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Aural Fixation: RIP Mixtape

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 02.27.2015 | Media
Sheila Moeschen

Once upon a time, the mixtape was the audio valentine of choice. It was the preferred method of telling a guy or girl you wanted to hold their sweaty palm in yours and pretend to watch a movie.

This Singer From Amsterdam is the Best Artist you Don't Know

Stephen Grant | Posted 02.27.2015 | Arts
Stephen Grant

Now that America is preparing for summer concert season it will be hard to find a festival lineup that doesn't feature popular Dutch producers such as Afrojack and Tiësto. Yet, beyond the house rhythms in the city of Amsterdam, there is soul, pop, jazz and the gifted Benny Sings.

The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether.

An Open Letter to Artists, Present and Future

T-Boz and Chilli | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
T-Boz and Chilli

We are at a place in time when fellow artists can raise one another up and sponsor one another into an age of creative freedom. And in the future ahead, what we have to look forward to, as a community, is a new wave of creative expression.

Let's Face It, Without Controversy, The Grammys -- and Probably The Music Business -- Would Be Done

David Fagin | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

Last Sunday's telecast of the annual awards show netted its lowest ratings in over six years. This shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone, except for maybe Kanye West, who happens to be one of the few interesting artists left in the decaying corpse that is today's music business.

New Book Offers Deep Dive Into '65

Candy Leonard | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books
Candy Leonard

When the Beatles came on the scene in 1964, they scattered seeds of change -- musical and otherwise -- onto very fertile ground. By the following year, those seeds were blossoming and became part of the renaissance called "the sixties."

Madonna, Annie Lennox and 'Acting Your Age'

Keo Nozari | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Keo Nozari

Annie Lennox and Madonna have different paths. BOTH of these remarkable, self-empowered ladies' paths are valid. And we can honor and respect the choices each of the these women have made for themselves.

Sweet Ophelia: An Interview With Musician Zella Day

Logan Lynn | Posted 02.09.2015 | Entertainment
Logan Lynn

If you aren't already listening to Zella Day, now is the moment to do yourself a favor and make things right in your world by putting on headphones and diving in. You can thank me later.

Eight-Time Grammy Winner Manny Marroquin's Music Mixing Magic

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Manny Marroquin is the most humble hitmaking powerhouse mixer in the business. With eight Grammies to his name so far including the rare feat of winn...

On Whitney: When 'The Bubble' Bursts

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.22.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Watched a snippet of Whitney -- the TV movie -- this weekend. The one directed by Angela Bassett. The fact that I only watched a snippet is the only "review" you need. It was just too Lifetime for me.

60 and Going On Timeless: Happy Birthday Annie Lennox

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.01.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

I credit Annie Lennox as being the artist who first turned me onto the joys of pop music in the dawning of my teen years. So to celebrate Lennox's milestone 60th birthday (she's born on Christmas Day), I'm spotlighting one non-single from each of her 15-plus albums since 1981.

The 13 Most Underrated Madonna Songs

Pandora Boxx | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Pandora Boxx

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Madonna fan. I have been since I was a wee lad dancing around my bedroom lip-syncing to "Borderline". In honor of her 13th album release, here are 13 underrated Madonna songs.

Bruno Mars: The Downest Dude on the Planet

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

You don't have to know the history of funk to feel it. But knowing where he gets all that funky stuff -- and those crazy legs -- makes it a whole lot funkier. And more fun.

6 Reasons a Beatles-Like Phenomenon Can't Happen Again

Candy Leonard | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Candy Leonard

Looking back on this 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, music fans and cultural observers of all ages often ask, "Can anything like the Beatles happen again?" The question itself is somewhat rhetorical and acknowledges the singularity of the Beatles phenomenon.

Kate Davis: All About That Bass but So Much More

Roxane Assaf | Posted 02.14.2015 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf

Bassist/singer Kate Davis would be a multimillionaire if she had a dollar for every click on her collaboration with the online video project Postmodern Jukebox turning Meghan Trainor's megahit into a genre-bending stride-and-swing.

Ryan Kristobak

How Kanye West Inspired This Artist To Think Differently About Pop

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment

A lot of artists blend a variety of genres in order to create a more unique sound within the mainstream. Some put hip-hop and rock together, others tr...

Every Step You Take, Every Toe You Break

Roz Warren | Posted 01.17.2015 | Fifty
Roz Warren

What to do? Stay off my feet. Catch up on my reading. And, to hasten the healing process, try some "positive affirmations," or, as I have always thought of them, "bullsh*t."

Beloved '90s Singer Returns To The Recording Studio

OWN | Posted 11.14.2014 | OWN

R&B singer-songwriter Shanice, known for her 1991 chart-topper "I Love Your Smile," wants to prove she's no one-hit wonder. After being dropped from h...

The Alternative Rock Duo Breaking It Down With Tegan & Sara

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment

Once winding down after years in the music industry, singer Jarrod Gorbel and guitarist Blake Sennett are back on the map as alternative rock duo Nigh...

With the Power Pop of III, Jessica Campbell Can Count Her Blessings

Michael Bialas | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

She's a sweet Carolina native with a voice as luscious and refreshing as a glass of iced tea on a sweltering summer day. But don't let that sunny disposition and alluring Southern accent fool you.

Ryan Kristobak

Totemo Just Broke All Of Pop's Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment

Totemo doesn't just break the rules of pop on her debut EP, "Heavy As My Dreams." She finds the line, crosses it, and then draws another one wherever ...

Hoodie Allen And Ed Sheeran Team Up As Superheroes In Silly New Music Video

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.03.2014 | Teen

We're all about this fun and catchy display of teamwork. Rapper Hoodie Allen and British pop sensation Ed Sheeran have released a playful new video...

'Queen of the Clouds' Tove Lo: "I Sing Things I Wouldn't Say"

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 12.21.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I find it really cool when people have this artist persona they can put on," admits singer Tove Lo. "They can go out and act like this other person; I can't pull that off...I can't censor myself."

Don't You Forget About These: New Compilation Salutes the 'Second British Invasion'

Eric Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Eric Williams

The track list of "Reign" skews toward, if not technically one-hit wonders, artists whose greatest popularity was concentrated in a brief timespan, and the song selections tend toward those which will likely get first mention in their originators' obituaries

Get Down Harmony: Exclusive Interview With Luke Rathborne

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

SOFT is an album with effortless shifts from rock to pop to a fusion of genres -- but then again, what is pop and what is rock? In Rathborne's world there are no restrictions -- sound is sound, music is music, and sincerity inhabits each track, cutting straight through.