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"

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tess Henley to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Early last year, multi-Grammy winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Bonny Raitt) hand-picked Tess Henley out of a group of 10,000 performers. Ms. Henley had entered the Guitar Center Singer-Songerwriter Artist Discovery Program and Mr. Was felt she had outshone everyone else there, stating that she has “a true gift”.  IndieMusicReviewer writes that “Soulful is the best way to describe Tess and her voice. Soulful and effortless. Her songs are relatable and you can feel what she is feeling. She gets it.” Tess will debut on national television this Wednesday, January 21st on Jimmy Kimmel Live. It airs at 11:35pm EST on ABC. Her music is currently available on Freegal through your library website. Be sure to also lookout for her new EP “Wonderland” in early February.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Surprise Release

Soul singer D’Angelo has not had any new music in almost 15 years.  Without any advance notice, his new LP “Black Messiah” was released this past week. The New York Times just featured the new LP on the front page and many reviews are already in. proclaims it “a masterpiece”. NPR says it “is as adventurous as any fan could hope for.” 

“Black Messiah” is now available on Freegal.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Grammy Award Nominees


The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 on CBS. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith are tied for the most Grammy nods with six each. Beyonce also just became the most nominated woman in Grammy history with 52 total. She was tied with Dolly Parton but has just surpassed the country legend this year according to Forbes Magazine. Beyonce has actually been nominated for at least one Grammy every year since 2000. Dolly Parton, Beyonce, and other top nominated musicians are available on your library website through Freegal. Just some of music from 2015 Grammy nominated artists that you can access with your library card is below.

Record of the Year
Meghan Trainor-All About That Bass

Album of The Year
Beyonce- Beyonce LP
Pharrell Williams- GIRL LP

Song Of The Year
Meghan Trainor-All About That Bass
Sia- Chandelier
Hozier-Take Me To Church

Best New Artist

Best Pop Solo Performance
John Legend-All of Me
Pharrell Williams- Happy

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World-Say Something

Best Traditional Pop/Vocal Album
Barbra Streisand-Partners
Johnny Mathis-Sending You A Little Christmas

Best Rap Performance
Lecrae- All I Need Is You
Childish Gambino-3005

Best Rap Album
Childish Gambino-Because The Internet

Best Alternative Music Album
Cage The Elephant-Melophobia
Jack White- Lazaretto

Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert-Platinum

Best Country Song
Kenny Chesney-American Kids
Miranda Lambert-Automatic

Best Country Pop/Duo Performance
Miranda Lambert feat. Carrie Underwood-Somethin’ Bad

Best Country Solo Performance
Miranda Lambert-Automatic
Carrie Underwood-Something In The Water

Best Pop Vocal Album
Miley Cyrus-Bangerz

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Chris Brown-X
Mali Music-Mali Is
Pharrell Williams-GIRL

Best Dance Recording
Basement Jaxx-Never Say Never
Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones- I Got U

Best Music Video
DJ Snake & Lil Jon-Turn Down for What
Pharrell Williams-Happy

Best Pop Solo Performance
John Legend-All of Me
Pharrell Williams-Happy

Best Rock Performance
Jack White-Lazaretto

Best R&B Performance
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z-Drunk In Love
Chris Brown feat. Usher- New Flame
Usher-Good Kisser
Jennifer Hudson feat. R.Kelly- It’s Your World

Best R&B Song
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z- Drunk In Love
Chris Brown Feat. Usher-New Flame
Usher-Good Kisser

Best New Age Album
Kitaro- Symphony Live In Istanbul

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Billy Childs- Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Best Gospel Performance/Song
The Walls Group- Love On The Radio
Mali Music-I Believe

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
MercyMe- Welcome To The New

Best Comedy Album
"Weird Al" Yankovic- Mandatory Fun

Best Musical Theater Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
American Hustle- The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross-Gone Girl-The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Monday, November 24, 2014

Artist of The Year

Unlike most music award shows whose prizes are decided upon by peers and others in the industry, the American Music Awards winners are decided entirely by the American public.  The nominees are chosen by Billboard/Nielsen data, then fans login to and cast their vote. One Direction was voted Artist of the Year at last night’s show. They also took home awards for Favorite Band and Favorite Album for their “Midnight Memories” LP.

“Midnight Memories” and their newest album “FOUR” are available through your library website on Freegal Music.

Other winners from the AMA's that are available on Freegal Music include:

Favorite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: John Legend
Favorite Electronic Dance Artist: Calvin Harris
Favorite Contemporary Inspiration Artist: Casting Crowns

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Billy Joel is awarded the Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress

Billy Joel has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has been nominated for 23 Grammy awards and was presented with a Grammy Legend Award. Mr. Joel was also the first American artist to give a full rock concert in the former Soviet Union.  As of November 19th, he can now add the Gershwin Prize to his list of accomplishments. The award honors living musical artists whose contributions to music exemplify the standard set by George and Ira Gershwin. PBS will broadcast the concert he played in celebrating his win on January 2, 2015 . In the mean time, his music can be found on your library website through Freegal.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The New One Direction Album "FOUR" Is Now Available

The British All-Boy band One Direction are the best selling artists in the world according to The Guardian. Their 2013 release "Midnight Memories" was the top seller of 2013. Their fourth and latest album can now be accessed through your library's website on Freegal Music. Every member of the group contributed to the song writing on this album.

Time writes "One Direction hit their stride with FOUR."

Yahoo Canada states "FOUR is not likely to diminish the band's stronghold. They are likely to give Taylor Swift a run for her money"

"This album does the job, in more ways than one"- The Guardian

USA Today says "After FOUR it's clear: this is no ordinary boy band."

Copy and paste the link below into your browser, then login with your library card to start listening.