Ed Sheeran Live In Concert

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If you’re into Rock & Pop music, you can’t miss Ed Sheeran live at American Airlines Arena in Miami on September 9th 2015. The singer will perform songs off of his 2014 album Multiply. Some of the songs of the album are One, Thinking Out Loud, and Nina. This is a concert  Sheeran fans should see.

The song One was written for a special lady at the time named Alice who the singer was in a relationship with since his teenage years. The song was recorded acoustically with the singer playing his guitar as he sings about how the relationship came to an ending.  Songfacts.com states Ed Sheeran wrote previous songs on his Plus album for her and this was the last song he wrote for her.

Thinking Out Loud is a song about Ed Sheeran girlfriend Athina Andrelos who works for Jamie Oliver an English celebrity Jamie Oliver. According to Songfacts.com the singer wrote the song with the Bristol singer-songwriter Amy Wadge, whom he previously worked with on his 2010 EP, Songs I Wrote With Amy. The lyrics of this tune are catchy which would make fans sing along.

The song Nina is about a song a Scottish songwriter Nina Nesbitt. Songfacts.com states The two toured together and eventually became romantically involved. Ed Sheeran didn’t write the song alone according to Songfacts.com he had help from Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid

Ed Sheeran will play these songs and others from the Multiply album that a fan like would sing along and never forget. This makes the concert in American Airlines Arena  a unforgettable and a must see show. Below is the One music video

 

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Motley Crue’s Album Dr. Feel Good Places #1

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Yesterday in 1989 rock band Motley Crue started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Dr. Feelgood according to thisdayinmusic.com. Songs off of this album included Kickstart My Heart, Without You, and the album titled song Dr. Feelgood.

The song Kickstart My Heart placed 27 on the US chart. According to songfacts.com one day Nikki Sixx literally died and when paramedics arrived they shot him with Adrenaline as a last ditch effort to save him, so the Adrenaline “kickstarted” his heart. It also mentions dealing with the band’s newfound sobriety during the songwriting process and on stage.

The song Without You placed No.8 on the US chart. Songfacts.com states Drummer Tommy Lee was dating Heather Locklear at the time, and their relationship inspired the lyrics. The site also mentions that Nikki Sixx wrote this song with guitarist Mick Mars.

The album titled song Dr. Feelgood placed No.6 on the US charts. Songfacts.com states Nikki Sixx wrote this about a drug dealer who gave him his “fix” every now and again in Los Angeles. The site also mentions Vocalist Vince Neil looked back at this song to Rolling Stone in 2009:

“I knew it was a classic from the time I heard that very first ‘bomp bomp bomp bomp’ – that intro just kind of grabs you. This song has been popular for 20 years. It was funny because I was watching VH1 and they had the Greatest Hard Rock Songs and ‘Feelgood’ was 15 or something. I was like, ‘Wow, of all time.’ Then you have Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and AC/DC and ‘Feelgood.’ I was like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’ It’s our signature song in some ways.”

Below is the video of Kickstart My Heart.

 

Daughtry Live In Concert

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On November 12th the rock band Daughtry will perform live at Pompano Beach Amphitheater. The band is known for songs such home, September and Long Live Rock n Roll. This band is known for their catchy songs such as these.

The song home is on the band’s self-album which released in 2007. This song was charted at 5 in the US. According to songfacts.com Chris Daughtry wrote this on his couch in North Carolina, shortly before had even appeared on the American Idol show. The site also states Daughtry’s self-titled debut was the most popular US album of 2007 selling 3.2 million copies in the States.

September is a song that is on the band’s Leave This Town album that was released in 2009. According to songfacts.com the bittersweet ballad’s music video features Chris Daughtry playing live and looking back at his past with bandmates bassist Josh Paul, drummer Robin Diaz, and guitarists Brian Craddock and Josh Steely. The site also mentions Leave This Town debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. As Daughtry’s self-titled debut album also topped the chart, they became the third group in the 21st century to arrive with a pair of #1s.

Long Live Rock n Roll is from the album Baptized that was released last year. Songfacts.com states the track looks at some age-old rock debates such as the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones, and Van Halen vs. Van Hagar. The site also mentions his acoustic anthem is a humorously nostalgic ode to the good ole days. Chris Daughtry penned the song with Boys Like Girls frontman Martin Johnson and songwriter-producer Sam Hollander (aka, S*A*M), who is best known for his work with One Direction, Cobra Starship and Gym Class Heroes.

 

Below is YouTube video of a live performance of  Home

Mariah Carey’s Song Butterfly is #1 for Eight Weeks

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Today in 1995 Mariah Carey made chart history when she started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fantasy’, making her the first female act to enter the chart in pole position according to thisdayinmusic.com.

From 1993-1998, she was married to Tommy Mottola, who was president of Sony Music. Songfacts.com states “Butterfly” is a song Mariah wrote, not about someone else but about herself. It is the song that she stated she wished Tommy Mottola (her recently divorced husband at the time) would sing to her.

The site also mentions Carey originally intended this to be a House record with dance producer David Morales titled “Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise).

Below are the lyrics and video to the song

Butterfly:

When you love someone so deeply

They become your life

It’s easy to succumb to overwhelming fears inside

Blindly I imaged I could

Keep you under glass

Now I understand to hold you

I must open my hands

And watch you rise

[Chorus:]

Spread your wings and prepare to fly

For you have become a butterfly

Fly abandonedly into the sun

If you should return to me

We truly were meant to be

So spread your wings and fly

Butterfly

I have learned that beauty

Has to flourish in the light

Wild horses run unbridled

Or their spirit dies

You have given me the courage

To be all that I can

And truly feel your heart will

Lead you back to me when you’re

Ready to land

[Chorus]

I can’t pretend these tears

Aren’t overflowing steadily

I can’t prevent this hurt from

Almost overtaking me

But I will stand and say goodbye

For you’ll never be mine

Until you know the way it feels to fly

[Chorus]

So flutter through the sky

Butterfly

Spread your wings and fly

Butterfly

 

 

 

 

Berry White Hits #1 with Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love

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Berry White was a soul singer recognized for his deep voice. One song he is most known for is Can’t Get Enough of Your Love. Today marks the day when this song hit #1 on the US charts during 1974 according to thisdayinmusic.com.

 Barry White fell in love in 1973 with Glodean James, who was one of the members of his Love Unlimited backing trio of singers. He wrote this song for her one night when he couldn’t get off to sleep according to songfacts.com. The pair later separated, but they never got divorced.

 This song was recorded by other artists. Songfacts.com states in 1993, this song was covered by R&B/pop singer Taylor Dayne, who took it to the charts again at #20 on the US Hot 100 and #2 on the US Hot Dance Club Play charts.

 The singer was a fan of the cartoon show The Simpsons. Songfact.com mentions that he recorded this song in a new version specifically made for “The Whacking Day” episode of the show. Below is the YouTube video of Can’t Get Enough of Your Love.

 

Diana Ross Hits #1 with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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Today in 1970 Diana Ross hit #1 for three weeks with her remake of the song Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. According to thisdayinmusic.com this was the singer’s first solo No.1 since leaving The Supremes.

The song was originally written and by Ashford & Simpson. According to songfacts.com Nick Ashford was inspired by an experience when he first moved to New York. The site states that he was walking down a Manhattan thoroughfare, determined that New York City would not get the best of him.

This song was originally sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. Songfacts.com states Uriel Jones of The Funk Brothers, who played the drums on Gaye and Terrell’s original version, recalled in Mojo magazine February 2009: “Ashford and Simpson had written the song and they always came to the studio with charts. This time was no exception; they came with the song fully written out. The lyrics were written out too. They were one of the few producers and writers who had full charts and made us work from them.

Songfact.com states that Amy Winehouse’s 2007 single “Tears Dry On Their Own” is based around the backing instrumentation of this song. Ashford & Simpson were also credited on Jessica Simpson’s 2006 transatlantic Top 20 single “A Public Affair,” as towards the end of the song. No matter what generation someone was born they have heard a version of this song. Below is a video of Diana Ross performing this song live.

Lily Allen Live in Concert

 

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On September 9, 2014 pop star Lily Allen will perform live in concert at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Florida at 8:00 P.M. The singer is known for songs such as Smile, The Fear, and Silver Spoon

The Song Smile was recorded on her album Alright, Still which was released in 2006. This song made Lily Allen well known to music fans. According to songfacts.com the song is about her ex-boyfriend, DJ Lester Lloyd, as he attempts to win her back after the terrible way he treated her in their relationship and the negative impact this subsequently had on her. In the song there was an organ part that came from the song “Free Soul” by ’60s Reggae group The Soul Brothers states the site.

The Fear is a song that Lily Allen recorded on It’s Not Me, It’s You album which was released in 2009. Songfacts.com states this song won the Best Track of the Year at the Virgin Media Music Awards 2010, in which three million music fans voted. The site also mentions that Lily Allen and her co-writer Greg Kurstin won a couple of Ivor Novello Awards for this hit single-Best Song Musically and Lyrically and Most Performed Work.

Silver Spoon is a song off of Lily Allen’s current album Sheezus. According to songfacts.com the song title comes from the phrase: ‘Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth.’ The term refers to somebody who’s born into a well-to-do family environment; the reference being to the gift of a silver spoon by the godparents. This song talks about the fairytale that the singer had a privileged childhood because her father was actor Keith Allen. Her concert should not be missed. Below is the YouTube video Smile.

 

“Eye Of The Tiger” Is My Theme Song

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Music is not only used to entertain. It has the ability to empower the people who listen to it. One song in particular that keeps me motivated is Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger.” This song was released in 1982. It is best known as the theme song to Sylvester Stallone’s box office hit “Rocky.”

The song speaks of getting back on your feet even when things don’t go right. It talks about having a strong will no matter how many times something goes wrong. It tells listeners to never give up on their dreams. “Eye Of The Tiger” encourages to never back down during a challenge as well as being strong willed like a tiger. Towards the end of the song it speaks of never giving up even if the odds are stacked up against someone.

The song is played during the film when Rocky Balboa (Stallone) trains for his match against heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed to strive for self-respect and acceptance from others. The film itself is an inspiration telling the audience to chase after their dreams even though times are never easy. If someone wants something bad enough, he or she should go the distance no matter how long it takes to achieve.

Being in a wheelchair I faced many challenges throughout my life. When I hear “Eye Of The Tiger” it reminds me to keep pushing through and to never give up no matter how long it takes to reach whatever I set my mind to achieve. I love this song so much that I downloaded it as one of my ringtones. This way I can hear the positive message of the song when someone calls me. The song may be old, but I will never get tired of hearing it and singing along to it. I would like to end this post with the lyrics and the music video below.

“Eye Of The Tiger”

Rising up, back on the street

Did my time, took my chances

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet

Just a man and his will to survive

So many times it happens too fast

You trade your passion for glory

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past

You must fight just to keep them alive

It’s the eye of the tiger

It’s the thrill of the fight

Rising up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor

Stalks his prey in the night

And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Face to face, out in the heat

Hanging tough, staying hungry

They stack the odds still we take to the street

For the kill with the skill to survive

It’s the eye of the tiger

It’s the thrill of the fight

Rising up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor

Stalks his prey in the night

And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Rising up, straight to the top

Had the guts, got the glory

Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop

Just a man and his will to survive

It’s the eye of the tiger

It’s the thrill of the fight

Rising up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor

Stalks his prey in the night

And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

The eye of the tiger

The eye of the tiger

The eye of the tiger

The eye of the tiger

 

 

Metallica Hits #1 with Self-titled Album

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Today marks the day when rock band Metallica placed #1 with their self-titled album for a four week run during 1991 according to thisdayinmusic.com. This album featured songs such as Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters.

 The song Enter Sandman was supposed to be about death, but the topic was changed to nightmares because Metallica’s producer at the time, Bob Rock, thought that “Death doesn’t sell” according to songfacts.com. The site also mentions that after the US invaded Iraq in 2003, this was one of the songs they played over and over is sessions designed to break the will of Saddam Hussein’s supporters.

 Sad But True is about blind faith in religion and the lengths people will go to practice their faiths states songfacts.com. It also mentions that James Hetfield got the idea for this song from the 1978 Anthony Hopkins film Magic, which is about a ventriloquist who is controlled by his evil puppet.

 The Unforgiven was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, this song was a new style for Metallica states songfacts.com. There are also three parts to this song. The second one is on is on the Reloaded album that was recorded in 1997. The third part was recorded on The Death Magnetic album in 2008.

 In Nothing Else Matters the orchestration in the song was arranged by Michael Kamen, who also conducted the San Francisco Symphony orchestra states songfacts.com. The site also states this is one of the few Metallica songs where James Hetfield played the guitar solo rather than Kirk Hammett. Below is a YouTube video of  Enter Sandman.

 

 

 

 

 

Nirvana Records The Music Video for Smells Like Teen Spirit

 

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The band Nirvana was known for their Grunge music. One of their most popular songs was “Smells like Teen Spirit.” Today marks the time when the group created the official music video for the song according to thisdayinmusic.com.

The song was recorded on the Nevermind album which was released in 1991. It placed on the 6th spot on the US chart. According to songfacts.com it came together in a jam session when he played it for the band. The site also mentions Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of the group Bikini Kill, gave Cobain the idea for the title when she spray painted “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on his bedroom wall after a night of drinking and spraying graffiti around the Seattle area.

 The music video took place in Culver City California and cost less than $50,000 to produce states thisdayinmusic.com. For this music video Nirvana involved their fans as the audience. The kids were recruited at a show the band played two days earlier at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, where flyers were handed out saying, “Nirvana needs you to appear in their upcoming music video. According to songfacts.com Cobain said he wrote this song because he was feeling “disgusted with my generation’s apathy, and with my own apathy and spinelessness.” This feeling of detachment is what led to lyrics like “Oh well, whatever, nevermind.”

 The song and the music video did so well that the video won Nirvana the Best New Artist and Best Alternative Group awards at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, and in 2000 the Guinness World Records named ‘Teen Spirit’ the Most Played Video on MTV Europe. This song had a big impact on the music world. The group may no longer be together after the death of Kurt Cobain, but their music will live on forever! Below is the video “Smells Like Teen Spirit.