Indie Music

Shawn Mendes Debut Album Is Tops

4/23/2015 9:25am EDT
Shawn Mendes Takes 'Handwritten' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Shawn Mendes wasn’t lying when he was singing “Something Big.” Surely he was anticipating his pending #1 album on the Billboard 200. That’s right Handwritten outperformed the competition to the tune of 119,000 units, most of which were album sales. Shawn Mendes, indeed is doing big things at a young age – he’s all of 16.

Mendes beat out more established artists who dropped new albums. Reba McEntire – a veteran by all means – settles for #3 with Love Somebody, moving a modest 62,000 units. As for Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb landed at #4, only producing 58,000 units. Interestingly...

New Album Releases

4/21/2015 8:48am EDT
Hard Rock Calling - Day 2 - Performances at Queen Elizabeth Olym
C’mon April! Where is the abundance of new album releases – sheesh! The week of April 21st is another quiet week on the album release front, with a modest four albums standing out. Those albums arrive courtesy of a southern rock band, a southern rapper, and indie-pop dude, and a Christian rapper.

1) Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (ATO Records)

After a three-year hiatus, alternative breakout band Alabama Shakes returns with its highly anticipated sophomore album, Sound & Color. Sound & Color follows up Boys & Girls, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200. Three songs were available ...

Wale Vs 'Furious 7' Soundtrack For No. 1 Spot

4/9/2015 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...

Albums To Check Out This Week

4/7/2015 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...

This Week In Music

3/31/2015 9:52am EDT
Wale And Ludacris Lead Albums To Check Out
Ah, March 31st is turning out to be quite a big new release day – by no means is March ending like a ‘lamb.’ Arguably, there is not a surefire juggernaut release the likes of Kendrick Lamar dropping this week, but there is a healthy dose of big names ending March on a high note. Led by Wale and a comeback album by Ludacris, here are seven newbies to check out this week!

1) Wale, The Album About Nothing (Atlantic)

Wale returns with his fourth studio album, The Album About Nothing. Nothing follows up Wale’s 2013 LP The Gifted, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The Album About...

Former Beatle To Induct Another Beatle To Hall Of Fame

3/18/2015 8:33am EDT
Paul McCartney Will Induct Ringo Star Into Rock Hall
Paul McCartney will induct former band mate Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act this coming April.

McCartney will handle the induction services for Starr in what will likely be a memorable moment between the two music legends. Starr is already in the Rock Hall, as part of The Beatles.

Punk poet Patti Smith will handle the duties of posthumously welcoming Lou Reed into the institution for his solo career. Reed was already inducted as part of punk group The Velvet Underground.

Stevie Wonder will induct R&B singer and songwriter Bill Withers at the ceremony. J. Ge...

'Thrones' Star Makes Out With Multiple Guys

3/9/2015 9:23am EDT
'Thrones' Star Natalie Dormer Makes Out With A Bunch Of Stranger
Not weird: "Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer making out with multiple guys in the span of a single music video.

Very weird: Dormer doing the same in a music video... while her fiancé is sitting in the director's chair.

That strange situation gave us the latest music video from Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, for the song "Someone New." In the vid, Dormer plays a lovelorn woman wandering around at night, fantasizing about locking lips with the men she passes on the street.

And in the video, we actually see her fantasies- Dormer in various stages of heavy petting with three lucky dude...

Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out

1/20/2015 8:15am EST
Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
The first week in January was so-so as far as album releases. The second week was enthralling thanks to sensational efforts courtesy of Meghan Trainor, Jazmine Sullivan, and Mark Ronson. Now the third week in January has some more captivating efforts to partake of. None may be bigger than the new Fall Out Boy album. Still, there are six others worth checking out as well.

1) Fall Out Boy, American Beauty / American Psycho (Island)

Fall Out Boy return with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2013 album, Save Rock and Roll. Save Rock and Roll gave Fall Out Boy their second nu...

10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter

1/11/2015 4:00pm EST
10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter
Winter has finally arrived in most of North America, and with it comes miserable cold, gray skies, and a lingering sense of depression that are enough to drag anyone down. Luckily, here are ten of the best "summery" songs from last year to help deal with the season.

10. "Deep End" Coucheron featuring Mayer Hawthorne

If there ever was a perfect soundtrack to swimming in a pool overlooking the L.A. skyline on a hot Summer day, this would be it. The track combines smooth R&B inspired keyboard parts with a relaxed tempo and a bridge sung by Mayer Hawthorne that is simply stunning in a manner ...

Rae Sremmurd Leads A Skinny Week Of New Albums

1/6/2015 10:20am EST
Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife © Interscope
January is equivalent to death… well not exactly. Rephrase that – in the music industry, January is typically a slower month, which means that few new releases ‘jump right off the page.’ That’s not true of the entirety of January, but the first week of the new year is extremely quiet this year. One of January’s most anticipated albums, Sremmlife may lead the charge, but it definitely isn’t the ‘second coming.’ Here’s three newbies to check out.

1) Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife (Interscope)

Southern hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd look to light up January with their debut album, Sremmlife (what...