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.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Beyonce Platinum Edition LP to be available on 11/24/14

The new Platinum edition of Beyonce’s self-titled album that includes all of the songs on the original 2013 release, plus new tracks and remixes will be available later this month. The new tracks include “7/11” and “Ring off”.  The remixes are: “Flawless***” with Nicki Minaj; “Drunk in Love” with Jay-Z and Kanye West; “Blow” featuring Pharrell Williams and “Standing In The Sun” featuring Mr. Vegas.  If you login to your library website on the day of release or after, you will  have access to the LP through the Freegal Music site

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Album of The Year & New Music

The 48th annual Country Music Awards aired on the ABC network last night. Similar to the Oscars and the Grammys, the winners are chosen by industry professionals all around the world, including peers. It is one of the longest running music awards show’s on television. Last night, Miranda Lambert made Country music history by becoming the “most decorated female artist in the history of the CMA awards” according to Ms. Lambert’s “Platinum” LP was awarded Album of The Year. Single Of The Year was also given to her for her track from the LP entitled “Automatic”  The artist also took home the Female Vocalist of The Year award for the fifth consecutive time. That breaks the records of Reba McEntire and Martina McBride who have each been given that particular prize four times. There are some rumors that she may already be a Grammy favorite for early 2015. “Platinum” is available on Freegal.

In addition to award-winning songs, there is also brand new music to listen to on Freegal.


 Bob Dylan and The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete LP

RollingStone calls this new release “The greatest album Bob Dylan never intended to make” and gave it 5 stars out of 5.

The New York Daily News writes “ This collection will matter to anyone who cares about music”

A review from The Guardian says “...timeless…five stars out of five”

Calvin Harris: Motion LP

If you did not hear the Calvin Harris hit “Summer” over the months of June, July and August, you most likely don’t listen to pop radio.  The song had a tight grip on the charts the entire season. Mr. Harris now gives us new highly danceable hits that include collaborations with a wide variety of musicians such as Haim, Tinashe, Big Sean,  and Gwen Stefani.

-The Doobie Brothers: Southbound LP
-Kidz Bop Kids: Christmas Wish List LP
-Dillon Francis: Money Sucks, Friends Rule LP
-Bush: Man On The Run LP
-Pentatonix: That’s Christmas to Me LP
-Gavin DeGraw: Finest Hour, The Best of Gavin Degraw LP

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Popular Problems now on Freegal

Folk Rock singer and Rock and Roll hall of famer Leonard Cohen is perhaps best known to wider audiences for his songs “Hallelujah” and “Bird on A Wire”, both of which have been covered by multiple artists. Jeff Buckley may have had he most notable success with Hallelujah. The tune is known to even the youngest generations thanks to the animated blockbuster movie “Shrek”. Cohen has been influencing fellow musicians for decades and now the recent Octogenarian is celebrating the big 8-0 by releasing a new LP entitled “Popular Problems” and by lighting a cigarette. According to an article in the The New York Times  which references Cohen, the singer states that “80 is the right age to commence (smoking)”.  Although there may be arguments about his smoking comment, he is clearly at the perfect age for creating new music. About the new album, National Public Radio writes “…the music creates space for reflection that expands with each listen…The singer’s charisma is in fine form as he shares reflections on how widely shared external events -popular problems- temper the spirit like heat on a cast iron”.  The Guardian calls it “..satisfying...full of surprises.”

It is available now on Freegal Music.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barbra Streisand to appear on The Tonight Show for the first time in 50 years just released an article that award-winning actress and singer Barbra Streisand will appear as the only guest on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this Monday, September 15th. In addition to her being a guest, she is also expected to perform. Her spot on Farrell’s  show is set to coincide with the release of her new album “Partners”, which is due out on September 16th.  NBC states it’s her first late night appearance in 5 decades. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the eight-time Grammy winning artist is the best selling female singer in the history of U.S. record sales. Her new album will be available on Freegal the day of release.

One Direction Announces New Album/Enters Guinness Book of World Records

When the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records comes out this month, One Direction will be in it. They are officially the only UK band to have reached number one in the United States with their first three albums. Their most recent release, Midnight Memories topped the charts in December of 2013. According to, it sold over 1 million copies within the first five weeks of release.

The top selling all-boy band also just announced that they will release a new album this November entitled “FOUR”.  It is currently only available for pre-order until the day of release. According to iTunes, the pre-orders for LP already put it at the top of the iTunes sales chart. “ FOUR” will be available on Freegal with your library card the day of release. All of their prior releases are currently on the Freegal site as well.

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 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


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.