Rock Music

Christian Rapper Lecrae Takes ‘Anomaly’ To The Top Of Billboard 200

September 18th, 2014 8:31am EDT
Lecrae Anomaly
It’s rare that the Christian rapper debuts atop the Billboard 200. How rare – well it never happens – like “never ever.” Anyways, Lecrae made it happen this week as Anomaly outperformed early prognostications and sold 88,000 copies. Lecrae was able to hold off a strong second week from Maroon 5’s V (80,000 copies, #2) as well as what was thought to be a tight race with Jhené Aiko (Souled Out sold 70,000 copies, good for #3).

While Lecrae’s debut is celebratory, it is also another week where no albums moved 100,000 copies. Throw in the fact that besides Lecrae and Jhené Aiko, the top ...
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Chris Brown, Tim McGraw & Train Among Albums to Check Out: This Week in Music

September 16th, 2014 10:40am EDT
Chris Brown, Tim McGraw & Train Among Albums to Check Out: This
The fourth quarter is underway in the music industry, with bigger, more coveted artists/albums dropping. September 16 again sports some big names, all looking for a slice of those lucrative sales that only occur during the September, October, November, and December months – sigh*. While this week doesn’t sport an album that looks to completely ‘slay’ the charts with robust numbers, many of the albums listed will certainly impact it. Here are seven albums to check out this week!

1) Chris Brown, X (RCA)

After multiple delays, Chris Brown releases his fifth studio album, X. Delayed al...
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Miley Cyrus Reveals Cover Of Led Zeppelin's 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You'

September 15th, 2014 11:55am EDT
Miley Cyrus Reveals Cover Of Led Zeppelin's 'Babe I'm Gonna Leav
Miley Cyrus surprised everyone when she dropped a new song on her SoundCloud account, a cover of Led Zepplin's iconic tune, "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You." Cyrus simply announced on her Twitter account, "Check dis s**t out."

This isn't the first time Cyrus has attempted a cover of a popular song. She's tweaked (or twerked) her versions of Godmother Dolly Parton's "Jolene", The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", Roy Orbison's "It's Over" and "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to name a few.

Cyrus shared the cover on Sound Cloud Friday night. The song, which Led Zepp...
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'Maroon 5' Earns Second #1 Album With ‘V’: This Week In Music

September 11th, 2014 8:32am EDT
'Maroon 5' Earns Second #1 Album With ‘V’: This Week In Music
Expectedly, rock/pop band Maroon 5 debut atop the Billboard 200 with their fifth studio album, V. Until V arrived, it had been seven years since Maroon 5 first reached the penthouse of the Billboard Album Charts, when It Won’t Be Soon Before Long sold a robust 429,000 copies. V doesn’t open nearly as hot, but does sell a respectable 164,000 copies. Those numbers are in line with other first-week sales in 2014, including Ariana Grande’s My Everything (#1, 169,000) Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour (#2, 166,000).

Thankfully, Maroon 5 wouldn’t be the only big name dropping respectable number...
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Jhené Aiko, Lee Brice & Ryan Adams Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

September 9th, 2014 11:07am EDT
Jhené Aiko, Lee Brice & Ryan Adams Among Albums To Check Out: Th
There’s nothing like the fourth quarter, a time when label executives know that sales will flourish more than any other time of the year. A host of albums are always dropped during this most exciting and lucrative time, and this week certainly doesn’t break way from that trend. Led by particularly notable releases from Jhené Aiko, Lee Brice, and Ryan Adams, here are nine albums to check out this week.

1) Lee Brice, I Don’t Dance (Curb)

Country artist Lee Brice returns with his third studio album I Don’t Dance. I Don’t Dance follows up his 2012 album, Hard 2 Love, which debuted at #...
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10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014

September 7th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014
Sometimes, you just need to totally ‘rock’ out – right on, right on. Sometimes it’s all about busting out the air guitar or pretending you’re banging away on the drums like Animal from The Muppets. Well… maybe not the Animal thing – that’s a bit much. But in the spirit of rock n roll, with a little help from the alternative side of things as well, here are 10 rocking rock songs from 2014.

No, not all of them are manic, exhilarating up-tempo joints (yep, we’re talking to you Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, and Counting Crows), but all 10 songs are special and worth spinning. Here go...
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Ariana Grande Made News Not Related To Her Nude Photo Leak... Guess

September 4th, 2014 8:55am EDT
Ariana Grande Tops Billboard 200 With ‘My Everything’: This Week
Unsurprisingly, Ariana Grande scored the second #1 album of her short recording career with My Everything. My Everything opened impressively selling 169,000 copies, trumping the opening sales of 2013 effort, Yours Truly (138,000 copies). 169,000 copies is robust by today’s standards by all means, but had My Everything came out a couple of years ago, think about how many hundred thousands of copies it might’ve sold. To quote Mary J. Blige (at least partially), “Reminisce on the” sales of the past…

Grande was the main attraction, but she wasn’t the only big name artist who dropped new m...
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Maroon 5 'V' (Deluxe Edition) Review: Two Sides To One Successful Record

September 2nd, 2014 12:05pm EDT
V
As mentioned in our review of Maroon 5's Overexposed, this is a band that's constantly evolving. None of their records sounds quite like any of the others; whether or not that's a good thing depends on which incarnation you prefer. Fifth album V does its part to continue the group's transition into slickly produced pop-rock that began with Overexposed, yet what makes the record worth a listen are the few tracks where it breaks from effects and goes back to the band's true musicianship.

If you've heard the first three singles - "Maps," "It Was Always You" and "Animals" - you've got a good s...
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This Week in Music: Maroon 5 Leads Albums To Check Out

September 2nd, 2014 9:05am EDT
Maroon 5 Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
September 2014 opens with a captivating slate of new releases. Sure, the fourth quarter sales madness isn’t in full fruition yet, but with names like Maroon 5, Jeezy, and The Counting Crows dropping new albums, the door to a stacked fourth quarter have been officially and enthusiastically opened. No album on this five-album list seems any bigger than Maroon 5’s V, which leads albums to check out this week.

1) Maroon 5, V (Interscope)

Supremely popular pop/rock band Maroon 5 returns with their highly anticipated fifth studio album V. V is led by promo single “Maps,” which peaked in ...
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12 ‘Work’ Songs For Labor Day And Beyond

September 1st, 2014 1:40pm EDT
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora film the music video for their single '
Ah, the rewards of hard work – nothing like it. Yes, work can be a total bummer, one characterized by four letter words that rhyme with the word ‘buck’ or ‘quit’, but work can also be fun and make great ear-candy, much like these 12 ‘work’ songs. The only requirement for these songs to make the list – the word work had to be used in some form within the title. The results are…well an interesting, scattered playlist. Enjoy fellow workaholics!

1) Michael Jackson, “Working Day & Night” (Off The Wall, 1979)

What better way to initiate a work playlist than with a soul classic? MJ was r...
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