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

Billboard.com 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 DigitalSpy.com, 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.