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7 New Albums To Check Out This Week

7/28/2015 9:13am EDT
Joss Stone Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
July has had its moments in regards to new music releases (Future, Tyrese, and Jill Scott stand out), yet arguably, that gargantuan blockbuster album never materialized. The final release week in July won’t change that, as there are no high profile newbies this week. Still, British R&B singer Joss Stone is well established while Buddy Guy is nothing short of exceptional. Here are seven albums to check out this week.

1) Joss Stone, Water For Your Soul (Stone’d Records)

Joss Stone’s seventh studio album, Water For Your Soul arrives three-years after The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2, an effor...
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Future’s Best Career Effort Pays Off

7/27/2015 10:45am EDT
Future, DS2 © Epic
Musicians continue to make chart history in 2015 despite lackadaisical sales in many cases. Future’s sales were by no mean lackadaisical this time around as DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2) debuted commandingly at #1 on the Billboard 200. No, Future was unable to move the same numbers of contemporaries like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, or Meek Mill, but his 147,000 units is his best career week yet. Even in sales alone, 121,000 copies according to Billboard, he more than doubled his start for his 2014 effort, Honest.

What gives with Future’s come up? That’s a good question! Interestingly, as Future is...
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Most Notable Music Moments (So Far)

7/26/2015 11:00am EDT
32 Most Notable Music Moments Of 2015 (So Far)
Every year is filled with news, whether good or bad. 2015 is no different from any other year, with an assortment of politically and socially charged events occurring. That’s the nature of the beast called life. The same goes with music, too. There have been numerous notable moments and occurrences, so many that it would be impossible to recap them all. So we won’t try – we’ll choose 32 of the most notable music moments of 2015 so far, and hope we didn’t miss too many important ones along the way!

1) The legendary B.B. King died

When ‘Hospice’ is uttered by or associated with an ...
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Tyrese Lands His First No. 1 Album

7/20/2015 8:34am EDT
Tyrese Takes 'Black Rose' To The Top Of The Billboard 200
Sigh, yet another musician has seen his dreams realized on the Billboard 200. Although pure sales and lucrative chart longevity have only been kind to some, a number of artists have landed their first number one album this year. Add Tyrese to the list, as Black Rose earns the Billboard 200 crown this week. The 81,000 units isn’t the sexiest total ever, but, for an R&B album, that’s great. Why? – Because R&B has struggled with commercial lucrativeness all year and Black Rose gives the genre its highest impact and first number one album in 2015. Sweetening things more is that most of the...
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Albums To Check Out This Week

7/14/2015 10:27am EDT
Future Leads Albums To Check Out
The second week of a new era has commenced! Yes a friend, that is the epic global music release day that has thrown everybody for a curveball! Last week saw new releases from R5 and Tyrese among others. This week, the releases aren’t necessarily blockbusters either, but anyone in hip-hop circles is familiar with Future and Alan Jackson is the crème de la crème in country music. No, another Meek Mill sized debut isn’t among us at this time, but there are a number of interesting albums to check out.

1) Future, DS2 (Epic)

Autotune-loving rapper Future returns with his third studio alb...
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Anderson East Delivers An Impressive Debut Album

7/13/2015 1:25pm EDT
Review: Anderson East Delivers A Memorable, Soulful Debut With '
Ah, the sweetness of fresh blood…in the context of a new artist that is! Alabaman singer/songwriter Anderson East seeks to be the next big thing on his debut album Delilah, a mix between blue-eyed soul, country, and southern rock among other stylistic influences. Despite the brevity of Delilah, East proves that his ceilings are quite high – the man knows how to deliver a song, period. Delilah = throwback soul and rock at its best.

“Only You” commences Delilah with a soulful bang – perhaps that’s an understatement. Who in the world has doo-wop backing vocals these days? Anderson Eas...
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Meek Mill Makes It Two Weeks In A Row

7/13/2015 10:21am EDT
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money © Atlantic
Ricky Ricardo said it best on I Love Lucy – “Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi!” The mouthful of a title should explain it all – all the confoundedness that is. Apparently an updated Billboard chart is upon us already… HUH? How? WHY! Well, good old Billboard essentially released their first chart of their new tabulation cycle.

Basically, to recap, all new music releases across the world are embracing a global release day – Fridays. Because the former new release day was Tuesday, the Billboard charts were centered around that particular day to accurately tabulate sales and streams so on and so forth. So to...
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The Best Music Albums So Far This Year

7/11/2015 10:00am EDT
25 Best Albums Of 2015 (So Far)
As hard as it is to believe, albums still exist in 2015. No, CDs aren’t flying off of the shelves any more, and Billboard has a new formula that more accurately measures album consumption (or something like that), but the album is still “alive,” even if it’s not necessarily “well.” Sale woes aside, 2015 has delivered many terrific albums. Here are the 25 best albums of 2015 so far!

1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)

Who else could be number one? There have been a lot of terrific albums in 2015, but Kendrick Lamar has honors of the best locked down. No, To Pimp A Bu...
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Meek Mill's 'Dreams' Come True

7/9/2015 9:56am EDT
Meek Mill Tops The Billboard 200 With 'Dreams Worth More Than Mo
So the music industry is changing once again – SHOCKER! New albums now are being released globally on Fridays. Since new albums are being released on a new date, the ever-changing Billboard 200 will have to shift its window of tallying ‘multi-metric consumption’ aka album sales, streams, and overall impact. What does all this mean? Well, this is the last Billboard chart update that takes place on Thursdays. So let’s all celebrate the final Billboard 200 update on Thursday with yet another artist celebrating his first #1 album.

Meek Mill put up some excellent numbers with his sophomor...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

7/7/2015 8:49am EDT
R5 And Tyrese Among Albums To Check Out This Week
Music lovers everywhere, we are in new, unfamiliar territory– there is a new global music release day! No longer is Tuesday THE new music day, *sigh. The new global music release day that has been adopted is now Friday – that’s right, go on and crank up Rebecca Black. So those of you who anticipate spending your hard earned money to enhance you music collections on Tuesdays will now have to get use to shopping on Friday.

Now the question is, will Friday’s releases be worthwhile? Well, there’s a lack of big names/highly anticipated releases you might say. Is there a reason for this? May...
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