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Jul
23

SingSnap In A Song Challenge!

Posted by Novella +31 41 .

What Song Says SingSnap!?

We are bringing back a fun and popular challenge for our beloved "I Love SingSnap" month! Almost a year ago we did a challenge called "SingSnap In A Song" that called out to Snappers to sing a song that they felt represented SingSnap to them! In honor of our Snaptastic Month, we thought it was fitting to do it again!

SingSnap In A Song Challenge Details!
Please complete both parts of the challenge to ensure your song is accepted.

SingSnap Challenge Part A: We want you to put on your thinking cap and consider what SingSnap means to you. If you could choose any song on our entire website to describe SingSnap - What would it be? You may sing any song on the site on Friday July 25th. The song must be dated July 25 to be eligible. If you already know what song you would like to sing and what to ensure it is on the Feature Page for additional exposure, please Click Here!

SingSnap Challenge Part B: In your song comment section, tell us why you chose this song and how it represents SingSnap in your eyes.

Rules & Guidelines:

1. The Challenge is open from 12:00 AM EST to 11:59 PM EST Friday July 25, 2014. The song must be dated July 25.
2. No Two-Person duets allowed. You may harmonize with yourself.
3. Gender Benders are acceptable
4 You MUST have FUN! Fun, Fun, Fun!
5. Post your challenge link back in this thread.
6. Web cams are encouraged but not required.
7. Challenge is open to all members.
8. One song per Snapper.
9. Promotion of non-challenge songs is strictly prohibited.
10. Post your link only once, if you think you've been missed contact the SingSnap Events Team.
11. Did I mention you must have FUN?
12. The song must be submitted in the following format.

Username
Song Title
Song Link

Happy Singing!

*Disclaimer: SingSnap will not answer anyone's inquiries as to whether or not they have or have not been featured. Being featured is a privilege, not a right or expectation. You will likely not be featured each and every challenge, and our team does not have the resources to be answering these inquiries while trying to keep everything moving along. Thank-You for your understanding!

Jul
16

Volunteer VIP Award!

Posted by Novella +31 41 .

A Great BIG Thank-You to Xenomark!

Mark has been a volunteer on this website for a long time and has wore a ton of different hats. He is currently a Lead-Admin for the Chat Family. He gives his heart and soul to this website and is always tinkering, trying to find ways to make our members experience more fun and enjoyable. Mark's commitment to SingSnap shows in everything he does and we're very thankful to have such an amazing person on our Volunteer team! Thank-You!

Q&A With Mark!

How Did You Become A Volunteer With SingSnap?

Before SingSnap, there was MySpace. I spent most of my free time there, assisting people in the Help & Customizing forums. When i found SingSnap, and realized it is an awesome social community, it was just my nature to jump in & help as much as i could..

What is your favorite thing about SingSnap?

Chat & the people in it

What do you do in your 'real life'?

SingSnap is pretty much my "real life", lolz... and sleep... but half the time i do that here anyways...

Who are the most important people in your world?

My boys, Corbin & Xander. And my mom. And my friends on the chat-admin team. And all of our awesome chat regulars.

And Lastly, if there is one thing you want people to know about YOU and SingSnap what would it be?

The chat room is such an awesome feature on SingSnap, and so often overlooked... Amazing people singing amazing songs, 24/7... It's my home-not-away-from-home

Check Out Mark's Recordings!

Don't Cry - Guns N' Roses
Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
ainted Love - Marilyn Manson

Thank-You For Your Dedication!

Jul
16

Christmas In July Challenge!

Posted by Novella +31 41 .

Happy Holidays In July SingSnap!

Whether you love festive music or hate it, you've got to admit it can get stuck in your head! We are having our annual "Christmas in July" challenge, where we spend the day singing festive music and being thankful!

As always, just because it says "Christmas" in the title, this challenge is for EVERYONE! Whether you celebrate Jolly St Nick, have a menorah or maybe you don't celebrate at all!

Christmas In July Challenge Details!

In honor of I Love SingSnap month, this challenge isn't just about being festive but about the gifts we've received while being on this site!

Christmas in July Challenge - Part A: Sing any song (but if you celebrate, preferably a holiday song) on the Feature Page on July 18, 2014. The song must be dated July 18th to be considered. If you already know what song you would like to sing, you can request it here!

Christmas in July Challenge - Part B: In your song comment section, tell us the best gift you have ever received on SingSnap! Whether it was a trinket, the gift of Gold or maybe someone's friendship! Let's hear about it!

Rules & Guidelines:

1. The Challenge is open from 12:00 AM EST to 11:59 PM EST Friday July 18, 2014. The song must be dated July 18.
2. No Two-Person duets allowed. You may harmonize with yourself.
3. Gender Benders are acceptable
4 You MUST have FUN! Fun, Fun, Fun!
5. Post your challenge link back in this thread.
6. Web cams are encouraged but not required.
7. Challenge is open to all members.
8. One song per Snapper.
9. Promotion of non-challenge songs is strictly prohibited.
10. Post your link only once, if you think you've been missed contact the SingSnap Events Team.
11. Did I mention you must have FUN?
12. The song must be submitted in the following format.

Username
Song Title
Song Link

Happy Singing!

*Disclaimer: SingSnap will not answer anyone's inquiries as to whether or not they have or have not been featured. Being featured is a privilege, not a right or expectation. You will likely not be featured each and every challenge, and our team does not have the resources to be answering these inquiries while trying to keep everything moving along. Thank-You for your understanding!

Jul
9

Dr. SingSnap Challenge!

Posted by Novella +31 41 .

Tell Us Your Diagnosis!

There is no question about it, music is almost as good as therapy. When you're having a bad day and need to drown your sorrows - you turn to music. When you need a pick me up, or to release some emotion - you turn to music! Even when you're feeling amazing, you feel like dancing - you crank up the tunes and let loose!

The amazing thing about SingSnap is that you get to share those emotions with your fans and friends. You connect with people who understand that you just need to get them out - whatever they may be. We've all had a moment when music, and specifically SingSnap has helped us - and THAT is what this challenge is all about!

Dr.SingSnap Challenge!

We want you to think back to a moment in your life that SingSnap actually helped you, or acted as therapy. A moment when the people you met here, a song you heard or one you performed yourself really made a difference in your day.

Dr. SingSnap Challenge - Part A: Sing any song on the Feature Page on July 11, 2014. The song must be dated July 11th to be considered. If you already know what song you would like to sing, you can request it here!

Dr. SingSnap Challenge - Part B: In your song comment section, tell us about that moment that SingSnap really helped you get through either a trying time in your life or even when it helped you share joy and excitement! We want to re-live that moment with you!

Rules & Guidelines:

1. The Challenge is open from 12:00 AM EST to 11:59 PM EST Friday July 11, 2014. The song must be dated July 11.
2. No Two-Person duets allowed. You may harmonize with yourself.
3. Gender Benders are acceptable
4 You MUST have FUN! Fun, Fun, Fun!
5. Post your challenge link back in this thread.
6. Web cams are encouraged but not required.
7. Challenge is open to all members.
8. One song per Snapper.
9. Promotion of non-challenge songs is strictly prohibited.
10. Post your link only once, if you think you've been missed contact the SingSnap Events Team.
11. Did I mention you must have FUN?
12. The song must be submitted in the following format.

Username
Song Title
Song Link

Happy Singing!

*Disclaimer: SingSnap will not answer anyone's inquiries as to whether or not they have or have not been featured. Being featured is a privilege, not a right or expectation. You will likely not be featured each and every challenge, and our team does not have the resources to be answering these inquiries while trying to keep everything moving along. Thank-You for your understanding!

Jul
5

SingSnap Dance Party in the Chat Room!

Posted by Novella +31 41 .

Come One, Come All!

You are cordially invited to our SingSnap Chat Dance Party! The entire day promises to be full of fun times, great moves and a whole lot of music! The admins host theme rounds, play trivia and other games and so much more - you just won't want to miss it!

We will be giving away Gold Memberships, trinkets and Rainbow Usernames! Join us all day long for guaranteed fun!

The Dance Party Details!

Who: YOU and all your friends!
What: Good times, karaoke and fun games!
Where: SingSnap Singing Chat Room
When: Thursday July 11th 12:00 AM- 11:59 PM!
Why: Because we think you are crazy fun!

See You There!

Jul
2

It's I Love SingSnap Month!

Posted by Novella +31 41 .

Do YOU Love SingSnap?

In some parts of the world, July is a patriotic month! Since our amazing community has people from every corner of the earth, we decided to officially call July "National SingSnap Month" where anything and everything is all about fun and loving SingSnap!

We are bringing back the ever popular Rainbow Username, along with a brand spankin' new trinket program!

This is one of our most popular colored Usernames to date and we're thrilled to bring it back for the month of July! This is your chance get yourself and all your friends super colorful!

Get Some SingSnap Love!

This brand new Trinket Program focuses entirely on how much YOU love SingSnap! Do you love it a little bit, a lottle bit or to the moon and back!? The promotion begins today and will run through the end of July! We hope you'll have as much fun as us showing your love for Snap!

These special 'Snap Loves' are super cool because they tell the story of what it takes to love SingSnap. There are a lot of members who have formed special bonds over the years but we all got hooked on SingSnap for the same reason - We Love Music! So that is the first ingredient in your SingSnap Love story!

The icon beside your name will morph into the next step/ingredient, depending how much SingSnap Love you receive!

1-5 Trinkets: You LOVE Music!
6-10 Trinkets = You LOVE to Sing:
11-20 Trinkets = You Have a Microphone!
21-30 Trinkets = You LOVE Fun!
31+ Trinkets = You LOVE SingSnap!

How To Purchase Trinkets and Usernames!

1. Scroll to the bottom of any page on SingSnap and click on the small heart & music note icon.

2. You are now on the Purchase Page. Select the product that you wish to purchase.

3. Select the Value Package that best suits your needs.

3. Now you're ready to Buy! You can pay by either Paypal or Credit Card.

4. Complete the transaction and proceed to the Distribution Center.

5. Select the product you wish to distribute.

6. You can now either select names from the list (hold down the CTRL button to select multiple people at once) OR type in the exact username of the intended recipient. Click Next.

7. Select the number of items you wish to give to your friend. Click Next!

7. Should you wish, you may now send along a personalized message with your trinket! If you do not want to send a personalized message, simply leave the box blank. Once you're done, press the "Distribute" button and your trinkets will be delivered!

The first SingSnap Love trinket a member receives will give them the music and heart icon next to their name. Every trinket after that will be displayed as a numeric value next to the icon! The icon will automatically morph into the next SingSnap Love trinket when they reach the predetermined number of SS loves!

7. If you purchased a colored nick, please allow up to 10 minutes for activation!

Happy Singing!

Jul
2

Volunteer VIP Award!

Posted by Novella +31 41 .

A Great BIG Thank-You to ShazyA!

Sharon is currently a volunteer for the SingSnap_Events team and is doing a spectacular job! She may be the newest team member but she has become an incredibly valuable asset. She learned and excelled at everything at lighting speed and we're super thankful to have her on board! Thank-You Sharon!

Q&A With Sharon!

How Did You Become A Volunteer With SingSnap?

I heard there was a vacancy on the Events team and decided to apply, not thinking for a moment I would get it, but thankfully I did and I am privileged to be part of an amazing team of ladies who welcomed me and made me feel right at home.

What is your favorite thing about SingSnap?

My favourite thing about Singsnap is that there are no boundaries here, people from all walks of life, all over the world come together equally. Its like a big family reunion and there's always someone new to meet.

What do you do in your 'real life'?

I wish I had something "wow" to answer here but I am your average mum & wife, who enjoys doing family things... I am also creative and make costume jewellery & key rings as a hobby.

Who are the most important people in your world?

The most important people to me are my 5 children who I am extremely proud of, they have grown into wonderful young adults and my husband Lee who is my rock and my best friend.

And Lastly, if there is one thing you want people to know about YOU and SingSnap what would it be?

Singsnap was my crutch through a difficult period in my life and an escape from it all. Singing, listening to others sing and the people I met here helped me through and I see volunteering as a way of giving a little back to them.

Check Out Sharon's Recordings!

Twenty Years And Two Husbands - Lee Ann Womack
Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary MacGregor

Thank-You For Your Dedication!

Jul
1

You Can See Comments Posted!

Posted by Novella +31 41 .

Need Some Help Remembering What You Said?

We've all had those moments, admit it! Maybe someone sent you a thank-you for leaving them a life altering comment, or you heard the most amazing song and you just couldn't remember who it was! Well your life just got easier You can now view all the comments that you've left for anyone and everyone on the site!

All you have to do is click on the Community Tab and then the Comments link in the submenu.

Select "Comments Posted" from the drop down menu and voila - information at the tip of your fingertips (Or in this case, mouse) Happy reading SingSnap!

Keep Singing!

Jul
1

Gold Fund Awards for July 2014!

Posted by Novella +31 41 .

Patron Fund Awards For July 2014!

The following members have been selected to be the recipients of a one month Gold Membership compliments of our Patrons and the Gold Patron Fund!

Waterchesnut
Diamendz
Thadeous-Ahoy
RebeccaH7119
theschoolbusdriver
Elvis-parsley
Saltyart
Vanessabeainy
BobbyW4661
louise1990
BeautifulWar
novanys6622
Sillyasagoose
ar51
Cerennn
Joe11571
SarahK9973
Daniel_Atkins_74
Plinadeel

Click here to donate, Click here to nominate!

Happy Singing!

Jun
25

Song Content and Licensing

Posted by trevor +20 55 .

I know there is a lot here, but please read this completely before commenting

As many of you know, the music industry as a whole, has struggled with the licensing of music, and how it is enforced. On our end, we have to be constantly monitoring licensing, not just for artists, but individual songs as well. On the community end, many of you have felt the loss and disappointment over the unavailability of certain songs or artists. Most of our staff love to sing as well (Per, I’m looking at you very sternly), and we too, have been very disappointed over the removal or unavailability of songs. If you ask Annie, she will use the word devastated.

Karaoke, as an industry, has probably been hit the hardest with the complications of the variety of licensing required just to make a karaoke track, let alone sell it or stream it online. It hasn’t helped that some KJ’s, venues and online providers have felt they were above the law and have provided unapproved titles. Let me be very clear: it is not that they pay more money to obtain these tracks; in most cases they pay absolutely no royalty at all. SingSnap pays all license fees and abides by all laws, because we support legal enterprise and we support artists in their creativity and right to profit from their work.

One of the biggest complications regarding licensing has been the vast differences between how it affects different regions of the world. Notably, North America, especially the United States, has been the most stringent with their enforcement of licensing. Recently, we received notice of a new directive regarding licensing that is once again forcing us to remove access to a number of songs; this time worldwide.

From the notice we received:
Notices have been sent to all online karaoke services, and all services have been asked to remove a specific list of works across all regions. To be clear, this will only affect the online services. As you may be aware, there are writers/artists who have opted to exclude their works from Karaoke services in the US. The worldwide equivalent of these publishers need to ensure that licensing is consistent in all territories.

What this means is that we have been given directive to remove titles worldwide, not just in the US. The vast majority of the songs have already been unavailable in the US, but will now be unavailable to all countries we service.

The removal of these songs has absolutely nothing to do with my willingness to pay for licensing. IF there were an extra fee to use these songs, I would pay it in a heartbeat to ensure our product not only continues to deliver superior song selection to our current members, but to entice new members as well. Keep in mind that even with the removal of these songs, our song selection is very competitive to other providers who don't have the added benefit of a community of people who love to sing and share!

Effective immediately, and as directed, we are removing the affected songs. Any tracks that have already been recorded will remain available for listening and commenting only. No editing of the songs (remix), duet, harmony or re-sing will be available.

Any legitimate business will be doing the same, if they have not done so already. Let me repeat: any LEGITIMATE business will do, or have done the same. This affects every single online provider, so if you come across a company that is still streaming these songs in the near future, you can be assured that they are doing so illegally and likely without paying, and customers of these businesses are unwittingly contributing to the problem.

This is unwelcome news for all of us. We are a “glass is half full” kind of company though, so we are hopeful that this step will eventually propel the business of online karaoke forward in the future through worldwide licensing and a more sensible and realistic approach. Time will tell.

I know that this news will cause outrage, disappointment, sadness and fuel the passion for music so many of you have. I simply ask that any comments you wish to make be thought through before committing them to the thread, and that they contribute to the discussion and not degrade the conversation through personal attacks or erroneous facts. You should know now that we will remove any and all posts we find to be nothing but inflammatory, insulting or misleading.

We will not be answering questions in this thread, as it tends to get out of hand, and becomes too difficult to follow. If you have a specific question related to this announcement, please contact SingSnapSupport.