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Justin Bieber: ‘I Want to Live Like Jesus’

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

For Justin Bieber, the past few years have been defined by arrests, scandals (night club urination, confiscated monkeys) and public attempts to soften his image and reboot his career. Now the 21-year-old pop superstar – whose new, Kanye West-assisted LP is out November 13th – has shared the source of his redemption: Christianity. “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus,” Bieber [...]

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Songwriter Poo Bear: Justin Bieber’s New Album Is His ‘Thriller’

September 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Songwriter Justin Boyd, better known as Poo Bear, has seen Justin Bieber through the entirety of his fourth studio album, out November 13 — an LP he assures is the pop superstar’s best. Boyd, a longtime collaborator, was there for Bieber in the days when the world loved to hate him, working with him on 2013′s [...]

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Eagles, George Lucas, Carole King to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

July 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

This year’s Kennedy Center Honors will recognize artists from a wide swath of American culture, including soft rockers Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King and Star Wars creator George Lucas. Actress and singer Rita Moreno, classical conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress Cicely Tyson will all also receive awards. The Honors recognize people whose “impact and genius” have [...]

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Lauryn Hill Unveils Nina Simone-Sampling ‘I’ve Got Life’

June 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Just days after Lauryn Hill dropped her sultry cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” the former Fugees singer has unveiled a snippet of another track titled “I’ve Got Life,” a new composition built around Simone’s 1968 single “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life.” “Thought it appropriate to share now,” Hill wrote on her social media accounts about “I’ve Got Life,” [...]

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Romeo Santos: The Music That Made Me

May 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

1. “99 Problems,” Jay Z, 2003I really could identify with the lyrics. I feel like at one point in my life I was part of a minority, and he’s kind of narrating a situation where there’s racism. I really love the record, but I also love that there’s a message behind the lyrics. 2. “Frio, [...]

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Drake Enlists J. Cole, Big Sean for OVO Fest

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

J. Cole will route the latest leg of his Forest Hills Drive tour through Toronto for Drake‘s OVO Fest this summer, bringing along guests Big Sean, YG and Jeremih as well, Pitchfork reports. Sidebar Drake: High Times at the YOLO Estate » This year’s event will take place on August 2nd and 3rd, with Drake headlining the [...]

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Music Industry Execs Sees Vinyl Rise as More ‘Fad’ Than ‘Explosion’

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Last year’s 52 percent jump in vinyl sales has been fantastic for record stores — “and growing more important by the day,” Carl Mello, senior buyer for New England music chain Newbury Comics tells Rolling Stone — but the record industry isn’t quite so enthusiastic. The vinyl explosion has been so pronounced that pressing plants can’t keep up [...]

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On the Charts: There Is Taylor Swift and There Is Everybody Else

January 1st, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

By Steve Knopper | December 31, 2014 REMEMBER WHEN THERE WERE 10 OR 20 TAYLOR SWIFTS EVERY YEAR?: There is Taylor Swift, and there is everybody else. Adele, Beyonce and the Frozen soundtrack have managed to sell a lot of albums, but only Swift’s 1989 is a reminder of the old days — according to [...]

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Drake Drops Three New Songs to Thwart Hackers

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps | October 26, 2014 “You should probably keep an eye on that ovosound.com in the next hour… just saying…,” Drake teased on Twitter Saturday night. Less than 60 minutes later, the rapper delivered on his promise by posting three new tracks, “6 God,” “How Bout Now” and “Heat of the Moment,” each one accompanied by [...]

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Chris Brown Fans ‘New Flame’ With Usher and Rick Ross

August 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

By Miriam Coleman | August 16, 2014 With his long-delayed new album coming out at the beginning of the fall, Chris Brown ramped up the action this week with the release of the video for his song “New Flame.” The track, off the forthcoming X, features guest turns from Usher and Rick Ross and a lot [...]

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