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5th Album Is A Charm For Breaking Benjamin

July 2nd, 2015 8:56am EDT
Breaking Benjamin Becomes The Latest Musicians To Score First No
2015 must be the year of chart dreams realized – at least for some artists. Not everybody can boast of the chart glory (looking at you Ciara). For Breaking Benjamin, a band on their fifth album, reaching the penthouse on the Billboard 200 had eluded them four times before. Finally, the fifth time proved to be charm and Dark Before Dawn earned the band their first #1 album. The numbers are rock solid, as Dark Before Dawn shows no darkness whatsoever with 141,000 units, most of which were album sales. BB is certainly doing its thing – kudos boys, kudos.

Being the jam-packed week it was...
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Some New Music Releases For Everyone This Week!

June 30th, 2015 8:45am EDT
Miguel & Meek Mill Among Albums To Check Out
June 2015 goes out with a bang! You know what that means don’t you? Hot new music releases with everybody and his brother (and/or sister) in mind! There’s a mix of R&B, rap, country, and rock to pick from. Among the most anticipated new releases hail from Miguel and Meek Mill, with newbies X Ambassadors and Vince Staples getting in on the action. Here are eight albums to check out this week.

1) Miguel, Wildheart (RCA)

After a near three-year hiatus, contemporary/alternative R&B singer/songwriter Miguel returns with his third album, Wildheart. Wildheart follows up Miguel’s critically ...
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2015's Most Underrated Songs

June 28th, 2015 3:00pm EDT
25 Most Underrated Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Not every record ends up being a hit. In fact if you think about it, only a select few songs end up with the distinction of hit status. The songs featured on this list are terrific, but none of them have been profound in the commercial department. Arguably, the best way to describe these songs are ‘underrated’ – they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the year as well as their artist’s respective album. All deserve the same respect if not more than the hits, but they can always bask in their critical acclaim. These are the most underrated songs of 2015…so far.

The underrated songs chosen are ...
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At 67 James Taylor Did This For The First Time -- See Details

June 25th, 2015 8:37am EDT
James Taylor Earns First No. 1 Album At Age 67
Prepare to be shocked! 67-year old veteran singer/songwriter James Taylor debuts at # 1 on the Billboard 200 with Before This World, impacting to the tune of 97,000 units, which was almost entirely sales. Those are solid numbers by all means for anybody regardless of age or status. Why is the news shocking about Taylor debuting "in the penthouse?" It's because as unbelievable as it may be, until this particular album, Taylor experienced a career-long drought in the "#1 album" department. Taylor had scored a #1 single before, but until Before This World, the “You’ve Got A Friend” singer exp...
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New Music This Week: Lots Of New Faces And Some Familiar Ones

June 23rd, 2015 8:30am EDT
Breaking Benjamin And Kacey Musgraves Among Albums To Check Out
Last week, the music release world was graced with new albums from James Taylor, Adam Lambert, and the return of Hilary Duff – not to mention others. This week, music listeners everywhere have their most choice of who and what they want to purchase beginning Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The best way to describe this music release week is STACKED. No, Kanye West hasn’t dropped his new album, but a lot of new faces and some familiar ones make this week a captivating one.

1) Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood Records)

Fifteen years in the game, rockers Breaking Benjamin return w...
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We Find These Music Videos To Be The Best So Far This Year

June 20th, 2015 9:00am EDT
The Best Music Videos Of 2015 (So Far)
What does every good music single need? A stunning visual – a gripping music video – to accentuate and accompany the music of course! While music videos on television seem to be a thing of the past, they are still incredibly popular online. All of the videos that grace this list have racked up millions of views on YouTube alone. Choosing just 20 out of a beaucoup of videos is arduous, but here are some of the standouts as of yet in 2015.

Some of the songs actually bowed in 2014, but they weren’t released as a single until 2015 or the video arrived in 2015.

1) Taylor Swift featuring K...
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Longtime Band Scores First No. 1 Album

June 18th, 2015 9:45am EDT
Muse Rocks Its Way To First No. 1 Album With 'Drones'
Another week and another new number one album on the Billboard 200. This week, British alternative band Muse takes the top spot with Drones, their first number one album. Muse’s numbers weren’t the sexiest ever, but the 84,000 units are respectable, with nearly all of those units being pure sales. Interestingly, Muse’s last three albums have debuted in reverse order – The Resistance at #3, The 2nd Law at #2, and now Drones at #1. Wasn’t Muse totally destined to spend some time in the penthouse eventually?

The only other newbie to the Billboard 200 top ten this week came courtesy of ...
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Notable Albums To Check Out This Week

June 16th, 2015 8:00am EDT
Adam Lambert & James Taylor Among Albums To Check Out
Last week was sort of a quieter week on the new release front. This week, there are some notable newbies gracing the retail shelves and digital music outlets. This week isn’t quite as stacked as next week (it’s gargantuan), but there’s a little bit of something for everybody. A former American Idol runner-up and a veteran singer/songwriter lead albums to check out this week.

1) Adam Lambert, The Original High (Warner Bros)

Pop star and former American Idol Adam Lambert made history when his sophomore album Trespassing bowed back in 2012 – he was the first openly gay artist to debut ...
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Muse Continues To Show Why They Are A Great Musical Act

June 15th, 2015 2:50pm EDT
Review: Muse Rocks Hard On The Conceptual 'Drones'
Those who thought that prog-rock was a thing of the past must be unfamiliar with British alt-rock band Muse. Muse have been around for years, but really began gaining in their popularity in the late 00s. With a penchant for drama, conceptual themes, and a dash of classical musical, Muse are refreshers in a sometimes stagnant industry. Seventh studio album Drones continues to show why Muse are among the best musical acts today.

Opener “Dead Inside” can be characterized as possessing morbidity (being “dead inside”) and jubilance (its overall excitability and energy in approach). Frontm...
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These Songs Have No Filter

June 14th, 2015 7:00pm EDT
To Put It Bluntly – 12 Songs With No Filter
Have you ever heard the old saying the he or she “has no filter?” Well, that same saying can be applied to songs as well. To put it bluntly, some songs have no filter, and it all starts with a shocking title. All 12 of the songs that grace this list fit the billing – no filter whatsoever. Surprisingly, despite their explicit, ‘tactless’ nature, many of these songs are both enjoyable and ultimately, excellent.

1) Maroon 5, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf----r” (V – Deluxe, 2015)

Maroon 5 couldn’t leave the song as merely “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt” – they had to add in “moth...
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