August 19, 2013 |
Area theme parks haven't even completed their Halloween makeovers yet, but the pop music world is already looking ahead to Christmas. Singer Kelly Clarkson on Monday unveiled details on her first holiday-themed collection, "Wrapped in Red," due Oct. 29. The lead-off single will be the original "Underneath the Tree. " The song again sees Clarkson working with local producer Greg Kurstin, one half of indie-pop act Bird and the Bee and a songwriter/producer on Clarkson's smash "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
December 13, 2013 |
OK, Beyoncé's overnight surprise album drop isn't news only to fans -- it's news to other celebs too. Because that's how Sasha Fierce rolls. Queen Bey dropped her "visual album, " "Beyoncé," which features 14 songs and 17 videos, late Thursday, disrupting quite a few fans and much of the Internet. "I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans," she said in the album announcement.
February 21, 2014 |
Steve Lawrence loved to talk music with Frank Sinatra. During one of their chats, the Chairman of the Board asked Lawrence to name his favorite song. "I said, there are a lot of wonderful songs out there," Lawrence, 78, recalled in a recent interview. "He said, 'Name one.' I said OK, 'Moonlight in Vermont.' He said 'Why?' I said well to be honest it's the only American popular song I can think of that doesn't have a rhyme. " Sinatra was taken aback. "He said, 'Really? I recorded that song.' And he starts to sing it to me across the table.
November 5, 2012 |
TLC is plotting a comeback. The surviving members of one of the best-selling girl groups of all time are planning their first new album in 10 years, according to the BBC. Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins announced their potential return at the 2012 Mobo Awards in Liverpool on Saturday. They were there to accept the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The new album would be the first since 2002's “3D,” which was released six months after the group's third member, spitfire Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras.
September 19, 2012 |
Singer and songwriter Mindy Smith knows too well the mixed emotions that can come with losing a loved one. When Smith was 19, her mother died of cancer, a loss she explored to great critical acclaim on her 2004 debut album, “One Moment More,” which earned her a place alongside respected singer-songwriters such as Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. Loss and recovery have been strong themes on her subsequent releases, "Long Island Shores” in 2006 and 2009's “Stupid Love.” She returns to that theme, from a slightly different perspective, on her new collection, “Mindy Smith,” which was released in June on her own Giant Leap Records label.
November 28, 2012 |
While Adele is busy celebrating her cavalcade of 21s (her album “21” just became the 21st album to sell 10 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking retail sales 21 years ago), R&B-pop star Rihanna is rolling in lucky 7s. Her seventh album, “Unapologetic” has given the Barbados-born singer her first No. 1 collection on the Billboard 200 album chart - seven years after the release of her debut set, “Music of the Sun.” She's also on the road with what she has dubbed her “777 Tour.” “Unapologetic” sold 238,000 copies last week, which also represents the biggest sales week to this point for Rihanna, who until this week held the record for the musician with the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without a No. 1 album, as noted by Billboard's Keith Caulfield . “Unapologetic” bumps last week's top-selling album, One Direction's “Take Me Home,” to the No. 3 slot, as the British boy group's sophomore outing sold another 176,000 copies, behind Taylor Swift's “Red,” holding on at No. 2 with 185,000 copies, up 28% from the previous week.