Album Review: Tanya Tucker’s ‘While I’m Livin”

Before there was a name and a place for it, an “outlaw” was what Tanya Tucker was in the years following her gentle country smash with the gospel lilt, “Delta Dawn,” in 1972. A hellraiser and heartbreaker (Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell were just a few of her noted lovers), Tucker made as many headlines […]

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Line Of Duty’s ‘Ted Hastings’ in talks to record album

As much-loved anti-corruption officer Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty, the memes of actor Adrian Dunbar were prolific on social media during the last series – especially a tuneful mash-up of his famous “bent coppers” saying.
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Freya Ridings on debut album, Adele comparisons, and Peppa Pig

On the cusp of possibly the biggest moment of her life, the release of her debut album, Freya Ridings was facing the heart-in-your-mouth panic of realising she had potentially lost all the ideas she had worked on for its follow-up.
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Pink Drops New Single, ‘Walk Me Home,” Album Due in April (Listen)

Pink released her new single “Walk Me Home” today. The new track was written by Nate Reuss (lead singer of Fun.), Scott Harris and Pink, and produced by Peter Thomas and Kyle Moorman. The singer teased “Walk Me Home” two weeks ago when she appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and also announced she will […]

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Cranberries Release ‘All Over Now,’ the First Song From Their Final Album (Listen)

The Cranberries have released “All Over Now,” the first song from their final album with singer Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away last year. “I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores’ passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final […]

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Kanye West Delays ‘Yandhi’ Album Release Again

A day after his performance with Kid Cudi at Camp Flog Gnaw, Kanye West has delayed the release of his forthcoming “Yandhi” album again, from Nov. 23 to an unspecified future date. “It felt so good being on the stage last night with my brother Cudi,” West tweeted Monday night. “After performing again, I realize […]

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Sarah Brightman Returns from Space Training for New Album and Tour: ‘I Needed to Earth Myself’

Sarah Brightman is making an astronomical landing with her fifteenth studio album Hymn.

After spending months in Russia training for a trip to outer space that she postponed in 2015, Brightman, 58, opened up to PEOPLE exclusively about the creation of her newest album and the planning stages of her tour.

“I needed to earth myself,” says the soprano singer. “I said I would like to do an album of songs which are full of light, full of hope. Songs that remind me of when I felt safe and familiar with things in my childhood when I sang in my church.”

“If I don’t use and I don’t convey my feelings through it, I feel depleted,” she added. “I don’t function very well and that’s the beauty of having a gift like a voice. You sort of know what to do. You know what direction to take, you know that you want to communicate through it.”

Brightman, who shot to fame after star-turning roles on Broadway musicals Cats and Phantom of the Opera, linked up with producer Frank Peterson for the album-creating process. What came out of two-and-a-half years of planning and recording was the dynamic, choir-filled album, Hymn, out on Nov. 9.

“ is about looking into the good in things because I do believe that good prevails always,” she said, adding that the word “positivity” would describe her album.

“I did experience huge amounts when I was in the space program that actually how precious everything really is on this beautiful planet and how precious that is,” she added.

Now, the “Time to Say Goodbye” vocalist is ready to take Hymn on the road later this fall for a tour that’s “going to be quite beautiful.”

“I have a lot of energy. I tend to before I go on these tours, I become more energetic,” she says. “You create a power for yourself which will protect you because when you go on tour you’re dealing with the hardship of jet lag and moving around continually.”

The “Angel of Music” singer says her set on tour will be divided into two halves. The first will feature a more retrospective aspect to Brightman’s music, which will look like “somebody who is going to the ballet or the opera.” The second will be a bit more modern and feature most of the songs off Hymn.

“I’m wearing all these amazing runway gowns, which I’ve made a little more theatrical by adding things to them. Stones, crystals, all sorts of stuff,” she says. “I’ve got a big choir behind me. Up really high. I’ve got an orchestra on one side, a band on the other side and myself in the middle.”

Brightman’s album is filled with collaborations with artists like French tenor Vincent Niclo on single “Sogni” and Japanese composer Yoshiki on the emotional “Miracle.”

“ is a really interesting guy and we got along very well,” she said. “It was a very interesting collaboration with Japan’s most famous rockstar writing a beautiful contemporary classical piece.”

Along with the collaborations, Brightman’s album jumps from classical and cinematic music to pop rhythms in a cohesive album threaded by its spiritual nature. The album also takes fans back to one of her most famous classics “Time to Say Goodbye” with Andrea Bocelli, which she recreates in a touching English rendition.

“I wrote the lyrics for it but they were very much inspired from the original Italian lyrics when translated,” she said. “It’s quite a grand song, it’s almost like an opera song, but I wanted to do this in a very intimate way.”

Fans can purchase tickets for “Hymn: Sarah Brightman in Concert” through her website.


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EXCLUSIVE: Swarovski Partners With Sarah Brightman for Her ‘Hymn’ Album, Tour

In order to make the classical soprano singer Sarah Brightman shine just a little bit more on her “Hymn” tour next year, Swarovski has teamed with the English crossover artist on a collection and partnership.
The approach to this link-up is multitiered. Swarovski and Brightman created a line of unisex and bespoke jewelry that will be available for purchase at Brightman’s concerts and online; plus, the company applied more than 600,000 Swarovski crystals to the costumes — and a custom tiara, which Brightman co-designed — she’ll wear on tour. A limited-edition version of her new album “Hymn,” customized by Swarovski, will also be for sale, replete with exclusive bonus content.
As part of her involvement with the design and consultation process, Brightman traveled to the brand’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria, to check out the corporate archives and gain further inspiration for her collection.

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“I wanted to create something the fans would feel a natural connection to, and capture the essence of the show experience,” said Brightman, who’s known for donning otherworldly and lavish costumes when she’s on stage.
The “Hymn” tour, it seems, won’t lag in the decadence department. For the 125 dates Brightman is performing in cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore and São

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Album Review: The Band’s ‘Music From Big Pink: 50th Anniversary Edition’

Some albums become life companions. The Band’s “Music From Big Pink,” which celebrated the 50th anniversary of its release on July 1 and gets a deluxe-reissue next Friday, is such a record. I haven’t been without a copy of “Big Pink” since the day I purchased it — good lord — a half a century […]

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Books of The Times: Expressing Complicated Love for Lauryn Hill as an Iconic Album Turns 20

In “She Begat This: 20 Years of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’” Joan Morgan makes a case for Hill’s artistic and historical importance while also paying attention to the stickier parts of the star’s career.
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Cat Power to Release First Album in Six Years, Featuring Lana Del Rey

Cat Power — a.k.a. singer, songwriter and producer Chan Marshall — will release “Wanderer,” her first new album in six years, October 5, through Domino Records. Produced by Marshall and recorded in Miami and Los Angeles, “Wanderer” includes guest vocals from of friend and recent tour-mate Lana Del Rey appearances by “longtime friends and compatriots,” the announcement says […]

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Why Miranda Lambert Didn’t Do Interviews for Her Latest Album: ‘I’d Already Been Through Hell’

Miranda Lambert had a good reason for not doing any interviews before she released her latest album — she didn’t want to “rehash” the heartbreak that inspired it.

The Weight of These Wings was written while Lambert was going through a very public divorce from fellow country singer Blake Shelton in 2015.

“I came into Marion office and said, ‘I’m not speaking to anyone until they hear this record,’” Lambert, 34, told music journalist Holly Gleason in an interview with HITS Daily Double.

“I thought that was fair,” Lambert continued, explaining that she thought the songs spoke for themselves.

From “Vice” to “Tin Man,” “all the sad moments were there, all the truths were right in those songs. All you had to do was listen. I didn’t need to say anything,” she remarked.

The singer also revealed that she wasn’t eager about the prospect of discussing the painful memories that inspired the album over and over again.

“It was going to be hell, and I’d already been through hell,” she explained. “It was hell putting it on paper, putting my words on paper. So I didn’t want to rehash. I’d finally gotten to a place where I wasn’t sad anymore.”

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Lambert went on to say that anything she would have told interviewers “would’ve been taken out of context.”

“It would’ve set up some expectation that couldn’t be met,” she added. “I was very publicly going through this thing, and there wasn’t an explanation to be given.”

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Then, when the album came out and she was finally ready to do an interview, she was immediately asked about Shelton’s relationship with Gwen Stefani.

“I got on the phone for the first interview. First question was, ‘How do you feel about Gwen?’ I hung up. I told Marion, I just can’t do this,” she said. “What was in the music was real, and I wanted people to get it from that. Take from it what they would. Then if I needed to talk, I would. But I haven’t really. Until now.”

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During the first part of the interview, Lambert also opened up about how she’s not afraid to put everything, good and bad, into her music.

“I am who I am. I am honest about being flawed. That’s all I can be, you know? I cuss. I drink. I get divorced and get my heart broken. I break hearts,” Lambert, who has been dating new boyfriend Evan Felker amid rumors that their friendship turned romantic after he suddenly filed for divorce from his wife, shared of her personal experiences.

“I can’t do or be that anymore, or it’ll drive me crazy. I won’t be good anymore. I felt, maybe, a different kind of fear than any other record. It was really my life’s work and my life’s story. But there was also relief, I was thankful to let the music do what the music does — and to allow myself that,” she continued.


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Album Review: Parquet Courts’ ‘Wide Awake!’

Parquet Courts’ lead singer Andrew Savage, one-half of the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Texas band’s two-headed leadership, is mad as hell. While on the opposite side of the stage, bandmate Austin Brown is getting wistful. That yin-and-yang of punk and funk – as Savage notes in the opening track to “Wide Awake!,” “Total Football:” “Collectivism and autonomy are not […]

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Album Review: Beach House’s ‘7’

On their two 2015 albums “Depression Cherry” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” Baltimore-spawned duo Beach House had crafted their strain of dreampop to such perfection that it felt like there were few stones left to unturn. The duo felt that as well — they said of this album, “We wanted to rethink old methods and […]

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Album Review: Janelle Monae’s ‘Dirty Computer’

In “Pynk,” a single from Janelle Monae’s third full-length, “Dirty Computer,” she sings, “Pink beyond forest and thighs/ Pink like the secrets you hide, maybe.” Its video a bold celebration of lady parts, the spacious, percolating pop anthem is the closest Monae has come to decoding ciphers about her sexuality. (To that end, she recently […]

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Album Review: Jonathan Wilson’s ‘Rare Birds’

There are albums where you can make a sport of playing “spot the reference” — and then there are albums that practically dare you not to. “Rare Birds,” the latest from singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Jonathan Wilson — who played co-producer and Hollywood Babylon sherpa to Father John Misty and is also a guitarist in Roger Waters’ band — […]

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Album Review: Lo Moon’s Self-Titled Debut

Some albums are like sleeper cells, living inconspicuously amid the general population until they’re activated by a subtle signal and gradually but seemingly suddenly burst into the open. The Velvet Underground’s moment didn’t truly arrive until the early 1980s; Big Star’s until the early 1990s. And thanks to fast-rising Los Angeles-based trio Lo Moon, now […]

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Dolly Parton’s New Children’s Album Will Benefit Her Non-Profit: ‘People Relate to Me’ Being Like ‘Mother Goose’

 

Dolly Parton is using her self-proclaimed fairy-tale face (and voice) for a great cause.

The famed singer and actress is set to release her first children’s album, I Believe In You, whose profits will go right back into her non-profit organization Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

“That fact that I love kids and people relate to me looking like a Mother Goose or Cinderella — you know, one of those over-exaggerated cartoon characters — it gets children’s attention, and it keeps me young,” Parton, 71, tells PEOPLE ahead of the album’s release.

“We talk about responsibility, we talk about bullying,” she adds of the album’s themes. “We talk about giving, we talk about friendship, loyalty and all those wonderful little things, and we do it in a fun way. The songs are very uplifting, very singable. Hopefully, people are gonna get a kick out of this, and the kids are gonna love it.”

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The 9 to 5 legend launched the Imagination Library in 1995. Over the past 22 years, the organization has provided almost 100 million books to children in an effort to encourage a love of reading. And the story behind her inspiration is a tearjerker.

“I started it in honor of my dad,” Parton explains. “My dad was not able to read and write — he was a country boy with a bunch of kids, and he had to work instead of going to school when he was a little boy, and so he never had the chance to get an education.”

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“And it seemed to really bother him a lot and I thought, ‘Well, what can I do for my precious dad?’ ‘Cause he was the greatest daddy in the world and one of the smartest people I’d ever known,” she adds. “So I said, ‘Dad, why don’t we put together a little program where we give children books from the time they’re born, once a month, until they start school?’ ”

“That way, they can learn to read, love books. If you can read, you can kinda self-educate,” Parton adds. “Now we’re all over the world. We’ve given away almost 100 million books, and all the money from this project goes into the Imagination Library to put more books in the hands of more children.”

I Believe In You is available now.


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Garrett Borns Reveals Inspiration for Second Album

MUSIC, MAESTRO: For his sophomore album due out next January, Garrett Borns, aka Børns, has tapped into a “futuristic Beach Boys” register. “Whatever that means,” laughed the androgynous singer-songwriter at the Sacai show Monday.
“I draw from a lot of older inspiration, Sixties and Seventies rock, but this album is a little more orchestral, there’s more layers in a way,” continued the artist, who will be touring in France in November. For this week, he said he had arranged a listening party in Paris so a select few could preview the new songs from the album, which just wrapped. “It’s a good excuse to preview some of the things, get some reactions,” he explained.
The current French music scene was an inspiration for DJ and music producer Diplo, another front-row guest. “There are so many cool new French rappers like MHD doing some really cool music, I’m really, really into it,” he said. “They’re mixing African and French music together, it’s very cool.” He would like to work on something tapping into the genre, he said. “Major Lazer has a lot of fans in France so it would be cool to do some French things with music.”
Also sitting from row were Taiwanese

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Dita Von Teese to Release Album With Sébastien Tellier

FINDING HER VOICE: Dita Von Teese has been making the most of her stay in Paris, which coincided with her 45th birthday this week. “I had a big party last night,” she said at the Alexis Mabille show on Friday evening. “It went ‘til seven o’clock in the morning, so I just woke up.”
The burlesque artist is one of the subjects of photographer Ali Mahdavi’s “Glamorama Celebrities” exhibition at the Prince de Galles hotel in Paris, which runs until Oct. 23. In addition to designing her lingerie collection, which featured in Mabille’s show, she is planning a big New Year’s Eve show in Los Angeles.
There is a surprise project in the works, too. “I am coming out with my album with Sébastien Tellier in February,” Von Teese revealed. She released a first track with the French musician, a cover of Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” in 2016 for a compilation benefiting AIDS fundraising organization amfAR.
“I’m a big fan of Sébastien and he said he’d written this entire record for me, and I was like, ‘But I’m not a singer,’ but he said, ‘This wouldn’t work with a singer anyway.’ So it was really a fun project

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Gregg Allman’s ‘My Only True Friend,’ First Track From His Final Studio Album, Released (Listen)

Gregg Allman, who passed away May 27 due to complications from liver cancer, spent the final months of his life at work on an album that he knew would be his final statement the world. And while the album, “Southern Blood,” due Sept. 8 on Rounder Records, is at times a haunting listen, it’s more… Read more »

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LCD Soundsystem Finally Announce New Album, ‘American Dream’

After years of work and a long string of Facebook updates, LCD Soundsystem have finally confirmed details of their fourth album and upcoming world tour. The album is called “American Dream” and will be released Sept. 1 on the group’s DFA Records via its 2016 deal with Columbia. It includes the previously released singles “Call… Read more »

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Taylor Swift Returns To Streaming Services As Katy Perry Drops Album

Check and mate. 

As the clock neared midnight on Thursday, pop music fans around the world readied themselves for Katy Perry’s fifth studio album, “Witness.” Little did they know that the singer’s rival, Taylor Swift, would swoop in at the last moment to steal Perry’s thunder by releasing her entire back catalogue on streaming services that same night. 

Swift’s music is now available on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal, reversing her decision to rebuke major streaming services for not properly compensating artists. 

 “In celebration of ‘1989’ selling over 10 million albums worldwide and the RIAA’s 100 million song certification announcement, Taylor wants to thank her fans by making her entire back catalog available to all streaming services tonight at midnight,” a statement from the official TaylorNation Instagram read. 

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Swift pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify and Apple Music in 2014, describing the push toward streaming music online as a “grand experiment” contributing to the perception that music should be free. 

“I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music,” she told Yahoo about her decision at the time. 

The singer later came to an agreement with Apple Music after releasing an open letter encouraging the service to pay artists during its free three-month trial period. An Apple executive quickly responded to Swift’s plea, and her music ― including her new album at the time, “1989” ― was made available for streaming.

Of course, the internet reacted accordingly to the suspicious timing of the singer’s return, reigniting the now years-long feud between Swift and Perry and their fandoms. Snake emojis, and fun, were had by all. 

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The Funny Story Behind How The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Album Got Its Name

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” could have been a totally different album altogether, were it not for a simple misunderstanding.

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has revealed how the title and concept of the British band’s eighth album actually came to him during an airplane flight with roadie Mal Evans.

McCartney said in an interview posted to his website on May 25 that the idea behind the record, which celebrated its 50th anniversary Thursday, all emanated from him mishearing Evans asking him to “pass the salt and pepper.”

“I thought he said Sergeant Pepper,” said McCartney. “I went, ‘Oh! Wait a minute, that’s a great idea!’”

After having “a laugh about it,” the 74-year-old musician said he immediately “started thinking about Sergeant Pepper as a character.”

“I thought it would be a very interesting idea for us to assume alter egos for this album we were about to make,” he added.

The rest, as they say, is music history.

Read the full interview on McCartney’s website here.

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Album Review: Halsey Swings for the Fences With ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’

Halsey “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” (Astralwerks/Capitol) If you’re looking for a young artist to stake your hopes on in 2017, you could do a lot worse than 22-year-old Ashley Frangipane, a.k.a. Halsey: A brash, brave, badass artist who talks tough, believes fiercely in herself and turned attributes that in less-enlightened eras would have been detriments —… Read more »

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Here’s What The Beatles’ Best Album Would Look Like In 2017

Shirley Temple. Marilyn Monroe. Karl Marx. Edgar Allen Poe.

These were just a few of the famous people The Beatles chose to include on the cover of their album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which celebrates a 50th anniversary Thursday.

After Paul McCartney proposed having a group of recognizable faces on the band’s cover, each Beatle suggested celebrities to include. Not every choice made the list ― such as John Lennon’s desire to have Adolf Hitler and Jesus ― but many dozen people from varying backgrounds had their 2-D likenesses grace the space surrounding The Beatles.

Now, 50 years later, it’s difficult to imagine that so many different celebrities could seem representative for the culture of the day. In 2017, one person dominates the conversation.

If The Beatles continued to wear yellow, pink, blue and red, the contemporary backdrop surrounding them would surely be orange.

A recent report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy claimed that Donald Trump has dominated the 2017 news at an unprecedented level.

“President Trump dominated media coverage in the outlets and programs analyzed, with Trump being the topic of 41 percent of all news stories—three times the amount of coverage received by previous presidents,” said the report, which focused on major American newspapers, television channels and a few international outlets.

As New York Times reporter Farhad Manjoo wrote in February, after he tried to actively avoid consuming Trump news and ultimately failed, “I could find almost no Trump-free part of the press.”

Trump has even dominated the coverage in publications that traditionally focus on pop culture ― a sign the current president has fully consumed other celebrities whole. The publication Digiday ran a story in April with the headline, “’Politics is pop culture news’: In the Trump era, political news is everyone’s beat.”

Sure, Beyoncé or Drake or Jennifer Lawrence or LeBron James can still become the subjects of a huge news story. But these days, the next Trump mishap or scandal or tweet that everyone wants to talk about is mere hours away.

You’re not just living in Trump’s America because he’s president, but because all conversations now lead back to him.

As such, HuffPost illustrator Damon Dahlen reimagined the cover art from The Beatles best album to reflect our new reality. Trump is not just a famous person of the day’s news, he is the day’s news. Every single day.

Dahlen had incredible attention to detail and you can find Trump’s face in even the tiniest of bodies featured within the original. It’s truly a nightmare-inducing masterpiece.

Perhaps this is a bit askew from The Beatles’ original vision. The living Beatles, Paul and Ringo Starr, have each subtly expressed that they’re anti-Trump in their own ways, but their original album art was barely a political statement. Still, separating music from the omnipresence of Trump in this age is impossible. When listening even to music from the past, Trump is still on your brain, or about to be.

A recent Paris Review article about this phenomenon concluded by quoting the music critic Greil Marcus. A fan had asked on the critic’s website, “What are the key issues for music criticism in 2017?” Here’s Marcus’ response:

I can’t speak for anyone but myself. For me, what’s crucial is not to write about music, or anything else, without a sense of tyranny surrounding any attempt at communication, expression, or free speech of any sort.

“Sgt. Pepper’s” ends with the song “A Day in the Life,” which lyrically begins with Lennon singing, “I read the news today, oh boy.”

In 2017, this line would undoubtedly refer to Trump. Every single day. 

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We’ve Got A Right To Be Mad About Beyoncé Losing ‘Album Of The Year’

No. Those who expressed their disappointment in Beyoncé losing the Album of the Year Award at Sunday Night’s Grammy Awards were not overreacting.

Yes, there are ostensibly “more important” things going on in the world than a multi-millionaire superstar losing one award on a night where she won two others, but it’s possible ― and even necessary ― to care about more than one thing at a time. 

And this is worth talking about. 

On a night that opened with a very political message from Jennifer Lopez who quoted Toni Morrison and said that “at this particular point in history, our voices are needed more than ever,” Beyoncé losing Album of the Year, the most important award of the night, felt like a much bigger loss than the usual award show snub. 

Adele’s “25” is a good album. It was an immensely successful album. After five years outside of the limelight, Adele came back with a highly anticipated record that sold over 8 million copies in the United States alone in 2016. “Lemonade” sold only 1.5 million.

If the criteria for Grammy wins was based solely on records sold, then maybe Adele’s win for Album of the Year would make more sense, maybe it would be easier to accept. But even Adele herself said on stage that she couldn’t “possibly accept this award,”(though she did) and that “The ‘Lemonade’ album is just so monumental.” 

She’s right. Again, “25” was a good album! But “Lemonade,” whether you enjoyed it or not, was a cultural event, a moment in which Beyoncé put all her personal, spiritual, and artistic cards on the table. It was a cohesive body of work that, as Beyoncé described it in her only acceptance speech of the night (for Contemporary Album) gave “voice to the pain,” and strength, of black women.

“Lemonade” said something and meant something to so many people, especially young women of color who saw themselves reflected in the stories and tableaux crafted by Beyoncé and her team (both in video and in song). Arguably the most popular black singer in the world had not only churned out a stellar piece of work, she’s also chosen for that work to be black as hellspecifically black, unavoidably black. 

Because of “Lemonade,” phrases like “Becky with the good hair” and “Jackson Five nostrils” and “hot sauce in my bag” entered the mainstream lexicon. While others tried to claim them, dismantle them, and rework them for their own use, they still remained to intrinsically ours, so intrinsically black. That was huge. That was a moment

Lauryn Hill was the last black woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys. That was in 1999. Since then, Beyoncé has become the most-nominated woman ever at the show, with a whopping 62 nominations. Of the three times she’s been nominated for Album of The Year, she’s lost out to Taylor Swift, Beck, and now Adele. As Adele said to the press Sunday night, “What the fuck does [Beyoncé] have to do to win Album of the Year?”

The disappointment and even the outrage flooding Twitter and Facebook in the aftermath of Bey’s snub should really come as no surprise. The Grammys have a long legacy of using important and popular black artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar to boost ratings while failing to give them the big noms and awards of the night. But, damn.

If even Beyoncé can’t get the top award of the night for a record like Lemonade,” after turning in an incredible performance (while pregnant with twins, no less), what exactly does that say about the black experience in America? Seriously? Yes, Beyoncé is the winner of many awards. She’s rich and successful and has definitely benefited in the past from her light skin and bleached locks. It’s interesting how, now that she’s incorporated her blackness and her politics more explicitly in her music, no longer here to just grind and sing catchy love songs to the masses, the systemic realities of being a proudly black woman in a white-dominated industry have come to light. 

What’s important to remember is that Beyoncé is an artist. And that’s what’s so frustrating about America’s love of black culture. So often, black entertainment is sought after and greedily consumed, but it’s delegitimized as art because of its inherent blackness. Look at the histories of black musical art forms like jazz and hip-hop, cultural phenomenons that were looked on as nothing but fads until they were validated by white audiences and artists who consumed and regurgitated them for the mainstream. 

That’s why “Lemonade” has meant so much to so many black people who needed (and continue to need) an album like this to exist. It’s nice that Adele said something in that moment up on stage. Though some chafed at her mention of what “Lemonade” meant not only to her but to her “black friends,” the album’s significance as a specifically powerful black cultural moment should have been acknowledged, and celebrated. It’s sad that it wasn’t the Recording Artists Academy that thought that was worth celebrating.  

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Aretha Franklin Says She’ll ‘Retire’ After Releasing Her Upcoming Album

Aretha Franklin has said she plans to retire, but not before she releases her next album in the fall.

“I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” the legendary singer told Detroit’s Local 4. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

The “Respect” singer expressed her excitement about the new album ― set for release in September ― telling the outlet she “can’t wait to get in the studio.” On top of that, the Queen of Soul plans to tour with the album (on select dates) for about six months. 

By the sound of it, “retirement” seems to be a loose term for Franklin, who also admitted she’ll do “some select things” here and there. Most of all, though, she just wants to spend time with her grandchildren. 

The music icon said the announcement is bittersweet for her because she’s been in the industry for so long, but it appears she’s looking forward to slowing down.

“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” Franklin told Local 4. “I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good, either.” 

Bless you, Aretha Franklin. 

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The musician is marking the release of I Decided. with four pop-up shops in the U.S. and Canada.

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Sarah McQuaid Tours and Enchants With Her Brilliant New Album, Walking Into White

Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid. The soulful singer, smart and sensuous songwriter, and scintillating guitarist has been hidden in plain sight with three gorgeous solo albums, and her fourth — the recently-released, critically-acclaimed Walking Into White — reveals a truly magnificent artist primed to enchant the masses. Sarah’s current U.S. tour continues through October before she carries on in the U.K., and listen: I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever. One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.

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Sarah McQuaid

photo by Phil Nicholls

While Mrs. McQuaid and her Jedi-esque manager-engineer Martin Stansbury log thousands of highway miles, it’s my pleasure to join them for terrific Thai cuisine and discuss the storied life and career of this focused yet easygoing chanteuse. We promptly explore Walking Into White:

“It was new territory for me in a number of ways,” reveals Sarah. “I was working with my cousin, Adam Pierce, as producer, whereas the previous three albums were all recorded in Ireland with Gerry O’Beirne producing, and this one was recorded in Cornwall, New York, with Adam producing. Another change is that the previous albums were all made over fairly sizable periods of time — where I would kind of go in, and do a recording session, and then come back out, and then go back in and record some more.”

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“With Walking Into White,” the artist continues, “I already was in a really hectic tour schedule when the album was being planned, and over the few years in between The Plum Tree and the Rose and Walking Into White, I was constantly jotting down song ideas — both using audio memos on my phone, jotting down little melodic ideas, and chord progressions and so on — and also writing down bits of lyrics. Because the tour schedule was so hectic, I hadn’t finished a single song by the time we booked the studio time. We really just had 15 days in three weeks to do the whole thing: to record and mix the album. That actually turned out to be a really good way of working, and I’m going to do that again.

“Because the songs were all written in one intensive session, I think they fit together really well, and I think also I was conscious of making them all quite different from each other, in terms of: rhythmically, and what keys they’re in, and what I was doing with the guitar, and what the general feel of the song was. I was thinking, ‘I’m putting a suite of music together, and I want to make sure there’s plenty of variety and contrast.’ And also they all came out of the same kind of creative space, in a way, if that’s not too airy-fairy a way to talk.”

For new songs “Where the Wind Decides to Blow,” “The Tide,” and the title track, Sarah illuminates in her new album a literary inspiration perhaps unfamiliar to American audiences.

“It reflects a moment in time, and what themes are running through my head, and I guess one big theme would be the natural world and how we interact with it: partly because I was reading this series of books to my kids — Swallows and Amazons, which are all written by Arthur Ransome — and thinking about how a lot of situations in the books were kind of wonderful kind of metaphors for life, you know — and metaphors drawn from the natural world.”

Born in Spain, Sarah grew up in Chicago and Washington, D.C., before carrying on through disparate locales such as France, Pennsylvania, and Ireland — eventually settling in England’s west country. Since she impressively cites the decidedly-not-Disneyfied Wind and the Willows chapter, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” as an inspiration for “Pipe and Tabor” (from her album Crow Coyote Buffalo, with singer Zoë Pollock, together as duo Mama), I ask if she also grew up with the Swallows and Amazons series.

“My husband had read them as a kid,” she clarifies. “They were written back in the ’20s and ’30s, and they’d been read to my husband by his mum, and at some stage, when the kids were young, my in-laws, his parents, gave us a box set of all 13 books. He was like, ‘Oh, these are great!’ And I had never come across them, because I don’t think they really made it over to this country. They’re very English books — and they’re of their time. There are a few politically incorrect moments in them — which I kind of fudged over when reading them aloud to my kids. (laughs) With asides of, ‘Now, this is the way people used to talk in those days.’ (laughs) ‘We don’t do this anymore.'”

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“And songs that aren’t drawn from the Swallows and Amazons series,” Sarah elaborates, “like ‘Yellowstone’ was inspired by a thing my son wrote on a piece of paper. Basically he was lying awake at night and worrying about things, so I said to him — because this had worked for me — I said, ‘Why don’t you try writing down your worries on different pieces of paper, and once they’re written down, they’re on the paper, and they don’t have to be in your head anymore.’ He did that, and that worked for him, but of course I being his mother had to go and look through the bits of paper where he’d written down the things that he was worried about. And one of the things that he was worried about was this underground volcano underneath Yellowstone, and the danger that it would erupt and somehow set off a chain reaction of volcanoes.”

Sarah notes that at the show I attended, a geologist approached and explained to her that her son’s elaborate chain-reaction concerns were unfounded. But still that volcano is potentially problematic. I ask how her son found out about it.

“Well, he’s an inveterate reader of Wikipedia,” she laughs. “So, we don’t have TV at all, but we do have computers, and he’s a mine of information which he gets off Wikipedia. He comes up with the maddest things like: gummy bears came up in conversation one time. I don’t know — somebody mentioned gummy bears. Were you talking about Haribo, Martin?”

“I think we were talking about Haribo,” responds the stalwart Martin. “We’d been in Germany.”

“You want peanut sauce?” knowingly asks the server.

Affirmative on the peanut sauce. Sarah cheerfully continues:

“Somebody was talking about gummy bears, and my son said: ‘Gummy bears were invented by so-and-so in such a year, by somebody in Germany in 1926’ or whatever — and I was like, ‘Really?! Let’s see if he’s right!’ and I got out my phone, and looked it up, and he was right.”

I let slip a flash of sincere wonder.

“He just has the most amazing ability to retain information,” adds Sarah.

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Between tour dates in Toledo and Chicago,
Sarah makes a new friend in South Bend, Indiana

photo by Martin Stansbury

One of the standout songs on Walking Into White is “Jackdaws Rising,” which makes for brilliant and unusual performance material, with Sarah delivering its polyrhythms via stomps and handclaps, plus a round of three simultaneous verses, all looped live by maestro Martin. I ask if she’s dealing in metaphor, but not particularly: these jackdaws really swoop where she lives, and this is a word painting.

“I’m just describing what I see. I guess the kind of metaphorical bit, where I get kind of dreamy about it, is I’m thinking about the whole thing of twilight, and the whole thing about the crossing of worlds, and that this is the time when there’s a window through to the spirit world, and it’s supposed to be the time when all the ghosts are about, as well. It feels kind of spooky, because — you can imagine, this cloud of black birds suddenly all flying up at once into the sky, and making huge amounts of noise, and then they [whooshing sound effect] back into the tree again. It’s an amazing time.”

(“Damn, you’re cool,” silently reflects the journalist. “Why aren’t more people cool like you?”)

In closing, I ask the inspiration for the album’s lovely opener, “Low Winter Sun.”

“‘Low Winter Sun’ — that also is kind of a word picture of a very specific time and place. It’s driving up the hill from my house up to the nearest village — especially in winter, when the sun is low. As you’re driving up the hill, the sun just hits you straight on in the face, and blinds you, and you can’t see anything. And there’s these wonderful kind of stunted hawthorn trees, and the wind has shaped them, so they’re kind of curved over. And when it’s winter, and the branches are really clearly outlined, and the sun is hitting you in the face, you see this branch shape against the light, and it’s just really stark and very intense.

“It’s funny,” smiles Sarah, patient as her Pad Thai cools, “because I try to write songs that are universal in the sense that anybody can listen to them, and feel like it’s about their life in some way, but with imagery, I tend to pick on a particular, very specific piece of imagery. But hopefully my emotional reaction to that very specific image is similar to the emotional reaction another person would have to the same image. So if I describe the image, then maybe the emotion can be universal.

“If that makes any sense!”

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photo by Phil Nicholls

Yes, Sarah McQuaid is a major discovery, her devotion to songcraft impressive, her nuanced delivery grounded yet heavenly. As music magazine The Living Tradition aptly put it, Sarah is world class. And she’s presently touring. Seeking treasure? Here you go.

Images and videos courtesy of Sarah McQuaid.

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Pope Francis Is Releasing A Pop-Rock Album In November

Looks like someone answered our prayers.  

According to the Rolling Stone, Pope Francis will release a “prog-rock-infused album” called “Wake Up!” in November of this year. The 11-song album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes. Premiering on Nov. 27, 2015, it will feature Pope Francis’ “words and prayers.”

The album is a collaboration between the Pope and Believe Digital, an independent artist distribution company in Europe. According to Don Giulio Neroni, who worked on the album, this is not the first time a Pope has released music. 

“I had the honor to work with John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis,” said Neroni in Rolling Stone. “As in the past, for this album too, I tried to be strongly faithful to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis: the Pope of dialogue, open doors, hospitality.”

Head over to Soundcloud to hear the Pope’s first single, called “Wake Up! Go! Go Forward!” now. Or, buy the single here on iTunes for $ 1.29. 

H/T Rolling Stone

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16 Wedding Photo Outtakes That Deserve A Place In The Album

Picture-perfect wedding photos are great and all, but sometimes it’s the silly shots and goofy mishaps that are the most fun to look at.

 

Below, we present 16 wedding photo outtakes for your amusement.  

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A Look At Bernie Sanders’ Spoken Word Album And Full Discography

We all know that Bernie Sanders recorded a spoken word album. But not a lot of people know that Bernie has a robust catolog of musical work. So I thought it was important to look at all of Bernie Sanders’ albums and see where his spoken word album landed. Also, I’m sure you’ve been in one of those “What’s your favorite Bernie Sanders song?” conversations at a party. Everybody is rattling off hits like “We Shall Overcome” and “The Banks Are Made Of Marble,” and you’re thinking, “Those are the only two I know!” Don’t worry! This should help you out.

“We Shall Overcome” (1987) 

The album that put him on the musical map. Just great top to bottom. It speaks to his ability, and we get a sense of exactly who he is and what he’s about. Very rare for a freshman album.

RATING: 4.5/5

BEST TRACKS:

“We Shall Overcome”

 ”The Banks Are Made Of Marble

“Bernie Sanders Live” (1988)

Bernie LIVE at the Forum. This release was a brilliant move by Bernie to simmer expectation after such a hot start. He decided to record a live album with everybody’s favorite hits while sprinkling in a few new tracks. Also, some of the best mid-song banter OF ALL TIME! Guy took three to six questions from the audience between every song.

RATING: 4/5 

BEST TRACKS:

The Top 1% Of Our Countries Wealth Governs The Bottom 45%”

We’re Living In An Oligarchy And Here’s Why!”

“Bernie” (1989)

Bernie’s true sophomore album fulfilled every bit of expectation. Bernie spends every track on this album taking on race relations and shining a light on topics that nobody was talking about at the time. With tunes to make you get up and get down. I mean the hook in “Institutional Racism Is Real And We’ve Done Little To Stop It” makes you want to jump on your bed and scream, “BERNIE BABY!”

RATING: 4/5

BEST TRACKS

Institutional Racism Is Real And We’ve Done Little To Stop It

Minorities Shouldn’t Have To Work Three Jobs To Make Rent 

“The Banks Did WHAT?!” (1997)

A change from his usual beat. Bernie’s first (and only) comedy album was met with confusion and disdain. Mainly because his audience knew him to be a soulful musician, NOT an angry Lewis Black-style comic. I’m sure you’ll find some die-hard fans that say it’s his best work, but they just don’t want to accept that their hero miffed.

It happens.

RATING: 1/5

BEST TRACKS

”Not ONE Has Been Prosecuted!”

The Differences Between Bankers And Middle Class Families”

“Self-Titled” (2013)

Magic. A return to form that felt new and alive. If you haven’t heard this album, stop what you’re doing and download it NOW. Not tomorrow. Not when it’s convienent. NOW! 

RATING: 5/5

BEST TRACKS

The Census Bureau Report On Income And Poverty In The US 1988-2013″

Citizens United Has Done More To Divide This Country And Stagnate Reform Than Any Other Piece Of Legislation In Our Nation’s History. This Is How We Must Address It.”

 

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A Look At Bernie Sanders’ Spoken Word Album And Full Discography

We all know that Bernie Sanders recorded a spoken word album. But not a lot of people know that Bernie has a robust catolog of musical work. So I thought it was important to look at all of Bernie Sanders’ albums and see where his spoken word album landed. Also, I’m sure you’ve been in one of those “What’s your favorite Bernie Sanders song?” conversations at a party. Everybody is rattling off hits like “We Shall Overcome” and “The Banks Are Made Of Marble,” and you’re thinking, “Those are the only two I know!” Don’t worry! This should help you out.

“We Shall Overcome” (1987) 

The album that put him on the musical map. Just great top to bottom. It speaks to his ability, and we get a sense of exactly who he is and what he’s about. Very rare for a freshman album.

RATING: 4.5/5

BEST TRACKS:

“We Shall Overcome”

 ”The Banks Are Made Of Marble

“Bernie Sanders Live” (1988)

Bernie LIVE at the Forum. This release was a brilliant move by Bernie to simmer expectation after such a hot start. He decided to record a live album with everybody’s favorite hits while sprinkling in a few new tracks. Also, some of the best mid-song banter OF ALL TIME! Guy took three to six questions from the audience between every song.

RATING: 4/5 

BEST TRACKS:

The Top 1% Of Our Countries Wealth Governs The Bottom 45%”

We’re Living In An Oligarchy And Here’s Why!”

“Bernie” (1989)

Bernie’s true sophomore album fulfilled every bit of expectation. Bernie spends every track on this album taking on race relations and shining a light on topics that nobody was talking about at the time. With tunes to make you get up and get down. I mean the hook in “Institutional Racism Is Real And We’ve Done Little To Stop It” makes you want to jump on your bed and scream, “BERNIE BABY!”

RATING: 4/5

BEST TRACKS

Institutional Racism Is Real And We’ve Done Little To Stop It

Minorities Shouldn’t Have To Work Three Jobs To Make Rent 

“The Banks Did WHAT?!” (1997)

A change from his usual beat. Bernie’s first (and only) comedy album was met with confusion and disdain. Mainly because his audience knew him to be a soulful musician, NOT an angry Lewis Black-style comic. I’m sure you’ll find some die-hard fans that say it’s his best work, but they just don’t want to accept that their hero miffed.

It happens.

RATING: 1/5

BEST TRACKS

”Not ONE Has Been Prosecuted!”

The Differences Between Bankers And Middle Class Families”

“Self-Titled” (2013)

Magic. A return to form that felt new and alive. If you haven’t heard this album, stop what you’re doing and download it NOW. Not tomorrow. Not when it’s convienent. NOW! 

RATING: 5/5

BEST TRACKS

The Census Bureau Report On Income And Poverty In The US 1988-2013″

Citizens United Has Done More To Divide This Country And Stagnate Reform Than Any Other Piece Of Legislation In Our Nation’s History. This Is How We Must Address It.”

 

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Lil Wayne Drops New Album, ‘FWA,’ On Tidal

Lil Wayne just gave us one more reason to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend.

At midnight on Saturday, the rapper surprise-released his new album, “FWA,” (short for the “Free Weezy Album”) exclusively on Tidal. The 15-track album features the 33-year-old’s new single, “Glory,” as well as collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and Cory Gunz, among others.

Though Lil Wayne dropped the new music unannounced, he previously hinted that he had something in the works with Tidal, the streaming service partly owned by Jay Z.

“I just signed a deal with my motherfucking idol Jay Z,” the “Lollipop” rapper told the crowd at KMEL’s Summer Jam in Oakland, California, in June.

Let freedom and the new Lil Wayne album ring, y’all.

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Christina Aguilera Releases New Ballad, ‘Anywhere But Here’ For ‘Finding Neverland’ Album

Christina Aguilera takes on Neverland in her latest song “Anywhere But Here.”

The singer released the lyric video for the new song on Tuesday, which is Aguilera’s reimagining of the opening song from Broadway musical “Finding Neverland.” Matthew Morrison of “Glee” sings the original song in the stage production, which follows the story of author J.M. Barrie, the man behind Peter Pan.

Aguilera is just one of the many musical names contributing to the Broadway show’s concept album. “Finding Neverland the Album” also features music from Zendaya, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez and Trey Songz, Nick Jonas, and more. The album comes out on June 9.

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James Taylor’s Next Album Comes Out This June

James Taylor hasn’t released an album of original songs since 2002’s “October Road,” but he’s making a comeback this summer when he releases “Before This World.”

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Madonna Releases Six New Songs In Response To ‘Rebel Heart’ Album Leak

Unfinished mixes of Madonna’s upcoming album, “Rebel Heart,” appeared on the Internet this week after leakers decided they couldn’t wait until spring 2015 for the Queen of Pop’s “MDNA” follow-up. In the wake of their actions, Madonna randomly released six new songs off the album, immediately available for purchase on iTunes and other online retailers.

“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living for Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring,” Madonna said in a statement. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”

The released tracks include “Living for Love,” “Ghosttown,” “Devil Pray,” “Illuminati,” “Unapologetic Bitch” and “Bitch I’m Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj. Producers include Madonna, herself, Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, Dahi and Blood Diamonds. In an Instagram post that has now been deleted, Madonna reportedly described the leak as “artistic rape”:

This is artistic rape!! These are early leaked demo’s half of which wont even make it on my album the other half have changed and evolved. This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?

“Rebel Heart” will be available for purchase during the first week of March, and Madonna will release more new music on Feb. 9.
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Logic’s ‘Under Pressure’ Is 2014’s Best Hip-Hop Album So Far

When you release a series of acclaimed mixtapes like the “Young Sinatra” series, and the time for your major debut has come, pressure tends to build. When your sister calls you crying because she can’t shake the memory of the man who raped her — and she’s popping pills because she thinks she’s repeating the same mistakes as your mother — pressure tends to build. When you’re dad, who was absent for almost all of your life, addicted to crack cocaine, calls asking you to stop rapping about his addiction and also requests money for his new girlfriend, pressure tends to build.

This is the world of Logic, and the many adversities he’s encountered during the first 24 years of his life could have kept the Maryland-born rapper anchored below the surface. But what would seem a cage to almost anyone –the once “literal underground artist” spent his mixtape years living and recording in his friend’s basement, which is depicted on his new album’s cover — was not: The travails of Logic’s life became an oubliette, and when enough pressure comes in contact with the right body, the result is a diamond.

To say Logic’s “Under Pressure” lived up to its hype would be an understatement. Throughout the album’s 12 tracks, Logic continues to demonstrate that he has one of the top five flows in the game. He also amps up his production chops, providing tracks that comfortably stand in line with Visionary Music Group’s sawed-off shotgun that is in-house producer 6ix and the record’s other contributors.

“It’s where I truly found myself, as an artist, as a young man, who I want to be, how I want to be perceived,” Logic told The Huffington Post. “The first thing you hear is the homage to Tribe Called Quest, you hear this computerized voice that is similar to ‘Midnight Marauders.’ The difference in mine is that I gave her a name, and her name is Thalia, one of nine sisters and daughters of the Greek god Zeus. Thalia was the muse of music, so it’s like it’s my muse taking you through all these cool little tidbits and fun facts about how the album was created. And overall, it’s a coming-of-age story about a young man growing into the man you see today and all the things I had to go through. From coming up broke, Section 8 housing, my mom and dad dealing with their drug addiction and alcoholism and them not ever being married, so my dad not really being around, and just all the things I witnessed.”

From the piano-led crooner that is “Intro” to the glitching vocal beat of “I’m Gone” to the hollow trap of “Nikki,” Logic pulls equally from golden age and new class artists, creating a 56-minute head-bobber that carefully balances its raps and beats. It’s the title track that captures the album at its most essential, featuring almost six extra minutes from the single version. In the addition, there are voicemails from his sister, brother and father, as well as Logic’s reply, revealing his struggle to let and keep his family in his life. “They say family is everything, I swear that shit the truth / I should spend it all with y’all, but I spend it in the booth / This is everything I love, this is everything I need / Never sacrifice this feeling even though my heart it bleed,” Logic raps. “Under Pressure” received an accompanying video that gives insight into what Logic wants listeners to take from the album.

“The whole thing really is deep,” Logic said. “The song and album ‘Under Pressure’ obviously hints diamonds, so the entire thing is a diamond heist, so it’s almost like breaking into the game. You’re trying to take out the best rappers, and not by dissing, but by your achievements. For me it’s almost like a Robin Hood story. Some people see it as violent, but it’s like, okay, you could take it there, but it’s a metaphor. It’s not like I’m chipping off heads or whatever. You go through all these obstacles, literally the ups and downs of all you go through to get these diamonds, and then go spread that to the world.

Another intriguing element to “Under Pressure” is the lack of any features from any other artists, a very uncommon occurrence for a hip-hop studio record.

“I wanted to create something that was just mine, my story,” Logic said. “I haven’t met Kendrick [Lamar] yet, but he’s someone I could envision on this record, or J. Cole, Nas, all these great people. And then I was with Don Cannon and he was like, not talking about anyone specifically, ‘Man, fuck everybody. This is your story. This what you have waited all your life to tell and you should tell it on your own.’ I thought about it, and realized he was right. I don’t need a cosign. It doesn’t matter who you are, being on this album isn’t going to help me sell records. They are going to listen to Logic because they like Logic. They might buy that single or that one track, but they’re not going to get the album. I decided I don’t need that, I don’t want that, I just want to tell my story, and then work with all the homies afterwards.”

As for other artists who are experiencing the same struggles that he encountered in his life, Logic has some suggestions for how they can take their art to the next level:

The first thing you have to do is get out of your city. Wherever you are, get the hell out of there because you will not shine, you will only be known as local talent. Word hard and be dedicated, but don’t be a fake hard worker. You can’t be at the club the whole time and pretend like you’re in the studio. You literally have to make it your everything. Kanye West, Sinatra, Michael Jackson, all the greatest of the greats have made their craft their everything. Made it their life and sacrificed years to be the best. You also need a team. It’s not about money, so don’t think about that first, it will come later. Be a good person, be kind and shake everybody’s hand in the room. If you don;t know about business, find somebody out there that knows about business and have them teach you the business while they’re working the business for you. Be smart and hopefully things will work out for you.

“Under Pressure” is undeniably the best hip-hop album of 2014 so far. This might only be Logic’s debut, but “Under Pressure” is the kind of record that listeners will look back upon 10 years from now with great fondness. Talent will make an artist famous, but it’s the courage, perseverance and kindness that Logic embodies that make an artist last.


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Sorry, Adele’s New Album Isn’t Coming Out This Year

In today’s bummer news, Adele will release an album this year. Rumors about new music have circulated for months, but the New York Times now reports that we shouldn’t expect a new album from her until at least next year.

According to a statement in her label’s, XL Recordings, financial report, “There will not be a further new release by Adele during 2014 and consequently there will be a fall in XL’s turnover and profits.” The report was filed on Thursday in Britain, where XL is headquartered. The report also noted that Adele’s back catalogue — namely her 2011 album “21,” which sold over 25 million copies — counted for a “significant proportion of the sales and profit” in 2013.

Adele fueled the rumor mill earlier this year when she tweeted a cryptic message in May: “Bye bye 25… See you again later in the year.” Many fans took this to mean that she would release new music by the end of 2014, but, alas, they were wrong. May we suggest soothing your weary hearts with Aretha Franklin’s new cover of “Rolling In The Deep”?

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The Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway Photo Album – Feb 23, 2007 (English eBook)

The Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway Photo Album – Feb 23, 2007 (English eBook)


Have you ever wondered what it would be like, to skate on the longest ice rink in the world the Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway? This photo album show cases the incredibly fun Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway a few days after the Ottawa Winterlude Festival, which is held every year during the month of February from the 4th to 18th, in Ottawa Canada. It is the largest, most popular, and most fun event of its kind in the world! After skating on the Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway it is off to one of the best restaurants in Ottawa, Fathers and Sons. Located near the University of Ottawa, this university student oriented restaurant is renowned for its breakfast specials, delicious lunches and dinners all at very affordable prices. Fathers and Sons is a must stop for those visiting Ottawa to go skating on the Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway. Simple student atmosphere with very friendly service. I am a little biased though as this is my favorite spot! Afterward a delicious lunch at Fathers and Sons it is off on a shopping adventure to the Place D’Orleans Mall located 15.6km east of Ottawa (from the center). Place D’Orleans is only one of several great shopping malls in the city of Ottawa. Women visiting Ottawa for the first time will find Ottawa Malls irresistible. They simply have so many great products to offer. For those like me into high energy dance music, HMV is simply one of the best music stores in North America. I will travel all the way from California twice a year just to shop at the HMV at the Place D’Orleans Mall. Their dance music selection is simply one of the best. The pictures in this photo album were all taken on Friday Feb 23, 2007. The crowd on the ice was estimated at about 5,000 people. Discover the amazing Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway, the most popular and longest ice rink in the world at 7.8km (5 miles) long! Come join in the excitement and then afterwards have even more fun shopping at one of Ottawa’s great malls! It will be a winter skating h

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ZZ Top Autographed Signed El Loco Album PSA/DNA & Video Proof

ZZ Top Autographed Signed El Loco Album PSA/DNA & Video Proof


ZZ Top Autographed Signed El Loco Album PSA/DNA & Video Proof This is a ZZ Top album hand signed in person by Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top. This was hand signed at Mohegan Sun Casino on 7/19/09 in Uncasville, CT during a meet and greet.  Comes with video proof.     This is an authentic in person autographed album cover custom framed and double matted using white and gold acid free mats so that this priceless piece of rare memorabilia will not only display wonderfully but will also last. For the frame, you have your choice of black as shown, or we have an elaborate gold frame.  Whichever you prefer, you will be adding a stunning piece of music memorabilia that will display impeccably in any room, on any wall, at any location. The overall size of this signed piece is nearly 20" x 25". It's certainly one that will stand out among the rest and will be shipped in a manner to ensure a safe arrival. This item comes CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC and was hand signed in person and guaranteed for life. The COA that accompanies this item is not just a plain piece of paper, it's a Certificate from a UACC Registered Dealer (Autograph Pros is UACC RD #237). This elite organization is not just a pay for membership and your in club, there are strict guidelines to become a member and a very strict Code Of Ethics which mainly revolves around ensuring only 100% authentic autographs. If you have any questions about this item please don't hessitate to ask. You may also choose to visit our PROOF GALLERY where we have photos of all these celebrities signing OUR ITEMS.    PLEASE NOTE :  We now have 4 different types and colors of frames to offer you so please let us know if you'd like this framed in another style frame and we'll be happy to do so.    In addition to our own certification this item has been examined and certified authentic by PSA/DNA and features their tamper resistant PSA/DNA sticker with unique # which can be looked up on their website for confirmation.  The PSA/DNA # is: J14297 PSA/DNA is the world's leading third party autograph authenticator.  This item has undergone their full thorough examination and was deemed hand signed and authentic.  It was then marked with a dna strand, invisible to the naked eye but can be viewed using a specially calibrated infrared laser.  Their authentication firm includes life long experience, a nationally recognized reputation, the largest exemplar file in the hobby and formal training in the field of Forensic Document Examination combine to offer the most reliable service to identify autograph legitimacy. The Letters of Authenticity that are generated are guaranteed to be accepted by any major auction house . Clientele include most national auction houses (Christie's, Mastro Fine Sport, Grey Flannel, Hunt Auctions, etc), dealers, collectors and investors nationwide.  Their certification definitely adds great value to this autographed item.  Simply put, having documentation from a UACC Registered Dealer and also from PSA/DNA puts this item in the most elite and sought after collectible category available. 
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TIME Regrets Naming Pope Francis ‘Person Of The Year’ After Beyoncé Drops Surprise Album

Staff at TIME have been left fuming after Beyoncé released a surprise album just days after the magazine chose the Pope as their Person Of The Year.

“I told them we should wait at least a few weeks for any late entries,” one unnamed staffer told HuffPost UK Comedy. “But they wouldn’t listen. Now look what’s happened.”

“Beyoncé unexpectedly dropping a new album is a complete game-changer,” said another. “There’s nothing Pope Francis could have done to beat this… except for releasing an album. And even then, he’d have to better 14 new songs and 17 videos.”

Beyoncé is now expected to be a last-minute entry on at least 500 end-of-year lists, including 2013’s Best Albums and 2013’s Most Overrated Albums.

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Beyonce Surprises Fans With New Album Featuring Jay Z, Blue Ivy, Drake

Beyonce knows her way around a holiday surprise. The singer end-capped 2013 with an “exclusive visual album” that hit iTunes as Thursday ticked into Friday morning. Her fifth LP is entitled “Beyoncé” and features tracks with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and the singer’s daughter, Blue Ivy.

Every song on the album also comes with its own music video, a mammoth investment for a singer at Bey’s level. The project comes amid whispers that Beyonce — who let the Presidential Inauguration and Super Bowl pass without a new single — wouldn’t let 2013 go without a new album. Whispers turned into a reality that played out on Twitter, where fans excitedly shared the news, mostly in all-caps messages that included the letters “OMG.”

Previously teased tracks “Standing in the Sun” and “Grown Woman” (which apparently has a video on the way, too) — did not make the album. “I see music,” Beyoncé said in a press release provided shortly after the album hit iTunes. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she continued. “I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

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