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Interview: Dan Croll Reveals How Girls, Alzheimer’s & ’90s Boy Bands Inspired His Debut

While talking with Radio.com, Croll shared the stories behind five songs off his debut, which include one that was inspired by the boy bands of the ’90s and another by J-pop. We’ll let you decide, which one of those is more surprising.

04/04/2014

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Drowners Do it All For Love on Self-Titled Debut

One part jangly guitar riffs à la The Smiths and one part disheveled punk, the Drowners love-filled debut is a testament to the gritty New York reality that’s helped craft perfect pop songs for generations.

01/31/2014

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How Hunter Hayes Scored a GRAMMY Debut for New Single ‘Invisible’

“The GRAMMYs actually heard the song and they stepped up right beside me, saying, ‘Hey, we hear you. We get it. We’re with you.”

01/27/2014

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Q&A: GRAMMYs Exec Producer Ken Ehrlich On Big Surprises & Beatles

GRAMMYs exec producer Ken Ehrlich on how Kendrick suggested a collabo with Imagine Dragons and what goes into getting Beatles together.

01/24/2014

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Behind the Song: Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care’

It’s a moody anthem that serves as the closing song on his 2013 album’ Two Lanes of Freedom.’ McGraw was drawn to it’s “timeless” quality.

01/23/2014

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Behind the Song: Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Merry Go ‘Round’

“When we were about to pick the first single I really lobbied for ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ because I’m out there every night and I can tell you, hands down this is the one people are connecting with. I’m really glad that was my first thing to say to the world.”

01/21/2014

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Behind The Song: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Diane Young’

Frontman Ezra Koenig on about how their hit single from the GRAMMY-nominated ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ went through a rough ugly duckling stage until they figured out that vocal effect—you know the one.

01/14/2014

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Behind The Song: Lorde’s ‘Royals’

“I think one of the first lines I wrote from that song,” Lorde told Radio.com, “which was, ‘We’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams,’ was in a diary that I had when I was like 11 or 12, so young.”

01/07/2014

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Interview: Lorde Wins Rookie of the Year — And Blows Away the Competition

Lorde titled her debut LP Pure Heroine, a fine if not dangerous play on words, pairing the slink and sex of broken rock n’ roll dreams with a model of feminine power. Little did she know that “Pure Heroine” would be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

12/19/2013

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Buddy Guy On Getting Keith Richards’ Guitar [Watch]

If waiting for a Google alert for “Stones tour” to yield some news becomes tiresome, fans can do far worse than re-watching the Stones’ 2008 concert film Shine A Light, directed by Martin Scorsese.

As chronicled in the documentary…

12/18/2013

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