The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has released the nominees for 2019 induction:
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the nomination year. Six out of 15 nominees are on the ballot for the first time: Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, and Todd Rundgren.
Inductees will be announced in December 2018. The Induction Ceremony will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 29, 2019.
Ballots are completed by a voting body of more that 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. The artist’s musical influence, length and depth of career and body of work, innovation and technique are considered.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 9 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 9, 2018, fans can visit rockhall.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots. Fans will need to login to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.
Congratulations to all the nominees!
Singer-songwriter, Ben Smith has released a fantastic new album, Picardy (pronounced PIK-er-dee), his first full-length record since 2011’s Crooked Earth.
The new album is the latest in a long line of song projects Ben has taken on over the last 20+ years—with bands (The Gilroys, Wise and Foolish Builders, Missing Palmer West), solo records (2011’s Crooked Earth, 2013’s EP Ravine Road, 2015’s Das Define: a song suite), his annual Old Man Winter holiday song catalog, his songs-for-hire project Songsmith, and his in-the-works musical Page Two. The album’s first single, “That’s Why We Walk” “is all 80s bloated glory: big, fat synths and drum machines, earnest call-to-action lyrics”. More info: www.bensmithsongs.com
Check out Ben on the ECLECTIMANIAC Radio show this Wednesday, September 19th!
To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of The Hot 100 chart, what remains the gold standard for ranking America’s top songs each week, Billboard is celebrating by looking at the “best of the best”. As part of “The Hot 100 Turns 60”, the magazine has compiled various lists such as “Artists with the Most No. 1s” and “The 600 All-Time Top Singles”. Really fun stuff for the music buff. (The Top 5 Singles of all-time might surprise you!) Check it all out HERE.
Lenny Kravitz is back with his 11th studio album, “Raise Vibration”. Check out his latest interview at Billboard.com.
From Rolling Stone, one of the last extensive interviews with Aretha Franklin.
P.S. And this is one of my FAVORITE Aretha album covers…