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Hardwell Releases Debut Album 'United We Are' Featuring Jason Derulo, Mr Probz, Tiësto & Others [LISTEN]

Buzz Jan 2015 18:35PM EDT

Dutch superstar DJ Hardwell has released his debut album United We Are. Known for his anthemic singles and explosive live sets, Robbert van de Corput, has taken the risk of releasing a full-length LP. The album has features and collaborations alongside the likes of Mr. Probz, Tiësto, Jason Derulo, W&W and others. The variation in artists lends itself to the assortment of different genres contained within the 14-track LP.READ MORE

'Mind Games' by Palisades

Back of The Billboards: 'Mind Games' by Palisades

Buzz Jan 2015 13:03PM EDT

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of. This week we look at Palisades' new album 'Mind Games' and its aim to combine hardcore with just about every mainstream genre: pop punk, EDM and hip-hop.READ MORE

Fall Out Boy,

Junk Mail: Fall Out Boy 'American Beauty/American Psycho' Album Review

Reviews Jan 2015 17:48PM EDT

AB/AP was an ambitious effort that showed the band experimenting with new ways construct a song. Overall, it maintained the sound I expected from the band. There were details and choices they made that I found interesting, but I don't think it's an album I'll end up revisiting. That said, I think Fall Out Boy fans will be happy with this effort.READ MORE

'Burning Bridges' by Ludacris

Ludacris Comes Angry, Stays Polished on 'Burning Bridges'; EP Features Rick Ross, Jason Aldean, John Legend Guest Spots

Buzz Jan 2015 11:43AM EDT

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of. This week we look at Ludacris' new EP 'Burning Bridges' and its lead-up to a new album during 2015, 'Ludaversal.'READ MORE

Mark Ronson - 'Uptown Special' (2015)

Junk Mail: Mark Ronson 'Uptown Special' Album Review

Reviews Jan 2015 18:12PM EDT

If we were Mark Ronson, I would have made the below adjustments to the track list: 01. “Feel Right” 02. “Uptown Funk” 03. “I Can’t Lose” (ONLY the first minute) 04. “Uptown Funk” 05. "Daffodils” 06. “Uptown Funk" 07. “In Case of Fire” 08. “Uptown Funk" 09. “Leaving Los Feliz” 10. “Uptown Funk” 11. “Uptown FunkREAD MORE

'The Best of Joe Cocker: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection'

Back of The Billboards: 'The Best of Joe Cocker: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection'

Buzz Jan 2015 12:24PM EDT

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of. This week we look at Joe Cocker's chapter in 'The Millennium Collection' best-of series, popularized by his unfortunate recent death.READ MORE

Jack White / Beck

Music Times 10 Best Albums of 2014; St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Jack White & More...Who Takes No. 1?

Buzz Dec 2014 10:17AM EDT

Glares were exchanged. Words were said that can't be taken back. Punches weren't quite thrown, although two Music Times editors (that won't be named) did engage in a karate chop battle reminiscent of the Clark Griswold vs. Plastic Lawn Reindeer battle of '91. When all was said and done however, the staff had managed to narrow a list of 943 albums down to a mere 10. Old standards like Jack White and Beck proved that their status within the music community was intact, and newer, much buzzed about acts including Sturgill Simpson proved themselves worthy of consideration during the previous 12 months.READ MORE

'Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 2' by E-40

Back of The Billboards: 'Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 2' by E-40

Buzz Dec 2014 11:06AM EDT

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of. This week we look at hyphy hype-magnet E-40 and part two of his four-part 'Sharp On All Corners' series.READ MORE

Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint Cover Art

Junk Mail: Nicki Minaj 'The Pinkprint' Album Review

Reviews Dec 2014 16:48PM EDT

Nicki Minaj finally shows us who she really is on her new album "The Pinkprint."READ MORE

Charli XCX - 'Sucker' (2014)

Junk Mail: Charli XCX 'Sucker' Album Review

Reviews Dec 2014 18:30PM EDT

Welcome to Junk Mail, where a few Music Times staffers email back-and-forth about each week's biggest release throughout the work day. This week, Caitlin Carter, Joey DeGroot, and Carolyn Menyes chat about Charli XCX's new album, "Sucker."READ MORE

'The 25th of December' by Dave Koz and Friends

Back of The Billboards: 'The 25th of December' by Dave Koz and Friends

Buzz Dec 2014 12:02PM EDT

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of. This week we look at Christmas king Dave Koz and his new collection of smooth jazz standards.READ MORE

Forest Hills Drive

J. Cole Doesn't Disappoint With New Album '2014 Forest Hills Drive' [ROUND-UP REVIEW]

Buzz Dec 2014 23:18PM EDT

Last month, J. Cole officially announced the iTunes preorder for his "2014 Forest Hills Drive" album and fans had been anticipating its release ever since. The album ended up leaking before its official release and fans contemplated whether or not to listen early. Buzz surrounding a track called "Fire Squad," where Cole calls out Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture, made the album hard to resist. Whether fans decided to take a listen early or wait for the official drop, all can agree the North Carolina rapper did not disappoint. It has been reported that the album may have the biggest hip-hop sales week of the year.READ MORE

Omarion released his MMG debut 'Sex Playlist' last week.

Omarion Makes A Solid Return With His MMG Debut 'Sex Playlist'

Buzz Dec 2014 22:34PM EDT

Last week, Omarion released his highly anticipated MMG debut album "Sex Playlist." The album is his first major release since 2010's Ollusion and critics are saying he's made a solid return. His fourth studio album comes after his 2012 mixtape "Care Package" and 2013′s sequel "CP2."READ MORE

'Long Tall Sally' by The Beatles

Back of The Billboards: 'Long Tall Sally' by The Beatles

Buzz Dec 2014 11:59AM EDT

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of. This week we look at Mexican pop star The Beatles (?) and its new EP ''Long Tall Sally' (?!?).READ MORE

Avicii The Days / Nights EP Cover Art

Avicii Releases 'The Days / Nights' with Henrik B, Felix Jaehn Remixes [REVIEW]

Reviews Dec 2014 10:01AM EDT

After being announced by his manager on Instagram, Avicii has released his new EP "The Days / Nights" featuring two tracks that have already been previewed and two new remixes from Swedish producer Henrik B and German producer Felix Jaehn. "The Days" was already released as a single in October and "The Nights" was included in the "FIFA 15" soundtrack but never saw an official release besides a Spotify stream. Now "The Nights" is available on all portals with its opposing partner in addition to two added remixes from artists Avicii has been keen on. "The Days" and "The Nights" continue down the road that Avicii has paved for himself with "Wake Me Up," managing to merge country, folk and EDM. Tabbing U.K. heavyweight singer and former Take That frontman Robbie Williams on "The Days," Avicii delivers his folksiest track to date next to "Hey Brother." "The Nights" follows the same vein, but veers more electronic with cheery, pitched synth melodies under the vocals of Swedish DJ favorite Salem Al Fakir. The song encourages its listeners to live every day like it is your last, a message probably lost on most for those people glued to their television screen playing "FIFA 15."READ MORE

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