Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day specifically set aside to honor the life and legacy of one of the single-most influential civil rights leaders in our country’s history. Since its earliest days, the music industry been at the cultural forefront when it comes to honoring political activists through song, and MLK Jr. is no exception. From hip hop to rock, from soul to EDM, here are the 10 most noteworthy samples and shout-outs about the fallen civil rights icon in music history.
The biggest party night of the year is here and you’re going to need some righteous jams to keep you rocking to midnight. While there aren’t that many classic rock songs specifically about New Years, there are a hell of a lot about partying down and knocking back a few cold ones and we know that is definitely on the menu tonight. I mean, your better half doesn’t honestly expect you to celebrate New Year’s Freakin’ Eve with some lame P!nk or Miley Cyrus tunes do they? What you need is some hot rockin’ songs to keep you and up and take things to the next level so here are some of the hottest classic rock party joints, seasonal or otherwise, to help you ring in 2014! Read more…
What’s in a name? A whole bunch, that’s for sure! Even though it might not change one note of the music, a rock band’s name can be crucial to their success. Like changing the cover of a classic album, it’s pretty weird to think of an alternate musical universe where band’s went with their early choice for a name. Can you image running out to buy the latest hit record from Pen Cap Chew, Mookie Blaylock, or On A Friday? Well, that wasn’t far from reality!
Music lovers rejoiced yesterday as the unsurpassable Sir Paul McCartney dropped his latest long-player, the apply-titled New! With a little help from master producers like Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse) and Paul Epworth (Adele), the record is attracting rave reviews from pretty much anything with a pair of ears. But honestly, do you expect anything less from the former Beatle?
While many “artists of a certain age” have struggled for relevance (and new ideas) in recent years, our very favorite Knight of the Turntable has never had a problem delivering always the goods well into his seventies. The man dominated the face of 20th century music, but it seems like he’s making a stab at the 21st century, too! Just give a listen to our 10 favorite (and under appreciated) latter-year gems from one of the greatest artists of all time. Enjoy!
Budding musicians have to deliberate long and hard when choosing a name to give their band an itentity. Like expecting parents naming a baby, their choice must be catchy, contain plenty of meaning, and be appealing to all parties involved. It sounds like a lot of work! If you’re not careful, you could wind up with a name like Hoobastank, the Oneders, PuddleOf Mud or LMFAO…
The Forbes list of the highest paid musicians is out and if you’re not familiar with the finances of your favorite artists, there might be some surprises in there. Firstly, everyone’s favorite non-practicing self-proclaimed Dr. Dre is at the top of the list. Why? His album is forever delayed! Ah but you forget: Actual music doesn’t pay that much anymore.
Dre’s bundle of cash ($110 million to be more specific) is mostly due to the overwhelmingly popular Beats By Dre line of audio electronics–Forbes reports: “He collected $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year, at the beginning of our scoring period; he and his partners later bought back half of what they sold.” So if Dre’s long-awaited, many-times-pushed-back album never actually comes to fruition, you know who to blame. Blame HTC and the millions of people rocking those Beats headphones across the globe. Those bragging rights that come from hip-hop songs about cars and clothes and girls? Dre doesn’t need them anymore.
America’s Sweetheart turned Tim Burton muse turned shoplifting pariah, Winona Ryder, will always be the coolest girl of all time. Okay, the coolest woman, as she officially turns 41 years old today. No matter her age, we’ll always remember her as *the* It Girl, not to mention star of films with the coolest soundtracks. We’d like to think she’s had a hand in the soundtracks–the girls has dated rock stars from Pete Yorn and Evan Dando to Chris Isaak and Beck.
In honor of her 41st, we’ve made the ultimate ‘Winona Forever (Young)’ playlist, chock full of the most memorable tracks from Wino’s most memorable films.
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked off with an opening ceremony conceived by the Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). One of the sections of tonight’s broadcast bore the unusual name Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim, a love story that contained what NBC’s Matt Lauer described as “a tribute to the best British musical acts of the last 40 years.” Well, although Boyle and his musical supervisors managed to include a decent selection of bands that could be considered canon-worthy, we’d like to call your attention to this (quite undefinitive!) list of 29 highly respected bands that got royally snubbed (in alpha order*):
Elton John (!!!) Read more…
How does one become the richest musician in the world? Simple, if you’re rich and famous: invest $90 million in Facebook. U2′sBono will be the world’s richest musician because of a 2009 investment he made in Facebook. NME reports, Bono owns 2.3 percent of Facebook’s shares through his private equity firm Elevation Partners. Only three years later the rockstar will earn $1.5 billion from his initial $90 million share purchase. This gives a whole new meaning to balling. No one that makes less money than Bono can consider themselves “ballers.” We’re looking at you, rappers.
Facebook’s IPO is currently valued at over $100 billion as the second biggest IPO in history, according to HuffingtonPost. Bono was a genius for foreseeing the return on his investment. The lead U2 singer will surpass Paul McCartney as the world’s richest musician. McCartney is reportedly worth $1.05 million. Rockstar lifestyle isn’t all about groupies, booze and drugs. Let’s hear it for the money, money, money, money.
Madonna’s halftime performance at this year’s Super Bowl may very well make this list, but it hasn’t happened yet, so until it does, here are my five favorite Super Bowl Music Moments:
5. “The Super Bowl Shuffle” (Super Bowl XX, 1985-86)
A pump-up rap anthem made by the Chicago Bears leading up to Super Bowl XX. Looking back, it’s hard not to wince at football players trying to dance, but back then the song (and accompanying music video) was awesome, charting at #41 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
4. Michael Jackson Doing Absolutely Nothing (Super Bowl XXVII, 1993)
Dangerous-Era Michael Jackson did perform a handful of songs, but what I remember most is his frozen-in-time pose at the beginning of the halftime show. If you’re Michel Jackson you can use some of your allotted set time doing absolutely nothing.