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New Albums You Need To Check Out This Week

2/9/2016 4:00pm EST
Vince Gill’s 'Down To My Last Bad Habit' Leads Albums To Check O
After Wiz Khalifa (Khalifa) and Future (EVOL) kicked off February 2016 with a bang, things settle down a bit this week. Even so, a longtime country veteran (Vince Gill) leads the charge this week with an anticipated new album. Gill’s not the only country artist in the mix, as Wynonna Judd, Joey + Rory, and Wheeler Walker, Jr. join the party as well. It’s not all country though – there are some American Idols in the mix this week as well.

1) Vince Gill, Down To My Last Bad Habit (MCA Nashville)

Following 2013 collaborative country album Bakersfield (with Paul Franklin), Vince Gill ret...
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Rihanna Tops The Album Charts For Second Time

2/9/2016 10:10am EST
Rihanna Scores Second Career No. 1 Album With 'Anti'
It took seven albums for Rihanna to score her first number one album when 2012’s Unapologetic broke a seemingly unbreakable seal for the urban-pop artist. Now after dropping her eighth studio album Anti and initially debuting at #27 with its unorthodox rollout, Rihanna ascends to number one. How did Anti fare? 166,000 units, though it should be noted that only about 75% of that total are pure sales. Compared to the sales of Unapologetic, the numbers for Anti are down by 114,000 copies. Still, Anti did sell six-figures worth of pure sales, a rarity if your name is not Adele.

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Forgotten Friday Flick – The Comedy/Drama 'Ghost Town'

2/5/2016 12:20pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Ghost Town'
Heading down the power of love path we’re here once again pre-Valentine’s Day to point out that past cinematic chemistry is alive and well – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick. Today’s selection is an odd one to find affection within, but bitter beggars can’t be choosers. It’s the story of a cynical man who prefers to be alone that suddenly becomes to the toast of the town – for dead people! With plenty of laughter and a special lady along the way, it’s a weird but worthwhile road down to…"Ghost Town!"

Bertram Pincus hates people. A sarcastic and cynical person who enjoys being al...
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New Albums Releases To Check Out This Week

2/2/2016 2:00pm EST
Wiz Khalifa’s 'Khalifa' Leads Albums To Check Out
February 2016 opens with a bang folks! The new releases are certainly heating up, with Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa’s Khalifa leading the charge. It’s not all about Wiz though, as new albums arrive from veteran rock/pop musician Elton John (Wonderful Crazy Night), Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum fame (The Driver) and pop music compilation staple, Now! That’s What I Call Music (Now 57).

1) Wiz Khalifa, Khalifa (Atlantic)

Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa drops his fourth studio album, Khalifa. Khalifa serves as the follow-up to 2014 effort Blacc Hollywood, which debuted at number one on t...
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Guess Who Is Back On Top Of Billboard 200 This Week?

2/2/2016 10:02am EST
Adele Reclaims No. 1 On Billboard 200 After a Two-Week Break
Two weeks ago, David Bowie’s final album Blackstar would dethrone Adele’s record-breaking 25 after it spent seven consecutive weeks at number one. While Bowie wouldn't retain the top spot the following week, Panic! At The Disco would score its first number one album with Death of a Bachelor. Both weeks, 25 had to settle for runner-up as opposed to “ruling the roost.” Not this week friends – no sir!

After a two-week break – call it a vacation – Adele returns to a familiar, fitting spot at number one. This week marks the eight nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse for the British powerhouse....
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 1991 Comedy / Drama 'Defending Your Life'

1/29/2016 12:15pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Defending Your Life'
Love is in the air (or at least until Valentine’s Day!) and for all cinefiles that means more lust in the past movie dust – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! This week we’re heading into the afterlife for some affection in a tale of a recently deceased gent who has to answer for his life’s choices and at the same time ends up finding a special someone along the way. (Better late than never, huh?!) Love, mini-golf and all you can eat food minus the weight gain all while you’re…"Defending Your Life."

It's Daniel Miller’s fortieth birthday and he’s out for a drive in his small but s...
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Sia Leads Albums To Check Out

1/26/2016 1:39pm EST
Sia's 'This Is Acting' Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
Ah, things are starting to heat up at the end of January. Sure, the weather has been frightful, but brand new music can warm up even the most frigid day right? This week there’s more than one ‘signature’ new release to check out, something that couldn’t be said of previous weeks. Sia leads the charge, but newbie Charlie Puth should also have some momentum on his side. Here are seven albums to check out.

1) Sia, This Is Acting (RCA)

After scoring a career first number one album, pop singer/songwriter Sia returns with her follow-up, This Is Acting. This Is Acting runs 12 tracks deep. Amon...
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Panic! At The Disco Tops Charts

1/26/2016 9:48am EST
Panic! At The Disco Tops The Billboard 200 For The First Time
After being an active part of the music industry for a decade, Panic! At The Disco finally got over “That Hump” to quote Erykah Badu – scoring a number one album on the Billboard 200. That’s right; Death of A Bachelor earned Panic! At The Disco – specifically sole original member Brendon Urie – it's first career number one album. The numbers were impressive as Panic! At The Disco impacted to the tune of 190,000 units, with 89% of those units being pure sales.

Sure Urie is the only member left, but things seem to be looking up judging by the numbers and hits from the album. If you ask us, w...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Risky Business'

1/22/2016 1:35pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Risky Business'
Love – or, in this case, lust – is in the air as we continue to movie countdown to the heart ridden day that has couples all aflutter – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Back in a time long before political correctness and uber-sensitivity is where this week’s selection reigned supreme. A pure 80’s tale, this one involves of a good suburban high school teen who decides to be bad and meets a call girl who will change his life forever. First times, fast cars, old time rock and roll and a girlfriend to boot – it’s all…"Risky Business!"

Joel Goodson is a good son and student who’s be...
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'Blackstar' Becomes David Bowie's First No. 1 Album

1/19/2016 8:39am EST
David Bowie Posthumously Scores Career First No. 1 With 'Blackst
Two unbelievable things have occurred. The first and most unbelievable thing is the fact that legendary rock veteran David Bowie is dead. The second is the fact that Bowie scored his career first no. 1 album with Blackstar. How is it that an accomplished musician like David Bowie had never previously scored a chart-topping album on the Billboard 200? Aforementioned point aside, Blackstar moved 181,000 units, with 96% of those units being pure sales. Robust numbers by all means.

Bowie’s chart topper means that the queen, Adele, has officially been toppled. 25 doesn’t move far from the pe...
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