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Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

August 19th, 2014 11:33am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This W
Finally, finally, finally! Things are beginning to look up as the music industry gears towards the always busy, profitable fourth quarter (September through December). After August has gotten off to a slow start, this week, numerous interesting titles drop. Not every title is featured here (sorry Amy Grant, Colton Dixon, Gretchen Wilson, Kimbra and Randy Travis), but a select few are highlighted as albums to check out. Among the most notable titles is Wiz Khalifa’s third album, Blacc Hollywood.

1) Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood (Atlantic)

Wiz Khalifa’s third album could be one to make...
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Review: The Gaslight Anthem Show Consistency On ‘Get Hurt’

August 18th, 2014 1:29pm EDT
Review: The Gaslight Anthem Show Consistency On ‘Get Hurt’
After a two-year hiatus, rock band The Gaslight Anthem return with their fifth studio album, Get Hurt. Get Hurt follows a high watermark for the band, led by vocalist and guitarist Brian Fallon. 2012 effort Handwritten easily ranked among the best rock albums that year. Get Hurt maintains consistency and enjoyability, regardless if it trumps Handwritten or not.

“Stay Vicious” opens Get Hurt in excitedly. The riffs come ‘right at your face,’ while Fallon delivers the lyrics in gritty, emotional fashion. Interesting about “Stay Vicious” is the chorus pulls back, while the verses are...
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Britney Spears Under Fire For Lip-Syncing Using Sia's Vocals

August 18th, 2014 12:16pm EDT
Britney Spears Under Fire For Lip-Syncing Using Sia's Vocals
Britney Spears has upset fans by allegedly using vocals by Australian singer Sia during a Las Vegas show. The pop star is currently in the middle of her two year "Britney: Piece of Me" residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

A fan recorded Spears singing a new version of her song "Perfume;" however, songwriter Sia's vocals are heard, not Spears'.

Sia is one of the co-writers on the tune, and some nonofficial demos of the track are available online. According to Billboard.com, her vocals are the one used by Spears to lip-sync "Perfume." The website suggests that Sia's backing ...
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Beyonce Covers 'Bang Bang' For HBO's 'On The Run' Special

August 18th, 2014 10:22am EDT
Beyonce Covers 'Bang Bang' For HBO's 'On The Run' Special
Beyonce chose an interesting song to promote her upcoming "On The Run" tour special on HBO. The pop star sings Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang" in the 50-second teaser for the show, which airs Sept. 20 and also stars her husband Jay Z.

The theme of the song, which was originally penned by Sonny Bono and performed by Cher, is abusive relationships.

Beyonce, featured in a sequined dress with a veil, serenades her husband, singing: "Bang bang, he shot me down/ Bang bang, I hit the ground/ Bang bang, that awful sound/ Bang bang, my baby shot me down."

The rest of the trailer shows various high-...
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Justin Timberlake Sings 'Happy Birthday' To 8-Year-Old Autistic Boy

August 18th, 2014 8:50am EDT
Justin Timberlake Sings 'Happy Birthday' To 8-Year-Old Autistic
Justin Timberlake and a crowd of concertgoers sang "Happy Birthday" to an 8-year-old boy during a recent gig in Tennessee. Julian Delan's parents took their son to the show. His father hoisted the bow-tie wearing Julian onto his shoulders, and the little boy shouted: "It's my birthday! This is my present! This is my present! I love you JT!"

The singer noticed little Julian and wound up getting the audience to join him in a rendition of "Happy Birthday."

Julian's mother Marika Delan, said afterwards: "Thank you for showing me I was wrong about what the world would do when they saw my so...
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10 Most Regrettable Albums Of 2014

August 17th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
10 Most Regrettable Albums Of 2014
Have you ever had the reaction OMG – or maybe better yet, OMFG? (The answer should be “like totally” because it’s rhetorical). Well, some poorly conceived albums in 2014 brought the same sort of personal reaction. Sometimes albums – specifically the music on them – are like incredible beings that can satisfy and fulfill. And then other times, albums leave you wishing you hadn’t invested the time and/or the money.

The following albums, regardless of commercial success or non-success struck out – four strikes if possible. In other words – do NOT “pass go and collect $200.”

1) Robin Th...
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10 'Celebrities' Famous For Doing Nothing

August 17th, 2014 11:00am EDT
10 'Celebrities' Famous For Doing Nothing
What is fame? The proper translation of it is "the condition of being known or talked about by many people, especially on account of notable achievements." Be mindful of the words "notable achievements" as we talk about the following 10 people who are famous for doing nothing. As they continue to make money just by living, recall the true stars of yesteryear who actually demonstrated a talent or made a difference in the lives of others around them.

1. The Entire Kardashian Family

Reality TV’s first family members don’t let their lack of talent bother them. In fact, they glorify in it ...
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'American Idol' Star Josh Gracin Posts Apparent Suicide Note Online

August 15th, 2014 11:32am EDT
Josh Gracin
Former "American Idol" star Josh Gracin is "safe" with his family after posting what appeared to be a suicide note on Facebook on Thursday.

The singer, who came in fourth place during the second season of the reality singing competition, left a message online seemingly directed at his wife Ann. He hinted that he was about to take his life.

Gracin, 33, wrote: "I've loved her for 17 years... I made mistakes... I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most. Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music... Pray for my family as...
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Ariana Grande Releases Goofy Video For Second Single Off 'My Everything' (Watch It!)

August 14th, 2014 9:02pm EDT
Ariana Grande
"Prepare yourself to attempt to conceive an inconceivable outer space adventure," begins Ariana Grande's campy new video for her latest single, "Break Free," which features DJ Zedd.

The video, which is "one step ahead of present day reality and two steps ahead of present day sexiness" and "so fantastically fantastical you'll soil yourself from intergalactic excitement," takes the singer to outer space, where she battles aliens and floats in a spaceship and even blasts an evil robot with her boobs (or "rockett*tties" as she calls them on Instagram).

The schlocky video is equal parts Star T...
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Michael Cera Releases Debut Folk Album

August 14th, 2014 9:19am EDT
Michael Cera Releases Debut Folk Album
Actor Michael Cera released an unexpected album on Tuesday night. The star surprised fans with "True That," which he posted on BandCamp.com.

The full-length release includes cover songs, original tunes, and short instrumentals. Track titles include "2048," "Gershey's Kiss," "Humdrummin," "Old Grey Whistle" and "Sexy Danger."

Actor Jonah Hill praised his "SuperBad" co-star on Twitter:

My great friend Michael Cera not only is a brilliant actor, he also makes great music. Check it out: http://t.co/lbc8sDcSco

— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) August 13, 2014

Cera has been dabbling in music for...
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