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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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‘Future Hearts’ Is Another Enjoyable All Time Low Album

April 8th, 2015 1:10pm EDT
Review: All Time Low Keeps Things Fun On ‘Future Hearts’
Sometimes the kids just don’t grow up – and that’s perfectly acceptable! For pop-punk/emo band All Time Low, growing up would cause them to lose some of their luster and fun. Known for grandiose, over the top records atoning for the lonely, disrespected, and ‘voiceless’ kids everywhere, All Time Low deliver another captivating set of such on Future Hearts. Much of the formula is the same: F-bombs perfectly placed, irresistible choruses, ‘emo’ lyrics, and slick production.

On “Satellite,” All Time Low recollects their ‘youth’ as a band with front man Alex Gaskarth singing, “We were jus...
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Albums To Check Out This Week

April 7th, 2015 10:07am EDT
All Time Low Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
After a star-studded assortment of new albums last week, this week is much more subtle. The same bombast that greeted a long-awaited comeback by Ludacris, The Album About Nothing courtesy of Wale, and an album named after a Japanese repair technique (Kintsugi) by Death Cab For Cutie isn’t apparent this week. Even so, there are some interesting new efforts, led by irresistible Baltimore quartet All Time Low with their affinity for emo lyrics and the occasional dash of salty language. All Time Low and four others lead albums to check out this week.

1) All Time Low, Future Hearts (Hopele...
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Some High-Flying Songs!

April 5th, 2015 11:30am EDT
12 High-Flying Songs To Brighten Your Day
Ah, there is nothing like a good ole ‘high-flying song’ to get the day going! When flying comes to mind, one thinks of soaring like a bird – specifically an eagle, being free, and of course migrating to new places. Flying can be literal in meaning or figurative, with a figurative meaning playing a notable role in the songs that follow. Whether it involves a jet, an eagle, or simply being a beginner who is “learning to fly,” these 12 high-flying songs will never crash, like “never ever!”

1) Paul McCartney & Wings, “Jet” (Band On The Run, 1973)

Listen to “Jet” and you have to ask your...
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Beyonce Debuts New Song

April 5th, 2015 10:50am EDT
Beyonce Releases Surprise Song To Launch Tidal
Beyonce surprised fans with a new single and video, which she dropped on Saturday to the Tidal streaming service.

The singer and wife of Jay-Z is also a co-owner of the new music platform.

"Die With You" is a simple, romantic ballad which the singer performs alone, seated behind a black baby grand piano.

"I wake up just to sleep with you," she sings to the cameraman who, at the end of the video, is revealed to be her husband, Jay Z.

The couple are co-owners in Tidal, a paid-for service that describes itself as "the first artist-owned global music and entertainment platform" and promises...
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Possible Wedding Alert!

April 2nd, 2015 2:54pm EDT
Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik is enjoying his time out of the spolight with fiancee Perrie Edwards, but is their sweet vacation to Italy a ruse for a quickie wedding?

The 22-year-old singer headed off to Italy with Edwards just one week after departing the band One Direction and the two took to Instagram to post some loving photos of their romantic getaway.

Is Malik planning something other than a quick getaway?

Speculation has swirled that the two love birds are perhaps looking to tie the knot early, since he quit the band and jet-set off with Perrie to Italy - with family members in tow.

There is also t...
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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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Why Did Justin Bieber 'Feel So Bad' About His Duet With Ariana Grande?

March 30th, 2015 9:30am EDT
Justin Bieber Crashes Ariana Grande Concert For Surprise Duet...
Here's a musical tip from Justin Bieber: if you're going to crash someone else's show for a surprise duet, make sure you actually know the lyrics.

It's something the Biebs couldn't quite handle when he showed up during an Ariana Grande concert in Miami this Saturday. Bieber took over for The Weeknd on the song "Love Me Harder," but couldn't remember what to sing and left a couple of very awkward blanks in the song.

"So I feel bad, I forgot the words, Ariana," Bieber apologized after the song was over. "I've been trying to memorize them backstage for like an hour."

At least no one seemed ...
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One Direction Star Zayn Malik: 'My Band Has Been Really Supportive'

March 27th, 2015 1:43pm EDT
Zayn Malik Gives First Interview Since Quitting 1D
Zayn Malik has spoken out for the first time since he announced he was leaving One Direction on March 25. Malik revealed in an interview with The Sun: "I can't do this anymore."

"It is crazy and wild and a bit mad but, at the same time, I've never felt more in control in my life" he admitted. "I feel like I'm doing what's right, right by myself and right by the boys."

"You know, I did try to do something that I wasn't happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people's happiness...And that was mainly the fans. And I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for...
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Harry Styles Tears Up At 1D's Indonesian Concert

March 26th, 2015 4:53pm EDT
Was Zayn Malik The Reason Harry Styles Cried? (Video)
Harry Styles was caught wiping away tears during One Direction's first official performance as a foursome in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old singer was caught on camera looking very emotional during One Direction's concert, on the same day band mate Zayn Malik officially announced he was quitting the British boy band.

In order to maintain a semblance of control over the situation, Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan tweeted their own messages to fans who were devastated over the shocking news.

Styles took to his Twitter on Wednesday with a simple message...
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