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57th Grammy Awards Nominations: Reactions, Snubs and Surprises

December 8th, 2014 2:13pm EST
Reactions To The 57th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations
Think of the Grammys as a musician’s Super Bowl – it’s kind of a big deal. On Friday, December 5, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards nominees were revealed to the world. After much speculation, here’s some thoughts on some of the bigger nominations. These aren’t predictions – just thoughts on deservingness, snubs, and surprises.

Record of the Year:

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

“Chandelier,” Sia

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift

“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Ultimately, the nominations for record of the year are solid. Snubbed is Pharrell Wi...
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2014's Biggest Breakthrough Musicians

December 7th, 2014 11:00am EST
Biggest Breakthrough Musicians Of 2014
Some succeed and some don’t. It’s a very simplistic statement, but a true one that’s applicable to any number of things. In the case of musicians in 2014, whether it’s fair or not, some crashed and burned, while others excelled. Excelling doesn’t mean that the respective musician sold a lot of albums (few did), but it does mean these artists established their brand, making a name for themselves. Here are the biggest breakthrough musicians of 2014.

1) Iggy Azalea

Don’t we all wish we could’ve had as “Fancy” a year as Iggy? Nicki Minaj can throw all the shade she wants, but one fem...
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One Direction Score Fourth Number One Album With ‘Four’

November 27th, 2014 9:03am EST
One Direction Score Fourth Number One Album With ‘Four’: This We
'Tis the season where album sales are elevated and the music industry breathes a sigh of relief – until the deadness of January that is. While there have been few victory laps (besides Taylor Swift’s 1989), the numbers are stronger than earlier in 2014. That said, reliable chart-topper One Direction scored a fourth number one album with Four. Although 1D got it done, there is a ‘but’ to the scenario.

Four landed at a familiar spot for 1D, but did so in somewhat underwhelming fashion. Sure the 387,000 copies the British-Irish boy band moved is exceptional, but falls below both prognostic...
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Do The AMAs Foreshadow Potential Grammy Nominees?

November 26th, 2014 12:20pm EST
Do The American Music Awards Foreshadow Potential Grammy Nominee
The AMAs are truly a popularity contest. The music fans select winners, which is a stark difference from the more prestigious Grammys. Often a gripe of music fans and critics alike are the sometimes odd, ‘out of touch’ choices by the Recording Academy. One that comes to mind is how Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cleaned up the rap categories, yet arguably the more transcendent artist, Kendrick Lamar, when home empty handed.

That said it could be argued both the AMAs and the Grammys have tremendous pros and bothersome cons. Even given the contrasts between both music awards show, the AMAs do...
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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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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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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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Garth Brooks Gives Fan A Moment She’ll Never Forget - (WATCH)

November 11th, 2014 10:39am EST
Garth Brooks Gives Fan A Moment She’ll Never Forget - (WATCH)
Country music superstar Garth Brooks surprised a fan at his Minneapolis, MN concert tour stop by giving her a moment she will never forget.

Teresa Shaw attended the concert in high spirits. She had traveled to the show from Iowa and according to a report from KARE-TV, held up a sign so Brooks would see it stating, "Chemo this morning, Garth tonight. Enjoy the dance."

Brooks noticed the sign and had an usher bring Shaw closer to the stage, where the singer dedicated his song "The Dance" to her.

Once Brooks was done with the song, he kissed his guitar and gifted it to Shaw. He then loudly ...
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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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10 Songs Featuring ‘White’ In Their Title

November 9th, 2014 2:30pm EST
10 Songs Featuring ‘White’ In Their Title
Sometimes one word provides common ground for numerous, unrelated songs. Yes it sounds crazy and probably is, but if the old genre-divided playlist has grown old, it’s time to shake things up. The possibilities that happen courtesy of a randomized playlist using one word as the inspiration is nothing short of magical. Hence why this playlist, formed by songs featuring the word ‘white’ within their titles, is truly something…

1) Michael Jackson, “Black or White” (Dangerous)

Honestly, how can you leave ‘the king’ off of any list, particularly if he has a song that fits? “Black Or White”...
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