7 Songs to Play this 4th of July

Posted by Nadine • July 03, 2014 at 01:14 PM

American Flags

Independence Day is almost here. Hopefully you already have plans to celebrate with a 4th of July party and somewhere where you can enjoy time with your friends and family and enjoy the fireworks along with some patriotic music. If you are looking to make the perfect playlist for an Independence Day bash or if you just want to hear something to celebrate America, we have a few options of songs on the topic of the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Coming to America – Neil Diamond

America the Beautiful – Mariah Carey

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

Diamond Certified Albums Since 2000

Posted by Nadine • June 03, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Adele

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To receive Diamond certification on an album from the Record Industry Association of America (the RIAA) a record must have sold over 10 million copies, this is no small feat.

You may be surprised which albums did and didn’t make the cut.

Of all of the albums released from the year 2000 these are the 11 that are certified Diamond.

1. Britney Spears – Oops!…I Did It Again (2000)

Back when Britney was in her prime she came out with her sophomore album which was a huge success. Her debut, …Baby One More Time, was also was certified diamond.

2. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

For Eminem’s third studio album, the rapper was under a lot of pressure to top the success of The Slim Shady LP, he came through and put out one of the best selling rap albums of all time.

3. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2000)

For their debut album Linkin Park came out with a bang with one hit single after another and hugely successful sales.

4. *NSYNC – No Strings Attached (2000)

Following-up on their self-titled debut album which also earned a diamond status, *NSYNC  added a little bit of R&B which seemed to work well for the boy band.

5.  The Beatles – 1 (2000)

This compilation album was comprised of number 1 singles from The Beatles.

6. Eminem – The Eminem Show (2002)

Eminem self-produced his fourth studio album and when it was released he said it was “his best record so far”.

7.  Norah Jones – Come Away With Me (2002)

The debut album from Norah Jones was a hit critically and commercially, Jones went from an unknown to a 5 times Grammy award winner that year.

8. Shania Twain – Up! (2002)

Twain took a unique approach to her fourth album releasing 3 different versions; country, pop and world.

9. Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)

The hip hop duo essentially created two solo albums and released them as a double album, which both fans and critics loved.

10. Usher – Confessions (2004)

Usher decided to tell all on his fourth album , calling it his most personal album.

11. Adele - 21 (2011)

Adele was only 21 when she recorded her second studio album, she received much praise for her vocals on the album.

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

Notorious B.I.G.’s Biggest Hits

Posted by Nadine • May 21, 2014 at 02:48 PM
The Notorious B.I.G.

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Whether going by The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls; the larger than life rapper made an everlasting mark in the history of rap music.

Biggie was born Christopher Wallace, he grew up in Brooklyn New York, going to school with future rappers Jay Z and Busta Rhymes. He was killed when he was only 24 years old, but he is still remembered through his music.

If The Notorious B.I.G. was still alive he would have been 42 years old.

Here are some of our favorite songs for remembering this great rapper:

Big Poppa

Hypnotize

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

Posted by Nadine • May 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder turns 64 today.

Stevie Wonder is one of the most celebrated musical artists. He has won 22 Grammy Awards and had more than 30 Top Ten hits in the US. He began creating his own musical compositions at a young age, he recorded two albums at the age of 11.

Nothing speaks more to Stevie Wonder’s accomplishments more than his songs. He has released 23 studio albums and nearly 100 singles, throughout his career.

Here is a little taste of his amazing work.

Fingertips – Part 1 & 2

This two part song was “Little” Stevie Wonder’s first number one hit single in 1963.

For Once in My Life

This song was an uptempo version of a ballad. When Stevie Wonder first recorded the cover, record executives hesitated to release the single. When it was released in 1968 it made it to number 3 on the charts. Read more …

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

Songs to Save for a Rainy Day

Posted by Nadine • May 08, 2014 at 01:19 PM

Girl in the rain

Throughout time in every musical genre people have written songs about rain. Whether they were melancholy songs using rain to express troubles and setbacks or joyful songs about dancing through the rain, the theme of rain appears time and time again in music.

Next time it starts raining, find a cozy place to relax and listen to some great music about rain.

Here are some of our favorite songs about rain:

Garbage – I’m Only Happy When it Rains

“I’m only happy when it rains, I feel good when things are going wrong, I only listen to the sad, sad songs, I’m only happy when it rains”

Rhianna ft JAY-Z – Umbrella

“Now that it’s raining more than ever, Know that we’ll still have each other, You can stand under my umbrella” Read more …

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

The Greatest Jazz Songs Ever

Posted by Nadine • April 30, 2014 at 02:44 PM

Man with saxophone

Today is International Jazz Day. Jazz music began in the late 19th century. It combined European and African musical elements. Jazz has made huge contributions to the history of music. It has also influenced pop music greatly.

The Jazz classics are timeless and many of the below continue to be covered and sampled to this day.

Each of these songs deserves a listen as they are some of the greatest Jazz songs ever created.

Ella Fitzgerald – How High The Moon

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

Happy Birthday Funny Girl!

Posted by Nadine • April 24, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Barbra Streisand

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Barbra Streisand is turning 72 today and we wanted to celebrate with the spectacular performer.

Babs is on a very short list of artist who have won a Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Oscar. She has also won countless other awards for her music, acting, directing, writing and much more. Barbra is a fan favorite as well, she has sold more albums worldwide than any other female performer.

Streisand has released 33 studio albums in her career as a singer and songwriter. In honor of her birthday we decided to have a listen to some classics from Barbra.

I Am Woman

“I am Woman” is from the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl.

The Way We Were

In 1973 Barbra starred alongside Robert Redford in the film The Way We Were, she also song the title song.

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

The Music that Rules the Game of Thrones

Posted by Nadine • April 07, 2014 at 02:56 PM
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The hit television show Game of Thrones is back for its 4th season. GOT fans have a lot to look forward to this season. If the last seasons are any indicator this season is sure to be filled with action, romance, drama and some pretty good music. From the very beginning, the show has put an emphasis on the soundtrack. The man behind the soundtrack is composer, Ramin Djawadi.

The most recognizable piece of music from the series is “Main Theme”, it has been covered by many artists. The covers range in genre, here is one of our favorite’s the “metal version”

Other fan favorites are songs which are referenced in the novels that are brought to life with the help of indie bands, like “The Rains of Castamere” performed by The National.

“The Bear and the Maiden Fair” was performed by The Hold Steady.

“It’s Always Summer Under the Sea” is also a song from the novels performed for the soundtrack by Kerry Ingram, who plays Shireen.

HBO also created a rap mixtape inspired by Game of Thrones entitled Catch the Throne. It featured artists like. Big Boi, Common and Daddy Yankee. Here is Big Boi’s “Mother of Dragons”.

If you can’t keep your mind off of Game of Thrones after last night’s season premiere, you can get all your favorite GOT music with Bearshare.

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

Musicians Who Took Part in April Fools’ Day

Posted by Nadine • April 02, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Demi Lovato The Neon Lights Tour Opener In Vancouver, BC

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Yesterday was April Fools’ Day and many musicians took part in the festivities. From fake announcements to good old shaving cream to the face, there were laughs all around. We hope you all had fun.

Here are some the pranks that  were pulled in music yesterday.

Let’s start with pop star Demi Lovato, she took what looks like a pie and some silly string to the face from the ladies of Fifth Harmony.

Next, Ryan Seacrest announced that *NSYNC would be releasing an album, collaborating with Miley Cyrus and going on tour.

Another prank went even further to announce the Y2K.0 Music Fest. Refinery29.com published this fictional concert festival, which promised a lineup including anyone who was anyone in the year 2000.

Y2K

Wilco announced that they would be releasing a “deconstructed-yet-patriotic” children’s album entitled “Yankee Doodle Foxtrot”.

 

The website Firebox.com offered an edible chocolate statue of Lionel Richie’s head.

Firebox's Lionel Richie Chocolate

 

Then there was Deadmau5, who pretended his social media had been hacked by Anonymous.

 

Hopefully everyone had a good laugh this April Fools’ Day.

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

10 Reasons to Love Elton John

Posted by Nadine • March 25, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Elton John

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Happy 67th birthday Sir Elton John!

Sir Elton John is a musical legend, who has been nominated for 34 Grammy Awards and performs for royalty. This “Rocket Man” who taught himself to play the piano at 4 years old, has released over 30 albums and one of the best selling artists of all time. With this much talent it was easy to find ten reasons to love him.

10. For his 31 albums in the last 45 years.  He is turning 67 this year and he has been consistently making fantastic music since from his first album in 1969.

9. For his appreciation for art. Elton John is not only a talented musical artist but he also collects art as well, particularly photography. John is said to have the largest private photography collection in the world.

8. For being open to musical collaborations. Elton has created music with all different kinds of artists, for example when he preformed the song “Stan” with Eminem at the Grammy Awards in 2001.

7. For his unique sense of style. Elton John is as much known for his musical talent as he is for his fashion choices. He is always seen with extravagant costumes, the jackets, the shoes, the glasses and the hats… oh the hats.

6. For Being a Knight. In 1996 Elton John became a CBE or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, then in 1998 he was knighted “Sir Elton John” by Queen Elizabeth II. How cool is that?

5. For showing us what a a great musical partnership is. John has been creating music together with Bernie Taupin since 1967 when they both replied to an advertisement, while neither got the gig they were introduced.

4. For The Lion King Soundtrack. How can you not love the man responsible for that soundtrack.

3. For placing loyalty ahead of money. One of the most touching performances ever by Elton John was his performance at Princess Diana’s funeral. He performed that version of “Candle in the Wind” live that one time and has refused to do so again regardless of the price offered, saying he would only perform it again at the request of Diana’s sons.

2. For his amazing charity work. Elton John has been recognized for his charity work around the world. In 1992 he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

1. For his honesty and outspokenness. Elton John is not afraid of speaking his mind and while it may have started some of the most publicized disagreements of all time, it is also one of the reasons we love him so much.

You can listen to all your favorite hits from Elton John by downloading BearShare.

 

 

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About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.