After her band Strip Darling went on a self-prescribed hiatus roughly two years after their debut LP, singer Jacque Ryal was inspired to write a plethora of pop songs at her home base, The Music Building, the historic rehearsal studio where Madonna got her start. "It was time to stop, break musical habits, redefine what I want," she said in a statement. "It is time to reinvent, dance, wear pink lipstick and use hairspray again." Out of this desire, Ryal was born -- her eponymous story of self-discovery and finding one's own rhythm.
To celebrate FXX's massive "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon, which I will be watching as much of as I possibly can, I've compiled a list of some artists who have been influenced by The Simpsons in some way, whether it's through their band name, a song title, or even the name of their home studio.
Most of this weekend's music media attention went toward the Video Music Awards but Monday night's Emmys feature a few musical categories of their own. Music Times checks out all of the contenders for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and checking our results against what the Emmys opted for.
We discuss Ariana Grande's new album "My Everything" via email and question whether or not she can even carry a single on her own... Read this
No other live action Disney film features a soundtrack as iconic as that of Mary Poppins—a testament to brothers Robert and Richard Sherman—and it challenges even some of the most celebrated song collections from the studio's animated films as well. Read this
For the series finale of her talk show Chelsea Lately last night, Aug. 26, comedian Chelsea Handler teamed up with a few dozen of her celebrity pals, including musicians such as Dave Grohl, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, and even her ex 50 Cent to sing a farewell tribute to her famously raunchy show. Titled "Goodbye To E!," a parody of "We Are The World," the song pokes fun at Handler's controversial sense of humor, as well as what she has planned for the future. Read this
It was a huge week on the Digital Downloads charts, starting with a monumental new single release plus all of the sales that come along with the MTV Video Music Awards. Read this
Nile Rodgers and Rudimental are teaming up to remix the 1978 hit 'Le Freak.' Get the deets here. Read this
Electronic music has often avoided the typical copyright arguments and only infrequently draws complaints for its culture of remixes. A new lawsuit from Universal Music may throw a wrench in the gears of the system, even if it begins far away from the center of EDM culture. The label is alleging that VH1's Masters of The Mix show did not properly license any of the music from the label that was used during Season 3 of the show.Read more »
Performing symphonies have had their fair share of debacles this year--and The Metropolitan Opera's problems, while having been solved for now, may have marched to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's doorstep.Read more »
The pursuit of music on a global scale may have finally been mastered with OneBeat, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation.Read more »
All news is good news when it comes to the effects that it has on album sales. Such was the case last week when the unfortunate death of comedian Robin Williams led to two of his albums reentering the Billboard 200, and likewise for the death of Lauren Bacall, which caused a boost in sales for songs that reference her by name. In happier news, Kate Bush's recent comeback to the stage after 35 years has had a significant impact on her place on the UK charts.Read more »
More details are emerging following rapper Jeezy's arrest in California and the Atlanta rapper may be a suspect in a backstage shooting at a concert.Read more »