Drake Silences the Jokes with Cold, Dark Album

For as long as Drake's been around, almost everything about him - his Mr. Sensitive image, his sweater collection, his cheesy photos with various professional athletes - has been the subject of a never-ending stream of Internet memes.

Still, Drake and his talent are no joke, and the Grammy winner's surprise album, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late," dares critics to say otherwise.

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Meghan Trainor doo-wops to death on "Title"

There’s plenty to like about Meghan Trainor’s first full-length album, “Title.” The set, which includes music from a previously released EP of the same name, serves up all the doo-wop sass that hooked fans on the singer-songwriter’s Grammy-nominated hit, “All About That Bass.”

Jump to almost any track on “Title” and you’ll find a similar juxtaposition of cheeky lyrics stamped over malt shop-inspired production. Unfortunately, therein lies the problem: by album’s end, it seems Trainor and “Title” producer Kevin Kadish have beaten their brand of shooby-doo flavor to death.

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Grande's 'My Everything' is everything

This is how you follow up an impressive debut: simply step into the recording booth, and be amazing yet again.

Maybe it's easier said than done, but Ariana Grande manages to pull off the feat with her sophomore release "My Everything," the successor to last year's near-pop perfection "Yours Truly," which topped the Billboard 200 chart and spawned the hit single "The Way," featuring Mac Miller.

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Trey Songz is complacent on 6th album

Trey Songz, "Trigga" (Atlantic Records)

Six albums in and making R&B hits almost seems too easy for Trey Songz.

He's got the vocals of a crooner with the swagger of a rapper, and on his latest release, "Trigga," the heartthrob once again darts between the bedroom and bottle service, sending his sweet vocals soaring over a landscape of seductive beats, beautiful melodies and lyrics that beg to be repeated.

But Songz's latest set is missing something: growth.

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Reality TV land helps Tamar Braxton get to Grammys

CHICAGO (AP) — When Tamar Braxton's "Love and War" debuted at No.2 on Billboard's 200 albums chart last September, her sisters sent their congratulations via Instagram and Twitter.

Braxton, the singer-turned-reality star-turned-singer again, had been expecting more from them, and in her signature dramatic style, she let her sisters know they'd dropped the ball. Viewers watched the confrontation unfold on the hit WEtv reality series, "Braxton Family Values."

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Lady Gaga Addresses Old Criticism During Return to Lollapalooza

CHICAGO—Lady Gaga has come a long way since her appearance three years ago at the Lollapalooza music festival — but she hasn’t forgotten some critics’ less-than-stellar reviews of that performance.

The voice behind “Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance” commanded thousands of screaming fans in Chicago on Friday night to forget anyone who ever said they weren’t pretty enough or skinny enough — or that “your Lollapalooza BMI stage show was a (expletive) trainwreck. You’re a (expletive) superstar. You were born that way!”

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Despite hits, Ne-Yo feels under-appreciated

NEW YORK (AP) — Ne-Yo knows that people appreciate his music.

After all, his first two albums have gone platinum and the singer- songwriter has also helped pen some of the biggest songs of other artists' careers, including Beyonce's Grammy-nominated "Irreplaceable" and Rihanna's recent smash, "Take A Bow."

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Hip-Hop Stars Rally for Jena Six

NEW YORK (AP) -- When the latest call for a protest over Jena Six came, it wasn't led by Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, but rapper-actor Mos Def.

Mos Def sent out a viral video urging students to walk out of classrooms nationwide this week in protest of the prosecution of six black teens _ initially charged with attempted murder _ in the beating a white classmate in Jena, La.

And Mos Def is not the only member of the hip-hop community speaking out in this racially charged case. 

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