Classical Music Playlist, October 4, 2022

Dmitri and Maxim Shostakovich


Dmitri and Maxim Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote much of his music with qualities of anxiety, conflict and sardonic humor while under constant scrutiny and threat from Soviet officials, including Stalin. But for the cheerful event of his son’s 19th birthday (in 1957, four years after the death of Stalin), Shostakovich composed a piano concerto filled with lighthearted charm and fun. His son, Maxim Shostakovich (later a conductor), was the soloist in the premiere performance for his Moscow Conservatory graduation concert. (Nice to have a brand new concerto to take to school written by your world famous father!) Andrew Litton is both soloist and conductor in the Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 for today’s Midday Masterpiece at 2:00 pm.

6:00 a.m.

Antonio Martin y Coll

Variations on La Folia (Differencias sobre las folias)

Jordi Savall, viola da gamba; …and other soloists

6:11 a.m.

Carel Anton Fodor

Symphony No. 3 in C minor Opus 19

Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra; Anthony Halstead, conductor

6:41 a.m.

Joaquin Rodrigo

Three Spanish Pieces

Narciso Yepes, guitar

6:55 a.m.

Giuseppe Verdi

LA TRAVIATA: Act I. Prelude

National Philharmonic Orchestra; Richard Bonynge, conductor

7:00 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for lute and 2 violins in D major RV 93

Il Giardino Armonico Luca Pianca, Archlute; Members of…

7:12 a.m.

Hamilton Harty

John Field Suite

Ulster Orchestra; Bryden Thomson, conductor

7:33 a.m.

John Field

Nocturne No. 7 in A H 14

Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano

7:38 a.m.

Carter Burwell

Rob Roy: Robert & Mary

Cincinnati Pops; Erich Kunzel, conductor Eric Rigler, bagpipes

7:42 a.m.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Suite for Variety Orchestra: Waltz

Concertgebouw Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, conductor

7:47 a.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”: IV. Finale: Allegro molto in Eb major Opus 55

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

7:59 a.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Horn Concerto No. 3 in Eb major K 447

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor Lowell Greer, natural horn

8:16 a.m.

Georges Bizet

Carmen Suite

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor

8:36 a.m.

Robert Johnson

The Temporiser

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

8:37 a.m.

Juan Aranes

A Festive Chaconne (Chacona: “Un sarao de la chacona”)

Piffaro Renaissance Band

8:39 a.m.

Anton Bruckner

Symphony No. 6: I. Maestoso in A major

Concertgebouw Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, conductor

8:58 a.m.

Amy Beach

Invocation in D major Opus 55

Tasmin Little, violin; John Lenehan, piano

9:03 a.m.

Frederic Chopin

Waltz No. 1 “Grande Valse Brillante” in Eb major Opus 18

Richard Raymond, piano

9:09 a.m.

Mauro Giuliani

Guitar Concerto No. 3 in F major Opus 70

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Neville Marriner, conductor Pepe Romero, guitar

9:38 a.m.

Enrique Granados

Danzas espanolas No. 2 “Oriental” Opus 37/2

Alicia de Larrocha, piano

9:44 a.m.

Henriette Renie

Dance of the Elves (Danse des Lutins)

Xavier de Maistre, harp

9:49 a.m.

Aram Khachaturian

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Aram Khachaturian, conductor

10:00 a.m.

Carl Maria Von Weber

DER FREISCHUTZ: Overture Opus 77 J 277

Hanover Band; Roy Goodman, conductor

10:11 a.m.

Isaac Albeniz

Cantos de Espana: No. 4 Cordoba Opus 232

David Russell, guitar

10:18 a.m.

Connor Chee

Navajo Vocable No. 12

Connor Chee, piano

10:23 a.m.

Antonin Dvorak

Symphony No. 7: III. Scherzo in D minor Opus 70

Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Peter Gregson, cello and synthesizers

10:32 a.m.

Florence Price

Violin Concerto no. 1 in D major

Janacek Philharmonic; Ryan Cockerham, conductor Er-Gene Kahng

10:57 a.m.

Johannes Brahms

Piano Quintet: I. Allegro non troppo in F minor Opus 34

Artemis Quartet Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

11:13 a.m.

Edward Elgar

Salut d’amour (Love’s Greeting) Opus 12

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; David Zinman, conductor

11:18 a.m.

Johann Strauss, Jr.

DIE FLEDERMAUS Overture (The Bat)

Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert Von Karajan, conductor

11:27 a.m.

Scott Joplin

Maple Leaf Rag

Giovanni de Chiaro, guitar

11:32 a.m.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F# minor Opus 1

Cleveland Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

12:02 p.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Symphony No. 4 in Bb major Opus 60

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

12:35 p.m.

Fanny Mendelssohn

Prelude and Toccata in E minor

Joanne Polk, piano

12:39 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Orchestral Suite No. 2: Badinerie BWV 1067

Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Rolf Smedvig, conductor Rolf Smedvig, trumpet

12:42 p.m.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Symphony No. 1 “Sea Symphony”: III. (Scherzo) The Waves

BBC Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor BBC Symphony Chorus; Philharmonia Chorus

12:51 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

THE MAGIC FLUTE: Overture (Die Zauberflote) K 620

Norwegian National Opera Orchestra; Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor

12:59 p.m.

Gabriel Faure

Piano Trio in D minor Opus 120

Gil Shaham, violin; Brinton Smith, cello; Akira Eguchi, piano

1:20 p.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Bassoon Concerto in A minor in A minor RV 498

Seattle Baroque Michael McCraw, bassoon

1:31 p.m.

Claude Debussy

La Mer: I. From Dawn Till Noon on the Sea

Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor

1:41 p.m.

Philip Glass

Modern Love Waltz

Gloria Cheng-Cochran, piano

1:46 p.m.

Antonin Dvorak

Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”: II. Largo in E minor Opus 95

Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Seong-Jin Cho, piano

2:00 p.m.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Piano Concerto No. 2 Opus 102

Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor Andrew Litton, piano

2:21 p.m.

Marcel Grandjany

Frere Jacques

Anne-Marguerite Michaud, harp

2:25 p.m.

Emmanuel Chabrier

Pastoral Suite (Suite Pastorale)

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Neeme Jarvi, conductor

2:46 p.m.

Clara Schumann

Three Romances for Piano Opus 11

Lara Downes, piano

2:59 p.m.

George Friederich Handel

Concerto No. 1 “a due cori” in Bb major HWV 332

The English Concert; Trevor Pinnock, conductor

3:15 p.m.

John Williams

Empire of the Sun: Cadillac of the Skies

Los Angeles Recording Arts Orchestra; John Williams, conductor

3:22 p.m.

Victor Herbert

Cello Concerto No. 1 in D major Opus 8

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Neville Marriner, conductor Lynn Harrell, cello

3:49 p.m.

Erik Satie

Gymnopedie No. 1

John Novacek, piano

3:54 p.m.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

March from Tsar Saltan Suite Opus 57

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Andre Previn, conductor

4:00 p.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Rustic Concerto (Concerto “alla Rustica”) in G major RV 151

Guildhall String Ensemble

4:05 p.m.

Antonin Dvorak

American Suite in A major Opus 98

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Libor Pesek, conductor

4:29 p.m.

Philip Glass

Metamorphosis II

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Akira Eguchi, piano

4:37 p.m.

Frederick the Great

Flute Concerto in C major

C. P. E. Bach Chamber Orchestra; Peter Schreier, conductor Patrick Gallois, flute

4:53 p.m.

Gabriel Faure

Pavane Opus 50

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor

5:01 p.m.

Alexander Borodin

Petite Suite

Philharmonia Orchestra; Geoffrey Simon, conductor

5:25 p.m.

George Enescu

Cantabile & Presto

Irena Grafenauer, flute; Michael Grandt, piano

5:33 p.m.

Florence Price

Violin Concerto No. 2

Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Jonathon Heyward, conductor Rachel Barton Pine, violin

5:49 p.m.

Julio Sagreras

The Hummingbird (El Colibri)

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor Jason Vieaux, guitar

5:52 p.m.

William Boyce

Symphony No. 1 in Bb major Opus 2

Aradia Ensemble; Kevin Mallon, conductor

6:00 p.m.

Franz Berwald

Symphony No. 4 in Eb major

San Francisco Symphony; Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

6:31 p.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Four Seasons: Summer (L’Estate) in G minor Opus 8 RV 315

Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, conductor Christina Day Martinson, violin

6:43 p.m.

Mohammed Fairouz

Piano Miniature No. 6, Addio

Lara Downes, piano

6:46 p.m.

Jean Sibelius

Romance for string orchestra in C major Opus 42

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor

6:52 p.m.

Maurice Ravel

String Quartet: II. Assez vif. Tres Rythme in F major

Verona String Quartet

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“You Don’t Have to Give Him That”: Dwayne Johnson Stops Black Adam Co-star from Giving a Shoutout to Kevin Hart in Unexpected Move

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are the most famous duo in Hollywood. Their movies are always full of perfect comedic spots which are loved by the fans. Moreover, while they promote their movie, they never fail to roast each other.


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However, recently while promoting ‘Black Adam’, Johnson stopped his co-star while he gave a shout out to Kevin Hart. 


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Recently, the cast of ‘Black Adam’ appeared on ‘Fandango All Access’ to promote the film. The host asked the actor Noah Centineo who is playing Atom Smasher how he towered over Dwayne Johnson because of him being taller than DJ. Also, this made Centineo tell Johnson how he makes Kevin Hart feel.

Centineo said, “Well, first and foremost, I started calling Dwayne the pebble. Jerry’s out on Kevin Hart, I think he’s, I think you’ve intimidated him at the last few weeks for Super Pets. I still think he’s recovering, but he’s also killing it on his tour, from what I understand.”

DJ quickly replied, “You don’t have to give him that! What you’re doing? He’s also killing it on his tour, Jesus please keep it here.”

The relationship between The Rock and Kevin Hart carries on even when they aren’t together. DJ didn’t miss the chance to tease his best friend by telling his fellow actor to stop promoting Hart’s tour.


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Moreover, Aldis Hodge, who is playing Hawkman, jokingly told DJ that Hart might have paid Centineo to promote his tour. The Teth Adam actor claimed this might be a possibility. Furthermore, The Rock replied to the host’s question about how the cast members have become a family and had a lot of fun while filming.

Dwayne Johnson talks about Justice League characters in Black Adam

The most anticipated question as of now is, will any member of the Justice League appear in this high profile DCEU movie? In the same interview, The Rock had some answers for the same as the host asked about Justice League superheroes.


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The WWE legend said, “I can tell you that we’re just gonna have to wait and see”

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From the experience of how MCU promotes their high-profile films, if an actor says wait and watch the movie, it means something big is planned. Similarly, with DJ being the advisor of DC, fans will have to wait and watch if Justice League characters appear. 


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Also, after they wrapped the filming, the cast and crew shot a scene a week later. As per reports, Johnson had been pitching for Henry Cavill to return as Superman, which is a high possibility. What do you think?

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Jungle: How the Amazon Prime Video series uses drill music to soundtrack dystopia

The sound of the near future in film and TV has typically been characterised by dramatic synths that reflect the conflict between man and machine. Think of Vangelis’s atmospheric Blade Runner score with its memorable Yamaha CS-80 synthesiser, or the sparse orchestral cues heard in more recent projects such as The Handmaid’s Tale. Now, a new series is about to take a very different route.

Jungle is the debut TV project from burgeoning production company Nothing Lost, best known for directing London rapper Big Tobz’s “Woke” music video, which got them on the shortlist for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Creators Class of 2019. Available on Amazon Prime Video now, the show follows a group of strangers whose lives are interconnected by a series of bizarre events.

It’s set in a dystopian, inner-city London, against the backdrop of an original soundtrack of drill and grime. While exact plot details in the lead-up to the series release have been kept intentionally cryptic, showrunners promise that it will resonate with viewers. “It’s the urban jungle that we live in, and the rules that apply,” show co-creator Junior Okoli tells me. “Survival of the fittest. Kill or be killed.”

Since Headie One stormed his way into the Top 10 with “18HUNNA” in 2019, UK drill has crept ever closer to the mainstream, bolstered by the success of groups including K-Trap and 67. Yet the genre has also courted controversy amid a moral panic surrounding its lyrical content. Born out of the South Side of Chicago and arguably popularised by US rapper Chief Keef, drill shares some similarities with trap music but is often darker and more anarchic in tone – aided by lyrics that focus on the real-world views and experiences of its artists.

Some lawmakers have argued that this serves as a catalyst for actual crimes. The same year Headie One made the UK charts, fellow rappers Skengdo & AM made legal history by receiving a suspended nine-month sentence… for performing their own music. “I feel violated,” Skengdo told The Guardian, while AM said: “We don’t have a lot of power, ultimately. I feel like the authorities have taken advantage of that.”

Recent developments indicate that the general public’s perception of drill is changing, however, with Tion Wayne and Russ Millions’ single “Body” and Central Cee’s mixtape 23 both topping charts in the UK. Asda’s “Arrive Like You Mean It” campaign, meanwhile, depicted schoolchildren rapping over a KZ-produced drill beat, placing the genre in a decidedly more family-friendly setting. Yet its murkier origins mean it is arguably the most fitting sound for a dystopian future. In Jungle, this transpires as a society where inequality, institutional racism, disenfranchisement and neglect still persist.

The preconceived notions of drill weren’t lost on Okoli and series co-creator Chas Appeti when they were creating Jungle. “We went to great lengths, not to necessarily challenge stereotypes, but to give insight,” Okoli says. “Stereotypes are there for a reason, that’s just the truth of it, but sometimes they’re unfounded – a lot of stereotypes are based on ignorance.”

Addressing their decision to focus on the drill scene, Appeti explains that they wanted to communicate with a younger demographic through music. “I think it just comes down to the times that we’re in, and it just happens now that the youth of today are listening to drill,” he says. “If you were to go back maybe seven, eight years ago, it might have been grime. A little bit further than that, it might have been UK garage.”

As the current socio-economic state of the UK makes this a time of anxious uncertainty, the series’ themes seem pertinent in their ability to bridge the gaps between demographics, whose mutual fears have different catalysts. The luminous neon backdrop is tinged with a bloody red a few minutes into the first episode: the glimmering optimism of a bright future subverted by the merciless reality of the present. It speaks to the need to survive by any means in an unforgiving and demanding city.

With Jungle finding its home on Amazon Prime Video (which reaches 46 per cent of UK households), introducing a wider audience to the maligned world of drill in an authentic manner was one of Nothing Lost’s aims.

Jungle is essentially trying to be that conduit between two worlds – the world of the youth, and other civilians who we share the city with,” Okoli explains. “We’re all linked by six degrees of separation, and we need to have this open dialogue so we can get to understand each other and the different dynamics that form our city. It leads to a lot more harmony, understanding… less ignorance.” For Okoli, Jungle gets to the root cause of the issues that drill artists are rapping about: “You can’t remedy a problem without first diagnosing it correctly.”

To help with this, the team brought together a group of emerging artists – from Unknown T to Bandokay – with a number of well-known faces, some of whom made their acting debuts on the show. Several female MCs are involved, including IAMDBB and TeeZandos. Yet Okoli is quick to point out that gender parity, in a world in which male artists still dominate, wasn’t necessarily the goal here. “There wasn’t a mandate to follow: the message isn’t for a particular colour, creed or sex, it’s for a whole culture,” he says. “We wanted them involved, but more for what they bring to the project as a whole… Every character on there has earned their place.”

For IAMDDB, though, the representation of Black women in this male-dominated industry was paramount in her approach to the role of her character, Mia. “We have to put on this brave face and carry ourselves a certain way,” she said at a launch event for the series earlier this year. “Every corner we turn, there’s always someone trying to take advantage, thinking we’re weak, that we’re miseducated, but that’s not the case.”

We have to put on this brave face and carry ourselves a certain way


Perhaps more unexpected are appearances by household names from the UK rap scene, namely Dizzee Rascal and Big Narstie. At first glance, their inclusion seems at odds with the show’s forward-thinking, youthful narrative. But, as Appeti explains, it’s all about showing how far rap has come in the UK. “There are some really interesting collaborations, and it’s all about educating people on the next people coming through, because music moves fast,” he says. “It’s almost like passing the baton. When you can do that, you can see it visually. So I think that’s quite an interesting dynamic.”

Tinie Tempah, one of the most significant crossover artists of the 2010s, agrees with this sentiment. “Being heavily a part of grime and influenced by grime, I know that when something is kind of at its early stages, or it’s just kind of beyond its inceptions slightly, it’s usually deemed in a particular way and got a bad light cast on it because there’s a lack of understanding,” he tells me.

Thanks to successful collaborations with pop acts such as Jess Glynne and Swedish House Mafia, as well as his work as a label boss, property developer and fashion icon, Tinie’s career represents success in the hustle culture that governs the world of Jungle. Of course, it wasn’t without its detractors: “But I know that over time, if you look at something like grime, it produced so many stars, so many stars that are even shining brighter than ever today.”

Tinie Tempah in ‘Jungle’

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Jungle means Tinie can now add “actor” to his extensive CV, after years of waiting for the right moment. “If you think of Evita, you know, that’s Madonna, isn’t it,” he says. “If you think of Grease, that’s Olivia Newton John – she was a [singer] at the time. So musicals have always been artist-led, as opposed to just a cast of actors… it adds authenticity to the musical element.”

Netflix’s Top Boy underwent a similar process of casting musicians, and also offers commentary on inner-city strife. Rapman’s Shiro’s Story, released in 2018, draws on the musical genre, with dialogue being delivered in the form of rap as opposed to spoken word. But Nothing Lost feel that any comparison to similar shows does Jungle a disservice. They want people from disadvantaged backgrounds to be given the opportunity and freedom to share their own individual stories.

“[Chas and I] weren’t born with a silver spoon in our mouths, and we feel very blessed as to what we’ve made with our lives – it wasn’t handed to us,” Okoli says. “[Jungle] really shines a light on the zeal and talent that is in the ‘hood’ – you just have to look for it.” He’s convinced that their backgrounds – different from that of your average studio executive – are what give Jungle its edge: “Once given the opportunity, you’ll be amazed at what people from a not-so-typical background can do.”

‘Jungle’ is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video

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Every FIFA Soundtrack Ever, Ranked

FIFA soundtracks have come a long way since Road To World Cup 98. Back then, six songs seemed like plenty for a game where players would spend most of their time immersed by crowd noise as they have a virtual kick-about with their favorite stars. However, nowadays, FIFA players spend a huge proportion of their time in the menus, whether that’s succumbing to Ultimate Team’s microtransactions, fiddling about with player instructions in Kick-Off mode, or haggling for Cambridge United’s latest recruit as they’re guided to Champions League glory in Career Mode. As a result, the importance of FIFA’s background music has grown rapidly over the years, with EA Sports’ latest and final attempt, before FIFA is usurped by EA Sports FC, featuring over 100 songs from artists across 34 different countries.


FIFA soundtracks can launch minor artists on to the world stage, while also offering an eclectic mix that provides players with an insight into different cultures or introduces them to new artists or genres entirely. FIFA now owes just as much of its success to its audio as it does to its visuals, with EA Sports mastering the art of using sound to great effect over the years. There can be no greater proof of this than the studio’s iconic “EA Sports, it’s in the game” tagline.

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One point of note is whether special FIFA World Cup games should be included in lists like these. Their inclusion certainly has some value, as K’NAAN’s “Wavin’ Flag” from the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa game is arguably the greatest FIFA song of all time. What’s more, World Cup 98’s “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba is one of the greatest intro songs of any game ever. That said, these games have been omitted from this particular list, largely in the interest of paring the field down to what can be considered FIFA‘s mainline entries.

#26 – FIFA 2000

A FIFA soundtrack where the highlight is a song by Robbie Williams is enough to place 2000 in the bottom spot.

#25 – FIFA 07

The Feeling’s “Sewn” just about gets FIFA 07 out of last place, which is a pretty sorry state of affairs, given it was the tenth FIFA to feature a soundtrack.

As tempting as it is to give FIFA Football 2003 bonus points for a cover featuring Edgar Davids, the fact remains that Idlewild’s “You Held the World in Your Arms” is as good as this soundtrack gets.

#23 – FIFA 2001

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“Bodyrock” by Moby isn’t necessarily the worst tune, but it doesn’t contribute much to getting FIFA 2001 any higher in this ranking.

“19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)” by Gorillaz is the cream of a rather average crop for FIFA Football 2002.

#21 – FIFA 11

Northern Irish band Two Door Cinema Club have produced FIFA 13’s “Sleep Alone,” FIFA 17’s “Are We Ready? (Wreck),” and the most FIFA song to never appear in a FIFA game, “What You Know.” However, their journey into the beautiful game began with FIFA 11 and their hit “I Can Talk.” Another highlight in 11 is “White Picket Fences” by the most FIFA-sounding group ever to have existed, Jump Jump Dance Dance.

#20 – FIFA 06

A head-bobbing guitar intro, one that will be familiar to fans hoping a new Guitar Hero releases under Microsoft, signals that the top 20 is beginning to get into some of the better entries in this ranking, with Bloc Party’s “Helicopter” generating some proper FIFA nostalgia as the headliner for the series’ 06 installment.

As much as the Scissor Sisters don’t feel like dancing, players all did after listening to FIFA Football 2005’s “Take Your Mama.”

#18 – FIFA 10

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Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, and Theo Walcott completed an English triumvirate on the cover of FIFA 10 and, although he was Swedish-born, it was London local Tommy Sparks who delivered the game’s hit song with “She’s Got Me Dancing.”

#17 – FIFA 08

The FIFA 08 soundtrack is rather lacking in quality, save for The Hoosiers’ “Goodbye Mr A,” which is a true FIFA classic.

#16 – FIFA 21

The most disappointing soundtrack in the latest generation of games, ultimately bad for EA like FIFA’s brand. Dua Lipa’s “Love Is Religion (The Blessed Madonna Remix),” KAWALA’s “Ticket To Ride,” and Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” are all good songs in their own right, but they don’t quite make the jump to being FIFA classics.

#15 – FIFA: Road To World Cup 98

The game that started them all. Although FIFA’s very first soundtrack is hardly extensive when compared to its modern rivals, Blur’s “Song 2” gave players an intro that saw footballs exploding out of a scoreboard.

#14 – FIFA 99

Although hardly a poet with his lyrics, Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, is the ultimate funk soul brother, with “The Rockafeller Skank” meaning that, despite just six songs featuring across the entire soundtrack, FIFA 99 comes in at #14.

#13 – FIFA 23

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Its recent release makes it hard to judge, but crossplay compatible FIFA 23 could definitely rise in this list given more time, although it’ll have to settle for mid-table mediocrity for now. Trinidad Cardona, Davido, and Aisha’s “Hayya Hayya (Better Together)” will have players looking forward to the World Cup in Qatar later this year, while Pheelz and BNXN fka Buju’s “Finesse” will have its fair share of fans. The highlight however, has to be ROLE MODEL’s “forever&more,” which is a proper FIFA song through and through.

#12 – FIFA 20

FIFA 20 saw the addition of Volta Football to the game, which brought with it its own separate soundtrack, further emphasizing the importance of music in modern-day FIFA, which still has long-running issues in FIFA 23. However, here the highlights were still found on the main soundtrack, with Dominic Fike and Kenny Beats’ “Phone Numbers” and Foals’ “The Runner.”

#11 – FIFA 19

The inclusion of Donald Glover caused a great deal of excitement to surround the release of FIFA 19’s soundtrack, with “Feels Like Summer” showing why Childish Gambino really belongs in the game. Bugzy Malone’s “Ordinary People (feat. JP Cooper)” is another strong tune, but a lack of a supporting cast around that duo limits how far this soundtrack can go.

There’s a reason Caesars’ “Jerk It Out” reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart. It’s the same reason it featured in the first edition of Just Dance and was also used to introduce Ted Lasso’s most energetic character, Dani Rojas: it makes listeners want to get up and move. It alone takes FIFA Football 2004 to another level (like FIFA 23‘s women’s teams), worthy of edging into this ranking’s top 10.

#9 – FIFA 09

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FIFA 09 is an odd one; series favorites Kasabian and Foals both feature, but fail to shine, while there is also a Tom Jones remix. Despite all of this, the soundtrack is one fans look back fondly upon, largely due to MGMT’s “Kids” and Sam Sparro’s “Black and Gold.”

#8 – FIFA 18

Many will look to Portugal. The Man’s “Live In The Moment,” Tom Grennan’s “Found What I’ve Been Looking For,” or Rex Orange County’s “Never Enough” when picking the best song of FIFA 18. All three are excellent choices, by artists who have since risen to even greater heights within the music industry. However, there’s a great argument for Australian Tash Sultana’s edgy track “Jungle” being the pick of the bunch.

#7 – FIFA 16

Like Years & Years, EA Sports struck “Gold” with FIFA 16’s soundtrack, something FIFA hopes to do without EA’s partnership. Kaleo’s “Way Down We Go” was another huge hit, while Baio’s “Sister Of Pearl” has since skyrocketed in popularity, courtesy of featuring in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. “Mountain at My Gates” by the ever-reliable Foals just edges those three out for the best track here, though.

#6 – FIFA 17

FIFA 17 saw EA Sports bring the likes of Madeon, Two Door Cinema Club, and Catfish And The Bottlemen back to the beautiful game. However, of the returning acts, it was Kasabian who performed the best, with their single fittingly titled “Comeback Kid.” All the FIFA regulars were still outshone though, as Paper Route’s “Chariots” and Kygo’s “Raging (feat. Kodaline)” stole the show, kind of like how some players practically stole FIFA 23 for six cents.

#5 – FIFA 12

Most FIFA fans wouldn’t be able to tell what Brazilian rock band CSS stands for, but they’ll still be able to remember all the words to their rhythmic tune “Hits Me Like A Rock.” As it turns out, CSS stands for Cansei de Ser Sexy, which roughly translates from Portuguese to “I’m tired of being sexy,” which is ironic, as that song never tires of being sexy. Neither does Grouplove’s “Colours.”

#4 – FIFA 22

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A necessary upturn in form for FIFA’s soundtracks, as it followed a couple of worryingly poor entries. “Followers” by AREA21, Martin Garrix and Maejor is catchy, while providing some rather deep lyrics about the younger generation’s dependence on technology. Kojey Radical’s “War Outside (feat. Lex Amor),” meanwhile, makes full use of the best gaming speakers on the market. The best of the bunch though, is SEB’s “seaside_demo,” which would be an all-time FIFA great, if it was only a little longer.

#3 – FIFA 15

Like crowning FIFA‘s best overall players, FIFA 15‘s soundtrack gets a podium finish. Despite some rather sketchy lyrics, Saint Motel’s “My Type” has long-been a fan-favorite, while Vance Joy’s “Mess Is Mine,” and The Griswolds’ “16 Years” were also successes. Kwabs’ “Walk” was yet another hit, causing this soundtrack to slot in at #3.

#2 – FIFA 13

A very strong entry, that is just beaten to the top spot by the narrowest of margins. After all, The Chevin’s “Champion” is surely the best FIFA song of them all. However, the supporting cast of Youngblood Hawke’s “We Come Running,” Imagine Dragons’ “On Top of the World,” Rock Mafia’s “Fly Or Die,” and Fitz and The Tantrums’ “Spark” is just outdone by the winner of this list, though a silver medal is worthy of FIFA 23‘s new celebrations.

#1 – FIFA 14

The ultimate FIFA soundtrack. John Newman’s “Love Me Again” is an iconic FIFA tune, though equal appreciation should also be dished out to Crystal Fighters’ “Love Natural” and Smallpools’ “Dreaming.” The real crème de la crème of FIFA’s greatest ever soundtrack, though, is Olympic Ayres’ “Magic,” with this foot-tapper of a song truly worthy of its title.

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Kevin Hart, Scott Disick and The Game are slapped with ‘water flow restrictors’ on LA mansions

Los Angeles has begun installing water flow restricting devices in the homes of A-list celebrities who have brazenly flouted the city’s water restriction mandates as the region battles with a historic drought.

Celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian‘s ex-boyfriend Scott Disick, comedian Kevin Hart, and rapper The Game have had the devices installed in their luxury homes, while others like Kim Kardashian, Madonna, and Sylvester Stallone have been forced to curb their water usage to avoid being stuck with weakened water flow.

The device being used – a small metal disk with a pin-sized hole at its center, which is inserted into a home’s waterline hook-up pipe and stunts water-flow – was devised by the Las Virgenes water district for the express purpose of holding celebrities accountable to water restrictions which they can afford to ignore.

‘We have taken a very firm position on being equal,’ Las Virgenes water district spokesperson Mike McNutt told The Guardian. ‘It doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you make, how well-known you are: all of you are being treated the same.’ 

The Las Virgenes covers celebrity heavy communities like Calabasas and Hidden Hills, and despite a mandate to reduce water usage by 50 percent – violations of which are punishable by fines – numerous celebrities’ lawns have remained flowering and green, even as the rest of the California countryside turns brown.

California’s drought is in its third year as Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in 2021. The state is facing the worst drought since the 1800s as temperatures continue to rise and precipitation lessens, according to Newsom.

Scott Disick’s house in California, where a water restricting device was installed after he continually flouted water restriction mandates

Comedian Kevin Hart had a water flow restricting device installed on his mansion when he repeatedly violated water restrictions

Comedian Kevin Hart had a water flow restricting device installed on his mansion when he repeatedly violated water restrictions

The estate belonging to rapper The Game, where a water restriction device was installed

The estate belonging to rapper The Game, where a water restriction device was installed

The small simple device which renders watering lawns impossible, and keeps homeowners from showering and washing dishes at the same time

The small simple device which renders watering lawns impossible, and keeps homeowners from showering and washing dishes at the same time

Violators of the water ban are given the opportunity to limit their usage before the device is installed – a quick, ten minute process – and are offered a letter of intent to sign.

Public records showed Disick refused to sign the letter of intent at his estate in Hidden Hills, and in July a restrictor was placed on the property for two weeks.

Madonna barely avoided a restrictor in July when a home said to be owned by her sent documentation to the district that a leak said to be causing excessive water usage had been patched up.

Kourtney Kardashian faced backlash earlier this year when he lawn was seen to be a bright green during the water restriction mandate. A device was not installed on her property, but its lawn has since turned brown.

Kardashians sister, the famous Kim, is among other celebrities whose lawns have remained a vibrant green throughout the drought, though it is unclear if her home has or will be the recipient of a restrictor. 

Some have pushed back against the mandate, including Sylvester Stallone, who has argued his property is home to 500 mature trees and that he needs the water to keep them alive. A representative for Stallone said the actor is working with the district to reach a solution. 

Rapper The Game had a water restrictor installed on his house after he violated restrictions

Rapper The Game had a water restrictor installed on his house after he violated restrictions

Kim Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian

Kim Kardashian’s lawn remains bright and green despite water restrictions. Her sister, Kourtney, evidently changed her ways after being called out for her water usage, as her lawn has turned brown in recent weeks

Kevin Hart

Sylvester Stallone

Kevin Hart’s home was subjected to a water restrictor, and Sylvester Stallone has said he cannot limit his usage to protect the 500 mature trees on his property

Properties become eligible to have a restrictor installed on their waterlines if they exceed their water limit by 150 percent on at least four occasions since December 2021, according to The Guardian.

The restrictor remains on the waterline for only two weeks while the residence reckons with low-pressure showers, and a water supply so restricted that more than one water source can barely run in the house at the same time.

‘You have to be really water conscious’ said Cason Gilmer, a Las Virgenes senior field customer representative who helped develop the device. ‘You can’t use two things at the same time.’

The simple device is so effective at limiting water flow that watering lawns is nearly impossible.

Though there are over 1,600 customers eligible for a restrictor, but McNutt told The Guardian they are being sparing about using the devices, and have installed just under 100 as of September. 


Scott Disick

Madonna narrowly avoided having a restrictor installed on her home in July, and Scott Disick had one installed the same month after refusing to sign a letter of intent to curb his water usage

A property reported to belong to Madonna. She narrowly avoided having a restrictor installed on the home in July

A property reported to belong to Madonna. She narrowly avoided having a restrictor installed on the home in July

Kim Kardashian's home has maintained green lawns despite the water usage mandates in California

Kim Kardashian’s home has maintained green lawns despite the water usage mandates in California

Homeowners were expected to abide by watering their lawns one day a week, with an eight minute limit per station – as the water wholesaler – Metropolitan Water District of southern California – demands water preservations, after the state cut back on usage to 80 gallons per person per day.

Las Virgenes water district serves about 75,000 of Los Angeles County residents – and are notably known to have the highest number of water users with more than 2,000 customers receiving notice of excess water use.

Water budgets for the homes are determined by the number of irrigated land and residents, Las Virgenes spokesman Mike McNutt told The Times.

‘We’re asking them to not just minimize their water usage, but we’re also asking them, in a way, to just completely rethink what is aesthetically pleasing to them and how that’ll impact their property values,’ McNutt said. ‘And that is not something that happens overnight. It’s not making an excuse up for them, but it is being honest.’

Doctors, executives, and attorney’s are among the others receiving notices.

While some celebs and other residents exceed water limits, the water district has improved overall. Residential usage of water was down to 170 gallons in June – resulting in a 37 percent savings than the same month the year before.

A few A-list celebrities are among those in the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District failed to abide by water restrictions amid an ongoing drought in California

A few A-list celebrities are among those in the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District failed to abide by water restrictions amid an ongoing drought in California

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‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Review: Canine Capers With The Rock and Kevin Hart

We’ve been bombarded by superhero movies for years now, but there’s life in the old dog yet — specifically, we’ve reached the point when even Superman’s pooch gets his own film. DC League of Super-Pets, available to watch and stream at home now, unleashes canine chaos upon the superhero genre in a family-friendly romp starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart and a bunch of other stars.

Colorful and silly for the kids (and just self-aware enough for grownups to laugh along), DC League of Super-Pets hit theaters in July and is available on digital now. It’s also streaming now alongside other DC super-flicks like The Batman or Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max. And it’s out on DVD and Blu-ray now, with a release date of Oct. 4.

This latest super-film opens, inevitably, with an origin story. And while we’ve seen baby Superman escaping doomed Krypton a few times before, this time a cute puppy comes along for the ride. Incidentally, as kid-friendly as the movie is, I noticed as a parent that this version of the origin story is a rare retelling that acknowledges what that traumatic experience must have been like for tiny Kal-El, a scared crying baby.

Luckily it doesn’t cause any lasting trauma (we haven’t got to Batman yet). By the time they’re fully grown, Superman and his canine chum Krypto make a perfect crime-fighting duo. Krypto’s powers match Superman’s, including super-strength and the ability to fly (though his secret identity, Bark Kent, is less successful). As they soar over the sun-dappled golden city of Metropolis, the only cloud on the horizon is Krypto’s dawning jealousy over the relationship between Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

More pressing concerns take over, however, when supervillain Lex Luthor’s latest scheme backfires and the Justice League is knocked out of action at the hands — sorry, paws — of a superpowered guinea pig voiced by Kate McKinnon. 

Yes, it’s as silly as it sounds — and pretty fun. Johnson is game for a laugh as the enthusiastic but clueless Krypto, while other comic highlights include McKinnon’s supervillain stylings and Natasha Lyonne as a short-sighted, horny, geriatric turtle. 

It’s breezy stuff, but while the idea is entertainingly goofy, Super-Pets rarely rises to the sort of imaginatively surreal humor that would lift it out of familiar superhero parody. But toe-tapping needle drops, a few bursts of nonthreatening action and plenty of quips amble past. Jokes for the parents take the form of knowing winks to earlier DC movies, like a sing-along to the classic Superman theme or a meta reference to the Dark Knight trilogy, but it’s cheerfully wholesome and good-natured enough for younger kids. 

A cartoon turtle, squirrel, hound and pig in DC's League of Super-Pets.

Move over Justice League, it’s DC’s League of Super-Pets.

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Stylistically, the Justice League are rendered like action figures with their middles squeezed up into their swollen shoulders and jutting chins. This time it isn’t just Aquaman who’s the butt of the jokes (although I’d love to see Jemaine Clement as a live-action Aquaman), as Wonder Woman’s invisible jet is repeatedly ribbed and Cyborg is put out of action by setting him on airplane mode. With goofy lunk Superman, John Krasinski continues his run of playing alternate versions of classic superheroes (following his turn as Marvel’s Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness). Keanu Reeves lends his voice to a neckless, bulging-eyed Batman, serving riffs on the caped crusader’s brooding angst that are always funny (even if not as hilarious as The Lego Batman Movie). 

It’s a shame the humans and pets can’t talk to each other, so we don’t get Krypto and Lois interacting and we’re denied comic back-and-forth between Johnson and Krasinski. Johnson and Hart’s double act is also oddly muted, as Hart’s canine character is much more chill than he normally plays. That means we don’t get much of the hyperactive banter Hart specializes in when paired with a straight man like Johnson (in Central Intelligence) or Ice Cube (in Ridealong) or Woody Harrelson (in this year’s Netflix movie The Man From Toronto).

Super-Pets also doesn’t have the emotional impact of a Pixar film, for example, or the Incredibles movies, which covers similar golden age superheroic shenanigans but with a ton of heart. Instead, the life lesson here is a bit muddled: something about Krypto learning to let go of his owner, except the film is then laser-focused on pairing every abandoned misfit pets with an owner. It reminds me of the later Toy Story movies, where Woody’s insistence on serving a kid stopped making sense as a moral of the story.

So it’s no The Incredibles or The Lego Movie. But this good-natured canine caper is a decent way to while away some time with your pups one dog day this summer.

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JAM Orchestra’s ‘Dr. Seuss at the Opera’ comes to Skokie

Two favorite children’s stories will introduce youngsters to the artform of opera when Skokie Theatricals NFP presents Robert Kapilow’s “Dr. Seuss at the Opera” Oct. 15 at the Skokie Theatre.

Northbrook resident Aaron Kaplan will lead 10 members of his acclaimed JAM Orchestra in hourlong performances of the chamber version of the opera at 10 a.m. and noon. The program is designed to be a first concert or opera experience for kids ages 3-9 with their families. This is the first performance in JAM Orchestra’s planned “Classics for Kids” series. Jenilee Houghton is the director.

“If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s the importance of live performances,” Kaplan said. He noted that because there haven’t been live performances for young people for several years, “I wanted to create something that would be interesting for them and not just a typical classics for kids show. I wanted it to be something totally different. Being exposed to the arts at a young age not only helps with brain development but it always exposes them to a bigger world.”

Since Kaplan is a longtime fan of the stories of Dr. Seuss, opening his “Classics for Kids” series with “Dr. Seuss at the Opera” was an easy decision. “I grew up reading the books with my parents and watching the animated television specials and I’ve directed ‘Seussical the Musical,’” Kaplan said.

The show contains operatic versions of two popular Dr. Seuss stories, “Gertrude McFuzz” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

The show will begin with a short discussion of what an opera is and what the instruments are that the audience will hear. The musicians will each briefly demonstrate the sound of the instruments they will be playing during the concert.

Soprano soloist Desirée Hassler will play the role of the narrator, explaining what’s happening. Soprano soloist Colleen Bruton will be Gertrude in “Gertrude McFuzz” and Sam I Am in “Green Eggs and Ham.”

“They will be telling the story through the libretto,” Kaplan explained.

Oak Park resident Hassler has known Kaplan since they both attended University of Illinois. “We share the same love of music that has a lot of creativity and imagination,” she said. “So when he approached me about doing this project, what really drew me to it was the idea that it has so much imagination and creativity and humor. It’s very playful.”

Hassler, who is the mother of four children ages 10-18, has fond memories of trying to expose her children to music “and teach them what it means to go to a concert” when they were younger, she said.

Hassler has a busy professional music career. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from University of Illinois and has a full-time position as a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus. In addition, she teaches in the voice department at Moody Bible Institute.

“The thing that’s beautiful about this particular concert is that it’s designed for kids, it’s very imaginative, and it’s an hour or less,” Hassler said of “Dr. Seuss at the Opera.” “So it’s going to be easy to sit through and very engaging for kids of all ages.”

Hassler admitted that, like Kaplan, she is also a Dr. Seuss fan.

“It’s really fun learning this music because the words for ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and “Gertrude McFuzz’ I’ve said many times, reading those books to my kids,” Hassler said. “Learning the music is so wonderful because it highlights a lot of the big fun emotions that are in those two books.”

‘Dr. Seuss at the Opera’

When: Oct. 15

Where: Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie

Tickets: $10; $5 ages 3-17

Information: 847-677-7761;

Myrna Petlicki is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

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Hocus Pocus 2 songs will make the perfect soundtrack for Halloween

4 October 2022, 13:09 | Updated: 4 October 2022, 13:55

Hocus Pocus 2 three witches
Hocus Pocus 2 has remixed some classics from the 1993 version.

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The Sanderson sisters are back with top songs including One Way Or Another, Garden of Magic and Skeleton Sam.

Hocus Pocus 2 is bringing us all the nostalgia this Halloween season as Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy return to our TVs as our favourite trio of witches.

And while the storyline has everyone gripped, it’s the songs and soundtrack that have really got us all talking.

While Hocus Pocus is not generally considered a musical, movie number two is packed with spooky Halloween songs for you to add to your scary playlists.

With both Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Middler handling some vocals, Hocus Pocus 2’s soundtrack has a mixture of classics from the 1993 version as well as some new top hits.

Here’s the full Hocus Pocus 2 song list that we know will make the perfect Halloween playlist:

arah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters
arah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy have brought back the Sanderson sisters.

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What songs are on the Hocus Pocus 2 soundtrack?

It’s a full album of the songs we love Hocus Pocus for plus a few new ones to sing along to. There’s also a few brilliant remixes you’ll recognise too.

  • Garden of Magic – sang by Hannah Waddingham)
  • Skeleton Sam – sang by by LVCRFT
  • Planet Claire – sang by The B-52s
  • Ghosted – sang by DBone & The Remains
  • Somebody’s Watching Me – remix by Rockwell
  • Garden of Magic Reprise – sang by Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Hocus Pocus Voo Doo – by Big Bob Kornegay
  • Skate – by Silk Sonic
  • Afraid of the Night by DBone & the Remains feat. Earl St. Clair
  • One Way Or Another – sang by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy
  • I Put A Spell On You – by Jay Hawkins
  • The Witches Are Back – sang by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy)

Is there a Hocus Pocus 2 soundtrack and album?

The movie release wouldn’t be complete without a soundtrack album to accompany it! The album, is available now to stream on Spotify, Apple and other digital platforms.

If it’s a physical album you’re after, this will be released on November 11th, 2022.

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Russell Dickerson says his self-titled album is “a soundtrack for whatever you’re feeling” – WEIS

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Russell Dickerson says his upcoming album is a “soundtrack” to his life that he hopes fans apply to their own stories. 

Following the release of 2020’s Southern Symphony, Russell is gearing up to share his third studio album. It includes his current single featuring Jake Scott, “She Likes It,” which is in the top 20 on country radio. 

Russell admits he could’t help but have a robust track list of 15 songs, despite trying to whittle it down to 10 or 11. 

“It’s 15 of the songs that I could not stop listening to over the last two years since I put my last record out,” he says. “I had to put 15 because I couldn’t choose and I was like, ‘We’re going to put a big ol’ fat album out there.’ I could not be more stoked.” 

Russell says the self-titled project runs the gamut when it comes to subject matter, ranging from party songs to songs about fatherhood, as he and wife Kailey Dickerson became parents to their first child, son Remington, in September 2020. 

“It’s heartbreak songs, it’s love songs, it’s family songs. I’m a dad now. It’s emotional songs, it’s party songs,” he explains. “It’s literally a soundtrack for whatever you’re feeling, dial up that song. If you’re ready to party, there’s a handful of songs for that. If you’re feeling down, there’s some songs for that. If you’re feeling emotional, if you need uplifting, there’s a song for that.” 

Russell Dickerson will be released on November 4. He’s also shared one of the new songs on the album, “I Wonder.”  

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