Friday, January 29, 2016

Sia's 'This is Acting' is now available

The last album released by Australian singer Sia called '1000 Forms of Fear' was #1 on Billboard charts and earned her 4 Grammy Nominations. In her career, she has worked with countless top musicians and has written numerous hit songs. Her new album 'This Is Acting' contains only songs that she wrote for other artists. The album is a spellbinding mix of emotions that Sia sings masterfully.


“a fascinating study in what it’s like to live life imagining yourself in someone else’s artistic shoes…if this is acting, it’s the kind of performance that hits as hard as life itself.” - Rolling Stone

“Sia's unbashed aim is uplift, and her feel for sing-along-until-your-neighbor-bangs-on-the-radiator hooks rarely falters."- Entertainment Weekly

“Sia’s most prized songs aren’t just exercises in craftsmanship; they find some emotional truth."  - NY Times

“Sia’s pop anthems will have the other artist she originally wrote them for…kicking themselves for letting them get away. It swings from the marching ‘Reaper’ to the flying ‘Unstoppable,’ in which she preens, ‘I'll win every single game.’ Exactly.” – Us Weekly

“She conveys liberty, stamina, agony, yearning, and devotion...an album filled with riveting pomp and circumstance." - Consequence of Sound

"Sia isn’t so much a recording artist, she’s a recording art movement….By day, she is a guiding force for more extroverted major-label superstars; by night she’s defying their existence by singing the same songs in a way the commercial landscape never realized it was ready for."- Spin 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Music from Ray LaMontagne




The last record by Grammy winning folk artist Ray LaMontagne was 'Supernova' in 2014. It reached #1 on rock music charts and #2 on album charts spanning all genres only 12 hours after it was released. The album received praise from The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone. Mr. LaMontagne is coming out with a new album this year entitled "Ouroboros". He has just shared the lead song entitled "Hey, No Pressure". According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the artist says the song is about "watching someone dear to him buckle under the weight of their responsibilities." The artist wrote in his song "anything you want your life to mean, it can mean". NPR states that the tune is "a new song and a new sound" for this musician. CBC.ca says the track is "electrifying".  Music from Ray LaMontagne, including the brand new "Hey, No Pressure" is available on the Freegal site.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays! Here are some suggestions for your holiday playlist. Streaming libraries have a Holiday and New Year's playlist on the Freegal homepage under "Freegal Playlists".


MARIAH CAREY
All I Want For Christmas Is You
PENTATONIX
Mary, Did You Know?
 BING CROSBY
White Christmas
BRENDA LEE
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree 
 KENNY G.
Away In A Manger
 NAT KING COLE
The Christmas Song
BURL IVES
Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
BOBBY HELMS
Jingle Bell Rock 
BOB DYLAN
I'll Be Home For Christmas
MARTINA MCBRIDE
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
 KELLY CLARKSON
Underneath The Tree
ANDY WILLIAMS
Winter Wonderland
CELINE DION
'O Holy Night
WHAM!
Last Christmas
JOSE FELICIANO
Feliz Navidad
ELVIS PRESLEY
Blue Christmas
 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Santa Clause Is Comin' To Town
JOHNNY MATHIS
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
HARRY CONNICK JR.
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow
JUDY GARLAND
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christamas
EARTHA KITT
Santa Baby
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER
Angels We Have Heard On High
KENNY G
Little Drummer Boy
 FRANK SINATRA
Jingle Bells
CELTIC THUNDER
Carol Of The Bells
GEORGE WINSTON
Linus & Lucy
GENE AUTRY 
Frosty The Snowman
GLEE CAST
O' Christmas Tree 
 PERRY COMO
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
MARIO LANZA
Joy To The World
JIMMY BOYD
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause
BETTE MIDLER
Mele Kalikimaka






Wednesday, December 16, 2015

'Thriller' becomes the first album to sell 30 million copies in the U.S.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Michael Jackson just set a new U.S. sales record of 30 million for 'Thriller'. It is the first record in the history of U.S. album sales to reach that number. The LP was originally released in November of 1982 and it spent the subsequent 37 weeks in the number one spot.


The King of Pop also continues his reign as the best- selling artist of all time per Billboard. With sales of over 100 million worldwide, 'Thriller' is the top selling album in history, worldwide. The album, along with more music from Michael Jackson, is available on the Freegal site with your library card.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday


 
December 12th marks what would have been the 100th birthday of  Ol' Blue Eyes. Did you know that he has won thirteen Grammy Awards, three Oscars and three Golden Globes? Rolling Stone also declared him the "the 20th century's greatest singer of popular song." He has had countless hits and his music remains popular with innumerable fans of all ages. What are your favorite Sinatra songs? Here is our list of some top tracks:

My Way
 
  New York, New York
 
Strangers In The Night
 
Come Fly With Me
 
I've Got You Under My Skin
 
Luck Be A Lady
 
I Get A Kick Out Of You
 
My Kind Of Town
 
Fly Me To The Moon
 
Young At Heart
 
In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning



Click on the link below to access the songs above, and many more. Don't forget a new release called "Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air" LP includes many songs previously unheard by the public:




Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Link to December 8, 2015 Newsletter



http://www.icontact-archive.com/rRNQRindhS7dymwqjcvUTSC3Ha-dL8oq?w=3

2016 Grammy Nominees



2016 Grammy Nominees






15-time Grammy-Award winner Alicia Keys just helped announce the nominees for the 2016 Grammy Awards. The Awards will be held on February 15, 2016. Alicia Keys and many nominees have music on the Freegal site. The nominees that you can access with your library card are:
 

Record of The Year
·      “Really Love” by D’Angelo & The Vanguard
·      “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Best New Artist
·      Courtney Barnett
·      Megan Trainor

Best Pop/Duo Performance

·      “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
·      “The Silver Lining” by Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
·      “Shadows In The Night” by Bob Dylan

Best Pop Vocal Album
·      “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson
·      “Uptown Special” by Mark Ronson

Best Rock Performance
·      “Something from Nothing” by Foo Fighters
·      “Moaning Lisa Smile” by Wolf Alice
·      “Ex’s & Oh’s” by Elle King

Best Alternative Music Album
·      “Vulnicura” by Bj√∂rk

Best Urban Contemporary Album
·      “The Internet” by Ego Death
·      “Wildheart” by Miguel

Best Rap Album
·      ‘’2014 Forest Hills Drive” by J.Cole

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
·      “Beautiful Life” by Jimmy Greene

Best Gospel Album
·      “Alive Is Asia” by Israel & The Newbreed

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
·      “Whatever The Road” by Jason Crabb
·      “Saints and Sinners” by Matt Maher

Best Latin Pop Album
·      “Algo Sucede” by Julieta Venegas
·      “A Quien Quiera Escuchar” by Ricky Martin

Best Americana Album
·      “Something More Than Free” by Jason Isbell

Best Rock Song
·      “Ex’s & Oh’s” by Elle King

Best Metal Performance
·      “Identity” by August Burns Red
·      “512” by Lamb Of God

Best R&B Song
·      “Coffee” by Miguel
·      “Really Love” by D’Angelo & The Vanguard
·      “Let It Burn” by Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Album
·      “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges
·      “Black Messiah” by D’Angelo & The Vanguard
·      “Reality Show” by Jazmine Sullivan
·      “Forever Charlie” By Charlie Wilson

Best Country Solo Performance
·      “Burning House” by Cam
·      “Little Toy Guns” by Carrie Underwood’’

Best Pop Solo Performance
·      “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
·      “Empire: Season 1” by Empire Cast

Best Music Video
·      “L$D” by A$AP Rocky

Best Jazz Vocal Album
·      “Flirting with Disaster” by Lorraine Feather
·      “For One To Love” by Cecile McLoren Salvant

Best Blues Album
·      “Born To Play Guitar” by Buddy Guy

Best Folk Album
·      “Servant of Love” by Patty Griffin

Best Musical Theater Album
·      An American In Paris
·      Something Rotten!

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
“Nessun Dorma-The Puccini Album” by Jonas Kaufmann