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10 Great Face Songs

11/15/2015 1:30pm EST
Face The Music: 10 Great Face Songs
Over the years, it’s amazing how many songs that have been written and became hits that share commonly used words in within their titles. Love may be oversaturated and cliché, but doesn’t society relate and embrace such songs featuring the word and central theme? Think of the colors and how many times they’ve fueled music’s flavor of the month/year throughout history. As simple as a commonly used word may be, it can be the catalyst for truly great music. In the case of this list, here are 10 great face songs. Why? – because all of the songs use the word face within their title. See, it’s as...

Powerful Young Songs (Part 2)

11/14/2015 1:45pm EST
Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 2)
Youthfulness can’t be bottled up into just one evergreen playlist post. No way Jose! Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1) provided just enough youthfully, swag-laden songs to whet the palate, but another installment is necessary. It’s like a meal – dessert just makes things sweeter, finishing off the dining experience. That’s the role of the part deux of Forever Young – to enhance the powerful, youthful listening experience! Hey, who says you can’t vicariously relive youth through song?

1) Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild & Free” (Mac and Devin Go to Hi...

See Why We Gave Cee Lo Green's 'Heart Blanche' 4 Stars

11/11/2015 5:20pm EST
Cee Lo Green Retains Soulfulness And Eccentric Personality On ‘H
What’s the best way for an embattled musician to heal? Release new music. That’s exactly what the once beloved, eccentric Cee Lo Green does on his latest studio album, Heart Blanche. Excluding his 2012 holiday effort, Heart Blanche marks Cee Lo’s first new studio album in five years. A lot has changed since he shocked the world with breakout hit “F**k You,” so can Cee Lo keep it going on Heart Blanche? For the most part, the answer is a resounding yes.

Following the soul-sampling intro, Green is clearly on autopilot. Pop/rock infused opener “Est. 1980s” finds the eclectic musician singing...

9 New Album Releases This Week To Check Out

11/10/2015 11:19am EST
Justin Bieber And One Direction Among Albums To Check Out This W
For the music industry, Friday, November 13th isn’t the least bit unlucky. Why? Everybody and his brother decided to release a new album, hence November 13 is something like, say The Promised Land. The question isn’t if any albums will sell this particular week, it’s how much will albums sell this week. Another burning question is, who will take number one honors on the chart – New look One Direction or comeback kid Justin Bieber. What is clear is that Justin Bieber and One Direction lead a stacked field of new albums to check out this week.

1) Justin Bieber, Purpose (Def Jam)


CMAs Lift Chris Stapleton To Top Of Charts

11/10/2015 10:01am EST
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It’s amazing how quickly things can change in life. For underrated country musician Chris Stapleton, he went from unknown to hot commodity thanks to unexpected victories at the Country Music Association Awards. After his album, Traveller debuted at #14 earlier in 2015, this week, Stapleton finds himself at #1 on the Billboard 200. Crazy right? Furthermore, Stapleton made more than a dent on the charts this week, impacting to the tune of 177,000 units, with 86% of those being sales.

So with Stapleton receiving his just due, it also confirms that this week wasn’t a power week in new release...

What’s New And Different On ‘In The Lonely Hour’ With ‘Drowning Shadows Edition’?

11/9/2015 11:35am EST
Sam Smith Expands ‘In The Lonely Hour’ With ‘Drowning Shadows Ed
Sam Smith has already ‘had his moment’ with his debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour. In The Lonely Hour was nominated for six Grammys at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, winning four (record of the year, song of the year, best new artist, and pop vocal album). Most critics have already given In The Lonely their blessings, including our own favorable take on the effort. So, why is the album being revisited? Because Smith reissued his crowning achievement with a special edition – Drowning Shadows Edition.

The first disc of In The Lonely Hour Drowning Shadows Edition should sound familiar – ...

Who’s To Blame? 15 Songs That Point The Finger

11/8/2015 11:00am EST
Playing The Blame Game: 15 Songs That Point The Finger
Sigh, doesn’t it always seem like we as a society are ready to blame something or somebody for something? If we feel bad when we wake up, we blame it on our boss for being, um, an inappropriate word (your choice of course). If we all can’t seem to “love again,” it’s that bleeping ex that ruined love. If we’re Democrats, we blame Republicans or visa versa. Basically, there’s always blame to be shared.

This list features a jam-packed 15 songs that blame something or someone for certain circumstances. If for some reason you don’t invest your time into these songs, well YOU’RE TO B! Don’t be ...

Relive Youth Forever: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1)

11/7/2015 11:00am EST
Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1)
When we’re young, we all want to grow up too fast. When we are older, we wish we could reach back a couple of years and embrace how good the times were. Particularly post-college, there is nothing like thinking back and wishing to relive those college days which many easily consider some of the best times of our lives. Well, if youthful days have passed or aren’t far from passing, this list of powerful young songs will help you recall the good times – irresponsible and all!

1) Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe, “We Are Young” (Some Nights, 2011)

What better way to proclaim youth than statin...

Ellie Goulding And Tim McGraw Lead Albums To Check Out This Week

11/3/2015 12:10pm EST
Ellie Goulding And Tim McGraw Among Albums To Check Out
There is one word that gets the music industry pumped this year – November. November 2015 is where it’s at, no questions asked. Filled with fresh blood, everybody’s music collection should expand this month, as there’s something for everybody. This week, the musical charge is led by British pop standout Ellie Goulding and country veteran Tim McGraw.

1) Ellie Goulding, Delirium (Interscope)

Ellie Goulding releases her third studio album, Delirium. Previous studio album, Halcyon featured the hit “Anything Could Happen.” Prior to Delirium, Goulding scored a hit with “Love Me Like You Do” f...

5 Seconds Of Summer Bests Carrie Underwood

11/3/2015 8:30am EST
5 Seconds Of Summer Bests Carrie Underwood For No. 1 On Billboar
On the Billboard 200 this week, it was youth that prevailed in a race for the number one spot. In the end, Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer scored atop the Billboard 200 for a second consecutive time with Sounds Good Feels Good. While Sounds Good Feels Good was unable to top the numbers put up by their 2014 self-titled debut album, the 192,000 units easily trumped the more modest numbers put up by Pentatonix’s chart-topping album last week. Of those 192,000 units, 93% were pure sales.

As disappointing as it may be for the once unstoppable Carrie Underwood to be beat for the top spot, Unde...