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Album OTW: Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Album OTW: Uptown Special from Mark Ronson

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 […]

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Album OTW: Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Album OTW: Reclassified from Iggy Azalea

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 […]

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Album OTW: One Direction’s Four

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 […]

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Album OTW: Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways

  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 […]

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