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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!

Fall Out Boy Tops The Billboard 200: This Week In Music

January 29th, 2015 10:44am EST
Fall Out Boy
As unbelievable as it may be, for a second straight week, Taylor Swift is NOT sitting at number one. That statement is enough for all to utter a collective gasp of shock. Swift’s slippage is definitely Fall Out Boy’s gain, as the uniquely titled American Beauty/American Psycho scores FOB another number one album.

Fall Out Boy were previously in the penthouse for Infinity On High (2007) and Save Rock and Roll (2013). In sales alone, American Beauty/American Psycho outperformed their previous effort, delivering more robust January sales totals to the tune of 192,000 copies. Wonder wha...
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5 Takeaways From Marilyn Manson’s 'The Pale Emperor'

January 28th, 2015 1:00pm EST
5 Takeaways From Marilyn Manson’s 'The Pale Emperor'
What comes to mind when you hear the name Marilyn Manson? Crazy, satanic, atheistic, odd, left of center? All those adjectives are fair game for one of music’s most shocking musicians/bands, period. Manson had parents shivering back in the 1990s, and the controversies surrounding him during the period of the ’99 Columbine High School shootings will never be forgotten.

But that was then and this is now, and Manson’s shocking peak has been far behind him and his collective. That said there’s still that sense of fear, rebelliousness, and hellishness when one partakes of a Marilyn Manson...
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Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out

January 27th, 2015 9:48am EST
Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
January 2015 has been a ‘louder’ musical month than anticipated. Music listeners have been bestowed more audio gifts than an usually available, so give a slow music industry credit. Hey, what would January 2K15 be without the “No Flex Zone” of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd (Sremmlife), the “Uptown Funk” of Mark Ronson (Uptown Special), or “Lips Are Movin” courtesy of Meghan Trainor? Think about it!

This week isn’t nearly as dynamic as last week, but that doesn’t mean there are no interesting or notable albums to partake of. In a ‘slower’ week than last, R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is definit...
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Review: Fall Out Boy ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’

January 25th, 2015 3:30pm EST
Review: Fall Out Boy Keep The Hits Coming On ‘American Beauty/Am
Every new Fall Out Boy album is “kind of a big deal” – yep. Face it – the boys who are now men have hit it big with hits like “Sugar We’re Going Down,” “This Ain’t A Scene,” and “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” just to name a few. And why shouldn’t their sixth studio album be highly anticipated? Led by surefire hit “Centuries” and sporting some of their fiercest artwork yet, American Beauty/American Psycho just screams, “listen to me!” Well maybe not literally, but those who partake of album ‘numero seis’ won’t be disappointed.

American Beauty/American Psycho opens with an “I...
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10 'All Time Low' Songs In Musician’s Careers

January 25th, 2015 2:00pm EST
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“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Yep, that’s the sentiment of these songs that mark the ‘all time lows’ – the bottom of artist’s career as far as the objectionable, horrific song. No, it doesn’t mean that the album wasn’t successful (though in some instances, that’s the case), but these songs could be described as detritus (fun word) aka GARBAGE! Why couldn’t these musicians have avoided such a mess? Here are 10 head shakable moments for your listening pleasure worth scrutinizing.

1) Chris Brown, “Don’t Judge Me” (Fortune, 2012)

Let’s just keep it all the way real. There were plen...
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How Did Meghan Trainor's Album Do On The Billboard 200?

January 22nd, 2015 10:56am EST
Meghan Trainor Debuts Robustly Atop The Billboard 200
Meghan Trainor had a big week – particularly for the dead of January. After weeks of domination by chart queen Taylor Swift, Trainor seized the number one spot as Title sold a robust 195,000 copies. This does NOT happen in January folks! Throw in Billboard’s multi-faceted formula, and the impact of the “All About That Bass” singer’s debut is even more impressive. Meghan Trainor is doing big things and definitely had the most special week of the newbies on the chart. If only the other newbies had such numbers which to boast.

Besides Trainor’s bow atop the charts – not to mention the...
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Divas Go Head To Head: Meghan Trainor Vs. Jazmine Sullivan

January 21st, 2015 7:00pm EST
Divas Go Head To Head: Meghan Trainor Vs. Jazmine Sullivan
So let's begin by addressing the elephant in the room. Why compare a pop artist and an R&B artist? Great question! The reason is that both Meghan Trainor and Jazmine Sullivan issued their respective new albums on the same day, January 13, 2015. For Trainor, it was her full-length debut after initially dropping Title as an EP. For Sullivan, after a near-five year hiatus, the R&B powerhouse returned with her highly anticipated third album, Reality Show.

Besides both releasing new efforts, both artists have an old soul you might say with plenty of throwback sensibilities to be found over the...
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Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out

January 20th, 2015 8:15am EST
Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
The first week in January was so-so as far as album releases. The second week was enthralling thanks to sensational efforts courtesy of Meghan Trainor, Jazmine Sullivan, and Mark Ronson. Now the third week in January has some more captivating efforts to partake of. None may be bigger than the new Fall Out Boy album. Still, there are six others worth checking out as well.

1) Fall Out Boy, American Beauty / American Psycho (Island)

Fall Out Boy return with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2013 album, Save Rock and Roll. Save Rock and Roll gave Fall Out Boy their second nu...
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Review: Mark Ronson Delivers Vibrant Funk On 'Uptown Special'

January 19th, 2015 3:20pm EST
Review: Mark Ronson Delivers Vibrant Funk On 'Uptown Special'
“They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no!” If you’ve ever heard those immortal lyrics from Amy Winehouse Grammy-winning “Rehab,” then you’ve heard the awe inspiring work of Mark Ronson. Ronson gained notoriety for producing Winehouse’s Back To Black album, one of the more important releases of the 00s. Though his work with Winehouse really brought Ronson to the forefront, he’s released a couple of albums himself. His latest, the infectious, soul-driven Uptown Special marks his first in five-years (Record Collection dropping in 2010) and is led by killer funked-up Bruno Ma...
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Oh No They Didn't! 10 Songs That Raise Eyebrows

January 17th, 2015 6:00pm EST
10 Songs That Raise Eyebrows
“Oh No They Didn’t – what in the world were they thinking?” Sometimes that’s the reaction everyone has about various politicians, actors, and maybe most commonly musicians. Musicians being artists, they often reinvent themselves, or deliver their art in a way that is shocking and solicits the attention of both fans and hardcore skeptics. This list of 10 songs features some songs that definitely raise eyebrows given their controversial nature.

1) Lana Del Rey, “F**ked My Way Up To The Top” (Ultraviolence, 2014)

The rumors quickly swirled about just ‘whom’ Lana Del Rey was referring...
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