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The Music Superstars Driving Enormous Sales

Over the last decade, the music industry has become more top-heavy than ever, with a short list of mega-stars dominating the international concert tour business. You may have already guessed; big name acts such as Beyonce and Taylor Swift are ...
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2019 Grammy Award Winners

If you missed the 2019 Grammy Awards ceremony on TV, then you really missed out. To make up for it, we’ll do our best to capture the atmosphere of the awards show. There were lots of red carpet fails, (look ...
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How to Become a Music Critic

You don't need to be a musical genius to become a Music Critic, but a passion for music and in-depth knowledge of music artistry is essential. The media landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade, and it is now ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule I’m Real (Remix)

Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule I'm Real (Remix) from the album: J. Lo break/doWn by: matt halverson Everybody's talking about the love life of J-Lo (that's Jennifer Lopez for those of you who have neither turned on the T.V., gone ...
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Music Critic Interviews | Big Rude Jake

Big Rude Jake 12.22.98 by: bill aicher & big rude jake Big Rude Jake's debut album came out on Tuesday, February 23, 1999 on Roadrunner Records. It is one of the most innovative "swing" albums released in this recent swing ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Nelly Hot In Herre Nellyville

Nelly Hot In Herre from the album: Nellyville released: 07.25.02 break/doWn translating the hits for the masses by: the munk Ahhh Nelly... a man who's music is truly horrible, yet somehow remains stuck in our heads for days after we ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Tweet Oops…Oh My Southern Hummingbird

Tweet Oops...Oh My from: Southern Hummingbird released: 04.02.02 break/doWn translating the hits for the masses by: the munk Ahhh... songs about masturbation.... There really aren't enough of them, are there? Sure, Semisonic had that "Get a Grip" song, and there's ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Let Me Blow Ya Mind by Eve featuring Gwen Stefani

break/doWn by: matt halverson Music watchdogs on Capitol Hill - Sen. Joe Lieberman among them - continually complain that hip-hop and rap albums are sending negative messages of violence and misogyny to America's youth. If that's the case, young kids ...
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Music Critic Pop | Madonna American Life

Madonna American Life label:Maverick/Warner Bros. released: 04.22.03 our score: 1.5 out of 5.0 Disaster Piece by: bill aicher The release of every Madonna album, especially every album in the past five years or so, is a tremendous event. There's no ...
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Music Critic Articles | The Almost Top Ten Albums 2003

The Almost Top Ten Albums 2003 ...who didn't make the cut by: bill aicher As we've been preparing to wow the world with our picks for the top ten albums released in 2003, we realized there are quite a bit ...
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Music Critic Pop | Elvis Costello The Delivery Man

Elvis Costello  The Delivery Man label: Lost Highway released: 09.21.04 our score: 2.5 out of 5.0: Missed Delivery  by: michael abernethy There comes a point in an artist's career - usually after 10 years or so - when every new album ...
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Music Critic Pop | Madonna Music

Madonna Music label: Maverick released: 06.19.00 our score: 3.5 out of 5.0  Do You Like to Boogie Woogie? by: kriste matrisch As an avid fan of Madonna's music, I (of course) had to get my own copy of her latest with ...
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Music Critic Pop | Madonna Confessions On A Dancefloor

Madonna  Confessions On A Dancefloor  Maverick  November 14, 2005  our score: 5 out of 5.0  Confessions On A Dancefloor  by: Maria Grella Warning: Confessions On A Dancefloor may cause one to submit themselves to dance, while experiencing pure listening pleasure ...
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Music Critic Rock | Korn Follow the Leader

Korn - Follow the Leader  Tell Me Who's Hot, Who's Not by: bill aicher Well kids, the time has come.  The time has come for an overall quality release from Korn.  It is about time after their last two releases.  ...
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Music Critic Articles | Madonna American Pie

Madonna - American Pie  by: peter naldrett It's been played so many times on so many different radio stations that it seems crazy how Madonna's cover version of "American Pie" only went on sale on February 28th here in the ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Eminem Without Me

Eminem Without Me from the album: The Eminem Show released: 05.26.02 break/doWn translating the hits for the masses by: the munk Eminem has long been the reigning king of naughtiness - ever since the release of The Slim Shady LP, ...
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Music Critic Rock | Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus label: Virgin released: 09.29.04 our score: 4.5 out of 5.0 Luck Number 13 by: peter naldrett Moody and temperamental at best, the music of Nick Cave has been up ...
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Music Critic Electronica | Fatboy Slim Palookaville

Fatboy Slim Palookaville label: Astralwerks released: 10.05.04 our score: 3.0 out of 5.0 Where's the Beef? by: peter naldrett Oddly, the latest Fatboy Slim press release emailed to my computer had nothing to do with his new CD release. Instead ...
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Music Critic Articles | The True Sprituality of Music

The True Sprituality of Music or: How The Flaming Lips Are Going to Save The World Someday Dante 08.12.02 It's a simple truth of our being that each and every one of us has a deep-seated yearning to save our ...
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Music Critic Urban | Kevin Lyttle Eponymous

Kevin Lyttle label: Atlantic released: 07.27.04 our score: 2.5 out of 5.0   Good Things Come In Lyttle Packages by: john f. reed While Kevin Lyttle is on the same label (Atlantic) and Sean Paul and there is a bit ...
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Music Critic Pop | Various Artists Totally Hits Volume 2

Various Artists  Totally Hits Volume 2 label: rhino records released: 10.05.04 our score: 2.5 out of 5.0 Playing Catch Up to that "Other" Hits Collection by: john f. reed The Totally Hits collections are usually a great book-end companion to ...
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Music Critic Articles | Muse Time is Running Out

Muse "Time is Running Out " from the album: Absolution label: Warner Bros. album release: 03.30.04 Since their debut album, Showbiz, Muse have been a bit of a misunderstood band here in the United States. Pigeonholed as a Radiohead-wannabe band, ...
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Music Critic Electronica | The Crystal Method Vegas

The Crystal Method  Vegas label: outpost recordings released: 08.26.97 our score: 5.0 out of 5.0   Ready to Trip? by: tom reiter Since The Crystal Method hit the scene, they have been involved and featured in numerous other ventures.  Songs ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Magic Stick Lil’ Kim featuring 50 Cent

Magic Stick  Lil' Kim featuring 50 Cent from the album: La Bella Mafia released: 03.04.03 break/doWn translating the hits for the masses by: the munk The unbelievable success of songs like 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Lil' Kim's "Magic ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Naughty By Nature O.P.P.

Naughty By Nature O.P.P. from the album: Naughty By Nature released: September 3, 1991   break/doWn: the classics takin' it on back with an old skool track by: matt halverson Are you like us? Do you think today's hip-hop is ...
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Music Critic Interviews | Common

Music Critic Interview: Common by: bill aicher We recently were lucky enough to talk to Common, hot off the release of his latest album Electric Circus and currently on tour with Talib Kweli and Gang Starr to find out just ...
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Music Critic Interviews | Sittin’ Down With Slug

Sittin' Down With Slug by: carmela wiese We recently were lucky enough to talk to Slug, the frontman of Minneapolis Hip-Hop group, Atmosphere to find out what it's like to be at the start of what may just be something ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Jay Z Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

Jay Z  Izzo (H.O.V.A.) from the album: The Blueprint   break/doWn by: matt halverson Music watchdogs on Capitol Hill - Sen. Joe Lieberman among them - continually complain that hip-hop and rap albums are sending negative messages of violence and ...
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Music Critic Articles | Top Ten Albums 2003

Top Ten Albums 2003 ninja jihad by: bill aicher So 2003 has come to a close and 2004 is underway... it's about time we take a look back and see what albums rocked our socks off this last year in ...
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Music Critic Articles | Top Ten Albums 2001

Top Ten Albums 2001 the music that freed our souls by: bill aicher So, 2001 has ended and the question on many peoples' mind is: Was there any good music this year? Well indeed there was, and Music-Critic.com (now in ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Britney Spears Slave 4 U

Britney Spears Slave 4 U break/doWn by: matt halverson Bubble gum pop may be on its way out (much to the dismay of 13-year-olds and to the delight of the rest of the population), but the teen queen herself, Britney ...
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Music Critic Articles | Top Ten Albums 2000

Top Ten Albums 2000 INVASIONS FROM OVERSEAS by: bill aicher 2000 may have seemed like a bit of a wasted year in music. At least that is what it appeared to be at first glance. After looking over what came ...
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