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”.

G-Eazy
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

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.