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Rock - Released October 16, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Film Soundtracks - Released October 16, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 23, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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R&B - Released October 16, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Film Soundtracks - Released October 15, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Film Soundtracks - Released October 15, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 13, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Country - Released October 13, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Country - Released September 20, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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The ghost of Sir Rosevelt looms over The Owl. Zac Brown's dance side project released an album soon after Welcome Home, the 2017 album from the Zac Brown Band, but it was buried, not even making an appearance on Billboard's Top 400. Brown didn't interpret this lack of success as rejection. Instead, he decided to push the Zac Brown Band firmly into pop, inviting Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Poo Bear, and Skrillex into the studio to collaborate. This list of premium pop and dance producers suggests that The Owl is a far cry from the downhome charms of the Dave Cobb-produced Welcome Home, and that's true. The Owl gleams like a shiny new trinket from an upscale mall, its individual songs designed to ease onto any playlist you'd fancy. Nominally country, The Owl often throbs to electronic rhythms and is slathered in synths, to the point where even a funky blues number like "Me and the Boys in the Band" is polished so it could be considered pop. Unlike so many pop moves from country artists, The Owl is executed cleverly, never renouncing the core elements of the Zac Brown Band: "Shoofly Pie" is a loose-limbed rocker designed to keep the crowds moving during the mid-set, and "Leaving Love Behind" leans into Brown's James Taylor side. These cozy numbers just happen to be anomalies on The Owl. The rest of the record finds Brown defiantly bringing the glitzy party sensibility of Sir Rosevelt into the Zac Brown Band, getting his main group to play EDM rhythms, take a detour into rap, and play a ballad co-written by Shawn Mendes. The fact that a good chunk of the numbers work does not erase how deeply strange this album is. A band who once celebrated the simple pleasures of toes in the sand are now singing about champagne glasses filled with diamonds and, no matter how many times The Owl is spun, it's impossible to tell how they got to this point. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Film Soundtracks - Released September 11, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Pop - Released May 30, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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R&B/Soul - Released April 22, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Unbreakable. It’s written all over it. It’s 2015, and Janet Jackson is still… unbreakable? Baptizing her eleventh studio album thus, her first since 2008’s Discipline, and of course her first since the death of her legendary brother in 2009, the star makes a comeback like only the Jackson family know how. The greatest strength of Unbreakable is its ability to merge Janet’s iconic voice (which was ever-present in the late ‘80s and the ‘90s) with the significant sounds of 2015. The result is a mélange of nu-soul, funk, and light R&B that serves as the backdrop for the voice of a singer still at the top of her game. The disc largely eschews guest spots (only Missy Elliott and J. Cole take turns), and Janet proves once more that she is a complete artist in her own right. Approaching 50 years, Michael’s younger sister never tries to appropriate the style of younger, teenage artists. This is a blossoming woman, mistress of her artistic world and, simply put… unbreakable! © CM/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 15, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Tal Wilkenfeld made her bones as a bass prodigy, impressing such heavy-hitters as Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, and Jeff Beck when she was in her early twenties. Wilkenfeld gained their attention through the dexterous chops she displayed on her 2007 debut Transformation. An audacious if slightly old-fashioned exercise in jazz fusion, Transformation has little to do with Love Remains, the sophomore set Wilkenfeld delivered 12 long years later. Wilkenfeld spent those years working as a sidewoman -- her main gig was in Jeff Beck's band, but she also worked with Toto, Ryan Adams, Todd Rundgren, and Jackson Browne -- while also redefining her solo music, moving firmly into the realm of '90s alternative rock. With its cascades of roiling guitars and dark, churning rhythms -- heavy textures tempered by a clutch of songs anchored on insistent acoustic guitars -- Love Remains seems to belong to another time: one that existed just after grunge and ceased to be after the rise of Total Request Live. What gives Love Remains a bit of a spark is Wilkenfeld's evident passion. Given her background, a high level of craft should be expected -- Wilkenfeld and her supporting musicians do not flaunt their skills, but rather hit their marks with precision -- but what's surprising is how Wilkenfeld pours herself into these retro-'90s anthems, and that level of emotional engagement prevents Love Remains from an exercise in throwback alternative rock. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Pop - Released February 15, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released October 5, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released September 14, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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As they must to all men, the years have caught up to Good Charlotte, the punk-pop band who made their bones as snotty young brats. Facing their forties, Joel and Benji Madden turn both inward and outward on Generation Rx, a swift LP teeming with affirmations and anthems. Perhaps its title is a jab at a medicated generation, but the record also seems to be designed as healing: punk-pop as self-help. Indeed, the second song on Generation Rx is called "Self Help," and while the Maddens aren't entirely navel-gazing here, their rallying calls for bullied teens and broadsides against "thoughts and prayers" platitudes are rooted within the idea that empathy is preferable to sarcasm. Such earnestness means that Generation Rx can feel a little bit deliberate: it may be little more than half an hour but it feels a bit longer, because the tempos are moderate and the melodies studiously avoid effervescence. All the same, Generation Rx winds up showing a way forward for Good Charlotte: they haven't forgotten their adolescence, but instead of attempting to re-create those wild crazy days, they've chosen to act as the concerned big brothers showing there's a way out of the darkness. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Rock - Released July 2, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Guitars in the foreground, musclebound rhythms and grandiose vocals: It never occurred to Nickelback to take up deep house or electro dub on their ninth album, then. With Feed The Machine, the Canadians remain faithful to their fundamentals, balancing hard riffs with addictive melodies. The gang from Alberta still has the major advantage that is singer Chad Kroeger, virtuoso vocalist whose voice is paraded to perfect effect amidst the guitar tsunami that he unleashes alongside his rhythm guitarist Ryan Peake. One could, of course, accuse Nickelback of resting on their laurels somewhat, but you've got to admit that the XXL hard stadium rock of, Feed The Machine does what it says on the tin. © CM/Qobuz
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Rock - Released July 2, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released July 2, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Like light shining through the clouds after a storm, Sully Erna's solo sophomore outing Hometown Life is bright, comforting, and uplifting. While his 2010 solo debut Avalon was just a few steps away from Godsmack's more subdued material, Hometown Life is a full embrace of everything else Erna enjoys, including blues, country, and R&B. Hometown Life crackles with spirit, a somewhat jarring shift for anyone in search of a dose of the typical Godsmack spookiness. Erna sets aside that darkness and angst in favor of an intimate, personal experience. For Godsmack fans who have grown along with him, this will be a welcome and relaxing break after decades of head-cracking post-grunge ragers. Here, Erna allows himself to be vulnerable, which lends emotional heft to tracks like the soaring "Blue Skies" and mournful "Falling to Black." He contemplates mortality on the gypsy jam "Father of Time" and pays homage to his Lawrence, Massachusetts roots on the title track. A familiar (and familial) team has once again joined Erna in the studio: in addition to backing band Chris Lester, Tim Theriault, and Chris Decato, other players who helped with Avalon have also returned, including Irina Chirkova, who infuses the album with her cello swells, and Lisa Guyer, who provides backing vocals and contributes another highlight duet on "Forever My Infinity." New faces include drummer David Stefanelli and songwriter Zac Malloy (Daughtry, Skillet, Tim McGraw) who injects a little Nashville warmth to "Your Own Drum" and "Different Kind of Tears." One guest warrants special mention: Erna's father, Salvatore Sr., whose trumpet lends a cool bluesy vibe to the toe-tapping jam "Turn It Up!" All of these studio guests make Hometown Life feel like an extended jam session among loved ones. For a fiery frontman responsible for some of the heaviest songs in modern rock, it's a pleasing and nourishing departure, a journey of self-reflection and maturation. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Rock - Released June 22, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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