Harry Collett, respectively) serenade each other in this heartwarming visual, directed by Brett Sullivan.

Tonight, eighteen-year-old U.K. singing sensation Ella Henderson will perform her breakout single Ghost on the live telecast of NBC’s The Voice.

6pm CST – Bruce Almighty (ABC Family)
God (Morgan Freeman) gives a disgruntled Buffalo TV reporter (Jim Carrey) divine powers. This hit-or-miss comedy features Carrey’s usual physical antics. Jennifer Aniston, Philip Baker Hall, Catherine Bell.

7pm CST – The Flash: The Flash Is Born (CW)
The Flash faces a new meta-human named Tony, who can turn himself into girded steel, but Cisco comes up with a plan to take Tony down. Meanwhile, Iris gets in trouble over her blog; Eddie witnesses Tony’s abilities and asks questions that Joe doesn’t want answered; and Joe asks Dr. Wells to help him solve Nora Allen’s murder.

7pm CST – The Voice: Live Eliminations (NBC)
Two vocalists are eliminated in a results edition.

7:05pm CST – Ratatouille (Disney Channel)
A rat who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef teams up with an inexperienced kitchen worker at one of Paris’ finest restaurants.

8pm CST – New Girl: Teachers (FOX)
Jess, Coach and Ryan head to a weekend teachers’ conference headed by an education guru, and while Jess is away, Nick, Schmidt and Winston plan a wild weekend.

Aaron Carter
Jupitar Bar
Tuscaloosa, AL

Denyse Tontz and Mark Salling
Hotel Cafe
Los Angeles, CA

Echosmith
Schuba’s Tavern
Chicago, IL

NBCUniversal and One Direction announce deal to promote Four, Denyse Tontz, Hayley Kiyoko’s This Side Of Paradise music video, The Band Perry at We Day Minnesota, A Celebration of Harry Poter 2015, Candie’s joins up with Bella Thorne for Autumn Falls book tour, Buyer walks out on WFDF deal, Echosmith on NBC’s Tonight Show and VH1’s You Oughta Know Live in Concert

November 13th, 2014

NBCUniversal and One Direction announced an unprecedented and expansive cross-platform partnership for the global launch of the band’s upcoming studio album, Four.

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson will “take over” NBCUniversal in an exclusive partnership spanning multiple brands and platforms across NBCUniversal’s vast portfolio in support of the launch of the band’s fourth studio album. The partnership kicked off on Monday, September 8th on TODAY with the exclusive announcement of the album’s worldwide launch date of Monday, November 17th, and a week-long “1D Fan Face-Off” contest culminating in the announcement of the band’s album launch performance on TODAY from Universal Orlando Resort.

The collaboration includes a variety of special events including:

• A live performance from One Direction on the TODAY show and Un Nuevo Dia Monday, November 17 originating from Universal Orlando Resort’s CityWalk (no theme park admission required).

• A “1D” holiday special to air December 23, 8-9pm ET on NBC called “ONE DIRECTION: THE TV SPECIAL” – the band’s first-ever U.S. network special.

• Competitions around the world for fans to win a grand prize of VIP tickets to the performance airing on TODAY and Un Nuevo Dia, and the second special performance by the band at the Universal Studios Florida Music Plaza stage, on Tuesday, November 18 (private performance – not open to the general public). Click here for tickets.

• In celebration of the new album, fans visiting Universal Orlando Resort on November 17 and 18 will experience a specially-themed “Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit” roller coaster featuring music from 1D and a special 1D version of the ”Universal Cinematic Spectacular” nighttime show. Guests inside Universal Studios can join the social media action at the One Direction in Orlando Fan Zone on Park Avenue.

• Guests staying at Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will have an opportunity to attend an exclusive album listening pool party on November 16, 7-8pm ET to hear the album before it is released, and will also have the unique opportunity to sign up for specially recorded wake-up calls from the members of One Direction.

Denyse Tontz continues to get some great buzz worldwide for her new song, Mr. Hipster. Not only are music lovers enjoying her new track, but on Google Play in Spain her previous release, Use It is currently ranked at #43! As for her acting, last night Denyse had a guest starring role on TV Land’s The Exes: The Wedding Unplanner.

If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out Hayley Kiyoko‘s new music video for This Side Of Paradise. Some great visuals that need to be enjoyed in 1080p. Well done!

The Band Perry, performed yesterday at We Day Minnesota alongside a cast of distinguished speakers and performers including: Magic Johnson, Martin Sheen, Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins, Kweku Mandela, JR Martinez and more. The star-studded line-up joined international activists and We Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change and international experiences, and to energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches. We Day Minnesota brought together 18,000 students and teachers in an inspirational setting celebrating the commitment they have made to take action locally and globally.

Just announced! The Film Talent for A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 has been revealed, and it includes: Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James Phelps (Fred Weasley) and Oliver Phelps (George Weasley). At the 3-day event, you can also enjoy discussions and demonstrations, a Harry Potter Expo and more from participating partners: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Scholastic, Pottermore and MinaLima.

Tuesday night, Candie’s teamed up with Bella Thorne for the first stop on her Autumn Falls book tour. The event included a surprise cake replica of Bella’s new book.

The Street is reporting that a potential buyer walked after a verbal agreement to buy Disney’s Detroit radio station WFDF primarily due to it’s weak signal. According to research analyst, Justin Nielson, the station will probably be sold at a significant loss. Media Broker, Mike Berner added “If they’re going to keep doling out these AMs one at a time, this could literally be two or three years before they sell the whole thing.”

Tonight, Echosmith will play their hit single on NBC’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and then perform at the VH1 You Oughta Know Live in Concert event.

6pm CST – Sixteen Candles (ABC Family)
A girl’s sixteenth birthday is forgotten by her family who are distracted by the upcoming wedding of her older sister, and to compound things, she has a crush on a popular older classmate and is suffering the unwanted attentions of a sophomoric geek.

7pm CST – The Vampire Diaries: Do You Remember the First Time? (CW)
Elena’s past comes back to haunt her; Jo opens up to Alaric about her tragic past; Stefan, Matt and Enzo resort to extreme measures when Tripp withholds information about his vampire-killing operation; Sheriff Forbes gets caught in the middle of a dangerous plan; Tyler and Liv grow closer; and Damon stumbles upon a startling clue that renews his hope.

8pm CST – The Breakfast Club (ABC Family)
Five high-school students from different cliques spend a day-long detention together, and discover that they have more in common then they ever expected.

8pm CST – You Oughta Know in Concert (VH1)
Rising artists are featured in a concert hosted by Nicole Richie. Included: Sam Smith; Bleachers; Echosmith; and Aloe Blacc.

Aaron Carter
The Loft
Atlanta, GA

Charli XCX
Gorky Park
Moscow

Echosmith
Marlin Room at Webster Hall
New York, NY

Tonight Alive with Mayday Parade
House of Blues
Orlando, FL

Mack Z to release Christmas All Year Long on November 17th, Selena Gomez to perform at AMA’s, One Direction previews new single, Rixton in England, Tonight Alive has to cancel show, Sneak Peek of MTV EMA’s, KMIC sold

November 7th, 2014

Earlier this year, singer Mack Z’s self-titled debut album soared to #1 on iTunes’ pop album chart, thanks in part to It’s a Girl Party, which debuted at #1 on iTunes’ pop songs chart. But the 10-year-old star of Dance Moms (aka Mackenzie Ziegler) wasn’t ready to close out 2014 there. Enter Christmas All Year Long, Mack Z’s latest holiday gift, due out on November 17th.

Selena Gomez will be performing her new single, The Heart Wants What It Wants live at the American Music Awards on November 23rd.

With less than two weeks until One Direction releases their new album four, the group has surprised fans with their new single, Ready To Run. Listen to the full-length version on YouTube.

1. Taylor Swift – 1989
19. Frozen – Soundtrack
21. Maroon 5 – V
26. Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 – Soundtrack
34. Frozen: The Songs – Soundtrack
42. Ariana Grande – My Everything
44. Danity Kane – D3
55. Idina Menzel – Holiday Wishes
56. Emblem3 – Forever Together (EP)
57. 5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer
84. Taylor Swift – Red
85. Disney Karaoke Series: Frozen (EP) – Various Artists
96. Meghan Trainor – Title (EP)
109. Lorde – Pure Heroine
114. OneRepublic – Native
174. Echosmith – Talking Dreams
177. Taylor Swift – Fearless
181. Pharrell Williams – G I R L
187. One Direction – Midnight Memories

Last night, Rixton performed at The World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at John Lewis’ Flagship Store in London, England.

Tonight Alive‘s show in Boise, ID was cancelled last night. The group issued a statement via Facebook – “…We regret to announce cancelling our set at The Knitting Factory tonight due to Jenna’s health. Despite rest and medication over the last week her voice blew out last night and at the risk of further damage we have had to consider the next month of touring & do what is best for the long run. We appreciate your support and understanding.” Get well Jenna!!!

Work in progress! Here’s a sneak peek of stage preparations for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2014 at The Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

Houston, we have a buyer. All Access Music Group is reporting that Disney’s radio station KMIC is being sold to Roberto R. Villarreal’s DAIJ Media, LLC for $3.2 million.

6:10pm CST – Despicable Me (Disney Channel)
An elite supervillain (voiced by Steve Carell) tries to steal the moon from the sky using his vast weaponry and an army of minions, but his evil machinations are undermined by three orphaned girls who see him as a father figure, despite his diabolical intentions.

6:55pm CST – Legally Blonde (MTV)
Breezy comedy with Reese Witherspoon as a ditzy blonde who decides to attend Harvard Law School when her snobby boyfriend dumps her for a more “appropriate” woman.

9pm CST – A Walk To Remember (MTV)
A romance blossoms between a popular 18-year-old boy and a quiet preacher’s daughter.

Aaron Carter
The Chance Theatre
Poughkeepsie, NY

Kalin & Myles
Nile Underground
Mesa, AZ

Tonight Alive
The Summit Music Hall
Denver, CO

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