Universal Pop Discovery - Episode 2 -

This week marked the 58th Anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson "The Big Bopper."  February 3rd, 1959.  A tragic plane crash in an Iowa field took the lives of three of the biggest music stars of the period.  Their pilot also lost his life.  To pay a tribute some recent covers of their music:

2011 Buddy Holly cover by;
Stevie Nicks "Not Fade Away"

2004 Richie Valens cover by:
Wyclef Jean "La Bamba"

1972 "Big Bopper" cover by:
Jerry Lee Lewis "Chantilly Lace"

Now, hope you enjoy my Episode 2 playlist with some of the latest releases and other tracks you gotta check out...
(You can purchase and download any track at Apple Music)

Depeche Mode
"Where's the Revolution"

Written by Martin Gore, this is Depeche Mode's first release in four years and provides a taste from the upcoming "Spirit" album to be releases in March.  Speaks of the volatility in society, possibly reflecting the climate in the U.K. and U.S.  Enjoy..

A.R. Rahman, Arjun Chandy, Haricharan and Jonita Gandhi

Some of you may remember A.R. as spokesman for our Worldspace Satellite radio or as the composer of brilliant soundtracks.  This track, just released earlier this month is already #1 in India and it is truly representative of the global appeal of Bollywood. The track is a mix of Tamil and English. A.R. Rahman was a great voice for Worldspace and a brilliant talent.

Milky Chance

This is first single from Germany's Milky Chance forthcoming album "Blossom."  Their first global hit "Stolen Dance" topped multiple global charts including the US.

London Grammar
"Big Picture"

The British trio London Grammar released Big Picture via their Facebook page earlier this month.  Already charting in multiple countries. Big Picture features the lead vocals of Hannah Reid.

Digital Farm Animals (Featuring Hailee Steinfeld)
"Digital Love"
Digital Farm Animals is British DJ Nicholas Gale.  Digital Love is sung by American actress Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit/Pitch Perfect). The single Digital Love was released in Early February.