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LOS ANGELES — For more than 40 years, hitmaker Kenny Loggins has entertained audiences with such songs as Footloose, I'm Alright and Celebrate Me Home.

Welcome to the new century, where Loggins has turned to the Internet and Kickstarter to raise at least $100,000 for his next album. The campaign, which offers some novel bonuses for backers, including a private concert or dinner with the entertainer, ends Thursday.

KICKSTARTER FOR ROCKERS

Loggins joins artists such as filmmakers Zach Braff and Rob Thomas, who used the crowd-funding site to get movies made, and rock legend Neil Young, who recently turned to Kickstarter to get his high-definition audio player PonoMusic off the ground.

"This is the wave of the future ... certainly, the present. It's how to pre-sell your record, create a community, help you discover where the demand is, who's your audience, what do they like, how do they wanna interact?"

The money covers "fan outreach" and marketing for his current band, the Blue Sky Riders. "Printed materials, CD covers. Our fans are still old school — 85% want a hard physical CD." The campaign is currently at $103,000, nearly $20,000 more than the $85,000 goal.

KICKSTARTER BONUSES

For $7,500 Loggins and his bandmates will write a song for you; for $25,000, they will perform a concert in your living room. Or, if you're low on funds, for just $100, Loggins will video chat with you via Skype.

"I think I set the price too low because that sold out right away." One fan began a separate Kickstarter campaign to raise money to bring Loggins and the Blue Sky Riders to do a home concert in his apartment. "That will be huge, if he pulls that off. We're going to squeeze into an apartment that can fit 15 people. This is another YouTube moment. "

TAKE MY PICTURE, PLEASE!

At concerts, most venues instruct concert-goers not to take pictures of the band. But with Loggins, "within two songs, I'll tell the audience, 'That was 1979. Please pull your cameras out right now and post them to Facebook, because I know 90% of you do that.' That's the new promotion. Visual content is the name of the game right now."

LOVES FACEBOOK, NOT PANDORA

The personalized music service, which uses computers to figure out what music to play for you, "doesn't relate to anything earlier than 1975." Put a James Taylor channel together, he says, and it's "Fire and Rain over and over. I don't know what computer they're using, but they're not using any brain."

FAVORITE APPS

I Can Make You Sleep(Apple, $6.99.) "When we're writing songs, I'll get a loop that goes around in my head, and I can't turn it off, so I have to sleep with earbuds on, and I'll plug in the sleep app. That one will put me under."

Photo Forge. (Discontinued.) The photo app was acquired by Yahoo in 2013 and shut down — but it still works on Loggins' iPhone, and he uses it all the time. "If you take a picture and it's a little dark, I can lighten it up, clarify, add color. When I'm sending photos to Instagram or Facebook, I'll brighten up the picture with Photo Forge first."

FIVE TOP LOGGINS SONGS

We asked Loggins to name his five best compositions. His response: Conviction of the Heart; Celebrate Me Home; Footloose; Danny's Song; and House at Pooh Corner.

Check out Jefferson Graham's Twitter feed for bonus video segments from the Loggins interview, and more. Click below to hear the complete interview with Kenny Loggins.

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