There are so many styles of contemporary music that it is difficult to find what you want. These pages will help you to find the information more easily through targeted searches which are shown as links. Each section has information about artists, singers, dancers, and various styles of music to suggest topics that may help you find information of interest to you. This site also has information about musical instruments and electronic equipment to play music recorded on different kinds of media. You will also find tips about downloading free music and free concerts.
Johnny Cash is one of the most recognizable figures in country music. He was frequently dressed in black, and sang with a strong, resonant baritone voice. Johnny Cash realized a longtime dream in 1957 when he was invited to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Johnny Cash was not only a country music star, he was also inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Song Writers Hall of Fame.
Dolly Parton gained notoriety from her performances in Nashville. The fact that she has a large bosom, a small waist, and a sharp wit contributes to her charming personality. Her song "Nine to Five", which won and Oscar nomination, was featured in the 1980s film of the same name, where Dolly starred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
More Country Music Artists: Roy Drusky, Donna Fargo, Lefty Frizzell, Don Gibson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton, Jan Howard, Sonny James, Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton, Clint Black, Johnny Cash, Jeremy Castle, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kenny Chesney, Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Sammy Kershaw, Patty Loveless, Barbara Mandrell, Martina McBride, Lila McCann, Tim McGraw, Mindy McCready, Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, Brad Paisley, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, Sara Evans
Latin American music came to the United States via Hollywood. Many old movies feature Carmen Miranda with her exotic head ornaments dancing agitatedly to the rhythmic sounds of Brazilian rhumba and samba. The Lucille Ball show introduced the sounds of Cuban music when Lucille's husband "Ricky Ricardo" (Desi Arnaz) took the role of a band leader in the show.
Different musical styles started penetrating the U.S. as the Latin American population grew due to immigration. The Cuban community in Florida, which fled the Castro regime, spawned such stars as Gloria Estefan whose "Conga" song brought her much acclaim and longevity as an interpreter of Latin American music.
The new sounds of Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo, Bolero, and Argentine Tango became familiar as ballroom dancing gained popularity. Julio Iglesias teamed up with Willie Nelson to cross-over from strictly Spanish language to songs with English lyrics. Hispanics and Latinos now constitute the largest minority group in the United States. The diverse musical heritages brought by these new Americans has changed our musical landscape forever.
Top 10 Rap music and Hip-hop culture albums and artists in 2005:
1) Common - Be (With DVD). This deluxe collector's edition includes a bonus DVD offering an in-depth studio interview with both Common and Kanye West, along with live performances and a peek into the making of the album.
2) Chamillionaire - Sound Of Revenge. The rapper voted by the Village Voice as one of the top rappers on earth drops his eagerly anticipated major label debut.
3) Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business. Black Eyed Peas' fourth major label release sees the group capitalize on the crossover success of their international smash, 2003's Elephunk, offering danceable high energy tracks that should keep booties shaking and humps humping for a mighty long time.
4) Slum Village - Despite rampant doubt that ever-changing Slum Village could emerge from the fires of transformation, the trio-turned-different trio-turned-duo proves that not only have they endured, they've morphed into something their perpetual open-door policy wouldn't let them be - a bonafide group.
5) Geto Boys - Foundation. Original Geto Boys, Scarface, Willie D, Bushwick Bill, reunite for their second reunion album, and much to the delight of fans young and old it still sounds ill after nearly a decade. The originators of horrorcore stay true to the darkness of the game while adding ample amounts of humor.
6) The Roots - Home Grown!: Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 1 This first Roots compilation boasts classics as well as the unreleased track "You Got Me" featuring Jill Scott (as opposed to the Grammy-winning version featuring Erykah Badu).
7) Think Differently Music - Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture Pairing with illustrious indie producers, the band of lyrical emcees releases an ingenious collaboration that includes RZA and MF Doom?s single, "Biochemical Equation."
8) Ghostface Killah & Trife da God - Put It on the Line [DualDisc]. Guests on this hot double disc feature hip-hop legends Kool G Rap and Slick Rick, as well as fellow Wu Tang members Raekwon and The RZA. Also included is a DVD of live concert footage shot in New York City.
9) Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask. Two of the most innovative minds in rap (Danger Mouse and MF Doom) band together in this superhero-themed album that features guest artists, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo and Ghostface Killah.
10) Kanye West - Late Registration. As a new and more socially aware voice in the rap game, Kanye ups the ante on his follow up to the 3-time Grammy winning The College Dropout.