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Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Tops Billboard Charts

March 26th, 2015 9:27am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Takes 'To Pimp A Butterfly' To Number One
After dropping a ‘five-star masterpiece’ with his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar reaps the benefits from topping the Billboard 200 – his first career number-one album. To Pimp A Butterfly easily topped the charts, selling 324,000 copies and impacting even more robustly with 363,000 units according to Billboard. The two best debuting albums of 2015 come by way of hip-hop efforts, an interesting fact. For Kendrick, he has definitely ‘come up.’

Kendrick Lamar might’ve been the star pupil of this week’s charts, but two others got in on some top 10 action. Modest Mous...
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New Music This Week: Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Van Morrison & More

March 24th, 2015 9:43am EDT
Action Bronson Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
Kendrick Lamar took some of the luster of this week away when he moved his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly up a week. It was a smart move at the time as the only other big attraction was Modest Mouse’s first album in eight years, Strangers To Ourselves. Even without Kendrick Lamar heading the bill, on an off-cycle Monday release date, there’s plenty of newbies to sink one’s teeth into, arguably led by the long awaited debut album by Action Bronson. But if AB can’t do it, maybe the task falls into the hands of the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, James Bay, Van Morrison, Kidz Bop Kidz, or St...
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How Good Is Kendrick Lamar's New Album, 'To Pimp A Butterfly'?

March 23rd, 2015 11:53am EDT
Kendrick Lamar
Albums that are hailed as contemporary masterpieces are hard to come by in modern times. Few efforts receive such high distinction, but across the board, Kendrick Lamar’s debut album "good Kid, m.A.A.d city" was considered to be one of those truly special, transcendent albums. How does one follow-up a juggernaut? The answer is to simply release yet another juggernaut – another album that has fans and critics alike raving. On "To Pimp A Butterfly," that’s exactly what Kendrick Lamar does – release another awesome, transcendent LP.

Over its brilliant course, "To Pimp A Butterfly" never ...
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15 Drunken Songs, Mostly With Some Substance

March 22nd, 2015 3:00pm EDT
15 ‘Drunken’ Songs: Music Written With A Lack Of Sobriety In Min
If a poll were taken, likely the majority of folks would state they enjoy an alcoholic beverage. If that poll were to focus merely on college students, the majority would be even larger. But this isn’t about how much alcohol is consumed, but rather about the songs that have been written with drunkenness, drinking, and a lack of sobriety in mind. Here are 15 Drunken Songs. Most are about substances, but a few play exception.

1) Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (good kid m.A.A.d. City, 2012)

If one gets nothing else from Kendrick Lamar’s hit “Swimming Pools (Drank),” you kno...
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'Empire' Wins The Day Over Madonna

March 19th, 2015 8:24am EDT
'Empire' Soundtrack Outpaces Madonna For Top Spot On The Billboa
Who would’ve ever thought that the iconic Madonna would miss out on a number one album? Well, that’s exactly what happened this week as Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire outpaced Madge’s Rebel Heart to take the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Empire impacted to the tune of 130,000 units, while Madonna’s 121,000 units left her settling for second place.

Luke Bryan wasn’t even mentioned in the tightly contested race for number one, as Spring Break…Checkin’ Out always seemed to be aiming for third. Ultimately, the numbers aren’t earth shattering, but it is respectable the...
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Kendrick Lamar's Brilliant Move

March 18th, 2015 3:12pm EDT
Kendrick Lamar Makes A Brilliant Decision Releasing 'To Pimp A B
What is arguably the trendiest trend in the music industry as of late? Is it the liberal use of profanity or the heightened prevalence of sex? While both of those characterize multiple genres of music, arguably the trendiest trend is the surprise or semi-surprise album. The latest artist to drop a surprise album is none other than one of hip-hop’s most respected newbies, Kendrick Lamar.

The release of Lamar’s sophomore album has been very unique and nothing like the release of his Grammy-nominated debut good Kid m.A.A.d City. Everyone knew that Kendrick Lamar was working on a new pro...
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Kendrick Lamar Breaks Streaming Record

March 18th, 2015 8:52am EDT
Kendrick Lamar's New Album Breaks Spotify Streaming Records
Kendrick Lamar's new album "To Pimp a Butterfly," has broken streaming records on Spotify. Tracks from the record had over 9.6 million streams on the album's first full day of release, more than any LP in the streaming service's seven-year existence.

"To Pimp a Butterfly" beat the record of 9.5 million set by Michael Buble's "Christmas", released in 2011.

There was much anticipation over Lamar's latest foray into the music business and it grew more so when the album was released a week early, much to the surprise and chagrin of the rapper.

Said Lamar, "I WOULD LIKE 2 PERSONALLY THANK @I...
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Former Beatle To Induct Another Beatle To Hall Of Fame

March 18th, 2015 8:33am EDT
Paul McCartney Will Induct Ringo Star Into Rock Hall
Paul McCartney will induct former band mate Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act this coming April.

McCartney will handle the induction services for Starr in what will likely be a memorable moment between the two music legends. Starr is already in the Rock Hall, as part of The Beatles.

Punk poet Patti Smith will handle the duties of posthumously welcoming Lou Reed into the institution for his solo career. Reed was already inducted as part of punk group The Velvet Underground.

Stevie Wonder will induct R&B singer and songwriter Bill Withers at the ceremony. J. Ge...
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New Albums To Check Out This Week

March 17th, 2015 8:45am EDT
Sleeping With Sirens Lead New Albums To Check Out: This Week in
Last week, the music fans were spoiled by new releases from Madonna (Rebel Heart), the Empire Cast (Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire), and Luke Bryan (Spring Break…Checkin’ Out). This week, things are a tad bit quieter. What does that mean? Essentially, there are less ‘highly anticipated’ releases dropping this week. Still, there are five newbies worth checking out, led by ‘post-hardcore’ band Sleeping With Sirens and capped off with Marina and the Diamonds.

1) Sleeping With Sirens, Madness (Epitaph)

Sleeping With Sirens returns with its fourth album Madness, following 20...
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Kendrick Lamar 'Accidental' Album Release

March 16th, 2015 11:10am EDT
Kendrick Lamar
Both clean and explicit versions of Kendrick Lamar's second album "To Pimp a Butterfly," were accidentally released Sunday night.

The follow-up to the rapper's first album titled "good kid, m.A.A.d city" was originally to be released on March 23. The clean version of the entire album was mistakenly released on iTunes, much to Lamar's shock.

It was quickly removed from the site, but not before some lucky fans were able to download it before it disappeared.

"To Pimp A Butterfly" now appears in iTunes as a pre-order, with only first single "The Blacker the Berry" being available for downloa...
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