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This Rock Band Has Its First No. 1 Album

April 30th, 2015 9:11am EDT
Alabama Shakes’ Sophomore Album Rocks To The Top Of The Billboar
Alabama Shakes have great reason to celebrate as their sophomore album Sound & Color tops the Billboard 200 this week. Sound & Color didn’t exactly break sales records with the 91,000 copies it sold (96,000 overall units per Billboard), but it was enough to give the rock band its first number one album and best sales week. Alabama must be proud!

Alabama Shakes’ album was definitely the most popular of the week, but Yelawolf got some love this week too. And guess where he’s from – Alabama! After his debut album Radioactive flopped, Yelawolf’s sophomore set Love Story debuts at #3. Of ...
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Albums Releases To Check Out This Week

April 28th, 2015 9:30am EDT
Josh Groban
If it hasn’t already been noted, April has been something of a slower month for marquee album releases. That’s no disrespect to a breakout artist such as Shawn Mendes who added a little more oomph to album sales and the top of the Billboard Charts, but most of April had few surefire smashes. This week, the ante is upped a bit with ‘popera’ sensation Josh Groban and country band smash Zac Brown Band dropping new albums. Three other albums join those two juggernauts to make up the five albums to check out this week.

1) Josh Groban, Stages (Reprise)

Stages marks the classical-crossov...
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Songs Of Beauty To Enjoy

April 25th, 2015 4:30pm EDT
15 Truly 'Beautiful' Songs
Music causes folks to experience all sorts of emotions: happiness, sadness, jubilance, anger or otherwise. Illustrious beauty characterizes some songs, giving those “goosies” which Jennifer Lopez references on American Idol. Those that aren’t characterized by beauty or their ugliness just MIGHT have some form of the word beautiful or a synonym within their title – hint, hint, HINT!

Yes, this epic list features songs of true beauty – at least in regards to song title. Some songs are considered classics, others contemporary gems, and others are, well otherwise! Regardless of the charact...
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Alabama Shakes Latest Album Delivers

April 24th, 2015 1:34pm EDT
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color © ATO
Back in 2012, Alabama Shakes seemed to come out of thin air. Who would’ve thought that the Alabama based alternative band led by front woman Brittany Howard would score a top ten album, a gold-certified album (Boys & Girls) and Grammy nominations? The aforementioned accolades have made the band’s sophomore album Sound & Color one of the most anticipated efforts of 2015. Is the anticipation deserved? Take one listen to Sound & Color and the answer is a resounding YES. YASSS may better describe it!

“Sound & Color” opens the album with an extended instrumental introduction – the first v...
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Shawn Mendes Debut Album Is Tops

April 23rd, 2015 9:25am EDT
Shawn Mendes Takes 'Handwritten' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Shawn Mendes wasn’t lying when he was singing “Something Big.” Surely he was anticipating his pending #1 album on the Billboard 200. That’s right Handwritten outperformed the competition to the tune of 119,000 units, most of which were album sales. Shawn Mendes, indeed is doing big things at a young age – he’s all of 16.

Mendes beat out more established artists who dropped new albums. Reba McEntire – a veteran by all means – settles for #3 with Love Somebody, moving a modest 62,000 units. As for Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb landed at #4, only producing 58,000 units. Interestingly...
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New Album Releases

April 21st, 2015 8:48am EDT
Hard Rock Calling - Day 2 - Performances at Queen Elizabeth Olym
C’mon April! Where is the abundance of new album releases – sheesh! The week of April 21st is another quiet week on the album release front, with a modest four albums standing out. Those albums arrive courtesy of a southern rock band, a southern rapper, and indie-pop dude, and a Christian rapper.

1) Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (ATO Records)

After a three-year hiatus, alternative breakout band Alabama Shakes returns with its highly anticipated sophomore album, Sound & Color. Sound & Color follows up Boys & Girls, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200. Three songs were available ...
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Who Took The Top Spot On The Billboard 200 This Week?

April 16th, 2015 11:56am EDT
‘Furious 7’ Soundtrack Bests All Time Low For Top Spot On The Bi
It was a good week to be a soundtrack, specifically the soundtrack to Furious 7. After ascending to the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 last week, Furious 7 sits atop the charts this week. The improvement in units from the previous week are quite substantial – 111,000 units this week versus 74,000 the previous week. Making Furious 7’s ascent on the Billboard 200 is what the soundtrack did on the Billboard Hot 100, namely “See You Again.”

“See You Again” did the unthinkable – killed Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ vibe. How so? “See You Again” stopped “Uptown Funk” from breaking a tie for th...
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Wale Vs 'Furious 7' Soundtrack For No. 1 Spot

April 9th, 2015 8:22am EDT
Wale Takes ‘The Album About Nothing’ To Top of the Billboard Cha
The title of rapper Wale’s latest album is an unfortunate one – The Album About Nothing. From a critical standpoint, The Album About Nothing is another captivating effort from the MC who has compelled the world with three previous LPs. From a commercial standpoint, Wale claims his second consecutive number one album, following 2013’s The Gifted. While The Gifted performed better, Wale’s impact at 100,000 units is impressive given seemingly less aggressive promotion compared to The Gifted (single “Bad” was a sizable single at the time).

Wale led a number of ‘impactful’ new releases, th...
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‘Future Hearts’ Is Another Enjoyable All Time Low Album

April 8th, 2015 1:10pm EDT
Review: All Time Low Keeps Things Fun On ‘Future Hearts’
Sometimes the kids just don’t grow up – and that’s perfectly acceptable! For pop-punk/emo band All Time Low, growing up would cause them to lose some of their luster and fun. Known for grandiose, over the top records atoning for the lonely, disrespected, and ‘voiceless’ kids everywhere, All Time Low deliver another captivating set of such on Future Hearts. Much of the formula is the same: F-bombs perfectly placed, irresistible choruses, ‘emo’ lyrics, and slick production.

On “Satellite,” All Time Low recollects their ‘youth’ as a band with front man Alex Gaskarth singing, “We were jus...
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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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