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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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Luke Bryan Drank Some 'Country Guy's Chill Pill' Prior To The ACM Awards

April 20th, 2015 1:29pm EDT
Luke Bryan & Blake Shelton Drank 'A Little Vodka' In ACM Pre-Sho
Even big-time celebrities need to calm their nerves sometimes, and Luke Bryan admitted at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday that he drank a little alchohol before co-hosting the 50th annual event with Blake Shelton.

During a red carpet interview with ET, he told Nancy O'Dell, "I wouldn't say there's many nerves, I'd just say there's a lot of excitement. It's going to be a fun night of music and a lot of memories."

Bryan hosted the show in Arlington, Texas, and admitted he and Shelton imbibed in a pre-show ritual to get things started, "We huddle up and do some read-throughs a...
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Va Va Voom! Miranda Lambert Kills It at ACM Awards

April 20th, 2015 10:00am EDT
Miranda Lambert Takes Home Four Trophies, Stuns In Plunging Gown
Miranda Lambert made quite an impression, physically and artistically, at Sunday night's Academy Of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas.

The country star took home four trophies at the 50th annual event and broke her own record by winning "Female Vocalist Of the Year" for the sixth time in a row.

She told attendees, "I don't even realize what's happening tonight, but thank you... I love my job so much, I will never not love my job."

Lambert also won "Album of the Year" for Platinum, "Song of the Year" for Automatic as well as a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.

The singer also wo...
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Paul McCartney Praises Ringo Starr At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

April 20th, 2015 8:20am EDT
Ringo Starr
Paul McCartney had the pleasure of awarding Ringo Starr the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence over the weekend, and he had nothing but good things to say about his former Beatles bandmate.

Starr is the final member of the Fab Four to be inducted into the hall of fame as a solo artist after having released 19 solo albums.

McCartney recalled how Starr filled in for another drummer and "nailed it" during the drum part, which was "a little difficult to do." He added, "that was the moment, that was the beginning, really, of the Beatles."

Check out his McCartney's full...
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Tyler The Creator's Fourth Studio Album

April 19th, 2015 2:30pm EDT
Review: Tyler The Creator Remains Unapologetic On ‘Cherry Bomb’
“Can’t a n***a get some f**king chaos in here? / I’m the truth and the dare / and you can get your a** beat like a kick in a snare!” Those unapologetic lyrics characterize twenty-something underground Tyler the Creator to a tee – he has no filter whatsoever. This remarkable boldness continues on his fourth studio album Cherry Bomb. Even so, Tyler also manages to tweak his formula, showing more artistic range than previous albums. Maybe Cherry Bomb isn’t the ‘bomb’ that Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, but there is plenty to celebrate about the LP.

“DEATHCAMP” initiates the albu...
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