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New Prince Album To Be Released In 2019

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Despite being in the midst of a legal battle with the Prince Estate, music streaming service Tidal has just announced some great news: come 2019 they will be releasing a brand-new album of Prince’s music, compiled from previously unreleased recordings.


After having a long career of 39 studio albums under his belt before passing away in April 2016, it’s hard to believe that Prince had much more up his sleeve. However, the acclaimed and just-as-secret “Prince Vault” has shown time and again that there is plenty of music to be released, making this announcement all the more enticing.


Like many streaming-exclusive albums it will be available exclusively on Tidal for the first 2 weeks before becoming available to the general public for download. The Prince Estate will then handle the physical release of said album, which currently has no name. This surprising decision comes after Prince’s estate revising the artist’s decision to remove his entire catalogue from streaming services in November 2015 in favor of signing exclusively with Tidal, a decision that has been continuously questioned since the artist’s passing.


Tidal has previously released albums of Prince’s exclusively, such as the 2015 records HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two and the team is using this partnership as the basis for their continued collaboration with Prince’s music and his estate. Tidal founder Jay-Z said that “we will continue to respect and honor Prince’s enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection,” and there’s no reason to believe he won’t. Prince’s estate is notoriously stingy with his music and rights, so this agreement not only to continue working with Tidal during this lawsuit but also release new Prince music is huge.






James Brown Drummer Jab’O Starks Dies at Age 79

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Drummer John Starks, better known as Jab’O, passed away on May 1 of acute leukemia, which had developed as a complication of myelodysplastic syndrome. He had been in hospice care for about a week, and he died in his home in Mobile, Alabama, the same city in which he was born. Best known as a drummer for James Brown’s band from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, Starks played on some of the singer’s most iconic recordings.

Starks was the fifth drummer to play for Brown. The singer’s sixth drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, joined the band just months after Starks, and the two percussionists found a wonderful working rhythm together. They remained lifelong friends and often spent time together in the ensuing decades until Stubblefield’s death in 2017. Although his diagnosis in 2017 slowed him down, Starks continued to perform, appearing onstage most recently in March of 2018.

Starks discovered his love of music and of percussive rhythms through the church, which he attended regularly as a child. As he grew older, he teamed up with various mentors in the thriving music scene in Alabama, among them Cornelius Coleman and Clayton Fillyau. By the time he joined Brown, he had a great deal of experience, having worked with some of the best drummers in the business. He also saw the face of music transform during his decades of performing and recording.

While he continued to perfect his craft throughout his life, he remains best known for his tenure with Brown. The songs for which he is most famous include number 1 hits “The Payback” and “Get on the Good Foot.” His legacy will live on in these and many other songs that bear his percussive influence.

Mitski Announces New Album, Releases Music Video

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Since Mitski’s breakout 2014 album Bury Me at Makeout Creek, she has gained intense notoriety, traveled around the world, and released plenty more music. However, this doesn’t mean that new Mitski music isn’t welcome—quite the opposite, actually. The more music she releases, the more detailed and intricate her music becomes, and there’s always room for more!

After the success of her last album, Puberty 2, Mitski will be releasing Be the Cowboy, an album of narrative-driven songs following a character she has created to combat the notion that women don’t have control in society.

The music video premiering with the announcement, a dark, brooding song called “Geyser”, features the turmoil that Mitski hints at with the new character. Seemingly stranded on a beach, the character fumbles around as the music becomes more intense, scrambling for a sense of direction. The grim clouds appear to direct her inward, and towards the end of the video she begins anxiously digging with her hands to get to the bottom of the sand before shoving her head in a small hole, giving up.

This distinct sense of inner turmoil is represented in a pounding rock texture, accented by the persistent rhythm of a hard rock drumkit. “I will be the one you need/I just can’t be without you,” Mitski sings as the song begins to get louder with added synthesizers and eventually come to a final, harsh downbeat.

None of these artistic decisions are out of the realm of Mitski, yet they feel incredibly new and a different direction for this constantly growing artists. We can’t wait to hear the new album!


Ariana Grande Releasing New Album Soon

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Ariana Grande appeared on “The Today Show” and did an impersonation of Christina Aguilera. She stated that she will be releasing a new album entitled “Sweetener.” It will be her fourth album. She worked with Pharrell on the album. Some of the singles on the album include “God is a Woman”, “Raindrops” and “The Light is Coming.”

Ariana stated that the new album will bring light to important issues. She plans to do several things in order to celebrate the release of her album. She will be performing at the Billboard Music Awards.

Ariana also performed the hit “No Tears Left to Cry.” The single was released in May 2017, and it is a tribute to the people who lost their lives in the Manchester bombing. Ariana has also held concerts to benefit the families of the victims.

Jimmy Fallon and Ariana also did a sketch. Ariana played a character named Cassandra who had a valley girl accent. Additionally, the two discussed the Royal Wedding, 23andme and llama hair.

Not only is Ariana Grande preparing to release a new album, but she will also be going on tour soon. She will be performing in Los Angeles on June 2, 2018. The concert will take place at Banc of California Stadium. Ariana Grande is a Grammy-nominated singer. She has also won several American Music Awards and iHeart Music Awards.

Ariana Grande has also had a successful acting career. She got her start on “Victorious”. She played the role of Cat Valentine on the show, which lasted from 2010 to 2013. She also had a role on “iCarly” and reprised her role as Cat Valentine. Additionally, she had a role on “Sam and Cat”, which was a spinoff of iCarly. The show lasted from 2013 to 2014.

Adrienne Bailon Going On Tour With Husband

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Adrienne Bailon-Houghton, who is the co-host of the talk show “The Real”, will be going on tour with her husband, Israel Houghton. She stated that her husband is working on a new album and will be going on tour soon. Adrienne and Israel are also working on music together. They have a studio in their home.

Adrienne stated that they sing and dance while they are cleaning. She is a music lover and stated that her favorite singers are J Blavin, Cardi B and Beyonce. She stated that listening to Beyonce makes her feel like she can handle anything. Adrienne and Israel have a blended family. They look forward to expanding it in the near future. She reportedly already has a nursery together.

When Adrienne is not working on music, she is working on her YouTube channel. She launched the YouTube channel back in April. She has over 300,000 subscribers. She managed to get 1.5 million views in less than a month. Adrienne stated that she is overwhelmed with her success.

She stated that when she got her 100,000 subscribers, she lost her mind. She is grateful for the award. She never imagined that people would be able to influence so many people.

Adrienne is happy to read the positive comments that she has received from people. She prepared for the negative comments that she would receive. However, she stated that her channel is for fans only. She also likes the fact that people can subscribe to channels that they love.

Israel Houghton released his most recent album entitled “Covered:Alive in Asia” back in 2015. He has also been featured on the Elevation Worship album.

Gorillaz Releasing New Album

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The Gorillaz will be releasing a new album entitled “Now Now” soon. Emma De Caunes, who is Jamie Hewlett’s wife, confirmed the release of the new album. She shared photos of the album cover on Instagram. The Gorillaz first announced that they were going to come out with a new album in December 2017.


Jamie stated that they were working on a new album that was going to be released soon. The Gorillaz are known for taking a five-year break in between albums. Jamie stated that the group wanted to do something different. He also stated that they already have ideas for albums that they want to release in the future.


They released their last album entitled “Humanz” in 2017. Damon Albarn stated that they did not want to wait seven years before releasing a new album. He stated that they are working hard on future songs.


Damon Albarn left a copy of the new album in the back of a taxi cab when he was traveling. A source close to the group stated that the album is personal. It is also politically-charged. Additionally, Damon has included his opinion on Brexit on this album.


The Gorillaz first came on the music scene in 1998. They have won several awards including one Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. They have been nominated for a total of 64 awards and won 19 of them.


The new album will be released on June 29. Clips of the album can be found on the website. The Gorillaz have worked with several other artists on the album including Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle. This is the first time that the group has released albums back-to-back.

Sugarland Returns – With Taylor Swift!

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After a lengthy hiatus, popular country duo Sugarland is back with new music. Their first single in seven years, “Still the Same”, debuted in late 2017 at No. 26 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Sugarland also recently released the title track “Bigger” ahead of their upcoming new album, due out on June 8.

For their latest single, “Babe”, Sugarland teamed up with country-pop crossover superstar Taylor Swift. The new single was co-written by Swift and Patrick Monahan (Train) and features Swift’s vocals on the chorus. Swift is the only guest artist featured on Sugarland’s upcoming album.

Swift and Monahan actually wrote the song for Swift’s 2012 “Red”, but the song was not recorded for that album. Swift reportedly offered the song to Sugarland upon hearing of their upcoming reunion. “Babe” is a breakup song about a bad relationship, and is an upbeat ode to moving on from the heartbreak.

Although Swift seemingly left country music behind for the pop world with her 2014 release of “1989”, the hit country song “Better Man” was also written by Swift. “Better Man” was record by Little Big Town for their 2017 album “The Breaker”. Swift and Little Big Town received several CMA and Grammy nominations for the collaboration, with Swift winning the CMA Song of the Year award.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have both been busy during their hiatus from Sugarland. Nettles released 3 solo albums and is a proud mother. Bush has kept busy with his own solo album and as an in-demand songwriter and producer. Swift is heading out soon on her “Reputation” stadium tour in support of her 2017 pop album.

Music Can Improve Relationships With Your Children

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If you are a parent of a child who loves music, then you may want to listen to music with them. Studies have shown that parents and children who listen to music together have better relationships. Researchers have found that adolescents who listen to music with their parents report being closer to them.

The researchers surveyed young adults. The average age of the participants was 21. They were asked about how much time they spend listening to music with their parents when they were younger. They stated that listening to music with their parents helped them have a better relationship with their parents.

Jake Harwood is the co-author of the study and a professor at UA Department of Communication. He stated that it is common for parents and children to listen to music together while the child is growing up. However, this becomes less common as the child grows up.

Sandi Wallace is a student who used the project as an undergraduate research project. She stated that it is interesting to see how music can have a positive effect on parent-child relationships. Jake and Sandi both have explanations for why listening to music helps improve relationships.

Studies have shown that when people do activities together, they start to like each other more. Doing activities together also helps people develop empathy. They have an easier time understanding each other.

It is important for parents to realize that listening to music does not have to be a difficult experience. For example, you can listen to music while you are in the car together. The researchers also stated that listening to music together does not mean that parents and children will have a perfect relationship. However, it is a great way to bond.

NSync Reunites to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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It has been 20 years since wildly popular boy band exploded into the national consciousness with the smash hit “I Want You Back.” Now, a reunion at the unveiling of their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has fans salivating over the possibility of future collaborations. Even though the band only lasted four years, the members have remained friends and occasionally reunite, and Justin Timberlake’s speculation about the future at this event could bode well for another recording or tour.

Timberlake was joined by his fellow band members Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez and Lance Bass. Each of the five of them made a short speech after introductory remarks by Ellen Degeneres and Carson Daly, who praised the groundbreaking quintet and their place in music history. One topic of significance was Lance Bass’s sexuality; while he had not felt comfortable sharing the fact that he was gay while the band was together, he had always wanted to do so for the sake of his gay fans. He noted that he was grateful to have found the courage to come out of the closet in later years.

The group initiated a big sing-along of “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” which further spurred hopes that the five would sing together in the near future. Incidentally, this took place on April 30th, prompting jokes about “It’s Gonna Be May,” a fan-created meme featuring a play on words from one of the band’s hits. It’s nice to see that these golden-voiced men who sang together before hordes of screaming teens are still enjoying each other’s company, and perhaps before too long, they will create some new music for the next generation of fans to enjoy.

Investors Are Betting on the Music Industry

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Traditionally, the music industry hasn’t been so great to those who choose to invest in it—or even some of the artists who produce the hits. Years ago, the entire sector took a big hit when people started burning CDs and uploading and downloading music from the internet—for free. With Napster reigning supreme, it was difficult for even the most popular acts to turn a profit without touring like crazy. Just a few years prior, the store Tower Records had had its most profitable year ever—and now the entire business sank as a result of the new technology.

However, these days, Wall Street investors are starting to look at the music business in a new light. A lot of this has to do with the advent of streaming, which has irrevocably changed the landscape of an industry that had already been disrupted. With Spotify’s newest numbers set to drop on Wednesday night, investors and analysts are bullish when it comes to music again. With an estimate that over 200 million people will become Spotify subscribers in 2022, the money people are starting to circle their wagons around steaming services for the first time ever. Even venerable institutions such as J.P. Morgan have been singing the praises of streaming, which surprised many of the people who received investor communications from the company. However, Spotify still has its doubters. The fact that the service offers a “free tier” has led many to believe that not all customers can be converted into paying clients.

In the inscrutable world that is Wall Street, it is difficult to see what will and won’t turn a profit. But it would definitely appear that streaming services have caught the fancy of those with deep pockets.