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Three New Albums To Check Out

11/24/2015 1:12pm EST
The Vamps Lead Albums To Check Out This Week
Call November 27, 2015 what it is – the week after Adele took over the world. Basically, after weeks of highly anticipated releases from Adele, Justin Bieber and One Direction among others, this week falls short in the new release department. Why are there so few releases? It’s Thanksgiving weekend, not typically a good time to release prominent new albums. Next week, December 4, the new release steam picks up once more. The few albums listed here aren’t big-time releases by any means, but if Adele isn’t STILL captivating the listening rotation, here are three newbies to consider. Yes, you ...

Justin Bieber Beats Out One Direction For Top Spot

11/24/2015 8:17am EST
Justin Bieber Easily Tops The Billboard 200
It was expected to be a hard-fought battle – one comprised of scrapping, clawing and crazed tween girls! Ultimately, Justin Bieber handily outperformed British boy band One Direction for the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Both Justin Bieber and One Direction touted impressive, robust numbers, but the discrepancy between the two is shocking. Let’s break down the numbers, shall we?

Justin Bieber’s Purpose ended up impacting to the tune of 649,000 units, hence making Purpose the highest debuting album of 2015. Even considering that 80% of that total make up pure sales, that’s still a b...

'25' Is Another Superb Album By Adele

11/23/2015 11:45am EST
Review: Adele Delivers Another Stellar Album With '25'   
After four long years, big-voiced, British pop singer/songwriter phenomenon (mouthful) Adele returns with her highly anticipated third studio album, 25. In a short amount of time, the accolades that Adele has achieved in her career are remarkable: 10 Grammy awards, an academy award for best original song, and a diamond certified album (21). 25 seeks to continue the greatness which Adele seems to exemplify with ease. While following 21 is an arduous task, Adele picks right up where she left off on 25.

“Hello” rightfully initiates 25 in stellar fashion. Following up juggernaut singles that m...

Ranking Justin Bieber’s Albums -- Where Does New Album 'Purpose' Place?

11/20/2015 10:18am EST
Justin Bieber Tops The Billboard Hot 100 Chart -- How Do His Oth
In 2009 a teen pop heartthrob was born. Actually, he was born in 1994 in Canada, but his musical career truly took off in 2009.

That same heartthrob – Justin Bieber – returned in 2015 with his fourth studio album Purpose, (released Nov. 13).

Bieber just landed the top spot on the Billboard Artist 100 after 71 weeks on the list, which has been around for a little more than a year now, and he's poised to take over the Billboard 200 album chart next week.

Ultimately on Purpose, there were ample things to takeaway as a listener.

After adding Purpose to a discography also featuring many non...

Chris Stapleton Comes Up Big For Second Straight Week

11/17/2015 11:08am EST
Chris Stapleton Makes It Two Weeks Atop The Billboard 200   
Chris Stapleton sure came up – big time. After reentering the Billboard 200 with his critically lauded debut Traveller at number one, Stapleton keeps the top spot warm. Why is this surprising this week? There were several new albums, but none of them had the support to unseat the country singer/songwriter. Interestingly, Stapleton still had a big impact, to the tune of 124,000 units (78% of those were sales).

The newbies also couldn’t take the runner-up spot, with Eric Church’s surprise effort Mr. Misunderstood improving from #3 to #2 despite losing support. Still, with a modest 65,000 uni...

Adele’s Much Anticipated ‘25’ Leads Album Releases The Week

11/17/2015 10:50am EST
Adele Leads Albums To Check Out This Week -- See Full List
Following a jam-packed week including a showdown for the top spot on the Billboard between Justin Bieber and One Direction, this week is top-heavy. While the return of rapper Jadakiss is notable, the artist that makes this week top heavy is none other than Adele Adkins, better known as simply Adele. Ask anyone in the industry – everyone KNOWS Adele is a lock to sell a lot of albums and score her second consecutive number one album. Honestly, who would want to compete against a juggernaut?

1) Adele, 25 (Columbia)

After a four-year hiatus, British soul-pop chanteuse Adele returns with h...

There Is Plenty To Like On Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’

11/16/2015 11:30am EST
8 Takeaways From Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’
Following a three-year hiatus, pop heartthrob turned bad boy Justin Bieber returns with his fourth studio album, Purpose. Bieber has released numerous projects beyond his ‘studio’ output, including holiday effort Under The Mistletoe and the unplugged effort Believe Acoustic, both of which debuted atop the charts. Regardless one’s respective opinion is of the embattled pop star, his commercial success has been undeniable.

Three years, however, is like an eternity in pop music, so how does a more mature Bieber do? Ultimately, he picks up where he left off, but definitely feels and sounds mor...

10 Great Face Songs

11/15/2015 1:30pm EST
Face The Music: 10 Great Face Songs
Over the years, it’s amazing how many songs that have been written and became hits that share commonly used words in within their titles. Love may be oversaturated and cliché, but doesn’t society relate and embrace such songs featuring the word and central theme? Think of the colors and how many times they’ve fueled music’s flavor of the month/year throughout history. As simple as a commonly used word may be, it can be the catalyst for truly great music. In the case of this list, here are 10 great face songs. Why? – because all of the songs use the word face within their title. See, it’s as...

Powerful Young Songs (Part 2)

11/14/2015 1:45pm EST
Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 2)
Youthfulness can’t be bottled up into just one evergreen playlist post. No way Jose! Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1) provided just enough youthfully, swag-laden songs to whet the palate, but another installment is necessary. It’s like a meal – dessert just makes things sweeter, finishing off the dining experience. That’s the role of the part deux of Forever Young – to enhance the powerful, youthful listening experience! Hey, who says you can’t vicariously relive youth through song?

1) Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild & Free” (Mac and Devin Go to Hi...

See Why We Gave Cee Lo Green's 'Heart Blanche' 4 Stars

11/11/2015 5:20pm EST
Cee Lo Green Retains Soulfulness And Eccentric Personality On ‘H
What’s the best way for an embattled musician to heal? Release new music. That’s exactly what the once beloved, eccentric Cee Lo Green does on his latest studio album, Heart Blanche. Excluding his 2012 holiday effort, Heart Blanche marks Cee Lo’s first new studio album in five years. A lot has changed since he shocked the world with breakout hit “F**k You,” so can Cee Lo keep it going on Heart Blanche? For the most part, the answer is a resounding yes.

Following the soul-sampling intro, Green is clearly on autopilot. Pop/rock infused opener “Est. 1980s” finds the eclectic musician singing...

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