On this Day in Music History: January 12, 1969

On this Day in Music History: January 12, 1969

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48 years ago, Led Zeppelin’s debut album, Led Zeppelin, was released in the United States by Atlantic Records. The album, which brought us “Good Times Bad Times,” peaked at No. 10 on Billboard. Critical reception to the album was lukewarm, but was a commercial success due to the band’s hard-rock sound which was gradually being adopted by the American and British counterculture. In 2004, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is currently ranked at #29 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Featured Music Friday: The Weight of These Wings

Featured Music Friday: The Weight of These Wings

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Grammy-winning Country star, Miranda Lambert, has released her first album since her high profile split from husband and fellow Country Music artist, Blake Shelton. Lambert’s sixth studio album, “The Weight of These Wings”, takes the listener on an impressive, 24-track, two-disc journey from heartbreak to new beginnings. Starting off strong, yet vulnerable in “Runnin’ Just in Case,” the album’s opening anthem skillfully weaves Lambert’s Southern charm and a steady marching drum beat, ending in Lambert’s proclamation that “There’s freedom in a broken heart,” setting a high bar for the album as whole, which it certainly exceeds.

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On this Day in Music History: January 5, 1979

On this Day in Music History: January 5, 1979

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On this day in 1979, funk-pop pioneer, Prince, made his solo performance debut in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. The concert took place at the historic Capri Theatre and a single ticket cost $4.75 at the door. Prince was only 20 years old and already signed with Warner Bros. However, executives from the label that attended the show told Prince he needed more time to further develop his music. In October of that same year, Prince released the album, Prince, containing hits “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” The album went Platinum. 

Pitchfork’s “The 50 Best Albums of 2016”

Pitchfork’s “The 50 Best Albums of 2016”

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As 2016 winds down and draws to a close, it is time to look back on the events – as well as the music – that helped shape and define a tumultuous year. Popular online music journal Pitchfork has shared their ranking of ‘The 50 Best Albums of 2016,” which features the bold and welcome return of A Tribe Called Quest after an 18-year hiatus, the final album from the otherworldly David Bowie, and not one, but both, of the Knowles sisters, who, in their albums Lemonade and A Seat at the Table, have redefined the modern protest song. Take a look to see if your favorite album of 2016 made the cut.

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