8 New Holiday Albums Worth a Spot in Your Yuletune Collection

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By now we are all snow boot-deep in yet another holiday season filled with yuletide logs, office holiday parties, ugly Christmas sweaters and drunk uncles. But even with all that, no crazy holiday season is complete without the perfect soundtrack. While this year doesn’t have A-plus offerings like 2013’s releases from folks like Michael Bublé and Kelly Clarkson, there are still a handful of new works worthy of a spot in your holiday music collection.

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Philly Voice Finalist Matt McAndrew Premieres New Single, Duets With Adam Levine

UArts graduate Matt McAndrew is holding strong in the top four on The Voice. Last night, the finalists had a chance to show their prowess with a handful of performances, one of which was a original tune that will become their first record. McAndrew chose a touching song called “Wasted Love.” Check out his performance below.

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WATCH: Man Treated to Private Concert By Bob Dylan at Academy of Music

Bob Dylan performed at the Academy of Music last month, but before the audience piled in one lucky fan had the opportunity to get a private show from the legendary singer-songwriter.

Experiment Ensam convinced Dylan to play a show for Fredrik Wikingsson, who sat alone in the immense Academy of Music and listened to Dylan perform a set that, according to SPIN, included Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat” and Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill.”

Wilkingsson said the experience left him feeling a “flood of emotions,” and that he “wasn’t far from crying.”

How he wasn’t bawling his eyes you I’ll never know. Check out Wikingsson’s experience in the video above.

PHOTOS: Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, and Ariana Grande’s Dimples at Jingle Ball 2014

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Ariana Grande and dancers at Jingle Ball 2014. | Photo by HughE Dillon

A handful of pop music’s biggest stars were in Philadelphia last night for Q102’s annual Jingle Ball at the Wells Fargo Center. HughE Dillon was there to photograph the acts, which included everyone from Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande to Sam Smith and Nick Jonas. He also gathered a few juicy tidbits about some of the stars:

  • Nick Jonas was spotted at Capital Grille for lunch on Wednesday before the concert, and at the Cantina on East Passyunk for dinner.
  • Jake Miller performed at pre-party at XFINITY Live! and introduced Sam Smith on stage at Jingle Ball.
  • Pete Wentz was a random celebrity on the red carpet, and didn’t do anything other than that.
  • Ariana Grande was the only celebrity not to walk the red carpet; she insisted all photographers shoot her from stage right, and not use any photos that didn’t show her sparkly dimple.

See the sparkly dimple-full photos from the evening below:



WATCH: The Roots Back Up ILoveMakonnen On “Tuesday” On The Tonight Show

Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Atlanta hip-hopper ILoveMakonnen (aka Makonnen Sheran) performed his much-raved-about “Club Going Up On a Tuesday” for the first time on television.

Pitchfork gave the tune “Best New Song” status in August, when it appeared on ILoveMakonnen’s latest EP, I Love Makonnen. There’s a remix featuring Drake, and Miley Cyrus has sung the song’s praises, but last night it was Philly’s The Roots who were there to back up ILoveMakonnen for his performance.

Check it out above.

LISTEN: Nicki Minaj Debuts New Single Featuring Philly Rapper Meek Mill

Nicki Minaj chose Philly radio station Power 99 to debut her latest single from her upcoming album, The Pinkprint. The song is called “Daddy,” and, fittingly enough, it features Philly-bred rapper Meek Mill.

Minaj no doubt chose Philly as the song’s launching pad to support Mill, who was just released from prison last week. He had been serving since July for violating probation. Mill himself is working on a new album, Dreams Are Worth More Than Money, which doesn’t have an official release date.

You can hear him on Minaj’s The Pinkprint when it comes out December 15th, and in the Soundcloud “Daddy” clip below.

Meek Mill’s Getting Out of Prison Today

FOX 29 reports that Philly rapper Meek Mill (aka Robert Williams) will be released from prison early this afternoon.

He was sentenced to three to six months in July for violating probation. His release comes with the stipulation that he must do community service and treatment. He is also restricted from traveling outside of Philadelphia, so keep your eyes peeled for a Meek Mill sighting.

Perhaps now he’ll have time to finish up his delayed sophomore album, Dreams Are Worth More Than Money.

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