Aug 14

Sara Bareilles releases collection of demos from ‘Little Voice’ soundtrack

AppleTV+Want to hear how some of the songs from the Little Voice soundtrack first started? Sara Bareilles has released a collection of her demos from the Apple TV+ series.

Little Voice (Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack) Demos is available exclusively on Apple Music today. It features Sara’s stripped-down recordings for three tracks she composed: “Hemingway (Dear Hope),” “More Love” and “Simple and True.”

Last month, Sara unveiled an EP of the first five songs from the series’ soundtrack, recorded by the cast.

Sara is executive-producing Little Voice with J.J. Abrams, as well as providing the episodes with new original songs. The series follows aspiring singer-songwriter Bess King, played by Brittany O’Grady, as she tries to make it in New York City.

New episodes of Little Voice air on Apple TV+ every Friday.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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   Aug 14

New Music Friday: Charlie Puth, Powfu, Surfaces & Sam Fischer have new tunes for you

Sarah PardiniToday's New Music Friday features fresh tracks from Charlie Puth, Powfu, Surfaces and Sam Fischer.

Following the success of his single "Girlfriend," which has racked up 33 million streams, Charlie has teamed up with "Hot Girl Bummer" artist blackbear for a new song called "Hard on Yourself." It's a supportive message to a woman, telling her that she should just be herself. Charlie sings, "Try not to fall apart/You're perfect just the way you are/It will be all right/Why are you so hard on yourself?"

"Death Bed" singer Powfu has released a song called "Eyes Blue Like the Atlantic Part 2," a collaboration with Alec Benjamin, Italian producer Sista Prod and Rxseboy. Like "Death Bed," it has a somewhat complicated backstory.

Basically, what happened is this: A Vine artist named Ollie MN created the song's hook several years ago. Sista Prod then turned it into a full-length song, "Eyes Blue Like the Atlantic," which became big on TikTok.  Then Powfu, Alec Benjamin and Rxseboy got involved and recorded a whole new version, which is "Part 2."

Pop duo Surfaces has released a new version of their hit "Sunday Best," featuring a live piano and drums. The original version was certified platinum in June and reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Finally, "This City" singer Sam Fischer has released two tracks from his upcoming project, Homework, due out August 28.  Sam says one song, "Everybody's Got Somebody," is about "acknowledging your own toxic behavior and confronting the relationship or reality that messed you up." 

He says the other song, "I Got to Live," is about wanting to "make sure I lived in every single moment because you never know when it's all going to get taken away."

By Andrea Dresdale

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   Aug 14

Billie Eilish part of entertainment lineup for the 2020 Democratic National Convention

ABC/Eric McCandless Billie Eilish will be performing during the 2020 Democratic National Convention, which will air over a four-day period next week.

Other acts scheduled to appear include Common, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Stephen Stills, Leon Bridges and many more. They'll deliver a wide range of performances, from classic songs to original material.

This year’s convention will also feature a rendition of the national anthem from a very special ensemble: A 57-member youth choir representing all walks of life and the nation's 57 states and territories. The choir members will perform the patriotic standard from remote locations spanning the country.

"These artists are committed to engaging with, registering and mobilizing voters to get us over the finish line in November," says the DNC's program director, Stephanie Cutter

The performances will air across four nights from August 17 to August 20 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. In addition to the musical guests, the broadcast will feature appearances from national leaders, advocates and celebrities. More details will be announced in the coming days.

You can watch the official livestream on the DNC website, where you’ll also find a full schedule and more resources.

By Carena Liptak
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