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Blake Shelton, Prince, & Lady Antebellum Lead Albums to Check Out

September 30th, 2014 11:10am EDT
Blake Shelton, Prince, & Lady Antebellum  Lead Albums to Check O
Talk about being spoiled on Tuesday, September 23. No shortage of new albums was available, restoring hope after a year of down album sales. September 30 may not be the ‘super Tuesday’ of the former week, but there are still some exceptional choices. Among the biggest artists dropping new albums: Blake Shelton (Bring Back the Sunshine), Lady Antebellum (747), and Prince (ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM with 3RDEYEGIRL). Here are nine new albums to check out this week.

1) Prince, ART OFFICIAL AGE (Warner Bros)

2) Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL, PLECTRUMELECTRUM (Warner Bros)

The Purp...
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Demi Lovato And Joe Jonas Making Music Once Again [Watch]

September 29th, 2014 12:01pm EDT
Demi Lovato And Joe Jonas Making Music Once Again [Watch]
Despite their public break up in 2010, Demi Lovato has always had a soft spot for ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas. In the midst of her "Demi" World Tour, Lovato reunited with her former love in a very public way.

Lovato has been promoting her latest CD, "Neon Lights" and subsequent tour for several months. But it was during a tour stop at the Staples Center in Los Angeles that ticketholders were treated to a surprise appearance by the former Jonas Brothers lead singer.

While singing her hit duet with Jonas from the Disney Channel film, "Camp Rock," Lovato took a pause and instead of singing both p...
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10 Deceptively Written Songs

September 28th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
10 Deceptively Written Songs
Some songs just aren’t intended for literal interpretation. Some of the best-written songs are actually best interpreted figuratively. The 10 songs gracing this list are written cleverly, in a deceptive fashion. In other words, the lyrics (and sometimes title) transcend what’s literally being said. These 10 aren’t ‘classic’ examples – all are contemporary – but, the figurative, deceptiveness is definitely notable.

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church" (Hozier, 2014)

Sure, the biblical book Song of Solomon is something else, but it’s highly doubtful that Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” has an...
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Barbra Streisand’s 'Partners' Beats Chris Brown for Top Spot on Billboard 200

September 25th, 2014 8:28am EDT
Barbra Streisand’s 'Partners' Beats Chris Brown for Top Spot on
Few 72-year olds can do it like Barbra Streisand. Who just landed another #1 album – Barbra Streisand! Duets album Partners not only debuted at #1, but did so with larger than expected numbers (196,000 copies). It also made history giving Streisand at least one #1 album in the past six decades. Go Barbra – it’s your birthday… well not really!

Chris Brown settles for the #2 spot behind Streisand, as X sells 146,000 copies. While Brown might be disappointed he didn’t score his third number one album, X performed better its first week than Fortune, which sold 135,000 copies. Maybe even ...
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Kylie Hughes Chats About 'Calipopicana'

September 24th, 2014 11:30am EDT
Kylie Hughes Chats About 'Calipopicana'
Known for her native California surf vibe, pop recording artist Kylie Hughes infused her own original sound - "Calipopicana" - which she describes as "a blend of California pop and Americana."

Kylie has shared the stage with Jesse McCartney and Building 429, among several others. A multi-faceted performer and a member of SAG, Kylie has appeared in a couple of films, including Learning Uncle Vincent and The Lost Girl. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Kylie about "Calipopicana" and her upcoming album.

How did you get your start in music?

I started playing guitar when I was in m...
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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Lead Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music

September 23rd, 2014 10:10am EDT
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Lead Albums To Check Out: This Week in
Call Tuesday, September 23 what it is – super Tuesday. Truly in the music industry this fourth Tuesday in September, there is something being released for everybody. That said, arguably Tuesday’s most exciting album is a covers album – an album of standards released by Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett. Still, there’s no shortage of albums to check out, namely the other 12 albums that grace this list!

1) Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek (Streamline / Columbia / Interscope)

What happens when you pair an eccentric dance-pop artist and a veteran jazz crooner – magic and tremendous buzz. ...
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Review: Barbra Streisand Sounds Amazing On 'Partners'

September 22nd, 2014 7:20pm EDT
Barbra Streisand - Partners
Nothing better than getting “a little help from friends” right? That’s exactly what veteran entertainer Barbra Streisand does on her latest studio album, Partners. Why go it alone when you can enlist the likes of Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, and Billy Joel on your album? Covering classics she popularized (such as “The Way We Were”) as well as classic vocal standards, Partners is a truly beautiful effort with Streisand herself sounding truly amazing. 72 – she can’t be!

Partners opens stunningly with standard “It Had To Be You” with Michael Bublé serving as Streisand's partner in c...
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Hilary Duff New Music Reflects Texas Roots

September 22nd, 2014 12:30pm EDT
Hilary Duff New Music Reflects Texas Roots
After five years out of the spotlight, Hilary Duff is returning to her Texas roots with a new single , "Chasing the Sun" and a new CD, due out this October.

Duff has been conspicuously absent from the music charts after a string of hit tunes leading up to 2010. At that point, Duff concentrated on her persona life, marrying Mike Comrie and giving birth to a son, Luca. The two seperated earlier this year.

In an interview with FOX411, Duff revealed details about her new music backstage at the iHeart Radio music festival in Las Vegas this past weekend.

“The new record is definitely pop, I wo...
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Jennifer Lawrence And Chris Martin Go Public With Rumored Romance

September 22nd, 2014 10:58am EDT
Jennifer Lawrence And Chris Martin Go Public With Rumored Romanc
This weekend's iHeartRadio music festival brought out the big guns for several days of fab performances, but the one duet everyone is talking about is the official "coming out" of Jennifer Lawrence and Coldplay's Chris Martin as a couple.

Martin has been flying solo since March of 2014, when his estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow announced on her website "Goop" that she and Martin were in the middle of an "conscious uncoupling," a nice way to say they were seperating.

A source told PEOPLE Magazine, that Lawrence, "was off to the side of the stage when he performed."

Lawrence stayed backstage...
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10 Of The Most Controversial Songs Of The 10s

September 20th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
10 Of The Most Controversial Songs Of The 10s
Controversy has become commonplace in music, particularly in the 10s. Musicians are certainly taking more liberties, pushing the envelope more than ever before. Often, the weapon of choice is sex, but ultimately, there are few limitations to controversy anymore. Below are 10 of the more controversial songs of the 10s. Perhaps these don’t necessarily rank as the biggest offenders, but they have all raised eyebrows and/or drawn skeptics for some reason or another.

1) Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I., “Blurred Lines” (Blurred Lines, 2013)

“Blurred Lines” has controversy ...
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