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Christian Rapper Lecrae Takes ‘Anomaly’ To The Top Of Billboard 200

September 18th, 2014 8:31am EDT
Lecrae Anomaly
It’s rare that the Christian rapper debuts atop the Billboard 200. How rare – well it never happens – like “never ever.” Anyways, Lecrae made it happen this week as Anomaly outperformed early prognostications and sold 88,000 copies. Lecrae was able to hold off a strong second week from Maroon 5’s V (80,000 copies, #2) as well as what was thought to be a tight race with Jhené Aiko (Souled Out sold 70,000 copies, good for #3).

While Lecrae’s debut is celebratory, it is also another week where no albums moved 100,000 copies. Throw in the fact that besides Lecrae and Jhené Aiko, the top ...
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Jhené Aiko, Lee Brice & Ryan Adams Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

September 9th, 2014 11:07am EDT
Jhené Aiko, Lee Brice & Ryan Adams Among Albums To Check Out: Th
There’s nothing like the fourth quarter, a time when label executives know that sales will flourish more than any other time of the year. A host of albums are always dropped during this most exciting and lucrative time, and this week certainly doesn’t break way from that trend. Led by particularly notable releases from Jhené Aiko, Lee Brice, and Ryan Adams, here are nine albums to check out this week.

1) Lee Brice, I Don’t Dance (Curb)

Country artist Lee Brice returns with his third studio album I Don’t Dance. I Don’t Dance follows up his 2012 album, Hard 2 Love, which debuted at #...
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10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014

September 7th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014
Sometimes, you just need to totally ‘rock’ out – right on, right on. Sometimes it’s all about busting out the air guitar or pretending you’re banging away on the drums like Animal from The Muppets. Well… maybe not the Animal thing – that’s a bit much. But in the spirit of rock n roll, with a little help from the alternative side of things as well, here are 10 rocking rock songs from 2014.

No, not all of them are manic, exhilarating up-tempo joints (yep, we’re talking to you Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, and Counting Crows), but all 10 songs are special and worth spinning. Here go...
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Ariana Grande Leads New Albums: This Week In Music

August 26th, 2014 9:12am EDT
Ariana Grande Leads New Albums: This Week In Music
After some rather unexceptional release weeks, the music industry looks to be picking up some steam in regards to bigger album releases. This week, many new titles were released off-cycle, hitting stores on Monday, August 25. Some of the artists dropping new music this week included Ariana Grande, Kem, and Brad Paisley. Grande, who’s had big hits this summer, leads the charge this week with My Everything.

1) Ariana Grande, My Everything (Universal Republic)

Pop’s new ‘it’ star releases her highly anticipated sophomore album, My Everything, which follows up 2013’s #1 debut, Yours Tru...
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The Gaslight Anthem Land at #4 on Billboard 200 : This Week In Music

August 21st, 2014 9:20am EDT
The Gaslight Anthem
In a blasé August release week, Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack remains at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 93,000 copies. The numbers are solid considering the soundtrack sold 109,000 copies last week (no substantial drop), but worth noting is no album moved 100,000 copies this week. The next closest album, Now 51, was distant second place, selling 52,000 copies. Ouch!

Despite sluggish numbers, there were some new debuts. The Gaslight Anthem landed at #4 with its latest album, Get Hurt. Get Hurt sold 33,000 copies, which by no means is the second coming. Troy Sivan’s numbers ar...
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Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

August 19th, 2014 11:33am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This W
Finally, finally, finally! Things are beginning to look up as the music industry gears towards the always busy, profitable fourth quarter (September through December). After August has gotten off to a slow start, this week, numerous interesting titles drop. Not every title is featured here (sorry Amy Grant, Colton Dixon, Gretchen Wilson, Kimbra and Randy Travis), but a select few are highlighted as albums to check out. Among the most notable titles is Wiz Khalifa’s third album, Blacc Hollywood.

1) Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood (Atlantic)

Wiz Khalifa’s third album could be one to make...
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Review: The Gaslight Anthem Show Consistency On ‘Get Hurt’

August 18th, 2014 1:29pm EDT
Review: The Gaslight Anthem Show Consistency On ‘Get Hurt’
After a two-year hiatus, rock band The Gaslight Anthem return with their fifth studio album, Get Hurt. Get Hurt follows a high watermark for the band, led by vocalist and guitarist Brian Fallon. 2012 effort Handwritten easily ranked among the best rock albums that year. Get Hurt maintains consistency and enjoyability, regardless if it trumps Handwritten or not.

“Stay Vicious” opens Get Hurt in excitedly. The riffs come ‘right at your face,’ while Fallon delivers the lyrics in gritty, emotional fashion. Interesting about “Stay Vicious” is the chorus pulls back, while the verses are...
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack Ascends To #1: This Week In Music

August 14th, 2014 8:55am EDT
Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack Ascends To #1: This Week In M
On the Billboard 200, only one album managed to surpass the 100,000 copies mark. Most surprising is the fact that it’s an album that seemed to come out of nowhere. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack ascends to #1 after outperforming expectations it’s first week, debuting at #3 selling 60,000 copies. This week, Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 sells 109,000 copies.

Guardians of the Galaxy definitely killed the vibe of Now 51, which settles for second place, selling 94,000 copies. 94K is respectable, particularly given album sales throughout the course of 2014. Godsmack ...
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The Gaslight Anthem Leads New Albums: This Week in Music

August 12th, 2014 11:02am EDT
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Summer continues to drag on in music circles. This week marks no difference in the trend that dominated July 2014 – generally, a lack of blockbuster releases. Still, August 12, 2014 has some interesting albums being released that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Gaslight Anthem, Tank, and Porter Robinson are among the most notable artists dropping new music this week.

1) The Gaslight Anthem, Get Hurt (Island)

Continuing to gain in popularity, The Gaslight Anthem releases their fifth studio album, Get Hurt. Get Hurt follows up the band’s 2012 effort Handwritten, which debuted at #3 on t...
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Review: Spoon's 'They Want My Soul' Is A Tour De Force

August 6th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Review: Spoon's 'They Want My Soul' Is A Tour De Force
It rarely never hurts when your band gets is described as a ‘critical darling.’ For Austin, Texas indie-rock band Spoon, they exemplify the critical darling label. For years, Spoon has shown masterful consistency, delivering notable alt-classics such as “I Turn My Camera On” and “The Underdog.” On They Want My Soul, the band’s first new album in four years, Spoon continues to live up to its ‘darling’ title.

First and foremost, Spoon never misses a beat on They Want My Soul – it is a tour de force by all means. Opener and promo single “Rent I Pay” sets the tone from the jump with its ...
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