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New Music This Week: Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Van Morrison & More

March 24th, 2015 9:43am EDT
Action Bronson Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
Kendrick Lamar took some of the luster of this week away when he moved his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly up a week. It was a smart move at the time as the only other big attraction was Modest Mouse’s first album in eight years, Strangers To Ourselves. Even without Kendrick Lamar heading the bill, on an off-cycle Monday release date, there’s plenty of newbies to sink one’s teeth into, arguably led by the long awaited debut album by Action Bronson. But if AB can’t do it, maybe the task falls into the hands of the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, James Bay, Van Morrison, Kidz Bop Kidz, or St...
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Former Beatle To Induct Another Beatle To Hall Of Fame

March 18th, 2015 8:33am EDT
Paul McCartney Will Induct Ringo Star Into Rock Hall
Paul McCartney will induct former band mate Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act this coming April.

McCartney will handle the induction services for Starr in what will likely be a memorable moment between the two music legends. Starr is already in the Rock Hall, as part of The Beatles.

Punk poet Patti Smith will handle the duties of posthumously welcoming Lou Reed into the institution for his solo career. Reed was already inducted as part of punk group The Velvet Underground.

Stevie Wonder will induct R&B singer and songwriter Bill Withers at the ceremony. J. Ge...
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New Albums To Check Out This Week

March 17th, 2015 8:45am EDT
Sleeping With Sirens Lead New Albums To Check Out: This Week in
Last week, the music fans were spoiled by new releases from Madonna (Rebel Heart), the Empire Cast (Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire), and Luke Bryan (Spring Break…Checkin’ Out). This week, things are a tad bit quieter. What does that mean? Essentially, there are less ‘highly anticipated’ releases dropping this week. Still, there are five newbies worth checking out, led by ‘post-hardcore’ band Sleeping With Sirens and capped off with Marina and the Diamonds.

1) Sleeping With Sirens, Madness (Epitaph)

Sleeping With Sirens returns with its fourth album Madness, following 20...
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Music You'll Never Run From

March 13th, 2015 2:02pm EDT
21 Songs You Don’t Wanna ‘Run’ From!
Some music turns you off the first time you hear it makes you wanna run from it, never to be annoyed or turned off by it again. And then there’s the good stuff, those songs that you would never, ever run from. This list is filled with the good stuff – songs that you embrace, and spin over and over on your iPod. Here are 21 songs you don’t wanna ‘run’ from!

1) Pink Floyd, “Run Like Hell” (The Wall, 1979)

Doesn’t the title say it all, honestly? “Run, Run, Run… you better run all day / and run all night.” It’s like “Run Forrest, runnnnn!”

2) Kelly Clarkson featuring John Legend, “...
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Kelly Clarkson Has Done It Again!

March 12th, 2015 11:30am EDT
Kelly Clarkson Takes 'Piece By Piece' To The Top Of The Charts
Kelly Clarkson has done it again y’all – that is scored the number one album on the Billboard 200. What is almost harder to believe is that over the course of seven albums, Piece By Piece is only Clarkson’s third to open in the penthouse. Were the sales stellar? Absolutely not – the sales were below par. Clarkson sold only 83,000 copies in album sales (97,000 in total impact which is so-so). Compare the 83,000 copies to the opening of Clarkson’s last album, Stronger, which debuted at number two but sold a more robust 163,000 copies, even less notable than her album before that. Still, a...
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Does Big Sean Take The No. 1 Spot On Billboard This Week?

March 5th, 2015 9:19am EST
Big Sean Takes 'Dark Sky Paradise' To No. 1 On Billboard
Well, well, well! Big Sean finally had a big debut – contextually speaking. The Detroit rapper’s third album, Dark Sky Paradise debuts at number one following two previous top three albums. Not only did Dark Sky Paradise debut higher than his previous work, it also sold considerably more, moving 139,000 copies. With ‘total impact’ playing a total role, Sean’s numbers are more robust – the tune of 173,000. Is 2015 the year that Big Sean finally does big things?

Big Sean wasn’t the sole triumph this week. Kid Rock did well for himself, as First Kiss debuted in the runner-up slot. Int...
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Kelly Clarkson Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

March 3rd, 2015 8:59am EST
Kelly Clarkson Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
Ah, March is upon us in all its glory – sense the sarcasm? The first release week of March is somewhat quiet save for just one preeminent release. That preeminent release happens to be by pop’s it girl Kelly Clarkson, who drops Piece By Piece. Other than Clarkson, there are four other albums to check out this week, even if they are ‘under the radar’ per se.

1) Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece (RCA)

The first American Idol victor releases her sixth studio album (seventh album overall if you include holiday effort Wrapped In Red in the mix). Piece By Piece marks Kelly Clarkson’s first ...
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Songs That Are Crazy!

March 1st, 2015 2:30pm EST
15 Songs With The Word Crazy - The Craziest Songs Ever!
Some songs are sane while others are bleeping CRAZY! There is no sanity to be found here as these are the craziest songs ever, like “forever ever.” Well… maybe it’s a slight exaggeration, but you can’t have crazy songs without embracing your own inner craziness – that’s gospel truth right there! Here are 14 of the craziest songs ever.

1) Paul Simon, “Still Crazy After All These Years” (Still Crazy After All These Years, 1975)

Paul, we don’t think you’re the least bit crazy, unless it’s a ‘crazy good accomplished veteran musician that is! When you hear “Still Crazy After All These Year...
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Imagine Dragons Score First Number One Album On the Billboard 200

February 26th, 2015 12:33pm EST
Imagine Dragons
The ‘dragons’ no longer have to ‘imagine’ anything. Nope! In other words, Imagine Dragons scored this week, debuting atop the Billboard 200. Smoke + Mirrors not only impacted well overall (195,000 units), but also managed robust sales – 172,000 copies. Yes the Billboard 200 is putting more emphasis on the ‘total package’ or the 195K number cited first, but with albums selling so poorly, selling 172,000 copies itself is notable achievement.

After locking down number one last week with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake settles for the runner up slot, continuing to ‘impact’ so...
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Red's Randy Armstrong Talks Music, Touring And The Band's Latest Album, 'Of Beauty And Rage'

February 25th, 2015 9:23am EST
Red's Randy Armstrong Talks Music, Touring And The Band's Latest
Grammy nominated rock band Red features the talents of Michael Barnes (vocals) and twin brothers Anthony Armstrong (guitar) and Randy Armstrong (bass). The band has sold more than a million albums to date, racked up two Top 10 Active Rock singles, three Top 10 Mainstream Rock singles and toured alongside such artists as Hinder, Three Days Grace, Staind, Papa Roach and Seether. Their latest album, of Beauty and Rage, is the band's fifth studio album. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Randy Armstrong to learn more about the band and their music.

Can you talk a little bit more about...
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