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We Think You'll Enjoy Elton John's 'Wonderful Crazy Night'

2/11/2016 8:00am EST
Elton John Expands His Legacy On 'Wonderful Crazy Night'
New albums by veteran musicians aren’t typically as highly anticipated as those by contemporary musicians. That’s unfortunate considering many new albums by veterans clearly inspire the listener with the greatness and musicianship the artist retains following an illustrious musical career. That is the case with Elton John who hasn’t been nearly as popular as he once was in some time, but continues to deliver quality music. Wonderful Crazy Night further expands upon John’s unquestionable legacy, arguably besting his previous studio album in exceptionalness (The Diving Board, 2013).

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Does Future’s 'EVOL' Impress?

2/10/2016 6:40pm EST
Future Remains Consistent On Surprise New Album 'EVOL'
“Look like I stepped on the runway / they try to tell me to calm down / peep how I came in the game and I started rocking that Tom Ford.” Sigh, there’s nothing more intriguing than an unlikely star, and that’s exactly what Future has become. 2015 was a breakout year for the rapper who looks to keep the momentum rolling in 2016. Does he get the job done with surprise album EVOL? For the most part, he picks up where DS2 and What A Time Be Alive left off.

The aforementioned quote hails from opener “Ain’t No Time,” which sets the tone for EVOL much like “Thought It Was Drought” would for DS2....
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Does Kanye West Support Bill Cosby Amid Rape Allegations?

2/10/2016 8:48am EST
Kanye West Declares, 'Bill Cosby Is Innocent,' And People Freak
Kanye West inexplicably defended Bill Cosby in a recent tweet, stirring up major controversy online.

On Tuesday, the rapper stunned followers by showing his support for the actor, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women over the past 18 months.

West wrote in capital letters with multiple exclamation points: "Bill Cosby Innocent !!!!!!!!!!"

BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 9, 2016

Many were offended by the declaration.

Actress/comedienne Sarah Silverman responded, "Kanye!! You can't be for real. FIFTY WOMEN. With nothing to gain...
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New Albums You Need To Check Out This Week

2/9/2016 4:00pm EST
Vince Gill’s 'Down To My Last Bad Habit' Leads Albums To Check O
After Wiz Khalifa (Khalifa) and Future (EVOL) kicked off February 2016 with a bang, things settle down a bit this week. Even so, a longtime country veteran (Vince Gill) leads the charge this week with an anticipated new album. Gill’s not the only country artist in the mix, as Wynonna Judd, Joey + Rory, and Wheeler Walker, Jr. join the party as well. It’s not all country though – there are some American Idols in the mix this week as well.

1) Vince Gill, Down To My Last Bad Habit (MCA Nashville)

Following 2013 collaborative country album Bakersfield (with Paul Franklin), Vince Gill ret...
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Zayn Malik's Scores Big With Solo Track

2/9/2016 12:25pm EST
Zayn Malik's First Solo Single 'Pillowtalk' Debuts At No. 1 On B
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik scored his first number one solo track with the tune "Pillowtalk."

The pop singer/songwriter bested his highest charting tune with One Direction when the band scored a number two hit with "Best Song Ever" in 2013.

One Direction has never scored a number one hit on the Billboard chart.

According to Billboard, Malik's "Pillowtalk," is the 25th song ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

The last to do so, according to Billboard, was Adele's "Hello" back in November of 2015.

"Pillowtalk" also scored huge on the Digital Songs and Streaming Songs chart...
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Are Musical Acts Not Paid For Super Bowl Appearances?

2/9/2016 11:23am EST
Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Coldplay Not Paid For Super Bowl 50 Appeara
Could it be true that Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Coldplay were not paid for their Super Bowl 50 appearances for the Pepsi Halftime Spectacular?

Yes, as the exposure given to the artists for their time on stage during the big game far outweighs what they could ever be paid for the performance.

As has always been the case, none of the artists that perform at the Super Bowl are ever paid.

According to Forbes, the increase in attention, social media mentions, larger fan bases and music sales are what push the entertainers over the edge more than a paycheck for the evening could.

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Rihanna Tops The Album Charts For Second Time

2/9/2016 10:10am EST
Rihanna Scores Second Career No. 1 Album With 'Anti'
It took seven albums for Rihanna to score her first number one album when 2012’s Unapologetic broke a seemingly unbreakable seal for the urban-pop artist. Now after dropping her eighth studio album Anti and initially debuting at #27 with its unorthodox rollout, Rihanna ascends to number one. How did Anti fare? 166,000 units, though it should be noted that only about 75% of that total are pure sales. Compared to the sales of Unapologetic, the numbers for Anti are down by 114,000 copies. Still, Anti did sell six-figures worth of pure sales, a rarity if your name is not Adele.

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Beyonce: 'I Want People To Feel Proud'

2/9/2016 8:41am EST
Beyonce Talks 'Formation' And 'Feeling Powerful'
Beyonce slayed her performance at the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 halftime show with a performance of her new tune, "Formation."

With dance moves and killer vocals to spare, Queen Bey knocked it out of the park as she debuted the tune live just one day after its surprise release on Tidal.

"It makes me proud," Beyonce said to Entertainment Tonight after her performance of the song at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

"I wanted people to feel proud," Beyonce said of her new single, "and have love for themselves."

Beyonce worked the stage at the Pepsi Superbowl Halftime Show, alongside Co...
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Does Wiz Khalifa Hit The Mark On His Sixth Album 'Khalifa'?

2/8/2016 12:40pm EST
Wiz Khalifa Doesn’t Switch Things Up On Sixth Album 'Khalifa'
Everybody’s favorite weed-loving pop-rapper is back! Yes, that would be the one and only Wiz Khalifa who for years has professed a love through his rhymes about “Mary Jane.” On his sixth studio album Khalifa, Wiz continues to reference his love of marijuana (“Smoke weed everyday”), but also spits about his come-up and includes a touching moment when young son Sebastian. The question is is Khalifa vastly different or ‘brand new’ compared to Wiz’s discography? No, not really; he doesn’t dramatically switch things up on Khalifa.

“BTS” is a solid opener, but not life changing. Wiz raps about ...
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Gin Blossoms Guitarist Jesse Valenzuela Talks Upcoming Tour

2/8/2016 10:10am EST
Gin Blossoms press photo by Saki Photography
One of the most successful iconic bands of the late 80s and 90s, The Gin Blossoms with hits ‘Hey Jealousy’ ‘Alison Road’ ‘Follow You Down’ 'Until I Fall Away' 'Found Out About You' ‘Until I Hear It From You’ and the Grammy-nominated single, ‘As Long As It Matters’ which earned the band 10 million in sales in the US alone. They will be playing some gigs at a venue near you. One of their stops along the way will be Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill on February 14 Valentines Day.

The band consists of singer/guitarist Robin Wilson, guitarist Jesse Valenzuela and bassist Bill Leen. They foun...
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