Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Release Tuesday: 10/28/14

Syleena Johnson - Chapter 6: Couples Therapy
~MusicLife Pick~
Syleena has always has given me this Angela Winbush vibe, which I love. . true R&B from a strong vocal talent.  I love the soul, grit, honesty, and realness she continues to deliver on this album.  Each song creates a great of bring the album title to musical life.  Listen to: All This Way for Love, Heaven and Hell, If You Need to Know, Silence, Unstoppable

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Danity Kane - DK3

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Jagged Edge - J.E. Heartbreak II

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Lil Mo - The Scarlet Letter


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Find out what music is set to drop this year on our New Album Releases page

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Voice Season 7: Battle Rounds Recap

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For the past 2 weeks, The Voice continued the competition with the Battles.  Two teammates were paired against each other to sing 1 song chosen by their coach.  This season, the musical advisers to help the coaches were:  Little Big Town (Team Blake), Stevie Nicks (Team Adam), Gavin Rossdale, also Gwen's husband (Team Gwen), and Alicia Keys (Team Pharrell).  After the performances, the couches saved only 1 leaving the other with the option to use The Steal to add an eliminated contestant to their team.  Team Pharrell dominated in creating some great battles with Adam and Gwen competing for steals!

Check out the MusicLife's fav performance from each battle round . . .

Battle Round 1:  Griffin vs. Luke Wade
Team:  Pharrell
Song: Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney
Results:  This was a great battle!!  Both came out strong but that high note from Giffin was a surprise.  Pharrell went with Luke and Gwen and Blake fought for Griffin.  In the end, Griffin chose Blake.

Battle Round 2: Jordy Searcy vs.Taylor Phelan
Song:  Breakeven by The Script
Team:  Pharrell
Results:  This was such a difficult battle, sounding amazing as a duo.  In the end, Pharrell chose Taylor.

Battle 3:  Blessing Offor vs. Katriz Trinidad
Song:  Do I Do by Stevie Wonder
Team:  Pharrell
Results:  Another difficult battle as they both shined vocally.  Katriz won the battle resulting in both Adam and Gwen fighting to steal Blessing.  Blessing chose Adam.

Battle 4:  Beth Spangler vs. Mia Pfirrman
Song:  I Turn to You by Christina Aguilera
Team:  Adam
Results:  They both started to exercise their powerhouse vocals towards the end.  Adam choose Mia and Gwen took Beth for the last steal.  However, it leaves me to wonder if Gwen didn't want her, what would the show do so that Gwen could get that last team member?

Tonight, the Knockouts return after being taken out of last season's show format with Taylor Swift as the guest adviser.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Make 'Em Clap to This. . .Hand-Clapping Beats in Music

Percussion is such an important element in music.  It keeps the pace of the song.  If a song was the human body, the percussion would be the heart.  From playing Miss Mary Mac with friends as a kid, praying to the Lord at church, to hanging out at a sporting event while Queen's We Will Rock You fills an arena, hand-clapping has played a bit part in our culture.  Nothing like clapping your hands to the beat of a great song.  It's something about a clap that commands attention and creates a unified vibe and sound.

This is also the case when in a song.  Remember the "Cups" song When I'm Gone from the movie Pitch Perfect?  It was created with a plastic cup and hands.  Whether it's a soul clap, applause, syncopated, mid-tempo, or made through synthesizers or drum machines, artists use the clap as another percussion piece in the songs they create.

Here are a few songs that have several styles of hand-clapping:

Slow Claps

Soul Claps
  • Please Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes - Continuous mid-tempo soul claps
  • Dog Days are Over by Florence + the Machine - Continuous mid-tempo soul claps start at 0:29 
  • Applause by Lady Gaga - Soul claps start at 1:07 during chorus

Mid-tempo Claps

Drumstick Claps

  • Famous by Jazmine Sullivan - Slow-tempo applause

Syncopated Claps
  • Get Busy by Sean Paul - Continued syncopated claps known in reggae based songs as the Diwali Riddim.
Varied Style Claps
  • Gust of Wind by Pharrell - Continuous single and double claps
  • In the Navy by Village People - Continuous single and syncopated claps
  • Car Wash by Rose Royce - Continuous single claps and periodic soul claps 
  • Forget Me Nots by Patrice Rushen - Continuous single and soul claps
  • Glamorous by Fergie ft. Ludacris - Single drumstick and fast-tempo soul claps
  • Hey Ya! by OutKast - Periodic single and series claps

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Release Tuesday: 10/21/14

Anthony Hamilton - Home for the Holidays

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Boyz II Men - Collide

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David Hollister - Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues

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  Goapele - Strong as Glass

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Jessie Ware - Tough Love

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Find out what music is set to drop this year on our New Album Releases page

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Recap Report: 10/17/14

The Recap Report:  A feature post that highlights interesting music news collected from the music streets you might have missed

Common Brings Michael Brown's Parents Onstage During BET Hip-Hop Awards - View one of the few memorable moments of this year's show.

Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Pharrell Extol '808' Drum Machine in New Doc - Set to hit theatres in 2015, this doc contains testimonies from artists on how the machine influenced music.

Erykah Badu Makes $3.60 Singing on NYC Streets - Check out the video clip of Badu's street performance.

35 Years Ago, Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' Made Its First Chart Appearance - Celebrate the anniversary by taking a deep look at the song and group who are a part of hip-hop history.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sam Smith Adds Second Leg to In the Lonely Hour U.S. Tour

In the Lonely Hour Tour

Sam Smith announced a 2nd leg for his In the Lonely Hour North American Tour.  Tickets go on sale starting October 24.

Tour Schedule

Jan. 9 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Jan. 10 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry House
Jan. 12 – Washington, D.C. – Patriot Center
Jan. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Liacouras Center
Jan. 15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Jan. 17 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
Jan. 19 – Montreal, Canada – Bell Centre
Jan. 20 – Toronto, Canada – Air Canada Centre
Jan. 22 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
Jan. 23 – Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
Jan. 24 – St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Jan. 26 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center
Jan. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Jan. 31 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Feb. 2 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena
Feb. 4 – Vancouver, Canada – Rogers Arena

Click here for ticket info

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Release Tuesday: 10/14/14

Jessie J - Sweet Talker

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You+Me - rose ave.


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