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Jon McLaughlin

Beautiful DisasterJon McLaughlin. Indiana.

Last.Fm Bio:
Not to be confused with the jazz-rock guitarist John McLaughlin (of Mahavishnu Orchestra fame), Jon McLaughlin (born September 27, 1982) is a piano-playing pop/rock singer-songwriter from Anderson, Indiana. His debut album Indiana was released on May 1, 2007, preceded by his first EP Industry, also known as Jon McL, in February, 2007. In 2008, McLaughlin returned with lead single “Beating My Heart”, which is available on iTunes. The song is a part of his previous album called OK Now, confirmed on his official site. OK Now was released on October 7th, 2008. He gained fame with his cameo appearance in Disney’s Enchanted. Released in early September 2011 in the US, Forever If Ever is Jon’s 3rd major label release and his newest album to date. It could previously be downloaded on Amazon’s website and the compact disc bought at his personal website. However, seeing as the album will have a re-release with additional tracks and a new name “Promising Promises”, the first release has been ultimately shelved. Only the lucky early buyers have a hold of these songs until they are re-released in May 2012. The lead single preceeding the album is “Summer Is Over” featuring the singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. It was released in late January 2012.

Bonus Song: Summer Is Over. Forever if Ever.

Artist Pages: Official Website
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Daily Song


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Song: We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monae)
Album: Some Nights
Genre:  indie pop, alternative, pop, rock

Fun. is an indie pop band from New York formed in 2008 by Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format. He formed the band with Andrew Dost from Anathallo and Jack Antonoff from Steel Train. Their debut album, Aim and Ignite, was released August 25, 2009.

The band has recently signed with record label Fueled by Ramen.

On September 14, 2010 fun. released a deluxe version of “Aim & Ignite” in both Canada and America which included the original 12 tracks, as well as two remixes by R.A.C, music videos, and a newly recorded song called “Stitch Me Up”.

Songfacts reports that their song We Are Young featured on the TV show Glee during its December 6, 2011 episode “Hold On to Sixteen.” It was performed after the end of Sectionals in the auditorium of McKinley High. The version by the Glee Cast debuted at #12 on the Hot 100 on the following week, spurring fun.’s original to enter the same chart at #53.– Excerpt from Last.Fm

The song can currently be heard in the Chevy Sonic commercial.

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Daily Song


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Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars

Song: Safe and Sound
Album: The Hunger Games
Genre: country, pop, singer-songwriter, acoustic

Taylor Swift (born December 13, 1989 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania) is an American country pop singer-songwriter and actress.

In 2008, her albums sold a combined four million copies, making her the best-selling musician of the year in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Forbes ranked Swift 2009’s 69th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $18 million. In January 2010 Nielsen SoundScan lists Swift as the top-selling digital artist in music history with over 24.3 million digital tracks sold. To date, she has sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

The Civil Wars consists of John Paul White, hailing from Florence, AL and Joy Williams, originally from Santa Cruz, CA, but now residing in East Nashville. The duo’s chance meeting fueled an immediate songwriting chemistry and creative synergy. Their second show ever, performed at a sold out Eddie’s Attic, was recorded and released as a free digital album.

Barton Hollow, the full-length debut from The Civil Wars, was released February 1 (Sensibility Music). According to the Barton Hollow Songfacts, it debuted at #1 on iTunes’ album sales chart and at #12 on the Billboard 200. The album came on the heels of a breakout year for the duo, whose remarkably successful free/live album has been downloaded over 100,000 times. Additionally, their 2009 four song EP, Poison & Wine, debuted at #4 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Top Albums chart. The EP’s title track and first single was played in full on “Grey’s Anatomy” (episode 609, “New History”) and its accompanying music video has been viewed over 415,000 times on YouTube. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Daily Song


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Sophie Hunger

Song: Shape
Album: Monday’s Ghost
Genre: singer-songwriter, folk, female vocalist, pop

Sophie Hunger (born Emilie Jeanne-Sophie Welti, March 31, 1983 in Bern) is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter based in Zürich, Switzerland. Her independently released second album Monday’s Ghost (2008) stayed at the top of the Swiss charts for several weeks and caught the attention of critics abroad. The Guardian described her as “Laura Marling, Beth Orton and Björk in one folk-rocking package”.

Hunger began her recording career as a member of the band Fisher, where she billed herself as Emilie Welti. The band released one album, Fisher (2005), before she embarked on a solo career as a singer/songwriter, changing her performance name to Sophie Hunger.– Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Daily Song


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James Morrison

Song: You Make it Real
Bonus Song: Once When I Was Little
Album: Songs for You, Truths for Me
Genre: singer-songwriter, soul, pop, acoustic

James Morrison (born James Morrison Catchpole in 1984) is a singer/songwriter from Rugby, Warwickshire, England. He says that his musical influences include Al Green, Otis Redding, Cat Stevens and The Kinks.

At 13 Morrison began to learn guitar when his uncle showed him how to play a blues riff. He started busking when he lived at Porth near Newquay, in Cornwall. After years of playing other musicians’ songs, he eventually started to write his own. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Daily Song


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Avalanche City

Song: Love Love Love
Album: Our New Life Above the Ground
Genre:  indie, folk, indie pop, pop

The story of Avalanche City begins in a house, alone, for hours and hours each day for months, slowly learning how to sing by process of scales, recording, and self critique.Six months after taking the first steps towards singing, Dave Baxter played his first solo show as Avalanche City. Six months after the first show, one year after beginning the process of teaching himself how to sing, the first tracks were laid for Avalanche City’s debut album Our New Life Above The Ground.

Armed with a sack full of vegetarian single serve curries Dave Baxter headed into the countryside and moved into a little community hall called the Kourawhero Hall, just north of Auckland. There he spent the week alone recording and playing everything himself with only the cows and the milk trucks as company. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Daily Song


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Regina Spektor

Song: Us
Album: Soviet Kitsch
Genre:  Anti-folk, indie rock, baroque pop, blues, pop

Regina Spektor was born on 18th February 1980, in Moscow, ex-USSR, and moved to the United States when she was nine. Spektor studied classical piano from the age of six, practising on a Petrof piano given to her mother by her grandfather. She was also exposed to the music of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues by her father, who obtained such recordings in Eastern Europe and traded cassettes with friends in the Soviet Union. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

Spektor’s songs are not usually autobiographical, but rather are based on scenarios and characters drawn from her imagination. Her songs show influences from folk, punk, rock, Jewish,Russian, hip hop, jazz, and classical music. Spektor has said that she works hard to ensure that each of her songs has its own musical style, rather than trying to develop a distinctive style for her music as a whole. – Excerpt from Wikipedia

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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Daily Song


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