2015 GRAMMY nominees!

The Recording Academy recently announced the 2015 GRAMMY nominees! It’s interesting to see what music rises to the surface when countless recordings are released every year. You can find the full list of nominees on the GRAMMY website, but here’s an overview of some of the most popular album-related categories.

Have you heard any of these albums? Who do you think will win?! Let us know in the comments.

Album of the Year

Beck – Morning Phase
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams – Girl

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek to Cheek
Annie Lennox – Nostalgia
Barry Manilow – Night Songs
Johnny Mathis – Sending You a Little Christmas
Barbara Streisand & Various Artists – Partners

Best Pop Vocal Album

Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
Ariana Grande – My Everything
Katy Perry – Prism
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Aphex Twin – Syro
Deadmau5 – While (1<2)
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Royksopp & Robyn – Do it Again
Mat Zo – Damage Control

Best Rock Album

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
Beck – Morning Phase
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
U2 – Songs of Innocence

Best Alternative Music Album

Alt-J – This is All Yours
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Cage the Elephant – Melophobia
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Jack White – Lazaretto

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Jhené Aiko – Sail Out
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Chris Brown – X
Mali Music – Mali is…
Pharrell Williams – Girl

Best Rap Album

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Album Preview: “Mutineers” by David Gray

David Gray MutineersAlbum
Mutineers

Artist
David Gray

Release date
Tuesday, June 17th

Label
+180 Records

Pre-order link
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Preview
English singer-songwriter David Gray is A Century Endsno stranger to putting out albums. Starting with his release of A Century Ends in 1993, Gray started making his mark as a modern folk artist who has been compared to the legendary Bob Dylan. The classic elements of his mostly guitar and piano driven indie-rock-sounding songs include thoughtful lyrics, downbeat tempos evoking a mellow mood, and surprising elements like electronic percussion, layered textures, echo and other effects.

Gray’s first four albums (released between 1993-1998) White Ladderwere well done, but unfortunately they were not met with popular sales or chart positions. All that changed in 2000 when Dave Matthews decided to re-release Gray’s fourth studio album, White Ladder, under his own label. The album’s popularity immediately soared, especially in Ireland—where it remained No.1 on the charts for a whopping span of two years and five months.

After White Ladder, Gray has been putting out successful albums fairly constantly, with occasional short hiatuses. Draw the LineIn 2009, his album Draw the Line featured vocals by well-known artists Annie Lennox and Jolie Holland. Within a year, Gray pumped out another album with similar sound elements called Foundling. His upcoming new release Mutineers will be his 10th studio album, and his first release in about four years.

Murfie preview

Video transcript
Kayla: “Hey guys, another album release is coming to Murfie on Tuesday, June 17th. David Gray is putting out his newest album, Mutineers. David Gray has been doing this since 1993, so he’s certainly not new. This is his 10th studio album, but it’s his first release in about four years. So he’s back in the world again, to use an awful pun based on the first track of his new album (“Back in the World”). His sound is still piano and guitar-driven—he is definitely a folk singer—but since he’s modern, it sounds a lot like indie rock because he uses electronic effects, and he uses layers to make his songs build and build which I think is really great. My favorite track that he’s released off the new album is called “Beautiful Agony”. It’s an example of how his song can start a certain way and it can build and become more powerful. It’s really beautiful, the way the song sounds, but it also sounds a bit sad and contemplative, so maybe that’s where he got the idea for the name “Beautiful Agony”. So he’s back in the world after four years—is he keeping it up with this album? A lot of people say he is, but it’s a bit less minimal than what he’s put out before. You can see for yourself! [Mutineers] is on our pre-order page, murfie.com/preorder.”

Audio-only version

Some teasers from Mutineers

Pre-order your copy of Mutineers today on our pre-order page! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC.