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This “Sexy And I Know It” Cover Is Life Changing

posted by S. Russ

This rad cover of “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO is currently blowing up the internet and blowing ladies’ minds. Turns out this guy looks a lot like me, and he is from South Carolina where I lived for […]

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Why Couples Should Watch Ice Loves Coco

posted by S. Russ

I love my wife, and my wife loves reality television.  Generally I will play a video game or read a book while she watches the Kardashians, Say Yes to the Dress, and similar programs.  Those shows aren’t really my thing, […]

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The Sing-Off Episode 2!!

posted by S. Russ

Ohhhh yeeeah!!!  Second show time!!  This show started with a big group performance of that My Chemical Romance song “Sing” that apparently gave my wife chill bumps.  That’s cool, it looks like this week’s contestants are a lot more diverse […]

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The Sing-Off Episode 1!!

posted by S. Russ

Follow Beliefnet Music on Twitter! The Sing-Off is back!!!!  And so I’m back with overly-critical analysis of people who are way more talented than I am!!  Let’s get it started!! The festivities started with an epic 8 group rendition of […]

5 Reasons You Should Watch The Sing-Off

posted by S. Russ

There are tons of reality shows on television.  There’s dancing, singing, juggling blowtorches, and people yelling at each other.  So, why should you watch the Sing-Off?  Because it’s hosted by early 2000s heart throb Nick Lachey.  Need more reasons?  Alright! […]

More on 9/11 and Live’s “Overcome”

posted by S. Russ

Click here to follow Beliefnet Music on Twitter! On the main website I wrote an article about Steven Rosenbaum, the director of the 9/11 video for Live’s song “Overcome.”  If you haven’t seen it, check it out here.  I was […]

On Interviewing Switchfoot

posted by S. Russ

I recently had the opportunity to talk with two of the members of the stirringly-spiritual art rock band Switchfoot.  In case you haven’t seen the interview, you can check it out here.  Interviewing artists is by far my favorite part […]

New (Free) Music from The Gracious Few and Ben Folds Y’alls!

posted by S. Russ

Who doesn’t love free and new music?  Yesterday two of my favorite artists, The Gracious Few and Ben Folds, unleashed some new stuff on the internet.  Nothing major, two new songs, but hey new songs man!!   The Gracious Few, […]

A Little Ramadan Preview!

posted by S. Russ

In case you haven’t been able to tell (you have), this blog has been in a bit of a flux lately.  Since coming on full-time at Beliefnet I’ve been doing a lot – music interviews, updating faith pages, Twittering, writing […]

MTV Is Old Y’all

posted by S. Russ

Today MTV turned 30 years old, and I feel ancient. It’s hard to believe looking at the network now, but I have a lot of great memories of MTV.  Growing up through its “golden years” had its perks.  While MTV […]

The Voice: Team Adam Vs. Team Cee Lo

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! The Voice opened with it’s first two live eliminations of the season and showed immediately why it is a huge threat to the Idol dynasty.  Of the four contestants – two young […]

Rebecca St. James Is Off the Market

posted by S. Russ

Sorry fellas, your teenage Christian music crush has officially spurned you.  On Saturday Rebecca St. James married fellow musician Jacob Fink at an intimate ceremony in San Diego. Yes, she was always out of your league, but this makes it […]

Happy Friday Post! Amazon Cuts MP3 Prices Again!

posted by S. Russ

I shop music frequently, and this Friday I wanted to pass along to all of you dear friends the best advice I can.  Today that advice is to make Amazon your home for digital music.  No, I don’t work for […]

The Voice Premiere on NBC – Can It Destroy Idol?

posted by S. Russ

NBC is issuing the next battle cry against American Idol – The Voice.  The show brings together a coaching panel of the surgingly popular Cee Lo Green, diva Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, and country star Blake […]

Rethink Music with Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Damian Kulash, and Neil Gaiman

posted by S. Russ

8 songs in 8 hours.  That’s what artists Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Damian Kulash (OK Go), and author Neil Gaiman have been attempting from 4 pm to 12 am today.  The idea to write and […]

Winter Jam Is More Popular Than Justin Bieber

posted by S. Russ

According to Pollstar, Winter Jam is currently the most popular tour of 2011.  With a loaded Christian Contemporary bill and cheap ticket prices the tour has put 524,239 people in seats across the country.  That number tops tours by Justin […]

The Sing Off Auditions Begin!

posted by S. Russ

If you like music and you haven’t watched the NBC show The Sing Off, then you need to mark your calendar for next Winter!  The Sing Off is a vocal competition a la American Idol, but with a cappella performance […]

Record Store Day is Saturday!

posted by S. Russ

Record Store Day is one of the greatest days of the year – a day set aside to give business to your local record shops.  That is, if your local record shops haven’t gone out of business yet.  These Mom […]

U2’s 360 Tour Setting Records

posted by S. Russ

In an age of sagging record and ticket sales, U2 is poised to make history… again.  Their international 360 tour is projected make over 700 million dollars. That’s right Dr. Evil, 700 million dollars.  Can you even imagine 700 million […]

Pia Toscano Already Getting a Record Deal?

posted by S. Russ

Last week was a big week for Pia Toscano.  It began with a strong performance on American Idol, which many thought was one of the strongest of the night.  Then things took a turn when she was eliminated from the […]

Jars of Clay Takes On Robots

posted by S. Russ

I don’t understand why Jars of Clay is performing with robots on stage, but I do know that it is the first time I have seen anyone perform “I’ll Fly Away” with robots on stage.  That deserves recognition.  Is this […]

Derek Webb’s Feedback Drops Today

posted by S. Russ

Christian singer/songwriter Derek Webb is no stranger to creative controversy.  Typically the controversy comes out of his intense lyrics or in his touring practices, such as touring with openly homosexual Christian artist Jennifer Knapp.  Webb has developed a knack for […]

Monday Videos – Stephen Colbert, Rebecca Black, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Hicks, and Scott Stapp??

posted by S. Russ

Happy April everyone!  I hope that Spring has arrived at your house like it has here.  I just wanted to post a couple of fun videos to help you get your week started! Friday night Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, The […]

April Fool’s Day Post! – Tim Tebow To Release Christian Pop Album

posted by S. Russ

Superstar Broncos QB and outspoken evangelical made a big announcement today – he is releasing a Christian pop album.  The pigskin slinger isn’t known for his musical ability, but with the recent success of Rebecca Black I guess he figures […]

Arcade Fire Burns Justin Bieber

posted by S. Russ

In another victory for art in music, Arcade Fire took home the Juno award for Album of the Year Sunday night.  The Canadian band bested teen pop star Justin Bieber, whose album My World 2.0 was nominated in the same […]

Songs for Japan Brings Together Lady Gaga, The Boss, Eminem, and more!

posted by S. Russ

38 artists across many genres of music have teamed up to bring you Songs for Japan.  This 38 song compilation is available on Itunes for the ridiculously low price of $9.99!  Wow, do I sound like an informercial or what?  […]

Thursday Afternoon Links!

posted by S. Russ

Just a couple of neat links for today!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Everyone has to start somewhere, and I got my music blogging start at SceneSC.com.  Since that time it has become South Carolina’s best source for local bands, and […]

“Jesus Is My Friend” on Glee!

posted by S. Russ

If you watched Glee tonight then you might have heard a little gem called “Jesus Is My Friend.”  The original performers are a group called Sonseed, and I was shocked to learn that they have a wikipedia page.  This song […]

Lady Gaga, Japan, and Prayer

posted by S. Russ

Lady Gaga is no stranger to fashion, but this time it is for agood cause. The controversial pop singer is one of the firstcelebrities to pitch in with relief effort funds for Japan and israising money by selling prayer bracelets. […]

Some Things Never Change

posted by S. Russ

Since I mentioned my family in yesterday’s U2 post, I thought I should share a picture of them so that you can feel more connected to the story.  Here’s my favorite one: Yep, there’s my family, lovingly rendered by myself […]

Bonnaroo Line-up Is Awesome!!

posted by S. Russ

Typically Bonnaroo is an event that doesn’t appeal to me outside of one or two artists.  Over the years the 4 day Tennessee event has gotten increasingly better, and this year they really went all out.  There are so many […]

Treat Yourself – Free Music from Andrew Peterson!

posted by S. Russ

Andrew Peterson is offering the gift of free music through Noisetrade!  In exchange for a little promotion via Facebook or Twitter, you get a free tune!  Not a bad deal right? Check it out here!

PS22 Chorus Inspires at the Oscars

posted by S. Russ

Each year the musical performances at the Oscars are varied d engaging, but this years performance by the PS22 Chorus was particularly exciting.  In case you haven’t heard of this inspirational group, PS22 chorus is an elementary school chorus from a […]

Check out “Chartsweep”!

posted by S. Russ

Entertainment Weekly has shared a gem with the world in the form of “Chartsweep.”  It is a 75 minute medley of every number 1 hit from the 1950s to the 1990s.  You will hear so many hits that it will […]

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This "Sexy And I Know It" Cover Is Life Changing
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsvlsuLau5c[/youtube] This rad cover of "Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO is currently blowing up the internet and blowing ladies' minds. Turns out this guy looks a lot like me, and he is from South Carolina where I lived for many, many years. I am starting to

posted 9:43:05am May. 15, 2012 | read full post »

A Fond Farewell to the Sing-Off - or, WHAT!?! There Goes Another One of My Favorite Shows
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOKuAigsrec[/youtube] I would love to be able to stick my head in the sand like a TV executive. Now, granted, I don't know too much about what they do, but I know one thing that they do - make decisions that don't seem to make any amount of common sense.

posted 9:15:20am May. 15, 2012 | read full post »

Hot Problems - The Best Song Ever
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__HeE6NWmDE&feature=share[/youtube] I can relate to this.  Hot dudes have problems too.  I'm just glad someone was brave enough to speak about this powerful message.

posted 11:29:09am Apr. 20, 2012 | read full post »

Lionel Richie... What Are You Doing??
Pop and R&B legend Lionel Richie has suddenly popped on the charts again.  I love me some Lionel, and have since his glory days in the '80s, so I was excited to see what he had going on. I wish I hadn't.  Here's why: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAqz0AwLRjk&ob=av2e[/youtub

posted 4:12:07pm Apr. 19, 2012 | read full post »

Why Couples Should Watch Ice Loves Coco
I love my wife, and my wife loves reality television.  Generally I will play a video game or read a book while she watches the Kardashians, Say Yes to the Dress, and similar programs.  Those shows aren't really my thing, I'm more of a Justified/South Park/ kind of fellow.  Lately she has really g

posted 10:41:31am Apr. 18, 2012 | read full post »

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