Rap/Hip-Hop

Music You'll Never Run From

March 13th, 2015 2:02pm EDT
21 Songs You Don’t Wanna ‘Run’ From!
Some music turns you off the first time you hear it makes you wanna run from it, never to be annoyed or turned off by it again. And then there’s the good stuff, those songs that you would never, ever run from. This list is filled with the good stuff – songs that you embrace, and spin over and over on your iPod. Here are 21 songs you don’t wanna ‘run’ from!

1) Pink Floyd, “Run Like Hell” (The Wall, 1979)

Doesn’t the title say it all, honestly? “Run, Run, Run… you better run all day / and run all night.” It’s like “Run Forrest, runnnnn!”

2) Kelly Clarkson featuring John Legend, “...
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Jay Z Forced To Pay Out Royalties

March 13th, 2015 11:58am EDT
Jay Z Will Pay Royalty Money To Swiss Jazz Artist After Copying
Many music industry experts predicted there would be fallout from the ruling requiring artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay millions of dollars to Marvin Gaye's family for copying one his songs on their hit "Blurred Lines." It now appears that the first artist who might have agreed to a settlement in the aftermath of the court ruling is rapper Jay Z.

Hova has agreed to pay 50 percent of the royalties from his song "Versus" to a Swiss jazz musician named Bruno Spoerri. Jay Z had originally denied copying Spoerri's instrumental "Lilith - on the way" on his 2013 song "Versus".

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Best Songs From The Empire Soundtrack

March 12th, 2015 5:15pm EDT
6 Best Songs From Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of 'Empire'
What’s the hottest show on TV right now? Empire. And when a show is hot, particularly one driven by it’s music, you milk it for everything it is worth. It makes perfect sense for the hip-hop soap opera to issue a soundtrack, particularly after how successful the first season has been. One thing to remember is that the soundtrack is indeed a soundtrack.

The best songs from the Empire soundtrack are unsurprisingly those that most impact the script of the show. Even if the music of Empire makes perfect contextual sense within the show, making a compilation soundtrack into a memorable li...
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Kelly Clarkson Has Done It Again!

March 12th, 2015 11:30am EDT
Kelly Clarkson Takes 'Piece By Piece' To The Top Of The Charts
Kelly Clarkson has done it again y’all – that is scored the number one album on the Billboard 200. What is almost harder to believe is that over the course of seven albums, Piece By Piece is only Clarkson’s third to open in the penthouse. Were the sales stellar? Absolutely not – the sales were below par. Clarkson sold only 83,000 copies in album sales (97,000 in total impact which is so-so). Compare the 83,000 copies to the opening of Clarkson’s last album, Stronger, which debuted at number two but sold a more robust 163,000 copies, even less notable than her album before that. Still, a...
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New Music Releases To Check Out

March 10th, 2015 8:00am EDT
The 'Empire' Soundtrack Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In
Another week, more new music – that’s one way too look at it! This week, all five of the releases gracing this list are interesting. There is indeed something for everybody, but many who have been watching a certain show named Empire will want to sink their teeth into the soundtrack that has been music to their ears since it bowed. Then others may want to hear what Madonna sounds like in 2015. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little spring break with Luke Bryan. Here are five albums to check out this week!

1) Empire Cast, Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire (Columbi...
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Does Big Sean Take The No. 1 Spot On Billboard This Week?

March 5th, 2015 9:19am EST
Big Sean Takes 'Dark Sky Paradise' To No. 1 On Billboard
Well, well, well! Big Sean finally had a big debut – contextually speaking. The Detroit rapper’s third album, Dark Sky Paradise debuts at number one following two previous top three albums. Not only did Dark Sky Paradise debut higher than his previous work, it also sold considerably more, moving 139,000 copies. With ‘total impact’ playing a total role, Sean’s numbers are more robust – the tune of 173,000. Is 2015 the year that Big Sean finally does big things?

Big Sean wasn’t the sole triumph this week. Kid Rock did well for himself, as First Kiss debuted in the runner-up slot. Int...
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Why Did Kanye West Refuse To Speak During An Interview? [WATCH]

March 2nd, 2015 2:05pm EST
Kanye West
In yet another bizarre public display, Kanye West refused to talk to U.K. host Jonathan Ross during his talk show, lying down and remaining silent for the duration of his appearance.

West recorded an appearance on "The Jonathan Ross Show" where he performed his track "Only One."

Despite his best efforts to get the rapper to speak to him, Ross could not get a word out of the usually chatty rapper. In order to get on his level, the talk show host lay down next to Yeezus to attempt to get an answer out of him.

Ross joked: "If you want to spoon, I don't mind. [My bum]'s not as big as Kim's,...
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Review: Big Sean Brings The Heat On 'Dark Sky Paradise'

March 2nd, 2015 11:30am EST
Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise
“Oh God!” How many times has Detroit bred MC Big Sean uttered that phrase? On his third studio album Dark Sky Paradise, Sean strives to establish himself as a heavyweight in the rap game, even if he has no shortage of skeptics or haters. His previous album Hall of Fame wasn’t a hit like his debut Finally Famous, so Sean aims to step up his game the third time around. Dark Sky Paradise isn’t perfect, but there are plenty of exceptional moments to be had.

Opener “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)” is somewhat off-putting, yet establishes the overall tenor of the album. As listeners have become accu...
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Songs That Are Crazy!

March 1st, 2015 2:30pm EST
15 Songs With The Word Crazy - The Craziest Songs Ever!
Some songs are sane while others are bleeping CRAZY! There is no sanity to be found here as these are the craziest songs ever, like “forever ever.” Well… maybe it’s a slight exaggeration, but you can’t have crazy songs without embracing your own inner craziness – that’s gospel truth right there! Here are 14 of the craziest songs ever.

1) Paul Simon, “Still Crazy After All These Years” (Still Crazy After All These Years, 1975)

Paul, we don’t think you’re the least bit crazy, unless it’s a ‘crazy good accomplished veteran musician that is! When you hear “Still Crazy After All These Year...
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Imagine Dragons Score First Number One Album On the Billboard 200

February 26th, 2015 12:33pm EST
Imagine Dragons
The ‘dragons’ no longer have to ‘imagine’ anything. Nope! In other words, Imagine Dragons scored this week, debuting atop the Billboard 200. Smoke + Mirrors not only impacted well overall (195,000 units), but also managed robust sales – 172,000 copies. Yes the Billboard 200 is putting more emphasis on the ‘total package’ or the 195K number cited first, but with albums selling so poorly, selling 172,000 copies itself is notable achievement.

After locking down number one last week with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake settles for the runner up slot, continuing to ‘impact’ so...
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