Presidential campaigns have a sound. We analyzed the playlists of 10 contenders to see how the songs aligned with the messages. AUG. 19, 2019 Our Critics weigh in! Turn Your Sound On! Respect Aretha Franklin • 9 to 5 Dolly Parton • Stand by Me Ben E. King • Work That Mary J. Blige • High Hopes Panic! at the Disco • Dance to the Music Sly & the Family Stone • Love Train The O’Jays • I’m Coming Out Diana Ross • One Nation Under a Groove Funkadelic • Rocking in the Free World Neil Young • My Shot Lin-Manuel Miranda • Superwoman Alicia Keys • Good as Hell Lizzo • Higher Ground Stevie Wonder • Lovely Day Bill Withers • California Love Tupac Shakur • Run the World (Girls) Beyoncé • Think Aretha Franklin • Dis Generation A Tribe Called Quest • Girl on Fire Alicia Keys • Revolution Toots and the Maytals … [Read more...] about What Does Campaign Rally Music Say About a Candidate?
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Chuck Campbell Knoxville News Sentinel Published 11:06 PM EDT Apr 12, 2019 Whether Anderson .Paak’s new “Ventura” was intended as a companion or rebuttal to November’s “Oxnard,” it’s a welcome about-face to last year’s about-face. .Paak departed from his traditional soulful ethos to take on a rap-focused edge on the ambitious “Oxnard,” and clearly that’s not his forte. So his retreat back into classic soul singing on “Ventura” is a welcome move for listeners, even if .Paak’s heart wasn’t in it. The tight new collection of dance songs and slow jams comes with top-shelf guests – Smokey Robinson (!) singing along in the understated-grooved, mature-love-themed “Make It Better,” Brandy kicking it with .Paak in the sensual club celebration “Jet Black,” Andre 3000 joining the fray of the showy, jazz-kissed “Come Home” … “Ventura” also … [Read more...] about Anderson .Paak’s ‘Ventura’ offers ample soul, if not heart
Geoff Carter, Spencer Patterson, Mike Prevatt, Leslie Ventura Thu, Dec 27, 2018 (2 a.m.) LESLIE VENTURA: TOP ALBUMS OF 2018 1. Jonathan Bree, Sleepwalking The avant garde New Zealander, formerly of twee duo The Brunettes, blends his tongue-in-cheek wit with brooding, sexy lounge pop. It doesn’t get much better than this. 2. Moonface, This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet Not only does Spencer Krug’s latest album include my favorite track of the year (“Minotaur Forgiving Knossos”), it serves as his Moonface project’s swan song—pinging between a vocoder-laced story about a lonely Minotaur and the Wolf Parade member’s signature experimental rock. 3. U.S. Girls, In a Poem Unlimited Meghan Remy and her band provided a memorable 2018 Neon Reverb set, and this LP allowed me to experience the group’s swanky, funky prowess over and over again. 4. Mitski, Be the Cowboy 2018 was the year I found … [Read more...] about Concerts, albums and Las Vegas releases: recapping a busy year in music
The music of “Black Panther,” with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heavily represented in the major four categories following a year where their presence was barely felt. The Recording Academy announced Friday that Lamar is the top contender with eight nominations, including seven for his musical companion to the Marvel Studios juggernaut starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan. “Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By” is up for album of the year, a category where women make up five of the eight nominees. Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile also are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone. The upcoming Grammys is the first where the academy extended its top four categories from five nominees to eight. The “Panther” nomination would give Lamar a chance to win album of the year after losing three times. His most recently loss … [Read more...] about 2019 Grammy nominations — Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 8
By Craig Hlavaty Published 11:52 am CST, Friday, November 9, 2018 PHOTOS: The people who have written George Strait's biggest songs George Strait (L) and Honoree Dean Dillon attend the 61st annual BMI Country Awards on November 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. >>>See the other songwriters that King George has used to craft his biggest hits... less PHOTOS: The people who have written George Strait's biggest songs George Strait (L) and Honoree Dean Dillon attend the 61st annual BMI Country Awards on November 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. >>>See ... more Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images First, there's Strait himself. In the '70s, before he was a successful solo artist, Strait wrote much of the material for his Ace in the Hole Band, including “That Don’t Change The Way I Feel About You,” and “I Can’t Go On Dying Like This,” which were released on the … [Read more...] about He writes the songs George Strait sings. Now Dean Dillon could be headed for Hall of Fame