Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Anniversaries In Music

Anniversaries in Music

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the classic 1980’s movie Footloose starring Kevin Bacon. Talk show host Jimmy Fallon just celebrated the occasion by banning dancing on this show.  The ban ended when Kevin reenacted his famous moves on Fallon’s stage. You can watch that television appearance on RollingStone.com if you missed it, and you can listen to the song “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins on the Freegal Music Site.

Other anniversaries this year include:

The California based group The Offspring has been together 30 years as of this year. The band has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and are widely considered to be one of the best selling Punk Rock groups of all time.

 Also 30 years ago, Bruce Springsteen released his famed LP Born in The U.S.A. to much commercial and critical success. This one album sold over 30 million copies was the highest selling release of 1985. It was also the first compact disc manufactured in the United States for commercial release.

It has been 20 years since Pink Floyd released their last album Division Bell. The main concept of the LP was the use of communication to solve problems in life. The name of the album is after the division bell that is rung in the British Parliament that signals when a vote is to take place.  Will they release any new music? There are plenty of rumors on the Internet indicating they will, but we will have to wait and see.

All of the Music captioned above is available on the Freegal Music Site

Monday, March 10, 2014

Academy of Country Music Awards

The next big award show this year is the
 Academy of Country Music Awards,
 which will be held on Sunday, April 6th. According to musicgenre.com, Country Music is the most popular genre in the United States.  Forbes.com writes that Country and Hip Hop will be the new "Pop" in 2014.

Within this increasingly favored type of music, superstar Miranda Lambert is being nominated for "Entertainer of the Year" at the CMA’s for the third time. Lambert is up for seven nominations in total (tied with Tim McGraw as having the most nominations) also including "Female Vocalist of The Year." Listen to her music, including her top single "Mama’s Broken Heart", and her new single "Automatic" on the Freegal site.

Just some of the additional awards that artists you can find on Freegal are being nominated for include:

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean

Vocal Duo of the Year:  Love & Theft,  Thompson Square

Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood: Two Black Cadillac’s

Female Vocalist of the Year:  Carrie Underwood

Single Record of the Year: Miranda Lambert, Mama’s Broken Heart



Friday, February 21, 2014

Pharrell Williams New Release

Pharrell Williams New Release

The #1 song on iTunes and the #1 digital song in the country is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. 

 This Grammy Award winning artist is releasing a new album entitled G I R L on March 3rd. Listen to the top single now, and the album on the day of release. Just login to the Freegal Music Site with your library card. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Music

New Music on Freegal

New music is added to the Freegal site all the time. Here is just a small sampling of
what’s new.

Betty Who
Heartbreak Dream (Single)

Betty Who is an Australian born singer who was classically trained.  She moved to the United States in 2007 and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Betty Who (Jessica Anne Newman) just signed with RCA records in 2013 and Time Magazine has already hand-picked her as one of their 14 choices of “Artists to Watch in 2014.”
Just added this week

DJ Cassidy feat. Robin Thicke
Calling All Hearts (Single)

 DJ Cassidy has opened for superstars such as Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. This single is just the introduction to his forthcoming album which is due out this May. Chart topper Robin Thicke lends his vocals to this single, along with the talented Jessie J.
Just added this week

Kat Dahlia
Crazy (Single)

The first single from Kat Dahlia’s debut album (the LP is set for release this summer) is sure to attract attention.  The 23 year old Cuban-American writes her own music and is already getting rave reviews. The New York Times writes “. ..self-empowerment sung in a pulpy, brooding voice…Kat Dahlia displays grit”
Just Added This Week

The Fray
Helios LP

The Fray are known worldwide for hits such as “How to Save a Life” and "Over My Head". The first single off of this new album “Love Don’t Die” has been a chart topping success. USA Today calls Helios “more muscular and buoyant” while Rolling Stone states “they're still pumping”
Coming next week

Romeo Santos
Formula Vol. 2 LP

This artist, who released his first album in 2011, has already had number one hits on the charts under Hot Latin Songs and Tropical Songs. This follow up LP promises
to be even more intriguing with collaborations that include Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, Drake, and Nicki Minaj.
 Coming next week

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is not all just chocolate and flowers. It is also music. A meaningful tune can be more romantic than any gift. Listen to some top love songs from Freegal and celebrate the day.

Roy Orbison
Oh, Pretty Woman

Sam Cooke
You Send Me

Elvis Presley
Can’t Help Falling in Love

Kenny Chesney
Me And You

Joe Cocker
You Are So Beautiful

Savage Garden
Truly, Madly, Deeply

Justin Timberlake
 My Love

Dan Fogelberg

The Temptations
My Girl

Mary Wells
My Guy

Celine Dion
The Power of Love

Billy Joel
Just The Way You Are

Diana Ross
Endless Love

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bruce Springsteen has the #1 Album in the U.S.


“High Hopes” is the #1 album in the United States per Billboard.com. Springsteen stands alone as the only musician to have reached #1 with an LP in each of the last four decades. Listen to his latest, or a previously released favorite on the Freegal Music site with your library card.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Adele Makes Music History

Adele’s “21” LP is Still Breaking Music Sales Records

Three years after it’s release, “21” continues to achieve unprecedented success. Per Rolling Stone.com, it is now the first digital album in music history to ever sell over three million copies. The record certainly did quite well in 2013 as the 21st most sought after album of the year. When considering all of the new music released since January of last year, that is quite a boast.  What’s next? “Rumor Has It” that the new Mom will have another album out later this year.

 Listen to music from “21” with your library card, courtesy of your Freegal Member Library.