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5 New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

12/15/2015 12:10pm EST
Chris Brown Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
Ah, the final viable release week of December. Typically, only a few brave souls drop their new albums the week before Christmas, and this year it’s no different. Are there any ‘major’ releases? Arguably Chris Brown’s Royalty is the most high profile, but given the album’s delays, it doesn’t feel like ‘homerun’ per se. Regardless, here are five new albums to check out.

1) Chris Brown, Royalty (RCA)

After being previously delayed, R&B singer Chris Brown drops his eighth studio album (seventh solo album), Royalty. Royalty is the proper follow up to Brown’s 2014 solo effort X, but marks t...
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Adele’s Landslide Album Dominance Continues

12/15/2015 9:32am EST
Adele Rules The Billboard 200 For Third Straight Week
In news that will shock no one, Adele spends her third week atop the Billboard 200. Yep, that’s right, 25 keeps number one warm, selling another robust 695,000 copies. Per Billboard, 25 has sold more the five million copies in just three short weeks. Who would’ve thought it – an album sell more than five million copies in the current music sales climate, let alone in just three weeks? Adele, you go girl!

So with Adele making it a three-peat, she held off a reliable number one act from scoring another number one album. That’s right – Coldplay had to settle for the runner-up spot thanks to ...
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Our Very Early And Bold Grammy Awards Predictions

12/12/2015 3:00pm EST
The Way Too Early And Bold 58th Annual Grammy Awards Predictions
On Monday, December 7, the Grammy Awards nominees were announced for the 58th annual ceremony. Expectedly, artists receiving the most buzz throughout 2015 – Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd – all received multiple nominations. As always there were the snubs as well. After examining the most notable categories, here are some ‘way too early, bold’ predictions for the 58th Annual Grammys!

Oh, and by the way, the numbers correspond with the order of the respective field/categories via the official Grammys site.

1. Record of the Year

Nominees:

D’Angelo And The Vanguard, “Real...
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Is Coldplay's ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ Worthwhile?

12/9/2015 11:10am EST
Coldplay's 'A Head Full of Dreams' Has Its Worthwhile Moments
One of the more confounding bands recently in their career is Coldplay. Like any number of bands that have been around for more than a decade, Coldplay has constantly tweaked their style – some folks would characterize the tweaks as conformity. Maybe that’s true as the quartet’s recent efforts starkly contrast A Rush of Blood To The Head and even Viva La Vida. For those hoping the British collective’s latest A Head Full of Dreams would return them to their ‘glory days,’ they’ll be disappointed as the latest album continues drenched in pop.

Is A Head Full Of Dreams worthwhile? Depends on wh...
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Adele’s Album Sales Continue To Shock

12/8/2015 9:32am EST
Adele Sells Another Million, Tops Billboard 200 For Second Week
Okay, okay, okay – let’s just cut to the chase and be done with it! Adele retaining the top spot on the Billboard 200 will shock no one – it was inevitable. What is shocking is how many MORE copies of her blockbuster album 25 were sold in its second week of availability. Wait for it…25 sold 1.11 million more copies. Yes, that’s pure sales. Numbers are elevated even more according to Billboard when their fancy tracks/streaming formula comes into play, to the tune of 1.16 million units.

Basically, Adele is kicking everybody else’s rear. All said and done, Adele has sold more than 4 million c...
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12 'Bloody' Great Songs

12/4/2015 2:30pm EST
Good Blood, Bad Blood, Young Blood… 12 'Bloody' Great Songs
Ah blood – what a morbid, unpleasant topic! Not necessarily, as blood contextually can refer to any number of things. Perhaps it’s the bloodstream, DNA or a deeper, metaphorical context. Over the course of this ‘bloody great’ list, blood is used both literally and figuratively, depending on the artist and song. Here are 12 bloody great songs… well some of ‘em are great!

1) Future, “Blood On the Money” (DS2, 2015)

Arguably, DS2 can be described as the best album of Future’s career. It’s shallow, but even so, Future clearly sounds in his zone rapping about, well, drugs. “Blood on the Mone...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

12/1/2015 8:00am EST
Coldplay Leads New Albums To Check Out This Week
Last week (November 27) was a quiet week for new releases thanks to two factors: (1) the thanksgiving holiday and (2) Adele’s second week following a gargantuan, historic first week of sales. This week is more in line with the stacked fourth quarter, particularly during the holiday season. The new releases are top heavy, with alt-rock band Coldplay leading the way. Here are five new releases to check out this week.

1) Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams (Parlophone)

Alternative rock band Coldplay returns with its seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams. A Head Full of Dreams follows Col...
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10 Great Face Songs

11/15/2015 1:30pm EST
Face The Music: 10 Great Face Songs
Over the years, it’s amazing how many songs that have been written and became hits that share commonly used words in within their titles. Love may be oversaturated and cliché, but doesn’t society relate and embrace such songs featuring the word and central theme? Think of the colors and how many times they’ve fueled music’s flavor of the month/year throughout history. As simple as a commonly used word may be, it can be the catalyst for truly great music. In the case of this list, here are 10 great face songs. Why? – because all of the songs use the word face within their title. See, it’s as...
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Powerful Young Songs (Part 2)

11/14/2015 1:45pm EST
Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 2)
Youthfulness can’t be bottled up into just one evergreen playlist post. No way Jose! Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1) provided just enough youthfully, swag-laden songs to whet the palate, but another installment is necessary. It’s like a meal – dessert just makes things sweeter, finishing off the dining experience. That’s the role of the part deux of Forever Young – to enhance the powerful, youthful listening experience! Hey, who says you can’t vicariously relive youth through song?

1) Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild & Free” (Mac and Devin Go to Hi...
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9 New Album Releases This Week To Check Out

11/10/2015 11:19am EST
Justin Bieber And One Direction Among Albums To Check Out This W
For the music industry, Friday, November 13th isn’t the least bit unlucky. Why? Everybody and his brother decided to release a new album, hence November 13 is something like, say The Promised Land. The question isn’t if any albums will sell this particular week, it’s how much will albums sell this week. Another burning question is, who will take number one honors on the chart – New look One Direction or comeback kid Justin Bieber. What is clear is that Justin Bieber and One Direction lead a stacked field of new albums to check out this week.

1) Justin Bieber, Purpose (Def Jam)

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