Friday, April 17, 2015

50th American Country Music Awards


 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the American Country Music Awards. This years event, held on April 19th, will be the first time the show is held in a stadium rather than previous venues of Las Vegas and Universal City. It will also be a longer than usual show at 3. 5 hours.  The Academy of Country Music CEO announced that they will be honoring special artists in that extra time. One such star is Miranda Lambert who will be recognized for being the “most decorated” female within the genre. Listed below are more nominees that you can find on Freegal Music. Which are your favorite?

Entertainer of The Year: Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of The Year: Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley
Female Vocalist of The Year:  Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood
Vocal Duo of The Year: The Swon Brothers
Album of The Year: Jason Aldean-Old Boots New Dirt, Miranda Lambert-Platinum
Single Record of The Year:
Kenny Chesney-American Kids, Miranda Lambert-Automatic
Video of The Year: Kenny Chesney-American Kids, Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood-Somethin’ Bad

Vocal Event of The Year:  Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood- Somethin’ Bad

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Could You Use Some Encouragement Today?

New York City songwriter, pianist and vocalist Rachel Platten has a new hit Pop tune called “Fight Song”. According to Headline Planet, the radio airplay for this inspirational track has recently doubled. The words to it are about continuing to fight no matter what comes along, and they could apply to almost any circumstance. If you go to the Facebook page of Ms. Patton, you will find posts by many fans going through all types of situations who felt that they found some much needed strength in the lyrics. It is ready for listening whenever you are.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Up & Coming Musician: Leon Bridges

It’s always fun to find music from budding artists before they become too insanely popular. Soul singer Leon Bridges is most likely on the cusp of real fame.  Mr. Bridges signed his first record deal this past December and today Billboard proclaims him “ The throw back soul star-to-be who won SXSW”.  The annual SXSW festival in Texas that just wrapped up yesterday is one of the largest music festivals in the world. It is an opportunity for new musicians to show their talent in front of vast crowds, media, and record company executives. With regards to the singer’s performance at the festival Billboard writes “he was one of a handful of acts that everyone you talked to was either blown away by or was crestfallen they had missed.” He has received praise from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many more.  With regards to his rise to fame The Guardian writes, “ eighteen months ago he was washing dishes in a Texas restaurant, and four months ago 40 record labels showed interest in him”.

Mr. Bridges recently released single “Lisa Sawyer” as well as his debut EP “Coming Home” are  available on the Freegal Music database.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Are You A Fan of Empire?

According to Slate Magazine, the Fox Network Series “Empire” is well on its way to becoming the highest rated new network series on television for the entire 2014/2015 season. It already has a large audience and the fan base continues to grow with each episode. In addition to its riveting plot, the show is also known for its unforgettable music which is produced by the top recording industry talent Timbaland. Songs from the show are available on Freegal now. More music from episodes arrive on the site as they are released. Please search for “Empire Cast” on the Freegal database to start listening.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Single From Van Morrison

Soul icon Van Morrison has a new song out today featuring Michael Buble. It is called “Real, Real Gone” and it is a re-make of his 1990 hit. It is on the Freegal site right now if you would like to check it out. It is the first single from a new LP coming in March. The new Van Morrison album is made up of duets with artists that he chose such as Mark Knopfler, Bobby Womack, Steve Winwood and more. Look for that full length release this March.

Friday, February 6, 2015

A New LP From Bob Dylan, A New Video From Kelly Clarkson, & More Are Here

Shadows in the Night” from rock legend Bob Dylan is now available for you to listen to. In this LP Mr. Dylan gives us what Rolling Stone calls a “quietly compelling and provocative album…he finds a new way into rock history”. The same reviewer describes his singing as “deep, shockingly clear voice that sounds like rebirth itself”.

On the heels of her brand new single “Heartbeat Song” which recently made a big splash on the charts, Kelly Clarkson just released her first Music video in several years for the song. Download it today from Freegal Music. It has positive message that will make you feel better no matter what your mood. Don’t forget to look for her new LP this March.

Other recent new releases include:

George Ezra-Wanted on Voyage
It is the new LP from the singer of the incredibly catchy and blues infused single “Budapest”. His voice captures an amazing range that makes you think of Mumford & Sons one minute and Elvis Presley the next.  Newsday calls him “ one of 2015’s most talked about new stars”

Fifth Harmony-Reflection
Already #1 on iTunes Album charts, Reflection is the new LP from the all-girl group whose songs are often about the empowerment of the female gender. One of the tracks on the album “Like Mariah” has received quite a bit of attention in the media lately and apparently gets the seal of approval from Ms. Carey herself per Billboard.
Rolling Stone calls the new release “infectious”.

The Lone Bellow-Then Came Morning
NPR writes this band is “already among the best (in folk-rock)”

Paste Magazine writes that this new LP “shows a confident band stepping more fully into a compelling sound.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Meghan Trainor’s Debut Album is #1 in the U.S.

Massachusetts native Meghan Trainor had the number one song in the country for eight weeks with her debut single “ All About That Bass”. Now her first full-length album called “Title” has just made it to the top. According to Billboard. com, she is only the thirteenth female artist in music history to have her first single and first LP both debut at #1.  (Eleven of the thirteen artists on that list can be found at your library. Please see the list below) Ms. Trainor’s record also brings the highest numbers in sales for a female artist debut in over five years. Other hit albums in the top 5 this week that you can find on Freegal besides “Title”are:

Kidz Bop Kids last LP  “Kidz Bop 27” debuted at #3 this week
Mark Ronson’s debut LP “Uptown Special” is now at #5

Female Artists in Music History with debut songs and albums at #1 on Freegal in addition to Meghan Trainor:

The Singing Nun (1963)
The Singing Nun, "Dominique"

Mariah Carey (1990-91)
Mariah Carey, "Vision of Love"

Lauryn Hill (1998)
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, "Doo Wop (That Thing)"
Britney Spears (1999)
...Baby One More Time, "...Baby One More Time
Christina Aguilera (1999)
Christina Aguilera, "Genie in a Bottle"
Alicia Keys (2001)
Songs in A Minor, "Fallin' "
Kelly Clarkson (2002-03)
Thankful, "A Moment Like This"
Beyonce (2003)
Dangerously in Love, "Crazy in Love"
Leona Lewis (2008)
Spirit, "Bleeding Love"
Ke$ha (2010)
Animal, "TiK ToK"