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By Los Angeles Times | June 6, 2004
Should Prince's new Musicology go down in the pop annals as "The Asterisk Album?" It has earned one on a couple of fronts -- first, for the sales boost that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician got by distributing a copy of his latest CD to everyone attending his current concert tour, and second, for prompting Billboard magazine this past week to change its sales chart policy because of that. Musicology is Prince's hottest album in years, partially because Nielsen SoundScan, whose figures are used by Billboard to determine chart position, has counted as "sales" the more than 150,000 copies given to fans that have attended his concert tour.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | December 7, 1994
It would not be entirely accurate to say I was first in line at the music store.I was not first in line, because, technically, there was no line.It was just me.I was there to purchase the new Beatles album, which was released yesterday. These were words -- new Beatles album -- I never expected to say again in that order. The last new Beatles album to hit the stores was "Let It Be" in 1970, and the boys had already broken up by then, meaning Linda McCartney would soon be allowed to play keyboard in public.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | February 28, 1992
WAYNE'S WORLDMusic from the Motion Picture (Reprise 26805)What makes the denizens of "Wayne's World" so believable is the attention to detail Mike Myers and Dana Carvey lavish on Wayne and Garth; not only do these two look like typical suburban rivet-heads, but they talk and think like them, too. So why doesn't the soundtrack album to "Wayne's World" ring as true? Part of the problem has to do with movie production up-sizing -- for instance, taking the raucously amateurish "Wayne's World Theme" and inflating it to the album-rock proportions found here.
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By Mike Himowitz | June 19, 2000
Over the last year I've waxed poetic about online photo-sharing sites, which allow you to post digital snapshots in Web albums that your family and friends can view and download. The only problem with this approach is that not everyone in your family may have a Web connection, or at least one that's fast enough to make downloading large digital images worthwhile. And once they download photos, many people don't know what to do with them. That's why I was intrigued and ultimately delighted by FlipAlbum CD Maker from E-Book Systems (www.
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By Craig Seymour and Craig Seymour,COX NEWS SERVICE | December 3, 2002
Here's the punch line: Mariah Carey. Now write your own joke. This is basically what Carey has become for most people, following her embarrassing movie bomb Glitter, the accompanying flop soundtrack and the fact that her former record label, Virgin, paid a reported $30 million just to get rid of her. Where once she was America's singing Stepford-like sweetheart, she has become a living farce - Anna Nicole Smith with a 5-octave range. But with the release of her new album, Charmbracelet, out today, Carey is trying to change that image.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 29, 1991
It's Hammer time again.At least, he and his record company hope it is. After all, his last album, "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," sold some 10 million copies, topping the Billboard album charts for 21 weeks. Consequently, they're doing everything imaginable to make sure the rapper's new album, "Too Legit to Quit" (Capitol 98151, arriving in record stores today), can not only touch that, but top it.Don't hold your breath, though. Even though his new album boasts many of the same strengths that made "Please Hammer" a multiplatinum phenomenon, it lacks both the confidence and spontaneity of its predecessor.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | December 29, 2005
Generally speaking, pop in 2005 wasn't as conventional as it had been the previous year. But it wasn't entirely thrilling, either. In 2004, pop audiences mostly gravitated toward full, warm productions with echoes of the past. Alicia Keys' unabashedly old-fashioned The Diary of Alicia Keys and Ray Charles' tepid duets album, Genius Loves Company, were huge hits last year. But the best musical moments of '05 achieved more with less. The usually rowdy Ying Yang Twins, for instance, literally brought things down to a whisper on the nasty "Wait (The Whisper Song)
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By Richard Cromelin and Richard Cromelin,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 21, 2003
The artist formerly known as Brody Armstrong bounces a small rubber ball on the concrete floor and laughs raucously as a pit bull named Redrum takes off in pursuit. She repeats the process, sending the ball bouncing madly off the walls, beams, instrument cases and other surfaces inside the rehearsal facility in Van Nuys, Calif. Kneeling on the floor and shouting encouragement, she seems more like a carefree youngster playing with a favorite pet than the rock world's next big thing, or at least its most controversial siren since Courtney Love.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | March 21, 1993
If notoriety really does translate into record sales, then Ice-T's "Home Invasion" (Rhyme Syndicate/Priority 53858, in stores Tuesday) ought to go quintuple platinum.This is the album Ice-T promised would be more provocative than "Cop Killer" or anything on "O.G. Original Gangster," and it started raising a ruckus even before it was released. Its content provoked Warner Bros. into terminating Ice-T's contract, and its cover has generated more complaints than any album art since Guns N' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction."
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 9, 2007
Brave, the title of Jennifer Lopez's new album out today, is a misnomer. And the cover shot, featuring the pop star in an intense face-off with her own image, is also misleading. The title and packaging suggest that J. Lo is breaking new artistic ground, that she's challenging herself to do more than the trend-conscious dance-pop that pushed her four previous albums to multiplatinum sales. But that isn't the case at all. Brave is the safest, most predictable album Lopez has recorded. Maybe pregnancy, as it's been rumored, has brought out a tamer side, also seen during her tepid performance with Marc Anthony Friday night at the Verizon Center in Washington.
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