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We’ll Miss Natalie Cole But Will Always Have Her Songs… Here Are Her Most Notable Songs

1/5/2016 6:45pm EST
Remembering Natalie Cole: 11 Of Her Most Notable Songs
On December 31, 2015, the music world lost one of its most beloved musicians, Natalie Cole (1950 – 2015). Cole was the daughter of legendary jazz musician Nat King Cole. As renowned as Nat King Cole was, Natalie managed to pave her own distinctive career, scoring numerous hits and winning multiple Grammy awards. Cole, who was 65, will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on. Here are 11 of the most notable songs from her illustrious career.

1) “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” (Inseparable, 1975)

There can’t be a conversation about Natalie Cole without her ‘ace in the hole,’ ...
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Seth MacFarlane Nails Frank Sinatra In CBS Special

12/6/2015 2:39pm EST
Watch Seth MacFarlane Perform At Tonight's 'Sinatra 100' Grammys
Seth MacFarlane is best known as the creator of FOX's Family Guy, but he's also quite the singer. A two-time Grammy nominee, MacFarlane is one of several celebrities who paid tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra for what would've been the crooner's 100th birthday, participating in a Las Vegas concert that's airing tonight as Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert.

Keep reading to check out MacFarlane's smooth performance of Sinatra's "One For My Baby (and One More for the Road)."

MacFarlane will definitely have people thinking of him as more than the voice of Peter Griffin, Stewie, B...
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8 New Albums To Check Out This Week

10/20/2015 11:04am EDT
5 Seconds Of Summer And Carrie Underwood Lead Albums To Check Ou
The time of the year has come where “everybody and his brother” seems to release an album. Yes, that would be the fourth quarter which actually began in September, but grows in intensity as we progress towards the holiday season. This week is top-heavy, featuring highly anticipated new albums from a Grammy-winning American Idol and one of the hottest young bands of the 10s not named One Direction (no shade). Here are eight albums to check out this week.

1) Carrie Underwood, Storyteller (19/Sony)

After a three-year hiatus, former American Idol winner and country music superstar Carrie U...
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Matt Forbes' 'Coulda Woulda Shoulda’ Hits Top 10 On Amazon’s Hot New Releases For Vocal Jazz Pre-Orders

9/30/2015 12:46am EDT
Matt Forbes' 'Coulda Woulda Shoulda’ Hits Top 10 On Amazon’s Hot
Matt Forbes sure isn't having a "Gloomy Sunday."

The Canadian crooner's debut full-length album, Coulda Woulda Shoulda, just hit #8 on Amazon’s Vocal Jazz “Hot New Releases." Forbes lands among Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse on the chart.

Forbes describes his debut album, which features original arrangements of hits like "Beyond The Sea," "Gloomy Sunday," and "I Get A Kick Out of You," as a "niche collection of classic pop tunes and standards."

Coulda Woulda Shoulda, due out on October 9, is available for pre-order on Amazon.
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Musicians Dealing With Death Through Song

9/26/2015 4:00pm EDT
Songs About Death: 10 Songs About Dying Young
Death is dark, depressing subject matter to say the least. Honestly, it’s not the best topic for dinner conversation, dates, or generally happy occasions. Call it what it is – deadly, morbid and definitely buzz kill. Still, there have been plenty of songs that have tackled the topic of dying young. Some are literal, but many are figurative and branch out to various other topics, most prominently love. Here are 10 songs about dying young for your reading pleasure…yeah, that didn’t sound right at all!

1) The Band Perry, “If I Die Young” (The Band Perry, 2010)

To reiterate, pondering ...
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Matt Forbes Discusses His Start In Music And Debut Album

9/23/2015 12:15pm EDT
Matt Forbes Discusses His Start In Music And Debut Album, 'Could
Matt Forbes is redefining the genre of vintage pop. The 27-year-old Canadian born and raised, Los Angeles based crooner has had the opportunity to headline some of the city’s top jazz venues with his Big Little Band, also known as “The Horn-y Sextet,” and has served as a regular front man with the Influence Jazz Orchestra. The self-admitted “old soul” shows no signs of stopping, providing audiences and listeners with captivating, sensual and soulful tunes. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Forbes about his origins in music and his upcoming full length debut album, Coulda Woulda Sh...
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41 Sexiest Album Covers We've Ever Seen

9/19/2015 3:00pm EDT
Eye Candy: 41 Sexiest Album Covers
Ah, is there anything that’s tastier than candy? While the answer to that question is debatable, few will argue about the power and beauty of the kind of candy that you DON’T eat, but rather view with the eyes. That ladies and gents is “eye candy” which taps into lustfulness, innuendo and unapologetic naughtiness among a variety of other characterizations. Eye candy has been around for years and we, as humans never seem to tire of its power. Its shock value keeps us talking and keeps our eyes glued considering we “can’t get enough.”

Music can be the ultimate “ear candy,” featuring the...
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'Live In Cuba' Is A Tour De Force That Should Have All Jazz Fans Excited

9/2/2015 10:13am EDT
Review: Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra And Wynton Marsalis Shi
What better way to celebrate a new record label (Blue Engine Records) than to drop a hot new album? Why, there’s no better way of course! The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra has been a hot commodity for years and years for good reason – it’s an exceptional collective of truly prodigious musicians without question. The already ferocious jazz orchestra gets even fiercer with Wynton Marsalis joining for the musical party. Can you say epic?

“Epic” is certainly the best way to describe the orchestra’s live two-disc album, Live In Cuba, which was recorded in 2010. If there was some jazz defi...
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Harry Connick Jr.'s Daughter Arrested -- See Details

8/19/2015 10:12am EDT
Harry Connick Jr.'s Daughter Arrested For Allegedly Hosting Unde
Harry Connick Jr.'s daughter Georgia was arrested after a house party at her family's New Canaan, Connecticut home.

Neither the "American Idol" judge nor his wife, former Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, were home at the time.

Georgia Connick, 19, was charged with permitting minors to possess alcohol and procuring alcohol for minors, as reported by NBC, via People Magazine.

According to the Hartford Courant, Georgia Connick was charged with permitting minors to illegally possess alcohol and procuring liquor for minors, according to New Canaan police Lt. Jason Ferraro..

"This is a...
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Music Artist Who Were In A Bad Place When Writing These Songs

8/2/2015 4:00pm EDT
17 Most Depressing, Gloomy And Morbid Songs
OK, OK! There's no sugarcoating it! These songs totally SUCK….THE LIFE RIGHT OUT OF YOU! Well not literally, but metaphorically. Basically, these songs are gloomy, sad songs that definitely won’t lift your spirits. So if you’re already sad yourself – you may want to save this downer for a happier day.

1) Nina Simone, “Strange Fruit” (The Essential Nina Simone, 2003)

“Strange Fruit” satisfies all three characteristics necessary to make this playlist – it’s truly depressing, gloomy, and morbid. The morbid aspect is the most disturbing as the “Southern trees / bearing strange fruit / b...
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