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Album OTW: Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall

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35 years ago this week, “Rock With You” from Michael Jackson was the number one song in the country. It was taken from the album “Off the Wall,” a groundbreaking departure from Jackson’s previous work with Motown and his famous brothers, fusing funk, disco, jazz and pop. It eventually became the first album by a solo artist to produce four top ten singles, and firmly established Michael Jackson as a star in his own right. Reviewing a special edition of the album in 2001, AllMusic called it “vibrant and giddily exciting, years after its release,” and we agree. Listen as much as you want to “Off the Wall” from Michael Jackson, our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Fallout Boy’s American Beauty/American Psycho

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Chicago’s Fall Out Boy defined the emo/pop punk sound that dominated the 2000s. Their four major label albums were all Top 10 hits, and the band were even nominated for a Grammy for best new artist back in 2006. Bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz says that the band’s new album, “American Beauty/American Psycho,” touches on issues important to him, from modern love to the protests in Ferguson. Listen as much as you want to “American Beauty/American Psycho” from Fall Out Boy, our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Uptown Special from Mark Ronson

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London producer and DJ Mark Ronson got his start DJing in the New York club scene and was immediately in demand for his eclectic sets which merged hip hop, soul and British rock. Since then he’s released three studio albums of his own, as well as producing work for everyone from Amy Winehouse to Ghostface Killah. His fourth album “Uptown Special” features guest vocals from Mystikal and even Stevie Wonder and of course the smash hit semi-title track with Bruno Mars. Listen as much as you want to “Uptown Special” from Mark Ronson, our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint

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There are few pop stars as unique—and controversial—as Nicki Minaj. From her lightning-speed lyrical flow to her wild fashion sense, Minaj is one of a kind. Her first two albums bridged the gap between hip hop, pop and dance music, but for her third album “The Pinkprint,” Minaj has said she was influenced by straight up hip hop, and its title references Jay-Z’s seminal album “The Blueprint.” Put your anacondas away and take a listen to “The Pinkprint” from Nicki Minaj, our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1

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Since winning American Idol back in 2005, Carrie Underwood has become a true Queen of Country. After four albums and six Grammys, she’s collected all her biggest hits together in one compilation titled “Greatest Hits: Decade #1.” The album includes tracks from throughout her career as well as some new material. You can listen to all 25 tracks here as much as you want, it’s Carrie Underwood’s “Greatest Hits: Decade #1,” our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Reclassified from Iggy Azalea

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The career of rapper Iggy Azalea is the quintessential story of a small town girl who made it big. She grew up in an isolated Australian town but dreamed of being a hip hop star. In 2010 she moved to the US to pursue those dreams, and four years later she’s topping the charts. Her debut album “The New Classic” is now getting a reissue, complete with six new songs with guest vocalists including Ellie Goulding and Jennifer Hudson. She’s calling it “Reclassified” and you can listen to it as much as you want here.

Album OTW: One Direction’s Four

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Whether your favorite is Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, or sweet, sweet Harry, you know you love One Direction. The five piece got their start on the British edition of “The X Factor” back in 2010 and since then have smashed sales records and tickled fancies around the world. Their fourth album has the surprising title of “Four,” and it features guest appearances from John Legend, The 1975 and Emeli Sande. Listen as much as you want to “Four” from One Direction, it’s our Album of the Week!

Album OTW: Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways

 

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Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters are still going strong after 20 years and have eleven Grammys to show for it. Their eighth studio album “Sonic Highways” comes with a bit of a high concept: each of the album’s eight songs was recorded in a different city. They’re even going so far as to produce nine different covers for the vinyl pressing of the album, so you can pick your favorite. But we’ve got the music for you to listen to as much as you want right here, it’s “Sonic Highways” from Foo Fighters, our Album of the Week.

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