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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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'Southpaw' Soundtrack Has Some Enjoyable Performances

7/29/2015 4:01pm EDT
Review: 'Southpaw' Soundtrack Has Some Outstanding Moments
Soundtracks, outside of serving the function of accompanying music for film or television, are often less enthralling listening experiences by themselves. In other words, many times, a musical compilation that works exceptionally behind a visual can lack the same luster when listening without the visual. While the soundtrack to Southpaw falls into some of the pitfalls of the soundtrack or compilation, there are a variety of enjoyable musical performances, even if they or Southpaw as a whole doesn’t supplant your favorite hip-hop album.

Among the best moments on Southpaw unsurprisingly...
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Kanye West Has Meltdown On Stage (Watch)

7/28/2015 4:08pm EDT
Kanye West Throws Dead Mic, Temper Tantrum At Pan Am Games
Kanye West is not exactly known for having a calm and collected demeanor. But the crowd at the closing ceremonies for the Pan Am Games got an unwelcome reminder of that fact during the rapper's performance Sunday night.

West took the stage as the featured entertainer for the ceremony, and everything seemed to be going just fine as the crowd of 30,000 watched him perform an extended set of songs.

But then, during the song 'Good Life,' West's mic cut out, and it was all downhill from there.

West stood on stage for about a minute, apparently waiting for the mic problem to get fixed. When i...
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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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Do These Rappers Think They Are God?

7/25/2015 1:00pm EDT
13 Songs Representing 'God Status’ In Rap
“I am a god!” Okay then Kanye – If you say so! It is no secret that one of the qualifications to be a rapper is to be cocky and confident. Face it, who wants to listen to a rapper who isn’t at least a little bit conceited? Nobody. So, this list has got the conceited part nailed down firmly, as each of these 13 songs exemplify “god status.”

What is “god status” exactly? It’s this idea that, particularly in rap, of likening oneself to God as far as status or being a figurehead, without asserting to be God himself. Because rappers are often braggadocios creatures, many have released songs...
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Listen To Eminem’s Freestyle Rap That Mocks Caitlyn Jenner, Miley Cyrus & More

7/24/2015 9:48am EDT
Eminem Mocks Caitlyn Jenner, Miley Cyrus, Donald Trump In Freest
Eminem laid down a new freestyle rap that slammed not only Caitlyn Jenner and Miley Cyrus, but Bill Cosby and Donald Trump!

During an appearance on his own Sirius XM channel, Shade 45, the rapper debuted a NSFW rap on "Sway in the Morning," according to Entertainment Weekly.

The eight-minute rap referenced the current pop culture icons and spoke of their issues in a way only Eminem can.

"It's not personal," the rapper commented after presenting the tune on the radio show.

"This a true statement, I see the b**ch in you Caitlyn," Eminem rapped of the transgender reality star and former Ol...
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