December 2013 Archives

It's impossible to overstate the importance of Giorgio Moroder to pop and dance music in the late '70s and throughout the '80s and beyond. His influence has been enormous. The 73-year old Italian songwriter and producer has been involved with countless hits, including some of the biggest singles of the pop era. His work with Donna Summer, especially on "I ... [Read]

Annie Lennox, with her partner Dave Stewart in Eurythmics and The Tourists, and as a solo artist, has enjoyed tremendous success over the past 30+ years. Her long string of classic singles include "Why," "Walking on Broken Glass," "No More I Love You's," "Would I Lie To You," "Here Comes the Rain Again," and of course "Sweet Dreams (are made ... [Read]

Betty Who - Somebody Loves You vs. Ellie Goulding - Burn With most major pop acts putting out less than ideal albums this year it should be no surprise that our final round includes two lesser known artist with rabid fan bases. Goulding's Burn popped Major Lazer's bubble, wrecked Miley Cyrus and twerked right past Robin Thicke on her journey ... [Read]

Daft Punk - Get Lucky vs. Betty Who - Somebody Loves You Welcome to the Semifinals. Today and tomorrow we will vote on the who will be entering the finals. Our final Pop Off vote will be held on Thursday. The winner will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 21, before the live Pop Off at Town Danceboutique. In a total ... [Read]

Daft Punk - Get Lucky vs. Betty Who - Somebody Loves You Welcome to the Semifinals. Today and tomorrow we will vote on the who will be entering the finals. Our final Pop Off vote will be held on Thursday. The winner will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 21, before the live Pop Off at Town Danceboutique. Daft Punk did ... [Read]

Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball vs. Ellie Goulding - Burn It's twerk off! After wrecking Avicii's crossover hopes can the girl who singlehandedly ruined teddy bears for a whole generation take out another electronic pioneer? Or will Ellie Goulding continue to Burn up the charts and finally tame Hanna Montana's evil twin. The fate of twerking is in your foam ... [Read]

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines vs. Icona Pop - Up All Night It's a summer slam rematch. Mr. Thicke is showing no signs of Growing Pains as he clearly dominated Zedd in round one. Can the pop juggernaut continue his winning streak with Blurred Lines or will the Swedish sirens Icon Pop finally give it 2 him with club anthem ... [Read]

Beyoncé surprised fans early this morning by releasing an entirely new studio album available exclusively via iTunes with no advance warning or promotion. Titled “Beyoncé,” with a simple cover of black with her name written across the center in pink, it’s an edgy collection of pop & R&B with a plethora of A-list guest artists including her husband Jay Z, ... [Read]

It couldn’t have been lost on Boy George, now 52, that as his latest solo album “This Is What I Do” hit stores this past October, it was almost exactly 30 years since the release of the album for which he’ll always be best-known: the ‘80s classic “Colour By Numbers.”  Along with their debut, 1982’s “Kissing to Be Clever,” “Colour ... [Read]

John Lennon was shot down on a New York City sidewalk 33 years ago today, December 8, 1980, and the world lost one of the great musical artists we'll ever know.  In tribute, here are some of his best moments as a solo artist:  "Instant Karma!" Lennon's first major hit as a solo artist was "Instant Karma!", released in February ... [Read]

The 30 Best Albums of 2013

Posted by Chris Gerard
December 5, 2013 11:36 AM |
As the year rapidly winds to a close, it's time to look back at the best music that 2013 had to offer. This was not an easy list to compile; there were dozens of other albums under serious consideration. These lists are obviously subjective exercises, and readers are encouraged to post their favorite albums, including those that aren't included here, ... [Read]

World AIDS Day 2013 via music

Posted by Chris Gerard
December 1, 2013 3:24 PM |
The power of music is its universal ability to express feelings and emotions in a way that touches us all on any possible subject imaginable. As we mark World AIDS Day 2013 and take time to remember those lost to the epidemic and to support those still living with it today, here are a few particularly powerful songs that deal ... [Read]