Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Popular Problems now on Freegal

Folk Rock singer and Rock and Roll hall of famer Leonard Cohen is perhaps best known to wider audiences for his songs “Hallelujah” and “Bird on A Wire”, both of which have been covered by multiple artists. Jeff Buckley may have had he most notable success with Hallelujah. The tune is known to even the youngest generations thanks to the animated blockbuster movie “Shrek”. Cohen has been influencing fellow musicians for decades and now the recent Octogenarian is celebrating the big 8-0 by releasing a new LP entitled “Popular Problems” and by lighting a cigarette. According to an article in the The New York Times  which references Cohen, the singer states that “80 is the right age to commence (smoking)”.  Although there may be arguments about his smoking comment, he is clearly at the perfect age for creating new music. About the new album, National Public Radio writes “…the music creates space for reflection that expands with each listen…The singer’s charisma is in fine form as he shares reflections on how widely shared external events -popular problems- temper the spirit like heat on a cast iron”.  The Guardian calls it “..satisfying...full of surprises.”

It is available now on Freegal Music.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barbra Streisand to appear on The Tonight Show for the first time in 50 years

Billboard.com just released an article that award-winning actress and singer Barbra Streisand will appear as the only guest on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this Monday, September 15th. In addition to her being a guest, she is also expected to perform. Her spot on Farrell’s  show is set to coincide with the release of her new album “Partners”, which is due out on September 16th.  NBC states it’s her first late night appearance in 5 decades. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the eight-time Grammy winning artist is the best selling female singer in the history of U.S. record sales. Her new album will be available on Freegal the day of release.

One Direction Announces New Album/Enters Guinness Book of World Records

When the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records comes out this month, One Direction will be in it. They are officially the only UK band to have reached number one in the United States with their first three albums. Their most recent release, Midnight Memories topped the charts in December of 2013. According to DigitalSpy.com, it sold over 1 million copies within the first five weeks of release.

The top selling all-boy band also just announced that they will release a new album this November entitled “FOUR”.  It is currently only available for pre-order until the day of release. According to iTunes, the pre-orders for LP already put it at the top of the iTunes sales chart. “ FOUR” will be available on Freegal with your library card the day of release. All of their prior releases are currently on the Freegal site as well.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jason Aldean & Justin Timberlake in RIAA news

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) announced this past Monday that the music of Jason Aldean is the most downloaded from a male artist in the history of Country Music.  The Association reports that the his songs have reached 21.5 million certified downloads or on-demand streams. His new release “Burnin’ It Down” is his first #1 Digital Song on the charts. That single is reported by RollingStone.com to be the first off of an upcoming album. No release date for that was yet given.

The association also just gave Justin Timberlake a special Gold & Platinum award this week honoring his over 8 million in album and single certifications for his “20/20 Experience” project. That double platinum release was the top certified LP of 2013.

Listen to music from Jason Aldean and Justin Timberlake with your library card.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

More New Music

New Music

What’s new on Freegal? A lot actually, but in the interest of narrowing it down, here are just a couple of highlights…

After a 7 year break, artist Hilary Duff just released a new single this week entitled “Chasing The Sun”. It is co-written by Colbie Caillat and has an “earthy, indie-pop vibe” according to the New York Daily News. The star just signed with RCA records and the single is a sneak peak into her new upcoming album.


There has been quite a bit going on in country music lately. In addition to Kenny Chesney’s new hit “American Kids” reaching #2 on Billboard Country Charts (right underneath Joe Nichols “Yeah”), Tyler Farr released a new single entitled “ A Guy Walks Into A Bar”. You may have heard many a joke starting with that line, but you have to hear this musicians’ take on it. Also Jason Aldean just released a new track called “Burnin’ It Down”. The two-time ACM Male Vocalist of The Year set a personal career record in paid downloads with this release according to Countrymusicislove.com.


Listen to these releases and more, including the new #1 Album in the Country “Mandatory Fun” by Weird Al Yancovic on Freegal with your library card.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Music on Freegal

Brand New Music on Freegal

New Music is made available on the Freegal Site just about every day. May 27th is an average day for new releases on the site. Here are some examples of what is new just on Tuesday.

The Ready Set
The Bad and The Better LP

The very up and coming Jordan Mark Witzigreuter is a twenty-four year old Alternative pop singer from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the voice behind The Ready Set, and the only band member. This talented young man was in various groups as a young teen then started concentrating on a solo effort at the age of 16. He was signed with Razor & Tie Records this past March and he already has a brand new album that is being released on May 27th entitled The Bad and The Better.  He is also on a worldwide tour.
Allmusic.com describes his LP  by writing : “features bouncy beats and hooks aplenty on every tune”

Trash Talk
No Peace LP

This LP from the punk band Trash Talk has been long awaited. This is their fifth studio album and the first under a new label. The band has toured around the world including Japan and Europe, and they were chosen by Spin Magazine as one of the “Top 5 Metal Bands you Should Know”.

Tumblr Girls (single)

Fresh new rap talent and rising star G-Eazy just graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies just a couple of years ago. According to MTV.com, he wrote, recorded and produced his own first full length album “Must Be Nice” in 2012 which made #3 on the itunes Hip Hop chart. He was not associated with a label at the time. He has since then signed with a record company and his second LP “These Things Happen” is due out on Freegal and worldwide late this June. In the mean time, his new single “Tumblr Girls” has a May 27th release date.

One Direction
You & I  (single)

The official release date of  “You and I” by the British pop sensation One Direction is also 5/27.  The ballad features little more than acoustic guitar and the voices of the band members. It certainly shows their vocal abilities. According to Billboard.com, this band is the first in history to debut at number one in the United States with their first three albums.

Just a few of the other 5/27 releases available on Freegal and at retailers throughout the U.S. include:

Cher Lloyd- Sorry I’m Late LP
Cherub- Year of The Caprese LP
Arch Enemy-You Will Know My Name (Single)
Vacationer-The Wild Life (Single)
Adam Lambert- The Very Best of Adam Lambert LP
Archive- Axiom LP
Noel Torres- Me Interesas (Single)
DJ Cassidy feat. Robin Thicke –Calling All Hearts (Single, Remix)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Time Magazine's Most Influential People

It was just announced that Beyonce has landed at the top of
Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People In the World” for 2014. The superstar even trumped Pope Francis on the list. She is being honored for her talent and for being a positive role model for women who want to be in charge of their careers. ABCNews.com quotes Beyonce as saying that girls “need to run the world” and “I’m not bossy, I am the boss.” She is on the cover of the May issue of Time.

You can listen to Beyonce’s music on Freegal.

All of the remaining singers on Time Magazine’s 2014 list are available on Freegal as well. The other artists are:

Pharrell Williams
Carrie Underwood
Miley Cyrus