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Albums Releases To Check Out This Week

April 28th, 2015 9:30am EDT
Josh Groban
If it hasn’t already been noted, April has been something of a slower month for marquee album releases. That’s no disrespect to a breakout artist such as Shawn Mendes who added a little more oomph to album sales and the top of the Billboard Charts, but most of April had few surefire smashes. This week, the ante is upped a bit with ‘popera’ sensation Josh Groban and country band smash Zac Brown Band dropping new albums. Three other albums join those two juggernauts to make up the five albums to check out this week.

1) Josh Groban, Stages (Reprise)

Stages marks the classical-crossov...
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New Song Slams Ex?

April 28th, 2015 9:02am EDT
Does Mariah Carey Diss Ex Nick Cannon In A New Song?
Mariah Carey released a new song called Infinity this past Sunday, and it seems that the track may contain a not so subtle message for her ex-husband Nick Cannon.

Carey and Cannon were married for seven years but called it off last year. Both have remained cordial towards the other since then, including during public interviews. But that may change after Nick hears the lyrics to Mimi's new song.

"Why you mad? / Talking about you're mad? / Could it be that you just lost the best you ever had?... Name hold weight like kilos / Boy you actin' so corny like Fritos / Wouldn't have none of that ...
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Lili K's Ruby Is A Must Listen

April 27th, 2015 8:40am EDT
Review: Lili K Delivers A Jazzy, Soulful Smash On 'Ruby'
Chicago musician Lili K represents fresh blood in the music game with a distinct throwback vibe. On her debut Ruby, Lili K showcases her exceptional musicianship, producing the effort herself and most of all, sharing her prodigious pipes for all to hear in their nuanced glory. Lilli K blends jazz and soul music like a champ throughout her debut, and her classical vocal training is always apparent; she’s flawless when it comes to developing a complete performance. Given her fine talents, Ruby proves early on to be a ‘must hear.’

“Mama Told Me” opens Ruby soulfully, offering a taste of wh...
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Songs Of Beauty To Enjoy

April 25th, 2015 4:30pm EDT
15 Truly 'Beautiful' Songs
Music causes folks to experience all sorts of emotions: happiness, sadness, jubilance, anger or otherwise. Illustrious beauty characterizes some songs, giving those “goosies” which Jennifer Lopez references on American Idol. Those that aren’t characterized by beauty or their ugliness just MIGHT have some form of the word beautiful or a synonym within their title – hint, hint, HINT!

Yes, this epic list features songs of true beauty – at least in regards to song title. Some songs are considered classics, others contemporary gems, and others are, well otherwise! Regardless of the charact...
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Alabama Shakes Latest Album Delivers

April 24th, 2015 1:34pm EDT
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color © ATO
Back in 2012, Alabama Shakes seemed to come out of thin air. Who would’ve thought that the Alabama based alternative band led by front woman Brittany Howard would score a top ten album, a gold-certified album (Boys & Girls) and Grammy nominations? The aforementioned accolades have made the band’s sophomore album Sound & Color one of the most anticipated efforts of 2015. Is the anticipation deserved? Take one listen to Sound & Color and the answer is a resounding YES. YASSS may better describe it!

“Sound & Color” opens the album with an extended instrumental introduction – the first v...
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Uh-Oh: 1D Star Snapped Rolling A Joint

April 24th, 2015 1:15pm EDT
Louis Tomlinson
Troubles for One Direction keep mounting. Just weeks after Zayn Malik quit the English boy band, Louis Tomlinson has been spotted in a Snapchat image rolling what appears to be a joint.

An enterprising Snapchat user made a screen shot of the photo, which shows the singer sitting on a couch with a suspicious-looking cigarette (see the shot here).

Tomlinson, 23, partied in London on Wednesday night until around 4 a.m., where he was hanging out at a club with several women. One of his companions took the photo of the singer and shared it on Snapchat, and another user captured it as a screen ...
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Shawn Mendes Debut Album Is Tops

April 23rd, 2015 9:25am EDT
Shawn Mendes Takes 'Handwritten' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Shawn Mendes wasn’t lying when he was singing “Something Big.” Surely he was anticipating his pending #1 album on the Billboard 200. That’s right Handwritten outperformed the competition to the tune of 119,000 units, most of which were album sales. Shawn Mendes, indeed is doing big things at a young age – he’s all of 16.

Mendes beat out more established artists who dropped new albums. Reba McEntire – a veteran by all means – settles for #3 with Love Somebody, moving a modest 62,000 units. As for Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb landed at #4, only producing 58,000 units. Interestingly...
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Sia Forgets Her Wig

April 22nd, 2015 8:19am EDT
Sia Forgets Her Wig For Australian TV Performance, Wears Nightma
Sia had a major wardrobe malfunction this week- but not even close to the kind you're thinking of.

On Tuesday, the powerhouse Australian singer made an appearance on "Sunrise," an Australian morning show. She was all set to perform. Then, tragedy struck: Sia's signature blonde wig was nowhere to be found.

Sia (real name: Sia Kate Isobelle Furler), notoriously camera-shy and loving of her privacy, wasn't about to broadcast her face all over a major television program. So she did the only reasonable thing: whipped up a giant mass of blue and purple tinsel and wore it as a hat.

Obviously, i...
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New Album Releases

April 21st, 2015 8:48am EDT
Hard Rock Calling - Day 2 - Performances at Queen Elizabeth Olym
C’mon April! Where is the abundance of new album releases – sheesh! The week of April 21st is another quiet week on the album release front, with a modest four albums standing out. Those albums arrive courtesy of a southern rock band, a southern rapper, and indie-pop dude, and a Christian rapper.

1) Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (ATO Records)

After a three-year hiatus, alternative breakout band Alabama Shakes returns with its highly anticipated sophomore album, Sound & Color. Sound & Color follows up Boys & Girls, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200. Three songs were available ...
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The ACM Awards Were A Hit Among Viewers

April 20th, 2015 1:47pm EDT
Miranda Lambert
An average of 15.8 million viewers tuned into the Academy Of Country Music Awards on Sunday, according to Nielsen.

The Business of Television Broadcasting & Cable reports that the 50th anniversary telecast was up 10 percent among total viewers and 6 percent among the demo with a 3.6 rating with adults 18-49.

Luke Bryan took home the coveted "Entertainer Of The Year" award, while Miranda Lambert won "Female Vocalist Of the Year" for the sixth consecutive time. She also won "Album of the Year" for Platinum, "Song of the Year" for Automatic as well as a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.

Ful...
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