Pop

Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, Elton John

Steven Dunston: To Get Home Before Night Comes

Steven Dunston is a musician, author, web developer and a big fan of open source software (just like us!). Back in 2006 he released two albums on Jamendo and now hopes to bring us more of his melodic songs this year. "To Get Home before Night Comes" is an extremely well written & produced album that's just easy and relaxing to listen to. Steven's clear, soft and soothing voice makes it feel like the lyrics just flow directly into your ears.

Monk Turner: Love Story

Monk Turner’s Love Story is a fascinating concept album. It is a tale of romance that uses the Buddhist Tale of The Ten Bulls as its structure. Each track corresponds to the 10 parts of the classic Buddhist analogy so it will enhance your enjoyment of the album by first reading the tale. However Monk’s songs are entertaining enough on their own. They begin with a rap pastiche titled “Get up, Do Your Thing” which is a bit over-the-top but sweeter ballads like “Wave a White Flag (Surrender)” are on the mark and has a a bit of a Prince influence. My favorite track is the cute 50s tribute titled “We Do This All The Time”. This is a clever and fun album.

Unsigned Artists Radio – The Best of Indie Pop Vol 1

This album is a compilation of tracks from new, unsigned & independent artists featured at UARADIO.NET. Over 200 bands and independent performers from the UARADIO.NET network submitted tracks for this album. The compilation contains mainly pop tracks, some with a hit of rock, jazz or soul but most are melodic quality pop songs. This is a second torrent released by UARADIO.NET - the first featured The Best of Indie Rock. Hopefully we will see more "The Best Of..." compilations shortly - they are a great way to discover new & independent music to listen to.

Notes and Scratches: To the Other Side

Notes and Scratches is a pop (maybe even pop-rock) band from Chicago. They've been together since 2005 and to date released one other album entitled "Uh-Oh" (which is also licensed under CC and available for free download here). Now, after two years and two line-up changes, Notes and Scratches is ready to present their second record, "To the Other Side". Joshua Dumas, the principal songwriter, described this collections of pop songs as “the spaces between things: between past and present, remembering and forgetting, forever and never again.” He adds “this recording is an attempt to make sad songs feel celebratory. Regret and hindsight are often more complicated than a series of minor chords can reveal. I am hopeful these songs reflect some of that depth.”

Tiara Wiles: This is Tiara

Tiara has been singing since she was a child and it seems like she can't imagine her life any other way. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA singing in a choir and on her own all the way up to her senior year of high school, but her career really took of when she moved to Washington D.C. to attend Howard University. She started meeting people like-minded people who loved music as much as she did, giving her the confidence to work even harder towards her dream. Not much later Tiara met her current manager, Mic Sean, at one of D.C. music venues and everything started falling into its right place.

SXSW: 2009 Compilation

The South by Southwest SXSW music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States. For the fifth year in a row, SXSW has released a DRM-free, RIAA-safe collection of songs totaling 6 GB, which can all be downloaded for free, thanks to BitTorrent. For some of the previous editions, SXSW itself has offered torrents showcasing the artists scheduled to perform at the festival.

Jonathan Coulton: JoCo Looks Back

At the end of 2008 Jonathan Coulton teamed up with the Creative Commons in support of their fund raising drive and created a 1gb jump drive filled with his greatest hits. If that wouldn't be enough, he has also included unmixed audio files of all the songs so CC supporters could easily remix his compositions. All song files were 320kbps MP3s and all unmixed audio tracks were 256 VBR MP3s. Now the whole compilation is available for a free downloads on legaltorrents.com.