R & B

Soul Legend Percy Sledge Dead At 74

April 15th, 2015 8:34am EDT
Percy Sledge, Soul Legend And 'When A Man Loves A Woman' Singer,
Percy Sledge, the soul singer who'll be forever known for his timeless hit "When a Man Loves a Woman," died on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 74 years old.

Born in Leighton, Alabama, Sledge worked odd jobs before finding work as a hospital orderly- all while singing with the Esquires Combo on the weekends. Then, in 1966, Sledge's first (and greatest) hit came- "When a Man Loves a Woman," a soaring, heart-wrenching ballad which defined Sledge's career and proved so enduring as to give him a solid five decades of musical success.

Sledge found international success after his Ameri...
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You Won’t Believe How Photoshopped Mariah Carey's New Album Is

April 14th, 2015 8:33am EDT
Mariah Carey's New Album Cover Is A Photoshop Nightmare
Mariah Carey just unveiled the cover art for her latest album, "#1 to Infinity." She looks pretty good, right? Well, according to some of the singer's biggest fans, a little too good. Could this be a case of Photoshop gone horribly wrong?

On Sunday, Carey uploaded the cover (check it out above) on Instagram, along with a shout-out to her fans (the "Lambily") and some info on where to download "#1 to Infinity."

"#RevealMariah thank you #lambily for joining the fun & revealing my new album cover! My new album #1 To Infinity will be available for pre-orders tomorrow @ 10am EST on mariahcarey...
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Celebrating Justin Timberlake's New DILF Status

April 13th, 2015 1:16pm EDT
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
It’s official: Justin Timberlake is a daddy! Wife Jessica Biel gave birth to a baby boy named Silas Randall, PEOPLE.com reports.

The Grammy Winner was recently awarded the Innovator Award at the iHeart Radio Music Awards in March 29. Timberlake closed his entertaining and emotional speech by expressing excitement about his impending fatherhood. “Daddy’s heading home right now to innovate by learning how to change a poopy diaper and get my swaddle on!”

While the musician-actor-businessman-philanthropist can now add father to his legendary resume, his reputation as an fearless risk-taker ...
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15 Bass-Loving, Bootylicious Songs!

April 11th, 2015 3:00pm EDT
15 Songs That Are Truly 'All About The Booty'
One great thing about music is that it can reflect things the people relate to, whether its more important issues or shallower ones. On the shallower side, numerous songs have been recorded with a certain part of the anatomy in mind. The 15 songs that grace this list all celebrate being about “that bass,” otherwise known as the behind, booty, or butt. Judging by all the different synonyms, there are numerous ways which the beloved portion of the anatomy can be referenced. Most on this list tend to take the, um, more lustful route.

1) Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass” (Title, 2015...
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Some High-Flying Songs!

April 5th, 2015 11:30am EDT
12 High-Flying Songs To Brighten Your Day
Ah, there is nothing like a good ole ‘high-flying song’ to get the day going! When flying comes to mind, one thinks of soaring like a bird – specifically an eagle, being free, and of course migrating to new places. Flying can be literal in meaning or figurative, with a figurative meaning playing a notable role in the songs that follow. Whether it involves a jet, an eagle, or simply being a beginner who is “learning to fly,” these 12 high-flying songs will never crash, like “never ever!”

1) Paul McCartney & Wings, “Jet” (Band On The Run, 1973)

Listen to “Jet” and you have to ask your...
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Jeff Bradshaw Delivers Some Serious Ear Candy

March 30th, 2015 3:15pm EDT
Review: Jeff Bradshaw Delivers A Brilliant, Star-Studded Live Al
Few will deny how rewarding a dynamic, new studio album can be musically – it’s something like ‘ear candy.’ An experience just as rewarding, if not more so, is a dynamic live album. Live albums provide a more organic experience, one less concerned with the perfection of the studio and more focused on a rawer, looser, and oft-times more intimate experience. For trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, his latest live album Home: One Special Night At The Kimmel Center exemplifies the virtues of the live album, delivering an exceptional musical experience.

Over the course of Home, a takeaway is the fact...
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15 Drunken Songs, Mostly With Some Substance

March 22nd, 2015 3:00pm EDT
15 ‘Drunken’ Songs: Music Written With A Lack Of Sobriety In Min
If a poll were taken, likely the majority of folks would state they enjoy an alcoholic beverage. If that poll were to focus merely on college students, the majority would be even larger. But this isn’t about how much alcohol is consumed, but rather about the songs that have been written with drunkenness, drinking, and a lack of sobriety in mind. Here are 15 Drunken Songs. Most are about substances, but a few play exception.

1) Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (good kid m.A.A.d. City, 2012)

If one gets nothing else from Kendrick Lamar’s hit “Swimming Pools (Drank),” you kno...
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'Empire' Wins The Day Over Madonna

March 19th, 2015 8:24am EDT
'Empire' Soundtrack Outpaces Madonna For Top Spot On The Billboa
Who would’ve ever thought that the iconic Madonna would miss out on a number one album? Well, that’s exactly what happened this week as Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire outpaced Madge’s Rebel Heart to take the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Empire impacted to the tune of 130,000 units, while Madonna’s 121,000 units left her settling for second place.

Luke Bryan wasn’t even mentioned in the tightly contested race for number one, as Spring Break…Checkin’ Out always seemed to be aiming for third. Ultimately, the numbers aren’t earth shattering, but it is respectable the...
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Former Beatle To Induct Another Beatle To Hall Of Fame

March 18th, 2015 8:33am EDT
Paul McCartney Will Induct Ringo Star Into Rock Hall
Paul McCartney will induct former band mate Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act this coming April.

McCartney will handle the induction services for Starr in what will likely be a memorable moment between the two music legends. Starr is already in the Rock Hall, as part of The Beatles.

Punk poet Patti Smith will handle the duties of posthumously welcoming Lou Reed into the institution for his solo career. Reed was already inducted as part of punk group The Velvet Underground.

Stevie Wonder will induct R&B singer and songwriter Bill Withers at the ceremony. J. Ge...
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Music You'll Never Run From

March 13th, 2015 2:02pm EDT
21 Songs You Don’t Wanna ‘Run’ From!
Some music turns you off the first time you hear it makes you wanna run from it, never to be annoyed or turned off by it again. And then there’s the good stuff, those songs that you would never, ever run from. This list is filled with the good stuff – songs that you embrace, and spin over and over on your iPod. Here are 21 songs you don’t wanna ‘run’ from!

1) Pink Floyd, “Run Like Hell” (The Wall, 1979)

Doesn’t the title say it all, honestly? “Run, Run, Run… you better run all day / and run all night.” It’s like “Run Forrest, runnnnn!”

2) Kelly Clarkson featuring John Legend, “...
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