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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!

Does Meek Mill Step His Game Up On 'Dreams Worth More Than Money'?

July 6th, 2015 11:40am EDT
Review: Meek Mill Brings The Heat On 'Dreams Worth More Than Mon
“It’s hot outside, it’s Meek Milly season!” Swizz Beatz’s proclamation would be a correct one, as Philly rapper Meek Mill came to play on his delayed sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. Sometimes a delay ends up being the undoing of an album (looking at you Mariah Carey), but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all for Meek Mill. Dreams Worth More Than Money does not disappoint; it’s a darker and edgier effort than his 2012 debut.

Like his debut, Meek Mill knows how to kick off the album. “Lord Knows” does so with great ferocity. Meek Mill is on autopilot, slaughtering ...
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Are These Songs On Your List For Best (So Far) This Year?

July 5th, 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

July 4th, 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

July 2nd, 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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Does Kacey Musgraves Have Another Grammy Winning Album On Her Hands?

July 1st, 2015 2:08pm EDT
Review: Kacey Musgraves Nails It On Sophomore Album 'Pageant Bea
Today’s country music is not your father or mother’s country music – that’s an understatement. That said, that’s pretty much across the board of all music, where the changes have been drastic, yet are ultimately are part of a continuous circle that’s generational. That said Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves is a traditionalist in a time where being a traditionalist should totally be uncool – have you heard the phrase “Bro country” thrown around? While she should be totally lame, on her sophomore album Pageant Beauty, Musgraves nails it as her throwback sensibility i...
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Some New Music Releases For Everyone This Week!

June 30th, 2015 8:45am EDT
Miguel & Meek Mill Among Albums To Check Out
June 2015 goes out with a bang! You know what that means don’t you? Hot new music releases with everybody and his brother (and/or sister) in mind! There’s a mix of R&B, rap, country, and rock to pick from. Among the most anticipated new releases hail from Miguel and Meek Mill, with newbies X Ambassadors and Vince Staples getting in on the action. Here are eight albums to check out this week.

1) Miguel, Wildheart (RCA)

After a near three-year hiatus, contemporary/alternative R&B singer/songwriter Miguel returns with his third album, Wildheart. Wildheart follows up Miguel’s critically ...
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How Good Is Miguel's 'Wildheart'?

June 29th, 2015 9:59am EDT
Review: Miguel Delivers A Homerun On 'Wildheart'
In recent times, it seems that R&B needs an IV – intravenous fluids. 2015 hasn’t been very respectable from a commercial standpoint and in some regards critically for a once fiery genre. Miguel seeks to change the perceptions of R&B on his highly anticipated third album Wildheart, which follows his Grammy-winning sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream (Best R&B song for “Adorn”). Miguel’s eclectic brand of R&B – contemporary, alternative, dashes of rock and pop – makes Wildheart and album no one should sleep on.

Wildheart commences with “A Beautiful Exit,” a sound record showcasing pop sensi...
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2015's Most Underrated Songs

June 28th, 2015 3:00pm EDT
25 Most Underrated Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Not every record ends up being a hit. In fact if you think about it, only a select few songs end up with the distinction of hit status. The songs featured on this list are terrific, but none of them have been profound in the commercial department. Arguably, the best way to describe these songs are ‘underrated’ – they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the year as well as their artist’s respective album. All deserve the same respect if not more than the hits, but they can always bask in their critical acclaim. These are the most underrated songs of 2015…so far.

The underrated songs chosen are ...
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At 67 James Taylor Did This For The First Time -- See Details

June 25th, 2015 8:37am EDT
James Taylor Earns First No. 1 Album At Age 67
Prepare to be shocked! 67-year old veteran singer/songwriter James Taylor debuts at # 1 on the Billboard 200 with Before This World, impacting to the tune of 97,000 units, which was almost entirely sales. Those are solid numbers by all means for anybody regardless of age or status. Why is the news shocking about Taylor debuting "in the penthouse?" It's because as unbelievable as it may be, until this particular album, Taylor experienced a career-long drought in the "#1 album" department. Taylor had scored a #1 single before, but until Before This World, the “You’ve Got A Friend” singer exp...
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New Music This Week: Lots Of New Faces And Some Familiar Ones

June 23rd, 2015 8:30am EDT
Breaking Benjamin And Kacey Musgraves Among Albums To Check Out
Last week, the music release world was graced with new albums from James Taylor, Adam Lambert, and the return of Hilary Duff – not to mention others. This week, music listeners everywhere have their most choice of who and what they want to purchase beginning Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The best way to describe this music release week is STACKED. No, Kanye West hasn’t dropped his new album, but a lot of new faces and some familiar ones make this week a captivating one.

1) Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood Records)

Fifteen years in the game, rockers Breaking Benjamin return w...
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