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Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out

January 27th, 2015 9:48am EST
Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
January 2015 has been a ‘louder’ musical month than anticipated. Music listeners have been bestowed more audio gifts than an usually available, so give a slow music industry credit. Hey, what would January 2K15 be without the “No Flex Zone” of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd (Sremmlife), the “Uptown Funk” of Mark Ronson (Uptown Special), or “Lips Are Movin” courtesy of Meghan Trainor? Think about it!

This week isn’t nearly as dynamic as last week, but that doesn’t mean there are no interesting or notable albums to partake of. In a ‘slower’ week than last, R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is definit...
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Review: Fall Out Boy ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’

January 25th, 2015 3:30pm EST
Review: Fall Out Boy Keep The Hits Coming On ‘American Beauty/Am
Every new Fall Out Boy album is “kind of a big deal” – yep. Face it – the boys who are now men have hit it big with hits like “Sugar We’re Going Down,” “This Ain’t A Scene,” and “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” just to name a few. And why shouldn’t their sixth studio album be highly anticipated? Led by surefire hit “Centuries” and sporting some of their fiercest artwork yet, American Beauty/American Psycho just screams, “listen to me!” Well maybe not literally, but those who partake of album ‘numero seis’ won’t be disappointed.

American Beauty/American Psycho opens with an “I...
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How Did Meghan Trainor's Album Do On The Billboard 200?

January 22nd, 2015 10:56am EST
Meghan Trainor Debuts Robustly Atop The Billboard 200
Meghan Trainor had a big week – particularly for the dead of January. After weeks of domination by chart queen Taylor Swift, Trainor seized the number one spot as Title sold a robust 195,000 copies. This does NOT happen in January folks! Throw in Billboard’s multi-faceted formula, and the impact of the “All About That Bass” singer’s debut is even more impressive. Meghan Trainor is doing big things and definitely had the most special week of the newbies on the chart. If only the other newbies had such numbers which to boast.

Besides Trainor’s bow atop the charts – not to mention the...
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Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out

January 20th, 2015 8:15am EST
Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
The first week in January was so-so as far as album releases. The second week was enthralling thanks to sensational efforts courtesy of Meghan Trainor, Jazmine Sullivan, and Mark Ronson. Now the third week in January has some more captivating efforts to partake of. None may be bigger than the new Fall Out Boy album. Still, there are six others worth checking out as well.

1) Fall Out Boy, American Beauty / American Psycho (Island)

Fall Out Boy return with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2013 album, Save Rock and Roll. Save Rock and Roll gave Fall Out Boy their second nu...
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Oh No They Didn't! 10 Songs That Raise Eyebrows

January 17th, 2015 6:00pm EST
10 Songs That Raise Eyebrows
“Oh No They Didn’t – what in the world were they thinking?” Sometimes that’s the reaction everyone has about various politicians, actors, and maybe most commonly musicians. Musicians being artists, they often reinvent themselves, or deliver their art in a way that is shocking and solicits the attention of both fans and hardcore skeptics. This list of 10 songs features some songs that definitely raise eyebrows given their controversial nature.

1) Lana Del Rey, “F**ked My Way Up To The Top” (Ultraviolence, 2014)

The rumors quickly swirled about just ‘whom’ Lana Del Rey was referring...
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Rae Sremmurd Debut At Number Four on Billboard 200

January 15th, 2015 10:27am EST
Rae Sremmurd Debut At Number Five on Billboard 200: This Week In
While the Billboard 200 wasn’t bursting at the seams with new albums, the top ten does welcome one newbie to the fold. Southern rap duo Rae Sremmurd – who indeed go stupid – debut at #5 with 30,000 copies sold of the oddly titled SremmLife. Those sales numbers are quite modest, with the ‘units’ proving to slightly be more robust. Still, SremmLife certainly doesn’t appear to be a savior to album sales by any means. There is only one album that appears to be really selling.

Everyone may be tired of hearing the same thing, but guess who’s number one again? Taylor Swift of course! Even a...
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10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter

January 11th, 2015 4:00pm EST
10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter
Winter has finally arrived in most of North America, and with it comes miserable cold, gray skies, and a lingering sense of depression that are enough to drag anyone down. Luckily, here are ten of the best "summery" songs from last year to help deal with the season.

10. "Deep End" Coucheron featuring Mayer Hawthorne

If there ever was a perfect soundtrack to swimming in a pool overlooking the L.A. skyline on a hot Summer day, this would be it. The track combines smooth R&B inspired keyboard parts with a relaxed tempo and a bridge sung by Mayer Hawthorne that is simply stunning in a manner ...
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12 Songs Using The D-Word

January 10th, 2015 4:00pm EST
12 Songs Using The D-Word
No folks, we’re not talking about the closing track off of Toni Braxton & Babyface’s collaborative album Love, Marriage & Divorce. Nope, we’re referring to that earth shattering, intensifying baby curse word. Justin Bieber used it on his Believe album – albeit subtly on “Die In Your Arms” – to exercise his burgeoning manliness. Other artists use it for emphasis – a pronounced, less harsh variant on the f-bomb. Some truly terrific songs have embraced being ‘damnable’, so here’s a list that’ll have you “Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good” as you read it, Nickelback.

1) Mary J. Blige, “Whole D...
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Taylor Swift Makes It An Eight-Peat Atop Billboard 200

January 8th, 2015 11:33am EST
Taylor Swift Makes It An Eight In A Row Atop Billboard 200
Maybe DJ Khaled and Drake said it best: “No New Friends.” Applied to the current Billboard 200, the phrase is best attributed, “no new releases” of note. That said no one is shocked to hear that the invincible Taylor Swift rules the charts for an eighth non-consecutive week. Even with units and sales alike down from the previous week, 1989 still stood tall, selling 172,000 copies.

Swift was unopposed at the top spot, with the next closest album in sales (Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack) and impact (Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint) not coming anywhere close. 172,000 versus 70,000 copies ...
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Rae Sremmurd Leads A Skinny Week Of New Albums

January 6th, 2015 10:20am EST
Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife © Interscope
January is equivalent to death… well not exactly. Rephrase that – in the music industry, January is typically a slower month, which means that few new releases ‘jump right off the page.’ That’s not true of the entirety of January, but the first week of the new year is extremely quiet this year. One of January’s most anticipated albums, Sremmlife may lead the charge, but it definitely isn’t the ‘second coming.’ Here’s three newbies to check out.

1) Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife (Interscope)

Southern hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd look to light up January with their debut album, Sremmlife (what...
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