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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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Mansions On The Moon's Jeff Maccora Discusses The Band's Tour And New Music

November 25th, 2014 12:37pm EST
Mansions On The Moon's Jeff Maccora Discusses The Band's Tour An
Alternative-electro-pop band Mansions on the Moon, comprised of Ted Wendler, Ben Hazlegrove, Lane Shaw and Jeff Maccora, has collaborated with N*E*R*D, toured with Wiz Khalifa and Cherub, produced for Mac Miller and have a mixtape produced by Diplo and Benzi. The band behind "Where Are You" recently wrapped up their tour as brand ambassador for Lyynks Music and released their self-titled debut album in October. I had the opportunity to chat with Jeff Maccora, who plays the bass and keyboards for the group, to learn more about the band.

How did Mansions on the Moon come together?

Originall...
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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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One Direction Transition To Adulthood On 'Four'

November 19th, 2014 1:34pm EST
Review: One Direction Transition To Adulthood On 'Four'
“You’re insecure / don’t know what for / you’re turning heads when you walk through the door.” Grunt! It wasn’t that long ago that one of the most annoyingly, a catchy boy band song was born, to the delight of girls and to the chagrin of (many) guys. However, beginning with One Direction’s Midnight Memories album, any Directioner or non-Directioner could feel the band was beginning a transition stylistically and in regards to overall maturity.

The British-Irish band’s fourth album, Four is a full-fledged transitional album, finding the once schmaltzy boys transitioning gracefully to adu...
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One Direction Leads Albums To Check Out

November 18th, 2014 9:30am EST
One Direction Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
While the music industry definitely isn’t trying to “shake off” the success of Taylor Swift’s monstrous 1989 album which keeps on going and going like the Energizer Bunny, they are trying to release more high profile albums during November to get people buying albums. This week, it’s possible that Swift has met her match with beloved boy band One Direction, who surpassed the half-million mark with two out of three of their previous albums. Whether Four will receive the same reception only time can tell, but it’s certainly the biggest album to watch this week.

1) One Direction, Four (Col...
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Shayna Leigh Premieres 'Wake Me When It’s Christmas' (Video)

November 17th, 2014 7:35pm EST
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Ah, there’s nothing better than the sounds of Christmas – ‘the hustle and the bustle’ as they say, sigh. Nothing makes Christmas more exciting than the music that comes with the holiday, which makes you feel spirited and jovial. The giving and receiving of gifts is a factor too, but something about the gift of music and how it transcends is something truly special and noteworthy. Whether it’s the tried and true holiday standards, or a fresh crop of originals, Christmas tunes are awesome.

Shayna Leigh gets in on the Holiday cheer with a warm, catchy Christmas pop original “Wake Me When I...
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13 Best One Direction Songs

November 16th, 2014 3:00pm EST
13 Best One Direction Songs
When One Direction made their bow stateside, people – specifically young girls – just couldn’t get enough of the British pop band (Niall Horan is Irish, we know!). After several platinum albums under their belt, One Direction is a big part of American pop culture, no questions asked. Girls love them, some guys loathe them, but regardless where one stands in the great One Direction divide, they do make catchy tunes. Here’s the 13 best One Directions Songs. Directioners everywhere will have their own order, no doubt!

1) “What Makes You Beautiful” (Up All Night)

“You’re insecure / don’t...
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