New Music Releases: Week of January 13, 2014

By: Jacob Elyachar,

Welcome to the first 2014 edition of New Music Releases!

In this edition, you will find a diverse group of artists representing multiple musical genres!

High Hopes Bruce Springsteen album

Despite the title of “High Hopes,” the Boss’s eighteenth studio album features too many fillers and not enough originals. (Album cover property of Columbia Records)

High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen

The Boss is back! Springsteen’s eighteenth studio album is filled with a collection of covers and new takes on old favorites.  As much I am a Bruce fan, some of the songs on the album might put people to sleep (ex: “Hunter of Invisible Game).  Despite that small issue, fans will receive chills when they hear “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and “High Hopes.” I hope that Bruce’s nineteenth studio album is filled with more quality originals than lackluster fillers.  B

Songs to Download: “High Hopes,” “Frankie Fell in Love” & “Heaven’s Wall”

ITunes Session by Florida Georgia Line

There is something about iTunes Sessions that makes each artist or group step up their game.  Florida Georgia Line’s crisp guitars and superb vocals will make any workday go faster plus will transport the listener to their local country bar! A-

Songs to Download: “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Friends in Low Places” & “It’z Just What We Do


Jennifer Nettles That Girl CD Cover

Jennifer Nettles’ solo album features an all-star group of singer-songwriters. (Album cover property of Mercury Nashville)

That Girl by Jennifer Nettles

Country darling Jennifer Nettles delivered a brilliant solo album! From her superb vocals to brilliant arrangements, That Girl has something for everyone.  Also keep an ear out from songs that were co-written from some of the music industry’s finest singer-songwriters including Richard Marx, Kevin Griffin and Sara Bareilles.  A

Songs to Download: “Moneyball,” “That Girl,” “Jealously,” “This One’s For You” & “Know You Wanna Know”

“I’m A Freak” by Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull

Enrique continues to tease his tenth studio album by releasing his latest English single: “I’m A Freak.” This song not only features Mr. Worldwide himself but also positions “I’m A Freak” to be a chart conquer later on this spring.  A-


Shakira and Rihanna duet

Two of the hottest women in the music industry team up for an explosive duet in the form of “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” (Photo property of Ace Entertainment)

Can’t Remember to Forget You” by Shakira feat. Rihanna

What I love about this song is the paring of two successful international songbirds! I thought that Rihanna and Shakira’s would not blend well together…boy…I was wrong! “Can’t Remember to Forget You” will definitely be a club banger and I hope that the duo perform this song on The Voice this year! B+

Eye of the Pyramid” by Will Champlin

Speaking of The Voice, one of my favorite artists that appeared on the fifth season of the NBC juggernaut released some new music.  Fans would love listening to the Middle Eastern-meets-alternative rock arrangement and hearing Will’s impeccable voice. If he continues to produce this quality of music, Will’s debut album will be filled of numerous musical KOs that fans will be talking about for years!  A+

I do not own the music that is sprinkled throughout the article! They belong to the artists and their respective record labels!

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