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...

How Does Gary Clark, Jr.'s 'The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim' Stack Up?

9/16/2015 9:19am EDT
Review: Gary Clark, Jr. Shows His Versatility On ‘The Story Of S
Who’s one of the hottest guitarists of the new generation? Why that ladies and gents is none other than Gary Clark, Jr. Is Clark, Jr. a household name? Not quite, but early into his career, he’s already won a Grammy! One thing’s for sure is that Clark, Jr. is a magnificent musician, something that he shows throughout the course of his second major label album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.

Clark Jr. kicks off The Story of Sonny Boy Slim soundly with “The Healing.” Initiating with a traditional gospel song, soon “The Healing” erupts into a bluesy, soulful joint. Expectedly, Clark Jr. keeps...

New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

9/8/2015 11:30am EDT
Brett Eldredge Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, it’s week two of September and the new music releases are…umm, unheralded. Basically, there are no big names dropping new albums this week. No disrespect to those who are “throwing their hats into the ring,” but things are pretty quiet this time around. Take your pick of the biggest release of the week – we chose a country star from an entertaining fast food commercial with another country bro. Here are seven albums to check out!

1) Brett Eldredge, Illinois (Atlantic)

Brett Eldredge is more than the dude in the Zaxby’s commercial with fellow country singer Thomas Rhett. Eldredge...

7 New Albums To Check Out This Week

7/28/2015 9:13am EDT
Joss Stone Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
July has had its moments in regards to new music releases (Future, Tyrese, and Jill Scott stand out), yet arguably, that gargantuan blockbuster album never materialized. The final release week in July won’t change that, as there are no high profile newbies this week. Still, British R&B singer Joss Stone is well established while Buddy Guy is nothing short of exceptional. Here are seven albums to check out this week.

1) Joss Stone, Water For Your Soul (Stone’d Records)

Joss Stone’s seventh studio album, Water For Your Soul arrives three-years after The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2, an effor...

Most Notable Music Moments (So Far)

7/26/2015 11:00am EDT
32 Most Notable Music Moments Of 2015 (So Far)
Every year is filled with news, whether good or bad. 2015 is no different from any other year, with an assortment of politically and socially charged events occurring. That’s the nature of the beast called life. The same goes with music, too. There have been numerous notable moments and occurrences, so many that it would be impossible to recap them all. So we won’t try – we’ll choose 32 of the most notable music moments of 2015 so far, and hope we didn’t miss too many important ones along the way!

1) The legendary B.B. King died

When ‘Hospice’ is uttered by or associated with an ...

50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”


B.B. King Left Us So Many Great Songs

5/18/2015 7:40pm EDT
Countdown: 11 Greatest B.B. King Songs
On May 14, 2015, the world lost one of its greatest musicians – Riley Ben King, better known as B.B. King (1925 – 2015). King was known for his easygoing, bluesy guitar style, played on “Lucille” and his gritty, commanding lead vocals. The complete musician, B.B. King is undoubtedly one of the best and most distinct to ever live. Though the blues were his ‘ace in the hole,’ King’s contribution to R&B and rock and roll itself shouldn’t be understated. Even into his 80s, King was a avid touring musician. He will be greatly missed, but his music is timeless; it will live on forever.

As ...

Blues Giant BB King Dies

5/15/2015 8:28am EDT
Blues Legend B.B. King, Dead At 89
B.B. King, the Mississippi native who was also known as "king of the blues," died Thursday night at the age of 89.

King's daughter, Patty King, said in a statement to CNN that he died in Las Vegas. King has been in home hospice care for the past several weeks, suffering from dehydration,

King influenced several generations of rock musicians and blues players, including Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The blues man continued to tour until just shortly before the announcement was made regarding his health, with his beloved guitar Lucille by his side.

King has been awarded ...

B.B. King Hospitalized

4/7/2015 11:16am EDT
Blues legend B.B. King Hospitalized Over Diabetes Related Emerge
Blues legend B.B. King was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital this past weekend, reportedly for a diabetes related emergency.

King's rep revealed to TMZ that the guitarist remains hospitalized at a medical center close to his Vegas home.

The 89-year-old's health emergency was reportedly the result of dehydration from his Type II diabetes.

Blues legend B.B. King has been hospitalized for dehydration, his daughter says.

King's dehydration was caused by his Type II diabetes, but he "is much better," his daughter, Claudette, told the Los Angeles Times, according to CNN.

B.B. is short for Blu...

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Is Dynamic And Truly Special

3/9/2015 11:27am EDT
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Who exactly is Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band? Great question! They are a FIERCE trio mixing the blues along with country music. Both country music and the blues are infused with energy separately, but at the hands of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, that energy grows exponentially – no exaggeration. Comprised of Rev. Peyton, wife Washboard Breezy Peyton, and Ben Russell, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is dynamic and truly special. Their latest album, So Delicious is truly special as well.

“Let’s Jump A Train” opens So Delicious with a ferociousness, driven by its constant rhythm an...