Jun 212012

TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com Announce Results of 2nd Annual Destination Weddings Study

XO Group Inc., creator of the top two wedding websites, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, released the 2012 Destination Weddings Study results.

This was tracked by studying over 350,000 destination weddings including over 3,000 US couples who had a destination wedding in 2011 or 2012.

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  • In 2011, nearly 1 in 4 (24%) couples had a destination wedding; this has grown from 20% in 2009.
  • 66% of international destination wedding brides and 45% of domestic destination wedding brides opted for a destination wedding because they wanted a special, fun or exotic locale.
  • Domestic destination weddings are more popular than international destination wedding locations.
  • In 2011, 70% of couples chose a continental US destination for their wedding, up from the 60% who opted for Stateside nuptials in 2009.

Read the full article here.

Your Philadelphia Wedding DJ is the blog for The Masters Group at www.mastersgroup.net.

May 202012

The Knot has an Infographic of the 25 Most Expensive Places to Get Married. This data was compiled from their 2011 Real Weddings.

Where do you think Philadelphia Weddings rank in the Top 25?

An average Philadelphia Wedding costs $37,000… how does your wedding compare with the average?

Your Philadelphia Wedding DJ is the blog for The Masters Group at www.mastersgroup.net.
Dec 282011

Interesting statistics about the average cost of a wedding in 2011. You can also see the average cost by city.

Which brings us to the answer… the average cost of a Philadelphia Wedding in 2011 is $16,931.

The average cost across the country for wedding gowns, wedding cakes, wedding photographers, wedding florists, wedding DJ entertainment, etc. are there as well. 

Keep in mind though that it is an average only based on wedding data from across the entire USA.

Most brides and grooms that I get the opportunity to work with, however, don’t want average for their big day… would you?

You can read the full article on weddingstats.org here.

Your Philadelphia Wedding DJ is the blog for The Masters Group at www.mastersgroup.net.
Dec 102011
There are so many great songs available for your Bride and Groom First Dance.
 Dana & Steve’s first dance at Appleford Estate courtesy of Rachel Clare Photo.
To help you get started, below is a list of the Top 50 First Dance Songs dynamically compiled based on online requests made over the past year at thousands of events across the country.

Your Philadelphia Wedding DJ is the blog for The Masters Group at www.mastersgroup.net.
Dec 062011

It’s that time of year again… time to take a look back at the year in music.

Amazon has just released their best of 2011 Music lists:

The Best Albums of 2011

AdeleLady GagaOn her sophomore album, Adele owns it, landing not only at the top of our list of favorite 2011 albums, but at the top of our CD customer’s favorites list as well. Our MP3 customers made Lady Gaga’s third album Born This Way our bestselling album of 2011, reveling in her epic, anthemic, and socially-aware pop confections. Which albums did we all agree are great? Find out here:

  • Amazon Picks: the 100 Best Albums of 2011: CDs | MP3s
  • Customer Favorites: 100 Bestselling Albums of 2011: CDs | MP3s

Outstanding 2011 Albums You Might Have Missed

Shelby EarlHanni El KhatibIt pains us when great records go unheard. While we can’t protect all of them, we make an attempt to rescue 50 of our favorite hidden 2011 gems in our list of outstanding 2011 albums you might have missed (CDs | MP3s). To aid your discovery, we’ve assembled a playlist featuring a favorite song from each. Hit preview all and dig for more when you’ve found a new favorite.

  • Discover 100 outstanding albums you might have missed: CDs | MP3s

The Best Songs of 2011

Cee LoIt’s unanimous! There was never really a question though, was there? Everyone seems to agree that Adele’s masterful neo-soul hit “Rolling in the Deep” was the best song of 2011. Besides Adele, we loved songs from The Naked and Famous and M83, while customers preferred LMFAO and Maroon 5. Discover more of the year’s best andbestselling songs.

The Best Alternative and Indie Rock

Tune-YardsM83Driven by her powerful, emotive voice, Merril Garbus’ tUnE-yArDs really stunned us this year with their sophomore effort, while our favorite 2011 song is an epic, catchy, atmospheric synth jam (including an awesome sax solo) by dream pop purveyors M83. Discover more of our left-of-the-dial favorites in these lists:

The Best Country Music

Lady AntebellumLuke BryanLady Antebellum tops our country chart again this year with their album Own the Night as does Luke Bryan who delivered the upbeat country album Tailgates and Tanlines compiled of some fun hit singles. Explore these lists for more of our country picks:

The Best Pop

BeyonceEllie GouldingAside from the utterly dominant performance of Adele, 2011 brought us plenty of pop that was more than just bubble gum, including the slow burn of Beyonce’s latest and Ellie Goulding’s electric dance party. See what else popped for us in 2010:

The Best Blues

Gary Clark JrEtta JamesThere’s no better category than the blues for lauding great recordings from artists at the beginning and the end of their careers. Though still in his twenties, Gary Clark Jr’s Bright Lights hit the mark this year, as did the arresting, final offering from the one of the greatest; Etta James. Here’s the full list:

The Best Classical

Beethoven: Diabelli VariationsRojotangoOuterborogh

We can’t put the Diabelli Variations, or Rojotango down even though they topped the leaderboard in the first half of 2011, but they’re joined by spectacular new competition. Outerborough from Todd Reynolds sparkles with originality, but at the same time shows his eclectic, well-honed influences, not least of which comes from another winner this year; Steve Reich.

  • The best classical albums of 2011 CDs | MP3s
Your Philadelphia Wedding DJ is the blog for The Masters Group at www.mastersgroup.net.
Nov 232011
# Title Artist Time
1 It Will Rain Bruno Mars 4:15
2 The One That Got Away Katy Perry 3:46
3 International Love Pitbull f./Chris Brown 3:46
4 When We Stand Together Nickelback 3:07
5 I Like How It Feels Enrique Iglesias f./Pitbull & The WAV.s 3:37
6 Wish You Were Here Avril Lavigne 3:43
7 Hangover Taio Cruz f./Flo Rida 4:02
8 Countdown Beyonce 3:30
9 Good Feeling Flo Rida 4:05
10 Tonight Is The Night Outasight 3:08
11 5 O’Clock T-Pain f./Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen 3:07
12 Heartbeat The Fray 3:36
13 Just In Love Joe Jonas f./Lil Wayne 3:27
14 Far Away Tyga f./Chris Richardson 3:27
15 Papi Jennifer Lopez 3:42
16 Cough Syrup Young The Giant 3:54
17 Got 2 Luv U Sean Paul f./Alexis Jordan 3:16
18 Crawling Back To You Daughtry 3:42
19 Headlines Drake 3:34
20 Blackout Breathe Carolina 3:21
21 Oh Darling Plug In Stereo f./Cady Groves 3:01
Your Philadelphia Wedding DJ is the blog for The Masters Group at www.mastersgroup.net.
Nov 212011
As part of our Online Planning Tools, our clients have access to our Music Database which lists the most requested songs by category.

Here are the Top 200 Most Requested songs from clients across the US as of November 2011.

1 Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling
2 Journey
Don’t Stop Believin’
3 Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’donis
Just Dance
You Shook Me All Night Long
5 Cupid
Cupid Shuffle
6 Bon Jovi
Livin’ On A Prayer
7 Beyonce
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
8 Diamond, Neil
Sweet Caroline 
9 Morrison, Van
Brown Eyed Girl
10 Def Leppard
Pour Some Sugar On Me
11 B-52′s
Love Shack
12 Lmfao 
Party Rock Anthem
13 Jackson, Michael
Billie Jean
14 DJ Casper
Cha Cha Slide
15 Usher Feat. Will.I.Am
16 Pink
Raise Your Glass
17 Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Alabama
18 Cruz, Taio
19 Outkast
Hey Ya!
20 Beatles
Twist And Shout
21 Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil’ Jon
22 Perry, Katy
23 Mars, Bruno
Just The Way You Are
Dancing Queen
25 Clapton, Eric
Wonderful Tonight
26 Sir Mix-A-Lot
Baby Got Back
27 Sister Sledge
We Are Family
28 Lady Gaga
Poker Face
29 Kool & The Gang
30 Black Eyed Peas
Boom Boom Pow
31 Isley Brothers
32 Timberlake, Justin
33 Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
Give Me Everything
34 Rihanna
Don’t Stop The Music
35 Brooks, Garth
Friends In Low Places
36 Lopez, Jennifer Feat. Pitbull
On The Floor
37 Jackson, Michael
38 Brown, Chris
39 Sinatra, Frank
The Way You Look Tonight
40 Temptations
My Girl
41 Train
Marry Me
42 Vanilla Ice
Ice Ice Baby
43 Black Eyed Peas
Let’s Get It Started
44 Seger, Bob & The Silver Bullet Band
Old Time Rock & Roll
45 Mraz, Jason
I’m Yours
46 Loggins, Kenny
47 James, Etta
At Last
48 Black Eyed Peas
The Time (Dirty Bit)
49 Foundations
Build Me Up Buttercup
50 Rihanna
Only Girl (In The World)
51 Flo Rida Feat. David Guetta
Club Can’t Handle Me
52 Commodores
Brick House
53 Jackson, Michael
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
54 Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain
55 Lady Gaga
Bad Romance
56 Ke$Ha
Tik Tok
57 Presley, Elvis
Can’t Help Falling In Love
58 Usher
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
59 Armstrong, Louis
What A Wonderful World
60 Village People
61 Big & Rich
Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
62 Bee Gees
Stayin’ Alive
63 Wild Cherry
Play That Funky Music
64 Green, Cee Lo
Forget You
65 Adams, Bryan
Summer Of ’69
66 Lauper, Cyndi
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
67 Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody
68 Far East Movement f. The Cataracs & Dev
Like A G6
69 Jackson, Michael
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
70 Aerosmith
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
71 Beyonce Feat. Jay-Z
Crazy In Love
72 Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Come On Eileen
73 Jackson, Michael
The Way You Make Me Feel
74 Cyrus, Miley
Party In The U.S.A.
75 Rascal Flatts
Bless The Broken Road
76 House Of Pain
Jump Around
77 Lonestar
78 Rednex
Cotton Eye Joe
79 Mraz, Jason & Colbie Caillat
80 Lmfao Feat. Lil Jon
81 Brown Band, Zac
Chicken Fried
82 Buble, Michael
83 Ke$Ha
84 Kid Rock
All Summer Long
85 Griffiths, Marcia
Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)
86 Trey Songz Feat. Nicki Minaj
Bottoms Up
87 Earth, Wind & Fire
88 Lady Gaga
Born This Way
89 Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys
Empire State Of Mind
90 Brown, Chris
Yeah 3x
91 Johnson, Jack
Better Together
92 Iglesias, Enrique Feat. Pitbull
I Like It
93 Springfield, Rick
Jessie’s Girl
94 Jackson, Michael
Beat It
95 Queen
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
96 Train
Hey Soul Sister
97 Adele
Rolling In The Deep
98 Guns N’ Roses
Sweet Child O’ Mine
99 Young M.C.
Bust A Move
100 Cascada
Evacuate The Dancefloor
101 Journey
102 Sugarland
Stuck Like Glue
103 Flo Rida Feat. Keisha
Right Round
104 Perry, Katy
Teenage Dream
105 Medley, Bill & Jennifer Warnes
(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
106 Houston, Whitney
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
107 California Swag District
Teach Me How To Dougie
108 Franti, Michael & Spearhead
Say Hey (I Love You)
109 Four Tops
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
110 Checker, Chubby
The Twist
111 Nelly
Hot In Herre
112 Salt-N-Pepa
Push It
113 Pink
Get The Party Started
114 Black Eyed Peas
Imma Be
115 50 Cent
In Da Club
116 Kings Of Leon
Sex On Fire
117 Buble, Michael
Save The Last Dance For Me
118 Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera
Moves Like Jagger
119 Romantics
What I Like About You
120 Ke$Ha
We R Who We R
121 Beatles
All You Need Is Love
122 Jones, Norah
Come Away With Me
123 Ke$Ha
Your Love Is My Drug
124 Pitbull Feat. T-Pain
Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)
125 Taylor, James
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
126 Brooks & Dunn
Boot Scootin’ Boogie
127 KC & The Sunshine Band
Get Down Tonight
128 Prince
129 Iglesias, Enrique Feat. Ludacris
Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)
130 Mcgraw, Tim With Faith Hill
It’s Your Love
131 Paisley, Brad
She’s Everything
132 Sinatra, Frank
Fly Me To The Moon
133 Green, Al
Let’s Stay Together
134 Guetta, David Feat. Akon
Sexy Chick
135 Cheap Trick
I Want You To Want Me
136 Hammer, M.C.
U Can’t Touch This
137 Los Del Rio
138 U2
Beautiful Day
139 Black Eyed Peas
Just Can’t Get Enough
140 Madonna
Like A Prayer
141 Perry, Katy
California Gurls
142 Jackson 5
143 Rihanna
144 Swift, Taylor
Love Story
145 Rascal Flatts
My Wish
146 Spears, Britney
Till The World Ends
147 Paisley, Brad
148 Minaj, Nicki
Super Bass
149 West, Kanye Feat. Jamie Foxx
Gold Digger
150 Adams, Bryan
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
151 Gaye, Marvin
Let’s Get It On
152 Buffett, Jimmy
153 Franklin, Aretha
154 Travolta, John & Olivia Newton-John
Grease Megamix
155 K-Ci & Jojo
All My Life
156 Thompson Square
Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not
157 Lady Gaga Feat. Beyonce
158 Aerosmith
Walk This Way
159 Daft Punk
One More Time
160 Idol, Billy
White Wedding
161 Maya, Edward Feat. Vika Jigulina
Stereo Love
162 Cash, Johnny
Ring Of Fire
163 Lady Gaga
The Edge Of Glory
164 Mcgraw, Tim
My Best Friend
165 UB40
Red Red Wine
166 A-Ha
Take On Me
167 Sorta Crackers Band
Chicken Dance
168 Smith, Will
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
169 Perry, Katy
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
170 Black Eyed Peas
Rock That Body
171 Dion
Runaround Sue
172 Black Eyed Peas
My Humps
173 Rascal Flatts
Life Is A Highway
174 Sinatra, Frank
Come Fly With Me
175 Gaynor, Gloria
I Will Survive
176 Queen
Another One Bites The Dust
177 Jordan, Montell
This Is How We Do It
178 Big & Rich
Lost In This Moment
179 Eagles
Hotel California
180 Digital Underground
The Humpty Dance
181 Yolanda Be Cool Vs. Dcup
We No Speak Americano
182 Idol, Billy
Mony Mony
183 Martin, Dean
That’s Amore
184 Prince
185 Lifehouse
You And Me
186 Checker, Chubby
Let’s Twist Again
187 Strait, George
I Cross My Heart
188 B.O.B. Feat. Bruno Mars
Nothin’ On You
189 White, Barry
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
190 Rihanna Feat. Jay-Z
191 Rihanna
192 Tone Loc
Wild Thing
193 Violent Femmes
Blister In The Sun
194 Temptations
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
195 Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There
196 Coldplay
Viva La Vida
197 Timberlake, Justin
Rock Your Body
198 Sledge, Percy
When A Man Loves A Woman
199 Rihanna
Rude Boy
200 Kings Of Leon
Use Somebody
Your Philadelphia Wedding DJ is the blog for The Masters Group at www.mastersgroup.net.