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Janet Jackson’s First Album In Seven Years & More

9/29/2015 12:40pm EDT
Janet Jackson Leads Albums To Check Out
The first release new music release date of October is upon us! Is it chocked full of surefire hits? Eh, not specifically, but it is top heavy with the return of Miss Jackson aka Janet Jackson. Additionally, Tamar Braxton, Avicii, Trivium, and Matt Nathanson all return following two-year breaks. None are quite as anticipated as Jackson’s albums, but they also aren’t slouches either. Here are five newbies to check out!

1) Janet Jackson, Unbreakable (Rhythm Nation / BMG Rights Management)

Unbreakable marks Janet Jackson’s first album in a whopping seven years. Unbreakable interesting...

Hypothetical Songs: Musicians That Asked 'What If'

9/27/2015 2:03pm EDT
13 'What If' Songs – Hypothetically Speaking!
Ah, those glorious things called “what if” questions. What are what if questions? They’re those hypothetical questions that haven’t happened and ultimately may or may not happen. Interestingly, numerous musicians have written and performed songs based upon them. This hypothetical list explores 13 what if questions, in all their hypothetical glory!

1) Meghan Trainor, “What If I” (Title, 2015)

“What if I, I wanna kiss you tomorrow?” If that’s the case Meghan Trainor, then by all means go for it! On “What If I,” the retro-pop singer knows that this dude is the ‘real deal.’ She’s qu...

The Weeknd Keeps Top Spot For Third Week

9/22/2015 11:50am EDT
The Weeknd Makes It Three Weeks At No. 1 On Billboard
For a third consecutive week, The Weeknd keeps the top spot on the Billboard 200 piping hot. Well, perhaps the 99,000 units that Beauty Behind The Music moved this week isn’t ‘the second coming’ but The Weeknd definitely has a good thing going for him. Three weeks in, Beauty Behind The Madness has moved around 655,000 units. Pure sales are less robust eliminating streaming and tracking from the formula, but still Beauty Behind The Madness is putting up some sales numbers as well – impressive!

Not only is The Weeknd getting it done on the Billboard 200, but also he is equally hot on the...

Why Are The Who Postponing Their 50th Anniversary Tour?

9/20/2015 9:30am EDT
The Who Cancels North American 50th Anniversary Tour Due To Illn
Fans of legendary rock band The Who are going to have to wait a little bit longer to help the band usher in their 50th anniversary in the music business.

The band announced Friday that it was postponing all 50 dates of "The Who Hits 50!" tour this fall because lead singer Roger Daltry has contracted viral meningitis.

According to an official statement, Daltry is feeling better, but under doctors' orders to rest.

The band had postponed the first four gigs of the tour that was to begin Sept. 14, in the hopes that the charismatic singer would be well enough to solider on with the tour.


Lana Del Rey Tops New Albums To Check Out This Week

9/15/2015 11:30am EDT
Lana Del Rey performs at a concert in WaMu theatre, Seattle 05/2
This is the week that music lovers and music executives alike have been waiting for. No, Kanye West or Rihanna haven’t secretly dropped that new album BUT there are plenty of albums to choose from this the third week of September. Who are the ‘must-haves’ for this week? Definitely the moody Lana Del Rey and Pittsburgh rap phenomenon Mac Miller, who both know how to produce solid sales figures their first week out. That said don’t sleep on any of the new releases available beginning Friday, September 18!

1) Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon (Interscope)

Friday, September 18 got a huge upgr...

The Weeknd Holds Top Spot For 2nd Week

9/15/2015 9:46am EDT
The Weeknd Makes It Two Straight Weeks Atop Billboard 200
Ah, success is so sweet. Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd can attest to this as he sees his sophomore album Beauty Behind The Madness spend a second consecutive week atop the Billboard 200. Last week, Beauty Behind The Madness crashed onto the charts to the tune of 412,000 units and 326,000 copies sold respectively, easily among the year’s biggest debuts. While the ‘come down’ isn’t nearly as ‘beautiful,’ Beauty remains impactful to the tune of 145,000 units.

So, whose vibe did The Weeknd kill by keeping first place warm? – Five Finger Death Punch. The band has been close to topping man...

14 Notable Songs That Pose Questions

9/12/2015 10:00am EDT
14 Recent Songs That Ask Questions
Ah, it’s time for a truly deep question: What makes a song a song? Plenty it turns out, and each and every song has its own unique characteristics. Some songs are exclamatory – assertive in title and equally assertive in substance. Some are jubilant, bursting with the exuberance of sharing “joy to the world” and earning a permanent spot in listener’s hearts. Others ask questions in their title and within their lyrics.

So are songs that ask questions questionable themselves? They could be, but ultimately the songs in question simply inquire, sometimes so inquisitively that a series of qu...

New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

9/8/2015 11:30am EDT
Brett Eldredge Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, it’s week two of September and the new music releases are…umm, unheralded. Basically, there are no big names dropping new albums this week. No disrespect to those who are “throwing their hats into the ring,” but things are pretty quiet this time around. Take your pick of the biggest release of the week – we chose a country star from an entertaining fast food commercial with another country bro. Here are seven albums to check out!

1) Brett Eldredge, Illinois (Atlantic)

Brett Eldredge is more than the dude in the Zaxby’s commercial with fellow country singer Thomas Rhett. Eldredge...

The Weeknd Dominates Billboard 200

9/8/2015 10:13am EDT
The Weeknd Blasts Onto The Billboard 200 With 'Beauty Behind The
This is the type of week on the charts that music industry nerds and execs everywhere live for! Ladies and gentlemen, this week’s Billboard 200 got a huge boost from one of 2015’s most ubiquitous musicians, The Weeknd. The Weeknd was expected to debut atop the Billboard 200 after landing three big-time hits with “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills.” He did not disappoint, blasting onto the Billboard 200 with a whopping 412,000 units according to Billboard.

Sure, Billboard’s new tabulation system adds ‘robustness’ to the numbers including tracks and ...

Check Out These 12 Sobering Songs...Will They Make You Stop Drinking?

9/5/2015 2:00pm EDT
12 Songs All About 'Sobriety'
Demons are everywhere. Okay not literally, but metaphorically. One demon that often entices is the “bottle,” aka alcohol in some form or fashion. Don’t get it twisted – alcohol can be marvelous and incite fun times in moderation. That said it can also be destructive. When it becomes destructive or counterproductive, then the “sober up” has to happen – the hangover must end.

So what does any of this have to do with 12 Songs All About 'Sobriety'? Well now… Basically, these songs all approach sobriety from a variety of angles. Sometimes being sober is seen in a positive light, while o...

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