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David Bowie Blackstar

When music icon David Bowie released the album Blackstar on his 69th birthday, only he and a handful of others knew it would be his last. With his passing, the dark and dramatic album took on new meaning. Jim applauds Bowie for taking risks and trying new things at this point in his career. However, he thinks the album is too much of a downer and at times moves a little too slowly. That being said, Jim has great respect and gratitude for Bowie, and gives this album a Try It. Greg also enjoyed that Bowie took risks and conveyed his own ideas until the day he died. He overall enjoyed the record more than Jim, really cherishing this final album and its added significance. Plus, Greg still maintains his opinion that David Bowie is a true innovator. He gives Blackstar a Buy It.

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The EcstaticThe Ecstatic available on iTunes

Mos Def The Ecstatic

Mos Def first gained attention as a member of Black Star with fellow rapper Talib Kweli. He went on to have a successful solo career, but these days more people might recognize him as an actor than a musician. Now he is back with The Ecstatic. Jim and Greg both thought his rap career was all but over, so this record was a welcome surprise. Jim heard it more like an unfocused mixtape than an album, but he loved Mos Def's energy and the work of his producers. Greg found the rapper more engaged on this album and calls it a triumphant return to form. The Ecstatic gets two Buy Its.

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Best Albums of 2016…So Far

Greg and Jim just couldn't wait until December to talk about some of their new favorite albums. They discuss some of the best records of 2016 so far. Here are their complete lists:

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Best Albums of 2016

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Music News

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Music News

Fans continue to mourn the death of David Bowie, who died January 10th. His most recent album, Blackstar, released two days before his death, rose to #1 in America as fans and strangers alike tuned in to hear Bowie's last artful words. Blackstar's huge sales represent a trend found in Nielsen's 2015 music report, which says rock music is going strong. According to Nielsen, rock is the #1 genre for album sales—33% of albums sold in North America were rock. Though pop and R&B may be topping the charts, rock gets sold the most.

Music streams continue to be popular with listeners and are up 93%. But, there's hope for high fidelity fans too: MusicWatch reported an estimated 25 million U.S. consumers are willing to pay more money for higher sound quality. And while we live in a digital world, radio, surprisingly, remains people's #1 source for music discovery.

Adele The biggest winner in 2015 was, of course, Adele. Her record 25 accounted for 3.1% of all album sales in 2015 and 16% of all album sales during the six weeks following its release. So, it's not surprising that she was the most searched artist according to the BBC and Shazam. The BBC allows you to find out what people are searching for in your city, and also, that city's“musical twin.”Here in Chicago, our listening matches up with Johor Bahru in Malaysia.

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