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8 New Albums To Check Out This Week

8/4/2015 9:57am EDT
Dr. Dre & Luke Bryan Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
August looks to start with a bang considering a jam-packed new music release week. In other words, Friday, August 7 should be an awesome time for music buyers, who have a lot to choose from. Luke Bryan ranks chief amongst new releases, but a surprise release from Dr. Dre – a LONG time in the making – cements the soundness of the first releases of August 2015. Here are eight newbies to check out this week!

1) Dr. Dre, Compton: A Soundtrack (Aftermath/Interscope)

After a 16-year hiatus, Dr. Dre releases his third studio album, Compton: A Soundtrack. So what happened to the long-await...
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Jill Scott’s 'Woman' Is A Triumph For R&B

8/4/2015 8:47am EDT
Jill Scott Makes It Two Consecutive No. 1 Albums On Billboard
R&B has triumphed atop the Billboard 200 for the second time this year! Is it a total change of pace for commercially ailing genre? Jill Scott follows her first #1 album, 2011’s Light Of The Sun with a second one with Woman. Woman didn’t match the higher-flying sales of Light Of The Sun, but Scott’s first album in four years certainly has performed better than most of her contemporaries’ R&B efforts. 62,000 units is by no means “the second coming,” but it’s respectable considering the number of albums that have tanked this year (yeah you Jamie Foxx and Ciara).

Jill Scott wasn’t the sol...
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Music Artist Who Were In A Bad Place When Writing These Songs

8/2/2015 4:00pm EDT
17 Most Depressing, Gloomy And Morbid Songs
OK, OK! There's no sugarcoating it! These songs totally SUCK….THE LIFE RIGHT OUT OF YOU! Well not literally, but metaphorically. Basically, these songs are gloomy, sad songs that definitely won’t lift your spirits. So if you’re already sad yourself – you may want to save this downer for a happier day.

1) Nina Simone, “Strange Fruit” (The Essential Nina Simone, 2003)

“Strange Fruit” satisfies all three characteristics necessary to make this playlist – it’s truly depressing, gloomy, and morbid. The morbid aspect is the most disturbing as the “Southern trees / bearing strange fruit / b...
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Jill Scott Has Lots To Offer On 'Woman'

7/28/2015 10:43am EDT
Review: Jill Scott Remains True To Herself On ‘Woman’
When Jill Scott comes to mind, one characterizes her as being a cool, calm, and collected modern soul singer with the ability to show off a dynamic, gritty, and funky side. On her fifth studio album Woman, she remains true to those characterizations, never fumbling. Woman arguably hasn’t been the most aggressively promoted album by Scott, but has plenty to offer.

Woman kicks off with a bang with “Wild Cookie,” a spoken word piece in which Scott sends a message warning women not to sleep with any and everybody due to desperation. “Prepared,” the set’s first full length joint proceeds in ...
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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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New Music You Need To Check Out

7/21/2015 9:43am EDT
Jill Scott Leads New Albums To Check Out This Week
July continues to roll on, and it’s now week three of the new Friday global release day. Eventually it’ll be as easy as clockwork for labels, retailers, and consumers, right? This week things are understated once more, with a lack of gargantuan music releases. Still, Jill Scott is kind of a big deal in R&B circles, as is Lamb of God in metal circles. Here are five albums to check out this week.

1) Jill Scott, Woman (Atlantic)

R&B singer Jill Scott returns after a four-year hiatus with her fifth studio album, Woman. Woman follows up 2011 effort The Light of the Sun, which gave Scot...
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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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Tyrese Delivers His Best Work In Years

7/15/2015 11:39am EDT
Review: Tyrese Delivers Best His Album In Years On ‘Black Rose’
Ladies and gentlemen, the real Tyrese is back – He has “stood up” (catch the Eminem reference, anybody?)! No, Tyrese Gibson the person really didn’t go anywhere, but his last few albums were so-so at best. Sure double album Alter Ego yielded “One” and introduced the world to Black Ty, while Open Invitation had winners in “Stay” and “Too Easy,” but overall, both albums were underwhelming. Tyrese has always possessed remarkable potential where his voice is concerned, yet when the material doesn’t match, it takes away from his artistry. Thankfully on Black Rose Tyrese came to play, easily de...
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