In 1997, alt-country singer-songwriter Neko Case released her debut album, ‘The Virginian,’ which was half made up of cover songs originally recorded by expected and not-so-expected artists like the Everly Brothers and Queen. Very few people paid attention to it. But the record serves as an intro point to the follow-up album, 2000’s ‘Furnace Room Lullaby,’ which was credited to Neko Case & Her Boyfriends (and includes future New Pornographers bandmate Carl Newman). People paid attention to this one.
The Pornographer doesn't fall far from the tree. To say that 'Shutdown the Streets,' the third solo record from New Pornographers frontman AC Newman, sounds like the Vancouver band's work is understatement -- yet at the same time, the album is thoroughly his own.
For a guy with a new No. 1 record out, John Mayer has been keeping a relatively low profile. His latest LP, 'Born and Raised,' contains some of his quietest, most laid-back work, and he's been staying off the road to give his vocal cords time to heal following surgery. But that hasn't kept him out of the crosshairs of celebrity controversy.
The 'Hunger Games' is about to conquer its third medium. In addition to being a best-selling series of science fiction books, the film adaptation is set to open Friday, March 23 and will undoubtedly be a blockbuster. Today Billboard announced that the soundtrack, 'The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond,' released on March 20, will probably debut at No. 1 atop the Billboard 200.