• Groban Up, In Public!

    February 5, 2013 3:25 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    One of the marvels of today’s interconnected age may be the fact that writers who once wrote articles and often waited as much as three months to get feedback about them now merely have to consult Twitter to see where they stand! Thus, less than 24 hours after writing last week’s much-admired post about the latest works by rockers Hatebreed and Justin Bieber, I was greeted by tweets such as: *"@DaveDiMartino what the hell does this have to do with the album? Sad. Just sad.&rdquo...  | More »

  • I Beliebe To My Soul!

    January 29, 2013 5:51 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    They say that age brings wisdom--and so it is that more than a few of the older among us chuckled when younger music fans were puzzled by the reaction met by this week’s announcement of the Coachella Festival lineup! While the appearances of both Blur and the Stone Roses might have approached the heralding of the Second Coming to those of a certain age, the simultaneous appearance of a ”Who Are The Stone Roses” Tumblr asked by those even younger shocked those stunned by who...  | More »

  • How Do You Spell Relief?

    January 22, 2013 5:25 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Though I rarely tend to get political in this blog—after all, the subject matter is supposed to be about new album releases—I’d just like to say that the recent Presidential Inauguration ceremony was, no matter your political affiliation, a wonderful affirmation of the power of music. Top-level artists were present. We have a president who is not averse to singing the opening line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” hearing it performed at his own in...  | More »

  • Village Of The Darned!

    January 15, 2013 6:08 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    As 2013 unfolds, the question arises: Will it be a good year for music? On one hand, between a new release by former teen star Justin Timberlake—curiously timed to coincide with the rebirth of ancient MySpace, the site in which he’s invested a considerable sum—and the start of a new season of American Idol, featuring Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and other, less-celebrated humans—the smart money might be on not hardly. On the other hand, the now profound difference betwe...  | More »

  • A Great Year For The Undead!

    January 8, 2013 5:59 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Happy New Year! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a new blog—mainly because new album releases tend to dry up as we approach the new year and, like most people, I like to stay at home with all the lights off during the holidays, be antisocial and dwell on a lifetime filled with regret and anguish! Then I think about me, and things tend to lighten up! But now it’s only appropriate to tear myself away from watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series DV...  | More »

  • Mars Needs Buyers!

    December 11, 2012 9:00 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    I don't know about you, but I haven't even started my holiday shopping yet! So as we sit here, a scant two weeks before the world shuts down for Christmas, I'm making a list, checking it twice, and am completely oblivious to whatever new releases the collective record industry has decided I'm probably inclined to buy! For starters? I'd like the albums to be audible! Additionally, throwing a pretty girl on the album cover is probably a pretty slick move! And if I can...  | More »

  • Ke$ha: Cold Cereal No More!

    December 4, 2012 2:54 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Admittedly there are times when longtime lovers of pop music might feel that all that really needs to be said has already been said. When all the innovation—all the glorious, unexpected, inspired madness that results in perfect pop music—has reached its peak. When, truly, all that can be done has been done. That's exactly what happens the week before a new Ke$ha album comes out! Yet here she is, the youthful goddess who once bragged of brushing her teeth with whiskey, bac...  | More »

  • Alicia Keys Fires It Up!

    November 27, 2012 2:14 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    As most of us know, the past weekend -- beginning with the illustriously titled Black Friday and extending through the equally compelling Cyber Monday -- represents the single best selling opportunity today's record labels have all year long! So what does it mean if you're an artist and your album comes out . . . a week later? Well, maybe it means all those crates of CDs were accidentally locked in a back room in Terre Haute, Indiana, or Mexico, or wherever they make those things!...  | More »

  • The Legend Of Rihanna!

    November 20, 2012 3:15 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    There's a particular time of the year when I feel completely at one with today's pop music audience--and sure enough, as always, it was this weekend, as I joyously watched the exciting American Music Awards! For starters, the dominating presence of rock god Justin Bieber--the colorful youngster who has won America's hearts and minds thanks to his marvelous pop sense, his intriguing tattoos, and his righteous anger at, in his words, "all the haters who thought I'd be aroun...  | More »

  • England's Newest Hit Makers!

    November 13, 2012 2:36 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Like most people, I have a hard time figuring out who's better: the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or Christina Aguilera! And here it is, scant weeks before the holidays, and they all have new albums! So let's get methodical about it! The Beatles have just released a massive box set containing all their albums – in vinyl, no less! The Rolling Stones have also released a new collection, with loads of hits and a sexy gorilla on its cover! And Christina Aguilera – perhaps y...  | More »

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