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Hi, I'm Brent – one of those eccentric musician types who live and breathe music. Kentucky bred (don’t judge). Besides being a certified music teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, I've been passionate about the music industry and music journalism for years. I've contributed to various music sites over the past five years – there's nothing better than being quoted!

Billboard Gets Some New Fresh Faces

May 28th, 2015 9:29am EDT
Twenty One Pilots
It’s a good year to be Twenty One Pilots – more specifically a good charting week! The alternative duo’s second album for a major label, Blurryface takes the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, to the tune of 146,000 units. Nearly 92% of those 146,000 units are pure sales, formerly the means that the Billboard 200 was constructed. Blurryface easily surpasses Twenty One Pilots’ previous effort, Vessel, which has expanded it sales recently, but still hasn’t sold enough to achieve a certification by the RIAA.

Twenty One Pilots weren’t the only newbies to the chart this week. Zedd ar...
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A$AP Rocky And Other Albums To Check Out

May 26th, 2015 9:45am EDT
A$AP Rocky
In what was poised to be a ‘slower’ release week, a surprise happened – A$AP Rocky’s sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. Besides A$AP, another rapper sports week’s next biggest release, Boosie Badazz. The rest of the releases are somewhat underrated and unsung, but there’s still a worthwhile crop of new albums to check out.

1) A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP (RCA)

Ah, these days there’s nothing like the surprise album, particularly the one that rewrites the featured album of the week at the last minute (literally). A$AP Rocky adds some ‘punch’ to this week’s new releases, particular...
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Artist Who Are Bringing The Funk Back

May 25th, 2015 3:00pm EDT
12 Recent Songs And Artists That Have Revived Funk
Some of the best music in history hails from the past, a period in which musicians were innovators paving the way for the future. It’s no surprise that contemporary music is heavily inspired by the past, hence marking a resurgence of “old school.” One style that has enjoyed such resurgence to the forefront of the music industry is funk, which seems to be ‘hot’.

Sure, maybe not every musician is jumping up and down or joining the bandwagon declaring the return of the 70s style, but plenty have paid ode to the masters with successful, award-winning records that maintain and reestablish f...
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Review: Twenty One Pilots ‘Blurryface’

May 25th, 2015 1:00pm EDT
8 Takeaways From Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’
Alternative duo Twenty One Pilots (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) have been having an awesome 2015 – there’s no other way to describe it. The main reason for this awesomeness is because the profile of the Ohioan duo has been elevated greatly, hence building anticipation for their second major label album, Blurryface. Now the question is, does Blurryface live up to the gargantuan hype that preceded it? The answer is a resounding Yes! Better yet, how about a YAASSS! Here are eight takeaways from Blurryface.

1) “Schizoid pop” is the best way to describe the album

Blurryface is one of the m...
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'Pitch Perfect 2' Tops This Week

May 21st, 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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Will Fans Enjoy Jamie Foxx’s New Album?

May 20th, 2015 2:42pm EDT
Review: Jamie Foxx Keeps Things Sensual On ‘Hollywood’
How does one characterize Jamie Foxx? The best way to describe Foxx is as multitalented. He is one of few actors – an Academy Award winner by the way – who can convincingly play dramatic roles as well as comedic roles. Furthermore, Foxx is one of few actors who has nailed the ‘musician’ thing – he’s a classically trained pianist with golden pipes.

After a five-year hiatus between albums, Foxx returns with his most sensually driven lengthily titled album yet, Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses. Has the 47-year old Foxx lost his swag? Nope, not in the least – perhaps he overdoes the ‘sw...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

May 19th, 2015 10:02am EDT
Jamie Foxx And Twenty One Pilots Among Jam-Packed Field Of Album
Ah, the third week of May and the new music releases just keep on coming! If last week was a bit of a downgrade from May’s illustrious first week, this week is nothing short of loaded. There’s truly something for everybody, whether contemporary R&B is your flavor (Jamie Foxx), genre-bending alternative (twenty one pilots), or electronic/dance (Zedd) among others. Here are eight albums to check out this week!

1) Jamie Foxx, Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses (RCA)

Jamie Foxx has released four albums, three of which were high profile efforts: Unpredictable (2005), Intuition (2008), an...
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B.B. King Left Us So Many Great Songs

May 18th, 2015 7:40pm EDT
Countdown: 11 Greatest B.B. King Songs
On May 14, 2015, the world lost one of its greatest musicians – Riley Ben King, better known as B.B. King (1925 – 2015). King was known for his easygoing, bluesy guitar style, played on “Lucille” and his gritty, commanding lead vocals. The complete musician, B.B. King is undoubtedly one of the best and most distinct to ever live. Though the blues were his ‘ace in the hole,’ King’s contribution to R&B and rock and roll itself shouldn’t be understated. Even into his 80s, King was a avid touring musician. He will be greatly missed, but his music is timeless; it will live on forever.

As ...
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We Think You'll Really Enjoy Snoops Latest Album

May 18th, 2015 1:54pm EDT
5 Takeaways From Snoop Dogg’s ‘Bush’
Snoop Dogg is back y’all! What better to come back than dropping a bomb? In this case, a ‘bomb’ is more ‘da bomb’ than a ‘flop.’ Bush, Snoop’s latest album is heads and tails above his recent releases, particularly his reggae album (as Snoop Lion) Reincarnated. What makes Bush so good? Well, here are five takeaways that make it irresistible!

1) Snoop Shows Incredible Maturity

Much like the song “So Many Pros,” there are indeed “so many pros” about Bush. One of the biggest is the maturity that Snoop showcases. Yes, it is shocking that Snoop Dogg and maturity are in the same sen...
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Unforgettable Musical Moments On 'David Letterman Show'

May 17th, 2015 3:00pm EDT
Incredible Musical Guest Performances On 'The David Letterman Sh
David Letterman is nothing short of a cultural icon – he is one of the preeminent entertainers in the game. As incredible a comedian and talk show host as he is, one of Letterman’s greatest contributions to pop culture are the musical guests and their respective performances that have graced his show. With The Late Show With David Letterman ending May 20, 2015, celebrating the most memorable and unforgettable musical moments from the show is only fitting.

The question becomes, where do you begin when you examine a plethora of music performances on both Late Night With David Letterman...
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