23-year-old Georgia native Phillip Phillips almost didn’t make it through his American Idol run as he endured a bout with kidney stones. But he persevered and went on to win the whole competition. His 2012 debut album “The World From the Side of the Moon” went platinum; now we have his sophomore release. It’s called “Behind the Light” and critics are calling it a more organic and authentic sound. Check it out for yourself, listen as much as you want to “Behind the Light” from Phillip Phillips, it’s our Album of the Week.
It’s hard to believe that the forever-young Michael Jackson would have turned 55 this year. His death in 2009 shocked the world, and audiences still hunger to hear unreleased material from Jackson’s catalog. “Xscape” is the second posthumous compilation of unheard Michael Jackson songs. It was curated by Epic chairman L.A. Reid, and the updated production was supervised by Timbaland. Plus it features guest appearances from Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Questlove and D’Angelo. This is “Xscape,” Michael Jackson and our Album of the Week.
At the ripe old age of 22, Louisiana-born Hunter Hayes has already become a powerful voice in country music. His 2011 debut album spawned two Country Number 1s and three Grammy nominations, all the more impressive considering he played every instrument and sang every vocal track himself. Now he’s back with his second album “Storyline,” and he’s allowed a few more musicians into the mix including guest vocalists and his touring band. Listen here as much as you want to “Storyline” from Hunter Hayes, it’s our Album of the Week.
Few names in dance music are as influential and successful as Tiësto. The 45 year old Dutch DJ and producer helped popularize the big room “trance” sound, and continues to top lists of biggest earning DJs in the world. While he’s released countless singles and mix albums he’s hard at work on what will be only his fifth album release and we already have the first single it’s called “Wasted” and features Matthew Koma on vocals. Listen her to Tiësto and our Song Stuck In My Head.
Singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne looks back to classic folk artists like Stephen Stills, Nick Drake and Van Morrison for inspiration. His 2004 debut album “Trouble” has been certified gold in the US, and his most recent release, “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise” won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album last year. His fifth album is out now, it’s called “Supernova” and was produced in Nashville with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Listen as much as you want to “Supernova” from Ray Lamontagne, Slacker’s Album of the Week!
Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn came out as gay in a recent issue of Rolling Stone, and many of the songs on the band’s brand new album “Pop Psychology” deal with Glenn’s years in the closet and struggle to find self-acceptance. One thing that hasn’t changed is the band’s love for brash, new wave-inspired power pop. “Pop Psychology” is our Album of the Week!
Chicago rock band Chevelle started off as brothers Pete, Sam and Joe Loeffler, until Joe left the band and was replaced by–who else?–their brother-in-law Dean Bernardini. They’ve sold over four million albums in the past 20 years, and they’ve just released album number seven. It’s called “La Gárgola,” Spanish for “gargoyle,” and the album was produced by Joe Barresi who’s worked on albums by everyone from Kyuss to The Melvins. Listen here as much as you want to “La Gárgola” from Chevelle, it’s our Album of the Week.