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Wiz Khalifa Takes ‘Blacc Hollywood’ To The Top: This Week in Music

August 28th, 2014 7:45am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood'
Wiz Khalifa has been high many times in his life – he’d probably say the same thing – but he’s never been #1 on the Billboard 200. This week, after two previous albums, Wiz Khalifa’s latest album Blacc Hollywood sold 90,000 copies, easily sufficient for #1. While Wiz had never debuted at the penthouse, both his previous albums actually moved more copies their first week. 2011 effort Rolling Papers sold a robust 197,000 copies, while 2012 LP O.N.I.F.C. sold 148,000. Each album by the kush lover has sold less. Still, Wiz should celebrate…then again maybe he should ease up on Mary Jane. ...
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Ariana Grande Leads New Albums: This Week In Music

August 26th, 2014 9:12am EDT
Ariana Grande Leads New Albums: This Week In Music
After some rather unexceptional release weeks, the music industry looks to be picking up some steam in regards to bigger album releases. This week, many new titles were released off-cycle, hitting stores on Monday, August 25. Some of the artists dropping new music this week included Ariana Grande, Kem, and Brad Paisley. Grande, who’s had big hits this summer, leads the charge this week with My Everything.

1) Ariana Grande, My Everything (Universal Republic)

Pop’s new ‘it’ star releases her highly anticipated sophomore album, My Everything, which follows up 2013’s #1 debut, Yours Tru...
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10 Best Taylor Swift Songs

August 24th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
10 Best Taylor Swift Songs
Ah Taylor Swift – the same musician who made the 10 Musicians You Either Adore Or Loathe list – has certainly put her thumbprint on the music industry within recent times. Everyone should just admit it: Swift is nothing short of a beast. Throughout a relatively young career, Swift has released plenty of noteworthy material. While every song about a broken relationship can’t make the list, here are 10 of Swift’s best songs.

1) “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (Red, 2012)

If saying “we are never getting back together” wasn’t enough, Swift makes sure everybody is fully aware of...
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The Gaslight Anthem Land at #4 on Billboard 200 : This Week In Music

August 21st, 2014 9:20am EDT
The Gaslight Anthem
In a blasé August release week, Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack remains at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 93,000 copies. The numbers are solid considering the soundtrack sold 109,000 copies last week (no substantial drop), but worth noting is no album moved 100,000 copies this week. The next closest album, Now 51, was distant second place, selling 52,000 copies. Ouch!

Despite sluggish numbers, there were some new debuts. The Gaslight Anthem landed at #4 with its latest album, Get Hurt. Get Hurt sold 33,000 copies, which by no means is the second coming. Troy Sivan’s numbers ar...
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Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

August 19th, 2014 11:33am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This W
Finally, finally, finally! Things are beginning to look up as the music industry gears towards the always busy, profitable fourth quarter (September through December). After August has gotten off to a slow start, this week, numerous interesting titles drop. Not every title is featured here (sorry Amy Grant, Colton Dixon, Gretchen Wilson, Kimbra and Randy Travis), but a select few are highlighted as albums to check out. Among the most notable titles is Wiz Khalifa’s third album, Blacc Hollywood.

1) Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood (Atlantic)

Wiz Khalifa’s third album could be one to make...
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Triumphant: 10 Biggest Album Successes Of 2014 (So Far)

August 4th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Triumphant: 10 Biggest Album Successes Of 2014 (So Far)
To reiterate, “You win some, you lose some.” In the case of these ten musicians, they have won tremendously in the realm of chart success in 2014. These artists haven’t suffered from the tepid performances that many of their colleagues have had to endure. Just think about how much Mariah Carey wishes this were the list he was featured on as opposed to Flop-tastic: 10 Biggest Album Flops of 2014 (So Far). But it just wasn’t meant to be, sigh!

1) Frozen Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records)

Face it – no one seems to be ‘letting’ this album ‘go.’ It’s nearly the end of summer, and the Froz...
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Flop-tastic: 10 Biggest Album Flops of 2014 (So Far)

August 3rd, 2014 8:00am EDT
Flop-tastic: 10 Biggest Album Flops of 2014 (So Far)
“You win some, you lose some.” The ten musicians on this particular list have lost some serious games – actually, they’ve lost some serious album sales. What’s most shocking are some of the big names on this list who have to take that 'walk of shame' following an underachieving album. SMH!

1) Mariah Carey, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse (Def Jam)

‘Epic fail’ is the best way to describe the tepid performance of Mariah Carey’s awkwardly titled Me. I Am Mariah. After selling just 58,000 copies its first week, Me has safely secured the title of worst selling album of Carey’s ...
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7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry

August 2nd, 2014 10:00am EDT
7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry
Last year, Alanis Morrisette admitted many radio stations wouldn't play "You Oughta Know" off her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill. The reason? They already had two women in rotation on the radio. For years, the music industry has presented its own set of challenges specific to women. Whether it's executives telling how a young pop star should sex up her act to not being taken seriously by critics within their music genre. There are, however, a group of women who are using their voices and their music as an opportunity to push back and change what's considered the norm within the music indust...
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The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

July 12th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has been filled with some exceptional music, and of course some duds to (no shade Robin Thicke). Impossible to include, listen, or review all of them, here is a list of 25 of the best albums, at the midway point of 2014 (January until June). Nothing is concrete until the end of the year, but many currently sitting at or near the top should definitely stick.

1) Pharrell Williams, Girl

While “Happy” is the star player of G I R L, there’s plenty more hits that solidifies Pharrell’s top ranking among the 25 best albums. “Come Get It Bae!” Number one overall seed!

2) Jack Whit...
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Trey Songz Tops With ‘Trigga’: This Week in Music

July 11th, 2014 9:48am EDT
Trey Songz Tops With ‘Trigga’: This Week in Music
Trey Songz once more has reason to celebrate. Despite selling just 105,000 copies of sixth album Trigga, a downgrade from his previous three LPs Chapter V, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, and breakout album Ready, it did secure the artist another #1 album. That’s right –Trey Songz took his salacious, libidinous, and hypersexual Trigga to the penthouse. #Swag.

To add more sweetness to Trey’s bittersweet numbers are three positive takeaways. The first is that Trey Songz far outclassed the second place album, Ed Sheeran’s former chart topper X by nearly doubling it up in sales (105,000 > 53,...
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