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CD Review: Falling Through April - 'Risks And Rewards'

December 1st, 2014 7:26pm EST
CD Review: Falling Through April - 'Risks And Rewards'
Risks and Rewards is bookended by two solid entries littered with modern rock tropes including, but not limited to, explosive hooks, churning guitars and euphoric melody (“Breakdown,” “In Control”), though the solo in the latter is not to be missed. But in the case of Risks and Rewards, it’s not about how Falling Through April starts, or even how they finish. It’s all about the journey, not the destination as they say, as the body of the EP morphs in something entirely different and unexpected, something akin to say Yellowcard or Jimmy Eat World, as 90’s alt-rock meets emo-pop to create a t...
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8 Fun Facts About The American Music Awards

November 23rd, 2014 1:00pm EST
8 Fun Facts About The American Music Awards
The Academy Awards…The Daytime Emmy Awards… The Golden Globes…The Grammys… The American Music Awards…There is so many different awards shows for so many different things! With so many to keep up with, one needs a guide – some facts – to differentiate between shows. While The American Music Awards (AMAs) – are one of the more visible music awards shows, just how much and how well does one know the AMAs? Pro or amateur, here are some interesting facts about the AMAs.

1) In The Beginning…

While a great Biblical reference feels right here to replace the ellipses, the talk here is about the...
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Music And Television Superstars That Came From Boy Bands

November 22nd, 2014 7:00pm EST
9 Music And Television Superstars That Came From Boy Bands
Most boy bands follow a distinct formula. They are brought together by a rich music producer of sorts and taught to sing, dance synchronically and of course, use a multitude of hair products. After progressively releasing three popular albums, they need to "take a break" and soon, their break becomes a longstanding hiatus. Eventually they reunite for a big comeback show, but their fans have moved on and they disappear into the sunset again.

Very few music superstars are able to break out of the boy band mold and make it big in the world of music. A select few become music legends. These 9 ...
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Taylor Swift Is Totally Unstoppable On Billboard 200

November 20th, 2014 8:40am EST
Taylor Swift Is Unstoppable On Billboard 200: This Week In Music
Face it folks, Taylor Swift is a juggernaut – the gift that keeps on giving generously to the music industry after a dismal sales year. Taylor Swift may not be the ‘second coming,’ but she’s definitely something. 1989 spends its third week atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart, selling a respectable 312,000 copies. If you’re keeping score, that means that Swift’s 1989 sits at two million copies sold in just three weeks.

Foo Fighters couldn’t beat Ms. Swift and didn’t even come that close. Foo Fighters sold soundly, moving 190,000 copies of Sonic Highways, good for a #2 bow. Pink Floyd...
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One Direction Leads Albums To Check Out

November 18th, 2014 9:30am EST
One Direction Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
While the music industry definitely isn’t trying to “shake off” the success of Taylor Swift’s monstrous 1989 album which keeps on going and going like the Energizer Bunny, they are trying to release more high profile albums during November to get people buying albums. This week, it’s possible that Swift has met her match with beloved boy band One Direction, who surpassed the half-million mark with two out of three of their previous albums. Whether Four will receive the same reception only time can tell, but it’s certainly the biggest album to watch this week.

1) One Direction, Four (Col...
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Foo Fighters Keep Rocking Hard On 'Sonic Highways'

November 17th, 2014 1:30pm EST
Review: Foo Fighters Keep Rocking Hard On 'Sonic Highways'
How do you one-up a juggernaut – “that is the question!” For Foo Fighters, following up an alt-rock classic in 2011’s Grammy-winning Wasting Light is no easy task. But no one can continue to live in the shadow of one epic project. As that Jay-Z song goes, it’s “On To The Next One.” Foo Fighter’s latest project Sonic Highways proves to be no slouch, delivering another eight rocking, enjoyable songs to the band’s body of work.

Interestingly, all eight of Sonic Highways’ tracks were recorded in different cities in notable recording studios in each. The project accompanies the band’s HBO...
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Taylor Swift Keeps The Billboard Number One Spot Warm

November 13th, 2014 10:23am EST
Taylor Swift 1989
People, get ready for the most shocking thing that you’ll hear all week: Taylor Swift’s 1989 remains atop the Billboard 200 after debuting with 1.287 million copies last week. This week the numbers are more modest, but still better than most artists can brag about. Swift sold 402,000 copies.

How significant is 402,000 copies – well, as Keith Caulfield and Billboard tell it, 402,000 copies is the second largest sales week of the year. Taylor Swift, hence, is nothing short of a beast – in a good way of course. Forget about a platinum album – 1989 is well on its way to double platinum...
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Bret Michaels Hospitalized 6 Times In 2 Weeks

November 12th, 2014 1:02pm EST
Bret Michaels Has Kidney Surgery, Hospitalized 6 Times In 2 Week
Over the past 2 weeks, singer Bret Michaels has been hospitalized 6 times.

Longtime guitarist and friend Pete Evick revealed the shocking news via Facebook on Tuesday.

"Over the last two weeks Bret was in and out of 6 hospitals throughout the Midwest. Including the incredible Mercy Hospital of Northwest Arkansas. The staff and doctors were unbelievable and took incredible care of Bret."

"Bret continues to be steadfast in his dedication to bring the music to the people. He truly has to be held down to not perform."

Michaels had two stents put in his body in the past week after experien...
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Foo Fighters And Garth Brooks Lead Albums To Check Out

November 10th, 2014 10:46am EST
Foo Fighters And Garth Brooks Lead Albums To Check Out: This Wee
Following something of a ‘dead week’ after the massive debut of Taylor Swift’s pop album 1989, things pick back up on the new music release front. Of course Ms. Swift will be a factor – she always is – but she has some tough competition this week. This tough competition includes Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, a sexy solo album from Nick Jonas, and the late, great Whitney Houston. Here are albums to check out this week.

1) Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA)

After years in the game, Foo Fighters release their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Sonic Highways. Sonic Highways follow...
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New Album Releases This Week You Need To Check Out!

November 4th, 2014 9:55am EST
Will Smith introduced Calvin Harris to the Main stage at T in th
Cutting straight to the chase, the post-Taylor Swift release week is exactly what you would expect it to be… quiet! Why- because everyone knows Taylor rules the world – more importantly the Billboard 200 – and the Taylor machine won’t stop after just one week. 1989 will likely hold off any of the albums below from coming anywhere near that number one spot – she’s just commercial like that. That said here are albums to check out this week, led by Calvin Harris’ Motion.

1) Calvin Harris, Motion (Columbia)

Motion follows up Harris’ 2012 album, 18 Months. Harris is best known for prod...
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