Pop music is a crazy industry, even more so in our fractured age. It’s crazy how many songs can be blowing up in some corner of the world, online or off, without ever spilling over into the mass consciousness. It’s crazy how many of those songs actually do spill over without some of us realizing … More »
Is it a bad idea to cover an Ariana Grande song? Probably yes, right? Ariana Grande is the moment’s dominant pop star, and she’s got a lot of great songs, songs that you might find yourself singing tunelessly at red lights or whatever. But she’s also got a feather-light, effortlessly showy voice, the kind of … More »
When the world met Alessia Caracciolo three years ago, she was the awkward teenager enduring a house party where she did not belong: “Somewhere in the corner under clouds of marijuana/ With this boy who’s hollering, I can hardly hear/ Over this music I don’t listen to.” Over the same Bond-worthy Isaac Hayes … More »
Do you remember what you were doing the night of December 31, 2016? Just after midnight, I was at home watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, still smarting from Ohio State’s brutal loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff, when onto my screen bounded Mariah Carey, apropos of nothing. Carey … More »
The name Ocasio derives from the Spanish “ocasión,” which means what you think it means: an occasion, a time. According to Ancestry.com, most people named Ocasio are Puerto Rican, in heritage if not in residence, and the word’s “meaning as a surname” is unclear. More »
Entercom recently announced their lineup for this year’s “I’m Listening” campaign — a live, commercial-free broadcast to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention.
Set to air September 9 at 7:00am local time on live streams via the Radio.com app as part of National Suicide Prevention Week, the broadcast will feature a variety of music, film, and sports role models. The special will have call-in opportunities and an interactive website for listeners to share stories and discuss resources for help.
Influencers featured on the show this year are Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Mike McCready and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Academy Award-winning actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto, Stone Temple Pilots, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and more.
After Chester Bennington died in 2017 from suicide, his bandmate, Mike Shinoda, released his first solo album, Post Traumatic, about his journey out of grief and darkness. He told Billboard, “In most parts of the world, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. I hope that sharing my personal story, in music and conversation, helps open up the door to new discussions and awareness about mental health.”
Last year, the broadcast featured Halsey, Logic, and Metallica. The iconic rock band said, “Talking about it is the most important thing.” Bassist Robert Trujillo reminded fans, “It’s not a sign of weakness to see a doctor when you are depressed.”
The special will be hosted by Seattle KISW-FM personality BJ Shea and, feature clinical psychologist and NowMattersNow.org CEO Dr. Ursula Whiteside as well as co-founder and executive director of Concussion Legacy Foundation, Dr. Chris Nowinksi. For more information about the I’m Listening campaign, visit their website here. If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
I am sitting on a folding chair in the middle of a football field. A few dozen yards in front of me stand two video screens several stories high, each angled slightly toward its respective side of the stadium, converging at the center of the stage like two sides of a triangle. A gargantuan rig … More »
Ariana Grande will headline the Amazon Music Unboxing Event in New York City tonight — joined by Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, and Kelsea Ballerini — to promote the upcoming Amazon Prime Day, a day and a half of Amazon deals that begins 7/16. Grande will perform her classic hits and tracks from her forthcoming album … More »