(RNN) - A week before you can buy it, Sara Bareilles' new album is streaming on iTunes.
Bareilles leaked her fourth full-length album, The Blessed Unrest, ahead of its July 16 scheduled release.
Give it a listen at www.itunes.com/sarabareilles.
Aside from Brave, the album's first single, The Blessed Unrest features less of Bareilles' characteristic piano-driven pop melodies a la her breakout single Love Song, and more surprises. Still, fans will find a warm familiarity, as well as a melancholy wisdom in songs like December.
Highlights include the haunting - and heart-wrenching - breakup ballad Manhattan and Little Black Dress.
Really, there's no reason not to love Sara Bareilles. And no reason not to pick up an album that can best be described as evolutionary and inspirational, an album with both roots and wings.
It's safe to say the past few days have been quite dismal for a few icons in the music industry.
On Sunday, country singer (and legend) Randy Travis was hospitalized in Texas for complications from a recently contracted viral cardiomyopathy. He has been listed in critical condition ever since.
The recent hospitalization comes as another misfortune in an already rocky year for Travis. He was arrested last August for driving while intoxicated and then two weeks later cited for assault after he allegedly participated in a fight in a church parking lot.
Later that same Sunday, Mariah Carey was rushed to the hospital after dislocating her shoulder while shooting a video for the remix of her hit song Beautiful.
Her shoulder was reset and she is currently recovering at home. The resilient singer is moving forward with her free July 13 concert at Central Park's Great Lawn to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Then, to top it all off, on Monday Grammy Award-winning singer Lauryn Hill reported to federal prison in Connecticut to begin her three-month sentence for failing to pay taxes.
According to the Associated Press, Hill pleaded guilty last year for failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007.
The looming prison sentence didn't stop Hill from releasing new single Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix) in May, which you can listen to here.
While you were sunning, swimming and grilling, Taylor Swift was putting the Red into your Independence Day red, white and blue.
Swift quietly dropped the video for her newest single ahead of the holiday.
The video stars Swift, a few thousand of her closest concert-going friends and her sparkly Gibson guitar - appropriately enough, red - along with enough costume changes to compete with your average Broadway show.
And, if you've never been to a Swift concert, this should give you a good idea of how much like a real-life musical (read: totally fun) they are.
Sir Elton John has canceled all upcoming shows due to appendicitis, according to a press release on his official website.
John is suffering from an "appendix abscess surrounding retrocaecal appendicitis".
"Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates," a spokesman for John said. "To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans. He is eager to be back on top form and return to play the remaining shows starting in early September 2013."
John will not return to touring until he has fully recovered from both the surgery and any damage caused by the abscess.
We wish Sir Elton a speedy recovery! In the meantime, here's the preview for John's upcoming album Diving Board, out in September.
Love. Life. Ukulele. - that's the motto of one of our favorite up and coming artists, Sophie Madeleine.
Let's face it, the ukulele has a brightening effect on music that's contagious. But it isn't just the ukulele that makes Madeleine's music such a refreshing tune, it's her classic voice. Madeleine's voice is reminiscent of the '60s ... and utterly delightful.
You can listen to both of her albums, The Rhythm You Started and Love.Life.Ukulele, as well as an unreleased demo from her upcoming album Calico on SoundCloud. Madeleine is quite active on YouTube and even released 30 cover songs in 30 days, all of which will rock your world.
After releasing her first two albums through independent labels, she is currently raising money for her third album on Pledge Music.
Through Pledge Music, Madeleine is offering all sorts of goodies, including an acoustic living room concert, for a certain price and supporters can purchase the items and simultaneously raise money for the upcoming album. Not only do supporters help pay for the production of an album, but 20 percent of the money raised will go toward cancer research.
We encourage you to let Sophie Madeleine put a little more sunshine in your day. You can also purchase both of her albums in iTunes.
Jay-Z: Magna Carta Holy Grail - July 9
Ciara: Ciara - July 9
Hillsong: Glorious Ruins - July 2
Pretty Lights: Color Map of the Sun - July 2
Relient K: Collapsible Lung - July 2
Candice Glover: Music Speaks - July 16
Sara Bareilles: Blessed Unrest - July 16
Matt Nathanson: Last of the Great Pretenders - July 16
Selena Gomez: Stars Dance - July 23
Marc Anthony: 3.0 - July 23
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - July 23
Two lovers in love walked down the aisle, down the aisle, down the aisle ... and the wedding toast will never be the same because of it.
When her sister recently tied the knot, Jennifer Gabrielli got in touch with her inner Slim Shady to give the wedding toast to end all toasts.
Don't try this at home, folks.
Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight
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