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CD Review: The Relapse Symphony – “Shadows: The Acoustic Sessions” (Standby Records)

December 22nd, 2014 7:19pm EST
CD Review: The Relapse Symphony – “Shadows: The Acoustic Session
By unplugging the amps and tripping the breakers, The Relapse Symphony has accomplished a difficult task – they’ve managed to make their catchy debut Shadows even more infectious. On Shadows: The Acoustic Sessions, the resistance to singing along is futile (“Make Your Move,” “Walls”), plain and simple. And, as if you ever had any doubt, yes, vocalist Bret Von Dehl is this good. Perhaps the strongest part of Shadows: The Acoustic Sessions is that the move from electric to acoustic doesn’t cause all that much of a drop off in song quality or bite, which speaks to the sheer veracity of this co...
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CD Review: Billy Talent – 'Hits' (The End Records)

December 22nd, 2014 7:17pm EST
CD Review: Billy Talent – 'Hits' (The End Records)
It’s hard to say anything negative about a compilation album that houses Billy Talent cuts like “Try Honesty,” “Rusted From The Rain” and “Viking Death March,” but by that same token, it’s hard to see the necessity of a greatest hits album after only a handful of studio releases. Regardless, that’s what we have with Billy Talent’s Hits, a collection of the best the Mississauga, Ontario, Canada quartet has to offer. From old school heavy hitters like “Nothing To Lose” and “Red Flag” to more contemporary offerings like “Surprise Surprise” and “Stand Up And Run,” Hits is arguably the best Bill...
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CD Review: Drowning Pool – 'Sinner 13th Unlucky Anniversary Deluxe Edition' (Bicycle Music)

December 22nd, 2014 7:16pm EST
CD Review: Drowning Pool – 'Sinner 13th Unlucky Anniversary Delu
Given Drowning Pool’s revolving door of frontmen since his untimely and tragic passing, there’s something so comfortable about hearing the voice of Dave ‘Stage’ Williams again. Williams was a true showman in every sense of the world, and honestly, there’s no better way to revisit the bands seminal debut full length Sinner than with him leading the charge. From the unforgettable opening cavalcade of guitars of “Sinner,” the timeless hit single “Bodies” and the heartbreakingly endearing “Tear Away” to deeper cuts such as the Mike Luce-led “Mute”(seriously the albums best drum work), the seari...
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What Were The 25 Best Albums Of 2014?

December 22nd, 2014 11:00am EST
25 Best Albums Of 2014
Another year, another group of albums ranging from awesome to nothing short of horrid – blah! Although sales overall for 2014 have been at times as dreadful as a four-letter word, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some awesome, truly dynamic albums to be found. The motto of 2014 definitely would have to be, “don’t judge an album by its sales.” Some truly terrific albums grace this list of the best albums of 2014.

1) Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

On his debut album In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith shared with the world that a star was born – one transcendent of genre and otherwise. ...
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D'Angelo Returns With An R&B Masterpiece

December 21st, 2014 7:15pm EST
DAngelo and the Vanguard
What is better than a surprise Christmas gift? The answer is nothing. For the music – even more specifically the R&B world – D’Angelo delivered the best, most surprising gift of the year, by way of Black Messiah. Black Messiah is D’Angelo’s third studio album, but more notable than that is the fact that it is his first in 14, nearly 15 years. Dropped in Beyoncé fashion, Black Messiah, much like Beyoncé was in December 2013, is nothing short of exceptional. If 2014 hadn’t experience a three-point jumper Black Messiah delivers the game winner.

Black Messiah opens drenched in soul from t...
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Grammy Predictions: Who Wins In The Pop Categories?

December 21st, 2014 11:00am EST
The 57th Grammy Award Predictions: Who Wins In The Pop Categorie
The cream of the crop of the Grammy Awards resides in what’s known as the ‘big four’ – record of the year, album of the year, song of the year, and best new artist. As previously stated via Early Grammy Predictions: Who Wins Album, Record And Song Of The Year?, British pop/R&B newcomer Sam Smith was a heavy favorite. Of the genre-specific categories, arguably the most interesting is pop, namely four specific awards: Best pop solo performance, best pop/duo group performance, best traditional pop vocal album, and the coveted best pop vocal album. So, who wins in those standout pop categori...
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10 Emerging Stars That Grabbed Our Attention In 2014

December 20th, 2014 3:00pm EST
David Oyelowo
The sun may soon be setting on 2014, but for 10 entertainers—that made us sing, dance, cry and think in those 365 days—their celebrity status has rose. Below are stars we couldn’t help but take notice of in 2014 and are anxious to see what’s next for them in the New Year.

David Oyelowo- Breakout Actor

The British-bred actor was a scene stealer in Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” playing opposite Forrest Whittaker and Oprah Winfrey. Reteaming with the media mogul in “Selma,” the spotlight is mostly on him as he channels Martin Luther King Jr. and it’s not going unrecognized as he’s already nabbed...
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Charli XCX In A Black Leather Catsuit -- Hot Or Not?

December 19th, 2014 10:31pm EST
Charli XCX
Charli XCX rocked a leather catsuit at the 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball held at the Allstate Arena in Chicago on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old singer left little to the imagination in her skin-tight suit, showing some serious cleavage with a plunging neckline.

The British singer released her second studio album, "Sucker," on Tuesday. The album features her hit single "Boom Clap."

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Backstreet Boys Documentary Trailer Released (Watch)

December 18th, 2014 4:05pm EST
Backstreet Boys
The new documentary about The Backstreet Boys poses the question, "What do you do when you’re a full-grown man in a boy band?"

"From 1999 to about 2002, we were the biggest band in the world," said Brian Littrell in the new trailer for the documentary.

It was originally conceived as a way to record the band’s reunion, but soon turned into a story about the band's success as part of the Lou Pearlman-helmed boy band craze.

"Lou had seen the success of Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block, and he was like, 'Well, I can do this. I can put together a group,'" BSB member A.J. McLean says in the...
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J. Cole Debuts Big On Billboard 200

December 18th, 2014 10:21am EST
J. Cole Forest Hills Drive
For J. Cole, the number one spot is a familiar one. For the third time in his career, J. Cole sits atop the Billboard 200. This time, he earns the largest sales of his career as 2014 Forest Hills Drive sold a robust 354,000 copies. Translated to the Billboard 200’s new formula of ‘units’, J. Cole’s latest impacted 375,000. Even more remarkable about J. Cole’s numbers is the lack of a single to drive album sales – “Apparently” was issued upon the album’s release as a single. Initially, the album was forecasted to sell more than 300,000 copies.

So with the debut of J. Cole, Taylor Swif...
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