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Six Albums To Check Out This Week

9/1/2015 11:08am EDT
Five Finger Death Punch Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, The first week of September and you know what that means? Besides Fall looming, it’s the highly anticipated fourth quarter of the year where albums actually sell! That said this first week of the beloved fourth quarter isn’t the most triumphant – no gauntlets to overcome here. None of the releases are blockbusters, but hey, as they say “the best is yet to come.” Still, here are six albums to check out this week, led by Five Finger Death Punch.

1) Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)

Five Finger Death Punch return with their latest album, Got Your Six. Six is the...
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These Songs Were About Musicians

8/30/2015 10:00am EDT
14 Songs About Or Named After Musicians
Is there anything better than when musicians compose songs about other musicians and/or name the song after the said musician? Wait don’t answer that! There indeed many be more stimulating, revolutionary things in the world as well as the music world but admittedly does it pique curiosity when musician A sings about musician B? Just nod your head So to satisfy curiosities running rampant, here are 14 Songs About Or Named After Musicians. Just let the sweet sounds of these songs permeate – or something like that!

1) Taylor Swift, “Tim McGraw” (Taylor Swift, 2006)

This song needs little...
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These Songs Were Made With The Cemetery In Mind

8/28/2015 3:24pm EDT
10 Songs About Death And Burial
Death is an eerie thing – understatement to the nth degree. Still, it’s real-life and as uncomfortable a topic it may be, it must be discussed. In the context of this article, death is approached from the postmortem practice of burial. There are no references to embalming, mummification or cremation. Who in their right mind would write a song about those things anyways? Well maybe somebody, but it doesn’t happen here! Still, these joints have the cemetery in mind.

1) Rick Ross featuring T.I., “Bury Me A G” (Self Made Volume 2, 2012)

On “Bury Me A G,” Rick Ross doesn’t seem to care a...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

8/25/2015 8:20am EDT
The Weeknd in Concert on NBC's
Ah, it’s the final release week in August, and it’s top-heavy – very top heavy. No, there’s no one-two punch with Luke Bryan or Dr. Dre this time around, but there is one Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, who has been racking up the hits in 2015. Face it – doesn’t everybody know The Weeknd is the favorite this week? C’mon! Still, there are six others joining him for your purchasing consideration!

1) The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness (Republic)

Recently, it seems R&B has regained a bit of its footing. After a slow start in 2015, Tyrese and Jill Scott proved that the cooli...
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Billboard 200 Sees Some Big Numbers

8/18/2015 9:48am EDT
Luke Bryan And Dr. Dre Bring Some Much Needed Life To the Billbo
Last week on the Billboard 200 charts was a pitiful one. In case you missed it, the soundtrack to Disney’s made-for-TV movie Descendants debuted atop the charts, moving a tepid 42,000 units. Ouch! Such abysmal numbers are not the case for this week though, and music executives everywhere should be taking victory laps in the regard – preferably like in Blues Brothers.

Moving on, Luke Bryan unsurprisingly secured the top spot this week, easily dropping 345,000 units of Kill The Lights. While Bryan didn’t sell 345,000 copies, most of those according to Billboard were pure sales (320,000 o...
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How Does Melanie Martinez’s ‘Cry Baby’ Stack Up?

8/17/2015 1:02pm EDT
Review: Melanie Martinez’s ‘Cry Baby’ Is An Exhilarating Ride
During her stint as a contestant on season three of The Voice, Melanie Martinez was arguably the most unique-voiced singer. Maybe she wasn’t the very best, but she possessed the most interesting set of pipes. Everything about her was quirky, alternative, and – well quirky. Naturally, that quirkiness comes along on her major label debut, Cry Baby. Cry Baby is definitely an exhilarating ride to say the least.

Does Martinez care if she’s called a “Cry Baby?” Nope and she’s incredibly assertive and touchy about the name-calling, singing, “They call you cry baby, cry baby / but you don’t f**...
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What Makes These 21 Songs So Manly?

8/16/2015 3:00pm EDT
21 Of The Manliest Songs – Sort Of!
What makes a song manly? Is it courage, resolve, or being hard-nosed? Maybe it’s chugging beer, playing/watching football, and “wearing the pants” in the household. Well in the case of this manly list – 21 of the Manliest Songs – Sort Of! – the only requirement to be manly is to have some form of the word “man” in the song title. Ah, the "all-inclusiveness" is so impressive. No, not every “man” song graced this – that mean’s you Mulan soundtrack standout “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” – but there’s plenty of manly selections to pique your machismo!

1) Michael Jackson, “Man In The Mirr...
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5 New Album Releases To Check Out

8/11/2015 9:35am EDT
Melanie Martinez Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, the second release week of August. Is it as high-flying as the first week, which included new albums from Dr. Dre and Luke Bryan? Well not quite, but face it, we were spoiled week one! Still, there’s some interesting new listens, including one of the most high-profile The Voice alumni releases that comes to mind. But even if you don’t see your “cup of tea” this week, next week has a bit more punch. But until then, here are five albums to check out this week!

1) Melanie Martinez, Cry Baby (Atlantic)

Distinctive sounding The Voice alum Melanie Martinez drops her major label debut a...
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Why On Earth Were These Album Covers Even Made?

8/9/2015 2:00pm EDT
Worst Album Covers Ever
Sometimes, the album artwork usurps the album. Sometimes, that’s a good thing and other times it’s plain horrendous. In the case of these 30 albums, this particular article isn’t about the content of the albums. No, this is about what’s on the surface – an eye-popping, head-shakable cover. Prepare to be scarred for life along with a dose of sarcastic, humorous, and outraged commentary. Here comes the worst!

1) Millie Jackson, Back to the S..t (RCA, 1989)

Millie Jackson has always been edgy – that might be an understatement. Back in the 70s, there were few artists who could/would...
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Music Artist Who Were In A Bad Place When Writing These Songs

8/2/2015 4:00pm EDT
17 Most Depressing, Gloomy And Morbid Songs
OK, OK! There's no sugarcoating it! These songs totally SUCK….THE LIFE RIGHT OUT OF YOU! Well not literally, but metaphorically. Basically, these songs are gloomy, sad songs that definitely won’t lift your spirits. So if you’re already sad yourself – you may want to save this downer for a happier day.

1) Nina Simone, “Strange Fruit” (The Essential Nina Simone, 2003)

“Strange Fruit” satisfies all three characteristics necessary to make this playlist – it’s truly depressing, gloomy, and morbid. The morbid aspect is the most disturbing as the “Southern trees / bearing strange fruit / b...
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