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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

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons Announce New Album 'Smoke + Mirrors' Release Date, Release New Single "Gold" [LISTEN]

Buzz Dec 2014 10:28AM EDT

Imagine Dragons will be releasing a very real new album in the new year. After releasing singles "I Bet My Life" and "Warriors" over the last few months, last night (Dec. 15), the epic rock band announced that its sophomore effort, Smoke + Mirrors will finally drop in February. Imagine Dragons accompanied the album release news with a new single, "Gold."READ MORE

Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse performs at The 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

Modest Mouse "Lampshades on Fire" Review: New Song After Seven Years Feels Like No Time Has Passed

Reviews Dec 2014 11:36AM EDT

After seven years of hearing very little from Modest Mouse, there has been a flood of new announcements and releases in the last week. After teasing a new single "Lampshades on Fire" and announcing a new album Strangers to Ourselves for March 2015, today (Dec. 15), the lead track finally has arrived online.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

Foo Fighters perform at irving Plaza

LIVE REVIEW: Foo Fighters Blast Through 'Sonic Highways' at Intimate Irving Plaza NYC Show with Love [SETLIST]

Reviews Dec 2014 16:41PM EDT

"Thanks for causing a f**king riot," Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told an intimate crowd on Friday night (Dec. 5) in New York City. And though it may seem like the rocker was joking, he wasn't. People really did riot earlier in the day in an attempt to get one of just roughly 1,000 tickets to the "Something From Nothing" band's show at Irving Plaza.READ MORE

Jhene Aiko 'Enter The Void' Tour Rocks New York City's Best Buy Theatre With SZA, Willow Smith And The Internet

Jhene Aiko's 'Enter The Void' Tour Rocks New York City's Best Buy Theatre With SZA, Willow Smith and The anternet [REVIEW]

Reviews Dec 2014 18:14PM EDT

Wednesday night, Jhene Aiko rocked the stage at the Best Buy Theatre in the New York City Times Square area. The star's powerhouse performance was followed up by teenage sensation Willow Smith, The Internet, and New York's own SZA.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

Gwen Stefani at We Can Survive 2014

WATCH: Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Debut "Spark the Fire" Music Video After 'The Voice' Performance

Reviews Dec 2014 09:42AM EDT

When she released her first two solo albums -- Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and The Sweet Escape -- in the mid-2000s, Gwen Stefani was best known for creating hyper annoying, mildly grating pop music. In the best way, of course. With hits like "Hollaback Girl" and "Wind It Up," Stefani blasted onto the top of the pop charts often with the help of Pharrell. Well, now the duo are back again as coaches on The Voice season seven and musical partners with the irritatingly awesome new single "Spark The Fire."READ MORE

Kygo ft. Conrad - Firestone Cover Art

Kygo Releases 'Firestone' Featuring Conrad On Spotify [REVIEW]

Reviews Dec 2014 22:14PM EDT

It is the moment that Kygo fans have been waiting for. Besides his first single "Epsilon" on Ensis Records back in mid 2013 that sounds like more like a piano experiment than an official release, Kygo fans have not gotten to hear originals from the Norwegian producer sensation. Out a day early on Spotify, "Firestone" featuring the 300-signed Australian singer Conrad, reinforces the faith in Kygo that he can help carry the torch for dance music into 2015.READ MORE

Clean Bandit at Isle Of Wright Festival 2014

Clean Bandit Releases 'Stronger' from Special Edition of 'New Eyes' [REVIEW]

Reviews Nov 2014 11:51AM EDT

Clean Bandit took over the radio waves in 2014 with their January single "Rather Be" featuring Jess Glyne. The song soared to the top of the U.K. charts — a first for the band — cracked the "Billboard" Top 10 and helped land them on festival stages worldwide while propelling the release of their artist album "New Eyes." Now they have unveiled a new track, "Stronger," from the special edition re-release of the album, which will also include a reworking of Robin S's classic "Show Me Love." While the album was not as well-received as their singles work, "Stronger" shows the same ability to create inescapably catchy singles that Clean Bandit have become known for. "Stronger" starts off with similar organ chords that were found in "Rather Be" but soon switches to a more traditional house piano that carries the melody of the song. Balancing their classical background with the deep grooves needed for a house song, they inject a measure of musicality into the track with sweeping violin strings over a shuffling bass line and deep synth stabs.READ MORE

Eminem's New 'Shady XV' Album Highlights Classics And Progression of Label

Buzz Nov 2014 18:34PM EDT

Tyler, The Creator recently shared his thoughts on Eminem's Shady XV compilation album giving the release a less than satisfactory review. Check out a round-up of what critics are saying here.READ MORE

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