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Most Notable Music Moments (So Far)

7/26/2015 11:00am EDT
32 Most Notable Music Moments Of 2015 (So Far)
Every year is filled with news, whether good or bad. 2015 is no different from any other year, with an assortment of politically and socially charged events occurring. That’s the nature of the beast called life. The same goes with music, too. There have been numerous notable moments and occurrences, so many that it would be impossible to recap them all. So we won’t try – we’ll choose 32 of the most notable music moments of 2015 so far, and hope we didn’t miss too many important ones along the way!

1) The legendary B.B. King died

When ‘Hospice’ is uttered by or associated with an ...
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Meek Mill's 'Dreams' Come True

7/9/2015 9:56am EDT
Meek Mill Tops The Billboard 200 With 'Dreams Worth More Than Mo
So the music industry is changing once again – SHOCKER! New albums now are being released globally on Fridays. Since new albums are being released on a new date, the ever-changing Billboard 200 will have to shift its window of tallying ‘multi-metric consumption’ aka album sales, streams, and overall impact. What does all this mean? Well, this is the last Billboard chart update that takes place on Thursdays. So let’s all celebrate the final Billboard 200 update on Thursday with yet another artist celebrating his first #1 album.

Meek Mill put up some excellent numbers with his sophomor...
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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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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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Longtime Band Scores First No. 1 Album

6/18/2015 9:45am EDT
Muse Rocks Its Way To First No. 1 Album With 'Drones'
Another week and another new number one album on the Billboard 200. This week, British alternative band Muse takes the top spot with Drones, their first number one album. Muse’s numbers weren’t the sexiest ever, but the 84,000 units are respectable, with nearly all of those units being pure sales. Interestingly, Muse’s last three albums have debuted in reverse order – The Resistance at #3, The 2nd Law at #2, and now Drones at #1. Wasn’t Muse totally destined to spend some time in the penthouse eventually?

The only other newbie to the Billboard 200 top ten this week came courtesy of ...
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Band Scores Its First No. 1 Album

6/11/2015 8:15am EDT
Florence + The Machine Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Men, women, and children everywhere, get ready for a total shocker on the albums chart this week. Florence + The Machine scores its first #1 album of its career with How Big, How Big, How Beautiful. Total shocker right? – Totally NOT as all indications suggested that front woman Florence Welch and company was about to “come up.” Kudos, as the alternative band impacted to the tune of 137,000 units, most of which were sales themselves. Compared to the opening performance of previous album Ceremonials, how does the sales of How Big… compare? In sales alone, How Big… wins, with about a 25,00...
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A$AP Rocky Scores

6/4/2015 8:55am EDT
A$AP Rocky Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200
In the biggest SHOCKER of the week (can you sense the sarcasm?), A$AP Rocky scores his second number one album of his career with At.Long.Last.A$AP. In a week not characterized by its star power, it was expected that the New York City rapper would easily reach the top of the charts. According to Billboard, Rocky’s impact was respectable at 146,000 units, on par with the 147,000 units that last week’s number one album – Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface – moved. In regards to pure sales, A$AP Rocky’s debut album outperformed his sophomore effort. Still, six-figure sales are a rarity these da...
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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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Awesome Pop Collaborations You Might Have Missed

5/17/2015 11:00am EDT
10 Pop Collaborations You Don’t Wanna Miss
Is there anything better than a terrific pop collaboration in your life? Yeah, don’t answer that…Maybe a duet or collaborative performance isn’t your idea of something life changing, but everyone knows that good music can make a bad day better. Some terrific pop collaborations came out of late 2014 and 2015 and if you somehow missed the hotness of these tracks, well they’re right her for the taking folks! Here are 10 pop collaborations you DON’T wanna miss!

1) Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!” (Uptown Special, 2015)

Did you really think this wouldn’t top the list? Duh! ...
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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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How Successful Was Zac Brown’s Jekyll + Hyde Debut?

5/7/2015 9:03am EDT
Zac Brown Band, JEKYLL + HYDE © Republic
Another week, a different #1 album – isn’t that how the old saying goes? After Alabama Shakes topped the Billboard 200 last week, this week country band Zac Brown Band takes over the top spot. Unsurprisingly, Zac Brown Band did work, as Jekyll + Hyde impacted to the tune of 228,000 units, with nearly 94% of those ‘units’ being sales. There was never any doubt that Zac Brown Band would come out on top as the closest competition, Josh Groban’s Stages, lands at #2 with 180,000 units, with nearly all of those comprising of sales. So in essence, the Billboard 200 is top-heavy this week.

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Songs With Odd Standout Titles

5/3/2015 12:30pm EDT
15 Awesome Songs With Odd Titles
There have been many awesome songs that have been written throughout the course of music history. Many such songs sported titles that were memorable, but not necessarily distinct. For example, many songs have explored beauty or love, with the simple, generic “Beautiful” serving as the song title or something similarly common. Other songs, however, take their creativity to the next level, featuring unique, unforgettable titles. This list features 15 AWESOME songs with odd titles that make them standout from the rest.

1) Lady Gaga, “Scheiße” (Born This Way, 2011)

One of the most f...
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Shawn Mendes Debut Album Is Tops

4/23/2015 9:25am EDT
Shawn Mendes Takes 'Handwritten' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Shawn Mendes wasn’t lying when he was singing “Something Big.” Surely he was anticipating his pending #1 album on the Billboard 200. That’s right Handwritten outperformed the competition to the tune of 119,000 units, most of which were album sales. Shawn Mendes, indeed is doing big things at a young age – he’s all of 16.

Mendes beat out more established artists who dropped new albums. Reba McEntire – a veteran by all means – settles for #3 with Love Somebody, moving a modest 62,000 units. As for Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb landed at #4, only producing 58,000 units. Interestingly...
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Who Took The Top Spot On The Billboard 200 This Week?

4/16/2015 11:56am EDT
‘Furious 7’ Soundtrack Bests All Time Low For Top Spot On The Bi
It was a good week to be a soundtrack, specifically the soundtrack to Furious 7. After ascending to the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 last week, Furious 7 sits atop the charts this week. The improvement in units from the previous week are quite substantial – 111,000 units this week versus 74,000 the previous week. Making Furious 7’s ascent on the Billboard 200 is what the soundtrack did on the Billboard Hot 100, namely “See You Again.”

“See You Again” did the unthinkable – killed Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ vibe. How so? “See You Again” stopped “Uptown Funk” from breaking a tie for th...
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Amber Rose On Wiz Khalifa 'He Makes Me Happy. He's The Only One Who Can'

4/3/2015 11:11am EDT
Amber Rose Posts Heartfelt Note About Ex Wiz Khalifa On Instagra
Amber Rose posted a heartfelt message on Instagram about her estranged husband Wiz Khalifa on Thursday, basically telling fans that she wants him back.

The model uploaded an image of the former couple kissing at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and the caption: "My #ManCrushEveryday you know what it is... We went wrong somewhere and even if we never ever get back together (Even tho I pray, dream and hope we do) he will forever be the love of my life.

"The media doesn't make it easy but f**k them we gotta live for reality and not society. We forever have a bond because we made a beautiful b...
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Amber Rose Calls Wiz Khalifa A Cheater (Watch)

2/16/2015 3:03pm EST
Amber Rose Calls Wiz Khalifa A Cheater On Radio Show (Watch)
Amber Rose called out Wiz Khalifa as a cheater on a recent radio interview, but says her soon-to-be former husband will always be a part of her life.

"You know, he's young, he has a lot of life to live," Rose said of Khalifa on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club radio show.

"Now that I'm done crying, it doesn't bother me anymore. Now's my time to live. I'll never say never because he's the father of the my child. He's still technically my husband. But right now, with all he's doing, I'm not with it," she continued.

Rose remained vague about rumors that Khalifa cheated saying, "It's like 'D...
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Wiz Khalifa Gives Amber Rose $1 Million Settlement, Wants Joint Custody Of Son

9/27/2014 8:53am EDT
Wiz Khalifa Gives Amber Rose $1 Million Settlement, Wants Joint
Wiz Khalifa has hired famous attorney Laura Wasser to help him fight for joint custody of his son Sebastian during his divorce from Amber Rose.

Wasser is also representing actress Melanie Griffith in her divorce from Antonio Banderas and "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star Khloe Kardashian, who split from NBA star Lamar Odom in 2013.

Khalifa's estranged wife filed divorce papers in California on Wednesday, citing irreconcilable differences. She is trying to get full legal and physical custody of the one-year-old, while Khalifa wants joint custody.

Meanwhile, the rapper agreed to pay R...
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Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa Split Over Cheating Allegations

9/25/2014 8:57am EDT
Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa
Amber Rose filed for divorce from Wiz Khalifa on Wednesday because she thinks he's been cheating on her for months, but he's not the only one who has reportedly strayed.

The rapper kicked off his tour in July, and Rose started suspecting he was hooking up with other women, a source told TMZ.com.

The model attempted to join her husband on tour but he reportedly shut her down, saying she should stay home with their one-year-old son Sebastian while he earned money for their family.

Meanwhile, Rose has recently been linked to Nick Cannon, who is in the process of divorcing Mariah Carey.

Ros...
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Amber Rose Posts Naked Photo, Files For Divorce From Wiz Khalifa

9/24/2014 8:06pm EDT
Amber Rose Posts Naked Photo, Files For Divorce From Wiz Khalifa
Amber Rose, who appeared nearly naked at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, has posted a provocative photo on Instagram in response to the nude celebrity photo leak.

The black and white image shows the model lying down on her stomach on a bed without any clothes on. She captioned the photo, "Good morning," with a smiling emoji.

Earlier this week, she posted and then deleted a photo of a hairy man's backside with the caption: "Well before anyone tries to hack me I figured I'd release a brand new pic of how I actually look from the back. It's only right… Enjoy.”

Rose has also filed fo...
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NYPD 'Hip-Hop Police' Monitor Stars Such As Drake & Chris Brown

8/30/2014 5:07pm EDT
Drake
In the wake of Marion "Suge" Knight's shooting at a club in Los Angeles, a police force tasked with monitoring personal appearances by controversial hip-hop stars is stepping up its surveillance of hip-hop stars.

The elite squad is known as the "Hip-Hop Police" and reportedly focuses its work on musicians such as Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Fat Joe, Drake and Chris Brown.

The squad monitors rap concerts and nightclub appearances by those who allegedly cause trouble. According to the New York Post, law enforcement officials are increasing their efforts following the shoo...
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Wiz Khalifa Takes ‘Blacc Hollywood’ To The Top: This Week in Music

8/28/2014 7:45am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood'
Wiz Khalifa has been high many times in his life – he’d probably say the same thing – but he’s never been #1 on the Billboard 200. This week, after two previous albums, Wiz Khalifa’s latest album Blacc Hollywood sold 90,000 copies, easily sufficient for #1. While Wiz had never debuted at the penthouse, both his previous albums actually moved more copies their first week. 2011 effort Rolling Papers sold a robust 197,000 copies, while 2012 LP O.N.I.F.C. sold 148,000. Each album by the kush lover has sold less. Still, Wiz should celebrate…then again maybe he should ease up on Mary Jane. ...
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Fashion Fail: A Nearly Naked Amber Rose Wears Nothing But Chains To The MTV VMAs

8/24/2014 11:45pm EDT
Fashion Fail: A Nearly Naked Amber Rose Wears Nothing But Chains
Sunday night may have been all about the Video Music Awards, but Amber Rose has landed our award for Worst Dressed on the red carpet.

Rose arrived with husband Wiz Khalifa, who didn't stay for the ceremony at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., as he was scheduled to play in nearby Irvine, arrived wearing a very tacky Laura Dewitt chain-link dress that covered, well, pretty much nothing.

The outfit was a throwback to the 1998 MTV VMAs, when actress Rose McGowan left nothing to the imagination in a see through mesh dress and a tiny g-string when she accompanied then boyfriend Marilyn Manson to...
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Man Shot To Death Backstage At Wiz Khalifa Concert

8/24/2014 1:35pm EDT
Wiz Khalifa
Rapper Wiz Khalifa's concert in Mountain View, California, on Friday night ended in tragedy as a 38-year-old fan was shot to death following the event.

The unnamed man was shot multiple times backstage shortly after Khalifa finished his set at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and died of his wounds on Saturday at a local hospital.

Khalifa canceled his Saturday night show in Chula Vista, Calif., following the shooting, and posted his thoughts on the matter on Twitter.

"Due to a situation out of our control, tonight's UTIOM (Under The Influence Of Music tour) show is cancelled," he wrote. "This ...
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Review: Wiz Khalifa Brings More Of The Same On ‘Blacc Hollywood’

8/20/2014 9:21am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood'
If nothing else comes across on a Wiz Khalifa album, the MC’s love of weed does. It seems as if no Wiz song is a go without a reference to smoking. While the honesty is appreciated, it is often overplayed, growing tiresome album in and album out. On third album of note, Blacc Hollywood, weed definitely remains part of Wiz. His shallowness as an MC as well, dominates his latest album. Ultimately, Wiz Khalifa is who he is, and nothing more.

“Hope” opens Blacc Hollywood, featuring up and coming artist Ty Dolla $ign. Chevy Woods provides a lengthy intro before Wiz ever spits one bar. Ulti...
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Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

8/19/2014 11:33am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This W
Finally, finally, finally! Things are beginning to look up as the music industry gears towards the always busy, profitable fourth quarter (September through December). After August has gotten off to a slow start, this week, numerous interesting titles drop. Not every title is featured here (sorry Amy Grant, Colton Dixon, Gretchen Wilson, Kimbra and Randy Travis), but a select few are highlighted as albums to check out. Among the most notable titles is Wiz Khalifa’s third album, Blacc Hollywood.

1) Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood (Atlantic)

Wiz Khalifa’s third album could be one to make...
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Megan Fox Doesn't Remember What A Frog Looks Like

8/7/2014 3:22pm EDT
Megan Fox, Jimmy Fallon, Nick Cannon, Wiz Khalifa
Megan Fox was ready to take on Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon in a game of celebrity Pictionary – it's just too bad she couldn't remember what a frog looks like.

Fox and Fallon were joined by Nick Cannon, who paired up with Fox, and Wiz Khalifa, who was on Jimmy's team. For the first drawing, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actress had to draw the phrase "frog in your throat." While she was able to portray a throat, she claimed "I don't remember what they look like" when she had to draw a frog. It's too bad she didn't star in Teenage Mutant Ninja Frogs, then.

Jimmy got the much more es...
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Wiz Khalifa Shocked By The Amount Of Weed Miley Cyrus Smokes

4/2/2014 10:01pm EDT
Wiz Khalifa Shocked By The Amount Of Weed Miley Cyrus Smokes
Wiz Khalifa has a new album coming out titled "Blacc Hollywood," and the rapper was one of Arsenio Hall's guests Tuesday night.

Wiz stopped by the host's talk show to do a little promotion for his upcoming album, and he revealed that he rounded up several collaborators for the new album, including , Charlie Wilson, Bruno Mars and Miley Cyrus.

Arsenio asked what it was like working with Cyrus, and Khalifa, real name Cameron Jibril Thomaz, revealed that she smokes a lot of marijuana.

"[She's] insane!" the rapper said. "But, in a good way, though... She's just a ball of energy-- and she smo...
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Waka Flocka, Peter Jackson, Murdakkh, New Music

2/19/2014 10:25pm EST
Waka Flocka, Peter Jackson, Murdakkh, New Music
Multi-Platinum Hip Hop recording artist Waka Flocka just released a new video feature on DJ Holiday’s Miley’ track with Wiz Khalifa. Flocka has also recently teamed up with Canada’s Peter Jackson to put out his new single—‘Havana’. In addition to Waka Flocka, the track also features vocals from pop recording artist Bianca.

'Havana' is a radio-ready club banger that will no doubt be heard in many a car this year as well. It’s a smooth mix of bass and beats with bars and vocals to match. Jackson has toured and collaborated with artists like Akon, Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Busta Rhymes, ...
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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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