World Music

New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

8/25/2015 8:20am EDT
The Weeknd in Concert on NBC's
Ah, it’s the final release week in August, and it’s top-heavy – very top heavy. No, there’s no one-two punch with Luke Bryan or Dr. Dre this time around, but there is one Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, who has been racking up the hits in 2015. Face it – doesn’t everybody know The Weeknd is the favorite this week? C’mon! Still, there are six others joining him for your purchasing consideration!

1) The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness (Republic)

Recently, it seems R&B has regained a bit of its footing. After a slow start in 2015, Tyrese and Jill Scott proved that the cooli...

'Killing Jesus' Premieres Tonight On National Geographic

3/29/2015 10:57am EDT
Killing Jesus
At an advanced screening of "Killing Jesus," the movie, based on the New York Times best-seller of the same name, author and executive producer Bill O’Reilly asked the crowd of nearly 1000 guests “ How does a poor carpenter become the most famous person in civilization?”

The movie, co-produced by Ridley Scott, Oscar-nominated director of Alien, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, makes it world premiere on Sunday March 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm/7:00 pm central on the National Geographic Channel.

Following the screening I spoke one-on-one with O’Reilly and the film’s cast. When I as...

10 'All Time Low' Songs In Musician’s Careers

1/25/2015 2:00pm EST
10 'All Time Low' Songs In Musician’s Careers
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Yep, that’s the sentiment of these songs that mark the ‘all time lows’ – the bottom of artist’s career as far as the objectionable, horrific song. No, it doesn’t mean that the album wasn’t successful (though in some instances, that’s the case), but these songs could be described as detritus (fun word) aka GARBAGE! Why couldn’t these musicians have avoided such a mess? Here are 10 head shakable moments for your listening pleasure worth scrutinizing.

1) Chris Brown, “Don’t Judge Me” (Fortune, 2012)

Let’s just keep it all the way real. There were plen...

10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter

1/11/2015 4:00pm EST
10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter
Winter has finally arrived in most of North America, and with it comes miserable cold, gray skies, and a lingering sense of depression that are enough to drag anyone down. Luckily, here are ten of the best "summery" songs from last year to help deal with the season.

10. "Deep End" Coucheron featuring Mayer Hawthorne

If there ever was a perfect soundtrack to swimming in a pool overlooking the L.A. skyline on a hot Summer day, this would be it. The track combines smooth R&B inspired keyboard parts with a relaxed tempo and a bridge sung by Mayer Hawthorne that is simply stunning in a manner ...

Bob Marley's Family Brands Line Of Marijuana Products

11/19/2014 10:42am EST
Bob Marley's Family To Launch 'Natural' Cannabis Brand (Video)
Late reggae singer Bob Marley's family has put the Marley name on a line of cannabis products that will be available to consumers in 2015.

The family is teaming with Privateer Holdings to launch a global marijuana brand called Marley natural.

The Seattle-based company will sell marijuana as well as other products including lotions and accessories that will be infused with the essence of the plant.

In a statement, Privateer Holdings revealed its mission is "to champion Bob's voice and his insight to help people realise the positive potential of cannabis of the mind, body and spirit. Along...

Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia

6/19/2014 1:32pm EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia
While there is certainly no shortage of 80's inspired synth pop bands out there at the moment, few are as brilliant and purely enjoyable as St. Lucia, the stage name and band of South African pop wizard Jean-Philip Grobler.

The band's masterful self-titled record is filled with tracks that pay tribute to Grobler's Afro-pop heritage, and brings to mind 80's afro influenced pop records by greats like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.

Every chorus is massive, and tracks such as "The Way You Remember Me" and "Closer Than This" are sublime, filled with pulsing drums, huge harmonized choru...

You Know The Voice, Now Meet The Man; Matthew Koma

3/31/2014 8:40pm EDT
Matthew Koma
The distinctive vocal of Matthew Koma permeates the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) universe as effortlessly as a needle pierces through cloth. His collaborations with major hitmakers such as Zedd (with which he co-wrote the hit "Clarity" and "Find You", which can be found on the "Divergent" soundtrack), Afrojack, Hardwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic have earned him a spot as one of most influential musicians of his generation. I recently had the chance to chat with Koma in-between two of the biggest music festivals of Spring, 2014; SXSW and Ultra, and discovered...

Brian Klemm On Suburban Legends' Enduring Awesomeness

12/22/2013 2:19pm EST
Suburban Legends
Can a bunch of grown men find music success covering Disney songs? Yes, they can, if they're Suburban Legends, the awesomely fun ska group that broke out at Disneyland and has just released a half-dozen covers on their new EP, Dreams Aren't Real, But These Songs Are, Vol. 1. BFTV spoke Thursday with Legends guitarist Brian Klemm about the new record and how the band's been going strong since the late 1990's.

How did Disney enter the Legends equation to begin with? "When we first started playing Disney, we didn't have that many songs in general, so we started doing little covers and people ...

Stars 'Save The Music' On The Jersey Waterfront

11/14/2013 11:25pm EST
Mr Vegas on stage
NEW JERSEY, November 14, 2013 – Rich Valdes, a VH1 Save The Music Foundation Young Benefactors Committee member and P-Diddy’s CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka™ teamed up to raise funds and awareness for the foundation with a star-studded “#BLUcarpet” benefit last Thursday night at Son Cubano’s waterfront restaurant on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. Event co-sponsors included Celebrity Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ramtin Kassir, and All in One Transportation.

The event guest list included Pitbull’s recording artist and Latin Grammy-nominee Sensato of Mr. 305 Inc., VH1’s “Love & Hip Hip’ and “Chri...

Who In The World Is Khaled Dajani?

11/8/2013 2:16pm EST
Khaled Dajani
"Be prepared for something very musical and something very intense," is Khaled Dajani's advice to listeners who discover Luci, the new album in which he brings world music to a mainstream audience. It's a major undertaking, not only in uniting the diversity and rich musical history of their Palestinian, Brazilian, Colombian and Mexican backgrounds, but also in how deep Khaled dug within himself to make it happen.

"This is probably the most honest album I've ever written," he explained. "The writing process was, it's the first time I've ever written music this way. I really had to sit down ...

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