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Albums To Check Out This Week

April 7th, 2015 10:07am EDT
All Time Low Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
After a star-studded assortment of new albums last week, this week is much more subtle. The same bombast that greeted a long-awaited comeback by Ludacris, The Album About Nothing courtesy of Wale, and an album named after a Japanese repair technique (Kintsugi) by Death Cab For Cutie isn’t apparent this week. Even so, there are some interesting new efforts, led by irresistible Baltimore quartet All Time Low with their affinity for emo lyrics and the occasional dash of salty language. All Time Low and four others lead albums to check out this week.

1) All Time Low, Future Hearts (Hopele...
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Jeff Bradshaw Delivers Some Serious Ear Candy

March 30th, 2015 3:15pm EDT
Review: Jeff Bradshaw Delivers A Brilliant, Star-Studded Live Al
Few will deny how rewarding a dynamic, new studio album can be musically – it’s something like ‘ear candy.’ An experience just as rewarding, if not more so, is a dynamic live album. Live albums provide a more organic experience, one less concerned with the perfection of the studio and more focused on a rawer, looser, and oft-times more intimate experience. For trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, his latest live album Home: One Special Night At The Kimmel Center exemplifies the virtues of the live album, delivering an exceptional musical experience.

Over the course of Home, a takeaway is the fact...
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Jay Z Forced To Pay Out Royalties

March 13th, 2015 11:58am EDT
Jay Z Will Pay Royalty Money To Swiss Jazz Artist After Copying
Many music industry experts predicted there would be fallout from the ruling requiring artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay millions of dollars to Marvin Gaye's family for copying one his songs on their hit "Blurred Lines." It now appears that the first artist who might have agreed to a settlement in the aftermath of the court ruling is rapper Jay Z.

Hova has agreed to pay 50 percent of the royalties from his song "Versus" to a Swiss jazz musician named Bruno Spoerri. Jay Z had originally denied copying Spoerri's instrumental "Lilith - on the way" on his 2013 song "Versus".

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Big Sean Leads Albums To Check Out

February 24th, 2015 9:33am EST
Big Sean Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
It’s another new week and you know what that means? New music releases to infuse life into the Billboard 200 of course! Last week, a lift to the charts itself came by way of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. As far as new album releases, the crown jewel from last week came courtesy of Imagine Dragons’ sophomore album, Smoke and Mirrors. Who’s the crown jewel of this week’s new releases? How about I.D.F.W.U. MC Big Sean, who drops Dark Sky Paradise? Here are six new albums to check out this week!

1) Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise (Def Jam)...
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Does The 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Soundtrack Deliver?

February 11th, 2015 11:00pm EST
Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t just a book or a motion picture – it’s a movement! No the presence of Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t changing something of macro importance, but it certainly expounds upon sex in ways many have never experienced - understatement. That said, the relationship between Ana and Christian is not the focus here – it is the accompanying original motion picture soundtrack. Such a bold film requires a soundtrack to match, and overall, the ‘nifty’ Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack does the job.

Fifty Shades of Grey mixes old and new throughout its course. It opens soundly wit...
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Bob Dylan Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

February 3rd, 2015 10:34am EST
Bob Dylan Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
With January 2015 being a much more robust musical release month than expected (thanks Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy), surely February 2015 has to be chocked full of musical goodness. Can 2015 be a brighter year for album sales? Well let’s not jump to conclusions or get too excited, but February 2015 begins with some excellent musical choices to check out, led by veteran rock singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. He’s not alone, as he’s in good company with girl group Fifth Harmony, rapper Kid Ink, jazz vet Diana Krall, and a compilation of pop’s biggest hits in the latest installment of the Now...
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Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out

January 27th, 2015 9:48am EST
Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
January 2015 has been a ‘louder’ musical month than anticipated. Music listeners have been bestowed more audio gifts than an usually available, so give a slow music industry credit. Hey, what would January 2K15 be without the “No Flex Zone” of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd (Sremmlife), the “Uptown Funk” of Mark Ronson (Uptown Special), or “Lips Are Movin” courtesy of Meghan Trainor? Think about it!

This week isn’t nearly as dynamic as last week, but that doesn’t mean there are no interesting or notable albums to partake of. In a ‘slower’ week than last, R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is definit...
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Jason Aldean Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

October 16th, 2014 12:33pm EDT
Jason Aldean
For country musician Jason Aldean, it is certainly a “beautiful day.” Why – well Aldean topped the Billboard 200 selling a robust 278,000 copies of his latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt. With so many new releases bowing yet so few managing to sell remarkably, Aldean can definitely consider himself one of the biggest successes of the year after week one. Aldean isn’t “Burning It Down,” he’s lighting it up…something like that!

But of course, there’s a down side to everything. After building up Aldean as Billboard Chart royalty, it must be noted that even his large sales are downscaled f...
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Blake Shelton Wins Race To The Top of The Billboard 200

October 9th, 2014 11:13am EDT
Blake Shelton
When the Billboard issue their chart prognostications last week, it was suggested that Blake Shelton had a solid shot at his second career #1 album. That said, that forecast would become cloudy thanks to one Barbra Streisand, who was projected to be competitive in the race for the top spot once again. Fellow country artists Lady Antebellum were considered to be likely third place. Things didn’t complete go as expected.

Blake Shelton indeed topped the Billboard 200, selling a more robust than expected 101,000 copies of Bringing Back The Sunshine. While prognostications had allotted 90...
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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Top The Billboard 200

October 2nd, 2014 8:27am EDT
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
After a tight race for the number one spot, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga take their jazz duets album Cheek To Cheek to #1 on the Billboard 200. Bennett and Gaga sold a respectable 131,000 copies, slightly more than initially prognosticated. Cheek To Cheek would outpace Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival (#2, 130,000 copies) and Barbra Streisand’s former #1, Partners (#3, 127,000 copies). Previously, the edge had been given to both Chesney and Streisand.

Bennett, Gaga, and Chesney weren’t the only acts abuzz within the top #10 of the Billboard 200 this week. Alternative band Alt-J’s sophomore a...
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