$5.2M+ to be Invested in Stone Oak Business Condos / "Mancaves"

As published in the 11/1/10 issue of
Development News
(a Toledo Business Journal publication)

by Abby Hoicowitz

Area businessmen – Greg Repass and Rich Iott – are investing in a new concept for the Toledo region. Construction was recently completed on a $2.6 million Phase I project including 20 units at Stone Oak Business Condominiums near Airport Highway and Albon Road. Available for personal, business, or retail use, about half of the condos function as “mancaves,” an idea Repass and Iott are expecting will take off in the Toledo area.

FIRST LISTEN: "Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean feat. Kelly Clarkson

Today is a good day. Listen with me to the full version of "Don't You Wanna Stay," a duet by Kelly Clarkson and country singer, Jason Aldean. The song will be released next Tuesday, November 2, as part of Jason's new album, "My Kinda Party." Beautiful, right?

Make sure to buy your copy Tuesday!

(Thanks to the All I Ever Wanted Blog)

Nash Wednesday

It's Wednesday, and that means the Billboard Top 200 album chart has been released for the week ending Sunday night. The week was a battle of Nashville debuts, with Tennessee rockers, Kings of Leon, and country supergroup, Sugarland, each releasing their newest albums last Tuesday.

KOL performs at the DTE near Detroit earlier this year

According to Idolator, Sugarland's fourth album, The Incredible Machine, debuted on top with 203,000 albums sold. KOL wasn't too far behind, their Come Around Sundown debuting at #2 with 184,000 copies sold (the family affair's highest chart position and best sales week for any album to date).


Creative New Site Gives Fans Power

As a digital girl living in a digital world, I've been thinking a lot lately about the decline of music industry sales and the effects that trend has on my favorite artists. Just a few years ago, mainstream artists that went platinum (selling a million copies of an album in the U.S.) were viewed as more of a norm than a rarity. But, today – as a result of illegal downloading, the explosion of single track sales, and a recession – even the most famous singers and bands are struggling to reach six figure album sales.

So, it's really refreshing to discover new and revolutionary ways artists are battling the low sales trend. Just recently, I came across Kickstarter, a website that allows pretty much anybody to help fund a project. Whether it's an up and coming singer-songwriter trying to release their debut album, an independent film company trying to raise money for special effects, or a tech company trying to create a brand new product, Kickstarter allows a social network of individuals or companies to get the project off the ground.

Joe Cocker records Marc Broussard's "Hard Knocks"

On his new record, the legendary Joe Cocker released his version of "Hard Knocks," a song originally written and recorded by Marc Broussard. According to Cocker's official Facebook, the album (also called "Hard Knocks" and released overseas on October 1) entered the German album charts at #1. None of Cocker’s previous studio albums have debuted in the top spot.

Broussard is a much underrated soul singer from Louisiana who is perhaps best known for writing and recording "Home," one of the most well-written and passionate songs of the current decade. It must be a huge honor for him to hear one of his songs recorded by a legend. Hopefully Cocker's album can help bring Broussard more notoriety for his own recordings as well.

Marc Broussard performing at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2008

You can listen to the Joe Cocker version of "Hard Knocks" here as well as the Marc Broussard version here.

Kelly Clarkson Album News

Kelly Clarkson has been hard at work in the studio and is nearing completion on her fifth, currently untitled album (slated to come out in early 2011). On Twitter this week, she shared a few details about the project:

Just finished up w/Jason Halbert [Kelly's musical director, keyboard player, and songwriting collaborator] in the studio. It's one of my favorites and it's called "you still won't know what it's like".

We've almost completed the album. We're gonna have way too many songs to pick from ....and that part sucks :(

my favorite song off of the new album is "You Love Me"

There is definitely one song that could have been on My December and it's also a duet ....and I'm not saying who yet :)

There are actually 2 duets on the new record & I have at some point sang w/both of these artists before but not on record.

[Regarding the album release date] Probably not till the beginning of the year but my single will come out before that. It takes too long. I'm bored & ready 2 tour:)

Any guesses for the duets? Kelly previously said that one is with a male and one is with a female. Other signs point to the male being Chris Daughtry (for example, they were spotted in a studio together with a producer that has worked with each of them in the past; they recorded a duet for Kelly's last album – All I Ever Wanted – that was left off the final tracklist; and they sang a live duet at a recent Daughtry concert).

Options for the female duet range from a number of former Idol contestants (such as Fantasia, Jordin Sparks, and Carrie Underwood) to Jill & Kate (Kelly's background singers and friends) to Melissa Etheridge, Michelle Branch, or even (farfetched possibilities like) Shirley Manson from Garbage and Debbie Harry from Blondie.

Hopefully we find out soon!