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Are These Songs On Your List For Best (So Far) This Year?

7/5/2015 11:00am EDT
25 Best Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Ah, the time has come to examine the best songs of 2015. In an age where records dominate as opposed to the albums themselves, there is always an abundance of terrific songs to choose from. But when it’s all said and done, one or more of those terrific songs is always going to get left off, no matter how long the list is, so if your favorite isn’t here, that might be the reason why. So here goes nothing – 25 of the best songs of 2015… so far! And by the way, if a song appears from 2014, it is because it blew up in 2015 or its parent album is from 2015.

1) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Fac...
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50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”

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5th Album Is A Charm For Breaking Benjamin

7/2/2015 8:56am EDT
Breaking Benjamin Becomes The Latest Musicians To Score First No
2015 must be the year of chart dreams realized – at least for some artists. Not everybody can boast of the chart glory (looking at you Ciara). For Breaking Benjamin, a band on their fifth album, reaching the penthouse on the Billboard 200 had eluded them four times before. Finally, the fifth time proved to be charm and Dark Before Dawn earned the band their first #1 album. The numbers are rock solid, as Dark Before Dawn shows no darkness whatsoever with 141,000 units, most of which were album sales. BB is certainly doing its thing – kudos boys, kudos.

Being the jam-packed week it was...
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We Find These Music Videos To Be The Best So Far This Year

6/20/2015 9:00am EDT
The Best Music Videos Of 2015 (So Far)
What does every good music single need? A stunning visual – a gripping music video – to accentuate and accompany the music of course! While music videos on television seem to be a thing of the past, they are still incredibly popular online. All of the videos that grace this list have racked up millions of views on YouTube alone. Choosing just 20 out of a beaucoup of videos is arduous, but here are some of the standouts as of yet in 2015.

Some of the songs actually bowed in 2014, but they weren’t released as a single until 2015 or the video arrived in 2015.

1) Taylor Swift featuring K...
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'Pitch Perfect 2' Tops This Week

5/21/2015 9:58am EDT
The 'Pitch Perfect 2' Soundtrack Is Aca-Awesome At No. 1
Who had an “Aca-awesome” week on the Billboard 200? That would be the original motion picture soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2, which debuts at #1. Pitch Perfect 2 definitely benefitted from the success of the original Pitch Perfect soundtrack and movie, hence the energetic 107,000 units start. Lately, soundtracks have been on a roll on the albums chart, and Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t about to end the run.

Besides Pitch Perfect 2, the only other new release to enter the top 10 was Incubus’ EP, Trust Fall (Side A), which landed at #6 with a modest 40,000 units. With Incubus’ EP being the fi...
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How Did Mumford & Sons New Album Perform?

5/14/2015 10:09am EDT
Mumford & Sons Take ‘Wilder Mind’ To No. 1 On Billboard
Unsurprisingly, Mumford & Sons cruised to a career second #1 album with Wilder Mind. Despite retooling their banjo-heavy style, plenty of people still joined the British band’s party – 249,000 to be exact, with most of those equating to copies sold. Go back three years earlier when Babel and mad banjo were still thriving, and the numbers were loftier to the tune of 600,000. Still, given the new normal of album sales and a new way to calculate the overall impact of an album, Mumford & Sons performed well.

It wasn’t all about Wilder Mind contrary to popular belief (or the majority of s...
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Does The 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Soundtrack Deliver?

2/11/2015 11:00pm EST
Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t just a book or a motion picture – it’s a movement! No the presence of Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t changing something of macro importance, but it certainly expounds upon sex in ways many have never experienced - understatement. That said, the relationship between Ana and Christian is not the focus here – it is the accompanying original motion picture soundtrack. Such a bold film requires a soundtrack to match, and overall, the ‘nifty’ Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack does the job.

Fifty Shades of Grey mixes old and new throughout its course. It opens soundly wit...
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'Fifty Shades': Dakota Johnson Gets Tied Up For The Weeknd (NSFW)

1/22/2015 8:04pm EST
Dakota Johnson Is All Tied Up In The Weeknd's Scorching 'Earned
Dakota Johnson is all tied up in the first official video from the soundtrack to "Fifty Shades of Grey," which hits theaters next month.

The actress, who plays the lead role of Anastasia Steele in the flick, is bound in ropes while wearing just a fleshtone bra and undies, and she's suspended over a stage as Canadian R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, performs his sure-to-be hit single "Earned It."

Johnson isn't the the only one steaming up the video as dancers wearing just pasties over their nipples and black "X's" on their bare buttocks move erotically in the background.

The video...
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The 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2013

12/26/2013 11:00am EST
Britney Jean
Throughout 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to review lots of albums.  Some were extremely special (Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City among ‘em), while others were D-I-S-A-P-P-O-I-N-T-I-N-G. Not to be a negative noodle or kill anyone’s happy vibe, but sometimes artists lay an egg… a really rotten one.   Not every album here is just awful, but contextually, they didn’t quite live up to the hype.  Some were rotten eggs though!

1) Britney Spears

 Britney Jean

Keeping it short and sweet, Britney Spears at times lacked fierceness on Britney Jean.  “Work B*tch” was great and “Perfume”...
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6 of Today’s Most One Dimensional Music Artists

11/3/2013 2:00pm EST
John Mayer Paradise Valley
Some artists constantly change up their formula, while others are content.  There is nothing wrong with being content, but sometimes it puts your artistry into serious questioning.  There are many artists I could characterize as ‘one dimensional’, but I chose five who truly epitomize this description.  And yes, some of these are artists I highly respect and listen to.  I’m a meanie, I know.

India. Arie

I really do respect and enjoy India. Arie’s music, but I feel that she hasn’t truly ‘spread’ her wings for a couple of albums.  I’m all about “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but stil...
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 2

10/12/2013 9:10pm EDT
I Am Not a Human Being II
Welcome all who dare to part deux of my Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013 for all who dare to enter the brentmusicreviews zone! Ha… If you missed the first part (Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013, Part 1), you should like totally check out my favorites from 2013, ‘cause there was some awesome albums.  If you’re not one for positivity and optimism, maybe you’re just checking this out because some you enjoy skepticism, criticism, and the occasional, um, cynicism.  Regardless, let me remind you how I started off my previous post:

As I look o...
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