Ingrid Michaelson releases cover art & album release date.

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson announced her new album title, It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense today. The project will be released August 26th, 2016 with pre-orders beginning Friday, June 24th.

The single “Light Me Up” will be gifted to fans who pre-order the new release. The pre-order will be digital(iTunes), CD, and vinyl. Physical copies can be purchased on Ingrid Michaelson’s online store.

This will be the seventh release from Ingrid Michaelson. The first single from this album “Hell No”‘was released on April 29th, 2016. Her coming North American tour, the Hell No Tour begins June 23rd, 2016 and runs through the end of the calendar year. Check here for tour dates in your area. Tickets are on sale now. 

Kanye West, The Weekend, Chance The Rapper, & Kygo to helm #TheMeadowsNYC 2016

The Meadows Music Festival announced its lineup. The music even spans from October 1st-2nd at Citi Field & Corona Park in New York.

The lineup is below:

Ticket info here:

Price range starts at $230 for a two day pass and select pre sales begin June 22nd.

For your half year consideration: Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande

The third album release from this pop starlet is her most refined work. Whether it’s her progression in age or her honing the content & context of her music, the album’s voice is direct and cohesive.

Grande is known for knockout vocals and they are on full display in this album. From the light serenade of the opening track “Moonlight” to the dark and sultry Macy Gray collaboration “Leave Me Lonely”, her vocal talent is at the helm of every track.

The highlight of this album is how those vocals are fused and married to a myriad of strings, horns, and electronic beats. Dangerous Woman is her most musically diverse album. In true to the form of pop, the album includes blended genres from house, to R&B, to dance pop, to much more.

The ante is upped in sound and expression. The album displays commentary of bedroom escapades in the Future featured “Everyday” to Grande’s newfound indifference  to public opinions in “I Don’t Care”. The singer croons:

“Used to cry about some crazy shit before. Used to feel so obligated to be so much more. Used to let some people tell me how to live and what to be. But if I can’t be me then what’s the point? I don’t care about it anymore.”

Dangerous Woman was released May 20th, 2016 and debuted at number two on the Billboard album charts. So far, Grande has released two lead singles from the work, “Dangerous Woman” and “Into You”. The album’s commercial success should be no surprise as the work is an audio display of Ariana Grande’s overall elevation.

Dangerous Woman is full of empowerment and introspection. It has great production, slick lyrics, and impressive beats. This is an album in which the landscape of each track is vocally claimed  by this can’t miss pop star. It is a beacon album that signals Ariana Grande’s grasp on her personal and vocal identity. The album doesn’t just assert Ariana’s place in pop music it dictates her residency in it.

Listen to Dangerous Woman here:

Christina Aguilera releases new track “Change” and dedicates it to the Orlando shooting victims 

Pop legend Christina Aguilera gifted the world with a new track today titled “Change”. The singer will donate proceeds to the Orlando shooting victims who tragically lost their lives last week. The horrifying event has created global and societal outcry. The humanitarian efforts have not escaped the music community. 

Christina released this statement:

“The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.”

Christina’s label and publisher will also be donating along with the earnings from the single over the next three months to the National Compassion Fund. The funds will go directly to the Orlando shooting victims. Click here to buy the track via iTunes.

Listen to the powerful anthem here:

Glastonbury is a week away 

The wait for the UK mega festival Glastonbury is now less than a week. The outdoor event, for contemporary performing arts, begins June 22nd and closes on the 26th. Located at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, the yearly  event has mounted great anticipation and fervor amongst music lovers since it began in 1970. Along with current  music, the festival accommodates comedy, dance, cabaret, theater, and other events within the arts spectrum. Leading pop and rock artists usually headline along the main stage. There are also thousands of other acts appearing on smaller stages and performance areas.

This year’s lineup includes Muse, Adele, Tame Impala, Jess Glynne, Skepta, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, and others. It’s also rumored that pop icon Rihanna will do a surprise cameo during Coldplay’s set.

The event will also have its first women only venue called “The Sisterhood” this year. Glastonbury calls it a “revolutionary clubhouse,” in which the venue’s staff, performers, and security will all be women.

The festival is the largest greenfield concert in the world with the expectation of over 180,000 in attendance. The event always had extensive media coverage from television to newspapers. A good portion of the staffers are volunteers from the area using this global intersection between music and culture to promote good causes. There will be more to come soon on this festival which is one of the highlights of the concert season

Here’s some of last year’s performances:

DJ Mustard releases “Don’t Hurt Me” with Nicki Minaj & Jeremih

So far in 2016, both Nicki Minaj & DJ Mustard have been fairly quiet. Jeremih has been busy and even has a track on the new Ghostbusters soundtrack. This trio combined on a new track today “Don’t Hurt Me” that dropped exclusively on Tidal.

Listen here for this soon summer jam:

Listen to Moog for Love by Disclosure 

Yesterday, the site altered that Disclosure’s new EP Moog for Love would release at midnight. The duo was good to their word & the three track project was unleashed.

Listen here on Spotify

Or revisit the Disclosure writeup to listen to the tracks

The track list includes:

“Boss” “Feel like I Do”(including an Al Green sample), and “Moog for Love”