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‘Damn Country Music’ review: Tim McGraw diversifies

‘Damn Country Music’ review: Tim McGraw diversifies

January 12, 2016


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By Glenn Gamboa Newsday (TNS) Tim McGraw doesn’t follow country trends. Sure, he keeps up-to-date production-wise. But on “Damn Country Music” (McGraw Music/Big Machine), his 14th studio album, McGraw refuses to join his Nashville contemporaries in narrowing their focus to a single, very successfu...

Adele’s ‘25’ hit the stratosphere in 2015, eclipsing news of music streaming gains

January 12, 2016


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By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) The story of the year in the music industry should have been music streaming, as consumers almost doubled their use of streaming services in 2015. But then along came Adele. Just six weeks before the curtain fell on a year in which audio and video streaming...

Do We Really Need Another Festival? Nope

May 7, 2015


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By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (TNS) In what’s become a kind of seasonal migration, the country’s most successful musical acts are heading to the highways to take their art to the people. After conferring with their booking agents, they’ll plot courses, rent buses and hotel suites and fan out i...

Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

April 30, 2015


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By Jon Bream Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) She is named after a Welsh mythological spirit. She calls a guy named T Bone her “fairy godfather.” And she just led a singalong at the White House with Barack and Michelle. Rhiannon Giddens has been on a roll since hip producer T Bone Burnett ca...

Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Is Dense, Difficult, Grandiose

Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Is Dense, Difficult, Grandiose

March 19, 2015


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By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (TNS) So soon after its unexpected issue late Sunday, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” the new record by Compton-raised rapper and lyricist Kendrick Lamar, is still settling in, less a voluminous whole than a germinal swirl of phrases, grooves, bass lines and themes bot...

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

March 17, 2015


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By Glenn Gamboa Newsday (TNS) The problem with “Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1” (20th Century Fox/ Columbia) is one most soundtracks have: The focus isn’t on the music. These songs generally have to drive story lines, not album sales, so they may be great in the show, but not as...

Pharrell Williams Denies ‘Blurred Lines’ Copied Marvin Gaye Song

Pharrell Williams Denies ‘Blurred Lines’ Copied Marvin Gaye Song

March 5, 2015


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By Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Producer Pharrell Williams testified Wednesday that he may have been channeling the “feel” of Marvin Gaye and the late 70s, but he did not specifically discuss or have the late musician in mind when he wrote the hit 2013 song “Blurred L...

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

February 26, 2015


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By Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The stage was a witness box barely 3 feet wide, but Robin Thicke sang, played the piano and even danced a little in his seat during his testimony Wednesday for his copyright trial against Marvin Gaye’s children. Thicke took the stand in a...

Town Paid Garth Brooks $1 million To Open Tour

Town Paid Garth Brooks $1 million To Open Tour

February 24, 2015


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By Stacy St. Clair Chicago Tribune (TNS)  CHICAGO — The town of Rosemont, Ill., paid country superstar Garth Brooks more than $1 million to launch his comeback tour last year at its Allstate Arena, records show, but officials say the village made twice that much. According to an agreement bet...

2015 Grammys: Kanye West Blasts Beck’s Album Of The Year Win

2015 Grammys: Kanye West Blasts Beck’s Album Of The Year Win

February 10, 2015


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By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Kanye West’s mock stage-rushing during Beck’s acceptance speech for album of the year at the Grammys initially seemed like a fun joke at his own expense. The last time West pulled a similar stunt, it was 2009, and he was protesting Taylor S...

In ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ Common Addresses The Violence That Has Been Ripping Through His Native Chicago

February 6, 2015


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By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Common has already lighted up the awards season with his powerful perseverance anthem “Glory.” Taken from the historical drama “Selma,” the single he created with R&B singer John Legend that connects past injustice with present unrest has taken the ...

Garth Brooks: The Comeback Of The Century So Far

Garth Brooks: The Comeback Of The Century So Far

February 5, 2015


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By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) PITTSBURGH — There’s always a chance that Led Zeppelin will go back in the studio or Jim Morrison will return out of the blue, but we can probably go ahead and declare the return of Garth Brooks “the comeback of the century” so far. The countr...

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