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Keith Urban’s 'Ripcord' Leads Albums To Check Out

5/4/2016 8:42am EDT
Keith Urban’s 'Ripcord' Leads Albums To Check Out
Forget any talk about May 2016 being a quiet release month - it's not! The end of April picked up steam with surprise albums by Beyoncé (Lemonade) and Drake (Views), not to mention a spike in sales for the late, great Prince, whose numerous albums have impacted the Billboard 200 since his sudden death. This first week in May has some big names dropping new albums, including two country artists, the resurrected solo career of pop singer/songwriter/producer, and the physical availability of a queen’s epic sixth album. Here are nine albums to check out this week!

1) Keith Urban, Ripcord (Cap...
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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Tops Billboard

5/3/2016 9:41am EDT
Beyoncé Takes 'Lemonade' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
“Hold up” – who’s no. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the sixth time? That would be none other than the Queen herself, Beyoncé! Yes, for the sixth time in her career, Queen Bey has slain the competition and taken Lemonade to no. 1. While Lemonade’s pure sales don’t eclipse the sales of Beyoncé’s first surprise album, Beyoncé, the 653,000 units are exceptional. Take the streams out of the equation and 485,000 copies in pure sales (roughly 74%) aren't shabby in the least.

Beyoncé wasn’t the only newbie to march in “Formation” on the Billboard 200 this week. A$AP Ferg takes his sophomore album, A...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Emerald Forest'

4/29/2016 12:08pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Emerald Forest'
Gorgeous trees, flowing rivers and one kick-ass dad determined to get his kid back – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! This week we’re heading into a tropical world rarely seen by most folks to experience a rare movie treat. It’s a two-fold tale of parental dedication mixed with the horrors inflicted by man upon the earth told by one of the masters of film. Nothing says love like a father fighting to find his son as we follow a proud papa deep into…"The Emerald Forest!"

Bill Markham is an engineer with a vision – a vision to build a dam. But he wants his hydroelectric beast righ...
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New Music Releases This Week To Check Out

4/26/2016 1:25pm EDT
Martina McBride's 'Reckless' Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, the final music release week in April 2016. As iterated previously, April 2016 has been quiet on the music front with a lack of gargantuan hits for the most part. This week is stronger than previous weeks, with a number of worthwhile releases, even if none are incredibly highly anticipated per se. In the new release mix, this week is a county vet, the soundtrack to one crazy hip-hop drama series, and the physical CD release of a musical icon lost too soon. Here are eight albums to check out this week!

1) Martina McBride, Reckless (Big Machine)

After covering soul classics on her p...
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Prince Tops Music Charts

4/26/2016 11:22am EDT
Prince Posthumously Tops The Billboard 200
The person may be gone, but the music lives on. That is definitely the case as Prince posthumously tops the Billboard 200, with three albums gracing the top 10 this week. At No. 1, The Very Best of Prince has the biggest impact, moving a robust 179,000 units. Of that total, only 56% is pure album sales. Why? Likely, people purchased their favorite tracks as opposed to the entire album. Also, Prince’s music is unavailable for streaming, save for Tidal.

But enough technicality, what about more Prince? The Purple One’s ‘ace in the hole’ Purple Rain landed at no. 2, moving 69,000 units, with ...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - The 10'Love & A .45'

4/22/2016 12:10pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Love & A .45'
With our prolific ‘What Lola Wants Week’ coming to an end it seemed right to choose another past cinematic movie tale of lovebirds on the road trying to outrun trouble – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! The sensational selection this week centers on a bad but desperately in love couple who find themselves trying to flee from angry friends, flamboyant bill collectors and of course the fuzz. It's life on the open road where all you need is…"Love & A .45!"

Watty Watts is a gentleman’s thief – meaning when he robs a place he does it with a calm and classy demeanor. He believes in be...
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New Albums To Check Out this Week

4/19/2016 1:00pm EDT
A$AP Ferg's 'Always Strive and Prosper' Leads Albums To Check Ou
Keeping it real, April 2016 has been a slower month for new music releases. This week, things aren’t drastically different. The penultimate music release week in April does host a pair of rappers – one secular and one Christian, a post-grunge band, and an R&B diva. Here are some (well technically four) albums to check out this week.

1) A$AP Ferg, Always Strive and Prosper (RCA)

After a three-year hiatus, A$AP Ferg returns with his sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper. Always follows up Trap Lord, known for banger “Work Remix.” The album is comprised of 18 tracks, with “Let It Bang”...
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The Lumineers Bump Kanye West From Top Spot On Charts

4/19/2016 9:52am EDT
The Lumineers Score First No. 1 Album With 'Cleopatra'
April 2016 has been on the slower side of the music sales spectrum, but alternative trio The Lumineers have a respectable week, taking sophomore album Cleopatra to no. 1 on the Billboard 200. It’s not surprising that The Lumineers topped the charts; it was more a matter of how many streams/sales would their latest set move. The grand total is 125,000 units, with more than 84% of that total comprised of pure sales. Give The Lumineers credit, that 84% (108,000 copies) actually crosses the 100,000 mark, something that has been hard to come by throughout the course of 2016.

It goes downhil...
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How Did Kanye West Make History?

4/12/2016 2:06pm EDT
Kanye West Takes 'The Life Of Pablo' To No. 1 On The Billboard 2
Normally, a Kanye West album topping the Billboard 200 isn’t shocking, even if it’s always “kind of a big deal.” In the case of West’s oddly issued The Life of Pablo, the fact that it became eligible to chart on the Billboard 200 is surprising in itself, let alone the fact that in a lackadaisical sales/streaming week, it debuts at no. 1. How is The Life Of Pablo eligible to chart exactly, given the fact it’s not ‘widely available’?

Basically, The Life of Pablo is available ‘enough’, meaning that West is selling the album via his website and Tidal. The Life of Pablo impacted to the tune of ...
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Santana’s 'Santana IV' Leads Albums to Check Out

4/12/2016 8:00am EDT
Santana’s 'Santana IV' Leads Albums to Check Out
As of yet, April 2016 has been, well, um, quiet in the new music release department. This week’s crop of new releases (dropping Friday April 15), are sort of in the ‘same boat’. Every new release is interesting, but none of these are ‘game changers’ that necessarily seem like they’ll change the tide of album sales. Nonetheless, things can’t be all bad when Carlos Santana releases a new album, right? Right!

1) Santana, Santana IV (Santana IV Records)

Carlos Santana and company return with Santana IV, which follows up the collective’s 2014 album, Corazón. Interestingly, Ronald Isley (The ...
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