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The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963

The Beatles Release “Bootleg Recordings” on iTunes

Maneuver to avoid losing copyrights

On Tuesday, 59 previously unreleased recordings from The Beatles became available on iTunes in a special collection titled The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. But it’s not because the surviving bandmates or their record label are being exceptionally generous. The tracks, which include demos, studio outtakes and live BBC recordings, were all set to tape around the band’s transitional period surrounding the release of 1963’s Please Please Me. According to European […]


Rock Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees Announced

Nirvana, fan-favorite KISS among inductees

This morning in a press release, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland officially announced its list of inductees for 2014. The inductees include the following peformers:   Nirvana KISS Peter Gabriel Cat Stevens Linda Ronstadt Hall and Oates   Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence. Non-performers receiving the Ahmet Ertegun award include Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, original managers behind […]

Ray Price

RIP Ray Price

Country singer passes away Monday after premature reports of his death

After a premature report of his death that swept the media on Sunday, country legend Ray Price passed away on Monday from pancreatic cancer, according to family spokesman Bill Mack. Price was 87. Today, Ray Price is simply remembered by many as an old-school country star, but in his time, he was a groundbreaker who reshaped country music and was instrumental in launching the careers of other country legends. Early […]

Ray Price

Media Erroneously Report Death of Ray Price

However, country legend is “fading rapidly” from pancreatic cancer

Sunday afternoon, news raced through media outlets and the Internet that country music legend Ray Price had passed away at age 87. The problem was, it wasn’t true. Shortly after the reports, new information began to surface that the “Crazy Arms” singer, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer, was “fading” as of yesterday, but that news of his death had been premature—prompting many major media outlets to publish corrections and […]

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

The Five Most Overrated Musical Artists of 2013

And so it begins—the bevy of “best of” lists that is already flooding the Interwebs as the music media looks back at 2013’s best (and sometimes worst) musical artists and releases. Some of these have already shown up here on MIMO, with more undoubtedly to come. No complaints—it’s a lot of fun to look back. But I thought I’d kick off my own year-end reviews with a bit of tongue-in-cheek […]

James Blake Overgrown

Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums Of 2013 (15-11)

We’re currently counting down the best dance/electronica albums of the year. Here’s the next round, picking it up at number 15. (No.20-16 is here). 15) Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest Backed by a cryptic promotional campaign, the long-awaited fifth album from the kings of IDM was an equally challenging but ultimately rewarding affair which with its hypnotic array of ice-cold analogue synths, eerie echoed vocal samples and unsettling sound […]

Beyonce self-titled album

Surprise! Beyoncé Drops New “Visual Album” Without Warning

Wow. Way to keep things under wraps, Bey. This morning at around midnight, pop/R&B megastar Beyoncé set the music industry and the Internet ablaze with news of a surprise, self-titled album release—proving that even in the age of instant information, leaks are preventable, and that sometimes the best press strategy is no press at all. And this is not just any album. In what Bey is calling a “visual album,” […]

Garth Brooks Blame it All Box Set

A Tale of Two Comebacks: Garth Brooks and Britney Spears

The big chart news this week is about two notable music artists—Garth Brooks and Britney Spears—who both recently re-entered the charts for the first time in several years. One is a country legend who retired in his prime, but now seems to be aiming at re-entering the playing field. The other is a pop megastar who has spent the last several years trying to get over a public meltdown. One […]

American Country Awards

American Country Awards 2013: The Winners List

Every year about this time, I start to feel a little bombarded with country music awards shows. (We just had the CMA Awards, didn’t we?) But the American Country Awards bills itself as “the show for the next generation of country music fans,” and that definitely serves a purpose in this genre by giving fans a chance to vote directly for their favorites online. Tuesday night, as Trace Adkins and […]

St. Vincent self-titled

St. Vincent Shares New Single “Birth In Reverse”

After last year’s highly creative and classy collaboration with David Byrne, baroque pop songstress St. Vincent (nee Annie Clark) is back with a new blonde ‘do, an Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian (for her creative approach to the performing arts), and a new self-titled album in the works. This week, she teased us with a new single, “Birth In Reverse,” from the upcoming record. It’s got to say something when […]

Kelly Clarkson Wrapped in Red

Make the Season Bright: Seven New Christmas Albums for 2013

With the holiday season now in full swing, it’s time to load up the old CD changer, iPod or SmartPhone with new holiday music! There’s plenty of diversity in this year’s offerings, ranging from traditional to country to punk, and even some in the “particularly tacky” department. While this isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, to help make your season a little brighter, here is a quick overview of […]

Bobby Helms

Rock Rewind: Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock”

‘Tis the season once again, and while we may throw in a few regular “rewinds” from time to time this month, we want to take the month of December to revisit some Christmas favorites in popular music. Speaking of popular, none is more fitting to kick off this holiday series than Bobby Helms’ version of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Originally written by a public relations man in his 50s and an […]

Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards 2014 –List of Nominees

As has become the custom, The Recording Academy broadcast an hour-long prime-time special Friday night to announce the Grammy Award nominations for the upcoming year. As has also become the custom, LL Cool J did the MC honors. And as has furthermore become the custom, the live nominations show featured performances from some of music’s hottest established an up-and-coming acts, including Lorde, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, […]

Nelson Mandela

Musicians React to Death of Nelson Mandela

Every so often, a figure appears on the earth whose positive influence can be felt across many different fields and walks of life. As one of those figures, Nelson Mandela made an impact not only in the realms of politics, racism and human rights, but across the arts as well. Movies have been made (and are still being made) about him; songwriters have been inspired to write songs about him; […]

Lana Del Rey Tropico

Lana Del Rey Announces New Album “Ultraviolence”

Reveals album title at premiere of short film "Tropico"

Apparently, rumors of Lana Del Rey’s departure from music last summer were greatly exaggerated. At least for now. Wednesday night, at the Hollywood premiere of her 30-minute short film Tropico, Del Rey addressed the crowd: “I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record, Ultra-Violence.” As has been her M.O., she gave no details […]

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