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Zayn Malik Makes History As A Solo Artist

4/5/2016 8:31am EDT
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It was inevitable that ZAYN (Zayn Malik) would debut at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. That’s right, as prognosticated, the ex-One Direction member’s debut studio album Mind of Mine debuts atop the charts. According to Billboard, ZAYN’s debut made history, notably being the first UK male artist to debut at no. 1 with album no. 1.

For all the fanfare, how did the numbers stack up? Well, trump the past couple of weeks but still don’t exactly reinvigorate albums sales. Regardless, at least, somebody surpassed the 100,000 mark, something that hadn’t been happening.

ZAYN is the biggest attrac...
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Weezer’s 'White Album' Leads Albums To Check Out

3/29/2016 3:00pm EDT
Weezer’s 'White Album' Leads Albums To Check Out
It’s April…or it will be by the time new release Friday comes around on April Fool’s Day! There’s nothing foolish about new music in the least and the joke’s on those who would ever utter such poppycock. Enough silliness though, veteran alternative band Weezer arguably lead the charge this week with another self-titled album, though the most intriguing release hails from Lukas Graham, who have a big-time hit on their hand with “7 Years.” It’s not a ‘vintage’ new release week, but there’s enough meat to sink one’s teeth into!

1) Weezer, Weezer (White Album) (Atlantic)

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Gwen Stefani Tops Charts Again

3/29/2016 9:29am EDT
Gwen Stefani Takes 'Truth' To The Top Of The Billboard 200
For a second consecutive week, the numbers on the Billboard 200 are modest to put it kindly. Gwen Stefani, to no one’s surprise, landed at no. 1 with her third studio album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like. While Truth gives Stefani her first career solo no. 1 album, the sales/streams aren’t “all that.” Truth impacted to the tune of 84,000 units, with more than 90% of that total comprising of pure sales. Still, the top album sold below the 100,000 copies mark. Ugh! As written in a previous article, This Is What The Truth Feels Like seemed to be underperforming. The numbers confirm the ass...
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Is Gwen Stefani's Third Album Underperforming?

3/24/2016 9:40am EDT
Is Gwen Stefani's Third Album Underperforming (So Far)?
Go ahead and cast the stones Gwen Stefani fans because it’s about to get heated! Why? There’s a burning question and the objective answer isn’t completely positive. Here it goes: Is Gwen Stefani’s third studio album This Is What The Truth Feels Like, released Friday, March 18, underperforming commercially so far? The answer is a conflicted one – partially YES and partially NO.

Here’s the good first: The album is fun and enjoyable. Also, in a recent article, Billboard’s Keith Caulfield forecasts that Stefani will likely earn her first no. 1 album. Hey, there’s nothing to knock about that i...
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New Albums Coming Out This Week

3/22/2016 2:56pm EDT
Zayn Malik
March looks to close with a bang in the music world! Friday, March 25, sees a number of new music releases worth checking out. Among artists dropping new albums are K. Michelle (More Issues Than Vogue) and Anthony Hamilton (What I’m Feelin’). Arguably the biggest name might be ex-boy band member Zayn Malik (simply known as Zayn) who drops his debut, Mind of Mine. Throw in some other artists with compelling efforts (Domo Genesis and Asking Alexandria among them), and this week definitely has some oomph.

1) Zayn, Mind Of Mine (RCA)

After exiting One Direction, Zayn Malik returns to the ...
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Rihanna Returns 'Anti' To No. 1

3/22/2016 10:20am EDT
Rihanna Returns 'Anti' To No. 1 On Billboard 200
Well, that was unexpected! What specifically was ‘unexpected’ you ask? Why Rihanna’s return to the top of the Billboard 200 with Anti. Anti initially landed at no. 27 on the Billboard, ascending to no. 1 the following week. After residing inside the top five throughout its chart stay, Rihanna takes advantage of a slow sales week – in both streams and pure sales – to reclaim her perch.

Sigh, it’s too bad that the numbers aren’t nearly as sexy as her “Kiss It Better” song from Anti. Rihanna only impacts to the tune of 54,000 units! According to Billboard, only a sliver of that total was pure...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - The 1996 Drama 'Kissed'

3/18/2016 12:09pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - The 1996 Drama 'Kissed'
Who says love and sex has to end with death – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! This week we are waxing nostalgic about a controversial film that raised a ton of eyebrows upon its release. It told a simple tale of a girl who takes her new job and schooling at a mortuary very seriously. So seriously in fact that she throws herself into her work – body and soul. Death, sex and necrophilia – time to get…."Kissed!"

Sandra Larson is a passionate woman obsessed with death. As a child, she played with small recently deceased animals and now as an adult is studying biology in school. B...
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Gwen Stefani Leads New Albums To Check Out This Week

3/15/2016 2:30pm EDT
Gwen Stefani's 'This Is What The Truth Feels Like' Leads Albums
Ah, the time has finally come – a star-studded music release week in March! Last week was relatively quiet on the new release front, with 3 Doors Down arguably being the most notable musicians to drop a new album. This week, there’s some “beef”…or something like that! Gwen Stefani certainly leads the charge, but she’s not without competition from The Voice winner Jordan Smith, a captivating star-studded Americana/country collaboration, and an R&B standout who sounds like a perfect mix of two late soul icons (Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass). AND THERE’S EVEN MORE!!! Here are seven alb...
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Kendrick Lamar Tops Album Charts

3/15/2016 9:41am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Untitled Unmaster
After shocking the world, Kendrick Lamar’s surprise album Untitled Unmastered takes the top spot on the Billboard 200. Lamar didn’t deliver the K.O. that 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly did, but he did manage a robust 178,000 units, with roughly 80% of that total comprising of pure sales. The next closest album was Adele’s 25, which only mustered 61,000 units. Basically, K-Dot dominated.

Lamar wasn’t the only artist to drop a new album that reached the top 10. 2 Chainz’s Collegrove landed at no. 4 but with much less impressive numbers (53,000 units). 2 Chainz hasn’t been as impactful since dro...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - The Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller 'Looker'

3/11/2016 12:10pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Looker'
In this day and age of nude selfies, exhibitionism galore and model images running rampant, would one go so far as to kill in creating the perfect woman? Welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today we’re heading back to 1981for a hidden sci-fi gem that still has some serious chutzpah. It features an unlikely hero who stumbles across some nefarious dealings within the cutthroat world of marketing and models. Hot or not, we’re gonna see if this one’s a…"Looker!"

Dr. Larry Roberts is an experienced and well-respected Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. In dealing with gals who want a nip h...
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