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