On The Rise: New Singer Maggie Gabbard Brings a Fresh New Flavor to the Pop Music Scene

Maggie Gabbard, a singer/songwriter from Delaware, is set to take the pop music world by storm. Young, vivacious and eager to jump onto the scene, Maggie Gabbard is sure to be your new favorite. We had the chance to see her perform live at Pianos in the Lower East Side and we were nothing short of amazed.

The intimate concert showcased Maggie’s incredible singing talents that ranged from poppy vocals on tracks like “Champagne and Starz” to more soulful tunes like “The Reason is Here." It was a great night of non-stop talent and not to mention it was also her 20th birthday the night of the show, although it could be forgotten that she is a mere 20 years old when you notice how well she commands the stage and everyone in the room's attention.

Weekend Pick: Usher at TD Garden

It’s that time of the year again. Yes, the time of the year when you have the undying desire to see the Usher in concert. Well, lucky for you, he will be performing at the TD Garden this Thursday, November 13th. For those of you who are die-hard Usher fans, (which we assume is anybody with a pulse) then now is your chance to witness the live showcase filled with astronomical vocals and legendary dance moves. The experience is sure to be unique as the R&B artist will be accompanied by the soulful singer, August Alsina and the intense beats provided by DJ Cassidy.

Taylor Swift Meets Hot Boy in New Music Video, Proceeds to Lose Mind

After leaking earlier this morning due to a wee little screw on Yahoo’s part (the video was originally supposed to premiere Tuesday, November 11th on Good Morning America), Taylor Swift and her team decided to premiere the video today on Vevo instead, at about 12:15pm.

"Blank Space" is the second single off of Swifts blockbuster new album, and has received much praise for its wit, charm, and overall pop genius. Unlike Swift’s very many fairy tale love songs of previous albums, Blank Space, and 1989 as a whole, presents the singer in a new light: self-aware, cynical, and well, a bit nutty.

Interview: Paul McDonald

Ah, American Idol alums...such talent, but where do they go after the show? We suppose some sign with indie labels, some try to break-out on their own and some take some time to reflect and refine their sound. One alum in particular started flashing on the industry radar recently...2011’s, Paul McDonald. McDonald, the adorable, scruffy-faced, Alabama-native with the mega-watt smile, captured viewers hearts with his killer pipes and boyish charm. Fast-forward to 2014. McDonald is back and better than ever; wiser certainly, and complete with a matured, evolved sound which will be released on his new album via a Kickstarter campaign (which you can donate to HERE). McDonald recently released the music video for the LP’s first single, "Bright Lights," which illuminates the whirlwind surrounding his past couple of years. The track sees McDonald dipping his toes back into the proverbial pool of pop music, but tweaking it, to incorporate his passion for folk into the mix.

Taylor Swift's 1989 Breaks Records and Nobody is Really That Surprised

Billboard has just come out with perhaps the biggest music news of 2014. Taylor Swift's 1989 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this past week. But that's not the end of the story for this very special album.

Taylor Swift, arguably the most popular female singer-songwriter of the 21st century, released her fifth studio album 1989 last week, to a whopping week-end sale of 1.287 million copies.Not only is it her fourth No. 1 album, following Red (2012), Speak Now (2010), and Fearless (2008), but it’s been a record-breaker for her; that record being her own, of course.

Jasmine V Announces Her First Album

2014 is proving to be a good year for new Interscope Records starlet Jasmine V, aka Jasmine Villegas. Following the release of summer hit 'That's Me Right There,' featuring platinum selling emcee Kendrick L Lamar, the San Jose based musician gears up for the debut of her first studio project of the same title. The EP will consist of five tracks including, 'That's Me Right There,' which will be available for digital download on Monday, November 10th. Villegas, who first made her appearance on the music scene as a vocalist with her 2011 mixtape, (S)he be(lie)ve(d), has won the attention of an international audience through various TV, Music Video and live performances. With 'That's Me Right There' in heavy rotation on radio stations, Villegas has earned a title for being the Clear Channel 'On The Verge' artist for Rhythm and Urban Radio. Click here to be the first to find out more about tour dates and releases from this rising pop star. Check out the EP's tracklist below.

That's Me Right There EP Tracklisting

1. That's Me Right There ft Kendrick Lamar
2. Me Without You
3. Walk Away
4. I Love Your Crazy
5. Who That

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FKA Twigs Premieres Video For 'Video Girl'

FKA twigs, the breakthrough UK R&B artist whose music has garnered global acclaim, just released the video for her single "Video Girl" from the debut album LP1. Directed by award-winning, LA-based filmmaker Kahlil Joseph, the video intercuts twigs' hypnotic singing with disturbing prison scenes, including a lethal injection and a prisoner smiling with blood flowing from his mouth.

Twigs' LP1 won widespread praise, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize. Many critics, such as from The Guardian, have twigs as a favorite to win. After LP1's release, she made her debut television appearance on the BBC's Later...with Jools Holland in September. Twigs will make her American television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 4th.

Iggy Azalea Debuts 'Iggy SZN'

Iggy Azalea announces that Iggy season is in full swing on the new single 'Iggy SZN' from her latest project Reclassified. The Aussie rapper spits bragadocious rhymes aimed to discredit critics who question her credibility as a hip hop artist over a groovy clap, whistle and drum synthesized beat, produced by The Invisible Men.

Seemingly, the criticism that Iggy has garnered from veteran emcees, Rah Digga and Snoop Dogg regarding her misrepresentation of hip hop culture has struck a chord given that the incorporation of pop influenced production and hooks
heavily incorporated in her previous musical works are absent on the new cut.

OneRepublic Drops Off Visual To Arty's Remix Of 'I Lived'

DJ Arty has officially released the music video to his remix for OneRepublic's 'I Lived.' The visual showcases the height of the Russian DJ's international Up-All-Night Tour as he is seen working behind the scenes in one take and playing a set before a crowd of supportive fans, alongside the band on their Native Summer Tour in another. Check out the new project below and be sure to follow Arty as he continues touring worldwide. Purchase the tune here.

Erasure: The Violet Flame Review

Andy Bell & Vince Clarke of Erasure have always had a knack for writing soaring, danceable love songs with excellent hooks. From the anthem of “A Little Respect” to the ferocity of “Chains of Love” they’ve crafted special songs that have endured through the ages. On the Violet Flame we are being given all the trademark sounds that make Erasure themselves, but are missing the songs that gave that sound its meaning.

The group admitted in interviews that they’ve changed their approach to writing on this record. Instead of starting with a guitar they’ve started in the studio, producing a backing track & writing a song of top of it. Revealingly this may be the main flaw with the record, as they simply don’t sound very good at writing songs using this method yet. The collection ends up being cohesive to a fault. “Dead of Night”, “Reason” & even the single “Elevation” are all less successful versions of their previous work. There is a slight charm lyrically to “I Stayed A Little Late Tonight” however.