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Courtney Rau Talks Music And Her Latest Single, 'Looks 2 Good 2B Bad'

December 16th, 2014 5:22am EST
Courtney Rau Talks Music And Her Latest Single, 'Looks 2 Good 2B
Singer Courtney Rau describes her sound, ranging from pop to country to dance, as "somewhere between Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift." At the young age of 16, her eclectic style has proven to be successful as three of her singles ("Shake," "In That Moment" and "Looks 2 Good 2B Bad") found success on the Billboard charts. I recently spoke with Rau about music and her latest single, "Looks 2 Good 2B Bad."

How did you get your start in music?

I've been singing ever since I could remember. I used to sing into my Barbie karaoke machine (laughs) when I was like three or four and I actually took ...
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10 Must Hear ‘Traditional’ Christmas Carols

December 15th, 2014 7:41pm EST
10 Must Hear ‘Traditional’ Christmas Carols
It’s not called “the most wonderful time of the year” for nothing! With the holiday season ago – the hustle and bustle – what better to enjoy the season than some must-hear traditional carols? Sure, not every musician sticks to the formula on this list (cough* Justin Bieber), but regardless, all ten performances are definitely ‘something’ if nothing else.

1) Pentatonix featuring Tori Kelly, “Winter Wonderland/ Don’t Worry Be Happy” (That's Christmas To Me, 2014)

Call this a two-for-one, and who doesn’t like a two-for-one? Pentatonix slaughter (in a good way) this rendition of “Winter W...
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Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Leads Albums to Check Out

December 15th, 2014 11:36am EST
Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Leads Albums to Check Out: This We
As the fourth quarter nears its close, fewer albums of note arrive for consumers to partake of. Few artists/labels are brave enough to release big-time albums in a time where Christmas album sales inflate and the select few albums with staying power dominate sales. While the releases have slowed, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint leads five other albums to check out this week.

1) Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint (Republic)

After being delayed, Nicki Minaj finally releases her highly anticipated The Pinkprint. After a so-so start with tame single “Pills N Potion,” Minaj turned up the heat and ...
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The Top 10 Teen Pop Stars from the 90s

December 14th, 2014 5:30pm EST
The Top 10 Teen Pop Stars from the 90s: Where Are They Now?
The lead single off of NSYNC's third and final album Celebrity back in 2001 was called "Pop". From the start, it seemed like even the boy band's biggest star knew the era that had made NSYNC one of the biggest powerhouses in music was coming to an end.

"Sick and tired of hearing all these people talk about," sang lead singer Justin Timberlake, "What's the deal with this pop life and when's it gonna fade out?"

While the song itself used some wishful thinking in its response to that question, the real answer was: in about a year.

NSYNC went on a "temporary hiatus" in 2002 and never returne...
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Early Grammy Predictions: Who Will Win?

December 14th, 2014 11:00am EST
Early Grammy Predictions: Who Wins Album, Record And Song Of The
Now that the burning questions have been answered – those Grammy nominations of course – more burning questions loom on the horizon. What are these questions? Well, it’s who wins album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, and best new artist. Sure, there are plenty of categories within the Grammys, but none are more coveted and hyped than the ‘big four.’ Here are early prediction for album, record, and song of the year, as well as best new artist.

Album of the Year:

Nominees: Morning Phase, Beck; Beyoncé, Beyoncé; X, Ed Sheeran; In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith; Girl, P...
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Ariana Grande Takes A Tumble During Jingle Ball (Watch)

December 14th, 2014 10:03am EST
Ariana Grande Took A Tumble During Jingle Ball Performance (Watc
Ariana Grande took a death-defying tumble during Jingle Ball, and it was all caught on video!

The singer, known for wearing sky-high heels during her performances, tripped and fell during her performance a the sold-out event.

The 21-year-old was singing and walking towards the center of the stage at New York's Madison Square Garden and slipped on some confetti.

She then told the crowd, "Woooo Girl, I almost died up here."

Watch the video below, from the singer's Instagram account.

Still wobbly, Grande continued a set that featured "Problem," "Break Free" and "Santa Baby."

Just last we...
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Taylor Swift Still Tops On Billboard

December 11th, 2014 10:59am EST
Taylor Swift
The Billboard 200 may be completely revamped, but Taylor Swift’s constant stay atop the chart regardless of changes is unsurprising. After three consecutive weeks, a week in the runner-up slot, and last week’s return to the top, Swift now sits at five weeks at #1. Baller status – yep, definitely – she’s a playmaker. Overall, including overall “consumption” to quote the new chart language, Swift’s impact was 274,000. Again, only a portion of that were sales, specifically 230,000 copies. Regardless of technicalities, Swift rules.

But enough about Taylor, what about the newbies to th...
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J. Cole Leads Albums to Check Out: This Week In Music

December 10th, 2014 8:00am EST
J. Cole performs at Made In America concert in Philadelphia Phil
Who has dominated the fall (musically)? Taylor Swift has dominated the fall. While her dominance continues onward towards Christmas, the week of December 9 does have some notable new efforts dropping. The biggest album to watch is one few know little about – J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Can Cole put some pressure on Taylor Swift? It’s possible as he put some pressure on Kanye West in 2013. Cole does indeed lead albums to check out this week, which also includes Carrie Underwood’s greatest hits compilation.

1) J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Columbia)

J. Cole gives rap fans ...
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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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