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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

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William Hung goes from 'Idol' laughingstock to Billboard chart-topper


Bryan Mangieri June 28th, 2007

After eliciting laughter from the judges of "American Idol"'s 2004 season with his off-key and off-kilter rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" during initial auditions for the show's third se...

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After eliciting laughter from the judges of "American Idol"'s 2004 season with his off-key and off-kilter rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" during initial auditions for the show's third season, it would seem that William Hung dream to be a singer should have died.

Not so.

"I try to convey a positive, optimistic image," Hung said. "No matter what happens, if you keep trying, you can eventually succeed."

LIFE CHANGE
His optimism endured and after what to many other people would have been a humiliating appearance on the show, he became a cult celebrity, the epitome of lack of vocal prowess behind a microphone, and some would say the epitome of lack of talent.

Nevertheless, his life was changed by "American Idol," the Californian denizen said.

"It's been a huge change. I get recognized everywhere, wherever I go. I get to meet a lot of famous people," Hung said.

SUCCESS SECRET
A Billboard No. 1 album later, Hung attributed his success to his "attitude toward life and everything in general." His inspiration, he said, comes from people.

"I just get inspired by other people who are successful before me," he said. "My inspiration comes from my parents, friends, teachers and many other people. Too many to name."

He said he hopes to save money for the future so that he can buy a house.

"I think if I'm determined with whatever I do, I can achieve my goals," he said. "Bryan Mangieri

 
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