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Shawn Mendes Debut Album Is Tops

April 23rd, 2015 9:25am EDT
Shawn Mendes Takes 'Handwritten' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Shawn Mendes wasn’t lying when he was singing “Something Big.” Surely he was anticipating his pending #1 album on the Billboard 200. That’s right Handwritten outperformed the competition to the tune of 119,000 units, most of which were album sales. Shawn Mendes, indeed is doing big things at a young age – he’s all of 16.

Mendes beat out more established artists who dropped new albums. Reba McEntire – a veteran by all means – settles for #3 with Love Somebody, moving a modest 62,000 units. As for Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb landed at #4, only producing 58,000 units. Interestingly...
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Albums To Check Out This Week

April 14th, 2015 8:30am EDT
Tyler, The Creator Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, another week which means new music to sink one’s teeth in. Much like last week, the cupboard isn’t exactly full – there’s few notable newbies. Even so, a few is better than none and this week that few includes an underground rapper, an up-and-coming Canadian teen pop sensation, a veteran country artist, and a hard rock band. Here are four albums to check out this week.

1) Tyler, The Creator, Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)

Underground rapper Tyler, The Creator returns with a surprise fourth studio album, Cherry Bomb. Cherry Bomb follows Tyler’s 2013 album Wolf, which debuted at #3 on ...
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Wale Vs 'Furious 7' Soundtrack For No. 1 Spot

April 9th, 2015 8:22am EDT
Wale Takes ‘The Album About Nothing’ To Top of the Billboard Cha
The title of rapper Wale’s latest album is an unfortunate one – The Album About Nothing. From a critical standpoint, The Album About Nothing is another captivating effort from the MC who has compelled the world with three previous LPs. From a commercial standpoint, Wale claims his second consecutive number one album, following 2013’s The Gifted. While The Gifted performed better, Wale’s impact at 100,000 units is impressive given seemingly less aggressive promotion compared to The Gifted (single “Bad” was a sizable single at the time).

Wale led a number of ‘impactful’ new releases, th...
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Kendrick Lamar Keeps The Top Spot

April 2nd, 2015 9:33am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Keeps The Number One Spot Warm For A Second Week
In one of the least shocking weeks on the Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar’s critically lauded To Pimp A Butterfly sits atop the charts for a second week. Shocking right – of course not – who was about to stop it? Sales and overall impact dropped, but not too harshly for a second week on the charts – the tune of 123,000 units and 107,000 copies (sales). Sales alone have nearly given Lamar a gold album at 431,000 copies.

Basically, examining this week’s charts, the competition wasn’t there. Yes, there were newbies, but the highest bowing new album – Action Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful, settled...
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This Week In Music

March 31st, 2015 9:52am EDT
Wale And Ludacris Lead Albums To Check Out
Ah, March 31st is turning out to be quite a big new release day – by no means is March ending like a ‘lamb.’ Arguably, there is not a surefire juggernaut release the likes of Kendrick Lamar dropping this week, but there is a healthy dose of big names ending March on a high note. Led by Wale and a comeback album by Ludacris, here are seven newbies to check out this week!

1) Wale, The Album About Nothing (Atlantic)

Wale returns with his fourth studio album, The Album About Nothing. Nothing follows up Wale’s 2013 LP The Gifted, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The Album About...
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New Music This Week: Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Van Morrison & More

March 24th, 2015 9:43am EDT
Action Bronson Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
Kendrick Lamar took some of the luster of this week away when he moved his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly up a week. It was a smart move at the time as the only other big attraction was Modest Mouse’s first album in eight years, Strangers To Ourselves. Even without Kendrick Lamar heading the bill, on an off-cycle Monday release date, there’s plenty of newbies to sink one’s teeth into, arguably led by the long awaited debut album by Action Bronson. But if AB can’t do it, maybe the task falls into the hands of the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, James Bay, Van Morrison, Kidz Bop Kidz, or St...
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15 Drunken Songs, Mostly With Some Substance

March 22nd, 2015 3:00pm EDT
15 ‘Drunken’ Songs: Music Written With A Lack Of Sobriety In Min
If a poll were taken, likely the majority of folks would state they enjoy an alcoholic beverage. If that poll were to focus merely on college students, the majority would be even larger. But this isn’t about how much alcohol is consumed, but rather about the songs that have been written with drunkenness, drinking, and a lack of sobriety in mind. Here are 15 Drunken Songs. Most are about substances, but a few play exception.

1) Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (good kid m.A.A.d. City, 2012)

If one gets nothing else from Kendrick Lamar’s hit “Swimming Pools (Drank),” you kno...
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'Empire' Wins The Day Over Madonna

March 19th, 2015 8:24am EDT
'Empire' Soundtrack Outpaces Madonna For Top Spot On The Billboa
Who would’ve ever thought that the iconic Madonna would miss out on a number one album? Well, that’s exactly what happened this week as Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire outpaced Madge’s Rebel Heart to take the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Empire impacted to the tune of 130,000 units, while Madonna’s 121,000 units left her settling for second place.

Luke Bryan wasn’t even mentioned in the tightly contested race for number one, as Spring Break…Checkin’ Out always seemed to be aiming for third. Ultimately, the numbers aren’t earth shattering, but it is respectable the...
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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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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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