Rocka Rolla Turns 40: Judas Priest Reflect On Their Debut Album

by (@JordanRuntagh)

40 years ago today, Judas Priest came shrieking out of turntable speakers for the very first time with their debut disc, Rocka Rolla. Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner discussed the band’s first studio outing recently when they stopped by VH1 headquarters.

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The Sonic Evolution Of Wiz Khalifa: The Road To Blacc Hollywood

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It’s only natural that an artist’s music evolves over the course of his career, but Cameron Jibril Thomaz -better known as Wiz Khalifa- has gone through a drastic transformation. Since his 2006 release of his debut album Show and Prove, Khalifa introduced himself as a gritty Pittsburgh rapper ready to claim the throne. Today, Wiz sits comfortably at the top with his first number one albumBlacc Hollywood. Listening to a 19-year-old kid from the streets of “Pistolvania,” Khalifa’s voice is almost unrecognizable as today’s light hearted rapper and lover of Ms. Mary Jane. To understand his evolution, we must start from the beginning in a track-by-track comparison of Wiz then and now.

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From Taylor Swift To NSYNC, Counting Down Max Martin’s Greatest Songs

by (@sllambe)

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With “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift debuting at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Ariana Grande’s sophomore album, My Everything, set to take the top spot of the album charts, it’s safe to say Max Martin is back on top. Though, it’s not like he exactly went anywhere. Easily one of the most prolific writers of the past 20 years, the Swedish music producer is responsible for some of the biggest hits by Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson. Most recently, he’s extended his magic touch to Grande, Swift and a host of other new artists that are hoping to add to Martin’s 18 number one hits.

With so much attention on his latest hits, we went through his entire writing and production catalog to pick out his 15 best hits. These songs range from country to pop, happy to sad and everything in between.

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Beyoncé By The Numbers: How Queen Bey Gained Her Crown

by (@TaylorFerber)

Through the years, we’ve watched Beyoncé transform from the leading lady of Destiny’s Child to the multibillion marketing genius and powerhouse that saw her crowned as Queen Bey. We bow down to her now, as she proves time and time again to be flawless in more ways than one. She’s made appearances on the big screen, she’s a ridiculously talented live performer and she has so many awards we actually wonder where she fits them. On top of being an entertainment mogul, she’s a loyal wife and loving mom. Looking back at Bey’s career by the numbers proves that she is one of a kind to the point of not even being human. After all, even Beyoncé has just 24 hours in a day like the rest of us.

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