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40 Best Songs of 2014

December 28th, 2014 6:00pm EST
The 40 Best Songs of 2014
As Judge Judy once said, “Beauty fades, dumb is forever.” What does that have to do with a list of the best songs of 2014? Well, little, though the honorable judge’s prudent words can be transformed into relevancy for the music industry: “Album sales fade, but songs continue forever.” In other words, while albums are selling horridly, songs themselves continue to flourish and dominate the music industry.

Limiting a list to just 40 songs is tough, given the number of great songs that characterize 2014. That means there will be omissions – maybe even big-time snubs – stones might be throw...
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What Were The 25 Best Albums Of 2014?

December 22nd, 2014 11:00am EST
25 Best Albums Of 2014
Another year, another group of albums ranging from awesome to nothing short of horrid – blah! Although sales overall for 2014 have been at times as dreadful as a four-letter word, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some awesome, truly dynamic albums to be found. The motto of 2014 definitely would have to be, “don’t judge an album by its sales.” Some truly terrific albums grace this list of the best albums of 2014.

1) Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

On his debut album In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith shared with the world that a star was born – one transcendent of genre and otherwise. ...
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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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Foo Fighters And Garth Brooks Lead Albums To Check Out

November 10th, 2014 10:46am EST
Foo Fighters And Garth Brooks Lead Albums To Check Out: This Wee
Following something of a ‘dead week’ after the massive debut of Taylor Swift’s pop album 1989, things pick back up on the new music release front. Of course Ms. Swift will be a factor – she always is – but she has some tough competition this week. This tough competition includes Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, a sexy solo album from Nick Jonas, and the late, great Whitney Houston. Here are albums to check out this week.

1) Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA)

After years in the game, Foo Fighters release their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Sonic Highways. Sonic Highways follow...
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12 ‘Dark’ Songs

November 1st, 2014 3:00pm EDT
12 ‘Dark’ Songs
The key to this list – every song title must feature some form of the work dark. The results of searching all songs with the word dark in it – epic, eclectic, and nothing short of captivating.

1) Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” (Prism, 2013)

One of the best tracks from Katy Perry’s Prism, “Dark Horse” has a gangsta beat not to mention the fact that she collaborates with gangsta/dirty south rapper Juicy J. This #1 hit is dark and infectious.

2) Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side” (Stronger, 2011)

Kelly Clarkson’s words speak true on her spectacularly ‘dark’ single “Dark ...
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Exclusive Premiere Of My Silent Bravery's New Music Video, 'Forever'

October 23rd, 2014 11:59am EDT
 Exclusive Premiere Of My Silent Bravery's New Music Video, 'For
Some of the most alluring musicians are those who aren’t signed to a major label. Matthew Wade, best known as My Silent Bravery, is one of those alluring independent musicians – a singer/songwriter to be exact. While he may not be a household name, he should be, believe that!

Despite being under the radar, My Silent Bravery has no shortage of notable accomplishments where his resume is concerned. As an indie artist, he’s released four albums, spanning from 2007 (Uncharted Territory) to his most recent, Diamond From Coal, released August 11, 2014. Diamond From Coal features “Forever.” ...
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10 Incredibly Heartfelt Songs of 2014

October 12th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
10 Incredibly Heartfelt Songs of 2014
In an age dominated by big records, there’s nothing like a truly captivating, heartfelt song. That’s not to say that a record can’t be a song or visa versa, but these days, the two aren’t necessarily interchangeable. For all of the big records dropped in 2014, there are also some incredibly notable heartfelt songs that definitely deserve recognition (see the bloated, incomplete list of honorable mentions). But to keep the list from being forever long, here are 10 of the most heartfelt songs of 2014.

1) Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (In The Lonely Hour)

Isn’t this one a total no-brainer...
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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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Life Is A Series Of 'Happy Mistakes' For Heffron Drive's Kendall Schmidt

September 10th, 2014 3:46pm EDT
Life Is A Series Of 'Happy Mistakes' For Heffron Drive's Kendall
Upon the release of their first CD "Happy Mistakes", the members of Heffron Drive are embracing their past but looking towards their musical future. A unit since 2008, Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt first came together when the two found they had a shared goal; to make original music for the masses. A child actor, Schmidt had the chance to pursue his childhood dream with the big boys over at Nickelodeon, who cast him in their series about a band trying to make it in Hollywood, "Big Time Rush."

With that came adulation, fame and tons of media exposure. Schmidt made sure that Belt was taken...
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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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