Rock Music

Billboard Gets Some New Fresh Faces

May 28th, 2015 9:29am EDT
Twenty One Pilots
It’s a good year to be Twenty One Pilots – more specifically a good charting week! The alternative duo’s second album for a major label, Blurryface takes the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, to the tune of 147,000 units. Nearly 92% of those 146,000 units are pure sales, formerly the means that the Billboard 200 was constructed. Blurryface easily surpasses Twenty One Pilots’ previous effort, Vessel, which has expanded it sales recently, but still hasn’t sold enough to achieve a certification by the RIAA.

Twenty One Pilots weren’t the only newbies to the chart this week. Zedd ar...
READ MORE

A$AP Rocky And Other Albums To Check Out

May 26th, 2015 9:45am EDT
A$AP Rocky
In what was poised to be a ‘slower’ release week, a surprise happened – A$AP Rocky’s sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. Besides A$AP, another rapper sports week’s next biggest release, Boosie Badazz. The rest of the releases are somewhat underrated and unsung, but there’s still a worthwhile crop of new albums to check out.

1) A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP (RCA)

Ah, these days there’s nothing like the surprise album, particularly the one that rewrites the featured album of the week at the last minute (literally). A$AP Rocky adds some ‘punch’ to this week’s new releases, particular...
READ MORE

Artist Who Are Bringing The Funk Back

May 25th, 2015 3:00pm EDT
12 Recent Songs And Artists That Have Revived Funk
Some of the best music in history hails from the past, a period in which musicians were innovators paving the way for the future. It’s no surprise that contemporary music is heavily inspired by the past, hence marking a resurgence of “old school.” One style that has enjoyed such resurgence to the forefront of the music industry is funk, which seems to be ‘hot’.

Sure, maybe not every musician is jumping up and down or joining the bandwagon declaring the return of the 70s style, but plenty have paid ode to the masters with successful, award-winning records that maintain and reestablish f...
READ MORE

The Doobie Brothers Look Forward To Upcoming Tour

May 21st, 2015 9:00pm EDT
The Doobie Brothers Are Ready To Rock This Summer
There’s not one moment that you turn on the radio and the timeless classic tunes of The Doobie Brothers music doesn't come on. They receive numerous amounts of airplay on Top 40 and Classic Rock stations across the country. Their music is the soundtrack of our lives with hits ‘Black Water,’ ‘China Grove,’ ‘Minute By Minute’ ‘Long Train Running,’ 'Jesus Is Just Alright,’ ‘Listen To The Music,’ ‘Taking It To The Streets’ ‘Rocking Down the Highway’ and ‘What A Fool Believes.' These are just some of the songs that receive regular airplay.

The band is now a trio featuring John McFee, (guitar, ...
READ MORE

'Pitch Perfect 2' Tops This Week

May 21st, 2015 9:58am EDT
The 'Pitch Perfect 2' Soundtrack Is Aca-Awesome At No. 1
Who had an “Aca-awesome” week on the Billboard 200? That would be the original motion picture soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2, which debuts at #1. Pitch Perfect 2 definitely benefitted from the success of the original Pitch Perfect soundtrack and movie, hence the energetic 107,000 units start. Lately, soundtracks have been on a roll on the albums chart, and Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t about to end the run.

Besides Pitch Perfect 2, the only other new release to enter the top 10 was Incubus’ EP, Trust Fall (Side A), which landed at #6 with a modest 40,000 units. With Incubus’ EP being the fi...
READ MORE

New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

May 19th, 2015 10:02am EDT
Jamie Foxx And Twenty One Pilots Among Jam-Packed Field Of Album
Ah, the third week of May and the new music releases just keep on coming! If last week was a bit of a downgrade from May’s illustrious first week, this week is nothing short of loaded. There’s truly something for everybody, whether contemporary R&B is your flavor (Jamie Foxx), genre-bending alternative (twenty one pilots), or electronic/dance (Zedd) among others. Here are eight albums to check out this week!

1) Jamie Foxx, Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses (RCA)

Jamie Foxx has released four albums, three of which were high profile efforts: Unpredictable (2005), Intuition (2008), an...
READ MORE

Moody Blues Alan Hewitt Talks New Album & More

May 18th, 2015 11:22pm EDT
Alan Hewitt promo photo
Alan Hewitt, the multi-talented keyboardist for The Moody Blues and platinum keyboardist/producer to the stars, has a new album out called, ‘Evolution’ (Red River/RED/Sony Music). It's a mix of rock, fusion, and jazz music with his supergroup, One Nation. He’s been the keyboard player for The Moody Blues since 2010 and he’s had solo smooth, romantic jazz albums including, 'Noche De Pasion' (2004) 'Retroactive,' (2009) 'Metropolis,' (2006) and 'High Fidelity' (2012) which he lends his vocals on the album. The other three albums he plays keyboards.

The band’s line-up includes, Alan Hewitt,...
READ MORE

Beatles 1963 Guitar Sold For How Much?

May 18th, 2015 12:30pm EDT
George Harrison 1963 Guitar Sells For $500K
A 1963 guitar once played by George Harrison sold for $500K at an auction in New York City.

The Los Angeles-based Julien’s Auctions said the 1963 Maton Mastersound electric guitar went for $490,000 Friday to an undisclosed bidder at the Music Icons auction, as reported by CBS.

Reportedly Harrison borrowed it from a British music store and played it while performing several times in England and in the Channel Islands in the summer of 1963.

The item was available during a two-day rock memorabilia auction where other important music-related items were also up for sale.

Also sold was a suit...
READ MORE

Unforgettable Musical Moments On 'David Letterman Show'

May 17th, 2015 3:00pm EDT
Incredible Musical Guest Performances On 'The David Letterman Sh
David Letterman is nothing short of a cultural icon – he is one of the preeminent entertainers in the game. As incredible a comedian and talk show host as he is, one of Letterman’s greatest contributions to pop culture are the musical guests and their respective performances that have graced his show. With The Late Show With David Letterman ending May 20, 2015, celebrating the most memorable and unforgettable musical moments from the show is only fitting.

The question becomes, where do you begin when you examine a plethora of music performances on both Late Night With David Letterman...
READ MORE

How Did Mumford & Sons New Album Perform?

May 14th, 2015 10:09am EDT
Mumford & Sons Take ‘Wilder Mind’ To No. 1 On Billboard
Unsurprisingly, Mumford & Sons cruised to a career second #1 album with Wilder Mind. Despite retooling their banjo-heavy style, plenty of people still joined the British band’s party – 249,000 to be exact, with most of those equating to copies sold. Go back three years earlier when Babel and mad banjo were still thriving, and the numbers were loftier to the tune of 600,000. Still, given the new normal of album sales and a new way to calculate the overall impact of an album, Mumford & Sons performed well.

It wasn’t all about Wilder Mind contrary to popular belief (or the majority of s...
READ MORE