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Keith Urban takes a leap with new album ‘Ripcord’ while keeping a strong grip on his fan base

Keith Urban takes a leap with new album ‘Ripcord’ while keeping a strong grip on his fan base

June 25, 2016


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Recording last year in New York, Keith Urban pulled out his trusty ganjo — a six-string version of a banjo that’s a hybrid with a guitar — and began to pick. He was at a recording studio collaborating with veteran R&B disco musician, producer and songwriter Nile Rodgers, who had a typical response ...

With ‘Lemonade,’ Beyonce shows she doesn’t need Hollywood one bit

With ‘Lemonade,’ Beyonce shows she doesn’t need Hollywood one bit

May 16, 2016


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There was a time when Beyonce wanted to be a movie star. That was, after all, the traditional trajectory for pop singers who were bursting at the seams of music stardom — especially “divas.” Break out, break big, dominate the charts, star in a bunch of movies, become a household name. Basically, f...

Living large with the U.K. band the 1975

Living large with the U.K. band the 1975

By Mikael Wood

March 1, 2016


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Los Angeles Times (TNS) The video is remarkable, a true window into its subject’s soul. Posted last year on TMZ, the two-minute clip shows Matthew Healy, frontman of the popular British band the 1975, on the sidewalk outside a restaurant in West Hollywood, where Healy has emerged to find several...

Rapper G-Eazy’s career a dream come true

Rapper G-Eazy’s career a dream come true

January 20, 2016


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By Dan Hyman Chicago Tribune (TNS) By all accounts, G-Eazy has had an excellent past couple years: the San Francisco rapper’s 2014 major-label debut album, “These Things Happen,” landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200; his latest work, last month’s “When It’s Dark Out,” sold more than...

David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ is likely to hit No. 1

David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ is likely to hit No. 1

January 13, 2016


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By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) Will David Bowie’s last album be his first to top the Billboard 200? That’s looking likely, according to the trade magazine, which said that Bowie’s “Blackstar” is headed for a No. 1 debut on its flagship album chart. Released Friday, just two days b...

‘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...

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