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Hanson.net Pin Guide

Since the site’s relaunch in 2014, Hanson.net members have had the opportunity to get “pins” – similar to video game achievements, members have the opportunity to “level up” and get exclusive pins on the website based on different actions taken on the website or events attended in real life.  With the 2020 re-relaunch we decided to make a guide of all the pins and how to obtain them.

Please note that the Hanson.net Tech team is still working on pins since the re-relaunch so some pins that should be available may not be able to be obtained at this time.

We are missing 2020 versions of the 2017 Hansonopoly Bronze, Silver and Gold pins. If anyone knows of a profile with these pins, please send them to blog@hansonstage.com so we can get them included.

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Album 7 – Against The World Updates

This post *will* contain spoilers. We will keep it “stickied” to the top of the blog but you will need to click the “Continue reading” link to see any of the actual content. (Unless you’ve been linked to it directly, in which case all bets are off)

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Masked Singer Week 6

Song: Want To Want Me

When this duo became a trio last time, it was a game changer for real.  Performing on this epic stage is a far cry from where we started.
Oh for sure! Life on the road was definitely not glamorous.
Yeah. We performed everywhere from parking lots, to softball fields – that was a hit – even pizza restaurants.
But we put our heart and soul into every performance and the years of hustle paid off when we finally got the chance to perform for the President and we crushed it
Yeah we raised the roof – of the white house
And now we’re leaning on that same hard working spirit to take us all the way to that Super 8.

 

HANSON: In May We Can Share

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This month we’re reflecting on our time at the legendary FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The sounds that came from these sessions resulted in not only a new album, but the upcoming Hanson.net EP we’re excited to share in May – Crossroads.

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Without Touring, Bands Turn To Fans To Stay Afloat

Forbes

Musicans Hanson

TULSA, OK – MAY 22: Issac, Zac and Taylor Hanson (left to right) pose for a portrait on Main Street where the famed Cain’s Ballroom, the future home of Hanson Brother’s Beer and the 3CG Studio are all located in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 22, 2017. The group hails from Tulsa. (Photo by Shane Bevel/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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For over eight years my band, Delta Rae, has played 50-150 shows a year, and made around 75% of our annual revenue through touring. The band has become the full time employer of eight people including our six band members and has also played a part in the financial support of our team of managers, agents, and attorneys. But with COVID-19 shutting down large gatherings, touring bands like us have faced existential crisis and had to do something we know well: improvise.

The Wild Feathers are a five-piece outlaw country band with classic 70s rock harmony. They’re the epitome of “road warriors” having toured heavily since 2011. They played over 70 shows in 2019, including tours with Bob Seger and The Brothers Osborne. For 2020 they’d booked a support slot on The Spirit Of The South Tour with headliners Blackberry Smoke. But that tour, which was slated to start in March 2020, was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So how did the band adapt? In the summer they announced their Farm Party Tour, a tour that bypassed music venues, instead bringing the show to private outdoor spaces, giving core fans the chance to book The Wild Feathers for a unique and safer concert experience for $5-15k per show. They also dropped Medium Rarities, an album of previously unreleased songs. The plan worked, the band played around ten shows to their core fans in 2020. And now with the vaccine rolling out across the country, they will be one of the first to begin touring heavily in 2021, playing three sold out nights at a limited capacity 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville this month and finally kicking off the long awaited Spirit Of The South Tour in July.

But what about bands who don’t yet have 10+ years of touring history? The Memphis based blues rock band Southern Avenue has been building a loyal following since 2015. In 2019 they were nominated for a Grammy and seemed to be right on the cusp of their big break, but only 4 shows into a 14 date international tour last spring they had to cancel and return to the states because of Covid-19 shutdowns.

Their improvisation? Picking up part-time jobs and feeding their core fan base through the artist-friendly membership platform, Patreon. By producing videos and using the fan-to-artist subscription model, guitarist Ori Naftaly thinks they’ll able to generate income that might not pay their rent, but will help pay half of the company’s expenses each month, and also keep fans engaged. Services like Patreon are becoming essential for many independent artists. Subscriptions provide stable income and facilitate a dedicated community that sustains the band. It’s a digital insurance policy every indie touring artist should seriously consider building in the age of minuscule music streaming revenue and COVID-19.

The band Hanson could be credited as a pioneer of the subscription model, having started their fan-club, hanson.net, in 1999 (which initially included the functionality of an Internet Service Provider and each fan’s own hanson.net email address). Since then, Hanson has been on the forefront of developing a connection with their audience for decades that adds real value. With thousands of members paying $40/year, the band has built a bunker.

And yet Hanson still tours heavily, playing anywhere from 50-100 shows a year. Like creating a well-diversified portfolio, Hanson’s instinct to invest heavily in a direct-to-fan relationship in addition to its touring business reflects a long-term vision. “Here’s one thing I will say to anyone who can: There is immense value in investing in the people who care the most about what you do.” Isaac Hanson says. “It’s a two way street. You’re invested in what they want from you and they’re invested in what you bring.”

Since 2002 the band has released an EP exclusively to hanson.net members each year and is consistently looking for ways to enhance the fan experience. Because of this devotion to their fans, Hanson has actually seen growth in their membership numbers in 2020 despite the shutdown. With touring plans largely cancelled in 2020, Hanson has been weathering the storm with the community they’ve created online. “The hardest thing ultimately is the time invested in your audience. The time to be there with them and to give them a reason to care. And the only reason they’ll care is if you care.”

In November of 2020 the band released Perennial: A Hanson Net Collection, an album featuring many of the songs from those previously exclusive EPs. They also started offering a new weekly podcast to hanson.net members where fans are selected to interview the band.

But the perks don’t end online. This May the band will kick off their first shows of 2021 with Hanson Day — an annual tradition of week long in-person and virtual events that welcomes new fans, but rewards hanson.net members with meet and greets, listening parties, acoustic concerts and more.

When interacting with a new hanson.net member, Isaac says he never takes it for granted: “I always am reminded of this and often mention this to them directly because I want them to know how important it is. They keep the lights on. They keep the studio working. They keep the music coming. By them investing that annual membership in us, we’re able to have sustainability. And in a time like COVID it becomes even more clear how valuable that is.”

Who Listens to ‘Now That’s What I Call Music!’ In 2021?

Rolling Stone

If Damian Gandia had to rank his three favorite installments of the Now That’s What I Call Music! franchise, it’d go: Now 10Now 64Now 57.

Probably.

With Now 10, it’s mainly a nostalgia thing. Even though the 14-year-old from New Jersey wasn’t born yet when it was released in 2002, the tenth installment of the long-running pop hits compilation — which starts with Britney Spears’ “Overprotected” and ends with Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” — still brings back memories of music he heard as a kid. With Now 64, which featured Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” and Billie Eilish’s “Ocean Eyes,” Gandia credits the “top-notch” sequencing: “I don’t even think there’s a single problem with Now 64.” As for Now 57, Gandia says it’s “essential” because of the way it captures what he sees as a moment when pop music was at its peak, featuring Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Ariana Grande’s “Focus,” and Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” (though there are some notable omissions, he says, like Drake’s “Hotline Bling”).

Now That’s What I Call Music! was started by Virgin Records in the U.K. in 1983; 15 years later, it crossed the Atlantic for an inaugural American edition that included the Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There,” Hanson’s “MMMBop,” and Aqua’s “Barbie Girl.” Throughout the early 2000s, Now regularly topped the U.S. charts.

Decades later, even as album sales have cratered, Now That’s What I Call Music! has held onto a passionate fanbase, albeit a smaller one. Both Now 77, the most recent installment, and Now 73 debuted on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums Chart, at Numbers 159 and 104, respectively. And if the RS 200 were based purely on physical sales, Now albums would regularly debut near the top, with as many as 10,000 copies sold in a week even in lean years. In the past five years, only two Now albums have missed the top 10 by sales during their debut weeks.

Fans like Gandia — a self-proclaimed Now critic who posts reviews to YouTube under the name Trevortni Desserped, and an avid collector of Now CDs — offer an eager and earnest answer to the question: “Who listens to Now anymore?” He says that even with endless playlists available on streaming services, Now offers something unique in the way it brings everything together. “As dumb as it sounds, it’s kind of changed my life,” Ganda says. “It provided me with a different format for listening to music. It’s a phenomenon that deserves to be recognized.”

Now chief operating officer Jerry Cohen says the franchise has a “very loyal group of fans,” but it’s hard to sketch a typical member, since the series attracts a wide demographic. There are Gen Z kids like Gandia, people who grew up with the franchise in the late Nineties, and older listeners, too.

“Sometimes it’s a misconception [that] they were very casual consumers that are buying Now because they don’t know what they want to listen to,” Cohen said. “It’s often very, very much the opposite of that.”

Indeed, Gandia is far from a casual consumer. He’s a keen observer of music charts, which he uses to try to predict what the upcoming Now tracklist will be. (He’s pretty good at it, too.) In his review of Now 77, he took issue with what he saw as glaring omissions, like “Do It” by Chloe and Halle, “Franchise” by Travis Scott featuring M.I.A. and Young Thug, and “Lemonade” by Internet Money, featuring Don Toliver, Gunna, and Nav. (He considers the inclusion of 24KGoldn and “Mood” on that compilation “the laziest choice” for a hip-hop song.)

Even so, Gandia admires the sequencing of Now 77 — his favorite aspect of the series overall. “That’s what I find beautiful about it,” he says.

The smooth sequencing choices that Gandia admires so much are something that Jeff Moskow, Now‘s head of A&R and curation since 2000, spends a lot of time laboring over. Moskow likens Now to “musical Switzerland”: The series is “a mirror of popular culture, not a judge of popular culture…. What’s relevant is whether it’s a hit or not.”

In the age of streaming, when there are many ways to define a hit, one of the biggest challenges is blending it all together into one cohesive set. Moskow DJed at clubs when he was younger, and he tries to bring that same feeling, of taking people on a musical journey, to Now. 

In particular, he pays a lot of attention to the space between tracks. He will debate with his engineer over a mere quarter of a second, recalling one transition where he was trying to create a “literally seamless blending effect from track to track.”

“We went back and forth for three days,” he says.

 

Masked Singer Week 3

Song: Wonder

Kicking off season 5 was a total rush. And we totally confused the panel with our harmonies. But we haven’t always been in unison.  There was that time when I – you cracked hard – Anyway, I was doing what I love when I noticed something was seriously wrong. I was rushed to the hospital and there was no guarantee I’d ever be the same. If it weren’t for the glue that bonds us, I may not have survived.  That and a very talented doctor. The trauma actually made us even stronger. And now we don’t take anything we do together for granted. High five. Oh sorry, you don’t have hands.

Doll 1: I think they’re really enjoying the spectacle of the dolls and the game of ‘how many of us are there’.

Doll 3: Wait til they meet our fourth member!

Doll 1: Yea. Wow.

Doll 2 : We have a fourth member?

Doll 1: I don’t think they’re gonna guess us…  They’re never gonna guess us

 

 

Hanson mention on last night’s HQ game

The answer to a question on last night’s episode of HQ was “umlaut” which somehow made Matt Richards break out into his own rendition of MMMBop – as umlaut.  Check it out starting at 13:47 in this video.  (And if you decide to play HQ – use ‘concertkatie’ as a referral code!)