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Kelly Clarkson Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

March 3rd, 2015 8:59am EST
Kelly Clarkson Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
Ah, March is upon us in all its glory – sense the sarcasm? The first release week of March is somewhat quiet save for just one preeminent release. That preeminent release happens to be by pop’s it girl Kelly Clarkson, who drops Piece By Piece. Other than Clarkson, there are four other albums to check out this week, even if they are ‘under the radar’ per se.

1) Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece (RCA)

The first American Idol victor releases her sixth studio album (seventh album overall if you include holiday effort Wrapped In Red in the mix). Piece By Piece marks Kelly Clarkson’s first ...
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15 Songs With The Word Crazy - The Craziest Songs Ever!

March 1st, 2015 2:30pm EST
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Some songs are sane while others are bleeping CRAZY! There is no sanity to be found here as these are the craziest songs ever, like “forever ever.” Well… maybe it’s a slight exaggeration, but you can’t have crazy songs without embracing your own inner craziness – that’s gospel truth right there! Here are 14 of the craziest songs ever.

1) Paul Simon, “Still Crazy After All These Years” (Still Crazy After All These Years, 1975)

Paul, we don’t think you’re the least bit crazy, unless it’s a ‘crazy good accomplished veteran musician that is! When you hear “Still Crazy After All These Year...
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The Case For And Against Justin Bieber

February 28th, 2015 4:00pm EST
The Case For And Against Justin Bieber
After years of both success and youthful excess, Justin Bieber seems poised to make a massive comeback in 2015. Even though Bieber hasn’t been in the limelight for his music over the past couple of years, he has definitely found ways to keep himself in the eyes of the media, skeptics, and ‘Beliebers’ alike. As easy as it is to point to the pop star’s shortcomings, there is also a case ‘for’ the him as well (yep, that’s totally a scary notion). Here is the case “for” and “against” Justin Bieber.

1) For: The time Justin Bieber bought dinner for the NYPD.

Progress forward Justin – ...
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Imagine Dragons Score First Number One Album On the Billboard 200

February 26th, 2015 12:33pm EST
Imagine Dragons
The ‘dragons’ no longer have to ‘imagine’ anything. Nope! In other words, Imagine Dragons scored this week, debuting atop the Billboard 200. Smoke + Mirrors not only impacted well overall (195,000 units), but also managed robust sales – 172,000 copies. Yes the Billboard 200 is putting more emphasis on the ‘total package’ or the 195K number cited first, but with albums selling so poorly, selling 172,000 copies itself is notable achievement.

After locking down number one last week with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake settles for the runner up slot, continuing to ‘impact’ so...
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Big Sean Leads Albums To Check Out

February 24th, 2015 9:33am EST
Big Sean Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
It’s another new week and you know what that means? New music releases to infuse life into the Billboard 200 of course! Last week, a lift to the charts itself came by way of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. As far as new album releases, the crown jewel from last week came courtesy of Imagine Dragons’ sophomore album, Smoke and Mirrors. Who’s the crown jewel of this week’s new releases? How about I.D.F.W.U. MC Big Sean, who drops Dark Sky Paradise? Here are six new albums to check out this week!

1) Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise (Def Jam)...
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15 Songs Worth The 'Wait'

February 22nd, 2015 2:00pm EST
15 Songs Worth The 'Wait'
What qualifications does it take for a song to be ‘worth the wait?’ Does a selected song that’s ‘worth the wait’ require lofty anticipation or a host of bells and whistles to make it distinct from the rest? Actually No – negative. A song ‘worth the wait’ according to our rubric just requires one word – wait, waiting, waited – you get the picture! Here are 15 songs hence that are worth the ‘wait.’

1) Kings of Leon, “Wait For Me” (Mechanical Bull, 2013)

“Wait For Me” endears itself from its signature instrumental introduction throughout it simple, yet touching concept. Among the most u...
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Drake’s Surprise Album Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200

February 19th, 2015 9:02am EST
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
What’s a winning formula to top the Billboard 200? Well just release a surprise album of course – it’s simple! Actually it’s not that simple, but for a big-named artist like Drake who is used to topping the Billboard 200, it’s no surprise the element of surprise would bode well in his favor. Drake’s surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late did well, selling 495,000 copies. Yes, that just sales – it impacted even more to the tune of 535,000 units according to Billboard. You don’t have to be well versed in Billboard’s formulas to conveying chart data to know that both 495,000 an...
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8 Takeaways From Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’

February 17th, 2015 8:30pm EST
8 Takeaways From Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’
The music industry got a serious lift on Friday the 13th of all days – who would’ve thought? Why – well one ubiquitous Canadian rapper/R&B singer named Drake released a surprise album entitled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Anytime that Drake drops anything, it’s huge – gargantuan! After listening to Drake’s 17-track fourth album, here are eight takeaways to sink your teeth into.

1) Drake’s loaded – aka he’s rich!

One thing that Drake is NOT hurting for is money. The dude is frickin’ loaded peeps! As if everybody didn’t already know this fact about Drake, he spends plenty of...
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Imagine Dragons Lead Albums To Check Out

February 17th, 2015 8:30am EST
Imagine Dragons Lead Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
February 2015 has been a music release month without a homerun you might say. Sure, there have been some solid newbies such as Now 53 and Fifth Harmony’s Reflection, but there hasn’t been that big-time hit with staying power as yet. Maybe that changes this week with the release of Imagine Dragons’ sophomore album Smoke+ Mirrors, not to mention the surprise pre-Valentines Day Drake album, If You’re Reading This Its Too Late. Here are six albums to check out!

1) Imagine Dragons, Smoke + Mirrors (Interscope)

Imagine Dragons’ sophomore album Smoke + Mirrors ranks among the year’s most hi...
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Review: Estelle Shows Off Impressive Vocal Prowess On 'True Romance'

February 16th, 2015 6:00pm EST
Review: Estelle Shows Off Impressive Vocal Prowess On 'True Roma
When the name Estelle comes to mind, there is one song most will cite without question: “American Boy.” “American Boy” was the British singer/rapper’s breakout hit, winning her a Grammy along the way. That said there is more to Estelle’s than “American Boy,” and on her fourth studio album True Romance, Estelle shows off immense artistic versatility. True Romance has a bit of everything, oscillating between boldness and conservativeness, all the while finding the Estelle on top of her game. Throughout its course, Estelle’s vocals are always on-point.

“Time After Time” initiates True Roma...
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