Album OTW: Ed Sheeran’s X

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Cutie-pie ginger-haired Ed Sheeran is just 23 years old but has already captured America’s hearts with songs like “The A Team” and “Sing.” Following in the footsteps of his first album which used a plus symbol as the title, his second album is called “x,” the symbol for “multiply.” The album features production help from Pharrell Williams and Rick Rubin, so listen as much as you want to “x” from Ed Sheeran, it’s our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Hunting Party from Linkin Park

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SoCal combo Linkin Park are known for their sonic adventurousness, combining hard rock, hip hop and electronic styles. But for their sixth album “The Hunting Party” they’ve returned to a more straight-ahead rock sound, bringing in guest musicians from bands like Helmet, System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine. Listen to “The Hunting Party” as much as you want, it’s our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Jack White’s Lazaretto

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Detroit native Jack White is a true renaissance man. As half of the White Stripes, he helped change the face of American rock music, and at only 38 years old he ranks among history’s most innovative guitarists. Lately he’s released material as part of the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, but now we have his second solo album. It’s called “Lazaretto,” and White himself calls it a potluck of genres, from garage rock to country. Listen as much as you want to “Lazaretto” from Jack White, our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Platinum from Miranda Lambert

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30-year-old Texas native Miranda Lambert only finished third on the show “Nashville Star” but since then she’s proven to be a real winner, grabbing the Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year award 5 years running. Her fifth studio album is called “Platinum” and it features eight songs written by Lambert, plus collaborations with Little Big Town and The Time Jumpers as well as “Somethin’ Bad,” a duet with Carrie Underwood recently featured as one our Songs Stuck In My Head. Listen as much as you want to “Platinum” from Miranda Lambert, our Album of the Week!

Album OTW: Mariah Carey’s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse

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If you look up Mariah Carey on Wikipedia, they don’t even know her age, it’s listed as either 44 or 45. It’s kind of amazing that after selling over 200 million records worldwide, Mariah still manages to retain an air of mystery. She nods to this in the title of her fourteenth studio album, “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” which has been over three years in the making. It features Nas, Miguel, Fabolous and R. Kelly, and Carey has said the album “reflects some of the peaks and valleys that made me who I am today.” Listen as much as you want to “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” from Mariah Carey, it’s our Album of the Week!

Album OTW: Phillip Phillips – Behind the Light

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23-year-old Georgia native Phillip Phillips almost didn’t make it through his American Idol run as he endured a bout with kidney stones. But he persevered and went on to win the whole competition. His 2012 debut album “The World From the Side of the Moon” went platinum; now we have his sophomore release. It’s called “Behind the Light” and critics are calling it a more organic and authentic sound. Check it out for yourself, listen as much as you want to “Behind the Light” from Phillip Phillips, it’s our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Micheal Jackson’s Xscape


It’s hard to believe that the forever-young Michael Jackson would have turned 55 this year. His death in 2009 shocked the world, and audiences still hunger to hear unreleased material from Jackson’s catalog. “Xscape” is the second posthumous compilation of unheard Michael Jackson songs. It was curated by Epic chairman L.A. Reid, and the updated production was supervised by Timbaland. Plus it features guest appearances from Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Questlove and D’Angelo. This is “Xscape,” Michael Jackson and our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Storyline from Hunter Hayes

AOTW HUNTERAt the ripe old age of 22, Louisiana-born Hunter Hayes has already become a powerful voice in country music. His 2011 debut album spawned two Country Number 1s and three Grammy nominations, all the more impressive considering he played every instrument and sang every vocal track himself. Now he’s back with his second album “Storyline,” and he’s allowed a few more musicians into the mix including guest vocalists and his touring band. Listen here as much as you want to “Storyline” from Hunter Hayes, it’s our Album of the Week.

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