Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Always On My Mind’ Tops BBC Cover Version Vote
Oct29

Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Always On My Mind’ Tops BBC Cover Version Vote

The Pet Shop Boys’ “Always On My Mind” has been voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote. The song, written by John Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, was first made famous by Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley in 1972. Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” came in second place, followed by The Stranglers’ version of Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On...

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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ — What The Critics Are Saying
Oct27

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ — What The Critics Are Saying

Taylor Swift’s fifth album, “1989” — her “very first documented, official pop album” — debuted Monday following an enormous promotional blitz. So is it any good? Most of the critics like it. Here’s what some are saying: “Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, ‘1989’ sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she’s ever...

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Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ Opens; What Critics Said
Oct27

Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ Opens; What Critics Said

“The Last Ship,” Sting’s debut as a Broadway composer/lyricist, opened Sunday night. The consensus: Many reviewers praised Sting’s score but found problems with the story. “The Last Ship” centers on a town where residents are struggling to survive after shipbuilding jobs are no longer available. Critics’ excerpts: “[T]here’s no mistaking the voice of Sting in both wistful balladeer and rousing...

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Gwen Stefani Returns With ‘Baby Don’t Lie,’ First Single In Six Years
Oct20

Gwen Stefani Returns With ‘Baby Don’t Lie,’ First Single In Six Years

  Gwen Stefani has released “Baby Don’t Lie,” her first new single in six years. The song comes from her forthcoming, untitled third solo album, tentatively due out in December. The song was co-written by hot producers Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Noel...

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Sleater-Kinney Reunites For New Album
Oct20

Sleater-Kinney Reunites For New Album

  Influential punk-rock trio Sleater-Kinney has reunited for a new album called “No Cities to Love,” due out Jan. 20, 2015. It’ll be the group’s first since 2005’s “The Woods,” which was billed as the band’s final album. Fans can get the first single, “Bury Our Friends,” in exchange for signing up on the band’s email list. Sleater-Kinney also announced a tour for North America and Europe, kicking off Feb. 8 in Spokane, Wash....

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Iggy Azalea Leads AMA Nominations
Oct13

Iggy Azalea Leads AMA Nominations

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea leads the list of nominees for the 2014 American Music Awards, earning six nominations including in the artist of the year and single of the year categories. John Legend, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams each grabbed five nominations. The artist of the year category has been expanded from 5 to 10 nominees. The ten nominees will be narrowed to five based on the votes received through Nov. 13 and the winner...

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