Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Women In Music History

In celebration of Women's History Month this March, we're highlighting awe-inspiring women musicians who have brought their art to a new level. Read on and recall some former favorite tunes or discover some revolutionary sounds. All of the artists discussed below are on the Freegal site.




In March of 1930, Ruth Crawford became the first woman to win the Guggenheim Fellowship. The honor is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated " exceptional creative ability in the arts". The award was given for the songs she wrote that were set to poems as well as her piano and violin compositions. Ms. Crawford was radically original for her time, and one of very few women composers. She is now considered one of the most important modernist composers of the 20th century. Later in life she married Charles Seeger and became involved with the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress. Her step-son Pete Seeger is a well known folk artist. 


According to Biography.com, Eleanora Fagan had a rather arduous childhood. She was raised by a young, single mother who never had it easy. Eleanora reportedly escaped by singing along to records by Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith.  When she was a little older, she followed her mother to New York City and started singing in clubs. She gave herself the stage name "Billie" after the film star Billie Dove. At only 18 years of age, Billie was discovered by a record producer while singing in a jazz club. The Billie Holiday we all know and love then started her career.  Ms. Holiday started to work with major artists such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Her fame exploded when she struck out on her own. It was at that time that she recorded some of her most well known songs such as "Strange Fruit" and "God Bless The Child". "Lady Day" as she is otherwise known, is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time.  She has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has influenced countless musicians. 




"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" by Kitty Wells was the first #1 country song by a woman in music history per Rolling Stone. It was released in 1952. The song topped the charts despite it's being banned on NBC Radio because it talked about a woman "living the wild side of life". The tune included the lyric "It's a shame that all the blame is on us women". The song remained in the top spot for 6 weeks and then crossed over to be a hit on  Billboard pop charts. Ms. Wells sang other top charting songs such as "Paying for That Back Street Affair" and "Hey Joe".  She paved the way for many others. More influential female singers near that time such as Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee made sure that women stayed in the country music spotlight. Contemporary vocalists such as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood keep breaking ground with their songs.




Aretha Franklin has excelled at singing gospel, pop, and R&B  music. She also earned international acclaim for her performance of the opera aria "Nessun Dorma" at the 1998 Grammy Awards.  An 18-time Grammy winner herself, Ms. Franklin was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time", she is ranked as #1.   Signature hits such as "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" contributed to her becoming one of the best selling musicians of all time. 





Folk musician Joan Baez is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of this year. Ms. Baez has been performing music professionally since she first sang at the Newport Folk Festival in 1959. It did not take long for her to become successful. Her second, third and fourth albums were all certified gold. In the early to mid sixties she was on the forefront of the American roots revival. She introduced her audiences to the then unknown Bob Dylan. Outstanding folk talents such as Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris cite her as a source of inspiration. In addition to being a talented singer, she was and is a tireless activist. The artist counted Martin Luther King Jr. as one of her friends and she is one of the founding members of Amnesty International. 





As the lead singer of the psychedelic rock band 'Big Brother and The Holding Company', Janis Joplin found success. The group's 1968 record "Cheap Thrills" was regarded as a "masterpiece of psychedelic sound" according to Billboard, and it went to #1. Shortly after that record, "Pearl" as Janis Joplin was sometimes called, went out on her own. The artist was advertised as a headliner for Woodstock in 1969, where she did perform. Ms. Joplin had many hit singles after that. The best selling album of her career, Pearl, was released after her death. It reached #1 on Billboard charts and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It also made Rolling Stone's list of the "Greatest Albums of All Time."




Like all of the genres discussed here, rock has so many important women musicians that it is difficult to limit them: artist Patti Smith became influential in the punk rock movement with her LP "Horses"; Joan Jett has been nicknamed "The Godmother of Punk" and has three albums certified platinum or gold; Stevie Nicks helped Fleetwood Mac sell over 140 million records during their music career; the music of 14-time Grammy winner Bjork spans many genres. Bjork has also made Rolling Stone's list of the "Greatest Singers of All Time" and Time Magazine's List of "The 100 Most Influential People In The World". 





Music giants such as Carole King, Whitney Houston, Cher, Beyonce and Adele have often dominated the world of pop. The Guinness Book of World Records cites Ms. Houston as "the most awarded female act of all time". She is the only musician in history to have seven consecutive #1 Billboard hits. Her second LP "Whitney" was the first album by a woman to debut at number one on the charts. Carole King was the first woman to be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2013. She has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Singer/Songwriter Adele has numerous mentions in the Guinness Book of World Records. Her LP '21' has spent more time at #1 on Billboard charts than any album by a female singer in music history. Her hit song "Hello" became the first single to sell a million digital copies in the United States within a week of release. At the 2017 Grammys she won more awards than any artist this year including"Album of The Year" and "Song of The Year". 


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Valentines Day!


Looking for the perfect music for your Valentine's Day? Few things set a mood better than the right song.  Check out our playlist below (all of the songs are on Freegal) or create your own. There is also a Valentine's Day playlist with even more songs available on the Freegal site and app under 'Freegal Playlists'.



PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
ETTA JAMES
At Last 
NAT KING COLE
Unforgettable
PATSY CLINE
Today, Tomorrow, Forever
SAVAGE GARDEN
Truly Madly Deeply
GAVIN DEGRAW
You Got Me
RAY LAMONTAGNE
You Are The Best Thing
MUMFORD & SONS
I Will Wait
RACHEL PLATTEN
Stand By You
FRANK SINATRA
It Had To Be You
JAMES ARTHUR
Say You Won't Let Go
CARLY SIMON
Love of My Life
BRAD PAISLEY
She's Everything
TRAIN
Marry Me
RICHARD WAGNER
Tristan and Isolde
MILES DAVIS
My Funny Valentine
VAN MORRISON
Moondance
BOB DYLAN
If Not for You
CELINE DION
The Power of Love
AEROSMITH
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
BEYONCE
Crazy In Love
BEN FOLDS
The Luckiest


Friday, January 13, 2017

New Arrivals

There is new music put on the Freegal site constantly. Here is a small sampling of additions to the site within the last few days:


"Paris" by The Chainsmokers
The dance/pop duo The Chainsmokers has had quite a bit of chart success. Their last single called "Closer" was the #1 song on Billboard charts for eleven weeks. That made it the longest run at the top for any song in 2016. It is also one of the longest running #1 songs of all time. A new single entitled "Paris" is out today. It is duo's first song without a featured vocalist since 2015. Drew Taggart, one of the members of Chainsmokers, performs vocals. It is a departure from some of their other music.  Be sure to check it out.



The Book of Love Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Nine-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake recorded and produced the soundtrack for the new 'Book of Love' movie that opens on January 13th. The album includes 31 new songs. The movie itself is a compelling drama that stars Mr. Timberlake's wife.




"Only The Lonely" by Colony House
Colony House is an up-and-coming four piece alternative rock band from Tennessee. Two of the band's members are the sons of Steven Curtis Chapman. Mr. Chapman is a critically acclaimed Christian music artist. The music of Colony House has been featured by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and many others. "Only The Lonely" LP was released on January 13th.



"The Classics" by Hans Zimmer
This album is an outstanding collection of blockbuster movie themes by the Academy Award-winning producer Hans Zimmer. His greatest works are included such as music from The Lion King,  Gladiator, Pirates of The Caribbean, Interstellar, and many more. 



"Return Of The Cool" by Nick Grant
Atlanta-based rhymer Nick Grant released his debut album on January 13th. The new artist lists Jay-Z, Nas and Snoop Dogg as just some of the musicians that have inspired him over the years. The new release has been rated five stars out of five on AllNewHipHop.com


"No Plan" by David Bowie
In honor of what would have been David Bowie's 70th birthday, an EP called "No Plan" just came out. It includes three previously unreleased songs by Mr. Bowie. They are perhaps the last known studio recordings by the icon.



"The News" by Train
The popular rock band Train is coming out with a new album later in January called "A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat".  The band just released a single from it today called "The News". The new album will be the first LP from the Grammy winning band since 2014.  Listen to "The News" now and watch for the new full length release. 


"The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home" by Declan McKenna
Eighteen-year-old singer/songwriter Declan McKenna recently performed his music at the NPR studios for their 'Tiny Desk Concert Series'. NPR declares that he "writes about a much bigger world than you or I might expect from a singer that just turned eighteen...passionate...I'm eager to fast forward to where this young poet takes us." DIYMag calls this new song "a bit of a scorcher". NME.com says "it's his most emotionally charged song yet." Declan's sound has been compared to Tokyo Police Club, Passion Pit, and Death Cab for Cutie.



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2017 Grammy Nominees

The nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards were just announced. The Grammys will take place on February 12, 2017. Many of the nominees have music on Freegal. They include:



 


ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
"25" by Adele


RECORD OF THE YEAR:
"Hello" by Adele


SONG OF THE YEAR:
"Hello" by Adele


BEST NEW ARTIST:
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
The Chainsmokers


BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM:
"25" by Adele
"This Is Acting" by Sia


BEST POP PERFORMANCE:
"Hello" by Adele
"Piece by Piece" by Kelly Clarkson (Idol Version)


BEST POP/DUO PERFORMANCE:
"Closer" by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
"Cheap Thrills" by Sia feat. Sean Paul


BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM:
"Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" by Barbra Streisand
"Fallen Angels" by Bob Dylan
"Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin" by Willie Nelson


BEST DANCE RECORDING:
"Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers feat. Daya
"Never Be Like You" by Flume feat. Kai


BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM:
"Skin" by Flume


BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
"When You Wish Upon A Star" by Bill Frisell
"Way Back Home Live in Rochester NY" by Steve Gadd Band


BEST ROCK SONG:
"Blackstar" by David Bowie


BEST ROCK ALBUM:
"Tell Me I'm Pretty" by Cage The Elephant


BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM:
"Blackstar" by David Bowie






BEST R&B PERFORMANCE:
"Cranes in the Sky" by Solange
"Permission" by Ro James


BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE:
"Sleeping With The One I Love" by Fantasia


BEST R&B SONG:
"Lake By The Ocean" by Maxwell
"Exchange" by Bryson Tiller


BEST RAP ALBUM:
"Major Key" by DJ Khaled


BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE:
"Vice" by Miranda Lambert
"My Church" by Maren Morris
"Church Bells" by Carrie Underwood


BEST COUNTRY/DUO PERFORMANCE:
"Jolene" by Pentatonix feat. Dolly Parton
"Setting The World On Fire" By Kenny Chesney feat. P!NK
"Think of You" by Chris Young feat. Cassadee Pope


BEST COUNTRY SONG:
"My Church" by Maren Morris
"Vice" by Miranda Lambert


BEST COUNTRY ALBUM:
"Hero" by Maren Morris
"Full Circle" by Loretta Lynn


BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM:
"Upward Spiral" by the Branford Marsalis Quartet
"Harlem On My Mind" by Catherine Russell
"The Sting Variations" by the Tierney Sutton Band


BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM:
"Dr. Um" by Peter Erskine
"Sunday Night at the Vanguard" by the Fred Hersch Trio





BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE SONG:
"Made A Way" by Travis Greene


BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC SONG:
"Chain Breaker" by Zach Williams


BEST GOSPEL ALBUM:
"Losing My Religion" by Kirk Franklin
"Demonstrate" by William Murphy


BEST LATIN POP ALBUM:
"Buena Vida" by Diego Torres
"Ilusion" by Gaby Moreno


BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM:
"Hecho a Mano" by Joss Favela


BEST AMERICANA ALBUM:
"The Bird & The Rifle" by Lori McKenna
"The Cedar Creek Sessions" by Kris Kristofferson


BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM:
"Can't Shake This Feeling" by Lurrie Bell


BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM:
"Bloodline" by Kenny Neal


BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM:
"Sing Me Home" by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble


BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA:
"Can't Stop The Feeling" by Justin Timberlake
"Just Like Fire" by P!NK






BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM:
"Wolfgang: Passing Through" by Gernot Wolfgang


BEST MUSIC VIDEO:
"River" by Leon Bridges
"Formation" by BeyoncĂ©







Thursday, October 13, 2016

50th Annual Country Music Association Awards

The 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards are coming up on November 2nd! They will be aired on ABC. Many of the nominees have music on Freegal including:

Entertainer of The Year
Carrie Underwood


Single of The Year
"My Church" by Maren Morris

Album of The Year
"Hero" by Maren Morris
"Storyteller" by Carrie Underwood

Song of The Year
"Humble & Kind" by Lori McKenna
"My Church" by Maren Morris
"Burning House" by Cam

 

Female Vocalist of The Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Group of The Year
Old Dominion

Musical Event of The Year
"Think of You" by Chris Young & Cassadee Pope

Music Video of The Year
"Burning House" by Cam



New Artist of The Year
Maren Morris
Kelsea Ballerini
Old Dominion

Congratulations to all of the nominees! Login to Freegal to start listening to their music:







Monday, September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016 eNewsletter Link

The link for the September 12, 2016 Freegal Music eNewsletter is here:

http://www.icontact-archive.com/rRNQRindhS7dymwqjcvUTRcvO1k4QMTP?w=3

Please feel free to share the link on your library webpage, Facebook page, or in a Tweet.

Friday, August 26, 2016

2016 MTV Music Video Awards

The 2016 MTV Music Video Awards are on this Sunday, August 28th. The show typically causes a stir every year and this year promises to be "epic" according to US Weekly. Britney Spears will be making a long awaited comeback performance for starters.  Other top stars scheduled to take the stage include DJ Khaled, Beyonce, Future, Alicia Keys, Rita Ora, and many more that have music on Freegal. 




Here is the complete list of nominees that you can download with your library card on Freegal:

Video of The Year:
"Hello" by Adele

Best Female Video:
"Hello" by Adele
"Cheap Thrills" By Sia

Best Male Video:
"Don't" by Bryson Tiller

Best Collaboration:
"Work From Home" by Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign


Best Hip Hop Video:
"Don't" by Bryson Tiller

Best Pop Video:
"Hello" by Adele

Best Electronic Video
"The Girl Is Mine" by 99 Souls feat. Destiny's Child
"Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers feat. Daya 

Best New Artist:
Bryson Tiller
Zara Larsson

Best Visual Effects:
"Send My Love To Your New Lover" by Adele
"Pillowtalk" by Zayn

Best Art Direction:
"Hello" by Adele

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