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Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

October 30th, 2014 10:31am EDT
Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music
As prognosticated, popular masked metal band Slipknot debut ‘at the penthouse’ on the Billboard 200 selling 132,000 copies of their latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The Gray Chapter is Slipknot’s first new album since 2008, where All Hope Is Gone also landed at the top spot. Of course, like everyone else, Slipknot’s numbers were down – over 100,000 copies down to be exact. Still 132,000 copies is sound in an age where few albums are selling particularly well.

ATL rapper T.I. had a respectable week, selling 80,000 copies of Paperwork. The reason it’s respectable isn’t because of hi...
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The Allman Brothers Band Play Career Ending Concert To Fans At Beacon Theater

October 29th, 2014 2:59pm EDT
The Allman Brothers Band
A music era has ended as The Allman Brothers Band played their last concert ever at New York City's Beacon Theater on Tuesday.

The finale to the group's 45-year career as a band was confirmed by the group’s leader Gregg Allman. Allman confirmed the news last week before the first of their six Beacon shows.

The group has played a series of concerts every years at the Beacon Theater since 1989, totaling 230 concerts in all.

Last night was also the 43rd anniversary of the death of Duane Allman. Several of his guitars were played for the occasion.

The band played three sets in their show, t...
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Prince To Play 8-Minute Jam Session On 'Saturday Night Live'

October 28th, 2014 11:41am EDT
Prince
Chris Rock had one request when he was signed to hosting duties at "Saturday Night Live" for the Nov.1 show, Prince had to be the musical guest.

Instead of the usual two song sets other musicians play, Prince will play one 8-minute jam in the middle of the show, accompanied by his band 3rdeyegirl. Just because he is Prince, there will be no commercial interruption.3rdeyegirl consists of guitarist Donna Grantis, bassist Ida Neilsen and drummer Hannah Ford Welton.

After 18 years, former "SNL" cast member Chris Rock will return to Studio 8H and will usher Season 40 into the critical November...
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Taylor Swift's '1989' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music

October 28th, 2014 9:38am EDT
Taylor Swift's '1989' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Mu
Cutting right to the chase, there’s one inescapable, gargantuan, and humongous juggernaut of an album being released this week, and it comes by way of Taylor Swift. Swift is the one to beat on an off-cycle Monday release date, when the majority of new releases are dropping. While it may be is Swift’s week, there are some other ‘brave souls’ releasing albums the same day. Here are eight albums to check out this week.

1) Taylor Swift, 1989 (Big Machine)

While it has yet to happen in 2014, it seems like a surefire bet that Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated pop album 1989 will give the...
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10 Darkest Musical Personalities

October 25th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
10 Darkest Musical Personalities
No matter how warm and fuzzy a song like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” makes everyone feel on the inside, not all musicians have the same optimism and ‘good vibes’ of the multifaceted musician. Some find their best inspiration in dark things – blackness, the grotesque, and sometimes the hellish (cue the sound effects now!). The definition of ‘dark’ is broad, and all 10 of the ‘darkest’ musicians that grace this list possess their own style. What they all have in common is, they are known for their intensely dark musical personalities.

1) Marilyn Manson

Boy, oh boy! Phew, could anyo...
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Florida Georgia Line Captures Their First No. 1 Spot On Billboard 200

October 23rd, 2014 8:33am EDT
Florida Georgia Line Captures Their First No. 1 Spot On Billboar
For a third week, country rules the top spot of the Billboard 200. Last week it was Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt (who settles for #2 this week). This week’s honors go to Florida Georgia Line who sells a strong 197,000 copies of Anything Goes. Anything Goes is the sole album to sell more than 100,000 copies this week and outpaced the second place album by more than 100,000 copies. Guess Tyler and Brian have something to celebrate – as if they weren’t celebrating already.

Even though the numbers continue to stink, there are plenty of new albums being dropped by many notable artis...
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Foo Fighters Team Up With Cheap Trick On 'Letterman" [VIDEO]

October 21st, 2014 11:06am EDT
Foo Fighters Team Up With Cheap Trick On 'Letterman" [VIDEO]
Foo Fighters fans were given a special treat last week, as the group became a part of "The Late Show With David Letterman" as the "unofficial" house band.

On Friday, Foo Fighters unveiled one of their new songs, "Something From Nothing" from their new album "Sonic Highways."

Helping them with the tune was none other than Rick Nielsen, who also appears on the studio version of the song.

On Thursday evening, Nielsen covered his tune "Stiff Competition" with the band. Prior to performing with the Cheap Trick legend, Foo Fighters performed with a host of musical guest including Zac Brown, He...
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Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

October 21st, 2014 10:30am EDT
Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Wee
October 2014 continues to roll out big release after big release. Sales continue to leave more to be desired in general, but there’s always a gem or two. Arguably the week’s most notable albums come by way of Slipknot, Little Big Town, and T.I., not to mention Logic’s highly anticipated debut. Also in the mix is the ‘old school,’ which includes Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. This list focuses on nine albums to check out, but also lists others being released as well.

1) Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner)

Masked metal band Slipknot return with their first new studio album ...
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5 Takeaways From U2's 'Songs Of Innocence'

October 20th, 2014 7:30pm EDT
5 Takeaways From U2's 'Songs Of Innocence'
Anytime a certain Dublin band named U2 releases a new album, well, it’s “kind of a big deal.” The release of Songs of Innocence, the band’s first new album in five years, is a big deal, but not necessarily in the same way as previous efforts from the collective. It could be argued Bono and company have even had some missteps along the way, which has hindered their latest LP. After listening and analyzing the release process of Songs of Innocence, here are five takeaways.

1) Imposing a free album on everyone is probably a BAD idea…

Most people like free things, particularly if there w...
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CD Review: Artifex Pereo - "Time In Place" (Tooth & Nail)

October 20th, 2014 7:10pm EDT
CD Review: Artifex Pereo - "Time In Place" (Tooth & Nail)
Artifex Pereo’s, culled from a quote from Roman Emperor Nero, Time In Place is avant-garde, dynamic and truly unique. This album is a veritable aural melting pot, evidenced by album opener “No Stranger To Worry,” combining evolving, unpredictable time signatures, progressive vocals, a fondness of theatrics, and layered, fluid guitars. Chances are the end product is something totally different from everything else you’re currently listening to. “Hands of Penance,” which presents what the rest of the album doesn’t – discernable song structures, stands as a straight forward beacon, a buoy, amo...
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