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Since we’ve been off the grid, more or less, the last couple of weeks, we recognize that our latest contest, which looks to bestow upon four lucky winners a signed copy of Dana Countryman’s latest CD, Pop 3! Welcome to My Time Warp!, may have gotten lost in the shuffle of our inactivity.
So we’re extending the contest deadline to this coming Sunday, October 11, at 6 pm ET. All you have to do to enter is fill in the form below. Don’t forget to type your email address, and while you’re typing, be sure to put “Pop 3!” in the Comments box. That’s it. Send the form our way and, as they say, “You might win!”
As always, you must contend with the fine print: Only one entry per person. Entries must be received, as is noted above, by Sunday, October 11, at 6 pm ET. Void where prohibited by gumball drops and boxes of Yodels all stacked up neatly to the ceiling.
Good luck from your friends at Pure Pop Radio, the original 24-hour-a-day Internet radio station playing a steady, original stream of the greatest melodic pop music in the universe. Our playlist is now more than 7,600 songs strong, so you get the most variety of songs anywhere. Like us on Facebook and enjoy!
In conjunction with tonight’s brand-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with Dana Countryman, rolling at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio, we’re giving away four copies of Dana’s new CD, Pop 3! Welcome to My Time Warp!
As always, it’s easy to enter. Simply fill in the form below; be sure to include your email address and type “Pop 3!” in the Comments box. Send your entry our way and that’s it. The Fine Print: Entries must be received by Friday, October 2 at 5 pm ET. Only one entry per person. Winners will be notified after October 2.
So, go on. Enter. Maybe you’ll be a winner. Fingers crossed! Good luck!
Last night, Vanilla’s Jayson Jarmon appeared on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his musical career and his band Vanilla’s new 2.0, one of the best albums of this or any other year.
Tonight at a special time–9 pm ET (6 pm PT), Jayson appears on a special edition of In Conversation to world premiere two new songs, neither of which appears on 2.0. “On a Night Like This” is a drinking song; “The Big 5” is all about accounting firms. Intrigued? Certainly you are! Wait until you hear these wonderful tunes, which may or may not appear on the next Vanilla album. These are world premiere,acoustic performance you can’t hear anywhere else!
In conjunction with tonight’s special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation,we’re giving away a sealed copy of Vanilla’s 2.0 CD. If you’d like to put your name in our virtual hat and possibly snag said CD, simply fill out the form below and send it our way. Be sure to include your email address, and type “Vanilla” in the Comments box. Entries must be received by this Friday, September 18 at 5 pm ET. Only one entry per person.
Good luck! And enjoy tonight’s special presentation of two new, never-before-heard Vanilla songs, on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.
As we look forward to running part two of our two-night Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation special celebrating supergroup Pop 4’s top-flight, debut album, Summer, we thought it would be timely, and nifty to boot, to give away a couple of copies. (Part two airs tonight at 7 pm ET, 4 pm PT, here on Pure Pop Radio.)
How do you win? Simply fill in the form below and send it our way; deadline for receiving entries is this Sunday, September 13 at noon ET (9 am PT). Only one CD per winner. Simple as that, simply put. (Make sure to fill in your email address, so we know how to get hold of you if you’re a winner. And please type “Pop 4” in the Comments box. Thanks!)
We’ve got two sealed copies of the Summer CD. Come and get ’em, courtesy of the band and your original, 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today, Pure Pop Radio.
To celebrate yet another great, albeit young, year for melodic pop music, we’re giving away an autographed copy of the Hangabouts’ CD, Illustrated Bird, and downloads of the Cry’s album, Dangerous Game.
About the Hangabouts’ Illustrated Bird, we said, back in December, “Remixed and remastered from a previous digital-only release, and sporting a previously-unheard song recorded at the original album sessions, the Hangabouts’ Illustrated Bird delivers some truly catchy songs…” And of the Cry’s Dangerous Game, we wrote last October that the album “cobbles together 13 songs that have previously been released in Europe and Asia, plus a new track, ‘Last Thing that I Do,’ a relatively sensitive, mid-tempo ballad with great guitar work that is rather unlike their usual upbeat, more rocking material. Fast or slow, this is a great band that deserves your time and attention.”
Both of these great long players would sound, well, great amidst your coveted melodic pop music collection.
It’s easy to win. Just fill in the form below and, in the Comments box, say which band’s album you want (please choose one or the other). Don’t forget to fill in your email address so that we can send you your prize. Deadline for entries is Friday, February 20 at noon ET.
Welcome to a very special edition, on a very special afternoon and evening, of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing! Ken’s cooked up an hour-long Whitman’s Sampler’s worth of Beatles and solo Beatles love songs, just in time for Valentine’s Day. You’ll be able to fall in love with some of the greatest songs of your life tomorrow, February 14, at noon ET on Pure Pop Radio. The show will replay at 6 pm ET.
Ken spins a loving selection of fab love songs, from the Beatles’ tender “And I Love Her” and Paul McCartney’s epic “Through Our Love” to Ringo Starr’s version of “Only You (And You Alone)” and John Lennon’s lovely “Woman.” A solid hour with 15 great songs you know and adore celebrating the most wonderful human emotion: love!
Remember: Every Little Thing’s special love hour airs tomorrow, February 14, at noon ET and 6 pm ET. Fall in love once again with songs from the soundtrack of your life on Pure Pop Radio!
(Win a copy of Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion and a Reign t-shirt by filling in the form below. Be sure to type “Reign” in the Comments section. There is a quick turnaround on this contest: Entries must be received by tomorrow night, December 12, at midnight ET. The winner will be chosen on Saturday, December 13. Good luck!)
Producer Andrew Curry, who released his first compilation, Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock, in April of 2013, follows up in relatively short order with Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion. While he’s billed as executive producer of Reign, Curry is better dubbed master curator, or perhaps more appropriately, caretaker of decades gone by.
Dipping this time into the musical waters flowing through the ’80s, Curry has assembled a sterling group of contemporary artists to pay tribute to and/or apply a new coat of paint on songs that were first released more than three decades ago. It is a testament to these songs–and, if Curry knows anything, he knows that the song is job one–that they retain their fortitude so long after first being heard.
To that end, Fountains of Wayne frontman Chris Collingwood turns in a spirited, lovingly rendered version of the Dream Academy’s “Life in a Northern Town,” supported by luscious background vocals from Phillip Price and Flora Reed from Winterpills; The Corner Laughers soup up the beat as they apply their particular magic to Madness’ “Our House”; and Big-Box Store takes a wholly different approach to Kim Wilde’s frenetic “Kids in America,” slowing it down and infusing it with a heartfelt dose of passion.
Jim Boggia and Pete Donnelly turn Adam Ant’s cheeky “Goody Two Shoes” inside out, applying a faux-military drum part and making every note count for a kind of jazzy workout. Similarly, the Davenports dress Wham’s “Freedom” up in power pop overalls, thereby upping the song’s catchy quotient. And Linus of Hollywood puts every ounce of emotion at his disposal into his take on Daryl Hall’s classic “Everytime You Go Away,” originally waxed by Paul Young.
The first lesson one learns listening to compilations such as this is that some aspect of everything you hear today can be traced back to something that came before. The spirit of these songs, denizens of radio first tuned into so long ago, lives on in these new versions of favored classics. The second lesson? Good songs never die, and as chosen and curated by master compilation craftsman Curry, they still rock and roll and fill your body and soul. And in the form of this Reign, they make a great, collective stocking stuffer. – Alan Haber
Now reviewed here at the Pure Pop Radio website is Dana Countryman’s new album, the exquisite Pop 2! The Exploding Musical Mind of Dana Countryman.
Dana’s supplied us with nine autographed copies of this must-have album, which you can read about by clicking here. Nine winners will each receive a Pop 2! CD by U.S. mail. Simply fill in the form below, making sure to type “Dana!” in the Comments box, and send your entry our way.
Entries must be received by Wednesday, October 29 at 11 am ET. Only one entry per person. Good luck!
We’re quite simply mad for Dave Caruso and his music–so much so that we’re giving away nine, count ’em, nine autographed copies of Cardboard VegasRoundabout, Dave’s latest CD (click here to read our glowing review). If you’d like to win one, simply fill in the form below and type “Dave!” in the Comments box. We’ve extended the deadline for entering to noon ET on Monday, October 6. Only one entry per person, please. Good luck! And enjoy the wonderful world of Dave Caruso!
See, the way it works is we’ve got this pile of CDs and every time we look at that pile, we’ve got to give one of those CDs away. And so we shall.
Up for grabs this rainy Tuesday morning is the latest album from one of Pure Pop Radio’s favorite melodic pop collectives, a group from Sweden that mixes their love for the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra with a mastery of contemporary, hook-laden tunes. How’s Life on Earth? is the Longplayer Orchestra’s second album, released last November. You can sample a few of the songs from this spectacular album by clicking on the links below.
We would love to send a copy of How’s Life on Earth? straight to your mailbox, but you’ve got to be in it to win it. Simply fill in the form below and make sure to type “Excellent!” in the Comment field. Contest ends this coming Sunday, April 20, at midnight. Enter only once. Have fun and good luck!