The Game, Selena Gomez And Other Albums To Check Out This Week

10/6/2015 10:57am EDT
The Game Leads Albums To Check Out
The first Friday in October brought the comeback of one of music’s iconic artists, Janet Jackson. That is a big deal without question. This week, things are much quieter. This week is the “calm before the storm,” as the next couple of release weeks are jam-packed with newbies to add to the collection. Still, there’s a West Coast rapper and a pop star/actress leading the way this week.

1) The Game, Documentary 2 (Blood Money / Entertainment One U.S.)

The Game isn’t the heavy-hitter he once was – that’s just the way it is in the music industry. Still, The Game knows how to impact the...

Rap Newcomer Fetty Wap Takes Top Honors

10/6/2015 8:23am EDT
Fetty Wap Takes Top Honors On The Billboard 200
It’s a good week to be a “Trap Queen” – or something like that! Rap newcomer Fetty Wap sees his self-titled debut album take top honors on the Billboard 200. That’s right, Fetty Wap debuted at #1 on the big chart, to the tune of 129,000 units – not too shabby. Wait at minute – how much did Fetty Wap actually sell? 75,000 copies – 54,000 copies less than it impacted when streams and tracks are considered. But first place is first place, right?

Fetty Wap wasn’t the only story of the Billboard 200 this week. Don Henley lands in third place with Cass County, selling more copies than Fetty...

These Battle Songs Will Help You Persevere

10/4/2015 1:00pm EDT
12 Songs That Will Have You Ready For Battle
Ladies and gentlemen, get prepared to put on your armor – we’re going to battle! No, not really, but the songs featured in this article all center around battles, with some expanding to full out war. These battle songs all have a common thread – resolve – the willingness to persevere even if there are “scars” when it’s all said and done. Enjoy these 12, mostly uplifting battle songs! “Fight” songs weren’t included; only battle and war songs.

1) Bullet For My Valentine, “You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War)” (Venom, 2015)

“I will not take this anymore / these words will never be ignore...

Drake And Future Take Top Honors

9/29/2015 9:02am EDT
Drake And Future Take ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ To No. 1
Lana Del Rey could practically taste her second no. 1 album – that is until Drake and Future totally ‘killed her vibe’ with surprise mixtape, What A Time To Be Alive. Expectedly, the superstar hip-hop collaboration was too much for the moody, alt-pop singer to overcome. In other words, her Honeymoon in the ‘penthouse’ wasn’t meant to be. Okay, okay, enough puns!

Drake and Future took top honors on the Billboard 200, to the tune of 375,000 units – WOW! This doesn’t outpace Drake’s earlier no. 1 album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late or the juggernaut that was The Weeknd’s Beauty Behin...

Hypothetical Songs: Musicians That Asked 'What If'

9/27/2015 2:03pm EDT
13 'What If' Songs – Hypothetically Speaking!
Ah, those glorious things called “what if” questions. What are what if questions? They’re those hypothetical questions that haven’t happened and ultimately may or may not happen. Interestingly, numerous musicians have written and performed songs based upon them. This hypothetical list explores 13 what if questions, in all their hypothetical glory!

1) Meghan Trainor, “What If I” (Title, 2015)

“What if I, I wanna kiss you tomorrow?” If that’s the case Meghan Trainor, then by all means go for it! On “What If I,” the retro-pop singer knows that this dude is the ‘real deal.’ She’s qu...

Musicians Dealing With Death Through Song

9/26/2015 4:00pm EDT
Songs About Death: 10 Songs About Dying Young
Death is dark, depressing subject matter to say the least. Honestly, it’s not the best topic for dinner conversation, dates, or generally happy occasions. Call it what it is – deadly, morbid and definitely buzz kill. Still, there have been plenty of songs that have tackled the topic of dying young. Some are literal, but many are figurative and branch out to various other topics, most prominently love. Here are 10 songs about dying young for your reading pleasure…yeah, that didn’t sound right at all!

1) The Band Perry, “If I Die Young” (The Band Perry, 2010)

To reiterate, pondering ...

Lana Del Rey Keeps Things Dark And Mysterious On 'Honeymoon'

9/23/2015 10:24am EDT
Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon © Interscope
Honestly, it doesn’t seem like alternative pop singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey is going to be changing anytime soon. On her latest album Honeymoon, her idea of a honeymoon definitely doesn’t match up with the happy occasion in which newlyweds partake of. But this is Lana Del Rey, who has embraced darkness on previous albums as well as the media. With the modus operandi well established, Honeymoon does end up being a sound addition to her discography, even if it isn’t absent of flaws.

“Honeymoon” initiates the effort mysteriously, characterized by its haunting strings. Once Del Rey ente...

New Albums To Check Out This Week

9/22/2015 12:52pm EDT
Drake And Future's Joint Album Lead Albums To Check Out
The final release week of September is upon us! There are some goodies to check out this week, much like last week’s star-studded releases. Originally a solid week for new releases, a surprise joint album from Drake and Future made the week a stellar one. Unsurprisingly, the Drake/Future collaboration leads albums to check out. Anticipated debut and sophomore albums, in addition to comeback album of a rock veteran, join the collaborative album as albums to check out.

1) Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

An off-cycle album release completely changed the tides. Drake and Futur...

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...

41 Sexiest Album Covers We've Ever Seen

9/19/2015 3:00pm EDT
Eye Candy: 41 Sexiest Album Covers
Ah, is there anything that’s tastier than candy? While the answer to that question is debatable, few will argue about the power and beauty of the kind of candy that you DON’T eat, but rather view with the eyes. That ladies and gents is “eye candy” which taps into lustfulness, innuendo and unapologetic naughtiness among a variety of other characterizations. Eye candy has been around for years and we, as humans never seem to tire of its power. Its shock value keeps us talking and keeps our eyes glued considering we “can’t get enough.”

Music can be the ultimate “ear candy,” featuring the...