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Nicki Minaj Settles For Number Two On The Billboard 200

December 26th, 2014 8:21am EST
Nicki Minaj
Not that it was ever going to be a contest, but Taylor Swift reclaimed her perch on the Billboard 200 without any trouble. 1989 sold 331,000 copies, an uptick in sales, and also experienced an uptick in the Billboard 200’s new ‘units’ system, to the tune of 375,000 units. But as we all know, doesn’t a queen always win? Swift has certainly been exactly what the music industry needed in a weak years of sales.

Nicki Minaj, who boasts the week’s top new album, settled for second place. The Pinkprint sold more respectably than expected, selling 194,000 copies, and impacting even more consi...
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CD Review: The Relapse Symphony – “Shadows: The Acoustic Sessions” (Standby Records)

December 22nd, 2014 7:19pm EST
CD Review: The Relapse Symphony – “Shadows: The Acoustic Session
By unplugging the amps and tripping the breakers, The Relapse Symphony has accomplished a difficult task – they’ve managed to make their catchy debut Shadows even more infectious. On Shadows: The Acoustic Sessions, the resistance to singing along is futile (“Make Your Move,” “Walls”), plain and simple. And, as if you ever had any doubt, yes, vocalist Bret Von Dehl is this good. Perhaps the strongest part of Shadows: The Acoustic Sessions is that the move from electric to acoustic doesn’t cause all that much of a drop off in song quality or bite, which speaks to the sheer veracity of this co...
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CD Review: Billy Talent – 'Hits' (The End Records)

December 22nd, 2014 7:17pm EST
CD Review: Billy Talent – 'Hits' (The End Records)
It’s hard to say anything negative about a compilation album that houses Billy Talent cuts like “Try Honesty,” “Rusted From The Rain” and “Viking Death March,” but by that same token, it’s hard to see the necessity of a greatest hits album after only a handful of studio releases. Regardless, that’s what we have with Billy Talent’s Hits, a collection of the best the Mississauga, Ontario, Canada quartet has to offer. From old school heavy hitters like “Nothing To Lose” and “Red Flag” to more contemporary offerings like “Surprise Surprise” and “Stand Up And Run,” Hits is arguably the best Bill...
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CD Review: Drowning Pool – 'Sinner 13th Unlucky Anniversary Deluxe Edition' (Bicycle Music)

December 22nd, 2014 7:16pm EST
CD Review: Drowning Pool – 'Sinner 13th Unlucky Anniversary Delu
Given Drowning Pool’s revolving door of frontmen since his untimely and tragic passing, there’s something so comfortable about hearing the voice of Dave ‘Stage’ Williams again. Williams was a true showman in every sense of the world, and honestly, there’s no better way to revisit the bands seminal debut full length Sinner than with him leading the charge. From the unforgettable opening cavalcade of guitars of “Sinner,” the timeless hit single “Bodies” and the heartbreakingly endearing “Tear Away” to deeper cuts such as the Mike Luce-led “Mute”(seriously the albums best drum work), the seari...
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What Were The 25 Best Albums Of 2014?

December 22nd, 2014 11:00am EST
25 Best Albums Of 2014
Another year, another group of albums ranging from awesome to nothing short of horrid – blah! Although sales overall for 2014 have been at times as dreadful as a four-letter word, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some awesome, truly dynamic albums to be found. The motto of 2014 definitely would have to be, “don’t judge an album by its sales.” Some truly terrific albums grace this list of the best albums of 2014.

1) Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

On his debut album In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith shared with the world that a star was born – one transcendent of genre and otherwise. ...
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J. Cole Debuts Big On Billboard 200

December 18th, 2014 10:21am EST
J. Cole Forest Hills Drive
For J. Cole, the number one spot is a familiar one. For the third time in his career, J. Cole sits atop the Billboard 200. This time, he earns the largest sales of his career as 2014 Forest Hills Drive sold a robust 354,000 copies. Translated to the Billboard 200’s new formula of ‘units’, J. Cole’s latest impacted 375,000. Even more remarkable about J. Cole’s numbers is the lack of a single to drive album sales – “Apparently” was issued upon the album’s release as a single. Initially, the album was forecasted to sell more than 300,000 copies.

So with the debut of J. Cole, Taylor Swif...
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10 Must Hear ‘Traditional’ Christmas Carols

December 15th, 2014 7:41pm EST
10 Must Hear ‘Traditional’ Christmas Carols
It’s not called “the most wonderful time of the year” for nothing! With the holiday season ago – the hustle and bustle – what better to enjoy the season than some must-hear traditional carols? Sure, not every musician sticks to the formula on this list (cough* Justin Bieber), but regardless, all ten performances are definitely ‘something’ if nothing else.

1) Pentatonix featuring Tori Kelly, “Winter Wonderland/ Don’t Worry Be Happy” (That's Christmas To Me, 2014)

Call this a two-for-one, and who doesn’t like a two-for-one? Pentatonix slaughter (in a good way) this rendition of “Winter W...
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Terry McDermott Talks Lotus Crush's Impending World Domination

December 15th, 2014 12:07pm EST
Terry McDermott Talks Lotus Crush's Impending World Domination
Season three of The Voice was livened up by Terry McDermott, the Scottish rocker with the winning personality who started off the season, joined Team Blake, and ultimately came in as runner-up on the NBC show.

Having worked steadily since then, Terry has reunited with his band Lotus Crush for their second album, Rabbit Hole, which is set to make waves with audiences in the US and UK alike. While they may not take over the world, they're certainly poised to win over a large part of it.

We reconnected with Terry (pictured above center) last week to discuss why we should be excited about the...
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Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Leads Albums to Check Out

December 15th, 2014 11:36am EST
Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Leads Albums to Check Out: This We
As the fourth quarter nears its close, fewer albums of note arrive for consumers to partake of. Few artists/labels are brave enough to release big-time albums in a time where Christmas album sales inflate and the select few albums with staying power dominate sales. While the releases have slowed, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint leads five other albums to check out this week.

1) Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint (Republic)

After being delayed, Nicki Minaj finally releases her highly anticipated The Pinkprint. After a so-so start with tame single “Pills N Potion,” Minaj turned up the heat and ...
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Early Grammy Predictions: Who Will Win?

December 14th, 2014 11:00am EST
Early Grammy Predictions: Who Wins Album, Record And Song Of The
Now that the burning questions have been answered – those Grammy nominations of course – more burning questions loom on the horizon. What are these questions? Well, it’s who wins album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, and best new artist. Sure, there are plenty of categories within the Grammys, but none are more coveted and hyped than the ‘big four.’ Here are early prediction for album, record, and song of the year, as well as best new artist.

Album of the Year:

Nominees: Morning Phase, Beck; Beyoncé, Beyoncé; X, Ed Sheeran; In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith; Girl, P...
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