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

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

Common Announces Nobody's Smiling Tour w/ Jay Electronica

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Common announces Nobody's Smiling Tour to promote his 10th album of the same name.  Jay Electronica will accompany as special guest.

Tour Schedule

Nov. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Nov. 23 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Nov. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Nov. 29 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Dec. 1 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Dec. 2 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Dec. 3 – New Orleans, LA – Howling Wolf G
Dec. 4 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Dec. 7 – Washington, D.C. – Fillmore
Dec. 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Dec. 9 – New York, NY – Fillmore
Dec. 10 – New York, NY – Fillmore

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Friday, October 10, 2014

The Recap Report: 10/10/14

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

Annie Lennox calls BeyoncĂ© a ‘token’ feminist with ‘cheap’ lyrics - Lennox shares views on Beyonce and disagrees with her being labeled a feminist.

Drake surpasses The Beatles with more top 100 singles - Drake joins the list of artists with the greatest chart visits of all time.

Houston news radio station now Beyoncé-only station - Radio station transforms itself to playing Bey 24-7.

Check out this parody that makes fun of typical R&B songs and videos:


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