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One Direction Score Fourth Number One Album With ‘Four’

November 27th, 2014 9:03am EST
One Direction Score Fourth Number One Album With ‘Four’: This We
'Tis the season where album sales are elevated and the music industry breathes a sigh of relief – until the deadness of January that is. While there have been few victory laps (besides Taylor Swift’s 1989), the numbers are stronger than earlier in 2014. That said, reliable chart-topper One Direction scored a fourth number one album with Four. Although 1D got it done, there is a ‘but’ to the scenario.

Four landed at a familiar spot for 1D, but did so in somewhat underwhelming fashion. Sure the 387,000 copies the British-Irish boy band moved is exceptional, but falls below both prognostic...
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Do The AMAs Foreshadow Potential Grammy Nominees?

November 26th, 2014 12:20pm EST
Do The American Music Awards Foreshadow Potential Grammy Nominee
The AMAs are truly a popularity contest. The music fans select winners, which is a stark difference from the more prestigious Grammys. Often a gripe of music fans and critics alike are the sometimes odd, ‘out of touch’ choices by the Recording Academy. One that comes to mind is how Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cleaned up the rap categories, yet arguably the more transcendent artist, Kendrick Lamar, when home empty handed.

That said it could be argued both the AMAs and the Grammys have tremendous pros and bothersome cons. Even given the contrasts between both music awards show, the AMAs do...
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Beyonce & Rick Ross Lead Albums To Check Out

November 24th, 2014 1:00pm EST
Beyonce & Rick Ross Lead Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
Finally, an article that doesn’t mention the staying power of Taylor Swift’s 1989 – Oops! To quote Kanye West, “No one man should have all that power…” Then throw in that fourth studio album by those British-Irish heartthrobs One Direction who are forecast for a big debut, its ‘fourth’ number one.

Regardless, this week in music has some interesting offerings, dropping off-cycle on Monday, November 24. There are some old and some new on the list, as this seems to be the week of the reissue and the compilation – looking at you ‘Yoncé! That said Rick Ross sneaks in with another studio album...
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8 Fun Facts About The American Music Awards

November 23rd, 2014 1:00pm EST
8 Fun Facts About The American Music Awards
The Academy Awards…The Daytime Emmy Awards… The Golden Globes…The Grammys… The American Music Awards…There is so many different awards shows for so many different things! With so many to keep up with, one needs a guide – some facts – to differentiate between shows. While The American Music Awards (AMAs) – are one of the more visible music awards shows, just how much and how well does one know the AMAs? Pro or amateur, here are some interesting facts about the AMAs.

1) In The Beginning…

While a great Biblical reference feels right here to replace the ellipses, the talk here is about the...
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Music And Television Superstars That Came From Boy Bands

November 22nd, 2014 7:00pm EST
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Most boy bands follow a distinct formula. They are brought together by a rich music producer of sorts and taught to sing, dance synchronically and of course, use a multitude of hair products. After progressively releasing three popular albums, they need to "take a break" and soon, their break becomes a longstanding hiatus. Eventually they reunite for a big comeback show, but their fans have moved on and they disappear into the sunset again.

Very few music superstars are able to break out of the boy band mold and make it big in the world of music. A select few become music legends. These 9 ...
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Taylor Swift Is Totally Unstoppable On Billboard 200

November 20th, 2014 8:40am EST
Taylor Swift Is Unstoppable On Billboard 200: This Week In Music
Face it folks, Taylor Swift is a juggernaut – the gift that keeps on giving generously to the music industry after a dismal sales year. Taylor Swift may not be the ‘second coming,’ but she’s definitely something. 1989 spends its third week atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart, selling a respectable 312,000 copies. If you’re keeping score, that means that Swift’s 1989 sits at two million copies sold in just three weeks.

Foo Fighters couldn’t beat Ms. Swift and didn’t even come that close. Foo Fighters sold soundly, moving 190,000 copies of Sonic Highways, good for a #2 bow. Pink Floyd...
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Taylor Swift Keeps The Billboard Number One Spot Warm

November 13th, 2014 10:23am EST
Taylor Swift 1989
People, get ready for the most shocking thing that you’ll hear all week: Taylor Swift’s 1989 remains atop the Billboard 200 after debuting with 1.287 million copies last week. This week the numbers are more modest, but still better than most artists can brag about. Swift sold 402,000 copies.

How significant is 402,000 copies – well, as Keith Caulfield and Billboard tell it, 402,000 copies is the second largest sales week of the year. Taylor Swift, hence, is nothing short of a beast – in a good way of course. Forget about a platinum album – 1989 is well on its way to double platinum...
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Whitney Houston’s Spirit Endures

November 12th, 2014 7:21pm EST
Whitney Houston - Her Greatest Performances
Among the saddest parts of life is death – the ultimate ending that no one escapes. For some life is long, while others it’s short. When a celebrity dies, even though fans of that celebrity weren’t acquainted with that person, the fans are saddened by the loss of a great musician, actor, or otherwise. When it was announced that prodigious voiced diva Whitney Houston had passed away at age 48, it was considered to be another great one gone too soon.

Though Whitney Houston is gone physically, she has left behind timeless music and irreplaceable legacy. One of the most powerful voices of ...
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Does Nick Jonas Deliver On His New Album?

November 10th, 2014 1:30pm EST
 A Grown Up Nick Jonas Delivers An Enjoyable, Edgy Solo Effort O
“Another one bites the dust” – another schmaltzy, bubblegum, wholesome teen-pop star. May the deceased teen-pop heartthrob rest in peace. From being the skinny front man of one of teen-pop’s biggest bands, Nick Jonas has done the Miley Cyrus – Well not quite to that extent. What Jonas has done, is shed his teeny past in favor of more grown and sexy, urban-infused pop on his second solo album, Nick Jonas. The results are surprisingly delicious, and generally ‘well seasoned’ too!

“Chains,” the first single issues from Nick Jonas, served as the introductory taste of a more mature-sound...
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Foo Fighters And Garth Brooks Lead Albums To Check Out

November 10th, 2014 10:46am EST
Foo Fighters And Garth Brooks Lead Albums To Check Out: This Wee
Following something of a ‘dead week’ after the massive debut of Taylor Swift’s pop album 1989, things pick back up on the new music release front. Of course Ms. Swift will be a factor – she always is – but she has some tough competition this week. This tough competition includes Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, a sexy solo album from Nick Jonas, and the late, great Whitney Houston. Here are albums to check out this week.

1) Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA)

After years in the game, Foo Fighters release their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Sonic Highways. Sonic Highways follow...
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