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The Adventure Media & Events (AM&E) team is headed to Las Vegas for Licensing Expo, taking place May 24-26, 2022, and I'll be there! For the first time, the AM&E team will be exhibiting at Licensing Expo with all-new issues of The Toy Book and The Pop Insider making their debut at the show. If you're headed to Las Vegas,...
America is in trouble. As I type this, it's Sunday night, capping off an exceptionally violent weekend from coast to coast. I may be hyper-aware of it because here in Illinois, Chicago has largely reverted to the "Adventures in Babysitting Chicago" of the mid-1980s: a dirty, scary place where you don't want to take your kids. And it, like much...
It's time to kick off the new week with a cross-genre jam that's dedicated to all of those who power through, hustle hard, and get the job done. The Avila Brothers enlisted Billy Ray Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, and DJ Quick for "A Hard Working Man," and following the release of the single earlier this spring, now there's a music video...
The Black Keys is gearing up to release its new album, Dropout Boogie, on May 13 via Nonesuch Records, and now the duo has a second single to share. “It Ain’t Over” was penned by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney in collaboration with Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright. Check out the "official visualizer" below... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC5GxpxQS9w   Dropout Boogie features collaborations with...
The sudden death of country music legend Naomi Judd shocked the music industry and the world at large ahead of The Judds' induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame this weekend. Naomi Judd's passing was revealed by her daughters Wynonna and Ashley in a statement issued via Twitter and Instagram. "Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our...
Depeche Mode's 1990 hit "Enjoy the Silence" is one of the most oft-covered tracks from the band's extensive catalog, and the covers tend to come in waves every few years. This year, both Leo Moracchioli and OHP have put their stamp on the tune, but dozens of artists have taken a shot at it, including No Use For A...
A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll: two iconic brands are teaming up for a new fashion collection to celebrate 75 years of history. Wrangler x Fender is an exclusive collection of denim and graphic tees that are built around what the companies call "the defining black and blue lived-in denim uniform worn by guitarists for decades." For...
It's been in the works since 2020, and now, Hit Parader's No Cover is dropping the curtain on its first season. The reality series focuses on "changing the lives of unsigned artists," and it flips the script on the typical formula by focusing on original music — no cover songs. Hosted by Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens) Caity Babs (SiriusXM),...
It's spring here in Illinois, and it's been unusually (or, "unseasonably" as the weatherperson would say) cold and wet. While we await warmer temperatures to get out and garden, it's never too early to start thinking way ahead — into fall. When it comes to pumpkins, Illinois is the King — consistently growing more pumpkins than anywhere else in the...
The Blue Blur is speeding back into action on April 8 when Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hits theaters. Of course, Sonic needs some tunes, and this time around, it's Kid Cudi checking in with the only original song featured in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. New Music Friday kicks off with the music video for "Stars In The Sky," a...