Darwin Deez's sophomore record, Songs For Imaginative People is one that will get Deez's listeners thinking about life beyond the beat; of his music, and beyond what one might accept as the natural rhythm of life.
This was the first year in a long time that I bought and liked a LOT of records. There are so many to choose from! That being said, when somebody asks you what your favorite piece of music was in 2012, there is only one correct answer: "Call Me Maybe."
Grammy winning songwriting machine, Allee Willis, composer of dozens of musical favorites spanning nearly 40 years of pop culture will be performing her acclaimed multi-media, hit-packed spectacular, Badeya, Baby! for two nights.
SSION's sound is sultry pop with a disco backbone, led by Cody's sincere, controlled vocals. It is easy to dance along with, and because the music tends towards encouraging, the dance is positive, bordering liberating.
After 25 years at the top of the Italian charts, the stadium-filling singer-songwriter Lorenzo "Jovanotti" Cherubini has moved to New York City to try on a new life, to jar his music-mad mind into seeing things anew.
No one would credit Top 40 for being innovative, but there's a difference between "everything on the radio sounds the same" and "beyotch stole my track." Ryan Tedder's rampant recycling sends a bad message about being successful in the music industry.
It seems like a no-brainer to include diverse stars and songs that cross cultures and generations in ads. With the shifts we are seeing in our country, using diverse talent is more important than ever.
One thing still frightens me to this day. Something that, if revealed, would absolutely get me into trouble with my current gym's hardcore clientele. And that, my friends, is what I'm about to confess... My iPod has a few Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana tunes on it.
I do not think it's unfair to say that most of today's most popular music all sounds the same, because it does. The music industry desperately needs someone to stir things up. We need an original sound. Enter ZZ Ward.
Of course, fast major-key songs are not necessarily happy. And complex minor-key songs are not necessarily brooding and intelligent. But -- ha! -- it might take eight seconds to figure that out. And who has the time?
If you were searching for a case study in how quickly international acclaim, countless awards and stratospheric success become entirely overshadowed by a few pounds, look no further than the curious case of Lady Gaga.