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JON BON JOVI

Jon Bon Jovi

JON BON JOVI

  • By RICH ANDREW

Songwriter, philanthropist, and the quintessential rockstar. The great Jon Bon Jovi keeps giving us everything we’ve ever wanted — timeless love ballads, powerhouse vocals, and beautifully bad ass rock ’n roll.

Bon Jovi: 2020 marks his fifteenth studio album boasting ten tracks about topical subjects that capitalize on the singer’s social consciousness. The record’s first release Unbroken speaks poignantly to the reality of war veterans battling PTSD. And the second single Limitless is about braving the brutal world with poetic lyrics that crescendo into a sweeping chorus. Both tracks capture Bon Jovi’s signature raspy belt, prove the band’s massive staying power in the music industry, and tease a brilliant album of emotionally charged rock anthems.

During these trying times, the band’s contribution to their fans continues long past the music. Bon Jovi recently performed at the Jersey 4 Jersey benefit show to help the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. He has emboldened his fanbase with a supplemental track called Do What You Can, inviting them to add their own lyrics and share their experiences about the pandemic. And his nonprofit chain of JBJ Soul Kitchens continues to generously provide meals for those folks in need struggling to feed their families, where you might even find Bon Jovi himself washing dishes alongside his staff. The man is an icon. Bon Jovi: 2020 drops March 15th.

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ROLLING STONES

The Rolling Stones’ Living in a Ghost Town

ROLLING STONES

  • By MICHAEL JACOBO

Many artists have been releasing new music during quarantine. Dua Lipa dropped her electric-pop sophomore album Future Nostalgia. Sister rock group Haim have been dropping singles from their delayed third album. Artists working from home have also joined the party. And even, the Stones.

It was quite the surprise last week when legendary rock band the Rolling Stones dropped a new single. Now that’s a weird sentence for two reasons. First, the Rolling Stones were part of the first British Invasion in music back in the ‘60s. The first. And they are still making music. Now second, the Stones don’t “drop” singles. Lady Gags drops singles. The Stones unleash music. Their new track, the aptly titled “Living in a Ghost Town” talks about lockdowns, and, yeah, living in a ghost town. Sounds like they wrote it when all this went down, right? Wrong. Mick Jagger co-wrote the song with bandmate Keith Richards a year ago. Jagger claims it’s “odd” that it’s being released now, given the lyrical content.

The music video features several tracking shots of an empty city of London, one that can mirror the empty streets of New York City or Los Angeles. The song itself is classic Stones: hints of bluegrass, funky bass lines, and of course, Jagger’s rockabilly voice that sounds like it did on their landmark 1966 album Aftermath.

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DUA LIPA

Dua Lipa

DUA LIPA

  • By ALEX BROWN

We all have that one song that when it comes on, we have to turn it up, belt it out or shake what our mama gave us. But it is especially noteworthy when nearly every song from an artist reaches that level. That artist right now is Dua Lipa. 

British by birth but Albanian by background, Lipa burst on the seen when she released her self-titled album in 2017, garnering wide attention with songs “IDGAF” and “Be the One.” But it was her smash single “New Rules” that finally put her on the top of the charts in both the UK and the US.

In the intervening years between 2017 and 2020, Dua Lipa struck a nerve with “One Kiss”—a collaboration with Calvin Harris—which earned her a Brit Award for Song of the Year. Hot on the heels of that she collaborated with Silk City on “Electricity,” which earned her a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.

And if anyone thought she was slowing down just listen to her second studio album Future Nostalgia featuring the cheeky breakup song “Don’t Start Now,” Olivia-Newton-John sampled “Physical” (just try sitting still to this one), and “Break My Heart” about falling in love with the one you’re supposed to avoid.

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PITBULL

Pitbull

PITBULL

  • By Kenne Hoffman

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, singer/songwriter/rapper Pitbull released a new single, I Believe That We Will Win (World Anthem) to inspire those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak to lift themselves up and rise above the situation. Many of Pitbull’s lyrics feel like inspirational life mottos and I Believe is no different! “You know what spreads faster than any virus is fear. Now when it comes to fear you can either forget everything and run, or you can face everything and rise! I believe, I believe!”

The Miami born and raised Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) has a history of uplifting lyrics that are motivating and encouraging. I Believe That We Will Win comes from a chant typically repeated in unison at sporting events. A friend showed Pitbull the chant on the internet and he knew that this was what the world needed now more than ever. The song was first heard on April 12 on the virtual Trillerfest and made its TV debut on Good Morning America the next day. An accompanying music video was released and Pitbull is donating all proceeds from song sales, streaming, and views to COVID-19 affiliated nonprofits such as Feeding America and the Tony Robbins Foundation. As we transition from these times of darkness back to light, it will be a world-wide movement that started in Pitbull’s backyard, the 305! I Believe That We Will Win has made a believer out of me!

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