Bruce Springsteen is the Boss of the SoundScan charts this week, although his grip may be loosening. Still, his High Hopes are enough to dash the chart reign of Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, which lands in the week’s runner up position. Here’s the rest of this week’s chart happenings in our weekly SoundScanner feature:
We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s cold. Damn cold. Cold enough for bubbles to freeze as soon as they hit the air. It’s getting insane. Yesterday we tried to heat things up by thinking warm thoughts and bringing you some super hot celebrities with epic tan lines, but that’s just not doing the trick anymore. So now we’re just giving in and embracing the sub zero-temps in the best way we know how: with our patented ULTIMATE COLD WEATHER PLAYLIST!
Sometimes less really is more! Acoustic demo tapes provide a fascinating insight into a songwriter’s process. It’s a window into a private moment, when they’re usually alone in their bedroom (or studio) with nothing but a guitar and a tape recorder, creating a tune from out of nowhere. It’s like listening to magic happening right before your ears! And if the songs they create go on to become classics, it’s also a precious moment in history. We’ve put together a list of 10 incredible early tapes of songs you know by heart. Not only are they beautiful in their stripped down simplicity, but these first drafts are sometimes drastically different from the final cut. Read on to hear some amazing works in progress!
Halloween was yesterday – which means you’re probably still picking caramel out of your teeth… and maybe nursing a hangover. But just ’cause it’s Friday, doesn’t mean all that sugary goodness is finished… in fact, I’ve got an inkling you’ve got a healthy (or not so healthy) leftover supply. I know some rockin’ guys who’ve got a taste for the sweet stuff themselves. You might recognize them? It’s Bruce Springsteen who croons ”Candy’s Room” and Iggy Pop who serenades us with ”Candy“. So vote now (before you crash from that sugar high) and tell us which guy does “candy” better!
Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who, James Brown. These are legends who have written songs that changed the course of rock, and will live on as classics for as long as there are music lovers roaming the planet. In fact, all of these artists appear within the top twenty slots of VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll list, compiled by polling some of the greatest musicians and rock scholars around. So obviously these guys know how to pen a tune. But it would probably surprise you to learn that all these HUGE rock forces have NEVER had a number one song!
If you missed the television premiere of the 2013 Hard Rock Calling music festival last night on Palladia, don’t panic! VH1 Classic is airing the sonic extravaganza this Friday (that’s the 30th, folks!) at 9 PM ET. So you can catch unforgettable performances from Bruce Springsteen, Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown and so many more -all from the comfort of your couch. And you don’t even have to shell out for a ticket! Live is good, music lovers.
The Zac Brown Band brought their unique down-home country fried rock to the crowd of Brits lined up for last weekend’s Hard Rock Calling music festival in London. With three Grammys and nine Billboard Country Chart number ones under their belt, it’s safe to say that guys have been around the block a few times. But this trip to the United Kingdom gave them an experience that they haven’t had in quite some time: They’re back to being the new guys!
Let’s get it out of the way right off the bat. There were no Beatles in sight when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took to the stage last night to thrill forty thousand fans as the headline act for London’s Hard Rock Calling music festival. Nor where there any other special musical guests, for that matter. It was just a high octane burn through three hours of his greatest rock ‘n’ roll. And that was more than enough for us. Judging from from the cheering, we’d say the crowd agreed.