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Anniversaries In Music

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:08am
Anniversaries in Music
2014 marks the 30thanniversary of the classic 1980’s movie Footloose starring Kevin Bacon. Talk show host Jimmy Fallon just celebrated the occasion by banning dancing on this show.  The ban ended when Kevin reenacted his famous moves on Fallon’s stage. You can watch that television appearance on RollingStone.comif you missed it, and you can listen to the song “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins on the Freegal Music Site.

Other anniversaries this year include:
The California based group The Offspring has been together 30 years as of this year. The band has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and are widely considered to be one of the best selling Punk Rock groups of all time.

 Also 30 years ago, Bruce Springsteen released his famed LP Born in The U.S.A. to much commercial and critical success. This one album sold over 30 million copies was the highest selling release of 1985. It was also the first compact disc manufactured in the United States for commercial release.

It has been 20 years since Pink Floyd released their last album Division Bell. The main concept of the LP was the use of communication to solve problems in life. The name of the album is after the division bell that is rung in the British Parliament that signals when a vote is to take place.  Will they release any new music? There are plenty of rumors on the Internet indicating they will, but we will have to wait and see.

All of the Music captioned above is available on the Freegal Music Site

Academy of Country Music Awards

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 1:09pm
The next big award show this year is the Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held on Sunday, April 6th. According to, Country Music is the most popular genre in the United States. writes that Country and Hip Hop will be the new "Pop" in 2014.
Within this increasingly favored type of music, superstar Miranda Lambert is being nominated for "Entertainer of the Year" at the CMA’s for the third time. Lambert is up for seven nominations in total (tied with Tim McGraw as having the most nominations) also including "Female Vocalist of The Year." Listen to her music, including her top single "Mama’s Broken Heart", and her new single "Automatic" on the Freegal site.

Just some of the additional awards that artists you can find on Freegal are being nominated for include:

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Vocal Duo of the Year:  Love & Theft,  Thompson Square
Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood: Two Black Cadillac’s
Female Vocalist of the Year:  Carrie Underwood
Single Record of the Year: Miranda Lambert, Mama’s Broken Heart


Pharrell Williams New Release

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 1:32pm
Pharrell Williams New Release
The #1 song on iTunes and the #1 digital song in the country is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. 
 This Grammy Award winning artist is releasing a new album entitled G I R L on March 3rd. Listen to the top single now, and the album on the day of release. Just login to the Freegal Music Site with your library card. 

New Music

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:33pm
New Music on Freegal
New music is added to the Freegal site all the time. Here is just a small sampling of what’s new.

Betty WhoHeartbreak Dream (Single)
Betty Who is an Australian born singer who was classically trained.  She moved to the United States in 2007 and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Betty Who (Jessica Anne Newman) just signed with RCA records in 2013 and Time Magazine has already hand-picked her as one of their 14 choices of “Artists to Watch in 2014.”Just added this week

DJ Cassidy feat. Robin ThickeCalling All Hearts (Single)
 DJ Cassidy has opened for superstars such as Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. This single is just the introduction to his forthcoming album which is due out this May. Chart topper Robin Thicke lends his vocals to this single, along with the talented Jessie J.Just added this week
Kat DahliaCrazy (Single)
The first single from Kat Dahlia’s debut album (the LP is set for release this summer) is sure to attract attention.  The 23 year old Cuban-American writes her own music and is already getting rave reviews. The New York Times writes “. ..self-empowerment sung in a pulpy, brooding voice…Kat Dahlia displays grit”Just Added This Week

The FrayHelios LP
The Fray are known worldwide for hits such as “How to Save a Life” and "Over My Head". The first single off of this new album “Love Don’t Die” has been a chart topping success. USA Today calls Helios “more muscular and buoyant” while Rolling Stone states “they're still pumping”Coming next week
Romeo SantosFormula Vol. 2 LP
This artist, who released his first album in 2011, has already had number one hits on the charts under Hot Latin Songs and Tropical Songs. This follow up LP promises to be even more intriguing with collaborations that include Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. Coming next week

Valentine's Day

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 3:04pm
Valentine's Day is not all just chocolate and flowers. It is also music. A meaningful tune can be more romantic than any gift. Listen to some top love songs from Freegal and celebrate the day.

Roy OrbisonOh, Pretty Woman
Sam Cooke You Send Me
Elvis PresleyCan’t Help Falling in Love
Kenny ChesneyMe And You
Joe Cocker You Are So Beautiful
Savage GardenTruly, Madly, Deeply
Justin Timberlake My Love
Dan Fogelberg Longer
The TemptationsMy Girl
Mary WellsMy Guy
Celine DionThe Power of Love
Billy JoelJust The Way You Are
Diana RossEndless Love

Bruce Springsteen has the #1 Album in the U.S.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:05am

“High Hopes” is the #1 album in the United States per Springsteen stands alone as the only musician to have reached #1 with an LP in each of the last four decades. Listen to his latest, or a previously released favorite on the Freegal Music site with your library card.

Adele Makes Music History

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 4:28pm
Adele’s “21” LP is Still Breaking Music Sales Records
Three years after it’s release, “21” continues to achieve unprecedented success. Per Rolling, it is now the first digital album in music history to ever sell over three million copies. The record certainly did quite well in 2013 as the 21st most sought after album of the year. When considering all of the new music released since January of last year, that is quite a boast.  What’s next? “Rumor Has It” that the new Mom will have another album out later this year.
 Listen to music from “21” with your library card, courtesy of your Freegal Member Library.

2014 Grammy Awards

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 3:35pm
2014 Grammy Awards
2013 was an amazing twelve months in music and the Grammy Awards will honor some of the years outstanding artists on January 26, 2014. Many artists that can be found on the Freegal site are up for this prestigious prize.
Daft Punk has been nominated for three Grammys. Their hit single “Get Lucky” was nominated for Record of the Year.  The album from which it was released, “Random Access Memories” was put forward for Album of The Year andBest Dance/Electronica Album. The music duo will also perform at the show, which is going to be their first televised appearance since 2008.
Other top nominees available through your library right now include: 

“The Blessed Unrest” by Sara Bareilles : Album of The Year
“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!NK : Song of The Year
“The 20/20 Experience-The Complete Experience” by Justin Timberlake: Best Pop Vocal Album
“Mechanical Bull” by Kings of Leon: Best Rock Album
“Hesitation Marks” by Nine Inch Nails: Best Alternative Music Album
“Love and War” by Tamar Braxton: Best R&B Song
“Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys and “Love In The Future” by John Legend : Best R&B Album
“ Mama’s Broken Heart” by Miranda Lambert : Best Country Song
“Night Train” by Jason Aldean: Best Country Album


The Sound Of Music

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 7:28pm
                                                         The Hills Are Alive!According to the Associated Press, more than fifty years has passed since a major network attempted a live musical on prime time. Multiple Emmy Award Winning musician Carrie Underwood starred as Maria in a three hour live performance of the “Sound of Music” on NBC last evening. As a former American Idol contestant, Underwood is familiar with the pressure of audiences and television but live television is still is not well-chartered territory. Only the substantial talent and perseverance of the star and cast could have made the endeavor such a success.
The Sound of Music Live! Soundtrack is now available on Freegal Music through your member library.

                         One Direction debuts at #1 for the third time
The third studio album by pop band One Direction, “Midnight Memories” debuted at #1 on Billboard this week. They are the only act to have their first three albums debut at #1 since the Monkees in 1967. They also broke all pre-order records on itunes for this release, and according to Nielson Soundscan (used by Billboard to track record sales) only two other pop groups in their tracking history have had larger sales: The Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync.  Music from all three of these tremendous acts are available on the Freegal Music site.
Go to your library website and download One Direction’s new music today!