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Issues Deliver An Energetic, Busy Effort On 'Headspace'

5/25/2016 1:30pm EDT
Issues Deliver An Energetic, Busy Effort On 'Headspace'
New listening experiences can be eye opening. New listening experiences can also be confusing to the nth degree. Rock band Issues seems to fuse both sentiments, blending metalcore and R&B, two completely unrelated styles. Furthermore, Issues incorporates an unclean vocalist (Matt Bohn) and a clean vocalist (Tyler Carter). No, we’re not talking about spirituality here! Carter provides the R&B edge.

Headspace isn’t the band’s first rodeo by any means; it represents the collective’s third album, and it is indeed interesting. It opens in confounding fashion with “The Realest.” Like many forthc...
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Fergie Is Back!

5/25/2016 11:17am EDT
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Fergie is back! The mom-of-one is making her comeback after baby, releasing the song "MILF Money," which she recently filmed a music video for. According to Us Weekly, Fergie teamed up with Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, and Ciara to shoot the video.

"A source tells the site that Kardashian, 35, Teigen, 30, and Ciara, 30, will star alongside the 'Fergalicious' singer, 41, in the visual, which 'seems to have colorful elements, including dancers dressed in colorful wigs and gear, as well as a vibrant ‘MILF Shakes’ set in front of a giant green screen,'" reports Us Weekly.

Fergie has been w...
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Blake Shelton’s Latest Album Receiving Mixed Reviews From Critics

5/25/2016 9:27am EDT
Blake Shelton’s 'If I’m Honest' Receiving Mixed Reviews From Cri
Blake Shelton has a lot going for him lately. He’s allegedly engaged to Gwen Stefani, he makes for fantastic television on The Voice, and he’s scored numerous successful country albums. All seems to be right in the world for Blake Shelton… except for the album reviews for If I’m Honest, if “we’re being totally honest.” Essentially, it seems, reading into critical views that Shelton’s latest album is mixed. It depends on who you ask.

One thing that has hurt Shelton’s case critically with If I’m Honest is the lack of major publication reviews, at least via Metacritic. Metacritic, a site th...
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Check Out These New Albums Coming Out This Week

5/24/2016 1:30pm EDT
Fifth Harmony’s '7/27' Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, it’s the final new music release week in May! Like weeks prior, there are some highly anticipated albums. It’s a toss-up who’s the favorite – X-Factor US alums Fifth Harmony or well-established country singer Dierks Bentley. Regardless, both should make an impact on the Billboard 200. The rest of the newbies aren’t quite as ‘big’ but certainly seem worthwhile listening experiences…at least on paper…

1) Fifth Harmony, 7/27 (Epic)

7/27. 7/27 arrives little more than a year after the girl group’s debut Reflections. 7/27 runs just 12 tracks in its deluxe version. Single “Work from Hom...
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Justin Bieber Hates Award Shows

5/24/2016 12:30pm EDT
Justin Bieber Thinks Awards Shows Are 'Hollow' After He Picks Up
Justin Bieber continues to confound his fans by admitting in an Instagram post that he thinks awards shows are "hollow" after picking up a Billboard Music Award.

In an Instagram post, the "Company" singer revealed his feelings about being lauded by the industry in a lengthy missive.

"I don't know about these award shows. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don't feel good when I'm there nor after," said the singer.

"I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating a...
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Drake Makes It Three Weeks Atop the Billboard 200

5/24/2016 8:35am EDT
Drake Makes It Three Weeks Atop the Billboard 200
Regardless of the criticism that has greeted Drake’s fourth studio album Views, it continues its stay atop the Billboard 200. In its third week in the penthouse, Views moves another robust total – the tune of 239,000 units. That is less than last week, unsurprising, but the most notable discrepancy this week is between streams plus sales versus pure sales. Only about 35% of the 239,000 units are pure sales (83,000)!

Interestingly, Beyoncé actually sold more albums than Drake, topping the Top Album Sales chart. The top album sales chart was formerly the Billboard 200 before the new SPS form...
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How Does Ariana Grande’s New Album Stack Up?

5/23/2016 10:18am EDT
Ariana Grande Keeps Things Fresh On 'Dangerous Woman'
Cutting straight to the chase, pop star Ariana Grande is a phenomenal singer, period. Grande has one of the silliest vocal ranges, hence, why she’s been viewed as a successor or younger version of Mariah Carey. While Grande hasn’t achieved the level of success of Carey, she’s clearly established herself as a heavyweight. On her third album Dangerous Woman, Grande takes a step forward, favoring a more mature, edgy sound compared to her first two albums.

“Moonlight” kicks off Dangerous Woman with a retro-soul ballad, definitely a contrast to the infectious “Problem” which served as My Everyt...
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Britney Spears Proves She's Still Got It!

5/22/2016 8:41pm EDT
Britney Spears Slays Performance At Billboard Music Awards
Britney Spears just slayed her performance, opening the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday evening. According to TVLine, the singer performed a medley of her greatest hits, showing off her incredible body and her impressive dance moves.

"Dressed in an uncharacteristically modest red trench coat, Spears kicked off her medley with 'Work B*tch,' before shedding her modesty for a steamy — and surprisingly bend-y — performance of 'Womanizer.' Then it was back to her Crossroads days for that iconic cover of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” followed by a lesser-known gem, 'Breathe on Me.'"

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'The Simpsons' Takes On 'Orange Is The New Black'

5/21/2016 9:04am EDT
Weekend TV Guide: 'The Simpsons' Takes On 'Orange Is The New Bla
The Simpsons are giving audiences their take on Orange Is The New Black in Sunday's 27th season finale, appropriately called "Orange Is The New Yellow."

Marge Simpson (voiced by Julie Kavner) gets sent to prison for leaving Bart (Nancy Cartwright) at the park unsupervised, and naturally Homer (Dan Castellaneta) realizes that he can't run the Simpson household without her. Below is a sneak peek from the episode:

What else is worth watching on television this weekend? Check out more of our picks in the Weekend TV Guide.

Saturday

All The Way (HBO, 8 p.m.): TV audiences get their chance t...
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Slim (Of 112) Relies On Familiar Themes and Trends On 'Refueled'

5/20/2016 1:30pm EDT
Slim (Of 112) Relies On Familiar Themes and Trends On 'Refueled'
After an eight-year hiatus, Slim returns to the music world. So, just in case anyone forgot (or never knew), Slim was known for being a member of R&B group 112, who last released an album in 2005 (Pleasure & Pain). As a solo artist, Slim hasn’t quite broken through, with 2008 album Love’s Crazy debuting modestly in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200. Nonetheless, Slim scored a moderate Billboard Hot 100 hit single “So Fly,” so things weren’t all “rain and thunderstorms.”

Refueled marks Slim’s second chance of sorts a solo artist at a time when R&B is the coolest (as in freezing/frigid) as it...
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