Month: June 2020

John Harold Olson · Special Education Teacher Lou Gramm had health issues, ranging from substance abuse recovery to treatment for a brain tumor, which affected his pituitary gland. His health issues slowed his career and these days is living a quiet semi-retirement from which he does occasional shows and Christian recordings.

Amy Christa Ernano · lifelong rock & roll fan, sometime singer I assume “band” means “artist”, so I nominate Pat Benatar. How the hell is she not in there yet? My childhood wouldn’t have been my childhood without Pat. She was an inspiration to girls of my generation: a petite, 5′0 rock and roll powerhouse […]

Andrew Smith · Former Music Staff Member and On-Air Talent at WNDY, 91.3 FM, Wabash College Radio (1985–1989) U2’s fourth album, 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire, was a noticeable departure from their previous three albums. Their first three albums were produced by Steve Lillywhite; they had no synthesizer or keyboard treatments (save a digital piano on […]

Ely Matawaran · Writer – Artist (1982–present) “Eleanor Rigby” In a 1967 interview, Pete Townshend of The Who commented: “I think ‘Eleanor Rigby’ was a very important musical move forward. It certainly inspired me to write and to listen to things in that vein.” This was a unique, fully formed sound and very distinctive. A […]

6/26/2020 by Jason Lipshutz Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond. This week, Blackpink gives us something we really like, Megan Thee Stallion flips a classic beat […]

By Carl Lamarre Last night (June 26), St. Louis rapper, Huey, was reportedly shot and killed in the front yard of a home. He was 32. Best known for his famous 2006 single “Pop, Lock and Drop It,” Huey, born Lawrence Franks Jr., was killed in the Kinloch section of St. Louis Thursday night in […]

By Carl Lamarre As cries of racial injustice continue to reverberate throughout America, Usher is hoping to provoke change in a myriad of ways. After protesting alongside Trey Songz earlier this month and penning an op-ed for The Washington Post highlighting the importance of Juneteenth, on Friday (June 26), Usher skated back to his domain […]

by Jason Lipshutz As superstars and rising artists alike release songs about racial injustice, the music industry adapts to a more socially conscious moment. The week that George Floyd was killed by police on May 25 in Minneapolis, R&B singer-songwriter H.E.R. was experiencing a very acute type of sadness. “I think we all were,” the […]

Gary Trust The song is the seventh leader for Bieber and second for Quavo. Justin Bieber‘s “Intentions,” featuring Quavo, rises to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart, dated June 27. The track, released on Quality Control/SchoolBoy/Motown/Raymond Braun/Capitol/Def Jam, becomes Bieber’s seventh Pop Songs leader. Here’s a recap: “What Do You Mean?,” two […]

6ix9ine achieves his first leader & Minaj adds her second. 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj‘s “Trollz” blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The song marks the first Hot 100 leader for 6ix9ine and the second for Minaj, who notches her first in a lead role. Plus, Lil Baby’s “The Bigger […]

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