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New Music Tuesdays...
Out this week (2/24):
  • Airborne Toxic Event - Dope Machines
  • Mat Kearney - Just Kids
  • Kid Rock - First Kiss
  • Rick Springfield - Stripped Down
  • Soundtrack: Sons of Anarchy: Vol 4
Out next week (3/3):
  • Azealia Banks - Broke with Expensive Taste
  • Ryan Cabrera - Wake Up Beautiful
  • Kelly Clarkson - Piece By Piece
  • Noel Gallagher - Chasing Yesterday
  • Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
  • Rixton - Let the Road

Top Albums

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Artist - Album
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NEW
Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors
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2
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Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
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Soundtrack: Fifty Shades of Grey
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4
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Taylor Swift - 1989
17
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Ed Sheeran - X
35
6
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Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
36
7
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Maroon 5 - V
25
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Meghan Trainor - Title
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9
12
Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint
10
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11
Hozier - Hozier
20
Source: Soundscan, March 7, 2015


BEYONCE AND JAY Z STILL FURNISHING THEIR NEW HOME
Rumor has it that Beyonce and Jay Z are still furnishing their new mansion. According to SandraRose.com, the Carters couldn't afford to purchase their dream home for $85 million, so they decided to rent instead. Bey and Jay rented an "ultra-modern stucco and glass sprawling" mansion in L.A. for $150,000 per month.

  • Paparazzi released photos of appliances being delivered to the Carter home which included a Whirlpool Load and Go front loader washer and dryer set. The washer and dryer set reportedly cost the couple $3,000.

KID ROCK TAKES JABS AT BEYONCE

In other news, Kid Rock has taken a few jabs at Beyonce, saying that she doesn't have a hit record. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Rock said, "Beyonce, to me, doesn't have a f**king 'Purple Rain,' but she’s the biggest thing on Earth. How can you be that big without at least one 'Sweet Home Alabama' or 'Old Time Rock And Roll'? People are like, 'Beyonce’s hot. Got a nice f**king as*.' I’m like, ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t*ts.’ Doesn’t really f**king do much for me."


GLOBAL ALBUM RELEASES WILL OCCUR ON FRIDAYS
After the success of Beyonce's surprise album release, the music industry has given the green light on Friday being the day that artists will release their albums globally. According to Music Week, the IFPI has confirmed Friday as the global release day for albums and this change will effect albums set to be released this summer.

  • IFPI CEO Frances Moore spoke on the change in a statement, saying, "A global release day makes sense for one overwhelming reason – it meets the needs of the music consumer. In today’s globalized world, it makes no sense for new music to be released to fans on different days of the week. At the same time, we view this as a tremendous opportunity to breathe new life back into the release of music. Friday has a compelling logic to it, at the start of the weekend when fans most want to listen to and buy music, which is why it has been chosen as the day."


KANYE WEST BREAKS DOWN ABOUT FASHION MENTOR
Kanye West broke down during his interview with Zane Lowe yesterday (February 26th) while discussing his late fashion mentor Louise Wilson. He said, "Last time I saw her. we had dinner at Hakkasan, which is my favorite restaurant in London. And I think she knew that she was going to pass, and she just wanted to give me some words of advice moving forward, and she was asking me about my daughter, asked me about my wife...and she said, you know, 'So many students, they don't give it their all, and the problem is, soon as they do anything halfway good when they're 2 years old, 3 years old, their parents clap.' . . . Exactly. They clap. And she just looked at me and she said, 'Kanye, don't clap.'"

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ARIANA GRANDE LOSING OUT ON MILLIONS DUE TO COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE SALES
The Jasmine Brand has reported that Ariana Grande may be losing millions of dollars because of counterfeiters. According to the site, a company named Bravado International Group filed a lawsuit on Ariana's behalf to put an end to counterfeiters selling merchandise with the singer's name on it.

Bravado explained to the court that they have an agreement with Ariana where they are licensed to the rights to use her trademark to sell merchandise at concerts and retail stores. Bravado also said that Ariana will be performing next month at the Allstate Arena in Illinois and there will be people selling knockoff merchandise. The company says that the merchandise is similar, but looks cheaply made and can ruin Ariana's reputation with her fans.

  • Ariana sells a lot of merchandise at her concerts and brings in a great deal of money from fans purchasing the merchandise. Bravado is seeking a court injunction on Ari's behalf against any person selling fake merchandise. The company has also sought an order allowing local law enforcement to seize the knockoff items.


KELLY CLARKSON IS PRO MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
Kelly Clarkson has revealed that she's pro marijuana legalization. The American Idol album told Us Weekly, "I cannot understand the fact that controlled narcotic substances and alcohol are legal and weed isn't. How many people do you know who have died from weed? My point exactly."

She also shared a fun fact about herself, saying, "I have a concealed handgun license."

  • Kelly later said that she broke into tears because she didn't want to be in the film From Justin to Kelly after winning 'Idol.' She said, "I cried for a solid hour on the phone with the creator of American Idol and pleaded to be let out of the contract that said I had to film From Justin to Kelly."


SELENA GOMEZ REACHES OUT TO SUICIDAL FAN
Selena Gomez reached out to a suicidal fan on Instagram yesterday (February 26th) and offered the fan words of inspiration. Selena wrote, "By me following you is not me saying it’s ok to think these thoughts. It’s not me saying 'hey you said sad things, so I’m going to follow you to make you feel better.' God puts us in situations that are so unexplainably difficult for a reason. There is someone in the world feeling so much, just like you. There is someone who will always have it better or have it way worse than you."

She continued, "The point of all of that is for you to feel not alone. My point is, you are not alone in this world. People every day feel so many emotions they wish they could turn it off. But that’s not why we are here. We are here for relationships, for people just like us who feel worthless."

  • The singer added, "Your purpose is to share, help, encourage. Remember that. Please. Before you think of taking your life, think of all the lives you could save. I love you. More importantly there is a God that will love more than I ever could."
  • Selena captioned the post, "I know I meant lives. I don’t care about grammar. I’m sorry I had to share. Every life is worth it."


CARLY RAE JEPSEN IS READY TO MAKE A COMEBACK
Carly Rae Jepsen has teased that she has new music on the way. The singer -- who has taken a two-year hiatus, wrote an open letter to fans on her website, saying, "I've been hiding in forests where one meets a prince and dances till midnight. I've been cocooned in my Soho apartment, sipping tea with artists so weird and wonderful that only New York could keep them happy. I have been hiking to the tippy tops of LA peaks where I've said this out loud to no one...I'm ready. (Imagine the Muddy Waters song playing in my headphones.)"

  • She added, "I have been quietly so alive and now at long last I am ready to share my heart about it. The first single is called, 'I Really Like You' and I do--really really really really really really like you that is. Your support as my fans and friends has been everything."


HOZIER'S 'TAKE ME TO CHURCH' EXTENDS STREAK ON 'BILLBOARD' ROCK CHART
Hozier's current single "Take Me To Church" topped Billboard's "Hot Rock Songs" chart this week for the 19th time, tying it with Lorde's "Royals" for the third-longest stint on the throne. Only "Radioactive" from Imagine Dragons with 23 weeks and "Rope" from Foo Fighters with 20 weeks have lasted longer in the same position. The track also sits at Number Five on Billboard's overall Hot 100 and has only just slipped out of the Modern Rock Top 10.

The Irish singer says he's overwhelmed by the response he's gotten in the U.S. so far: "It's been crazy, man. I've been very fortunate and people have really connected with the music and, in a way, a lot more, a lot faster than I thought. So I don't know, I'm thrilled and I'm excited to tour here a bit more and spend more time here in America. It's kind of taken me by surprise; I'm still kind of processing it, if that makes sense." . Click here to listen to: HOZIER ON THE RESPONSE TO HIS MUSIC IN AMERICA


QUICKIES
ED SHEERAN STUMBLES OUT OF BRIT AWARDS AFTER PARTY: Ed Sheeran may have had one drink too many at a Brit Awards after party. The singer stumbled out of an after party at 6 a.m. with the help of his security team.

HAYLIE DUFF TALKS PREGNANCY WORKOUTS: Haylie Duff has opened up about her pregnancy workouts. Hilary Duff's older sister told Racked Miami, "I did Soulcycle through my whole pregnancy and I go on walks with friends. You know, I've worked through most of it shooting season two of The Real Girl's Kitchen. So I've been active in general. Chasing my little nephew Luca, sister Hilary Duff's 2-year-old son around and playing with him has been exercise enough! We've taken him to the beach plenty of times."

MORE RUMORS ABOUT RIHANNA'S LOVE LIFE: Mediatakeout has reported that Rihanna is back with Chris Brown are back together. Sources say that the two started communicating again. One friend said, "Chris is really going through it - with his legal trouble, tour issues, and now all this bad press - he reached out to the only one that really understands him - Robyn." One source said that Chris and RiRi were on Facetime earlier this week for nearly two hours and ended the call with "I Love You." Meanwhile, RadarOnline has reported RiRi is "really, really" into Leonardo DiCaprio and she has had a crush on him since she was a teen.