Pop & Rock

Oh dear Lorde, not you too…

2 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Oh dear Lorde, not you too…
A few weeks ago, Lorde split from her manager, Scott Maclachlan, and his company, Saiko Management. It happens all the time, but for new artists, it often has disastrous consequences for their career. I would hope this won’t be the case for Lorde, but given what she next put out on social media, I have Read More

A Reminder of How Good Maroon 5’s Adam Levine Can Be

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on A Reminder of How Good Maroon 5’s Adam Levine Can Be
On February 22, the 2015 Academy Awards will be handed out. A contender for best original song is ‘Lost Stars,’ from the romantic comedy, Begin Again. ‘Lost Stars’ was written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley, and Nick Southwood, and is performed by Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine. With the overstuffed and digitally mangled material Read More

New Music Video: ‘Bulletproof Picasso’ – Train

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on New Music Video: ‘Bulletproof Picasso’ – Train
The title track from Train‘s 2014 album, ‘Bulletproof Picasso,’ is the band’s new single. You can find the band on the road this year on their Picasso at the Wheel Tour, with guests The Fray and Matt Nathanson. Find tour dates and ticket info on savemesanfrancisco.com/tour.   Read More

If Sam Smith Gives Tom Petty Songwriter Credit, Who Else Should Follow?

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As Sam Smith is preparing for several predicted Grammy Awards wins, he already gave some of the credit away in a rather unexpected fashion. He added Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne to the songwriters credits. When I first heard there was a buzz about plagiarism surrounding his monster-smash ‘Stay with Me,’ and that it involved Read More

Well Done, Katy Perry, for Setting a Great Example

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Well Done, Katy Perry, for Setting a Great Example
In the yearly brouhaha surrounding the Super Bowl halftime show, I learned an interesting tidbit. When Katy Perry spoke to Billboard about the process of being chosen for this most high-profile of performances, the NFL thought it appropriate to ask her to pay for the honor. My first thought was “How dare you, NFL?” And Read More

Montgomery Gentry, Larry Cordle, Backstreet Boys to Join Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Montgomery Gentry, Larry Cordle, Backstreet Boys to Join Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
Country music duo Montgomery Gentry will join the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2015. They will join some of the genre’s biggest legends as members when they are inducted as part of the class of 2015. More details from the press release: From the unadorned and untrained mountain music performed on front porches to Read More

Album Review: Tracks of My Years – Bryan Adams

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Album Review: Tracks of My Years – Bryan Adams
Tracks of My Years – Bryan Adams (Verve Records, 2014) For his first studio album in six years, Bryan Adams reached back to the songs that made him want to be a musician. Drawing on classics from the late ’60s and the ’70s, along with one new song, Adams created a musical scrapbook with Tracks Read More

Single Review: ‘Secrets’ – Mary Lambert

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Single Review: ‘Secrets’ – Mary Lambert
Songwriters: Mary Lambert, MoZella, Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette Mary Lambert burst onto the pop scene when she was featured on Macklemore’s 2013 smash hit ‘Same Love.’ Since then, she has worked on her own new studio album, Heart on My Sleeve, due via Capitol on October 14, 2014. She spent the summer on the road Read More

Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw Plan a 2014 Summer Road Trip

4 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw Plan a 2014 Summer Road Trip
This may be the best touring news I have heard in a long time! Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw are hitting the road together this summer. The tour kicks off in Tuscon, AZ on June 13 and will wrap August 25 in Ponoma, NY. Get all the information and ticket details on mattnathanson.com. Matt Nathanson Read More

2013's Top Money Makers in Music: Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake

4 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on 2013's Top Money Makers in Music: Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake
As has become an annual tradition, Billboard ranked the biggest earners in music of the past year. 2013 continued to show that the big bucks are out on the road. The figures below are a little misleading though. They are estimates based on data from Nielsen SoundScan, Nielsen BDS, and Billboard Boxscore. They do not Read More