It’s My Party Reaches #1 In The US

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When it comes to birthdays, there are two songs that come to mind the traditional Happy Birthday song and It’s My Party by Lesley Gore. The song reached #1 in the US today during 1963 according to thisdayinmusic.com. This New York native recorded this song at the young age of 16 and it was produced by Quincy Jones.

It’s My Party is about a young girl whose birthday party doesn’t turn out the way she excepted it to. Her boyfriend arrives at the birthday, but leaves with another girl making the birthday girl want to cry.   This was Gore’s first single and only #1. She did have big hits with “She’s A Fool” and “You Don’t Own Me,” but her chart success tapered off in the mid-’60s and her last Top-40 was “California Nights” in 1967 according to songfacts.com

Lesley Gore was not the first artist to record a version of this song. Songfacts.com states the first to record the song was Helen Shapiro, but her version was relegated to an album cut. The site also states that Quincy Jones heard this song on one of Gore’s demo tape and the pair agreed on recording it.

Lesley Gore came out with a comeback album in 2005 entitled Ever Since according to biography.com. It’s My Party is such a big hit that recent generations sing Gore’s music out loud. She may not be performing now days but this song will never be forgotten. Below is the music video of It’s My Party.

 

IHeartRadio Music Awards

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Do you listen to IHeartRadio? If the answer is yes then you don’t want to miss the IHeartRadio Music Awards airing May 1st on NBC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The best thing about this is that you can cast your vote for who you want to win  at iheartradio.com. Here is the list of categories:

Best Collaboration:

Monster– Eminem featuring Rihanna

Stay– Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

Suit & Tie– Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z

Holy Grail– Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake

Timber – Pitbull featuring Ke$ha

Best Lyrics:

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

Wake Me Up – Avcii

Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Say Something – A Great Big World

I Love It – Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX

EDM Song Of The Year:

Wake Me Up – Avcii

Get Lucky – Daft Punk featuring Pharrall

Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch

Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey featuring Cedric Gervais

Stay the Night – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams

Song Of The Year:

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

Monster – Eminem featuring Rihanna

Hold On We’re Going Home – Drake featuring Majid Jordan

Stay – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Hip-Hop/R&B Song Of The Year:

Started From The Bottom – Drake

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell

Holy Grail – Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake

Pour It Up – Rihanna

Hold On We’re Going Home – Drake featuring Majid Jordan

Country Song Of The Year:

It Goes Like This – Thomas Rhett

That’s My Kind of Night – Luke Bryan

Mine Would Be You – Blake Shelton

Boys Round Here – Blake Shelton

Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift

Army Fan:

Demi Lovato

Taylor Swift

Lady Gaga

Ariana Grande

Austin Mahone

Rihanna

Artist Of The Year:

Rihanna

Maroon 5

Justin Timberlake

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Imagtine Dragons

Best New Artist:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Imagine Dragons

Florida Georgia Line

Lorde

Icona Pop

Passenger

Alternative Rock Song Of The Year:

Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

Pompeii – Bastille

Royals – Lorde

Demons – Imagine Dragons

Safe And Sound – Capital Cities

If you like any of these artists or groups, make sure you cast your vote on iheartradio.com. Music has made an impact on many listeners because of the lyrics and now listeners are a big impact on artists. Here are some tweets from fans on who they voted to win an award:

Julia Wallace: @julia_wallace1

My vote for #BestArtist goes to #JustinTimberlake #iHeartAwards.

Jayden:@starlighthayes

My vote for #FanArmy goes to #Swifties #iHeartAwards

ßαd ναмριяє gιяℓ: @AriManzanero

My vote for #AltRockSOTY goes to #Royals #iHeartAwards

Erin: @keepinthemoment

My vote for #HipHopSOTY goes to #BlurredLines #iHeartAwards

 

 

SunFest 2014

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It’s that time of year again. SunFest the popular music and art festival is back in downtown West Palm Beach starting April 30th – May 4th. The music lineup for this event is always big and never disappoints and this year is no different. Music fans in West Palm Beach shouldn’t miss out on this event.

SunFest has a wide variety of musicians performing on their stages to leave any music fan happy. Some of the artists performing this year are Robin Thicke, Alice in Chains, and The Bangles. If you’re not a fan of these artists other musicians that will appear on the SunFest stages are Kid Rock, Blue Travelers and many more.

Last year The Smashing Pumpkins, Ed Sheeran and The Offspring were some of the acts that performed. This festival was founded in 1982 and there have been 29 events to date according to findthebest.com. The site also states an estimated 275,000 people attend the festival every year. SunFest is the state’s largest waterfront music and art festival.

Besides music and art people can enjoy the display of fireworks without it being the 4th of July. SunFest’s first Saturday firework show happened in 1990 according to sun-sentinel.com. This event is family friendly and can help bring them together after a busy week at work and school. SunFest can help parents and children reconnect at some level. So come join the fun with music and art. Below is YouTube video on this year’s SunFest music lineup.

 

Hangout Music Festival 2014

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Do you like music and going to the beach? If the answer is yes, don’t miss  Hangout Music Festival 2014 on May 16-18 on the gulf shores of Alabama. This is the time to have some fun in the sun while watching bands perform live.

There will be six stages with performers such as the reunion of rap duo group Outkast along with the Killers and the Black Keys according to mtv.com. If you’re not a fan of these groups there will be other acts including Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Tegan and Sara, Pretty Lights, the Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, STS9, Wiz Khalifa, Zedd and Childish Gambino.

Some of the artists who performed at last year’s festival were Kings of Leon, Public Enemy and MOE.  The magazine SPIN posted the 25 best things that happen during the festival last year. What makes this event a must see is that it brings together mixture of all different genres of music. The Examiner even reported that all three day passes were sold out last year.

Hangout Music Festival only comes once a year, so if you live in Alabama take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy a day on the beach and rock out with the music. Below is the YouTube video of Hangout Music Festival last year.

 

Bob Dylan Inducted into Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

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Bob Dylan is best known for his Folk-Rock style of music. On March 15, 1982 the singer was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame at the 13th annual dinner held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City according to thisdayinmusic.com. Some of the songs he is known for are Just Like  A Woman, It Ain’t Me Babe and Highway 61 Revisited

The song Just Like A Woman was on Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde album that was released in 1966. According to songfacts.com it was allegedly inspired by Warhol factory pin up girl Edie Sedgwick  a pinup girl who appears in sleeve photos to Blonde On Blonde and died of a drug overdose in 1971. The lyrics of this song did not go over well with women. Joe Cocker, Manfred Mann, Rod Stewart and Richie Havens have all covered this states songfacts.com.

It Ain’t Me Babe was on the album Another Side Of Bob. According to songfacts.com this was the legendary album which Dylan recorded in a single all-night studio session, aided by “a couple of bottles of Beaujolais.” The site also states Johnny Cash  covered this song with Dylan’s blessings for his album Orange Blossom Special.

The song Highway 61 Revisited received a Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The song was also placed 3rd on The Billboard 2000 during 1965. According to songfact.com the crossroads of Highway 61 and Highway 49 is where Blues legend Robert Johnson reportedly sold his soul to the devil to become a renowned musician.

These songs prove that Bob Dylan is a true songwriter as well as a singer. He has been in the music industry for a long time and he shows no sign of slowing down. Dylan will be on tour staring in Japan on March 31. Below is a video performance of Highway 61 Revisited.

Katy Perry Prismatic Summer Tour

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The summer time it not just going to the beach and having fun in the sun. For music lovers the summer is all about going to see their favorite artists live in concert. This Summer Katy Perry is hitting the road for her Prismatic tour. Her recent album Prism that was released last year features hit songs such as Roar, Dark horse, and Ghost.

According to songfacts.com the song Roar is a bouncy statement by Perry of moving forward into the next stage of her life after the tumultuous end of her marriage to Russell Brand. The site also mentions the song has hit #1 in 15 countries and entered the top 10 in 38 charts worldwide; it is easy to see why when looking at the fine songwriting craft on display.

Katy Perry recorded the song Dark Horse with rapper Juicy J.  The term “Dark Horse” is used to describe a person whose abilities or possible course of action are unknown, or to a somebody who reveals unsuspected talent states songfacts.com. The site also mentions the earliest-known use of the phrase was in novelist and future Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli’s 1831 novel The Young Duke: A Moral Tale Through Gay.

Ghost is another song Prism about her failed marriage to Russell Brand. In the song the lyrics state: “We were best friends… now, you’re just a ghost.” According to songfacts.com this song mentions how carelessly the comedian brought up that he wanted a divorce from the songbird in a text message. The site also states when asked by the UK newspaper The Sunday Times how their breakup inspired her new album, the singer replied: “What I wanted to call this record at first was Adult Reality. Teenage Dream was me so high on that cotton-candy cloud, and then it’s like I got punched in the face and kicked down the stairs a couple of times.”

These are some of the songs she will perform live along with some of her older songs such as Hot n Cold, Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), and many more. This is a concert no fan of Katy Perry should miss out on. Below are some reviews on Ticketmaster.com along with the YouTube video of the song Roar.

WOW is the best way of expressing Katy Perrys concert this weekend in Fort Lauderdale. I had bought the tickets for my daughters 9th birthday, my boyfriend and myself. Not only did she love it, which I knew she would, but my boyfriend as well, which he was surprised about, since he is a Rock fan. She sang beautifully, her costumes were so colorful and playful, all around entertaining. – Yesy311-

My family’s first time seeing Katy, and she didn’t disappoint. Fun, energetic, and just what you would expect from Katy. She sang her big hits and a couple of the songs from her new Prism album. I heard this was her only official concert performance for 2013, and I’m so glad we’re able to go. She made us forever fans, and made sure that we’ll be fighting for tickets whenever she comes to town again.  – DadInLA-

I’ve been to about 20 concerts so far and this was by far the best, Katy constantly showed emotion and wasn’t afraid to show her true self. She was amazing. I’m a HUGE Katy Perry fan and hope someday i can have the chance to meet her. Do yourself a favor and just try to go to one of her concerts, you definitely won’t regret it. I never wanted it to end. – katykatlover123 –

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Beastie Boys Reach #1 With Debut Album

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Today in 1987 rap group Beastie Boys was the first group in this genre of music to reach #1 with their debut album Licensed To Ill according to thisdayinmusic.com. the album included songs  such as (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party), No Sleep Till Brooklyn, and Brass Monkey.

According to songfacts.com (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) got the Beastie Boys on MTV and exposed them to a huge audience, but they felt it was a novelty song not indicative of their work. They stopped performing it in 1987. The site also states the song was a radio hit before the video was made. MTV knew it would appeal to their core audience of young males, so they held a spot in hot rotation while the video was being made.

The song No Sleep Till Brooklyn and its video are a send-up of Heavy Metal music, playing up the ridiculous costumes, excessive hairspray and tendency for bands to take themselves just a tad too seriously in a very Spinal Tap way according to songfacts.com.

Brass Monkey is about an alcoholic beverage. Brass Monkey is rum, vodka, and orange juice mixed over ice. Very popular with college kids trying to get drunk according to songfacts.com. The site also states the track for this song was based on a sample of “Bring It Here” by Wild Sugar.

This rap group will always be part of music history. They also paved the way for future rap artists like Eminem. Beastie Boys‘ rap music is not like the rap music heard on the radio today that consists of violence and cursing. Their rhymes are clean and still well known by music lovers who may not be a big fan of rap. Below is the music video  (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).

Sister Act the Musical

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In 1992 actress Whoopi Goldberg starred in a comedic film called Sister Act. This motion picture is also a Broadway Musical at the Kravis Center starting tomorrow March 4th-9th.  According to the Kravis Center website the show features original music by 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors).

The story of Sister Act is about a woman Deloris Van Cartier who is a witness to a crime and now the mob boss wants to get her. To keep her safe the cops her by bring her to a convent where she becomes one of the nuns. During this time Deloris help the sister find their voice and she even finds her very own.

Here are some reviews on the Broadway Musical from sisteractbroadway.com:

“I loved this show!! I’ve told all my friends to go see it. It was funny and very uplifting. Just what I needed. I recommend everyone go and see it.”

Isabella Holland from PA

“Uplifting performance magnificent, costumes is a delight to the eyes, vocals make you want to move joyfully with the cast. I love it! A great message of Love to an open heart! A great Thanks to the Cast of Sister Act.”

Charles Hines from Decatur, Illinois

“Sister Act was amazing. AMAZING!!!!!!!”

20 stars. Best play ever. Loved it

Janay from Brooklyn NY

“I came all the way from Australia to see this musical! Sister act 2 is my all-time favorite movie and I truly hope they make another Broadway show because this one was incredible!!”

Jordan from Adelaide, Australia

By the reaction of people who have seen the show  this is a Broadway Musical that should not be missed. Tickets start at $25.00 Below the schedule and the trailer of the musical.

Showtime’s
Tuesday, March 4 at 8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 5 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, March 5 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, March 6 at 8:00 PM
Friday, March 7 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 8 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 PM

2014 MtvU Woodie Awards

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MtvU is a music channel that targets college students who live on campus. On March 13th 2014 during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas the 2014 MtvU Woodie Awards will take place according to Mtv.com. The site also states a half-hour of the show will air on March 16 2014.  For the Grammy Awards votes come from member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, but for MtvU Woodie Award voting is done by college students.

Here are some of the categories and nominees for this year’s award show:

Woodie Of The Year

  • Disclosure
  • Drake
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Lorde
  • Pharrell
  • Zedd

Do It My Way Woodie

  • Arcade Fire
  • Beyoncé
  • Bob Dylan
  • Childish Gambino
  • Kanye West

Performing Woodie

  • Arcade Fire
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Jay Z
  • The National
  • Tyler the Creator
  • The XX

Mtv.com has the full list of nominees for the show this year.

Performances also are also a big part of award shows. So far the only artists that were noticed to hit the stage at this year’s Woodie Awards are The 1975 and Childish Gambino. For the 2013 Woodie Awards there where performances by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Twenty One Pilots and Zedd. This is a show that should not be missed. Below is a video of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis last year.