Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Newsletter Link

Due to multiple requests, links to all of the Freegal Music newsletters will now appear in this blog. The link can be copied and pasted onto library Facebook pages, library webpages, or sent in a Tweet for patrons to view.  Here is the link to the May 19, 2015 Newsletter: 


Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 Billboard Music Awards

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are finally here this Sunday the 17th. In addition to the well-deserving nominees, there are a number of exceptional artists performing this year including: Pitbull, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears and stars from the Empire Cast. Who are you rooting for? Music from all of the performers above as well as the nominees below can be listened to twenty-four hours a day with your library card:


 


  
                                            Top Radio Song
John Legend-All of Me
Magic!-Rude
Pharrell Williams-Happy

Top Digital Song
Meghan Trainor-All About That Bass
Mark Ronson-Uptown Funk!
Pharrell Williams-Happy

Top Streaming Song
Hozier-Take Me To Church
John Legend-All of Me

Top Female Artist:
 Meghan Trainor

Top Male Artist:
Pharrell Williams
Justin Timberlake

Top Artist:
One Direction

Top R&B Artist
Beyonce
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Pentatonix -That’s Christmas To Me

Top 100 Hot Song:
Meghan Trainor-All About That Bass
John Legend-All of Me

Top New Artist
Hozier
Meghan Trainor

Top Male Artist
Pharrell Williams
Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist
Meghan Trainor

Top Duo/Group
One Direction
Magic!

Top Billboard 200 Artist
One Direction
Pentatonix

Top Hot 100 Artist
Meghan Trainor

Top Touring Artist
One Direction
Justin Timberlake

Top Country Album
Jason Aldean-Old Boots, New Dirt
Miranda Lambert-Platinum

Top Rock Album
Hozier-Hozier
AC/DC-Rock or Bust

Top Latin Artist
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Album
Calvin Harris-Motion

Top Christian Album
Lecrae-Anomaly
MercyMe-Welcome To The New
Casting Crowns-Thrive

Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Meghan Trainor






Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What's New?

New Tunes Today
Brand new music is released on Freegal constantly. Below is a sampling of what is new just today. Did you know that many times digital music is released first? For example the Bessie Soundtrack for the HBO film will not be available in CD format until June and the Leonard Cohen album is not yet out on CD as well.


Snoop Dog-Bush LP
The latest album from R&B star Snoop Dogg is a collaboration with Grammy-Winning artist Pharrell Williams. It features vocal appearances from Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, Kendrick Lamar, T.I. and Gwen Stefani. The L.A. Times writes that the record “proves he is once again, ahead of his time”


Bessie- Music From the HBO Film LP
Often called the “Empress of Blues”, Bessie Smith was an amazingly talented and incredibly controversial figure of her time. Although she died in a car accident at only 43, she “remains a standard against which all singers can set themselves” per the New York Daily News.  In regards to the Soundtrack, The News writes that Queen Latifah has “done her homework” and that her years of experience singing the blues on her own is “evident here”. The soundtrack and music from the blues legend herself are on the Freegal site.


Leonard Cohen-Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of The Grand Tour LP
Perhaps best known for his astounding hit “Hallelujah” that has been covered countless times, Grammy Lifetime Achievement award- winner Leonard Cohen is still recording amazing music. The Guardian calls this new album “musically mischievous blues”.

JD Souther-Tenderness LP
Legendary musician and Songwriting Hall of Famer JD Southerner is well known for the countless hits he wrote for artists such as The Eagles, Bonnie Riatt, The Dixie Chicks and Linda Ronstadt. This new LP is produced by Larry Klein who has worked on many of Joni Mitchell’s records. Billboard calls it “a serene and lush soundscape”

Jordan Bratton- Youth EP
This is the second project of the young R&B singer and it is a collaboration with Chance The Rapper.  About this EP, Stereogum says “Long Island singer Jordan Bratton has that enviable combination of undeniable talent and impeccable style. Bratton sings pop-minded R&B with a youthful edge, so YOUTH is a perfect name for his upcoming EP. …It’s a swaggering blast of gospel-tinged, retro-futuristic pop that proves he’s perfectly capable of holding it down without assistance from a famous rapper.”

Elliphant –Love Me Badder (Single)
Pigeons and Planes writes that this single “sounds like the Swedish singer’s biggest hit yet..(a) free spirited vibe”. As a way to describe her sound, PopJustice comments “this is what we wanted Rihanna to sound like in 2015”

Steve Aoki Neon Future II
Dance DJ and producer extraordinaire Steve Aoki has just released his sequel to Neon Future I. This album features a variety of guest vocals including Linkin Park, Weezers River Cuomo and Snoop Lion. Mr. Aoki tells Spin Magazine “putting these two albums out is by far the biggest feat in my career and it’s going to take you to the future and beyond!” According to IMDB.com the album’s sound “ is more emotion-driven and dives deeper into the concept of futurism. Embracing the idea of various genres coming together, Aoki combines electro bangers with country, pop and rock influences.”


Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

                                      
  GOOD CHARLOTTE
Thank You Mom
WILLIE NELSON
Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
THREE DOG NIGHT
Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
PAUL SIMON
Loves Me Like A Rock
EARTH, WIND & FIRE
Mom
TONY BENNETT
My Mom
BACKSTREET BOYS
The Perfect Fan
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Mama's Song
LUBOS ANDRST BLUES BAND
Treat Your Mama Right
TAYLOR HICKS
Do I Make You Proud
THE CIVIL WARS
Tell Mama
SHAKIRA
The One Thing
BEYONCE feat. BLUE IVY
Blue
JIM BRICKMAN
A Mother’s Day
MAGIC!
Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool
THE INTRUDERS
I’ll Always Love My Mama
ELVIS PRESLEY
Mama Liked The Roses
CELINE DION
Thank you


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Playlist

PITBULL feat. JENNIFER LOPEZ
We Are One
 SHAKIRA
Hips Don't Lie
MARC ANTHONY
Vivir Mi Vida
RICKY MARTIN
Livin' La Vida Loca
GLORIA ESTEFAN
Conga
RITCHIE VALENS
La Bamba
PRINCE ROYCE
Darte En Beso
SANTANA
Black Magic Woman
VYBE
Hot, Hot, Hot
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS
Mexican Shuffle
BECKY G feat. PITBULL
Can’t Get Enough
JAMES TAYLOR
Mexico
 CHRISTINA AGUILERA
Mi Reflejo
JULIO IGLESIAS
To All The Girls I've Loved Before

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's New On Freegal?


Walk Off The Earth: 
This top Alternative Rock band  has two new singles out: Sing It All Away and Rule the World. Both are from their new album that is due out later this Summer entitled Sing It All Away.


LunchMoney Lewis:
The Idolator calls artist LunchMoney Lewis one of “2015’s breakout stars” and describes his brand new Bills EP as “staggeringly good”


Passion Pit:
ABC News declared Passion Pit “America’s reigning Synthpop King”. The artists long awaited LP entitled Kindred was just released. Pitchfork writes that “rawness is what separates Passion Pit from it’s lesser contemporaries”


Wet:
The lead single from Electropop band Wet’s debut album is called Deadwater. Spin.com reviews the single by saying it has “gigantic, slick chorus’, memorably inescapable verses,  and smooth-sailing harmonies that can’t possibly be coming from a trio this young in their career”


Hilary Duff:
The first release from a new upcoming album for pop artist Hilary Duff is called Sparks. Buzzfeed calls it “the comeback we have been waiting for”


Kelsea Ballerini:
This rising country music star has a new full length LP coming out this May. Here first single Love Me Like you Mean It, has already charted in the top 15. Her newest single called Secondhand Smoke was just featured in Rolling Stone and is descsribed as “deeply personal”



Friday, April 17, 2015

50th American Country Music Awards




 


 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the American Country Music Awards. This years event, held on April 19th, will be the first time the show is held in a stadium rather than previous venues of Las Vegas and Universal City. It will also be a longer than usual show at 3. 5 hours.  The Academy of Country Music CEO announced that they will be honoring special artists in that extra time. One such star is Miranda Lambert who will be recognized for being the “most decorated” female within the genre. Listed below are more nominees that you can find on Freegal Music. Which are your favorite?

Entertainer of The Year: Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of The Year: Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley
Female Vocalist of The Year:  Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood
Vocal Duo of The Year: The Swon Brothers
Album of The Year: Jason Aldean-Old Boots New Dirt, Miranda Lambert-Platinum
Single Record of The Year:
Kenny Chesney-American Kids, Miranda Lambert-Automatic
Video of The Year: Kenny Chesney-American Kids, Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood-Somethin’ Bad

Vocal Event of The Year:  Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood- Somethin’ Bad