Melding the best of pop and rock into skillfully crafted songs, Ben Rector's new album SOMETHING LIKE THIS, has been catching the attention of kids across the country with its infectious melodies, lively rhythms and blue-eyed piano-and-guitar soul. Self-released on September 13th, SOMETHING LIKE THIS, was iTunes #1 Singer Songwriter album 5 minutes after its official release, ultimately debuting at #41 on the Billboard Top 200. In support of SOMETHING LIKE THIS, Ben is currently on a five week North American tour that has already included sold out shows in Boston, Washington DC and Atlanta. Dates below.

Building his fan-base the old fashioned way - great songs and steady touring - this Nashville based artist has won over a legion of fans without the help from a label. Instead Ben has relied on his songwriting - a talent that made him the youngest winner of the John Lennon Songwriting contest - and a DIY effort to reach fans using social networks. Both have built Ben an incredible following, one that continually keeps his songs and albums on the top of the charts. Ben's last record INTO THE MORNING debuted at #5 on the iTunes pop chart, #10 on the overall chart, and #11 on Billboard's Heatseekers.

Check out the exuberant new song Let The Good Times Roll here: (approved to embed):

Along with early praise from ABC Music Lounge, Billboard, iTunes and others, Amazon will spotlight Ben in their "Artist On The Rise" program this October and November.


Kanye West Debuts Womenswear Collection In Paris

It’s finally here ladies! Kanye West debuted his much anticipated women’s wear ‘Dw’ line in Paris yesterday, and it was flawless! In true Kanye form, the deets of his spring 2012 collection was kept under wraps up until one day before the show. Judging by the looks that were paraded down the runway, his internship at Fendi and his stint as a designer for Louis Vuitton has paid off tremendously. After months of hard work and plenty of time, West unveiled his edgy, stylish yet very sophicated collection.

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Are Rappers Getting Too Girly?

The Associated Press is declaring a new trend has hit the hip-hop scene: men wearing clothing intended for women. The article name checks rappers like Lil’ Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, 50 Cent and of course Mr. Kanye West as rap artists who have rocked jewelry (or pants in Wayne’s case, and a shirt in Kanye’s) intended for women.

Elaina Kiam is the owner of Lia Sophia, a jewelry line which has become very popular with many of hip-hop’s leading men. “When we were designing these really beautiful, sparkly necklaces, we thought more for top editors, maybe a celebrity movie star. We really weren’t thinking about hip-hop,” Kiam told the Associated Press.

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Fine-tune your air cushion seat and let the music take you away...

1. Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons

2. Baby Come to Me: Best of by Regina Belle

3. The Promise by Bruce Springsteen

4. High Violet by The National

5. Cyrus DVD - Marisa Tomei

6. Gravity by Westlife

7. Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by My Chemical Romance

8. Bare Bones by Bryan Adams

9. Lost In Time by Eric Benet

10. ...Featuring Norah Jones by Norah Jones

11. Libra Scale by Ne-Yo

12. Lazy Afternoon by Regina Belle

13. Bare Bones by Madeleine Peyroux

14. Endlessly by Duffy

15. Bird on the Wire/the Songs of Leonard Cohen by Perla Batalla

16. Sound Advice by Patti Austin

17. Jazz in Me by Rossana Casale

18. Get Closer by Keith Urban

19. Born Free by Kid Rock

20. Body Talk by Robyn

21. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West

22. Not Music by Stereolab

23. Strani Frutti by Rossana Casale

24. Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj

25. Just Charlie by Charlie Wilson

26. Let Freedom Reign by Chrisette Michele

27. Riflessi Greatest Hits by Rossana Casale

28. Intimacy by Kem

29. Silver Pony by Cassandra Wilson

30. Floetic Soul by Floacist

31. Reachin Back by Regina Belle

32. Sacrificium by Cecilia Bartoli

33. 21 by Adele

34. Need You Now by Lady Antebellum

35. Lungs by Florence + The Machine

36. Pushing the Envelope by Gerald Albright

37. Second Chance (Deluxe Edition) by El Debarge

38. Now by Linda Eder

39. Moonlight by Steve Cole

40. Frank by Amy Winehouse

Best Female Albums - 2008

"As I look back at my growing collection, 2008 turns out to be a BIG year for music! There was a seemingly never-ending flow of strong female talent.

1. Thirteens by Leona Naess

2. Love Is Dead by Kerli

3. My Someday by Blondfire

4. President Of The LSD Golf Club by Hooverphonic

5. Some People Have Real Problems by Sia

6. Waves & The Both of Us by Charlotte Sometimes

7. A Good Day by Priscilla Ahn

8. Hideaway by The Weepies

9. Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart (2 CD) by Rachael Yamagata

10. Meiko by Meiko

11. Missing Hours by Missing Hours

12. Landing Gear by Ginger Mackenzie

13. Me and Armini by Emiliana Torrini

14. The Hollow of Morning by Gemma Hayes

15. Heavy Circles by The Heavy Circles

16. This Storm by Sonya Kitchell

17. Brooke Barrettsmith by Brooke Barrettsmith

18. Red Balloon by Sandra Mccracken

19. Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis

20. Limits Of The Sky by The Bridges

21. Addison Road by Addison Road

22. Delta by Delta Goodrem

23. Safe Trip Home by Dido

24. Lenka by Lenka

25. Dark Fades Into the Light by Sandrine

26. Honeysuckle Weeks (Dig) by The Submarines

27. A Beginning A Detour An Open Ending by Tina Dico

28. Unfold by MariƩ Digby

29. Home by Maple Bee

30. Drama (Dig) by Bitter:Sweet

Music For Dancing That I Do Appreciate It

"Here is a list with songs released by some rock artists/bands from the 90's or 00's that are danceable:

Bulletproof Heart by The Silencers

Mr. Jones by Counting Crows

Remedy by Black Crowes

Buddy Holly by Weezer

Confetti by Lemonheads

Star Sign by Teenage Fanclub

I Touch Myself by Divinyls

Car Song by Elastica

Cannonball by The Breeders

Feed The Tree by Belly

All I Want by Toad The Wet Sprocket

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Proclaimers

Jenny Ondioline by Stereolab

Motorcycle Emptiness by Manic Street Preachers

Animal Instinct by The Cranberries

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

Trash by Suede

Every You, Every Me by Placebo

Razzmatazz by Pulp

In Our Lifetime by Texas

Where I End And You Begin by Radiohead

This Is The Last Time by Keane

Think by Coldplay

Selfish Jean by Travis

Evil by Interpol

Spitting Games by Snow Patrol

Sky Starts Falling by Doves

Supermassive Black Hole by Muse

I Still Remember by Block Party

Float On by Modest Mouse

Rebellion (Lies) by Arcade Fire

This Is A Song by The Magic Numbers

Golden Age by TV on the Radio

Black Velveteen by Lenny Kravitz

Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall."


1. Brothers by The Black Keys

2. Rock Garden by Ty Tabor

3. Moonflower Lane by Ty Tabor

4. Lungs by Florence + The Machine

5. Memento Mori by Flyleaf

6. Awake (Deluxe) by Skillet

7. Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea by Black Stone Cherry

8. Bon Iver by Bon Iver

9. Born This Way (Special Edition) by Lady Gaga

10. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

11. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes

12. Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj

13. /\/\ /\ Y /\ [Deluxe Edition] by M.I.A.

14. XV by King's X

15. Somewhere In The Stratosphere (2CD/2DVD) by Shinedown

16. Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li

17. Vices & Virtues by Panic! at the Disco

18. Pretty. Odd. by Panic! at the Disco

19. Is This Hyperreal by Atari Teenage Riot

20. Good News for People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse

21. Remember To Live by Flyleaf

22. Comatose by Skillet

23. Pala by Friendly Fires

24. Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon

25. Only by the Night by Kings of Leon

26. Brand New Eyes by Paramore

27. Strum Sum Up by Doug Pinnick

28. Codes And Keys by Death Cab for Cutie

29. Green Naugahyde by Primus

30. Live Love in London by King's X

Foreigner - Feels Like The First Time Reviews (Critic Reviews for Foreigner - Feels Like The First Time at Underground Music)

Based on 1 critics - Overal Score:  20/ 100

If only they had skipped the second disc..... which I refer to as "Feels like the Worst Time". The first CD of unplugged treatments of mostly classic foreigner songs is good...some of the arrangements different enough to even be called fresh and sadly the last track ...the Elvis tune "That's All Right" is so good it makes me wish they would have not retreaded Foreigner songs but attacked classic tunes. The third disc...the DVD is not the previous Sound Stage show but a more recent one...that said...its starting to get old...the same set the same licks on the previous Sound Stage, the Ryman Theatre and now this....but its a nice hour and a half. Now together these are worth the 12bucks it will cost you at Walmart. I should add... I like the new singer and band...I'm seeing them in a few weeks in concert.

Critic Reviews for 'George Benson - Guitar Man' at Underground Music

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Based on 1 critics - Overal Score:  70/ 100

All Music - 70/100: Guitar Man, George Benson's second offering for Concord stands in contrast to 2009's Songs and Stories, though is not an about face. While the earlier album focused on Benson's proven, decades-long formula for pop and smooth jazz -- a group of of easy grooving tunes featuring his silky voice and shimmering guitar work -- this set focuses (primarily) on Benson as a contemporary jazz guitarist.