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Review: Twenty One Pilots ‘Blurryface’

May 25th, 2015 1:00pm EDT
8 Takeaways From Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’
Alternative duo Twenty One Pilots (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) have been having an awesome 2015 – there’s no other way to describe it. The main reason for this awesomeness is because the profile of the Ohioan duo has been elevated greatly, hence building anticipation for their second major label album, Blurryface. Now the question is, does Blurryface live up to the gargantuan hype that preceded it? The answer is a resounding Yes! Better yet, how about a YAASSS! Here are eight takeaways from Blurryface.

1) “Schizoid pop” is the best way to describe the album

Blurryface is one of the m...
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'Pitch Perfect 2' Tops This Week

May 21st, 2015 9:58am EDT
The 'Pitch Perfect 2' Soundtrack Is Aca-Awesome At No. 1
Who had an “Aca-awesome” week on the Billboard 200? That would be the original motion picture soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2, which debuts at #1. Pitch Perfect 2 definitely benefitted from the success of the original Pitch Perfect soundtrack and movie, hence the energetic 107,000 units start. Lately, soundtracks have been on a roll on the albums chart, and Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t about to end the run.

Besides Pitch Perfect 2, the only other new release to enter the top 10 was Incubus’ EP, Trust Fall (Side A), which landed at #6 with a modest 40,000 units. With Incubus’ EP being the fi...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

May 19th, 2015 10:02am EDT
Jamie Foxx And Twenty One Pilots Among Jam-Packed Field Of Album
Ah, the third week of May and the new music releases just keep on coming! If last week was a bit of a downgrade from May’s illustrious first week, this week is nothing short of loaded. There’s truly something for everybody, whether contemporary R&B is your flavor (Jamie Foxx), genre-bending alternative (twenty one pilots), or electronic/dance (Zedd) among others. Here are eight albums to check out this week!

1) Jamie Foxx, Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses (RCA)

Jamie Foxx has released four albums, three of which were high profile efforts: Unpredictable (2005), Intuition (2008), an...
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Unforgettable Musical Moments On 'David Letterman Show'

May 17th, 2015 3:00pm EDT
Incredible Musical Guest Performances On 'The David Letterman Sh
David Letterman is nothing short of a cultural icon – he is one of the preeminent entertainers in the game. As incredible a comedian and talk show host as he is, one of Letterman’s greatest contributions to pop culture are the musical guests and their respective performances that have graced his show. With The Late Show With David Letterman ending May 20, 2015, celebrating the most memorable and unforgettable musical moments from the show is only fitting.

The question becomes, where do you begin when you examine a plethora of music performances on both Late Night With David Letterman...
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How Did Mumford & Sons New Album Perform?

May 14th, 2015 10:09am EDT
Mumford & Sons Take ‘Wilder Mind’ To No. 1 On Billboard
Unsurprisingly, Mumford & Sons cruised to a career second #1 album with Wilder Mind. Despite retooling their banjo-heavy style, plenty of people still joined the British band’s party – 249,000 to be exact, with most of those equating to copies sold. Go back three years earlier when Babel and mad banjo were still thriving, and the numbers were loftier to the tune of 600,000. Still, given the new normal of album sales and a new way to calculate the overall impact of an album, Mumford & Sons performed well.

It wasn’t all about Wilder Mind contrary to popular belief (or the majority of s...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

May 12th, 2015 10:33am EDT
Pitch Perfect 2 Soundtrack Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
Following a big release week to start May off right led by Mumford & Sons’ Wilder Mind, the second release week in May is more modest. Call this week something of a break from big names, given the following week is STACKED with goodies. Regardless, there’s still a highly anticipated soundtrack that leads the pack this week, not to mention a marijuana-loving West Coast rap veteran.

1) Pitch Perfect 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (UMe)

After Pitch Perfect was such a successful film (and soundtrack), it’s no surprise that there is a Pitch Perfect 2. The Pitch Perfect 2 soundtra...
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Songs That Make A Statement With 'Names' & Lyrics

May 10th, 2015 1:00pm EDT
Rihanna
What’s in a N-A-M-E – “That is the question!” Within the 25 songs on this random playlist comprised of songs featuring name in their title, the simple, everyday word takes on numerous meanings and interpretations. Maybe it’s the disappointment of not knowing a person’s name, the arrogance of ensuring everybody knows THE NAME (aka cockiness), or more thoughtful ideas such as escapism. Regardless, after diving in to this list, you’ll know every single one of these songs and artists’ names!

1) Shawn Mendes, “I Don’t Even Know Your Name” (Handwritten, 2015)

This girl that Shawn Mendes is...
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How Successful Was Zac Brown’s Jekyll + Hyde Debut?

May 7th, 2015 9:03am EDT
Zac Brown Band, JEKYLL + HYDE © Republic
Another week, a different #1 album – isn’t that how the old saying goes? After Alabama Shakes topped the Billboard 200 last week, this week country band Zac Brown Band takes over the top spot. Unsurprisingly, Zac Brown Band did work, as Jekyll + Hyde impacted to the tune of 228,000 units, with nearly 94% of those ‘units’ being sales. There was never any doubt that Zac Brown Band would come out on top as the closest competition, Josh Groban’s Stages, lands at #2 with 180,000 units, with nearly all of those comprising of sales. So in essence, the Billboard 200 is top-heavy this week.

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Is Mumford & Sons Highly Anticipated Third Album Any Good?

May 6th, 2015 10:53am EDT
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind
“What was I thinking?” Oprah once asked that question on The Oprah Winfrey Show when she was criticizing her past fashion choices. The same sentiment could be referenced towards Mumford & Sons’ highly anticipated third album, Wilder Mind. Indeed, Wilder Mind is an expansion to modern rock by the former folk-loving band, but the makeover is quite drastic with only middling results. If Mumford & Sons’ mark is to modernize its sound, then that is achieved and blatantly obvious on the album’s opener, “Tompkins Square Park.” However if Mumford & Sons are looking for a deeper artistic stateme...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

May 5th, 2015 11:19am EDT
Mumford & Sons Leads Albums To Check Out
April was a slower month for new album releases across the board. It wasn’t quite like “watching paint dry,” but there was an absence of blockbuster releases with staying power. A perfect example of the lack of staying power – Shawn Mendes’ Handwritten debuted at #1 and proceeded to fall to #17 the following week. May is much more promising from the jump, as there are many notable releases dropping on an off-cycle May 4 (Monday) release date. Leading the charge is Mumford & Sons, but they are by no means the sole attraction this week.

1) Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind (Glassnote)

Mumf...
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