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10 Incredibly Heartfelt Songs of 2014

October 12th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
10 Incredibly Heartfelt Songs of 2014
In an age dominated by big records, there’s nothing like a truly captivating, heartfelt song. That’s not to say that a record can’t be a song or visa versa, but these days, the two aren’t necessarily interchangeable. For all of the big records dropped in 2014, there are also some incredibly notable heartfelt songs that definitely deserve recognition (see the bloated, incomplete list of honorable mentions). But to keep the list from being forever long, here are 10 of the most heartfelt songs of 2014.

1) Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (In The Lonely Hour)

Isn’t this one a total no-brainer...
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Jason Aldean Keeps It Country on ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’

October 9th, 2014 1:35pm EDT
Jason Aldean
“Ain’t had a drink and I’m torn up / ain’t even had a taste of your love… we’re just getting warmed up.” Anyone who’s partaken of country music as of late can’t deny the ‘bro-ness’ of the style, definitely led by the likes of Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Jason Aldean is oft considered a member of this movement, despite despising the phrase.

Regardless whether Aldean dislikes labeling or the fact his music is dominated by love, alcohol, and his “truck,” the artist’s latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt is ultimately a sound and enjoyable affair.

“Just Gettin’ Started” proves to...
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Blake Shelton Wins Race To The Top of The Billboard 200

October 9th, 2014 11:13am EDT
Blake Shelton
When the Billboard issue their chart prognostications last week, it was suggested that Blake Shelton had a solid shot at his second career #1 album. That said, that forecast would become cloudy thanks to one Barbra Streisand, who was projected to be competitive in the race for the top spot once again. Fellow country artists Lady Antebellum were considered to be likely third place. Things didn’t complete go as expected.

Blake Shelton indeed topped the Billboard 200, selling a more robust than expected 101,000 copies of Bringing Back The Sunshine. While prognostications had allotted 90...
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Jason Aldean Leads New Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

October 7th, 2014 11:16am EDT
Jason Aldean
As 2014 progresses in the fourth quarter, the amount of new albums released increases dramatically. The month of October is chocked full of new albums, many with the potential to be big hits. That said, ‘big hits’ in the new normal of album sales means tempered sales expectations. That said the sure bet this week seems to be obvious – Jason Aldean's highly anticipated Old Boots New Dirt. Besides Aldean, there are many other alluring aspects to check out this week.

1) Jason Aldean, Old Boots New Dirt (Broken Bow)

There’s good reason NOT to bet against popular country singer Jason Ald...
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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Top The Billboard 200

October 2nd, 2014 8:27am EDT
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
After a tight race for the number one spot, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga take their jazz duets album Cheek To Cheek to #1 on the Billboard 200. Bennett and Gaga sold a respectable 131,000 copies, slightly more than initially prognosticated. Cheek To Cheek would outpace Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival (#2, 130,000 copies) and Barbra Streisand’s former #1, Partners (#3, 127,000 copies). Previously, the edge had been given to both Chesney and Streisand.

Bennett, Gaga, and Chesney weren’t the only acts abuzz within the top #10 of the Billboard 200 this week. Alternative band Alt-J’s sophomore a...
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Blake Shelton, Prince, & Lady Antebellum Lead Albums To Check Out

September 30th, 2014 11:10am EDT
Blake Shelton, Prince, & Lady Antebellum  Lead Albums To Check O
Talk about being spoiled on Tuesday, September 23. No shortage of new albums was available, restoring hope after a year of down album sales. September 30 may not be the ‘super Tuesday’ of the former week, but there are still some exceptional choices. Among the biggest artists dropping new albums: Blake Shelton (Bring Back the Sunshine), Lady Antebellum (747), and Prince (ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM with 3RDEYEGIRL). Here are nine new albums to check out this week.

1) Prince, ART OFFICIAL AGE (Warner Bros)

2) Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL, PLECTRUMELECTRUM (Warner Bros)

The Purp...
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Barbra Streisand’s 'Partners' Beats Chris Brown for Top Spot on Billboard 200

September 25th, 2014 8:28am EDT
Barbra Streisand’s 'Partners' Beats Chris Brown for Top Spot on
Few 72-year olds can do it like Barbra Streisand. Who just landed another #1 album – Barbra Streisand! Duets album Partners not only debuted at #1, but did so with larger than expected numbers (196,000 copies). It also made history giving Streisand at least one #1 album in the past six decades. Go Barbra – it’s your birthday… well not really!

Chris Brown settles for the #2 spot behind Streisand, as X sells 146,000 copies. While Brown might be disappointed he didn’t score his third number one album, X performed better its first week than Fortune, which sold 135,000 copies. Maybe even ...
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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Lead Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music

September 23rd, 2014 10:10am EDT
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Lead Albums To Check Out: This Week in
Call Tuesday, September 23 what it is – super Tuesday. Truly in the music industry this fourth Tuesday in September, there is something being released for everybody. That said, arguably Tuesday’s most exciting album is a covers album – an album of standards released by Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett. Still, there’s no shortage of albums to check out, namely the other 12 albums that grace this list!

1) Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek (Streamline / Columbia / Interscope)

What happens when you pair an eccentric dance-pop artist and a veteran jazz crooner – magic and tremendous buzz. ...
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Christian Rapper Lecrae Takes ‘Anomaly’ To The Top Of Billboard 200

September 18th, 2014 8:31am EDT
Lecrae Anomaly
It’s rare that the Christian rapper debuts atop the Billboard 200. How rare – well it never happens – like “never ever.” Anyways, Lecrae made it happen this week as Anomaly outperformed early prognostications and sold 88,000 copies. Lecrae was able to hold off a strong second week from Maroon 5’s V (80,000 copies, #2) as well as what was thought to be a tight race with Jhené Aiko (Souled Out sold 70,000 copies, good for #3).

While Lecrae’s debut is celebratory, it is also another week where no albums moved 100,000 copies. Throw in the fact that besides Lecrae and Jhené Aiko, the top ...
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Chris Brown, Tim McGraw & Train Among Albums to Check Out: This Week in Music

September 16th, 2014 10:40am EDT
Chris Brown, Tim McGraw & Train Among Albums to Check Out: This
The fourth quarter is underway in the music industry, with bigger, more coveted artists/albums dropping. September 16 again sports some big names, all looking for a slice of those lucrative sales that only occur during the September, October, November, and December months – sigh*. While this week doesn’t sport an album that looks to completely ‘slay’ the charts with robust numbers, many of the albums listed will certainly impact it. Here are seven albums to check out this week!

1) Chris Brown, X (RCA)

After multiple delays, Chris Brown releases his fifth studio album, X. Delayed al...
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