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The Essential Guide To Beyonce’s Surprise Album

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Stop the presses! All y’all news organizations who already printed your Top 10 Lists for 2013 need to go back and print an addendum, stat, because Beyoncé dropped an album out of the blue (Ivy!) overnight. Sure, a few weeks ago we (lightly) admonished King Bey for failing to release an album in 2013, but as of this morning, we BOW DOWN before King Bey and take everything back. Beyoncé’s self-titled Beyoncé is a game-changer not only because it broke every rule in the book about music marketing, but because it arrived complete with VIDEOS FOR EVERY SONG ON THE ALBUM!

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The 5 Tracks On Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail That Everyone Is Talking About (Including “Holy Grail”)

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Jay-Z‘s heavily anticipated 12th album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, dropped a little less than 12 hours ago. It is not currently available for purchase at any of the “normal” outlets (think iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.), but if you have a Samsung Galaxy and/or any profiency at using search engines, it’s there for the listening. Its 16 tracks clock in at 59 minutes and 4 seconds, which means there’s a lot to digest here. We’re not in any rush to judge the album until we’ve spent at least 24 hours with it, but here are the five tracks that stood out to us over the course of the three spins we’ve given it so far today:

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Michael Buble Sings Frank Ocean!

Michael Bublé is riding high this week, scoring the #1 spot on the album charts with his latest release, To Be Loved. The Canadian crooner is the special guest on this week’s episode of the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, which airs tomorrow starting at 9am and again on Sunday at 8am, and we caught up with him for a few minutes after he spoke to our own Jim Shearer. We taped the interview at midtown Manhattan’s Pulse Karaoke, so we couldn’t resist asking him what song he would sing with his buddies over a few beers. And, much to our delight, he broke out a few lines from Frank Ocean‘s “Super Rich Kids”!!!

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Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience Is From The Future

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It’s been impossible to play another record since Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience started streaming on iTunes last week, a full seven days prior to its official release. Its infectious infusion of the best of pop, soul and R&B is like the bait on the end of a fishing rod. You sniff around it for a bit before eventually deciding that you want the soulful nourishment. Then, before you know it, you’re hooked with no escape route in sight, but you’re too busy taking in the way the album chronicles the highs and lows of falling in love to care. Read more…