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September 2017

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Glen Campbell!

Paul Shefrin and Glen Campbell (photo: circa 1980s, courtesy of Paul Shefrin)

Glen Campbell!

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of Paul Shefrin

When country music superstar Glen Campbell passed away on August 8 at the age of 81, he left behind a legacy that over the course of 50 years in the music business includes more than 70 studio albums and 45 million records sold worldwide. He was a movie star (True Grit, Norwood), a television star (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), and a Grammy Award-winner (making history in 1967 by winning four in the country and pop categories for two of his most popular and enduring songs, “Gentle on My Mind” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix).” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Many of the amazing things Campbell did early in his career are little known. He started playing guitar at age four, but never learned to read music. He could also play the banjo, mandolin, and bass. He was a session musician for countless artists, including Elvis Presley. By 1963 his playing and singing could be heard on 586 recorded songs. He was a touring member of The Beach Boys from 1965-66! Campbell was widely considered one of the best guitar players in the entire music industry. His final album was recorded in 2012 and released earlier this year. One thing’s for sure — there will never be another Glen Campbell.

Imagine Dragons!

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons!

  • By Sharareh Zerang
  • Photo Courtesy of Artist

In a world where some deny their pain and some embrace it, Imagine Dragon’s new single,  “Believer”, says that pain has fueled their artistic revelation and made them a believer. This song was inspired by the lead vocalist, Dan Reynolds experiences with ankylosing spondylitis in 2015 and is about rising above anything that causes pain and making it one’s greatest strength.

Imagine Dragons,  Daniel Platzman, Ben McKee, Dan Reynolds and Wayne Sermon are from Nevada and first gained exposure in 2012 when they released their studio album Night Visions and its first single, “It’s Time”. They were placed on the “Year In Rock” ranking on the Billboard. In 2008, Dan met drummer Tolman, at Brigham Young University and Tolman recruited his high school friend Wayne, who graduated from Berklee College of Music. Wayne later recruited Ben and when Tolman left the group, Daniel was recruited in August 2011.Dan Reynold, describes their band as “atypical”, and the most atypical thing about their band was that they succeeded in an era where rock music struggles to gain mass audience.

The multi-platinum, Grammy Award- winning rock band, released their third album on June 23th and are ready to Evolve, based on their new album title. The band announced their Evolve World Tour which starts on September 26 in Phoenix, with appearances in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Las Vegas, before ending in Anaheim on November 16.

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Rita Ora!

Rita Ora

Rita Ora!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of the Artist

What do you know about Rita Ora? Have you heard her music? Have you seen her act? Do you know that she’s freaking amazing? Because she is, and it seems that she can do it all. The British singer and actress has been all over the board, and her talent isn’t something that can be overlooked. Rita Ora is definitely a name you have to know.

Let’s start with her music. Her newest single, Your Song, which reached 7 in the United Kingdom. It’s her first single in a couple of years, giving fans hope for a second studio album. Her beautiful voice is complimented by a beat that’s sure to get you moving. It did hit 2 on the US Dance Club Songs Billboard list, if that tells you what’s up.

But Ora has more going on than her music. She’s been in every Fifty Shades movie and will reprise her role in the upcoming Fifty Shades Freed. But there’s more than that. Homegirl is a reality competition host extraordinaire. Currently, she hosts the hot new ABC competition, Boy Band. But her charisma has graced other shows like The X-Factor, The Voice UK, and the VH1 reboot of America’s Next Top Model. From her voice to her beauty to her grace, Rita Ora is one to watch, to follow, and to love.

For all things Rita Ora, click here.

Macklemore’s Back!

Macklemore and his grandma in Glorious video

Macklemore’s Back!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of the artist

We all know Macklemore. From the hilarious Thrift Shop, his debut hit with Ryan Lewis, to the beautiful Same Love with Mary Lambert. Since his mainstream breakthrough, Macklemore has released numerous hits that have brought us joy, kept us thinking, and said something about the world. And now he’s back.

When you think of Macklemore, you may automatically think of Ryan Lewis as well. The two found success together as the group Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But Macklemore had produced music outside of that venture, including a full-length album, a couple mixtapes, and even an EP. Debuting in late September, Macklemore will add another full-length album to that list. It’s called Gemini and will feature his newest single, Glorious, which features Skylar Grey. It features an upbeat tempo about Macklemore’s return to music, accompanied by an adorable music video, which features him and his grandmother traveling about town, doing fun things. You should watch it simply to put a smile on your face, if nothing else.

Macklemore also released another track off his upcoming album, called Marmalade, which features Little Yachty and a sweet piano intro. With two strong singles leading us into the new album, it’s safe to bet this one’s going to be amazing. With his upcoming tour about to kick off, Macklemore is officially back. Are you ready?

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