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The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined

2/21/2012 2:00pm EST
The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined
When you look at someone who succeeds in a certain field, there are always numerous factors on why that person’s particular talent is above the rest and he or she seems to always excel. Take Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington, and even Albert Pujols, and it is evident that these special talents have not only shown the world their skills, but also inherited the proficiency of their particular areas. They do it for the art of their field. Not that sports and music goes hand in hand because they don’t, it’s just those particular athletes love their arena. And becaus...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

12/31/2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...

All Killer, No Filler: "Only Hits" Collects A Dozen Of The Hottest Tracks Of 2006

11/8/2006 4:40pm EST
Only Hits
A dozen monster tracks from 2006 have been assembled on Only Hits, a specially priced collection featuring chart-topping songs, including 10 tracks that cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With no space for filler, the compilation packs in a diverse array of artists from the worlds of hip hop, pop and rock. The compilation is now available in stores and online.

Only Hits contains a pair of #1 songs: "Laffy Taffy," the smash crossover hit by Atlanta rappers D4L and "You're Beautiful," the breakout single by singer/songwriter James Blunt. Gnarls Barkley – the duo of DJ Dan...

Rapper Jibbs To Release Debut, "Jibbs feat. Jibbs," Oct. 24

10/18/2006 8:05pm EDT
Riding the success of his huge single "Chain Hang Low", teen rapper Jibbs is set to release his dynamic debut album, "Jibbs feat. Jibbs" on October 24. He came up with the title as a nod to his musical diversity. "Every song on the album doesn't sound the same," he explains. "That's where the title "Jibbs feat. Jibbs" came from. No songs sound the same, but you’ll always know it's me."

His debut single, "Chain Hang Low," has caught on as one of the summer's catchiest tunes, consistently climbing the charts. The album features collaborations with Fabo of D4L, Chamillionaire, Lil Wayne,...

One Chance Is Making The Most Of Their One Chance

9/27/2006 1:25pm EDT
One Chance
For Courtney, Jon, Michael and Rob, One Chance is the perfect name for a foursome that has invested their heart and soul into their musical dreams and now stands on the verge of savoring the fruits of their labor.

"This name really suits us," says Jon Gordon, 20. "One Chance means we only have one life and this is our one dream and you've only got once chance to do it. We feel like all we need is one chance for people to hear us and they'll love us."

Bound by their love of music and their undeniable talent, these four Chicago natives came together three years ago and overcame all ...

Usher Signs R&B Group One Chance; Check Them Out On Their Debut Single "Look at Her"

8/7/2006 4:40pm EDT
One Chance
Usher signed One Chance to his label, US Records, and began the diligent task of developing them as only Usher can do. The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist said he saw reflections of himself in the group.

"As an artist, I know what it takes to be successful," Usher says. "I know what it takes to make a mark and have longevity. As a label owner, I want my artists to possess those same qualities. One Chance does. I have no doubt that these guys have what it takes to not only live up to the great R&B legends of the past, but to have the same kind of respect and longevity that many of...

Check Out BHI's Hit Video, "Do It, Do It (Pool Palace)" featuring Lil' Jon

7/23/2006 9:00am EDT
For more than a decade the south has imparted unique gifts of music, dance and style to hip-hop culture. Atlanta, Houston, Miami and New Orleans have consistently stood out as premier hot spots; cultivating some of the best and brightest stars to ever shine in the spotlight. Following in that tradition is Atlanta’s latest hip-hop sensation Born Husslers, Inc. Helmed by producer and rapper K-Rab, the originator of the wildly contagious "snap" music, BHI is a motley crew of four of today’s most outstanding MC’s.

BHI signed to Lil’ Jon’s BME Recordings and Warner Bros. Records through K-R...

Jibbs' New Video, "Chain Hang Low," Premieres Today; Listen To It Here

7/20/2006 4:26pm EDT
Now signed to IGA’s Geffen Records (home to Snoop Dogg, Slim Thug, Common, Pharrell, Mos Def, Mary J. Blige) and riding the success of his new single "Chain Hang Low", teen rapper Jibbs is set to change the game with the release of his dynamic debut album, "Jibbs feat. Jibbs." He came up with the title as a nod to his musical diversity. "Every song on the album doesn't sound the same," he explains. "That’s where the title Jibbs feat. Jibbs came from. No songs sound the same, but you’ll always know it's me."

With a sing-along chorus, clever braggadocio and a block-rocking beat, "Chain H...

Dem Franchize Boyz To Drop New Album In February

1/24/2006 2:55pm EST
Dem Franchize Boyz
So So Def/Virgin Records' Atlanta-based foursome Dem Franchize Boyz are the latest of hip-hop's young players to come from Jermaine Dupri and the So So Def family with a fresh new regional sound to storm the national scene. Their new album, "On Top of Our Game" (click for review), scheduled for release February 7, 2006, is positioned to prove the staying power of DFB as a self-contained performing and production unit, while maintaining the fast-growing spread of the club-oriented "Snap" music.

The second DFB single, "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" is already breaking out with support from c...

New CDs This Week (Nov. 8)

11/8/2005 4:42pm EST
Beastie Boys
A number of notable new releases this week including new albums from Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Cyndi Lauper, Floetry, Kate Bush and Young Buck; greatest hits collections from the Beastie Boys, Lenny Kravitz, Eurythmics and Limp Bizkit; live albums from Jeremy Camp, The Mars Volta, Tanya Tucker and Sepultura; and a whole bunch of other stuff. There's lots out this week, so check out this list of noteworthy releases for Tuesday, November 8th (many with reviews)...

AZ - A.W.O.L.

Beastie Boys - Solid Gold Hits

Bob Marley and the Wailers - Africa Unite: The Singles Collection