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Chris Stapleton Comes Up Big For Second Straight Week

11/17/2015 11:08am EST
Chris Stapleton Makes It Two Weeks Atop The Billboard 200   
Chris Stapleton sure came up – big time. After reentering the Billboard 200 with his critically lauded debut Traveller at number one, Stapleton keeps the top spot warm. Why is this surprising this week? There were several new albums, but none of them had the support to unseat the country singer/songwriter. Interestingly, Stapleton still had a big impact, to the tune of 124,000 units (78% of those were sales).

The newbies also couldn’t take the runner-up spot, with Eric Church’s surprise effort Mr. Misunderstood improving from #3 to #2 despite losing support. Still, with a modest 65,000 uni...

CMAs Lift Chris Stapleton To Top Of Charts

11/10/2015 10:01am EST
© Mercury
It’s amazing how quickly things can change in life. For underrated country musician Chris Stapleton, he went from unknown to hot commodity thanks to unexpected victories at the Country Music Association Awards. After his album, Traveller debuted at #14 earlier in 2015, this week, Stapleton finds himself at #1 on the Billboard 200. Crazy right? Furthermore, Stapleton made more than a dent on the charts this week, impacting to the tune of 177,000 units, with 86% of those being sales.

So with Stapleton receiving his just due, it also confirms that this week wasn’t a power week in new release...

Ellie Goulding And Tim McGraw Lead Albums To Check Out This Week

11/3/2015 12:10pm EST
Ellie Goulding And Tim McGraw Among Albums To Check Out
There is one word that gets the music industry pumped this year – November. November 2015 is where it’s at, no questions asked. Filled with fresh blood, everybody’s music collection should expand this month, as there’s something for everybody. This week, the musical charge is led by British pop standout Ellie Goulding and country veteran Tim McGraw.

1) Ellie Goulding, Delirium (Interscope)

Ellie Goulding releases her third studio album, Delirium. Previous studio album, Halcyon featured the hit “Anything Could Happen.” Prior to Delirium, Goulding scored a hit with “Love Me Like You Do” f...

11 Songs That Break Barriers

10/19/2014 4:00pm EDT
11 Songs That Break Barriers
Sometimes, you have to take a stand. Taking a stand isn’t always a popular move, nor is it always personally lucrative. Musically, ‘taking a stand’ often means that musicians promote an unpopular or not oft tread platform, theme, or cause. That means ultimately, these bold musicians look to break barriers and pave the way for acceptance, tolerance, and otherwise. Here are 13 songs that break barriers of some sort.

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Hozier, 2014)

“Take Me To Church” is nothing short of brilliant and progressive. Hozier makes sex sound sanctified, brings light to ...

Fashion Fails: Paris Hilton, Madonna, Pharrell, More

2/1/2014 3:03pm EST
Paris Hilton
It's Fashion Fail Time! That means we take a break from letting you know how good all of your favorite stars look to show the other side of fashion: the fails!

Of course the looks from last Sunday's Grammy Awards are going to dominate this week's fails. First we have Paris Hilton, who ruined a beautiful white gown by adding faux-nude panels. Now it just looks tacky.

Madonna tried her best Colonel Sanders impression during the Grammys. Beautiful song, sure, but her outfit was ugly. Her red carpet look wasn't much better.

Someone loved Pharrell's hat enough to create a twitter acco...

2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails

1/28/2014 10:30am EST
2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails
Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed. As always, there were moments that thrilled while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year. Still, even being correct, you have to wonder what the Academy is thinking sometimes. Yes, I’m specifically referencing the fact that Kendrick Lamar was shut out – ridiculous! But here goes nothing examining the awards given.

The Big Four: Record, Album and Song of the Year & Best New Artist

Record ...

2014 Grammys - Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Wins Album Of The Year (UPDATE)

1/26/2014 6:00pm EST
2014 Grammys - Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Wins Album O
The 56th annual Grammy Awards are set to get underway in just two hours, and we'll have full coverage of the winners right here on Starpulse.

Check this page throughtout the course of the night as we'll be posting the winners as they happen.

You can also join in the conversation over at our twitter page (here)

The 2014 Grammy Nominees (winners in bold)

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo / Group Performance
"Get Lucky", Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Just Give Me A Reason", Pink featuring Nate Ruess
"Stay", ...

56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions: Who Will Take One Home

1/25/2014 8:00am EST
56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions
Grammy predictions for Record of the year, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Broadcast takes place on Sunday, January 26th. Previously, following the announcements of the nominations, I made predictions in regards to who I thought would walk out with statues. After sitting on it a while, it is time to make one last set of predictions before Sunday’s broadcast. Here goes nothing! Picks are in bold.

First things first, let’s look at the BIG FOUR predictions

1) Record of the Year

“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rod...

Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

12/9/2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...

Sara Bareilles On Katy Perry Comparison: 'I Don't Feel Like Anything Was Taken From Me Artistically'

9/21/2013 7:39pm EDT
Sara Bareilles
Katy Perry's latest single, "Roar", has drawn heavy comparison to Sara Bareilles' single "Brave", which was released back in April, but where most artists would immediately file a plagiarism lawsuit Bareilles says she has no problem with it.

Fans lashed out at Perry, accusing her of ripping off the melody of "Roar" from "Brave", but Bareilles is actually thrilled over it.

"I was stoked. I was like, 'Great,'" Bareilles tells "I was like, 'You guys want to go get (mad) about something and buy my music, that's great.'"

Sara is upset that her fans got "aggressive" over the sim...

Sara Bareilles, We Love You But…

8/5/2013 9:34am EDT
Sara Barielles : The Blessed Unrest
This is not your standard review… or really a review at all.  Take it how you want to. Sara Bareilles is one of the better songwriters of recent times, like really.  Face it, ole gal has a way with words, something so much of pop music is missing these days.  The rub (and you knew it was coming) with Bareilles on her most recent effort, The Blessed Unrest is that perhaps she’s too good with her words and too comfortable with her style.  What? Criticizing an artist who has established an identity rather than choosing to conform to everybody else?!? That’s shameful Brent, shameful! But I ain’...

No Shows, Scrapped Performances,Tribute Songs & More At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

4/15/2012 10:30am EDT
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were forced to scrap a planned performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night when rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch pulled out of the event.

The trio was saluted by rap heavyweights Chuck D and LL Cool J but only Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz were on hand to accept the accolade.

Hours before the ceremony the group's publicist released a statement which read: "Beastie Boys regret that Adam 'MCA' Yauch will be unable to join Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...

'The Sing-Off': From The Live Finale!

11/29/2011 3:23am EST
The Sing-Off
Season 3 of NBC's The Sing-Off drew to a close Monday night - and after the confetti, I talked with host Nick Lachey, judges Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman, and the top two acts! Here's what happened...

Congratulations to Pentatonix for being named season 3 champions! The Arlington, TX quintet (and favorite of Sonos) beat out the Dartmouth Aires and Urban Method to claim the title.

But there was a lot going on before the results...

The top three acts volunteered their time with charities close to their hearts. Pentatonix visited The Trevor Project, Urban Method helped out the Sickle Cell...

'The Sing-Off': Afro-Blue After Their Exit!

11/28/2011 11:10am EST
The Sing-Off
It's down to the wire on NBC's The Sing-Off. Before tonight's live finale, I chatted with Danielle Withers from the much beloved Afro-Blue.

The jazz ensemble from Howard University tackled a mash-up of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" combined with "Fly" by Nicki Minaj with Rihanna, and then the judges handed them the Sam Cooke classic "A Change Is Gonna Come." They battled it out with the Dartmouth Aires for the final spot in tonight's finale, but ultimately came up short.

That didn't stop them from leaving an impression on the audience or even their fellow contestants - you'll recall ...

'The Sing-Off': Vocal Point After Their Exit!

11/21/2011 10:30am EST
The Sing-Off
NBC's The Sing-Off said goodbye to Vocal Point this week - and I caught up with group members McKay Crockett, Jake Hunsaker and Tyler Sterling to get the post-show lowdown!

This is a big experience for any group - so what did you take away from The Sing-Off personally?

McKay: I think for me personally, one of the biggest things I took from the show is if you put your mind to something, you can achieve really great things. We have a really specific purpose, and it was just another example of if you have a purpose, amazing things can happen. Great things have happened and will continu...

'The Sing-Off': Kinfolk 9 After Their Exit!

10/10/2011 11:00am EDT
The Sing-Off
NBC's The Sing-Off sent another group home last week - and I've got their dish! Here's what Jenilee Reyes of Kinfolk 9 had to say.

What motivated your group to compete on the show?

I think what motivated us is that we were really excited to jump into unfamiliar territory. The first time we got together, for our first rehearsal, we were just talking about, "Wow. We're so excited to learn to sing a different way." It was scary but it was exciting.

What did you expect from the series, and how did your experience compare to your expectations?

We didn't really expect to get affected t...

'The Sing-Off': Soul'd Out & Messiah's Men After Their Exits!

10/3/2011 11:00am EDT
The Sing-Off
NBC's The Sing-Off is back - and after leaving the competition, members of Soul'd Out and Messiah's Men spoke with me about what happened - and what's next!

Hailing from Wilsonville High School in Wilsonville, OR, Soul'd Out is comprised of high school students of varying grade levels and musical backgrounds. Here's what group member Ethan Bryant had to say.

What motivated your group members to say that appearing on the show was something you wanted to do?

Coming fresh off our 2nd place finish at the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) finals, a lot of us were ...

Who Are The Best Pianists In Pop Music Today?

9/22/2011 10:52pm EDT
Alicia Keys - Who Are The Best Pianists In Pop Music Today
Who are the best pianists in popular music today? September is National Piano Month and before it runs out, we'd like to honor it with our picks of current popular performers who are crafting successful pop music careers to the joy of piano lovers.

Check out our list below, if we missed a favorite pop piano performer of yours let us know iin the comment area below.

Alicia Keys

Piano player Alica Keys has found the “key” to her success has been to perfectly balance her classical discipline with her love of Hip Hop and R&B. Her piano playing style, which perfectly complements her wide ran...

Interview: Ben Folds And Sara Bareilles Excited For New Season Of 'The Sing-Off'

9/20/2011 8:41pm EDT
The Sing-Off
Returning for a third season, NBC’s “The Sing-Off” is the most unique singing competition on television and judge Ben Folds is excited about this year’s batch of contestants. “I think this is the season of innovation,” says Folds of the field of competitors. “As [the season] evolves, I think everyone will see the innovation become second nature.”

Folds, who has been a judge for all three seasons along with Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, is joined this season by new judge Sara Bareilles who appeared in last season’s finale with one of the groups. “I have an a cappella background and I was a...

Sara Bareilles Auctioning Off Memorabilia To Help Stage Collapse Victims

9/19/2011 9:33pm EDT
Sara Bareilles
Singer Sara Bareilles has collected celebrity memorabilia from her famous friends for a charity auction to benefit the families affected by the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

The "Love Song" star had just left the stage when storm winds brought the structure down, killing seven festival-goers and injuring another 40.

And she's still recovering from the August tragedy.

She says, "It definitely changes the way you step onstage. We were all very fortunate that day and no one in my crew... was hurt from that, but we all saw a lot of stuff that we wish we hadn't seen."

Now she's determin...

Sara Bareilles Talks About Music And Judging On NBC's "The Sing-Off"

8/20/2011 3:00pm EDT
Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles has breathed melodic life into the pop music scene with her piano infused rock songs. While she’s a chart topper on tour, she’s also becoming a television star. Bareilles has joined NBC’s a cappella competition show The Sing-Off as a judge.

Bareilles told the Television Critics Association on August 1 that she finds criticism more effective when it’s compassionate, so she will not provide Simon Cowell-esque critiques. After her TCA session, Bareilles hung around to chat about her own music and more thoughts on joining The Sing-Off, which returns September 19 at 8 p.m. on NBC...

Janet Jackson & Lady Antebellum Switch Indiana State Fair Venues After Tragedy

8/15/2011 9:59pm EDT
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson and country trio Lady Antebellum have relocated their upcoming Indiana State Fair shows following Saturday's stage collapse disaster.

Five people were killed when storms brought the massive structure and lighting rig crashing down before Saturday's Sugarland set - and 45 other music fans were left injured.

The fair re-opened on Monday with a memorial to the victims of the tragedy and Jackson will continue the musical portion of the event on Wednesday - but at another venue. Full details have yet to be confirmed.

Maroon 5 and Train and Lady Antebellum are also scheduled to p...

Sara Bareilles: 'Stage Collapse Feels Like A Bad Dream'

8/15/2011 11:23am EDT
Sara Bareilles
Singer Sara Bareilles was horrified by the Indiana State Fair stage collapse on Saturday, comparing the tragedy to a bad dream.

Five revelers were crushed to death after a storm ripped through the fairground in Indianapolis and pulled down huge stage scaffolding and light rigging.

More than 40 people were also injured. Bareilles had performed at the show as a support act for headliners Sugarland, and still can't believe the tragedy happened.

She says, "The accident at the Indiana State Fair felt like a bad dream. The weather changed in a matter of minutes and the stage collapsed in a m...

Sugarland Cancel Iowa State Fair Concert

8/15/2011 9:08am EDT
Country duo Sugarland scrapped a planned performance at an outdoor event in Iowa on Sunday after watching in horror as five people were crushed to death at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday.

The tragedy occurred when a powerful storm ripped through the fairground, causing stage scaffolding and light rigging to crash to the ground shortly before the band was due to perform.

Initial reports claimed four people had been killed in the disaster, but the number of fatalities has since crept up to five, while at least 48 other people were injured.

Sunday's schedule for the Indiana State Fair, ...

Stage Collapse Kills Five At Indiana State Fair Sugarland Show (Scary Video)

8/14/2011 11:01am EDT
Country duo Sugarland and singer Sara Bareilles have escaped unscathed after a powerful storm caused the stage at the Indiana State Fair to collapse on Saturday night, killing five people.

The tragic event, which occurred as fans waited for Sugarland to perform, followed an announcement by concerned organizers who warned that a storm was advancing.

It's claimed the dust bowl smashed into the scaffolding and rigging, raining steel and dirt into the terrified audience. Winds were estimated between 60 and 70 miles-per-hour.

Four people died during the tragedy and a fifth died overnight, whi...

Sara Bareilles Mentors Young Singers At Rock N' Roll Camp

7/30/2011 5:17pm EDT
Sara Bareilles
Pop star Sara Bareilles stopped by an all-girls music camp in California this week to mentor a group of aspiring young singers.

The Love Song hit-maker , who is currently touring with country group Sugarland, took some time out from her own musical duties and visited the Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls in Los Angeles on Tuesday to provide counseling, tips and feedback to the teens during their vocal lessons.

However, Bareilles' kind gesture didn't end there - she also presented officials at the kids' organization with a $10,000 check to support the group's mission of empowering young women ...

Sara Bareilles Joins 'The Sing-Off'

7/15/2011 9:28am EDT
Sara Bareilles
Singer Sara Bareilles has signed on to Nick Lachey's reality TV competition show as a celebrity judge.

The hitmaker will now join fellow singers Ben Folds and Boyz II Men star Shawn Stockman on the panel of NBC TV's "The Sing-Off" this autumn.

The show sets out to find the best vocal groups who can perform without accompanying music.

In a statement released to Entertainment Weekly, she says, "A cappella music is very near and dear to my heart, and I have been a huge fan of the show from the beginning.

"I love the opportunity to be a part of something that celebrates a genre of music tha...

Sara Bareilles To Make Her Acting Debut

7/12/2011 3:47pm EDT
Sara Bareilles
Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles is set to make her acting debut - as herself - in a Nickelodeon kids show.

The Love Song hit-maker, who is currently touring America with country duo Sugarland, recently completed her very first acting assignment in TV series Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures, and she couldn't be more excited about her first gig.

She tells Entertainment Weekly, "Each and every person made me feel so incredibly welcomed and encouraged. I'm brand new to acting, so I appreciated feeling so supported, and those kids are absolutely awesome."

"I'm a little disappointed I di...

Katy Perry Kicks Off Grammy Awards Concert; Eminem Scores 10 Nominations (See List)

12/2/2010 8:35am EST
Katy Perry
Eminem is set to dominate the 53rd Grammy Awards in February after landing a massive 10 nominations.

The rapper is up for a string of top nods including Album Of The Year for Recovery and Best Record and Song for Love the Way You Lie, his collaboration with Rihanna. In the album category, he'll be fighting it out against Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, while his competition for Song of the Year includes Miranda Lambert and Cee Lo Green.

However, despite his 10 nods, Eminem can only scoop a maximum of nine trophies - in the Best Rap Song category, Love The Way You...

Jason Castro's Debut: File Under 'Worst Album Covers Of All Time'

3/16/2010 11:00am EDT
Jason Castro
Atlantic recording artist Jason Castro has unveiled details of his much-anticipated debut LP. "Jason Castro" arrives in stores and at all online retailers on April 13th.

The self-titled album will be preceded by the new single, "That's What I'm Here For." The track hit Hot AC radio outlets nationwide on March 8th. That same day would also see "That's What I'm Here For" - coupled with an exclusive rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," one of the songs that helped earn him a third-runner up finish on the 2008 season of Fox's "American Idol" - go on sale at digital retailers everywher...