Country music artist Teea Goans smiles vividly when asked about being called a "keeper of the country flame." The Missouri native, who has just released Memories to Burn, her third album, simply considers herself lucky to be in a position to possibly introduce younger listeners to artists such as Gene Watson (the title track was a 1986 top 10 for the singer), Larry Gatlin or Ray Price. In that sense, might Goans be the female Marty Stuart?
How does a hip-hop artist flip a sample to make a sonically pleasing beat? For Charles Hamilton, the 27-year-old rapper and multi-instrumentalist, the whole process can be summarized in a mere 90 seconds.
Beyonce is the most-listened to artist among female listeners, Katy Perry tops the list for male listeners, and Rihanna rules overall, according to Spotify data released around International Women's Day (March 8)
Silento made a big debut at No. 33 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week with "Watch Me," his first (and only) release, which saw an 85 percent increase in streams in the past week. Why? Videos from fans who decided to follow his instructive lyrics -- "watch me whip, watch me NaeNae" -- resulted in 2.6 million domestic streams for the new artist.