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George Jones

Nashville Bids Farewell to George Jones in All-Star Tribute

Over 100 notable musical artists converged on Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Friday night to offer a final tribute to country legend George Jones. Billed as “Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show,” (referencing two of Jones’ lifetime nicknames), the concert was supposed to have been the final date of the icon’s farewell tour. After Jones passed away in April of this year, the decision was made to keep the date as a […]


Sampha

Introducing: Sampha

The name might not be immediately familiar, but chances are you’ve heard the lovelorn tones of British vocalist/producer Sampha several times over the past three years. The 24-year-old gave SBTRKT’s 2011 self-titled future-garage masterpiece its heart and soul, made sweet music with Jessie Ware on the twinkling bass-pop duet of “Valentine,” and most recently guested on two tracks on Drake’s third album, Nothing Was The Same. Throw in several collaborations […]


Pharrell Happy Video

Pharrell Releases 24 Hours of “Happy”: Video

This must be a week of video “firsts.” A couple of days ago, Bob Dylan released an interactive, 16-channel flip-through video for his classic hit “Like a Rolling Stone.” Today, R&B artist/rapper/producer Pharrell Williams has released the first-ever 24-hour music video for his tune “Happy” off the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. In a nutshell, the video plays the song “Happy” on repeat while person after person sings and/or dances in […]


A Great Big World Say Something

A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera Release “Say Something” Video

It’s been a great big year for A Great Big World. The duo of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino have made a splash with their brand of piano-driven pop, touring with the likes of Ingrid Michaelson and landing two charting singles before even releasing a full-length album. Their latest single, “Say Something,” got a huge boost recently when they released a new version of it with Christina Aguilera adding vocal […]


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Madonna, Lady Gaga are World’s Highest-Paid Musicians in 2013: Forbes

Looks like the public rivalry between two generations of pop diva superstars has paid off for both. According to Forbes’ annual list of the World’s Highest-Paid Musicians, Madonna and Lady Gaga took the two top slots for 2013. The “Material Girl,” who spent the better part of last year stirring pots with her controversial MDNA Tour, topped the list by a wide margin, pulling in a whopping $125 million. Gaga, […]


Flux Pavilion Freeway

Flux Pavilion “Freeway” – EP Review

Circus Records (2013)

Hailed as the UK’s answer to Skrillex, dubstep producer Joshua Steele, aka Flux Pavilion, has been sampled on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne, worked with the likes of Childish Gambino, Major Lazer and Example and been featured on the soundtracks to everything from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby to the viral Kony 2012 campaign, all without the aid of a proper studio album. Nine months on from the […]


Jake Bugg Shangri La

Jake Bugg “Shangri-La” –Album Review

Virgin/EMI (2013)

Okay. I’m totally enamored with this guy. Brit retro folk-rocker Jake Bugg definitely made a stir with his self-titled debut album last year—enough of a stir, in fact, to get him nominated for this year’s coveted Mercury Prize (alongside notables like David Bowie, Laura Marling and Arctic Monkeys). He continues to solidify his niche with this week’s release of Shangri La. Shunning the EDM club-scene trends of so many of […]


Bob Dylan music video

Bob Dylan Releases “Like A Rolling Stone” Interactive Music Video

Official video coincides with huge box-set release

A classic rock song goes high-tech. After 48 years, Bob Dylan finally made an official music video for his song “Like a Rolling Stone.” And how. The perfect combination of old and new, Dylan’s video for the 1965 song features an interactive virtual television with 16 channels of people lip syncing to the song on their various shows—and the viewer can actually flip through the different channels and watch them. […]


Bonobo Late Night Tales

Bonobo “Late Night Tales” – Album Review

Late Night Tales (2013)

Responsible for one of this year’s finest chillout albums, The North Borders, British producer Bonobo, aka Simon Green, would appear to be the ideal candidate to take on the 33rd installment of Late Night Tales, the compilation series which invites artists to show off their musical influences and curate the perfect after-hours mix. Unlike Royksopp’s soft-rock focused set earlier this year, the majority of the 21 tracks chosen are in […]


Christina Perri Human

Christina Perri Is Only “Human”—Listen

Three years ago, singer-songwriter Christina Perri won over the hearts of music fans everywhere, not just by her single “Jar Of Hearts” but also by the story of discovery and whirlwind success that surrounded it. When the demo version of the tune played on the Fox series So You Think You Can Dance in the summer of 2010, Perri was an unknown, unsigned artist waiting tables for a living; a […]


Daughtry Baptized

Daughtry “Baptized” –Album Review

19 Recordings/RCA (2013)

From one point of view, it’s hard to feel sorry for Chris Daughtry. After his shocking 4th-place elimination from American Idol Season 5, his popularity has carried him onward to become the best selling AI alumnus who didn’t actually win the competition, going platinum with his first two outings and trailing behind only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood in total record sales. On the other hand, he does deserve a […]


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Finding and Developing Your “Wow” Factor

This article has been adapted from a post I wrote for The Developing Artist. It’s my opinion that in some way, as indie musicians, we all have a “wow” factor–that element to our art that makes us unique, that makes us stand out. In a growing pool of competition, we need to discover this “wow” factor and strengthen it, now more than ever. Enjoy! There’s a sort of intangible “something” […]


Billie Joe and Norah Foreverly

Billie Joe Armstrong, Norah Jones Tease “Foreverly”

On paper, it looks like the most unlikely pairing of voices in the most unlikely of genres for the most unlikely approach to a tribute record we’ve ever heard of. But it’s actually these unlikelihoods surrounding Billie Joe Armstrong’s teaming with Norah Jones on Foreverly that might just make it work. In the late 1950s, the Everly Brothers were established hitmakers, making their mark on the burgeoning rock scene by […]


Bonnie Raitt I Can't Make You Love Me

Pop Rewind: Bonnie Raitt “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

Interestingly enough, most of us are familiar with blues/R&B legend Bonnie Raitt, not because of her longevity, but because of what could best be described as a comeback. Although Raitt first came on the scene in 1971, she didn’t see her first real breakthrough record until she was 50 years old, or her first Top-10 single until two years after that. While she achieved critical acclaim and sporadic commercial success […]


Roy Harper

Folk Icon Roy Harper Charged With Sexual Assault of a Young Girl

UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, a noted folk/rock singer with over 30 albums to his credit and cited as an influence by many artists, has been accused of nine counts of sexual assault of a child, the BBC reports. Harper is due in court to answer the charges on Monday, November 18. The crimes, according to police, are said to have occurred between 1975 and 1977 in Herefordshire, and all relate […]