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Chris Brown, Tim McGraw & Train Among Albums to Check Out: This Week in Music

September 16th, 2014 10:40am EDT
Chris Brown, Tim McGraw & Train Among Albums to Check Out: This
The fourth quarter is underway in the music industry, with bigger, more coveted artists/albums dropping. September 16 again sports some big names, all looking for a slice of those lucrative sales that only occur during the September, October, November, and December months – sigh*. While this week doesn’t sport an album that looks to completely ‘slay’ the charts with robust numbers, many of the albums listed will certainly impact it. Here are seven albums to check out this week!

1) Chris Brown, X (RCA)

After multiple delays, Chris Brown releases his fifth studio album, X. Delayed al...
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Music Spotlight: Ann Hampton Callaway – A Musician You Should Know

September 11th, 2014 1:40pm EDT
Ann Hampton Callaway, From Sassy To Divine Shanachie
Perhaps only a few will recognize the name Ann Hampton Callaway off the top of their head, but definitely more than a few should know about Callaway's elite talent. Callaway sports a résumé that is stacked – absolutely loaded – from top to bottom. Perhaps she's not a household name compared to say pop artists, but her accomplishments deserve even greater recognition than she receives and certainly speaks for itself.

One look at the experience Callaway possesses, and the reasons why she’s “kind of a big deal” immediately reveal themselves. Callaway’s riveting bio describes her as a “sin...
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Kathy Sledge Celebrates The Legacy Of Billie Holiday in ‘Brighter Side of Day’

August 25th, 2014 11:15am EDT
Kathy Sledge Celebrates The Legacy Of Billie Holiday in ‘Brighte
Kathy Sledge, the youngest sister and former member of the 70s group, ‘Sister Sledge’ known for their hit song, 'We Are Family' will be performing a tribute to legendary jazz singer, Billie Holiday at the Metropolitan Cafe in Manhattan on September 6.

Kathy spoke to Starpulse by phone about her upcoming show and portraying Billie Holiday. The scripts for the on and off-Broadway plays ended up in her lap but she never got the role.

“The on and off-Broadway versions of 'Lady Day' scripts landed on my lap even the one at Emerson’s Bar and Grill but I didn’t get the role. I wanted to bring Bi...
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Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

August 19th, 2014 11:33am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This W
Finally, finally, finally! Things are beginning to look up as the music industry gears towards the always busy, profitable fourth quarter (September through December). After August has gotten off to a slow start, this week, numerous interesting titles drop. Not every title is featured here (sorry Amy Grant, Colton Dixon, Gretchen Wilson, Kimbra and Randy Travis), but a select few are highlighted as albums to check out. Among the most notable titles is Wiz Khalifa’s third album, Blacc Hollywood.

1) Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood (Atlantic)

Wiz Khalifa’s third album could be one to make...
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Godsmack And Spoon Lead New Albums: This Week In Music

August 5th, 2014 9:00am EDT
Godsmack
Summer 2014, sadly, remains a lethargic time for new music. July definitely didn’t give folks much reason to pull out their billfolds or redeem those handy-dandy iTunes cards to purchase a full album. Honestly, everyone should be thanking 5 Seconds of Summer for providing a lift with their self-titled debut.

This first week in August isn’t exactly ‘hot’ either (still talking about albums here of course), but as The Temptations once sung, “beauty’s only skin deep, yeah, yeah, yeah!” While the industry could stand that Taylor Swift sized release about now, a pop compilation (Now 51) and ...
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You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Talk Dirty To Me'

May 7th, 2014 12:24pm EDT
You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Ta
Youtuber 'Ten Second Songs' covers popular songs in a way that's maybe a little different than what you're used to. He takes a song as sings it in the style of different artists - sometimes artists whose styles varies greatly from that of the original singer. His most recent project takes Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty To Me' which he sings in styles that run from 'Slayer' and 'White Zombie' to 'Hootie and the Blowfish' and 'Cab Calloway.' Needless to say, he nails it on pretty much every rendition.

For more of Ten Second Songs really awesome renditions, you can check out his channel HERE. G...
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Grammy-Nominated Jazz Guitarist Chuck Loeb Teaching New Artists

April 6th, 2014 7:12pm EDT
Grammy-Nominated Jazz Guitarist Chuck Loeb Teaching New Artists
For years, you've enjoyed Chuck Loeb, the Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist and member of Fourplay. Now Chuck is teaming up with ArtistWorks to launch an online jazz guitar school that will allow you to learn directly from the man himself. BFTV caught up with Chuck last week to ask him about the teaching experience and what's ahead in the rest of his career.

"I enjoy teaching," he told us. "From time to time, I get to do a master class or a clinic here and there, and I've always liked it and wanted to do it [more]. But with the traveling and recording schedule I have, it was hard to commit t...
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Indie Rockers My Plastic Sun: Band To Watch For In 2014

February 21st, 2014 3:23pm EST
Indie Rockers My Plastic Sun: Band To Watch For In 2014
The indie music scene is always searching for new talent and My Plastic Sun are it. They are generating national attention on the forefront of the indie music scene. The band premiered a new music video and is being blitzed on a grassroots social media campaign and major media outlets across the country. Their new song, “Couldn’t Love You More” has been gaining regular rotation on Sirius XM’s 'Coffee House' channel.

The members of My Plastic Sun describe themselves as young and eclectic. Bassist, Kyle Vock is a recent graduate of the Masters Program in Jazz Bass Performance from the Eas...
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20 Best Songs Of 2013 (So Far)

August 19th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Here is a list of the 20 Best Songs of 2013 (So Far). We would like to say they are in chronological order but lets be honest; we'd be lying if we said that. This is a list of extremely mind blowing music that will surely get you in the mood for an epic box-social!;).

20) Dirty Laundry -Kelly Rowland
Co-written and produced by The Dream, this track is getting some serious reviews. Kelly speaks on the music business and the craziness that goes along with being in the industry.

19) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ryan Dalton - Cant Hold Us
Making its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 li...
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Get To Know Teen Music Sensation Michael Pollack

August 6th, 2013 2:20pm EDT
Michael Pollack
Michael Pollack enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime when he performed alongside one of his musical heroes, Billy Joel, during a Vanderbilt campus Q&A. Now, the 19-year-old pianist is looking to build on that moment with other opportunities, like opening for X Factor finalist Carly Rose Sonenclar this Saturday night. BFTV recently connected with the young musician to discuss the company he's kept and his own music.

When Billy Joel hosted an event at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where Michael is studying, he gamely asked the legend if he could accompany him on piano for a performanc...
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