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These Songs Were Made With The Cemetery In Mind

8/28/2015 3:24pm EDT
10 Songs About Death And Burial
Death is an eerie thing – understatement to the nth degree. Still, it’s real-life and as uncomfortable a topic it may be, it must be discussed. In the context of this article, death is approached from the postmortem practice of burial. There are no references to embalming, mummification or cremation. Who in their right mind would write a song about those things anyways? Well maybe somebody, but it doesn’t happen here! Still, these joints have the cemetery in mind.

1) Rick Ross featuring T.I., “Bury Me A G” (Self Made Volume 2, 2012)

On “Bury Me A G,” Rick Ross doesn’t seem to care a...
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Queen Of Funk Chaka Khan Joins 'DWTS'

8/28/2015 7:20am EDT
Who Is Chaka Khan? Queen of Funk Joins 'DWTS' Season 21
The Dancing with the Stars celebrity cast keeps growing, with ABC announcing singer-songwriter Chaka Khan as one of the 13 celebrities who will putting on their dancing shoes on the upcoming season of the popular ballroom dance competition.

Tell me something good? @ChakaKhan will be on this season of #dwts! https://t.co/63wA7IS8hV

— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) August 27, 2015

After the network made the announcement about the show's newest cast member on Thursday night, fans started tweeting about the 62-year-old singer who is known to many as the Queen of Funk.

@putUincespence VER...
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Luke Bryan Stays At No. 1

8/25/2015 9:14am EDT
Luke Bryan Makes It Two Weeks Atop Billboard 200
It’s hard to topple a king, and that’s exactly what country singer Luke Bryan is this week. After dropping Kill The Lights with robust numbers last week, Bryan manages to keep the top spot warm for a second consecutive week. No, he couldn’t score another 345,000 units, but he was good enough for another 99,000. Sophomore week blues happen to everybody, even when you’re a “Country Man” like Bryan.

So with Luke at the top once more, were there any newbies that debuted in the top 10? Yes. Melanie Martinez entered at #6 with her unique debut effort Cry Baby moving 40,000 units. The numbe...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

8/25/2015 8:20am EDT
The Weeknd in Concert on NBC's
Ah, it’s the final release week in August, and it’s top-heavy – very top heavy. No, there’s no one-two punch with Luke Bryan or Dr. Dre this time around, but there is one Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, who has been racking up the hits in 2015. Face it – doesn’t everybody know The Weeknd is the favorite this week? C’mon! Still, there are six others joining him for your purchasing consideration!

1) The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness (Republic)

Recently, it seems R&B has regained a bit of its footing. After a slow start in 2015, Tyrese and Jill Scott proved that the cooli...
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Review: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

8/24/2015 11:20am EDT
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Go Retro On Self-Titled De
Singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff is not new to the game – he’s dropped two albums ahead of 2015’s Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Even so, Rateliff isn’t exactly a household name. After listening to his third album and the debut by the collective as a whole, perhaps Rateliff’s stock will rise. The “sweat” is real on Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – the energy is crazy. It’s imperfect, but it’s definitely an album with some great moments.

“I Need Never Get Old” gets the LP off to a rollicking, fast start. A mix of retro-soul a la Motown (and Stax) with a dash of c...
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Happy Or Sad, These Songs Will Bring You To Tears

8/23/2015 2:00pm EDT
14 Songs That’ll Bring You To Tears
Sometimes you’ve just got to break down…crying that is. Tears can be therapeutic in both depressed and jubilant circumstances. The 14 songs that grace this list all encompass tears in different capacities, whether the context is happy or sad or the “tears” themselves are more metaphorical. Regardless, these songs need to be spinning on any and everybody’s tearful playlist!

1) Faith Evans, “Tears Of Joy” (R&B Divas, 2012)

Faith Evans indeed has “tears of joy” on her moving song of the same title. This is not a sad song in the least as Evans doesn’t reference pain, but jubilance, exu...
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New Albums Releases To Check Out

8/18/2015 11:14am EDT
Disturbed Lead Albums To Check Out This Week
Last week was a quieter week on the new music release front – not diminishing the works from the musicians who dropped new music of course. After a bang occurred with new albums from Luke Bryan and Dr. Dre, things cooled down. This week, things heat back up with a dash of rock, country, and pop. Here are six albums to check out this week.

1) Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)

Metal band Disturbed return after a five-year hiatus with their sixth studio album, Immortalized. Immortalized serves as the follow-up to 2010’s Asylum, which debuted at a familiar spot for the band, number one....
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What Makes These 21 Songs So Manly?

8/16/2015 3:00pm EDT
21 Of The Manliest Songs – Sort Of!
What makes a song manly? Is it courage, resolve, or being hard-nosed? Maybe it’s chugging beer, playing/watching football, and “wearing the pants” in the household. Well in the case of this manly list – 21 of the Manliest Songs – Sort Of! – the only requirement to be manly is to have some form of the word “man” in the song title. Ah, the "all-inclusiveness" is so impressive. No, not every “man” song graced this – that mean’s you Mulan soundtrack standout “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” – but there’s plenty of manly selections to pique your machismo!

1) Michael Jackson, “Man In The Mirr...
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Here’s Our Take On Alicia Keys Best Songs

8/15/2015 2:00pm EDT
15 Best Alicia Keys Songs
Not every contemporary artist could be said to possess an illustrious career. Just because you release multiple albums and are prolific in the quantity of output doesn’t make you “illustrious.” In the case of Alicia Keys, she has indeed headed an illustrious career filled with commercial and critical success. Songs In A Minor and The Diary of Alicia Keys both rank as seminal albums of the 00s not solely in R&B circles but overall. With so many gems to her name, which Alicia Keys songs are the best? Here’s what we think are the 15 best.

1) “Fallin’” (Songs in A Minor, 2001)

There...
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5 New Album Releases To Check Out

8/11/2015 9:35am EDT
Melanie Martinez Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, the second release week of August. Is it as high-flying as the first week, which included new albums from Dr. Dre and Luke Bryan? Well not quite, but face it, we were spoiled week one! Still, there’s some interesting new listens, including one of the most high-profile The Voice alumni releases that comes to mind. But even if you don’t see your “cup of tea” this week, next week has a bit more punch. But until then, here are five albums to check out this week!

1) Melanie Martinez, Cry Baby (Atlantic)

Distinctive sounding The Voice alum Melanie Martinez drops her major label debut a...
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