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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...
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Future’s Best Career Effort Pays Off

7/27/2015 10:45am EDT
Future, DS2 © Epic
Musicians continue to make chart history in 2015 despite lackadaisical sales in many cases. Future’s sales were by no mean lackadaisical this time around as DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2) debuted commandingly at #1 on the Billboard 200. No, Future was unable to move the same numbers of contemporaries like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, or Meek Mill, but his 147,000 units is his best career week yet. Even in sales alone, 121,000 copies according to Billboard, he more than doubled his start for his 2014 effort, Honest.

What gives with Future’s come up? That’s a good question! Interestingly, as Future is...
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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 ...
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3 Doors Down Singer Spots Something In The Crowd, So He Stopped The Show

7/17/2015 10:51pm EDT
Brad Arnold
If you're going to a 3 Doors Down concert anytime soon, be sure to remain on your best behavior, or you might get a talking to directly from the band.

One audience member found that out the hard way during the band's July 14 concert in Broomfield, Colorado. The band's lead guitarist Chris Henderson posted a video to YouTube this week showing lead singer Brad Arnold calling out a man in the crowd after he appeared to get rough with a woman.

Arnold was in the middle of a song when he abruptly stopped and started yelling at someone in the audience.

"Hang on, hang on, hang on. Hey, hey homey...
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Albums To Check Out This Week

7/14/2015 10:27am EDT
Future Leads Albums To Check Out
The second week of a new era has commenced! Yes a friend, that is the epic global music release day that has thrown everybody for a curveball! Last week saw new releases from R5 and Tyrese among others. This week, the releases aren’t necessarily blockbusters either, but anyone in hip-hop circles is familiar with Future and Alan Jackson is the crème de la crème in country music. No, another Meek Mill sized debut isn’t among us at this time, but there are a number of interesting albums to check out.

1) Future, DS2 (Epic)

Autotune-loving rapper Future returns with his third studio alb...
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Meek Mill Makes It Two Weeks In A Row

7/13/2015 10:21am EDT
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money © Atlantic
Ricky Ricardo said it best on I Love Lucy – “Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi!” The mouthful of a title should explain it all – all the confoundedness that is. Apparently an updated Billboard chart is upon us already… HUH? How? WHY! Well, good old Billboard essentially released their first chart of their new tabulation cycle.

Basically, to recap, all new music releases across the world are embracing a global release day – Fridays. Because the former new release day was Tuesday, the Billboard charts were centered around that particular day to accurately tabulate sales and streams so on and so forth. So to...
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Big Albums That Went Nowhere This Year

7/12/2015 1:00pm EDT
Biggest Album Flops Of 2015 (So Far)
Well folks, not every album is a hit! True, finding any albums that are outright hits in the current music climate is a difficult task, but there are some albums that just flat out tank with very little hope. This list features some of the most pronounced flops of 2015. These are the big ones that went nowhere! Here are 14 of the biggest album flops of 2015 so far!

1) Madonna, Rebel Heart (Interscope)

Madonna’s Rebel Heart is arguably among the best albums of 2015, but it’s also less arguably one of the year’s most notable flops. Madonna debuted respectably at number one the Billboar...
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The Best Music Albums So Far This Year

7/11/2015 10:00am EDT
25 Best Albums Of 2015 (So Far)
As hard as it is to believe, albums still exist in 2015. No, CDs aren’t flying off of the shelves any more, and Billboard has a new formula that more accurately measures album consumption (or something like that), but the album is still “alive,” even if it’s not necessarily “well.” Sale woes aside, 2015 has delivered many terrific albums. Here are the 25 best albums of 2015 so far!

1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)

Who else could be number one? There have been a lot of terrific albums in 2015, but Kendrick Lamar has honors of the best locked down. No, To Pimp A Bu...
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Meek Mill's 'Dreams' Come True

7/9/2015 9:56am EDT
Meek Mill Tops The Billboard 200 With 'Dreams Worth More Than Mo
So the music industry is changing once again – SHOCKER! New albums now are being released globally on Fridays. Since new albums are being released on a new date, the ever-changing Billboard 200 will have to shift its window of tallying ‘multi-metric consumption’ aka album sales, streams, and overall impact. What does all this mean? Well, this is the last Billboard chart update that takes place on Thursdays. So let’s all celebrate the final Billboard 200 update on Thursday with yet another artist celebrating his first #1 album.

Meek Mill put up some excellent numbers with his sophomor...
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Are These Songs On Your List For Best (So Far) This Year?

7/5/2015 11:00am EDT
25 Best Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Ah, the time has come to examine the best songs of 2015. In an age where records dominate as opposed to the albums themselves, there is always an abundance of terrific songs to choose from. But when it’s all said and done, one or more of those terrific songs is always going to get left off, no matter how long the list is, so if your favorite isn’t here, that might be the reason why. So here goes nothing – 25 of the best songs of 2015… so far! And by the way, if a song appears from 2014, it is because it blew up in 2015 or its parent album is from 2015.

1) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Fac...
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