Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Britney Spears New Song/Officially Divorced!

**According to TMZ.com, a package was recently dropped off at their headquarter with a CD labeled "Britney -Get It." The link allowed viewers to listen to a 30 second clip of the song. Listen to the song here and tell us what you think! Will it be a hit? Or was it a song created 4 years ago?


**In other recent news, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are officially divorced. As of Monday, July 30, 2007, Spears and Federline were free of the marital union they had for the past three years. A hearing for custody of their two children, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, is set for a later date.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Beyonce Falls Down Stairs During Concert!

In recent news, Beyonce Knowles' performance hit the floor in Orlando, Florida July 24th....and I mean hit the floor! During one of her songs, Beyonce walked slowly down the stage stairs and tripped head first! Only seconds after she fell, Beyonce picked herself up and continued her hair-twirling, dancing act, as if it had never happened. Good for her! Unlike Ashlee Simpson, Beyonce handled her error with class and dignity. She remained on stage and finished her outstanding performance for her avid fans. Want to be front row at a Beyonce concert? Get your Beyonce tickets here!

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: Lily Allen

**Thank you to everyone for your patience while Spotlight of the Day went on a short hiatus! After some time and thorough research, the next candidate for the Spotlight of the Day is Lily Allen! Enjoy!! (Please contact me if you would ever like me to spotlight a select artist!!)

TuningIn2Music welcomes Lily Allen to the Spotlight! Twenty-two year old Lily Allen was born in North London, England to Keith Allen and Alison Owen. After her father left the family when Lily was only four years old, it was up to her mother to take full care of Lily and her many siblings. She attended over 13 schools and was expelled numerous tims for disruptive and inappropriate behavior. Finally, the 15-year-old decided to completely drop out of school. Allen eventually found work at a Plastic Fantastic record store and, after much rejection, signed with Warner Music in 2002 to start a musical career. Unfortunately, Allen still had a long road ahead of her. The executive who signed soon left the label and Allen found herself with nothing. Allen soon become interested in horticulture and planned on being a florist, but soon changed her mind and followed music once more. She continued to write songs and was signed to Regal Records in 2005, but received little support where she needed it the most.
Looking at various other avenues to achieve her musical goal, Allen focused on the well-known MySpace page. Allen created an account and uploaded demo songs on to her personal profile. Thousands of listeners stopped by her profile and finally Allen released two mixtapes of her own work. As she continued to cultivate a large fan base, magazines began to take notice, yet her label was still slow coming. As her self-written songs became more popular, it gave Allen the opportunity to gain more creative control on her album.
In July of 2006, Allen released her debut album, Alright, Still, in the UK and in January of 2007 in the United States. Her hit song "Smile" became an instant hit as her first single and was even nominated for 2007's Best British Single and 2007's Best British Breakthrough Act, but unfortunatley did not win either title.

Check out her video of "Smile" below!!

Lily Allen is currently on tour! Don't miss out on a hot tour with this amazing comeback artist! Get your Lily Allen concert tickets now! Lily Allen tickets right here!

Recommended Songs
"Shame for You"/"Alfie"
"Littlest Things"
"Oh My God" (Mark Ronson, Featuring Lily Allen)

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: Amy Winehouse!

Mandy Moore on the Cover of August's InStyle Magazine!

Mandy Moore is the cover girl for InStyle Magazine!!! Check out the August issue on newsstands NOW! Plus, head over to the link below and catch an exclusive behind the scenes look at the photo shoot and listen to an unedited version of her hit song "All Good Things." Don't miss out on catching up on all of your Mandy Moore news! Then, check out Mandy Moore concert dates in my July 19, 2007 post to see if she's coming to a city near you! (More dates will be added so keep checking back!) Get your Mandy Moore tickets today! [[Photo courtesy of InStyle.com]]

Check out the story/video here!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ashlee Simpson Engaged? Pregnant?

Rumors have it that Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy band member, may be engaged and even pregnant! Some reports state Simpson squashed rumors of her pregnancy and even an engagment to the media, yet, friends of the source say Wentz got down on one knee and presented a large diamond ring to the pop singer at the Live Earth even earlier this month. Apparently, she said yes pretty quickly! Some sources are even going as far as speculating that the two are keeping the engagement quiet as to not upset older sister Jessica since her marriage ended in 2006. If either of these are true, could Papa Bear Simpson be a happy camper? Probably not!

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Mandy Moore Announces 2007 Tour Dates!

Singer/actress Mandy Moore recently announced the select cities she plans to tour this upcoming fall! According to her website mandymoore.com, Moore is co-headlining alongside 90's sensation Paula Cole, as well as also providing solo performances (denoted by the *). On June 19, Mandy Moore relased her fourth full-length ablum entitled Wild Hope. Collaborating with fellow friends and songwriters Racheal Yamagata, Lori McKenna and The Weepies, Moore stated that this album reflects who she is the most. For the past three years, Moore ventured into the likes of several movies, landing important roles in A Walk to Remember, Saved, Because I Said So and License to Wed. At the same, she caputured these experiences and used them to hone the skills she needed to gain a creative edge. According to her website, Moore stated "I can't go off and do a movie with Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, Billy Crudup or Tom Wikinson and then come back to make a record where I, as a creative matter, am absent." The most important part of the record was the fact that Moore had the sole ability to co-write each song. By listening to each song on the album, fans can hear a more mature sound, rich of clarity, conviction and texture. It is through her words that people can finally understand her struggles through times of love, happiness, confusion and disappointment -- all through her very own eyes. She is touring this fall to regain back what she once had from the very beginning: her passion.

Pick up your copy of Wild Hope today and then don't miss out on getting your very own Mandy Moore tickets! Mandy Moore concert tickets are available for select cities! Check them out now!

August 16 San Jose, CA Radio Show
August 18 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
August 19 Vancouver, WA Commodore Ballroom
August 20 Seattle, WA Showbox
August 22 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
August 23 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
August 24 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
August 25 San Diego, CA 4th and B
*August 30 Fort Worth, TX Lakewood Theatre
*August 31 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
*September 1 Houston, TN Club V
*September 2 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
*September 4 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Lannding
*September 6 Atlanta, GA Roxy
*September 7 Lake Buena Vita, FL House of Blues
*September 8 Myrtle Beach, NC House of Blues
*September 9 Charlotte, NC Amos
*September 11 Alexandria, VA Birchmire
September 14 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata
September 15 New York, NY Filmore
September 16 Boston, MA Berklee
September 18 Albany, NY Sawyer Theatre @ The Egg
September 19 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
September 21 Pittsburgh, PA Palace Theater
September 22 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
September 23 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
September 25 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
September 26 Chicago, IL Park West

More Mandy Moore tour dates to follow!!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Carrie Underwood and Tony Romo Back Together?

Recent reports have country singer Carrie Underwood and Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback, Tony Romo linked together! Underwood and Romo dated on and off last year for nearly 8 months. Apparently, Underwood was not satisfied with the amount of dedication Romo gave to their relationship, often placing football before her. Though they are not currently an "official" a couple, rumors have it that Underwood became upset when Romo was seen courting another young blonde similar in looks to Underwood! Since Romo's 27th birthday, reports have stated that the two are still in contact with each other through phone calls and text messaging. What do you think? For more up-to-date information, come right back here!

Carrie Underwood is currently on tour! Check out the dates and get your own Carrie Underwood tickets!

Carrie Underwood's New CD Release Date!

Good news for all you Carrie Underwood fans!! Underwood's next album is planned for release this October 23, 2007. It will be her second album. Her first, Some Hearts, skyrocketed on the charts and eventually turned plantinum. Despite this fact, Underwood says she isn't looking to top her first album, just to continue doing what she loves: singing. Personally, first albums don't always hit the roof as in Underwood's case. If I had to guess, I would say her next album won't be as wondeful as the first, but Underwood seeks to surprise and this upcoming ablum could be just what we need for the fall season. Stay tuned for more Carrie Underwood updates, including Carrie Underwood concerts and Carrie Underwood concert tickets!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Kelly Rowland Collapses!!

Singer Kelly Rowland collapsed on stage this past Sunday, July 15 during a performance in Lagos, Nigeria for a music festival. She apparently fainted from a result of dehydration while performing in very hot and humid weather. Rowland was takien to an undisclosed hospital and announced as doing very well according to her website. She landed in the U.S. this past Monday to continue promoting her newest album, Ms. Kelly.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Colbie Caillat's "Coco" Due Out Tomorrow!

Colbie Caillat's debut album Coco is on sale tomorrow! Don't miss out swaying and singing to favorites like "Bubbly" (a favorite of every fan's!), "The Little Things," "Feelings Show" and "Realize." Also, check her out on tour with the Goo Goo Dolls! Get your Goo Goo Dolls tickets here!

The 22-year-old had an amazing start to her success! Check her out in one of my Spotlight of the Day features!


Esmee Denters -- YouTube Star!

Unless you've been living underneath a rock or just not a YouTube fanatic, you wouldn't have heard about YouTube's next biggest star! Esmee Denters, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands, recently signed a record deal with Justin Timberlake's record company, Tenneman. Now she can currently be seen on tour with Justin Timberlake himself! (Get your Justin Timberlake tickets here!)

How did it all begin?? During the summer of 2006, Denters auditioned for the Dutch "Popstars-The Rivals" television show and found herself rejected. Still believing in her voice and innate talent, Denters found YouTube and broadcasted herself across the Internet with over 40 clips of herself singing different artists' songs. Not too much later, Denters found herself with a large support group of fans and over 20,000 subscribers on YouTube. The young girl has been featured on several talk shows to discuss her instant claim to fame, as well as to perform. Most performances and shows can be found on the YouTube website. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for this next superstar!

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Mandy Moore's New Soundcheck!

Good news Mandy Moore fans! Aside from the MSN Chicago Live Show, Mandy Moore has another recorded show by Walmart! Moore sings five songs off her new album Wild Hope such as "Extraordinary," "Wild Hope," "Looking Forward to Looking Back," "All Good Things" and "Can't You Just Adore Her." If you weren't able to get Mandy Moore tickets to one of her recent live shows, check out Moore sing and gain access to an exclusive interview! Then don't forget to get your Mandy Moore concert tickets this fall when she tours with Paula Cole!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Kelly Clarkson -- Unreleased Song - [[VIDEO]]!!!!

Kelly Clarkson released her third album, My December, this past June, 2007. Yet, the album was void of one of her really catchy songs "Go," which was featured in the Ford car commercials, Just in case you haven't heard of it, check out the video below, full length version-video remix!!

Breathe in, breathe out,
Restless, waiting for anything,
Tension is thick in the air
Are you gonna lead or follow me?
Full speed, turn up the overdrive,
Makes me feel glad that I'm alive,
It's time we finally made our move,
So cmon, cmon, cmon now

Lets go,
Let's jump right in,
Scream into the wind,
Feel the fire within,
I can't ignore this burnin' in my soul,
Cmon baby let's go,
We might go fast,
We might go hard,
But I can take it,
I need to know, so come on baby go.

Fever, in my eye,
Starts racing back and forth in my mind,
I feel emotions rush through me,
Starts stirring such passion inside of me,
Are we regressing or taking flight,
Id rather be laughing
Than just stay quiet,
It's time to make a move,
It's time, we've nothing to lose,
So cmon, cmon, cmon now.

Let's go,
Let's jump right in,
Scream into the wind,
Feel the fire within,
I can't ignore this burnin in my soul,
C'mon baby lets go,
We might go fast,
We might go hard,
But I can take it,
I need to know, so come on baby, go.

No one to stand in our way,
And nothings holding us back,
Doesnt matter what they say it's just you and me,
I'm so glad it turns out what I didn't know and I was too scared to show,
Lose control of my soul
Cmon now!

Lets go,
Lets jump right in,
Scream into the wind,
Feel the fire within,
I can't ignore this burnin in my soul,
Cmon baby let's go,
We might go fast,
We might go hard,
But I can take it,
I need to know, so cmon baby, go,

Breathe in,
Breathe out,
Breathe in,
Breathe out.

Kelly Clarkson "Go"

Spotlight of the Day: Aly and AJ

If you haven't already, meet Aly and Aj Michalka, Disney's hottest set of siblings aside from the Sprouse twins (Zack and Cody)and Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus). These teen pop stars raised in Torrance, California, knew they wanted to be singer/songwriters when they were just young girls. At the ripe ages of three and five, the two girls participated in the church choir, as well as school plays.

Alyson has appeared on Phil of the Future, a hit Disney television show, staring as one of the main characters, Keely Teslow, alongside Ricky Ullman. She began playing the piano at age six and picked up the guitar seven years later. Alyson began acting in small productions given by her church when she was just five years old. Now her acting repertoire includes Phil of the Future, Now You See It.., Cow Belles and Super Sweet 16: The Movie.

AJ (Amanda) is Alyson's younger sister by two years. Unlike Alyson, AJ specialized more in the acting field, staring in a myriad of musical productions at her church. She familiarized herself with several instruments such as the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano and bongos. Her list of acting gigs includes Cow Belles, Oliver Beene, Six Feet Under, The Guardian, Birds of Prey, Kitty's Dish, Passions and General Hospital.

Focusing on their the musical career, the two have released several songs for various films for Disney. Hits from their platinum CD, Into the Rush, include "No One," which was featured in the motion picture Ice Princess, "Do You Believe in Magic" and "Walking on Sunshine."

The girls have performed at several concerts and even opened for the Cheetah Girls in 2005 for the "Cheetah-licious Christmas Tour." Although they were nominated for Contemporary Inspirational Artist of the Year for the 2006 American Music Awards, they unfortunately did not take home the award.

In the early fall of 2006, their album Acoustic Hearts of Winter was released to the public. This album featured traditional Christmas songs such as "Joy to the World," "Greatest Time of Year," Silent Night" and "Not This Year."

MTV premiered their latest movie, Super Sweet 16:The Movie, this past Sunday, July 8, 2007. Two days later their newest album, Insomniatic was released in stores. Their first single, "Potential Breakup Song" has received a lot of attention from fans on the girls' official myspace page.

Into the Rush Acoustic Hearts of Winter Insomniatic
Recommended Songs (As far as I know!-- Let me know your favorites and I'll add them to the list!)

*No One
*Do You Believe in Magic
*Walking on Sunshine
*Potential Breakup Song

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: Lily Allen!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: Lifehouse

Lifehouse rose to fame as a mainstream band in the United States consisting of three members, Jason Wade, Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. and Bryce Soderberg. Founded by lead singer Jason Wade, the band orginially consisted of Sergio Andrade and Jon Palmer, who later went on to tackle various other activities.

As a young 15-year-old boy, Wade was introduced to producer Ron Aniello, who helped Wade hone his singing and performance skills. In 1999, the band released their debut album under the band name "Blyss" entitled Diff's Lucky Day. Fortunately, record sales took off, selling hundreds off of eBay.

Just a year later, Lifehouse entered the recording studio to work on No Name Face. By the time the album was released, Wade and Andrade were the only two members left. Due to conflicts and limited focus, several members chose to seperate themselves from the band. Woolstenhulme eventually filled in for Palmer on the drums.

Evidently, "Sick Cycle Carousel" was the band's first single released , yet it was their hit "Hanging by a Moment" that stuck in the minds of their fans....and led them to where they are today. Shortly after their claim to fame moment, the band was back in the studio and released another album called Stanley Climbfall. Its success was shortilved with tracks such as "Spin" (still on the radio though!) and "Take Me Away." It was back to the drawing board for these boys. If they didn't come out with another knock-off hit or reinvent themselves, they could end up in the endless pile of one hit wonders.

By late 2004, Lifehouse gained another member, Soderberg, as their new bass guitarist. Their next album, self-titled Lifehouse, was produced by John Alagia (Mandy Moore!) and featured hits such as "You and Me" and "Blind."

Lifehouse recently debuted their fourth album entitled Who We Are. Fans and newcomers alike can listen to their most successful single since "Hanging by a Moment" titled "First Time." Catchy and memorable, the song was just what the band needed to stay in the spotlight. As of this summer (2007), the band is currently on tour with Goo Goo Dolls and plans to go on a world-wide headlining tour....so don't miss out on getting your Lifehouse tickets today!

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Diff's Lucky Day (as the band Blyss)
No Name Face
Stanley Climbfall
Who We Are

Recommended Songs
"Hanging by a Moment"
"Spin" (Awesome!)
"You and Me"
"First Time" (Awesome!)

Check out the music video for "First Time"!

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: Aly & AJ!

Monday, July 9, 2007

The Top 10 American Idol Moments [Video Log]

With the American Idols Live tour going on right now, I thought I'd compile a top 10 memorable video list of American Idols, funny or breathtaking! Check them out and let me know what your thoughts are on this! Enjoy!

**Make sure to get your own American Idols Live tickets now! Don't miss out on grabbing your very own American Idol tickets!

10) Season 1, Kelly Clarkson - "A Moment Like This" (Finale Song)

9) Season 6, Blake Lewis - "You Give Love a Bad Name" (Bon Jovi)

8) Season 6, Phil Stacey - "Blaze of Glory" (Bon Jovi)

7) Season 3, Diana DeGarmo - "Don't Cry Out Loud" (Melissa Manchester)

6) Season 3, Fantasia Barrino - "Something to Talk About" (Bonnie Raitt)

5) Season 4, Carrie Underwood - "Alone" (Heart)

4) Season 6, Melinda Dolittle - "Home" (Diana Ross)

3) Season 2, Clay Aiken - "Unchained Melody" (Righteous Brothers)

2) Season 2, Jennifer Hudson - "Circle of Life" (Elton John)

1) Season 5 Finale, Clay Aiken and Michael S. winner - "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John)

Spotlight of the Day: Diana DeGarmo

Today's Spotlight of the Day features a former American Idol runner-up of the third installment of the reality TV show, American Idol. Of course, everyone is aware of the American Idol veteran and Queen herself, Kelly Clarkson, first winner of the American Idol series (USA edition). A year later, Ruben Studdard beat out talented Clay Aiken in the ever popular talent show (but really, who did well in the end??). By the third year, Fantasia Barrino beat all odds, mentally and physically, to win the coveted title, leaving 16-year-old Diana DeGarmo in a trial of her dust.

But don't think DeGarmo hasn't made something of herself! She was widely known to her avid fans as a young girl with a power-house voice and impeccable stage precense. In the weeks that followed on the show, DeGarmo sang hits such as "I Got the Music In Me," "Think," "I'm Still Standin'," "My Heart Will Go On," "Turn the Beat Around" and more! DeGarmo received exceptional praise for her beautiful rendition of "Don't Cry Out Loud," which is also featured on her first album.

After American Idol, DeGarmo, now 20, went on to record her debut album, Blue Skies, with semi-likable hits such as "Dreams," "Emotions" and "Don't Cry Out Loud." One of my favorite songs by her is "I Believe," which some people think only Fantasia can pull off. I happen to strongly disagree. This song is without a doubt, one of, if not THE hardest finale song to sing, but DeGarmo performs it in a such a dramatic, yet brilliant way that hardly compares to Fantasia's "yea, yea yea" squabbling. If you ask me, Diana has the better voice. Of course, that's just my opinion. When it comes down to it, both got a record label. After her December 7, 2004 release, the record came in at #52 on the Billboard Chart. As of July 2007, the album sold an additional 35,000 copies coming out to an estimated total of 200,000 copies sold. Not bad for a first timer in this difficult industry! DeGarmo even received the Horizon Award at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards ceremony in 2005.

Right after Idol, DeGarmo was dealt an issue nobody wishes to endure. A young woman in Australia stole her credit card number by installing programs on to DeGarmo's computer and tracking her personal emails to and from DeGarmo's mother to Diana. She furthermore went on to purchase thousands of dollars worth of computer supplies. The perpetrator was finally caught and sentenced to community service in May (year unknown). DeGarmo has discussed this incident on several occasions while on talk shows.

Currently, DeGarmo is in the works on her second album, due out sometime this year (2007). The upcoming album is speculated to be along the lines of R&B/Pop with DeGarmo cowriting many of the songs herself. In 2006 and early 2007, DeGarmo stared on Broadway as Penny Pingleton in the musical Hairspray. Among other public appearances and performances, she nabbed a role in the national tour of BKLYN: THE MUSICAL in the summer of 2006 and performed a musical concert called "In Your Dreams" in early October that same year.

Here's my favorite video of Diana DeGarmo while on American Idol! She's singing "Think."

Where she is at now! Check out this video!

Blue Skies

Recommended Songs
"Don't Cry Out Loud"
"I Believe" (good uplifting song!)

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: Lifehouse!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: Colbie Caillat

Twenty-two year old Colbie Caillat has struck it big in the musical arena. With a passion for music, this young woman's instrumental career has sky rocketed thanks to her pre-fame days on Myspace. As an 11-year-old girl, Caillat knew she wanted to spend her life singing after hearing Lauryn Hill's version of "Killing Me Softly." Caillat entered herself in several talent shows and sang many Lauryn Hill songs. As her talent and musical interest grew, Caillat's father, owner of a record producing company, offered her one piece of helpful advice: those who play their own instruments and write their own songs command respect in the music industry.

At the age of 19, Caillat picked up the acoustic guitar and started penning her own music. According to her Myspace page, "I wrote my fist [sic] song after my very first guitar lesson and then it just flowed out. If something's biting me I hold it in because that's the kind of person I am. Then it comes out in songs. Things builds [sic] up inside of me and I'll write three songs in a weekend. It's a release. I don't choose what to write about. It's just there."

After many songs were finished, Caillat started to post them on Myspace, hoping to cause a chain reaction of admiration and enthusiasm for her music. It wasn't until Caillat posted the song "Bubbly" that started the aforementioned reaction. Because of the simplicity and melody of the song, millions of fans were drawn to her Myspace page to get a glimpse of this undiscovered talented artist. Four months later, Caillat became the number one unsigned artist on Myspace. Soon after, record deals flew her way and she eventually signed with Universal Republic who she says has "offered her total creative freedom."

Her debut album, Coco, representative of a past nickname that stuck, features similar acoustic style folk melodies with Caillat's passionate voice shining through. With a sweet folk sound coupled with a bit of old soul, Caillat successfully sets herself apart from the rest of the bubble-gum pop artists and one hit wonders. Her recreation of vintage soul and classical rock from influences such as Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller Band, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder has spawned a new talent whois leaving her own footprints behind. Fans can see Caillat perform live as she tours with the Goo Goo Dolls! Get your concert tickets here! Check out more of Colbie Caillat at myspace.com/colbiecaillat! Her album, Coco, is out now so don't forget to pick it up!

Recommended Songs!
*The Little Things
*Feelings Show

Go here to see her video "Bubbly"! http://youtube.com/watch?v=2PWfB4lurT4

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: Diana DeGarmo!

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: Mike and Joe

This band is very simple, but totally now! Comprised of four members, Mike and Joe are the lead singers of the cover band. Their song repertoire covers mainly current modern rock/alternative hits, as well as several 80's and a few 70's selections. Mike and Joe began playing while attending Indiana University several years back. Soon they began to tour all around the Midwest playing at several college campuses and summertime festivals. According to their Myspace page, "We are a cover band but we are not a 'party' band. There is no schtick to our show. We are a straight up rock band that just kicks it!" Though they may be a cover band, this group of talented guys really show their musical passion by refusing to play to pre-recorded music. Instead, they reproduce the actual songs in their own style with instruments and vocal sounds. Not only do they tap into their musical talent, but they also know how to work a crowd! If you live in the Midwest area, such as Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and sporadically, Ohio, you don't want to miss out on seeing this band in action! Visit their website at mikeandjoe.com or their Myspace page at http://mikeandjoe.com/myspace.html!

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: Colbie Caillat!

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Kelly Clarkson Gone Country?

*Has Kelly Clarkson gone country?? This is a definite possibility! This past Monday, July 2, Clarkson signed up with Nashville-based Starstruck Entertainment and hired Reb McEntire's husband, CEO Narvel Blackstock, as her new personal manager. After a mini feud with former her record label RCA and Clive Davis over her new album, My December, Clarkson decided to venture onto a new route: country. According to sources, Clarkson will return to her southern roots and is currently working on her fourth album, which will have a bit of a country flair.

*In other news, singer and star of Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, Miley Cyrus, has outsold Kelly Clarkson in terms of record sales. The 14-year-old daughter of achy-breaky-heart Billy Ray Cyrus, is the youngest artist to ever have two number one albums in less than a year, selling 326,000 copies of her Meet Miley soundtrack in the first week alone! Kelly Clarkson's My December came out with a bang, but only sold 291,000 in its first week, taking second place. Miley Cyrus plans on touring this summer/fall, so don't wait to get your tickets! Get these concert tickets today!

Christina Aguilera Pregnant!

Yes, rumors that the former Mouseketeer, hit pop-star Christina Aguilera is pregnant has been confirmed by E! News this past Tuesday. This will be the pop star's and hubby Jordan Bratman's (a music marketing exectuve) first child. Aguilera and Bratman married in November of 2005 after dating for three years. She expects to be on tour in New Zealand, Asia and Australia for the next few months before settling down to prepare for their new arrival.

*Get your Christina tickets now! Find other hot concert tickets here!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: KT Tunstall

Kate Tunstall, aka "KT" (short for her first/last name), embarked on a musical journey several years ago and hasn't looked back since. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tunstall was adopted by her father, a physicist and mother, a school teacher and attended school in St. Andrews on the east side of Scotland. She has two brothers, Joe and Daniel, who is deaf. By the time she reached her twenties, Tunstall was curious about her birth mother and met her not too long after. Her birth mother is of Chinese decent and her birth father, whom she never met, is Irish. During their reunion, her mother told her that her biological father was a folk musician. Thus, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Throughout her twenties, Tunstall participated in various independent bands such as Elia Drew Red Light Stylus and Tomoko. In 2004, after much focus on her songwriting, Tunstall released her debut solo album, Eye to the Telescope. Upon release, the album sky rocketed to the number three position on the UK charts and nominated in 2005 for a Mercury Music Prize.

On February 7, 2006, he hit album was released in the United States. The first time I heard one of Tunstall's songs was in the amazing movie "The Devil Wears Prada." The opening credits of the movie featured Anne Hathaway preparing for work with the song "Suddenly I See" in the background. I've included it below if you'd like to see it!

Other hit songs by Tunstall include "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree," Other Side of the World" and "Under the Weather." For anyone who is an avid fan of acoustic work, Tunstall released KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza album, which was recorded by Tunstall herself and features only her on her guitar. Her upcoming album Drastic Fantastic is due for release on September 18, 2007 with soon-to-be hits "Saving My Face," "Someday Soon," "Hold On," "Beauty of Uncertanity" and "I Don't Want You Now."

Tunstall brings a fresh, unique flavor to the music industry, with a combination of folk and pop beats in her music selections. My personal favorite is "Suddenly I See," which makes me feel energized and determined to get what I want every time I listen to it. This singer/songwriter brings talent, passion and unique styles to the table every time she performs.

Recommended Songs!
*"Other Side of the World"
*"Suddenly I See"
*"Black Horse and Cherry Tree"
*"I Want You Back" [Live] (Available on her myspace homepage!)

*Eye to the Telescope [2004)
*KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza [2006]
*Drastic Fantastic [2007]

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: Mike & Joe!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: Shevy Smith

Today's Spotlight of the Day features a young upcoming country singer just trying to make her dream come true. After her high school graduation, 23-year-old Shevy Smith took her music and her dog, Vivianne, on the road. She happened to perform twice at my college the past two years so I included the articles I wrote after interviewing her and watching the performances. The first article was in 2005 and the second was in 2006. Then check out her music at ShevySmith.com! Once there you can find special music selections, lyrics, updated information, and tour dates, as well as some of Shevy's own thoughts! You'll love her music, trust me!

2005 Article

Most songwriters never reach their lifelong dream, constantly being told they are pursuing a pipe dream. But 21-year-old songsmith Shevy Smith is living hers everyday.

"I've been singing my whole life," Smith said. "I started piano when I was four and learned to play it while I was reading."
With an acoustic pop rock style and a hint of country flair, Smith continued her nationwide college tour Wednesday.

Originally from central Kansas in a town called Haven, Smith grew up on a farm before moving to Tennessee at 18.

"I was about 15 when I started performing at places and really taking it seriously," Smith said.

Though music played an important role in her life, Smith said she was not raised as a child performer. "I thought I would be more of an athlete," she explained. "I wanted to be a professional water skier or play college basketball."

"A music teacher told me in fifth grade, you could do something with this if you would want to," Smith added. Smith said winning high school talent shows gave her the idea to test her guitar skills and create her own music. At the age of 16, Smith said a producer from New York noticed her unique talent and she began working sessions there. After being sent to Nashville, she signed a publishing deal to write songs.

"I've been at that for about three and half years," she explained. "That was pretty much my dream job right out of the shoot."

"Last year, I was approached by some people who work with an independent label and wanted to make a record and I said yes," Smith explained.

Smith said she receives inspiration for writing songs such as "Blue print" and "Red Rock Road" from personal experiences.

"I think that the more personal they are, the more universal they are as well. If it makes sense to me and it's something I think other people are feeling too, that's one of the greatest discoveries I've made in all of this," Smith explained.

While on stage Wednesday, Smith explained to her audience the emotions she felt of hearing about her parents' divorce. Through her frustration and disappointment, Smith became motivated to write a song called "Debris."
Smith said the moment someone tells her that her songs reflect their feelings she feels the greatest sense of accomplishment.

When asked who her role models are, Smith said, "everybody always asks me my influences, so I like role models."

"I have two Toms in my life. I really, really admire Tom Petty and I love Tom Brokaw," Smith said. "Somewhere in the middle is exactly where I'd like to be myself. They both are so respected in what they do and they have a class about them that I love," Smith continued.

Other idols include Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, who continue to be major influences in shaping Smith's musical career.

According to Smith, she is the "queen of listing goals." "I have daily goals, and I have lifetime goals. I want to do a major label record, I want to be on commercial radio and I would love to work with some of my heroes at some point," Smith explained. "I have other goals, too, like to surf and go sky-diving, things that are not musical at all," she added.

On the road for nearly 27 days each month, Smith said her yellow Labrador named Vivianne keeps her company. The support for her back at home continues to encourage her to follow her passion for singing.

'There's an underlying support there that's undeniable. They look at me and know that I'm doing exactly what I should be doing," Smith said.

One of the largest goals the young songwriter holds is to experience college.

"I definitely plan on doing college later on. I don't think it will probably be in the music side of things. I'm getting my education in that daily," Smith said. "I would love to study philosophy or political theory, something that broadens your
knowledge scope," Smith added.

Smith said her greatest fear in life, aside from snakes, is mediocrity.

"I definitely find that the most worthwhile things in the world, people either love them or hate them. There's usually not a lot of apathy involved in the truly greater things in life, Smith explained.

"So whether it's a song, whether it's a show or a piece of clothing, mediocrity is definitely my biggest fear," she continued.

Smith said a Bruce Springsteen quote holds a significant impact in her life because it encourages her to consistently see herself in her audience.

"But it's more important if you're audience can look at you and see themselves. I think there's so much truth to that. A lot of times when you see people become major stars and they sort of flop, it's because they've stopped seeing themselves in their fans, Smith explained.

"I think it's good advice for non-musicians, for humans and going through life," she continued. "If you can see that person behind the counter as yourself, you'll definitely act in a more appropriate way."

"As long as you can keep some sort of perspective and grounding through it all, I think that's probably a good piece of advice," Smith added.

A Year Later in 2006....

After years of diligence and grinding agendas, Shevy Smith has finally reached a significant milestone in her musical career.

Gracing the stage with her undeniable calm presence, the singer/songwriter strummed the strings on her guitar, replaying songs from her earlier album, "Blueprint," as well as showcasing new songs from her upcoming album, "September Songs."

"I started playing piano at the age of four and guitar when I was 13. I've always been creative with writing and drawing so it was a natural progression into music. By the time I was 15, I was into performing pretty hard," Smith said.

During her previous performance on campus in 2005, Smith was 21 and focused on introducing her earlier songs to new audiences. Now, 23, Smith has stepped up both vocally and independently.

"I think with age comes wisdom and experience and hopefully I've gotten a lot better. Playing over 200 shows is similar to shooting free throws with your eyes closed. Eventually you are going to improve.

"At this point, I feel very comfortable wherever I play," she said. "I've also gotten a lot tougher and have learned what to let roll off my back," she continued.

"I think you just even out. We all get a little emotional, but hopefully just not too bent out of shape."

Originally from central Kansas in the town of Haven, Smith grew up on a farm before moving to Tennessee at age 18. Growing up listening to the words of Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, Smith said she still holds onto her current inspirations, including Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow and the Ginn Blossoms.

While on stage Wednesday, Smith enlightened the audience of her recent experience playing at Country Thunder, a summer music fest in Wisconsin, alongside Phil Vassar, who has recently been working in the studio with her. Smith said a lot of her music influences are derived from the mid-70s rock era.

Students attending the performance enjoyed the show and were impressed with her musical experience.

"It was great that she got the opportunity to sing and work with a bigger name, such as Phil Vasser," Rachel, a sophomore elementary education major, said. "Hopefully, we'll be seeing her go big soon."

After touring for nearly two years and writing new material, Smith said she is ready to take the music world by storm.

"There's been a lot of changes in the past couple years. When you get to know what works for you, how your voice sounds and draw your influences in, somewhere along the way you fall into what you are," Smith said.

"I know my voice more than I ever have before. As far as musically, I'm talking to a lot of the bigger records. We're stepping up the game, getting a ton of work and playing a ton of gigs. That's a pretty singular goal for me, so everything in my life is geared to this one thing," she added.

Whether or not one witnessed Smith's performance yesterday, it is obvious there is a difference between her style and those on reality shows, such as American Idol.

"Reality shows get into a lot of competition and it starts to become all about winning a contest. You basically sing anything to help you win, instead of moving people with what you have to say," Smith said.

"Music competitions have different performers. It's very important for me to have control over what I am singing since I write my own music. I think performing is all about honesty and what you feel so that you can materialize it so others can relate to it as well," she continued.

Her new album, "September Songs," is due out Sept. 26 and is comprised of new flair inspired by all of the schools she has visited and the people she has met.

"I'm excited to share this new album with everyone. I hope they all notice that there is something real and different to it," Smith said.

New songs include a moving piece called "Angel With Shoes," "Heavy Rotation," "September Song" and "Homespun."

With strong guitar chords and a fast-paced beat, "Heavy Rotation" details the impact one may have on another.

During her performance Smith said she wrote "September Song" after experiencing many torrid relationships during the summer.

"It's all about the memories you have with these people and then you realize that once the summer is over, you have to go back to what you were doing before," Smith said.

Smith said she and a friend spent a day together pondering about how they felt about their Kansas roots and finally penned a song called "Homespun" that reflected the thought process and their inner emotions.

Those interested in learning more about Smith can visit her Web site at shevysmith.com and check out information on music tracks, lyrics, tour dates and diary entries.

Select songs can be downloaded at her main site as well as at her myspace account at myspace.com/shevysmith.

In the future, Smith said she would love to work with a bigger label, enter the radio scene and win a Grammy.

"Being on the road singing is the only life I know," she said. "In my opinion, you need to aim for greatness. Take your dream as far as you can."

Upcoming Appearances! *Check Shevy out at Country Thunder in Wisconsin a country music festival celebrating the gift of music!

Recommended Songs! (Again, they're all great!!)
Album: "Blueprint"
*Kiss in a Stolen Truck
*Blow Me Away
*Red Rock Road (My Ultimate Fave of hers!)
*Linger Longer

Album: "September Songs"
*Heavy Rotation
*September Song
*Born To Be
*Left Hand Lane

*Extras! Hard to Find Songs!
*Hazelnut Coffee

*Stayed tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: KT Tunstall!

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www.ticketsnow.com (Grab your concert tickets now!)