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    Top Songs of 2018

    Listen, you know I love music of all genres. But 2018 delivered some of the most delicious ear candy I’ve heard in a long time.  Dance floor inspired bops like “The Middle” and “Havana” were my go-to Friday night songs. While country’s spillover into the pop genre continued with hits from my friends Cassadee Pope and Dan + Shay, proving that they can redefine the genre.  Newcomers MØ, joan, and The Aces were my favorite ‘artists to watch,’ while veteran Ariana Grande bounced back from Sweetener with her biggest track to date.  All 15 of these jams are 2018’s Top Songs of the Year, so slip on your favorite headphones, and reminisce on…

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    Music Monday: Caswell Shares Her Inspiration

    Caswell grew up in Tulse Hill in South London, surrounded by music. Armed with her first microphone at just two years old, she subsequently taught herself the piano and began to formally study music. Drawing from her influencers such as Kate Bush, Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone, to Bjork and Erykah Badu, Caswell has honed herself a signature sound; downtempo electronic soul and pop mixed with a tangible jazz influence. So when Listen! It’s Vetrano asked her to share her playlist of favorite songs and inspiration, it was no surprise that many of those influences showed up on the compilation. The singer also explores many of the facets of her inspiration on…

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    Music Monday: Ashley Roberts

    Listen! It’s Vetrano is excited to welcome former Pussycat Doll and new host of NBC’s “1st Look,” Ashley Roberts, to the site to take over my Spotify account to share the songs that she’s been playing all weekend, celebrating the Fourth of July. Following her time in one of the biggest girl groups in the world, the Pussycat Dolls, Roberts has proven herself to be a multi-talented force in entertainment on a global scale. NBC’s national Emmy-winning travel and lifestyle show “1st Look airs weekly immediately after Saturday Night Live (1am PT/ET Sundays) and takes her all across the globe to find the hottest trends in food, nightlife and local activities and excursions. In 2014, Ashley Roberts released her debut solo album Butterfly Effect in the U.K., which featured the…

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    Music Monday Playlist: Madi Wolf

    Listen! It’s Vetrano artist-to-watch, Madi Wolf, takes over my Spotify account this week to curate a list of her favorite songs that help to get her ready for a night out. The Los Angeles-based pop starlet is feeling pretty “lucky” these days after her new single, “Lucky,” was featured in the premiere season of the FOX series Coupled. Wolf’s debut track is produced by Isaac Hasson (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez) and was co-written by Madi, Isaac and musicians Ryan Cabrera and Nash Overstreet. “‘Lucky’ is about loving someone through the good times and bad,” Madi explains. “It’s about bad luck in one’s life and through it all they still see how lucky they are because they have that special…

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    Music Monday Playlist: The Magnettes

    Listen! It’s Vetrano artist-to-watch, The Magnettes take over my Spotify account to curate a list of songs that inspire and move them (and me, too!). The girls, who have set out to “reclaim the word ugly” with their fresh Icona Pop-meets-Sleigh Bells sound, are currently promoting their latest single “Killers In A Ghost Town.” “Why does beautiful have to be the standard?,” they said, “we think speaking your mind and being weak, weird, sad, anything but perfect, and ultimately real is cool. We have no regrets.” The video for The Magnettes new single, which debuted last month on FM.tv, is “about being an outcast and an underdog,” the pair explains. [It’s] “about claiming your space and identity. About growing up as…

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    Music Monday Playlist: KYTES

    Listen! It’s Vetrano artist-to-watch, KYTES takes over my Spotify account to curate a list of songs that you can find playing on repeat this summer while traveling and touring their new music. After a successful run at SXSW, KYTES delivers their new single “I Got Something,” which features a remix by Berlin’s hotly tipped producer, Robot Koch. Stream their top picks in the playlist below and find out why they chose them. Then hit that repeat button on their latest single “I Got Something,” out now! LIV PRESENTS… KYTES’ PLAYLIST 1. NVDES – Unforgettable: We were working together with Filous in the studio a few weeks ago and he showed us this song, since then it’s on repeat! 2. Mura Masa – Lovesick: This is one of the grooviest…

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    March Music: Spring Has Sprung

    The weather has started to take its highly anticipated turn towards the sun. Patios are filling up with anxious people, ready to throw on their shorts and flip-flops and enjoy an icy cold beer in the sun. And though my allergies are worse than ever, the warmer air makes me want to drop the windows and pop the top with a fresh playlist of March music to kick off the Spring. With new tunes emerging from some of my favorite divas like Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and Adele, and fresh new talents like Maren Morris delivering ideal music for road trips, this Spring is filling up with plenty of tunes to wet your musical…

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    Music Monday: Chris’ Pop Christmas Playlist

    It’s that time of year — Christmas is here! All week long, we’ll be spreading our fa-la-la-la-la’s and decking the halls to celebrate the nation’s biggest holiday of the year. Growing up, Christmas was less about the shiny packages and gifts under the tree. Instead, it’s always been about the music. The spirited, joyful, and often cheesy, music. As a child, I couldn’t wait (and often didn’t) for an appropriate time of year that I could pull out my Christmas albums and get into the holiday spirit. I was fascinated by the songs that every pop star wanted to sing — each, of course, with their own musical spin. Pop stars,…

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    Feys The Music: Eh, It’s Fall. Fine.

    Joe Feys is Nashville designer and Listen! It’s Vetrano contributor, regularly writing his column ‘Feys Lift.’ This week, Feys steps into the driver seat of ‘LIV’ regular series Music Monday to share some of his favorite songs of the moment.  As the playlist title not-so-subtly suggests, I’ve finally accepted the change in seasons. With the fall and winter months ahead, I have compiled some of the songs that are helping ease the pain of the colder temps. From the upbeat new single from Justin Bieber to my favorite new track from Carrie Underwood‘s latest Storyteller, this playlist has something for all. I am sharing my latest obsession Foxes and a oldie, but goodie with an…

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    Music Monday: My All-Time Favorite Songs

    This week’s Music Monday falls on a special day: my birthday. That’s right, on November 2nd V for Vetrano was born; and from a young age, music played a big part of my life. So, in honor of the big day, I’ve compiled some of my all time favorite songs –since birth– in one epic playlist. Songs that have touched my soul from the moment I’ve heard them. Songs that take me back to a special memory. Songs that I never skip when they come up on my Pandora station. All these songs, in some way or another, represent the first thirty years of my life. From my very first purchased…

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    Music Monday: Should’ve Been Hits – Divas Edition

    It’s Monday afternoon and you’re trying to get through the rest of your work day. I know the feeling… trust me! You’re probably sitting at your computer, pretending to put the final touches on that report to your boss that was due yesterday, but really surfing Facebook and daydreaming about what you’re having for dinner and what’s saved on your DVR. (Oooh! Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion starts tonight!) Then you remember, “Hey, it’s Music Monday on Listen! It’s Vetrano,!” and all is right in the world again. This week I’ve compiled some of my favorite songs from music’s biggest divas that I think should have been  (or still should…