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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...

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 ...

‘We Love Disney’ And More Albums To Check Out This Week

10/27/2015 11:55am EDT
‘We Love Disney’ Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
Following a notable music release week that featured 5 Seconds of Summer and Carrie Underwood, this week is quite tame in the big-time release department. Just how tame is Friday, October 30? Underwhelming tameness to say the least! November’s release weeks are chocked full of highly anticipated efforts, so the question is, why not distribute some of that wealth to this week? While nothing seems positioned to pack a mighty punch, maybe the inner-child will come out and the love of Disney – specifically We Love Disney – will “tickle your fancy.”

1) Various Artists, We Love Disney (Verve)


Demi Lovato Leads A Slew Of New Albums To Check Out

10/13/2015 11:44am EDT
Demi Lovato Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
Ah, the third release week in October, and it’s a big one! There’s plenty of interesting new music for music lovers to sink their teeth into. Are there any surefire, enduring hit albums among the newcomers? Potentially, but it's difficult to call at this point. Regardless, there pop, rap, and rock for the taking this week. Here are a jam-packed nine new albums to check out this week.

1) Demi Lovato, Confident (Hollywood/Island)

Demi Lovato returns after a two-year hiatus with her fifth studio album, Confident. Confident follows 2013 LP Demi, which spawned hits with “Heart Attack,”...

Janet Jackson’s First Album In Seven Years & More

9/29/2015 12:40pm EDT
Janet Jackson Leads Albums To Check Out
The first release new music release date of October is upon us! Is it chocked full of surefire hits? Eh, not specifically, but it is top heavy with the return of Miss Jackson aka Janet Jackson. Additionally, Tamar Braxton, Avicii, Trivium, and Matt Nathanson all return following two-year breaks. None are quite as anticipated as Jackson’s albums, but they also aren’t slouches either. Here are five newbies to check out!

1) Janet Jackson, Unbreakable (Rhythm Nation / BMG Rights Management)

Unbreakable marks Janet Jackson’s first album in a whopping seven years. Unbreakable interesting...

Hypothetical Songs: Musicians That Asked 'What If'

9/27/2015 2:03pm EDT
13 'What If' Songs – Hypothetically Speaking!
Ah, those glorious things called “what if” questions. What are what if questions? They’re those hypothetical questions that haven’t happened and ultimately may or may not happen. Interestingly, numerous musicians have written and performed songs based upon them. This hypothetical list explores 13 what if questions, in all their hypothetical glory!

1) Meghan Trainor, “What If I” (Title, 2015)

“What if I, I wanna kiss you tomorrow?” If that’s the case Meghan Trainor, then by all means go for it! On “What If I,” the retro-pop singer knows that this dude is the ‘real deal.’ She’s qu...

The Weeknd Keeps Top Spot For Third Week

9/22/2015 11:50am EDT
The Weeknd Makes It Three Weeks At No. 1 On Billboard
For a third consecutive week, The Weeknd keeps the top spot on the Billboard 200 piping hot. Well, perhaps the 99,000 units that Beauty Behind The Music moved this week isn’t ‘the second coming’ but The Weeknd definitely has a good thing going for him. Three weeks in, Beauty Behind The Madness has moved around 655,000 units. Pure sales are less robust eliminating streaming and tracking from the formula, but still Beauty Behind The Madness is putting up some sales numbers as well – impressive!

Not only is The Weeknd getting it done on the Billboard 200, but also he is equally hot on the...

Why Are The Who Postponing Their 50th Anniversary Tour?

9/20/2015 9:30am EDT
The Who Cancels North American 50th Anniversary Tour Due To Illn
Fans of legendary rock band The Who are going to have to wait a little bit longer to help the band usher in their 50th anniversary in the music business.

The band announced Friday that it was postponing all 50 dates of "The Who Hits 50!" tour this fall because lead singer Roger Daltry has contracted viral meningitis.

According to an official statement, Daltry is feeling better, but under doctors' orders to rest.

The band had postponed the first four gigs of the tour that was to begin Sept. 14, in the hopes that the charismatic singer would be well enough to solider on with the tour.


Lana Del Rey Tops New Albums To Check Out This Week

9/15/2015 11:30am EDT
Lana Del Rey performs at a concert in WaMu theatre, Seattle 05/2
This is the week that music lovers and music executives alike have been waiting for. No, Kanye West or Rihanna haven’t secretly dropped that new album BUT there are plenty of albums to choose from this the third week of September. Who are the ‘must-haves’ for this week? Definitely the moody Lana Del Rey and Pittsburgh rap phenomenon Mac Miller, who both know how to produce solid sales figures their first week out. That said don’t sleep on any of the new releases available beginning Friday, September 18!

1) Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon (Interscope)

Friday, September 18 got a huge upgr...

The Weeknd Holds Top Spot For 2nd Week

9/15/2015 9:46am EDT
The Weeknd Makes It Two Straight Weeks Atop Billboard 200
Ah, success is so sweet. Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd can attest to this as he sees his sophomore album Beauty Behind The Madness spend a second consecutive week atop the Billboard 200. Last week, Beauty Behind The Madness crashed onto the charts to the tune of 412,000 units and 326,000 copies sold respectively, easily among the year’s biggest debuts. While the ‘come down’ isn’t nearly as ‘beautiful,’ Beauty remains impactful to the tune of 145,000 units.

So, whose vibe did The Weeknd kill by keeping first place warm? – Five Finger Death Punch. The band has been close to topping man...