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Beta Radio’s “Colony of Bees” Available Today!

By Happy Dog Music  |  11/18/2014  |  Leave a Comment

Beta Radio’s long-awaited sophomore studio album, “Colony of Bees”, is available today! The record’s first single, “East of Tennessee”, is now on YouTube. So head on over and take a listen.

“Colony of Bees” is available for purchase on: Amazon, iTunes, Beta Radio’s website, Spotify, and more.

For more information about “Colony of Bees” or Beta Radio, check out our previous press release.

New Album and Single From Beta Radio

By Happy Dog Music  |  11/04/2014  |  Leave a Comment


Contact: Matt Cross
Telephone: 734-726-4153
Email: info@happydogmusic.com
Website: www.happydogmusic.com


November 4, 2014 – Wilmington, North Carolina indie-folk duo Beta Radio announce the November 18th release of their much anticipated sophomore studio album, Colony Of Bees. This record, the band’s first full length recording in over four years, marks a subtle departure in style from their celebrated debut Seven Sisters – a record without label support and whose grassroots success was built largely on the back of internet radio stations Pandora and Spotify. The more layered and at times ethereal offerings on Colony Of Bees tread into new territory, but at the same time manage to effortlessly keep one foot firmly rooted in the Americana/folk arena that they have called home for many years.

The record’s first single/music video “East Of Tennessee” travels with the band across multiple North Carolina locales, traversing hundreds of miles from the beach to the mountains, visiting homes, family and recording studios along the way, and serving as a whirlwind tribute of sorts to their home state.

The new album, Colony Of Bees, was written, produced and recorded largely at home and totally independently, an ethos that began with their debut, and continues today. The songs here feel at the same time ancient and new, familiar enough to have an instant closeness with, yet still unknown and calling you back again and again.

If you would like more information about this topic, Beta Radio, or Happy Dog Music, please contact Matt Cross at 734-726-4153 or email us at info@happydogmusic.com

Who We Are and What We Do

By Matt Cross  |  01/31/2014  |  Leave a Comment

Thanks for stopping by our site! While the site has come a very long way, this is still a work in progress. Huge shout out to Mario for all of his amazing work on the site and his killer Top 50 of 2013 list.

Now, we are well aware that any asshole can toss up a web page and make promises to independent musicians. Unfortunately, the music industry is inundated with companies that prey on musicians with the hopes of making a quick buck.

For those of you inexperienced with such companies, I have a good rule of thumb for you to follow.

Top Songs of 2013

By Mario F. Machado  |  01/07/2014  |  Leave a Comment

A word about this list: This is a personal list of one of the members of Happy Dog Music, LLP. The following does not contain every song we would have liked to include from this amazing year in music and also has no proper order (despite being organized as a countdown). We did our best to organize and publish this list to make it an entertaining listen for you all. Enjoy the music and feel free to contact us for further information on how Happy Dog Music can help your music career.

50. Frightened Rabbit – Nitrous Gas [Alt Folk]

Rick Ross Sues LMFAO For Copyright Infringement

By Matt Cross  |  01/04/2014  |  1 Comment

Although it was technically filed in 2013, 2014 is seeing its first major copyright dispute. Rick Ross has alleged that “Party Rockers” LMFAO infringed on the copyright to the Rick Ross tune Hustlin’ in their 2011 hit Party Rock Anthem. Specifically, Ross alleges that LMFAO’s phrase “Everyday I’m Shufflin’” represents an unauthorized derivative work of his hook “Everyday I’m Hustlin’” from the aforementioned Ross tune.

Beastie Boys Sue GoldieBlox

By Matt Cross  |  12/15/2013  |  Leave a Comment

The saga continues in the dispute between the Beastie Boys and toy-maker GoldieBlox.  As you may recall, weeks ago GoldieBlox filed a preemptive lawsuit in an effort to have a federal district court declare their parody of the BeastieBoy tune “Girls” in their viral video a “fair use” under United States copyright law.

GoldieBlox ostensibly took this adversarial stance without knowledge of a provision in the will of late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. According to a copy of the will obtained by Rolling Stone, Mr. Yauch’s will provides as follows:

Not withstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”

Happy Dog Music is Now Open for Business

By Happy Dog Music  |  10/08/2013  |  2 Comments


Contact: Matt Cross
Telephone: 734-726-4153
Email: info@happydogmusic.com
Website: www.happydogmusic.com

New Start-Up Provides Independent Musicians and Labels with One-Stop Solutions

DETROIT, MI, October 8, 2013 – After initially forming in October of 2013, Happy Dog Music is now actively seeking new projects to take on. Happy Dog provides a wide array of services for independent musicians and record labels. These services include digital and physical marketing, distribution solutions, legal services, tour/concert booking, litigation services, music placement, and music supervision.

Happy Dog Music is one of a handful of marketing centered music start-ups that are a product of the seismic shift that has taken place in the music industry in the last ten years.

“Today’s musician can really be successful going the do-it-yourself route. You no longer need that major record label deal, which comes with many strings attached. With the widespread availability of inexpensive, quality recording equipment, the ability to get your music into almost any marketplace and social media, today’s musician really has most of the tools necessary to succeed. What we offer is time (which the working musician typically does not have enough of), years of music industry experience, and marketing and legal expertise.”

Matt Cross, Legal Director and Co-Founder of Happy Dog Music, LLP.

Happy Dog Music crafts and implements custom marketing campaigns and provides any other ancillary support clients may need during the course of the agreement. Unlike the typical record label deal that requires an artist to sign away valuable recording and publishing rights, Happy Dog Music clients retain 100% of all rights. Happy Dog Music provides major label support without all of the strings that come attached to a major record deal. Happy Dog affiliated artists pay a nominal percentage of income for a fixed period of time. Once the term of the agreement is over, the artist is free to go on their way, or renew for their next project.

“Our model is designed specifically to make us more accountable to the artists. ‘We do not get paid unless you do’ is the tagline we tote most often when speaking and working with artists. For this reason we aim to only work with musicians whose music we feel especially passionate about. It is this model that we hope will propel us to constantly better ourselves, our marketing strategies, and the success of the artists we have the pleasure of working so closely with.”

Mario F. Machado, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Happy Dog Music, LLP.

If you would like more information about this topic, Happy Dog Music, or the services we render, please contact Matt Cross at 734-726-4153 or email us at info@happydogmusic.com