Tina Benitez-Eves


Tina Benitez-Eves

Tina began covering music professionally in the ’90s as a reporter for the Village Voice in New York. A journalist for more than two decades, she has worked as staff editor and freelance writer covering entertainment, art, pop culture, food, wine, spirits, health, travel and more. Throughout it all, music has always been a constant in her life… and work. Her words have appeared in Billboard, Men’s Journal, Wine Spectator, and other local and national newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Based in New York City, Tina is currently working on her first book and can be found at @tbeves on Instagram.​

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7 Unconventional Songs About Birthdays

Happy Birthday to You / Happy Birthday to You / Happy Birthday Dear (insert name) / Happy Birthday to You. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional celebratory sing-along “Happy Birthday to You,” first published in 1893, but sometimes birthdays need a bit more oomph, and are tied to some deeper narratives. Over time, artists More

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4 Songs You Didn’t Know Dave Grohl Wrote

Dave Grohl started playing drums with his teeth. The beats were there, in his head. Even though Grohl’s first love was playing guitar, he found himself tapping out rhythms with his teeth and bashing anything in sight (mostly pillows) until he could get his first kit. Immersed in punk rock as a teen and playing More

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Queen Reportedly Set to Sell Catalog for $1.1 Billion

As Queen marks the 50th anniversary of their eponymous debut, the band is reportedly in talks to sell their catalog of music for an estimated $1.1 billion. The band is reportedly in the early stages, which could include everything from their 1973 self-titled debut through their 1995 album, Made in Heaven—Queen’s15th and final album following More

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6 Songs You Didn’t Know James Brown Wrote for Other Artists

Taking soul onto the R&B charts, James Brown helped push the genre further into the mainstream by the mid-1960s with his first No. 1 hit, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” which earned him his first Grammy award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording, followed by another chart-topping hit, “I Got You,” which hit the More

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9 Songwriting Tips, According to A.I.

There isn’t always a process to songwriting. Some of the greatest songs come in one magical moment (check out 10 Songs Written in 10 Minutes) while others require weeks, months, or even years of waiting, writing, and rewriting before they are “ready.” Songs can come from real-life moments, memories, and experiences, from heartbreak, loss, and More

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5 Songs You Didn’t Know Tina Turner Wrote

Earlier in Tina Turner’s career, while she was still making albums with Ike Turner, she slowly began writing more of the duo’s songs. The first song she was ever credited on was “I Am a Motherless Child,” on their 1969 album, Outta Season, which she also produced with Bob Krasnow. She continued to pen more songs More

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Meaning Behind Tina Turner’s Sexy Hit “Private Dancer”

Originally written by Mark Knopfler for his band Dire Straits, “Private Dancer” called for a woman’s voice, so he pitched it to Tina Turner. At the time, Turner already released two solo albums, Rough, in 1978 and its follow-up, Love Explosion, in 1979, following her divorce from Ike Turner. Both albums were not commercial successes, More

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4 Songs You Didn’t Know Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler Wrote

When Mark Knopfler was 13, he had a Saturday morning job as a copyboy for the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle, England. There, he became friends with the copy editor, the late poet Basil Bunting (1900-1985). Three decades after Bunting’s death, Knopfler penned the song “Basil,” in tribute to the writer and released it on his 2015 solo More

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