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Musical Transcendence for Parents & Kids

Our friend Chris Ballew is our guest editor this week. He sent this family-focused piece while on a trip to Japan, just in time for Father’s day! In it, he discusses the transcendent power of music shared between parents and children. He also shared this fantastic playlist to let our readers hear some of the sounds behind his inspiration.   The[…]

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Coachella Survival Guide: Rhapsody’s Top 50 Must-See Artists

Not able to join the sweltering congregation outside of Palm Springs this year? Don’t fret; we’re giving you a taste of Coachella right here with our definitive list of 50 must-see artists. Our team of editors put together a collection of must-see artists, like Drake, The Weeknd and Jack White, plus a mix from up-and-comers like Azealia Banks and indie[…]

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Wale – “The White Shoes” – Rhapsody Exclusive 24HR Premiere

Wale’s highly anticipated new album, The Album About Nothing, is out on Tuesday (March 31) and we are thrilled to premiere his newest single, “The White Shoes,” exclusively on Rhapsody. Starting at midnight (ET) on Friday (March 27), Rhapsody members will be the first to listen to the full track. But don’t wait to click play – “The White Shoes”[…]

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Spotlight: Unsung Hero Jocelyn Brown

When Jocelyn Brown appeared at a recent Manhattan street party in celebration of legendary Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan, thousands of revelers were reminded of her enduring vocal power. Although her name remains mostly unknown outside R&B and club music circles, she has appeared on literally hundreds of records — sometimes under her own name, sometimes in the background, and quite often as[…]

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Spotlight: Ripped-Off Riffs

It’s not news that sometimes two artists write a great song using the same riff. In 1994, Bush and The Offspring had hits with “Little Things” and “Self-Esteem,” respectively, which put the same chords in a different order and treated them like the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sons they are. Sometimes a familiar riff gets cannibalized intentionally — like when Coldplay sought permission from Kraftwerk to repurpose the[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Nikki Lane

When Nikki Lane left Greenville, S.C., for Nashville, she hoped to find some likeminded folks who shared her appreciation for both real, old-timey country and the awesome clothes the stars wore on the album covers. Lane scoured stores for vintage clothes and cool items from a bygone era, and sold them at a small store in East Nashville called High Class Hillbilly.[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Afrojack

Nick van de Wall has been one of the world’s biggest DJs for so long that it may come as something of a shock to recall that he has yet to record a solo album. That all changes now, as van de Wall — better known as Afrojack — finally drops his debut album, Forget the World. No figure better personifies the crossover[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Tori Amos

Tori Amos has never shied away from controversial topics. With her trusty piano by her side, Amos has unflinchingly sung about rape, religion, miscarriage and, most recently, menopause, offering up cleverly written songs that are sometimes sad, often angry, and always come from the heart. After a few years flirting with classical music, Amos, now 50, has returned to the piano-driven[…]

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New Music This Week: May 20, 2014

With summer right around the corner, things are heating up in the world of music. Judging by the singles released this week, gears are shifting to upbeat, summer-weather music — the kind best for blaring at the beach or booming from a convertible. Sound good? Then check out new singles fromLa Roux (“Let Me Down Gently”), 50 Cent (“Big Rich Town,” featuring Joe), Röyksopp (“Do It[…]

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Artist Spotlight: Nikki Lane

We here at Rhapsody are always on the hunt for exciting, innovative new musicians. So this year we decided to reinstate our Ones to Watch series, where we focus on one emerging artist for an entire month and provide you with exclusive content from the promising up-and-comer. For the month of May, we’ve chosen smoky alt country rocker Nikki Lane as our featured artist.[…]