Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Billboard Music Award Winners: Justin Timberlake Takes Top Honors

Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards, which measures honors by sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and other metrics, Sunday taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena.

Rapper Pitbull kicked off the show alongside Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte with a performance of "We Are One (Ole Ola)," the theme to next month's soccer World Cup in Brazil.

Imagine Dragons won five awards, including top Hot 100 artist for songs' chart performance, top rock artist and top duo/group among others. The Grammy-winning Las Vegas band also performed their song "Tiptoe" on the show. R&B singers Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. scored four wins on the back of their megahit "Blurred Lines," including awards for top Hot 100 song, digital song and radio song and R&B song.

Seventeen-year-old pop sensation Lorde, dressed all in black with black feather fringes, captured the award for top new artist and top rock song for the hit "Royals," which already landed her two Grammy Awards this year.

Jennifer Lopez was honored with Icon Award for lifetime achievement, and country singer Carrie Underwood won the fan-voted Milestone Award.

The show featured numerous performances, including the late King of Pop Michael Jackson as a hologram, performing his posthumously released song "Slave to the Rhythm," Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, country duo Florida Georgia Line with country singer Luke Bryan, Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.


Below is the full list of the 2014 Billboard Music Award winners:

TOP ARTIST: Justin Timberlake

TOP 100 HOT SONG: “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. & Pharrell)

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM: “The 20/20 Experience,” Justin Timberlake

TOP DUO/GROUP: Imagine Dragons

TOP NEW ARTIST: Lorde

TOP TOURING ARTIST: Bon Jovi

TOP MALE ARTIST: Justin Timberlake

TOP FEMALE ARTIST: Katy Perry

TOP HOT 100 ARTIST: Imagine Dragons

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST: Justin Timberlake

TOP DIGITAL SONGS ARTIST: Katy Perry

TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST: Justin Timberlake

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST: Justin Bieber

TOP STREAMING ARTIST: Miley Cyrus

TOP R&B ARTIST: Justin Timberlake

TOP RAP ARTIST: Eminem

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST: Luke Bryan

TOP ROCK ARTIST: Imagine Dragons

TOP LATIN ARTIST: Marc Anthony

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST: Daft Punk

TOP CHRISTIAN ARTIST: Chris Tomlin

TOP R&B ALBUM: “The 20/20 Experience,” Justin Timberlake

TOP RAP ALBUM: “The Marshall Mathers LP2,” Eminem

TOP COUNTRY ALBUM: “Crash My Party,” Luke Bryan

TOP ROCK ALBUM: “Night Visions,” Imagine Dragons

TOP LATIN ALBUM: “3.0,” Marc Anthony

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk

TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM: “Precious Memories: Volume II,” Alan Jackson

TOP DIGITAL SONG : “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. & Pharrell)

TOP RADIO SONG: “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. & Pharrell)

TOP STREAMING SONG (AUDIO): “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons

TOP STREAMING SONG (VIDEO): “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus

TOP R&B SONG: “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. & Pharrell)

TOP RAP SONG: “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Ray Dalton)

TOP COUNTRY SONG: “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line (featuring Nelly)

TOP ROCK SONG: “Royals,” Lorde

TOP LATIN SONG: “Vivir Mi Vida,” Marc Anthony

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC SONG: “Wake Me Up,” Avicii

TOP CHRISTIAN SONG: “Hello, My Name is,” Matthew West

ICON AWARD: Jennifer Lopez



Monday, May 5, 2014

How To: Transpose Your Sheet Music Using the OnlineSheetMusic Viewer


The OnlineSheetMusic Viewer is a powerful tool that you can use to transpose your sheet music by key, instrument, clef, or interval.  You can find a short Transposition Tutorial video here: 

After you have purchased the products you need and installed the Viewer, select the song you want to transpose from the Score List on the left side of the Viewer. Then, open the transposition menu by clicking the transposition button:

Transposing by key:

From the 2nd dropdown menu showing C Major/A minor, select a key and choose either Up or Down to indicate the direction of the transposition. For best results, when transposing by key, choose the direction which results in the smallest interval change. Click OK to complete the transposition.

To return to the original key, click Reload. Transpositions cannot be saved. Closing the selection or the Viewer will automatically reset to the original key.

Transposing for an Instrument:

From the 1st dropdown menu, select: For a transposing instrument. From the 2nd dropdown menu, now show Soprano Saxophone, select your instrument.

With a Piano Vocal sheet, you may want to transpose only the melody by selecting Staff Number(s) 1 through 1. You will transpose only the melody for the instrument you choose, and the piano will remain in its correct key.

Once you have transposed the melody line for a specific instrument, you may choose to change the octave of just the melody line. For example, Tenor Saxophone transposes up an octave and a 2nd, and the resulting transposition may be too high for the instrument. From the 1st dropdown menu, select By Interval. From the 2nd dropdown menu now showing Minor Second, select Perfect Octave. Select the Down button, and to transpose only the melody line select Staff Number(s) (Staff number 1 through 1 is the melody line). Click OK to complete the transposition.

Transposing by Clef:

You can change the clef on any staff by selecting Change to the following Clef from the 1st dropdown menu. Select the clef of your choice from the 2nd dropdown menu, and select the Staff Number of your choice. Click OK.

Repeat these steps for additional staves as desired. If changing the clef causes the music to be out of range for the instrument or voice, you can lower or raise any staff one or more octaves. Lowering or raising an additional octave only requires selecting By Interval and following the steps listed in the final paragraph for transposing for an instrument.