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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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Blake Shelton, Prince, & Lady Antebellum Lead Albums To Check Out

September 30th, 2014 11:10am EDT
Blake Shelton, Prince, & Lady Antebellum  Lead Albums To Check O
Talk about being spoiled on Tuesday, September 23. No shortage of new albums was available, restoring hope after a year of down album sales. September 30 may not be the ‘super Tuesday’ of the former week, but there are still some exceptional choices. Among the biggest artists dropping new albums: Blake Shelton (Bring Back the Sunshine), Lady Antebellum (747), and Prince (ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM with 3RDEYEGIRL). Here are nine new albums to check out this week.

1) Prince, ART OFFICIAL AGE (Warner Bros)

2) Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL, PLECTRUMELECTRUM (Warner Bros)

The Purp...
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10 Deceptively Written Songs

September 28th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
10 Deceptively Written Songs
Some songs just aren’t intended for literal interpretation. Some of the best-written songs are actually best interpreted figuratively. The 10 songs gracing this list are written cleverly, in a deceptive fashion. In other words, the lyrics (and sometimes title) transcend what’s literally being said. These 10 aren’t ‘classic’ examples – all are contemporary – but, the figurative, deceptiveness is definitely notable.

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church" (Hozier, 2014)

Sure, the biblical book Song of Solomon is something else, but it’s highly doubtful that Hozier’s “Take Me To ...
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Barbra Streisand’s 'Partners' Beats Chris Brown for Top Spot on Billboard 200

September 25th, 2014 8:28am EDT
Barbra Streisand’s 'Partners' Beats Chris Brown for Top Spot on
Few 72-year olds can do it like Barbra Streisand. Who just landed another #1 album – Barbra Streisand! Duets album Partners not only debuted at #1, but did so with larger than expected numbers (196,000 copies). It also made history giving Streisand at least one #1 album in the past six decades. Go Barbra – it’s your birthday… well not really!

Chris Brown settles for the #2 spot behind Streisand, as X sells 146,000 copies. While Brown might be disappointed he didn’t score his third number one album, X performed better its first week than Fortune, which sold 135,000 copies. Maybe even ...
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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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Christian Rapper Lecrae Takes ‘Anomaly’ To The Top Of Billboard 200

September 18th, 2014 8:31am EDT
Lecrae Anomaly
It’s rare that the Christian rapper debuts atop the Billboard 200. How rare – well it never happens – like “never ever.” Anyways, Lecrae made it happen this week as Anomaly outperformed early prognostications and sold 88,000 copies. Lecrae was able to hold off a strong second week from Maroon 5’s V (80,000 copies, #2) as well as what was thought to be a tight race with Jhené Aiko (Souled Out sold 70,000 copies, good for #3).

While Lecrae’s debut is celebratory, it is also another week where no albums moved 100,000 copies. Throw in the fact that besides Lecrae and Jhené Aiko, the top ...
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Jhené Aiko, Lee Brice & Ryan Adams Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

September 9th, 2014 11:07am EDT
Jhené Aiko, Lee Brice & Ryan Adams Among Albums To Check Out: Th
There’s nothing like the fourth quarter, a time when label executives know that sales will flourish more than any other time of the year. A host of albums are always dropped during this most exciting and lucrative time, and this week certainly doesn’t break way from that trend. Led by particularly notable releases from Jhené Aiko, Lee Brice, and Ryan Adams, here are nine albums to check out this week.

1) Lee Brice, I Don’t Dance (Curb)

Country artist Lee Brice returns with his third studio album I Don’t Dance. I Don’t Dance follows up his 2012 album, Hard 2 Love, which debuted at #...
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10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014

September 7th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014
Sometimes, you just need to totally ‘rock’ out – right on, right on. Sometimes it’s all about busting out the air guitar or pretending you’re banging away on the drums like Animal from The Muppets. Well… maybe not the Animal thing – that’s a bit much. But in the spirit of rock n roll, with a little help from the alternative side of things as well, here are 10 rocking rock songs from 2014.

No, not all of them are manic, exhilarating up-tempo joints (yep, we’re talking to you Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, and Counting Crows), but all 10 songs are special and worth spinning. Here go...
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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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The Gaslight Anthem Land at #4 on Billboard 200 : This Week In Music

August 21st, 2014 9:20am EDT
The Gaslight Anthem
In a blasé August release week, Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack remains at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 93,000 copies. The numbers are solid considering the soundtrack sold 109,000 copies last week (no substantial drop), but worth noting is no album moved 100,000 copies this week. The next closest album, Now 51, was distant second place, selling 52,000 copies. Ouch!

Despite sluggish numbers, there were some new debuts. The Gaslight Anthem landed at #4 with its latest album, Get Hurt. Get Hurt sold 33,000 copies, which by no means is the second coming. Troy Sivan’s numbers ar...
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