Welcome to Freak Friday. Each week we highlight a new cover song that we're crazy about. Have suggestions? Send them our way! This week, we give you... Matt Corby covering The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy"
Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of.
Music Times believes that it's never too late to go back and try something old. Throwback Thursdays will go back and pull out an album that's at least 10 years old, so that you can find something new, or revisit something you've forgotten about.
NBC obviously put a lot of work into promoting the new live performance of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood in the role of Maria Von Trapp, the role filled by Julie Andrews during the original film. The promotion campaign seemed to have paid off, as the broadcast brought in a huge viewership. But that doesn't mean the network made its money back. The Hollywood Reporter got numbers from analysts putting the production's budget at around $9 million. Read this
It's Christmas. You need gifts for the music fans in your life. Plus you're feeling more charitable than usual (stats indicate that charitable donations are up 90 percent from 2012's "Giving Tuesday"). Charitybuzz might have something sitting around that you may be interested in. The benefits: A) They're awesome. B) All sales benefit various charities, so you can feel good about indulging. Music Times looked over what's available and compiled a shortlist of best bets. But be warned, all these auctions are limited time only. Read this
For once, the album sales for the previous week made more headlines than the digital downloads, but that doesn't mean that singles are doing badly at all. In fact, after just declaring last week that Eminem's "The Monster" could hold down the top spot for weeks to come, a new track took its place. Read this
We've been real downers for the last couple months with regards to album sales. If you haven't read the news, music sales are down across nearly every format (aside from vinyl), and this has reflected in new releases too, even with some of the biggest stars. What the industry needed was a good Black Friday to boost sales. And boost did it ever. Read this
We don't judge what you guys stream on Spotify. Trust us—we're streaming Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual" right now. We do, however, analyze your Spotify listening trends. The service just revealed its Top 10 most popular performers, albums, and tracks of 2013. Read this
Lana Del Rey's new 27-minute short film Tropico just premiered on VEVO. It is more or less a drawn-out music video that features LDR and male model Shaun Ross as lovers in a series of connected vignettes. Directed by Anthony Mandler, the video features the songs "Body Electric," "Gods and Monsters," and "Bel Air" from the singer's Paradise Edition of Born to Die.Read more »
Even though Lana Del Rey said earlier this year that she has a lack of inspiration for a follow-up to her 2012 hit album Born to Die, it seems like that statement was little more than a red herring. Last night (Dec. 4) while at the premiere of her short film Tropico in Hollywood, the "Summertime Sadness" singer revealed the name of her second LP.
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As the year comes to a close, we've seen Daft Punk's Random Access Memories album cover splashed across more than one Best of 2013 list. Now, the masked robots have finished filming their video for the Julian Casablancas (The Strokes frontman) collaboration "Instant Crush," off the album. This morning, they shared a teaser of the video on French TV.Read more »
David Bowie's video for "I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Remix)" is pretty straightforward. The Next Day Extra song speaks of the realities of war, "Politics and all / I'd rather be high / I'd rather be flying / I'd rather be dead / Or out of my head / than training these guns on those men in the sand."Read more »
With a rapper as prolific as Jay Z, fans will always debate which album is his best and which is his worst. Yesterday (his 44th birthday), HOV himself joined in the debate and gave the ranking he thinks each LP deserves. He took to his Life + Times blog, ranking his 12 solo LP's in order from "classic" to "don't shoot me."Read more »