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This Week in Music: Maroon 5 Leads Albums To Check Out

September 2nd, 2014 9:05am EDT
Maroon 5 Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
September 2014 opens with a captivating slate of new releases. Sure, the fourth quarter sales madness isn’t in full fruition yet, but with names like Maroon 5, Jeezy, and The Counting Crows dropping new albums, the door to a stacked fourth quarter have been officially and enthusiastically opened. No album on this five-album list seems any bigger than Maroon 5’s V, which leads albums to check out this week.

1) Maroon 5, V (Interscope)

Supremely popular pop/rock band Maroon 5 returns with their highly anticipated fifth studio album V. V is led by promo single “Maps,” which peaked in ...
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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in Music

August 7th, 2014 10:44am EDT
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in
After a lengthy drought (understatement), Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers finally claim their first #1 album with Hypnotic Eye. Outperforming prognostications, not to mention the sales of the band's previous album (Mojo), Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies. Like so many other weeks throughout 2014, Tom Petty's veteran collective were the only album to surpass the 100,000 copies mark. This is even more disappointing to some extent because of the number of new albums that landed within the top 10.

Eric Clapton, another veteran musician, unsurprisingly debuts right behind Petty at #2. As re...
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Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.

“Morning”

Beck

From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...
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Blake Shelton And 6 Other 'The Voice' Artists Release New Music

March 26th, 2013 10:25am EDT
Blake Shelton
The Voice coach Blake Shelton releases his new album Based on a True Story today (and if you haven't ordered your copy yet, you can do so here), but he's not the only one from the show who's put new music out recently. Here are a half-dozen other artists you know from the show who have turned out fresh albums or EP's in the last few months.

Tje Austin, Dreamin' Big (get it HERE): A member of Team Cee Lo in Season 1, this soulful singer returns with a CD he's been working on for some time, and that extra time and effort shows in a pleasant R&B collection that ranges from the heartbreakingly...
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Legendary Folk Guitarist Doc Watson Dies At 89

May 30th, 2012 12:12am EDT
Doc Watson
Grammy Award winning Folk legend Doc Watson passed away at the age of 89 on Tuesday.

The blind singer and guitarist passed away at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after complications from injuries sustained in a fall at his home in the state's Blue Ridge Mountains last week.

Watson was taken to a medical center near his Deep Gap, NC, home last Monday and then airlifted Wake Forest's intensive care unit on Thursday, where underwent surgery on his colon.

Despite being in critical condition for days and showing signs of improvement late last week, Wa...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Team Adam vs. Team Cee Lo!

April 10th, 2012 8:00am EDT
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Team Adam went head-to-head with Team Cee Lo, and I have my thoughts plus the artists share theirs post-show!

It was another entertaining night on The Voice on Monday, but perhaps even moreso because again, putting Team Cee Lo against...well, any of the other three teams really shows how distinct Cee Lo's ideas are. While Team Adam stuck with fairly simple setups (perhaps the most production came with the giant airplane wing that Karla Davis got to sing on), Team Red Zone had guitar players on stilts for Jamar Rogers and a whole Egyptian s...
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'The Voice' Results Show: Who Went Home and The Reaction!

April 4th, 2012 8:00am EDT
The Voice
Last night America spoke on NBC's The Voice, sending two members of Team Christina and Team Blake home, leaving twenty artists to sing on.

Christina's team bid farewell to Sera Hill and Moses Stone, as Christina chose to save Ashley de la Rosa. Meanwhile, Blake kept Jordis Unga and lost Charlotte Sometimes and Naia Kete.

The results came after a new part of the show this season: a "sudden sing" where the bottom three got a chance to perform for their coach's save (as opposed to last season, where a coach selected one based on their previous live performance).

Some of America's votes we...
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'The Voice' Recap: The Final Battles Have Surprising Results

March 27th, 2012 1:07am EDT
The Voice
We're down to the last battle rounds on The Voice. The last chance for hopeful artists to grab a spot in the live shows. (Can you believe we're headed into the last phase of the competition already? How time flies when you're singing your heart out!)

The night kicks off with Team Cee Lo: Wade vs. James Massone, with Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." On first instinct, this might be a mismatch. But it wouldn't be the first time The Voice turns something that doesn't blatantly match into something special. James has his nerves get the better of him, and hesitates in first rehearsal, then ...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Meet Season 2's First Battling Artists!

March 6th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Chris Mann
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: they battled it out, now hear what some of last night's artists had to say! Plus, on tour with season 1 champ Javier Colon...

Last night The Voice moved into its second phase of competition: the battle rounds. Six battles sent six hopefuls packing. If you missed any of the action, you can read my recap here. But I had the opportunity to talk to many of the competing artists before their battles aired, and here's what Chris Mann, Monique Benabou, Cheesa Laureta, Angie Johnson, and Jesse Campbell had to say!

Chris Mann

Team Christina / Twi...
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