My Prayers Have Been Answered — New Gwen Stefani Coming Soon

Gwen Stefani of The Voice, 2014.

According to Billboard, Gwen Stefani is currently finishing up her new solo album with Pharrell!

Hold on a sec…

Ok, I’m back. It’s been eight years since The Sweet Escape, but the wait may soon be over.  Stefani’s manager Irving Azoff revealed that the singer is currently in Miami, recording new tracks with frequent collaborator (and Voice co-star) Pharrell Williams. She plans to perform the lead single on The Voice later in the season.

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Lady Antebellum- 747 is Here — Review

Lady Antebellum's '747'

When I heard that Lady Antebellum was releasing another album so soon after last years Golden, I was a little skeptical.  Boy was I wrong!

They made a conscience effort to change up their sound by switching from their long-time producer Paul Worley to Nathan Chapman.  “We wanted to sound a lot bigger and a little more in your face than records in the past,” Kelley tells Billboard.  “We went out of our way to make sure that we found songs that had a lot more drive and energy to them. We really wanted to find songs that would translate to the live show like ‘Freestyle’ and ‘Bartender,’ so that’s how we approached this record.”

Hillary Scott said that it was time to shake things up. “We took a half a year off, and so much of the landscape of country music had shifted in a really exciting kind of way. We would go out on tour and see that our uptempo songs were the ones that were really connecting with the audience. That whole environment really carried over into the live show. It also carried over into our writing. It just led us to a place where we weren’t afraid to take some chances. We’ve always said we could reel ourselves back in, so we might as well go for it.”

While the album has the typical Lady A Ballad-leaning songs, “Down South” and “Lie With Me” have more of an  edge. “Freestyle”is a song that exemplifies their new sound and energy.  It is a song that sounds more like Florida Georgia Line than typical Lady Antebellum of the past.

That energy re-emerges in “Just A Girl” — “Now I know that I’m just another one of your Friday nights but this is going to be the last time” —  with it’s three-chord driving melody and take-back-my-dignity message; and the reflective rocker “Sounded Good At the Time.”

Listen to the album below (and then buy it )

This Day in Music History — September 30

1954 : Julie Andrews makes her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend.

1955 : James Dean dies in a car accident at age 24. He would show up in the lyrics to many songs, including Don McLean’s American Pie. The Eagles even released a song called James Dean.

1991 : Entertainer Liza Minnelli receives a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Her mother, Judy Garland, has three stars on the famous boulevard.

1993 : George Harrison and David Crosby lend their voices and cartoon likenesses to the season 5 premiere of The Simpsons in the episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet.”

1998 : Blues guitar prodigy Jonny Lang, rock guitarist Slash, punk rocker Joey Ramone, and Cheap Trickster Rick Nelson are among the musicians who guest-star on The Drew Carey Show. On the program, Carey’s band is looking for a lead guitarist, and a string of axemen audition for the gig – including Ramone, even though he didn’t play guitar in the Ramones.

 

11 Covers That Prove Kelly Clarkson Can Sing Anything

Three Grammys, 13 Billboard Music Awards and 12 years after being crowned the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson is still amazing as ever.

The “Stronger” singer thrilled fans this week when she announced a new album for 2015.

Of course, it’s not just new songs we love Kelly for: When she tours, Clarkson invites fans to make song requests online and then picks one to perform when she gets into town—everything from Etta James to Eminem.

11. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar


10. “Scrubs,” TLC


9. “You & I,” Lady Gaga


8. “You’re Still The One,” Shania Twain


7. “We are Young,” Fun feat. Janelle Monae


6. “Someone Like You,” Adele


5. “We Found Love In a Hopeless Place,” Rihanna


4. “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen


3. “Always Be My Baby,” Mariah Carey


2. “Wide Awake,” Katy Perry


1. “I’ll Stand By You,” The Pretenders

Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” drops

Lorde, 2014.

Obsessed doen’t begin to cover it!

Lorde returns today with her first single for  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Produced by Paul Epworth, this track melds Lorde’s darkness with a great pop beat.

Lorde was also charged with curating the rest of the artists appearing on the soundtrack. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set to hit theaters on November 21st.

George Harrison tribute concert, feat. Brian Wilson, The Strokes, and “Weird Al” Yankovic — watch

This month has been a month filled with tributes to Beatles great George Harrison. Capitol Records’ released a box set collecting Harrison’s first six solo albums alongside unreleased live recordings and demos, George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-1975. Later, Conan O’Brien hosted a week-long series of performances.

Last night in Los Angeles, Harrison was again honored with an all-star tribute concert featuring The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Brian Wilson, “Weird” Al Yankovic, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer, plus members of Weezer and The Strokes were all in attendance.

Brian Wilson – “My Sweet Lord”:

“Weird Al” Yankovich – “What Is Life”:

Conan O’Brien – “Old Brown Shoe”:

Brandon Flowers – “Got My Mind Set On You”:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Art of Dying”:

This Day in Music History — September 29

1967 : John Lennon flips on the radio while working on I Am The Walrus and hears a BBC broadcast of the Shakespeare play King Lear, which he decides to mix into the song.

1976 : At his 41st birthday party, a drunk Jerry Lee Lewis attempts to shoot a soda bottle with his .357 Magnum and instead hits his bass player, Norman Owens, twice in the chest. Owens makes a full recovery.

1977 : #1 on the Hot 100 is Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band by Meco. It’s a 15-minute song made up of Star Wars music set to a disco beat. There’s even an R2-D2 bleeping solo.

1996 : Alanis Morissette finishes her first U.S. tour in Houston, Texas.

1997 : The Clinton White House awards Don Henley a National Medal of the Humanities for his work on the Walden Woods Project, which was set up to preserve the area in Massachusetts where Henry David Thoreau did his writing.

2003 : “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne is released. The song will go on to peak at #21 in the US and #11 in the UK. It will also be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Pop Performance. The song’s infamous music video stars model/actress, Rachel Hunter, who plays Stacy’s mom and the obsession of her teenage daughter’s friend.

Ariana Grande brings the pop for ‘SNL’ Debut

Ariana Grande opened Saturday Night Live‘s 40th season as its first musical guest last night.

For the first act, Grande donned her kitty ears for a performance of her latest single “Break Free.”

For the second number, Grande gave “Love Me Harder” its live premiere, bringing out the Weeknd as a semi-surprise guest on the duet. (SThe song is set to emerge later this month as the third single for My Everything.

Watch below

One Direction Debuts ‘Steal My Girl’

One Direction just dropped their brand new single “Steal My Girl” and we’ve got your first listen!

The guys are  releasing their new album Four in November.

The boys spoke to Billboard at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas over about their latest material.

“There are definitely some tunes that tie into that ‘Story Of My Life’ kind of sound,” Zayn Malik said. “We tried to keep what is our sound, but just kind of grow with it as we’ve obviously grown up. We’ve grown a bit more facial hair. And our lyrics need to get a little older as well. So we just kind of want to grow with our fanbase.”

“Some of the songs have got a classic, natural, quite simple [sound to] some of it,” Louis Tomlinson then added. “Not too over-produced.”

Check out the song below and lyrics inside!