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Nicole Hanratty brings you entertainment news at Life of a Rock Star where new music happens and things get charitable.



Top 10 mistakes new musicians make
Top 10 mistakes new musicians make really starts with the basics of promotion and getting your message across clearly to the right people. I see a lot of new music releases. Most of it is not worth listening to once much less passing on to my readers. Why? Musicians today are in a hurry to keep up with the fast paced internet world and want to keep their fans gratified constantly. But they miss the mark when they think that it is new songs and tracks that need to be released to satisfy the insatiable need for more. READ MORE

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13 Year Old Olivia Cella's cover of Taylor Swift "Blank Space" gives the mega hit theatrical sass
Olivia Cella's "Blank Space" Taylor Swift cover music video is by far the best we've seen yet. It grabs you with her sweet innocent young smile then hooks you with her shockingly powerful voice. At just 13 years old, Olivia Cella owns this cover bringing her own theatrical sass to the mega pop hit. All dressed up in the bathtub donning a tiara, Olivia Cella is an irresistible force tearing up magazines of tabloid news and relationships with boys that have gone down in flames. WATCH

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Top 5 Music Videos This Week (January 19, 2015)
Looking for new music? LOAR brings you hot videos we've got our eye on. Watch the Top 5 Music Videos This Week (January 19, 2015) compiled by our own Life of a Rock Star contributor Jake Castillo. Check out Jake's picks of his favorite music videos this week from bands Matt and Kim, CeaseFire, Odessa, MAX & Jared Evan, and Night Riots (pictured above).

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2015 Brit Awards highlight growing singer songwriter trend with James Bay winning Critics' Choice
The Brit Awards are next month and while voting is on so are the eyes of the music world in anticipation of which artists will win and emerge as the hottest new names in music. Singer songwriter James Bay with new album "Chaos and the Calm" expected out March 24th via Republic Records has been announced already as the 2015 Winner of the Critics' Choice Brit Award.

FKA twigs
FKA twigs "Pendulum" swings gravity
FKA twigs
plays with gravity in new music video release for "Pendulum." The artistic singer songwriter dance inspired video is as captivating and stunning as the artist herself. With half a million views already, FKA twigs has been nominated for a 2015 Brit Award highlighting this massive talent. WATCH HERE

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"Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack Tracklisting And Cover Art Revealed

The highly anticipated cover art and tracklisting for the Fifty Shades of Grey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Republic Records] has been revealed, it was announced today.  The soundtrack includes 16 tracks from legends and superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Beyoncé, and Annie Lennox as well as new and previously unreleased material from The Weeknd,Ellie Goulding, Skylar Grey, Jessie Ware, and more.  SEE MORE

Life of a Rock Star highlights new music setting trends, not following them.



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Freddy & Francine reunite at Hotel Cafe residency Jan 17, 24, & 31
In the vein of Ray Lamontagne, Civil Wars, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Freddy & Francine belt out soulful folk rock this month during a three date residency at Hotel Cafe. Check out this beautifully blended indie music duo's song "The Telegram" that will make you crave the one you miss with Freddy & Francine's longing voices that conjure up equal parts love and pain. LISTEN HERE

(photo above: Sam Smith live at 2014 MTV Music Awards, photo credit Nicole Hanratty for Life of a Rock Star)
Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Jessie J And Bleachers Added To Rock in Rio USA lineup in Las Vegas
Rock in Rio, the legendary music festival celebrating its 30(th) anniversary, has announced additional artists for the lineup of its first stateside edition, taking place May 8-9 and May 15-16 in Las Vegas. Over four days, the City of Rock, an open air venue located on The Las Vegas Strip, will welcome some of the biggest names in music including Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Linkin Park, No Doubt, Mana, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, among others. Tickets for the festival go on sale January 20. GET DETAILS

The Decemberists
The Decemberists "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World" out January 20, 2015
The Decemberists
—who will perform live on Jimmy Kimmel on January 22nd— have premiered their new album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World with an iTunes First Play exclusive album stream. Listen to the album in its entirety for a limited time at iTunesRadio.com/TheDecemberists. Customers who pre-order the album at iTunes.com/thedecemberists will instantly receive four tracks including “A Beginning Song” which was released today and can also be heard via a new lyric video. WATCH HERE

Jack Garratt
Jack Garratt "Remnants" cures your craving for organic raw sound
Life of a Rock Star can't close out 2014 without bringing you recently released Jack Garratt "Remnants" EP. Soulful enough to stop you in your tracks yet indie rock enough to cure your craving for organic raw sound, "Remnants" is four tracks that will transform your playlist. On the heels of this recent release, the alternative singer songwriter releases a new song this month via Interscope Records "The Love You’re Given,” which stirs up the soul while spooning down the funk in a brilliant infectious beat. LISTEN HERE

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Matt and Kim "Get It" with "New Glow" and lose your sense beat
The electric pop duo with the most energetic live show ever,
Matt and Kim, are releasing a new album "New Glow" and hot track "Get It" loses control and goes for gold! Watch below and try not to "sing along" and bop your smiling head to the lose your senses beat of these lovable rock stars. WATCH HERE