Staff Picks

  • Leigh Hooper
    Published 3 months ago
    Tunes to Get Grooving To (Part 11)

    Tunes to Get Grooving To (Part 11)

    Hi all!
  • Vocal Curation Team
    Published 3 months ago
    To the Beat: November 2019

    To the Beat: November 2019

    We’re back! Here's a brand new playlist featuring the songs and artists you loved in November. We’ve got a bit of everything in this edition of To the Beat, from lo-fi indie jams to pop hits and everything in between. This month’s roundup features an impressive array of genres, artists, and styles, so thanks for sharing your unique sound with us! Give the playlist a listen before you start exclusively listening to Christmas music; we promise it’s worth it! Whether you feel like jamming out to an old favorite or you’re in the mood to discover something new, we’ve got you covered.
  • Alliyah Becerra
    Published 3 months ago
    Celebrities If They Were Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    Celebrities If They Were Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    It’s that time of the year again. Where we sip pumpkin spice lattes and watch the leaves change colors. Frozen turkeys and pumpkin pies slowly make their way into our grocery stores and our mouths water in anticipation for the big day.
  • Jose Soto
    Published 4 months ago
    Shakira: Once Only a Latino Act, She Is Now a True Staple of Globalization

    Shakira: Once Only a Latino Act, She Is Now a True Staple of Globalization

    I first heard Shakira in 1995 while accompanying my mother as she ran some errands. Sitting in the backseat of the car, I took interest in a song which began to play on the radio. The musical style of the song was familiar; similar to the songstress aesthetic of the 90's crafted by artists such as Joan Osborne, Alanis Morissette, and Jewel. However, the voice was not familiar whatsoever. What was more surprising is that she was singing in Spanish.
  • Bralen Williams
    Published 4 months ago
    Top Albums of 2019

    Top Albums of 2019

    2019 was another year for music. There is been so much good and bad projects overall. Even though the year isn’t technically over, 2019 has had some great albums. Different artists this year I think tried to expand more than fans what were used to hearing and tried experimenting. It worked for some artists and didn’t work for others as well. On the other hand, many artists created projects that I personally enjoyed. Some can agree that these were albums to highlight the year.
  • Aidan Black
    Published 4 months ago
    How I Got My Track on Spotify Editorial Playlists

    How I Got My Track on Spotify Editorial Playlists

    On the 26th of July I released my track "Take It Back." It hit several big Spotify Editorial Playlists and racked up 100,000 streams in the first two weeks.
  • James Crawford
    Published 4 months ago
    My BandLab Addiction

    My BandLab Addiction

    I love BandLab and, as far as I know, BandLab most certainly loves me.
  • Vocal Curation Team
    Published 4 months ago
    To the Beat: October 2019

    To the Beat: October 2019

    To the Beat is back with a new roundup curated from all your October stories. This month’s playlist is chock-full of hits, including everything from spooky soundtracks to emotional ballads that take us back a few decades. We had creators sharing their passion for so many different styles of music and diverse artists, and we couldn’t be more grateful for that. We’ve already added some of these tracks to our personal favorites, and we’re sure you’ll find something new that you’ll love too!
  • Bralen Williams
    Published 4 months ago
    New School: Hip-Hop’s New Leading Class

    New School: Hip-Hop’s New Leading Class

    Hip-Hop has been around for many years and has told the story of how different people are struggling and can relate to each other. Hip-Hop is about sharing your struggles and realizing everyone who listens have that one thing in common and you can turn it into art. I have been listening to hip-hop for years now. I grew up on rap greats like Nas, Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, 50-Cent, Eminem, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and many more. Ever since then, I have started paying real close attention to what these musical geniuses say. Now in this generation, only a few people are actually continuing to do what hip-hop has been for the last years and making it into the right way. I pay attention to the lyrics, which help people relate and listen. Also, I listen to authenticity as rappers talk about real-life situations and not fake things, and trying to be someone they are not. I recommend some new listeners take this into perspective of these new artists. I believe after listening for a long time, these 10 rappers of the new school are finishing the path “old school” rappers started.