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10 Must Hear ‘Traditional’ Christmas Carols

December 15th, 2014 7:41pm EST
10 Must Hear ‘Traditional’ Christmas Carols
It’s not called “the most wonderful time of the year” for nothing! With the holiday season ago – the hustle and bustle – what better to enjoy the season than some must-hear traditional carols? Sure, not every musician sticks to the formula on this list (cough* Justin Bieber), but regardless, all ten performances are definitely ‘something’ if nothing else.

1) Pentatonix featuring Tori Kelly, “Winter Wonderland/ Don’t Worry Be Happy” (That's Christmas To Me, 2014)

Call this a two-for-one, and who doesn’t like a two-for-one? Pentatonix slaughter (in a good way) this rendition of “Winter W...
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Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Leads Albums to Check Out

December 15th, 2014 11:36am EST
Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Leads Albums to Check Out: This We
As the fourth quarter nears its close, fewer albums of note arrive for consumers to partake of. Few artists/labels are brave enough to release big-time albums in a time where Christmas album sales inflate and the select few albums with staying power dominate sales. While the releases have slowed, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint leads five other albums to check out this week.

1) Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint (Republic)

After being delayed, Nicki Minaj finally releases her highly anticipated The Pinkprint. After a so-so start with tame single “Pills N Potion,” Minaj turned up the heat and ...
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Early Grammy Predictions: Who Will Win?

December 14th, 2014 11:00am EST
Early Grammy Predictions: Who Wins Album, Record And Song Of The
Now that the burning questions have been answered – those Grammy nominations of course – more burning questions loom on the horizon. What are these questions? Well, it’s who wins album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, and best new artist. Sure, there are plenty of categories within the Grammys, but none are more coveted and hyped than the ‘big four.’ Here are early prediction for album, record, and song of the year, as well as best new artist.

Album of the Year:

Nominees: Morning Phase, Beck; Beyoncé, Beyoncé; X, Ed Sheeran; In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith; Girl, P...
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Happy 25th Birthday, Taylor Swift!

December 13th, 2014 4:52pm EST
Taylor Swift Turns 25, Gets Serenaded By Aretha Franklin
It's been an amazing week for Taylor Swift. On Friday, the singer picked up Billboard's coveted "Woman of the Year" award for the second time on the eve of her 25th birthday.

She told the audience at the lunchtime gala, "Being named Billboard Woman of the Year for a second time is this amazing early birthday present. I turn 25 at midnight tonight, and I fully intend to to celebrate like it's 1989."

Swift's new album is titled "1989" and is the year of her birth.

Superfan Gena Camerlengo, whose bridal shower the singer attended earlier this year, introduced Swift at the luncheon. She pos...
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Rihanna Puts On A Sexy Cleavage Show At Her First Benefit (See Pics!)

December 12th, 2014 7:40pm EST
Rihanna Ravishes In Pink At Her Very First Diamond Ball Benefit
Rihanna hosted her first charity gala on Thursday night to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, which she founded in 2012 to help improve life in communities around the world in the areas of health, education, the arts and culture.

The first Diamond Ball was held at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills, where the likes of Kat Graham, Kim Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, Salma Hayek, Brad Pitt and "Twilight" star Nikki Reed were a just few of the A-listers in attendance.

Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel hosted the evening, and Pitt introduced the singer, who performed for the crowd.

"I ask...
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Taylor Swift Still Tops On Billboard

December 11th, 2014 10:59am EST
Taylor Swift
The Billboard 200 may be completely revamped, but Taylor Swift’s constant stay atop the chart regardless of changes is unsurprising. After three consecutive weeks, a week in the runner-up slot, and last week’s return to the top, Swift now sits at five weeks at #1. Baller status – yep, definitely – she’s a playmaker. Overall, including overall “consumption” to quote the new chart language, Swift’s impact was 274,000. Again, only a portion of that were sales, specifically 230,000 copies. Regardless of technicalities, Swift rules.

But enough about Taylor, what about the newbies to th...
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J. Cole Leads Albums to Check Out: This Week In Music

December 10th, 2014 8:00am EST
J. Cole performs at Made In America concert in Philadelphia Phil
Who has dominated the fall (musically)? Taylor Swift has dominated the fall. While her dominance continues onward towards Christmas, the week of December 9 does have some notable new efforts dropping. The biggest album to watch is one few know little about – J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Can Cole put some pressure on Taylor Swift? It’s possible as he put some pressure on Kanye West in 2013. Cole does indeed lead albums to check out this week, which also includes Carrie Underwood’s greatest hits compilation.

1) J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Columbia)

J. Cole gives rap fans ...
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Famous Boxer Witnesses Friend's Murder/Suicide Via FaceTime

December 9th, 2014 5:24pm EST
Reality Star Stephanie Moseley Shot And Killed In Murder-Suicide
Stephanie Moseley, a professional dancer on VH1 series "Hit the Floor," was shot and killed by her husband, rapper Earl Hayes, on Monday. Hayes then turned the gun on himself.

The two stars were found dead inside their Los Angeles apartment on Monday morning.

Hayes was one of the artists signed to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s Philty Rich Records record label, and the boxer reportedly witnessed the murder-suicide via Apple's FaceTime application, according to TMZ.com.

Mayweather and Hayes were reportedly close, and the aspiring artist called his friend while in a rage on Monday morning, because...
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'The Coast Is Clear' For Country Music Artist Danny Griego

December 9th, 2014 3:58pm EST
Danny Griego
Danny Griego got his unexpected start in music after he was struck by lightning. Literally. In order to rehab his right arm and hand, both paralyzed after the strike, he learned how to play guitar and the rest is history. The Arizona bred, Texas based singer/songwriter has worked with country legends like Hank Cochran, Red Lane and Max D. Barnes and cracked Billboard's Top 10 "Hot Sales" chart twice in 2014 with his single, "The Coast Is Clear," penned by Red Lane and Scotty Emerick. I had the opportunity to chat with Griego to learn more about his background and influences that led to his ...
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57th Grammy Awards Nominations: Reactions, Snubs and Surprises

December 8th, 2014 2:13pm EST
Reactions To The 57th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations
Think of the Grammys as a musician’s Super Bowl – it’s kind of a big deal. On Friday, December 5, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards nominees were revealed to the world. After much speculation, here’s some thoughts on some of the bigger nominations. These aren’t predictions – just thoughts on deservingness, snubs, and surprises.

Record of the Year:

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

“Chandelier,” Sia

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift

“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Ultimately, the nominations for record of the year are solid. Snubbed is Pharrell Wi...
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