Music

Whether it’s in motion pictures, sports, or the media, nothing is more capricious than fame. Frank Sinatra voiced that sentiment in the song “That’s Life,” when he sang, “You’re ridin’...
Covering a song can be a way for artists to branch out and show appreciation for other types of music. Sometimes the cover even becomes far more famous than the original. “Twist and Shout” was...
Music fans often assume that musicians they like or have heard of have many No. 1 songs, but the reality is that many world-renowned artists — from both past and present — go their whole...
You might see the words ‘one-hit wonder’ and picture a short-lived career, whereby an artist lands on the charts and then all but disappears. The very term is negative in connotation, suggesting...
Americans who don’t follow popular music may not know that the most popular band of the past 10 years is Imagine Dragons. They also may not know the names of the country’s other more recent...
As a teenager, Saul Hudson, the performer best known as the lead guitarist for Guns ‘N Roses, was nicknamed Slash by his friend’s father — actor Seymour Cassel — because he was always...
While a handful of famous rap and hip hop artists have opted to use their real names on stage — Talib Kweli and Kendrick Lamar, to name two — it is far more common for them to use a stage...
The official start to winter may be Dec. 21, but people have already gotten used to shorter days and bitter cold nights. Winter is a time for cozying up in a blanket and being warmed by a roaring...
Some musicians have created timeless classics that are inviting to sing — whether you’re an extremely talented professional or an intoxicated karaoke participant. Many of the artists whose...
More than other seasons, people associate a song, or songs, with summer. It’s not hard to understand why. Kids are out of school and have free time. And even when they work over the summer,...
A cover version is a new performance of a song originally recorded by somebody else. When an artist covers a song made famous by another performer, it is an homage to the song and the songwriter. Far...
No one is certain where or when country music got its start. The first commercial country music album was recorded in 1922, and the genre’s popularity surged within 10 years, according to...
The last 10 years saw the evolution of several genres of music along with big changes in how we get our songs. Rap, indie rock, electronic, country, and all sorts of combinations of them have...
When people think about the top-selling bands of all time, they often pick the Beatles. Indeed, with 290 million records sold worldwide, the Beatles are at the top of many lists. Not surprisingly,...
What would movies be without music? As far back as the silent era, accompanying musicians (often organists) or small orchestras were fundamental to the moviegoing experience. Today, major films...