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Longtime Band Scores First No. 1 Album

June 18th, 2015 9:45am EDT
Muse Rocks Its Way To First No. 1 Album With 'Drones'
Another week and another new number one album on the Billboard 200. This week, British alternative band Muse takes the top spot with Drones, their first number one album. Muse’s numbers weren’t the sexiest ever, but the 84,000 units are respectable, with nearly all of those units being pure sales. Interestingly, Muse’s last three albums have debuted in reverse order – The Resistance at #3, The 2nd Law at #2, and now Drones at #1. Wasn’t Muse totally destined to spend some time in the penthouse eventually?

The only other newbie to the Billboard 200 top ten this week came courtesy of ...
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Band Scores Its First No. 1 Album

June 11th, 2015 8:15am EDT
Florence + The Machine Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Men, women, and children everywhere, get ready for a total shocker on the albums chart this week. Florence + The Machine scores its first #1 album of its career with How Big, How Big, How Beautiful. Total shocker right? – Totally NOT as all indications suggested that front woman Florence Welch and company was about to “come up.” Kudos, as the alternative band impacted to the tune of 137,000 units, most of which were sales themselves. Compared to the opening performance of previous album Ceremonials, how does the sales of How Big… compare? In sales alone, How Big… wins, with about a 25,00...
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Is '1984' A Diss On Taylor Swift?

June 9th, 2015 12:07pm EDT
Katy, Taylor Diss: '1984' Is Katy Perry's New Track, Could Be Di
Is Katy planning to release a Taylor diss track? This is something that has pretty much been expected for months (read: years), but now it appears as though it's going to happen. Like, for real.

According to Yahoo! News, Katy Perry has registered a song called 1984, and many believe that this track will be in response to Taylor Swift's tune Bad Blood, which is rumored to be about Katy, and the feud that the two singers have.

"While Swift has never directly confirmed that 'Bad Blood' is about Perry, she did tell Rolling Stone in an interview before 1989 was released that the song was about...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

June 9th, 2015 9:10am EDT
Muse Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, call this music release week “the calm before the storm.” After a busy week the first week in June, and a stacked upcoming week June 16, this week is relatively calm. Sure anytime Muse drops a new album as of late it’s “kind of a big deal,” but overall this week is clearly understated in its rollout. Still, there are six interesting projects to check out this week.

1) Muse, Drones (Warner Bros)

Following a three-year hiatus, Grammy-winning, British alternative band Muse returns with its seventh studio album, Drones. It follows The 2nd Law, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 20...
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20 Songs To Hunger For

June 6th, 2015 3:40pm EDT
20 Food Songs That Aren’t About Eating
Everybody likes to eat – any disagreement with that nutritional statement? Because everyone enjoys filling their bellies, it’s not surprising that musician reference food in their songs as well as specifically in their song titles. A musician’s job is to connect with his or her audience, so what better way to do so than food? Here’s the deal though. On this list, none of the songs, which all reference ‘food’ in their title, are actually about eating. No, food is used metaphorically as a representation of something else. Sometimes ‘food’ gets a bigger meaning in the hands of these music...
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Can Taylor Swift End Her Grammy Dry Spell?

June 2nd, 2015 8:00pm EDT
Will Taylor Swift Ever Dominate The Grammys Again?
Will Taylor Swift win another Grammy? Hmm, the posed question seems almost ridiculous when you think about the success that the country/pop artist has experienced from a young age, but since winning the coveted Grammy for album of the year for Fearless back in 2010, Swift has experienced quite a dry spell. The question is, is her pop album, 1989 too big to be ignored by the Grammys come 2016? Let’s backtrack a little before speculating about the future.

In 2010, Taylor Swift’s profile was greatly elevated. Kanye West had acted like a total ‘you-know-what’ and from the shameful incident, S...
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Lots Of New Albums To Check Out This Week

June 2nd, 2015 10:14am EDT
Florence And The Machine Leads Albums To Check Out
A new month (June) and a truckload of new releases – literally! June opens with a number of musicians looking to share their latest creations with the world. While there isn’t that ‘homerun’ artist and album dropping a new effort, there are more than enough choices for music listeners to sink their teeth into. Arguably, the packed field is headed by the return of Florence + The Machine, but the others are all “in it to win it” too. Here are eight albums to check out.

1) Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Island)

Florence Welch, aka Florence + The Machine, ret...
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Martina McBride Slams Country Radio

May 29th, 2015 8:04am EDT
Martina McBride Slammed With Sexist Remarks: Her Response? 'Wow.
Never refer to Martina McBride (or any female country music star, for that matter) as a "tomato." Or assert that "if you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out."

That's what a recent issue of Country Aircheck did, and now they're paying the price: scathing criticisms from nearly every female country singer out there (and men, too).

In a rebuttal on Facebook, McBride fought back against Country Aircheck's suggestions. "Wow.....just wow. Just read this from a major country radio publication. How do you feel about this statement?"

And as for the claim that women don't liste...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

May 19th, 2015 10:02am EDT
Jamie Foxx And Twenty One Pilots Among Jam-Packed Field Of Album
Ah, the third week of May and the new music releases just keep on coming! If last week was a bit of a downgrade from May’s illustrious first week, this week is nothing short of loaded. There’s truly something for everybody, whether contemporary R&B is your flavor (Jamie Foxx), genre-bending alternative (twenty one pilots), or electronic/dance (Zedd) among others. Here are eight albums to check out this week!

1) Jamie Foxx, Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses (RCA)

Jamie Foxx has released four albums, three of which were high profile efforts: Unpredictable (2005), Intuition (2008), an...
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Songs That Make A Statement With 'Names' & Lyrics

May 10th, 2015 1:00pm EDT
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What’s in a N-A-M-E – “That is the question!” Within the 25 songs on this random playlist comprised of songs featuring name in their title, the simple, everyday word takes on numerous meanings and interpretations. Maybe it’s the disappointment of not knowing a person’s name, the arrogance of ensuring everybody knows THE NAME (aka cockiness), or more thoughtful ideas such as escapism. Regardless, after diving in to this list, you’ll know every single one of these songs and artists’ names!

1) Shawn Mendes, “I Don’t Even Know Your Name” (Handwritten, 2015)

This girl that Shawn Mendes is...
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