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in album debut 'starfire,' caitlyn smith shows what songwriters can offer


there is the album and there is the mixtape. the former is a progression, infused with the sensibilities of the artist; the latter a progression infused with the sensibilities of the person curating the collection. these don’t have to be different things, particularly if the curator is also the songwriter and therefore accustomed to curating a collection for a variety of ears.caitlyn smith has combined the two in her debut album, “starfire.” it’s not an album, in the sense that it isn’t obviously thematically curated. it wanders around. it’s not a mixtape in that smith permeates every song. there’s the soaring voice, the unmistakable style. there is also an expected sensibility, despite the wandering, given that smith’s time as a songwriter in nashville.yes, she’s based in nashvillepeople






watch caitlyn smith bring down the house on jimmy fallon's show


the songwriter who's penned hits for meghan trainor and dolly parton performed 'contact high.' singer/songwriter caitlyn smith brought down in the house on jimmy fallon’s late-night nbc show tuesday night.the longtime songwriter, who’s penned hits for meghan trainor and dolly parton, performed “contact high” during her television debut.at about the 3:30-minute mark, she drops to her knees and ???? belts ???? it ???? out.slayyyy.she then grabs a tambourine and jams with her band — like the queen that she is.the whole thing is worth watching — several times in a row. smith’s new album, “starfire” drops this friday.






one of the greatest songwriters in history


june 14, 2017, 12:00 pm future has accomplished something that no other artist in music history can currently claim. the atlanta rapper, whose real name is nayvadius demun wilburn, had two different albums debut atop the billboard 200 on consecutive weeks. he accomplished that feat when his eponymous fifth album soared to no. 1 in february, followed seven days later by his sixth album, “hndrxx”...






jay z to become 1st rapper in songwriters hall of fame


new york — jay z will become the first rapper ever inducted into the songwriters hall of fame when he enters the prestigious organization in june.the songwriters hall announced wednesday that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including kenneth "babyface" edmonds, max martin and jimmy jam & terry lewis will also be part of its 2017 class.the organization's 48th annual induction and awards dinner takes place june 15 in new york.three members of chicago — robert lamm, james pankow and peter cetera — as well as motown founder berry gordy, who deferred his induction in 2016, will also be inducted.jay z is the first rapper to be nominated for the songwriters hall. songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. jay z, who released his debut album "re






jay z will be inducted into songwriters hall of fame


congratulations are in order for jay z, who is now the first rap artist ever inducted into the prestigious songwriters hall of fame.read: jay z is reportedly launching a venture capital fundchic’s nile rodgers announced the honorees on cbs this morning today (feb. 22). in addition to jay, the 2017 inductees are kenneth “babyface” edmonds, berry gordy, jimmy jam and terry lewis, members of chicago and max martin.“the truth is that the revolutionary people who come up with the next level of classical music are always the ones that go ‘hmm, can i do this?’ and you do it,” said rodgers of jay’s historic honor. “so jay z was in a space where even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, he did it through rap, which is not traditionally considered part of the normal pop music scene.read






the kardashians aren't thrilled with caitlyn jenner's new book


almost two years ago, caitlyn jenner - then known as bruce jenner - sat down with abc's diane sawyer for a historic interview in which the former olympic athlete revealed, "for all intents and purposes, i am a woman."on tuesday, caitlyn released her memoir, "the secrets of my life," which chronicles many events throughout her life that led to her decision to transition and what the last two years have been like. co-written with journalist buzz bissinger, it's an absorbing read that delves into her childhood and olympic days, as well as her marriages. given that caitlyn is currently best known as part of the kardashians' e! reality-show empire, she offers up lots of details about america's most fame-loving family.some of the kardashian family members aren't thrilled with this development. o






grammys switching to online voting, changes top album rule


new york — the grammys awards are transitioning to online voting and have updated rules for its top category, album of the year.the recording academy announced new changes wednesday, including its official switch to online voting for its 13,000 members. voting for the 2018 grammy awards will take place in the fall and will include songs and albums released between oct. 1, 2016, and sept. 30, 2017.bill freimuth, the academy's senior vice president of awards, said the academy expects to attract younger voters and touring musicians who are away from home during voting season."it is something that has been long-desired, long-talked about and long-investigated," he said of online voting, which comes a year after the latin grammys made the switch.freimuth said there were concerns about security






caitlyn plunges on new most-popular list


by stephen ohlemacherwashington (ap) — the popularity of the name caitlyn has plummeted more than any other baby name, a year after caitlyn jenner announced her new name and gender.in fact, social security’s annual list of the most popular baby names shows that the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: caitlin, caitlyn, katelynn and kaitlynn.each year, the social security administration releases the top 1,000 baby names.emma was the top baby name for girls for the third year in a row. it was followed by olivia, ava, sophia and isabella.noah was the top baby name for boys, for the fourth year in a row. it was followed by liam, william, mason and james.the names that increased the most in popularity were kylo, jumping 2368 places, and kehlani, up 2487 places.






caitlyn plunges in popularity as baby name on social security's list


cbs/apmay 12, 2017, 12:42 pmwashington -- don't call me caitlyn. a year after caitlyn jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to social security's annual list of the most popular baby names. playvideocbsnmeet caitlyn jenner the olympian and reality tv star formerly known as "bruce" debuted on the cover of vanity fair as "caitlyn jenner". entertainment tonight corresp... in fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: caitlin, caitlyn, katelynn and kaitlynn. all four versions of caitlyn fell out of the top 1,000 baby names.  "it was inevitable," said laura wattenberg, founder of babynamewizard.com. "caitlyn was already falling in popularity. now it is suddenly controve






california sounds: pearl charles teases her debut album, and kaitlyn aurelia smi


pearl charles, “sleepless dreamer” (kanine). the first video from the los angeles native’s debut album, which comes out in early 2018, arrives after she earned buzz through a cassette ep for the orange county label burger.charles is a charismatic, confident performer whose earlier work was less refined than “sleepless dreamer,” the album’s title track. as in the video, the guitar-driven song rolls along with the ease of a cruise down pacific coast highway. as if tom petty were riding shotgun, charles and band capture a certain southern california essence.pearl charlespearl charlessee more videosthe video presents charles in various between-state settings — driving down the highway, gazing at herself in a mirror, snuggling with a long-haired lover, bathed in red neon light, ascending stairc






harry styles documentary to debut on apple music following debut album release


a documentary that chronicles the creation of harry styles’ highly anticipated solo debut is set to premiere on apple music."harry styles: behind the album” will be available exclusively on the streaming service beginning may 15, just days after styles’ self-titled record arrives. produced by fulwell 73, the film chronicles the recording process of the album and follows styles as he worked in jamaica, los angeles and london. “i’ve never had the process of making a full album in the way that i did with this one … i kind of wanted to see if i could write something that people liked without knowing everything about me,” styles says in the film’s trailer. a mix of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the film will also feature styles and his band performing songs from the album for the fi






don't call me caitlyn: baby name plunges in popularity


washington — don't call me caitlyn.a year after caitlyn jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to social security's annual list of the most popular baby names.in fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: caitlin, caitlyn, katelynn and kaitlynn."it was inevitable," said laura wattenberg, founder of babynamewizard.com. "caitlyn was already falling in popularity. now it is suddenly controversial."each year, the social security administration releases the top 1,000 baby names and uses the announcement to drive traffic to their website, where workers can start tracking their benefits long before they retire.emma was the top baby name for girls for the third year in a r






don't call me caitlyn: baby name plunges in popularity


washington — don't call me caitlyn.a year after caitlyn jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to social security's annual list of the most popular baby names.in fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: caitlin, caitlyn, katelynn and kaitlynn."it was inevitable," said laura wattenberg, founder of babynamewizard.com. "caitlyn was already falling in popularity. now it is suddenly controversial."the social security administration released its annual list of the 1,000 most popular baby names for 2016 on friday. the agency uses the announcement to drive traffic to its website, where workers can start tracking their benefits long before they retire.emma was the top bab






don't call me caitlyn: baby name plunges in popularity


washington — don't call me caitlyn.a year after caitlyn jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to social security's annual list of the most popular baby names.in fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: caitlin, caitlyn, katelynn and kaitlynn."it was inevitable," said laura wattenberg, founder of babynamewizard.com. "caitlyn was already falling in popularity. now it is suddenly controversial."the social security administration released its annual list of the 1,000 most popular baby names for 2016 on friday. the agency uses the announcement to drive traffic to its website, where workers can start tracking their benefits long before they retire.emma was the top bab






caitlyn, donald plummet among list of popular baby names


washington (ap) — don’t call me caitlyn.a year after caitlyn jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to social security’s annual list of the most popular baby names.in fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: caitlin, caitlyn, katelynn and kaitlynn.“it was inevitable,” said laura wattenberg, founder of babynamewizard.com. “caitlyn was already falling in popularity. now it is suddenly controversial.”the social security administration released its annual list of the 1,000 most popular baby names for 2016 on friday. the agency uses the announcement to drive traffic to its website, where workers can start tracking their benefits long before they retire.emma was the to






.they delivers their debut album, 'nü religion: hyena'


up and coming los angeles-based duo, .they, are two of the most talented r&b singers and songwriters of this generation. to showcase their undeniable talent, dante jones and drew love have officially released their debut album, nü religion: hyena.the 15-track effort is featureless and includes their lead singles, “deep end,” “u-rite,” and “what you want.” back in december 2016, vibe spoke to the mind of a genius records signed singers about their style, among other interesting topics.read: next: r&b is taking many directions and music duo they. is creating their own“there’s a lot of flavor and mix of different sounds out there. i brought all of those influences and blended them when i met this guy,” said drew. “everybody’s out for their self. that’s why it’s hard to really make it out ther






harvard student submits rap album as his senior thesis


boston — a senior at harvard university is earning praise — and an honors degree — for his debut rap album.harvard officials say obasi shaw is the first student in the university's history to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in the english department.shaw is from an atlanta suburb and describes his album as a moody take on what it means to be black in america.the album draws on geoffrey chaucer's 14th-century classic "the canterbury tales" and other literary works. it received the equivalent of an a-minus grade, enough to guarantee shaw will graduate with honors next week.shaw says he was surprised by the positive response from harvard.rap and hip-hop have drawn growing academic interest from colleges, some of which now offer minors in hip-hop studies.






songwriters hopeful for better pay under trump


bart herbison is executive director of nashville songwriters association international.(photo: samuel m. simpkins / file / tennessean.com) 424 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — nashville songwriters association international executive director bart herbison offers his thoughts about how president trump's administration could help songwriters with a major qualifier."these are the kinds of stories that can get you in trouble. nsai, our party is not democrat. it's not republican. it's not independent,” herbison said, adding that the songwriters’ party is the we don’t get paid enough because we’re under stupid rules songwriter party.“i want to be careful because i’ve never seen a time more polarizing.”ed sheeran accused of song theft in copyright lawsuitherbison said that nsai’s job is to “f






songwriters hopeful for better pay under trump


bart herbison is executive director of nashville songwriters association international.(photo: samuel m. simpkins / file / tennessean.com) 426 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — nashville songwriters association international executive director bart herbison offers his thoughts about how president trump's administration could help songwriters with a major qualifier."these are the kinds of stories that can get you in trouble. nsai, our party is not democrat. it's not republican. it's not independent,” herbison said, adding that the songwriters’ party is the we don’t get paid enough because we’re under stupid rules songwriter party.“i want to be careful because i’ve never seen a time more polarizing.”ed sheeran accused of song theft in copyright lawsuitherbison said that nsai’s job is to “f






songwriters hopeful for better pay under trump


bart herbison is executive director of nashville songwriters association international.(photo: samuel m. simpkins / file / tennessean.com) 429 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — nashville songwriters association international executive director bart herbison offers his thoughts about how president trump's administration could help songwriters with a major qualifier."these are the kinds of stories that can get you in trouble. nsai, our party is not democrat. it's not republican. it's not independent,” herbison said, adding that the songwriters’ party is the we don’t get paid enough because we’re under stupid rules songwriter party.“i want to be careful because i’ve never seen a time more polarizing.”ed sheeran accused of song theft in copyright lawsuitherbison said that nsai’s job is to “f






songwriters hopeful for better pay under trump


bart herbison is executive director of nashville songwriters association international.(photo: samuel m. simpkins / file / tennessean.com) 429 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — nashville songwriters association international executive director bart herbison offers his thoughts about how president trump's administration could help songwriters with a major qualifier."these are the kinds of stories that can get you in trouble. nsai, our party is not democrat. it's not republican. it's not independent,” herbison said, adding that the songwriters’ party is the we don’t get paid enough because we’re under stupid rules songwriter party.“i want to be careful because i’ve never seen a time more polarizing.”ed sheeran accused of song theft in copyright lawsuitherbison said that nsai’s job is to “f






songwriters hopeful for better pay under trump


bart herbison is executive director of nashville songwriters association international.(photo: samuel m. simpkins / file / tennessean.com) 425 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — nashville songwriters association international executive director bart herbison offers his thoughts about how president trump's administration could help songwriters with a major qualifier."these are the kinds of stories that can get you in trouble. nsai, our party is not democrat. it's not republican. it's not independent,” herbison said, adding that the songwriters’ party is the we don’t get paid enough because we’re under stupid rules songwriter party.“i want to be careful because i’ve never seen a time more polarizing.”ed sheeran accused of song theft in copyright lawsuitherbison said that nsai’s job is to “f






songwriters hopeful for better pay under trump


bart herbison is executive director of nashville songwriters association international.(photo: samuel m. simpkins / file / tennessean.com) 427 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — nashville songwriters association international executive director bart herbison offers his thoughts about how president trump's administration could help songwriters with a major qualifier."these are the kinds of stories that can get you in trouble. nsai, our party is not democrat. it's not republican. it's not independent,” herbison said, adding that the songwriters’ party is the we don’t get paid enough because we’re under stupid rules songwriter party.“i want to be careful because i’ve never seen a time more polarizing.”ed sheeran accused of song theft in copyright lawsuitherbison said that nsai’s job is to “f






songwriters hopeful for better pay under trump


bart herbison is executive director of nashville songwriters association international.(photo: samuel m. simpkins / file / tennessean.com) 423 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — nashville songwriters association international executive director bart herbison offers his thoughts about how president trump's administration could help songwriters with a major qualifier."these are the kinds of stories that can get you in trouble. nsai, our party is not democrat. it's not republican. it's not independent,” herbison said, adding that the songwriters’ party is the we don’t get paid enough because we’re under stupid rules songwriter party.“i want to be careful because i’ve never seen a time more polarizing.”ed sheeran accused of song theft in copyright lawsuitherbison said that nsai’s job is to “f






songwriters hopeful for better pay under trump


bart herbison is executive director of nashville songwriters association international.(photo: samuel m. simpkins / file / tennessean.com) 417 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — nashville songwriters association international executive director bart herbison offers his thoughts about how president trump's administration could help songwriters with a major qualifier."these are the kinds of stories that can get you in trouble. nsai, our party is not democrat. it's not republican. it's not independent,” herbison said, adding that the songwriters’ party is the we don’t get paid enough because we’re under stupid rules songwriter party.“i want to be careful because i’ve never seen a time more polarizing.”ed sheeran accused of song theft in copyright lawsuitherbison said that nsai’s job is to “f






songwriters hopeful for better pay under trump


bart herbison is executive director of nashville songwriters association international.(photo: samuel m. simpkins / file / tennessean.com) 415 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — nashville songwriters association international executive director bart herbison offers his thoughts about how president trump's administration could help songwriters with a major qualifier."these are the kinds of stories that can get you in trouble. nsai, our party is not democrat. it's not republican. it's not independent,” herbison said, adding that the songwriters’ party is the we don’t get paid enough because we’re under stupid rules songwriter party.“i want to be careful because i’ve never seen a time more polarizing.”ed sheeran accused of song theft in copyright lawsuitherbison said that nsai’s job is to “f






caitlyn jenner memoir's version of life with kris jenner creates a new rift in t


as caitlyn jenner's just-published memoir "the secrets of my life" pulls back the curtain on her gender transition and her life among the kardashians, not everybody is taking it well. especially not kris jenner.details about the olympian-turned-reality star's decision to transition in 2015 from bruce jenner to caitlyn jenner and confirmation that she had her final gender reassignment surgery are all in the book, but some dishy material about the kardashian matriarch is reverberating with fans and upsetting the reigning first family of reality tv.the memoir, co-written by buzz bissinger, who penned the vanity fair article that introduced caitlyn jenner to the masses, has some kind words for the momager, including admiration for kris' connections, her business acumen and her ability to perfe






[wm] & [cm] magazine download


download download worship musician and christian musician magazine feature columns written by well-respected musicians that are intended to offer practical help to worship teams and songwriters to improve their skill. featured interviews have included chris tomlin, matt redman, matt maher, hillsong, bethel music, phil wickham, david crowder, paul baloche, brenton brown, mia fieldes, laura story, darlene zschech, louie giglio, lincoln brewster, martin smith, kari jobe, kim walker-smith plus many more. also featured are record and gear reviews.






aminé gears up for debut album 'good for you'


after reaching triple-platinum status for his 2016 single, “caroline,” up-and-coming talent, aminé, is finally ready to spill the details surrounding his debut studio album. good for you will reportedly arrive this summer.read: amine just scored himself a triple platinum single with “caroline”in celebration of the album news, the oregon native unveiled the album’s cover art on twitter on thursday (june 22), giving fans a pervy preview of him in the bathroom. the image depicts the rapper reading the newspaper while sitting on the toilet naked. the album title is written above his head in graffiti-like print in front of a yellow background.read: missy elliott & aj tracey hopped into aminé’s “redmercedes” for the remixover the past couple of months, aminé has rolled out a couple of singles an






local teens cash in on slime-making trend


at an age known for peer pressure and friend wars, chicago 13-year-olds caitlyn garofoli and zoe martin have discovered the recipe for junior high success:3 tbs glue1 tsp borax2 tbs waterwhen mixed together with a few other enhancements, the teens make pots of slime — a stretchy, gooey substance that is the tween and teen fad du jour."at school, everybody will talk about it. some people will have it in their backpack and at recess they'll play with it. other kids talk about it at lunch, or whenever we can during class," said caitlyn, who, along with zoe, decided to cash in on the trend by opening an online business called chicago_slime.in just three months, the girls have sold more than 100 tubs of their product. that's $500 worth of slime to customers across the u.s. without any advertisi






local teens cash in on slime-making trend


at an age known for peer pressure and friend wars, chicago 13-year-olds caitlyn garofoli and zoe martin have discovered the recipe for junior high success:3 tbs glue1 tsp borax1 cup waterwhen mixed together with a few other enhancements, the teens make pots of slime — a stretchy, gooey substance that is the tween and teen fad du jour."at school, everybody will talk about it. some people will have it in their backpack and at recess they'll play with it. other kids talk about it at lunch, or whenever we can during class," said caitlyn, who, along with zoe, decided to cash in on the trend by opening an online business called chicago_slime.in just three months, the girls have sold more than 100 tubs of their product. that's $500 worth of slime to customers across the u.s. without any advertisi






kali uchi, jorja smith release "tyrant" collaboration


columbian born singer kali uchis has been living on our playlists since last spring when “only girl” became a mainstay on our laptop screens. read: tyler, the creator, kali uchis & austin feinstein’s “perfect” videoafter appearing on the gorillaz humanz highly anticipated album last month, the songstress is back with a new single from her forthcoming as-of-yet-titled album. with u.k. singer jorja smith, she finds her zone on “tyrant,” a moody song about pursuing love event if the outcome is guaranteed to be disastrous. this made its world debut today on zane lowe’s beats 1 radio show.read: kali uchis and juanes are cooking things up in the studio






reflecting on elliott smith's 'either/or' through its loving, extensive reissue


the elliott smith wall is still — sort of — standing on sunset boulevard in silver lake. the red, white and blue swirl outside the old solutions speaker repair shop served as a backdrop for smith’s 2000 album “figure 8” and was, for years, a place for fans to leave little hand-drawn memorial messages to the late singer-songwriter.now a big square of it has been removed to make room for a window looking onto a new wine spot called bar angeles. the name is nominally a tribute to smith’s song “angeles,” from his beloved 1997 album “either/or.” say what you will about that as a metaphor for how l.a. has changed in the 14 years since smith’s death (you can still find the old segment of wall inside the bar, and a more garish smith portrait popped up on a mural down the street).but at least it’s






harry styles interview: writing his new album was 'like therapy'


the' self-titled debut album from the one direction singer comes out friday.        






nas announces his next album will drop some time this year


it looks like nas is getting ready to release the follow up to his 2012 lp, life is good.in an interview with billboard, where the brooklynite discussed mass appeal’s partnership with collaborative workspace wework, he was also prompted on the whereabouts of his 12th studio-album. he said that “for sure” it will drop some time in 2017.read: nas warns about the dangers of “angel dust”as for the title of the album, the “angel dust” mc said that he may not have a name for his next body of work “till release.” however, he does have some ideas for what he and his team may be doing for the album rollout.“we might do a single but we might do something different,” he explained. he and wework vice chairman michael gross said that they enjoy how artists like edm group the chainsmokers release materi






nas announces his next album will drop some time this year


it looks like nas is getting ready to release the follow up to his 2012 lp, life is good.in an interview with billboard, where the queens discussed mass appeal’s partnership with collaborative workspace wework, he was also prompted on the whereabouts of his 12th studio-album. he said that “for sure” it will drop some time in 2017.read: nas warns about the dangers of “angel dust”as for the title of the album, the “angel dust” mc said that he may not have a name for his next body of work “till release.” however, he does have some ideas for what he and his team may be doing for the album rollout.“we might do a single but we might do something different,” he explained. he and wework vice chairman michael gross said that they enjoy how artists like edm group the chainsmokers release material fr






harvard student submits first rap album thesis, gets an a-


a senior at harvard university is earning praise – and an honors degree – for his debut rap album. harvard officials say obasi shaw is the first student in the university’s history to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in the english department.shaw is from an atlanta suburb and describes his album as a moody take on what it means to be black in america. the album draws on geoffrey chaucer’s 14th-century classic.the album draws on geoffrey chaucer’s 14th-century classic the canterbury tales and other literary works. it received the equivalent of an a-minus grade, enough to guarantee shaw will graduate with honors next week.shaw says he was surprised by the positive response from harvard.rap and hip-hop have drawn growing academic interest from colleges, some of which now offer minors in