Singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw is back in action with one of the most up-tempo tunes of his music career, “Best I Ever Had.” Check out the musician performing the new song during his recent visit to New York radio station 95.5 WPLJ:Read More »from Gavin DeGraw interview: Does ‘Best I Ever Had’ sound like Train’s ‘Drive By’?
- Grace Stanisci | Sound Check – Mon, 22 Jul, 2013 10:25 AM EDT
- Grace Stanisci | Sound Check – Fri, 19 Jul, 2013 9:52 AM EDTGeorge Pimentel/WireImage
This year has been a great one for Canadian pop/rock band Marianas Trench.
So far, the Vancouver quartet has taken home the Juno Award for Group of the Year, received the most nominations at the MuchMusic Video Awards for the second year in a row, signed a deal with Cherrytree Records/Interscope Records, and met Sting.
However, along with their popularity surge comes an increase in the circulation of false stories, and Marianas Trench’s drummer Ian Casselman decided clear up a few misconceptions about the band while talking to Yahoo! Canada Music.
“I’ve heard [rumours] that we’re doing hard drugs, or something like that, and I’m like, ‘If anybody in this band were doing hard drugs you would get kicked out immediately,’” the musician said.
He went on: “Josh has a history with drugs and he can’t be aroundRead More »from Drummer Ian Casselman talks about the misconceptions of Marianas Trench
- Daniel Bettridge | Sound Check – Thu, 18 Jul, 2013 10:49 AM EDTPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Aaaaaaagggggghhhhhhhhh One Direction! Aaaaaaaaaggggggghhhhhhh!
...Sorry about that. But like the army full of Directioners who worked themselves into a frenzy on Twitter earlier on Thursday, we just can’t keep our excitement to ourselves.
Of course, One Direction fans typically don’t need an invitation to get hysterical. But this time around, at least, they had something of an excuse: the first full version of the Brit boy band’s upcoming single was leaked online. Most of it has been scrubbed from the Internet (for now), but clearly not quickly enough.
The knowingly titled “Best Song Ever” isn’t officially released until Monday when the boys will debut the song alongside its hilarious looking video on their YouTube page, but some cheeky rascal managed to get a holdRead More »from One direction fans go nuts as ‘Best Song Ever’ gets leaked online
- Daniel Bettridge | Sound Check – Mon, 15 Jul, 2013 12:58 PM EDTJason Merritt/Getty Images
A chorus of boos has sprung up in Halifax, where plans to have Chris Brown headline an upcoming concert have courted controversy.
On Friday it was announced that the volatile R&B star is set to perform on Aug. 31 at the Energy Rush event in Alderney Landing. Not surprisingly, the plans have created a backlash from the public over the singer’s past incidents.
Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 and despite making a return to the charts (and even winning a Grammy in 2012), has regularly courted controversy ever since.
“It makes me kind of sick, to be honest with you, that someone like this will be performing in Halifax,” said Mayor Mike Savage in response to the news. “Those of us who are in public life – I’m in public life, he’s in public life – you have to be responsible for your past actions, and I think it sends a very, very wrong message to everybody.”
Nova Scotians took to social media sites to share in their Mayor’s outrage at the announcement, even setting up an online petition against Brown's performance.Read More »from Rogers cancels sponsorship after Halifax residents protest Chris Brown concert
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This year marks Hanson's 21st anniversary as a band, and to celebrate their milestone, brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac have created their own beer called Mmmhops, planned a world tour, and released their new album “Anthem.”
We all know Hanson because of such ubiquitous tunes like 1997's “MMMBop” and “I Will Come To You,” along with 2000’s “This Time Around.” But as the Hanson brothers have gotten older, their music has also matured over the last decade and a half.
So, would the Hanson of today listen to the Hanson of the late 1990s?Read More »from Exclusive: Would Hanson listen to Hanson?
- Grace Stanisci | Sound Check – Fri, 5 Jul, 2013 12:14 PM EDTJimmy Page. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
On July 3, a guitar once owned and played by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page went up for sale during an entertainment memorabilia auction at Bonhams in London. The instrument fetched a whopping £26,250, which works out to around $41,300 in Canadian dollars.Read More »from Led Zeppelin guitar sells for over $41,000 at auction
- Grace Stanisci | Sound Check – Thu, 4 Jul, 2013 1:21 PM EDT
Brampton, Ont.’s Ebony Oshunrinde is in the spotlight after earning a producing credit on Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta... Holy Grail.” Now, it seems like the music world has opened their eyes (and ears) to the talents of WondaGurl after hearing the song, "Crown."
“A lot more people want to work with me now,” Oshunrinde told the Toronto Star. “It’s pretty cool … It’s a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it … Anybody can be successful. It doesn’t matter where you’re from.”
The 16-year-old artist created the stage name WondaGurl as a take off from Canadian producer Boi-1da's moniker (pronounced “Boy Wonder”), whom she met while competing at Battle of The Beat Makers.Read More »from Jay-Z taps Ontario teenager WondaGurl for ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’ album track
- Grace Stanisci | Sound Check – Thu, 4 Jul, 2013 10:44 AM EDT
While on her “Diamonds World Tour,” Rihanna stopped by a karaoke bar in Cologne, Germany -- and by the looks of things, she was having the time of her life performing tracks by No Doubt and Kings of Leon.
“She had just ordered some drinks and fries for the table then just decided to get up and sing,” a witness told the Mirror. "It was nice to see her having a lot of fun and she was clearly enjoying herself on her time off."Read More »from Rihanna covers No Doubt and Kings of Leon at karaoke
- Grace Stanisci | Sound Check – Wed, 3 Jul, 2013 2:34 PM EDT
Festivalgoer Heidi Wesson, 33, went into labour two weeks prematurely at the concert and delivered a daughter at 3 a.m. on June 30. Wesson named her daughter Ivy, after the site’s Ivy Mead Medical Centre where she gave birth.
"Thanks to everyone for looking after us,” Wesson wrote on Facebook after the event, reports Metro. “We are over the moon and a little shattered ;-) xxx ps: sorry for interrupting your night off Nana bloody love you xxx.”Read More »from Baby girl born shortly after Rolling Stones concert at Glastonbury Festival
- Grace Stanisci | Sound Check – Wed, 3 Jul, 2013 12:04 PM EDT(Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
Prior to hitting the stage at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on July 2, Justin Bieber revealed that he had a surprise for his Oklahoma City Beliebers.
On May 20, a deadly tornado devastated the city of Moore in Oklahoma. According to CBC News, the twister measured three kilometres wide and was the cause of destruction in more than 10,000 homes and killed 24 people, leaving 400 injured.
Oklahoma’s News 9 reports that multiple elementary schools were also destroyed in May, one of which being Plaza Towers Elementary.
Plaza Towers Elementary school student Kayle Edwards, who got to go to Bieber’s concert, told News 9, "I feel really happy. My house is half way gone, my room is the worst room in the house. I came [to the concert], it makes me feel a lot better."
After its posting, the Canadian singer’s tweet gained a life of its own, earning almost 60,000 retweets and prompting messages of gratitude from fans eager to say thank you to the superstar for donating tickets to worthy cause.Read More »from Justin Bieber gives 200 concert tickets to Oklahoma tornado survivors