Rock Music

Chris Stapleton Comes Up Big For Second Straight Week

11/17/2015 11:08am EST
Chris Stapleton Makes It Two Weeks Atop The Billboard 200   
Chris Stapleton sure came up – big time. After reentering the Billboard 200 with his critically lauded debut Traveller at number one, Stapleton keeps the top spot warm. Why is this surprising this week? There were several new albums, but none of them had the support to unseat the country singer/songwriter. Interestingly, Stapleton still had a big impact, to the tune of 124,000 units (78% of those were sales).

The newbies also couldn’t take the runner-up spot, with Eric Church’s surprise effort Mr. Misunderstood improving from #3 to #2 despite losing support. Still, with a modest 65,000 uni...

10 Great Face Songs

11/15/2015 1:30pm EST
Face The Music: 10 Great Face Songs
Over the years, it’s amazing how many songs that have been written and became hits that share commonly used words in within their titles. Love may be oversaturated and cliché, but doesn’t society relate and embrace such songs featuring the word and central theme? Think of the colors and how many times they’ve fueled music’s flavor of the month/year throughout history. As simple as a commonly used word may be, it can be the catalyst for truly great music. In the case of this list, here are 10 great face songs. Why? – because all of the songs use the word face within their title. See, it’s as...

U2 Honors Victims Of Paris Terrorist Attacks

11/15/2015 8:40am EST
Bono: This Is The First Direct Hit On Music In The War On Terror
Irish rockers U2 honored the victims of the Paris attacks after visiting the Bataclan Theatre, where the worst of the incidents took place after gunman opened fire on innocent concertgoers.

After announcing their remaining concerts in Paris would be canceled in wake of the Paris attacks, Bono and fellow U2 bandmates Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge remained in the City of Light and spent a moment of silence to reflect on those who lost their lives, according to E!.

The four musicians laid bouquets of flowers at a memorial on the pavement near the theater.

Within the theater, s...

Concert Review: Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera At The Capitol Theatre

11/12/2015 5:11pm EST
Jethro Tull band photo
Ian Anderson and his band, Jethro Tull brought their rock opera ensemble to the Capitol Theatre on November 10. Anderson is a phenomenal flutist and the rest of the band rocked the house complete with a virtual reality backdrop with computer video imagery that told the story behind Jethro Tull and his adventures in England. The woman that played Jethro Tull’s love interest Suzie has a beautiful voice as well as the rest of the virtual cast.

The current band lineup is David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums).

The performance is quasi-ope...

9 New Album Releases This Week To Check Out

11/10/2015 11:19am EST
Justin Bieber And One Direction Among Albums To Check Out This W
For the music industry, Friday, November 13th isn’t the least bit unlucky. Why? Everybody and his brother decided to release a new album, hence November 13 is something like, say The Promised Land. The question isn’t if any albums will sell this particular week, it’s how much will albums sell this week. Another burning question is, who will take number one honors on the chart – New look One Direction or comeback kid Justin Bieber. What is clear is that Justin Bieber and One Direction lead a stacked field of new albums to check out this week.

1) Justin Bieber, Purpose (Def Jam)


CMAs Lift Chris Stapleton To Top Of Charts

11/10/2015 10:01am EST
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It’s amazing how quickly things can change in life. For underrated country musician Chris Stapleton, he went from unknown to hot commodity thanks to unexpected victories at the Country Music Association Awards. After his album, Traveller debuted at #14 earlier in 2015, this week, Stapleton finds himself at #1 on the Billboard 200. Crazy right? Furthermore, Stapleton made more than a dent on the charts this week, impacting to the tune of 177,000 units, with 86% of those being sales.

So with Stapleton receiving his just due, it also confirms that this week wasn’t a power week in new release...

Relive Youth Forever: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1)

11/7/2015 11:00am EST
Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1)
When we’re young, we all want to grow up too fast. When we are older, we wish we could reach back a couple of years and embrace how good the times were. Particularly post-college, there is nothing like thinking back and wishing to relive those college days which many easily consider some of the best times of our lives. Well, if youthful days have passed or aren’t far from passing, this list of powerful young songs will help you recall the good times – irresponsible and all!

1) Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe, “We Are Young” (Some Nights, 2011)

What better way to proclaim youth than statin...

5 Seconds Of Summer Bests Carrie Underwood

11/3/2015 8:30am EST
5 Seconds Of Summer Bests Carrie Underwood For No. 1 On Billboar
On the Billboard 200 this week, it was youth that prevailed in a race for the number one spot. In the end, Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer scored atop the Billboard 200 for a second consecutive time with Sounds Good Feels Good. While Sounds Good Feels Good was unable to top the numbers put up by their 2014 self-titled debut album, the 192,000 units easily trumped the more modest numbers put up by Pentatonix’s chart-topping album last week. Of those 192,000 units, 93% were pure sales.

As disappointing as it may be for the once unstoppable Carrie Underwood to be beat for the top spot, Unde...

Disney Classics Are Alive And Well On The 'We Love Disney' Album

11/2/2015 10:10am EST
'We Love Disney': A Family-Friendly Album That Adults Will Eat U
Globally, people maintain a variety of diverse beliefs and approaches to the thing known as life. Once reaching a certain point – namely adulthood – the innocence possessed as a child is stripped and reality sets in. Sometimes, yearning back to those simpler, innocent times of life is therapeutic – a reminder of some of the best days. Listening to the various artists comprised compilation We Love Disney, the power of memorable songs from various Disney films makes you feel childlike again, reviving and reliving the good times prior to hardships and pitfalls.

Ne-Yo kicks off We Love Disn...

Albums Featuring Numbers in Their Titles

11/1/2015 2:00pm EST
Albums Featuring Numbers in Their Titles, Since 2000
Ah, what’s in an album title? A lot, depending on the respective album. In the case of the albums that grace this list, numbers play a role in the title and in some cases have significance. In other cases, the numbers are merely an easy way to keep up with the album number. Regardless, here’s a list of albums featuring numbers in their title – all since 2000 – and the meaning of the album’s title.

1) All of Adele's albums

Pop superstar Adele seems to love numbers, particularly her ages. All three of Adele’s studio albums (19, 21, and 25) all feature numbers in the title. While it might ...