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The Pinkprint is the third studio album by Trinidadian-born American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was made available for purchase on December 12, 2014 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. Minaj co-executive-produced the record alongside Birdman, Lil Wayne and Ronald Williams, and the assistance of a variety of fellow producers. Looking to depart from the dance-pop elements of her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Minaj wanted to make a follow-up record influenced by her traditional hip hop beginnings.
Upon its release, The Pinkprint received generally favorable reviews from music critics, with many of them applauding its production and Minaj's lyricism. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 244,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, of which 198,000 were pure sales. In the United Kingdom, The Pinkprint opened at number 22 on the UK Albums Chart. As of December 2015, the record has sold 682,000 pure copies in the United States, and has since been certified 2× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America by adding streaming and track sales equivalent.
Sweet Talker is the third studio album by English singer Jessie J. It was released on 13 October 2014, by Lava Records and Island Records. Contributing on the album; including rappers 2 Chainz, and Nicki Minaj, singer Ariana Grande, making guest appearances, and the addition to the album was the hip hop group De La Soul and the violinist Lindsey Stirling. Jessie co-wrote the album and worked with several producers such as The-Dream, Diplo, Tricky Stewart, Max Martin, Ammo and amongst the hosts of collaborators from both the new and the old.
The album was preceded by the lead single, "Bang Bang", met with critical acclaim from music critics. It also became a worldwide hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom, reaching the top 10 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, and reaching the top 3 in the United States, becoming Jessie's most successful single. The third single, Masterpiece was also successful by reaching the top-ten; including Germany, Switzerland and Austria as well as the top-twenty in Australia and New Zealand. Moreover, the song scored Jessie J her fifth US Billboard Hot 100 hit, following the aforementioned "Bang Bang".
Sucker is the second studio album by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX, released on 15 December 2014 by Asylum and Atlantic Records. The album was met with positive reviews from critics, praising its throwback style, and ended up being included on many year-end lists for best albums of the preceding 12 months. Sucker has spawned the singles "Boom Clap", "Break the Rules", "Doing It" and "Famous".
Charli promoted the album through a series of public appearances and televised live performances, as well as appearing on the Jingle Ball Tour 2014. The album was supported by Charli's Girl Power North America Tour, which lasted from September to October 2014. She was also the opening act for the European leg of Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour in 2015.
One year after Talk That Talk, Rihanna revs up her reign with some of her most entrancing material to date on seventh album Unapologetic. Led by hit single "Diamonds," she ventures through a variety of ballads, party tracks and collaborations: "Loveeeeeee Song" with Future, "Stay" with Mikky Ekko, "Numb" featuring Eminem, and then there's Chris Brown jamming out like Michael Jackson on "Nobody's Business"—a song you might be mad at if it weren't so good. "Jump," which borrows the chorus from Ginuwine's "Pony," finds RiRi bold as ever: "When you fuck them other girls I bet they be wondering why you always call my name"; while on "Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary," she breaks free from the sentiment of the album's title and is most daring as she repents: "You took the best years of my life/...I pray that love don't strike twice."
Queen Of The Clouds
Queen of the Clouds is the debut studio album by Swedish singer Tove Lo. It was released on 24 September 2014 by Island Records. The album follows her first extended play Truth Serum and includes the successful singles "Habits" and "Talking Body". Lo worked with several writers and producers such as The Struts, Klas Åhlund, Alexander Kronlund, Alx Reuterskiöld, and Captain Cuts. Lyrically, the album's themes center on the stages of a relationship, including passion, love and break-ups.
The album garnered generally positive reviews from music critics who praised its production and lyrical content. On 25 September 2015, a Blueprint edition of the album was announced, including tracks from Truth Serum, a new version of "Moments", as well as the song "Not Made for This World" originally a Spotify only bonus track, and an explicit version of the song "Scream My Name" from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
Beyoncé: Platinum Edition is the first box set by American singer Beyoncé, released on November 24, 2014, by Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. A reissue of her fifth studio album Beyoncé, it was released in recognition of its one-year anniversary and is packaged with the audio and visual discs from the original record. The project additionally includes another CD including two newly recorded songs and four previously-released remixes, and a second DVD with ten live performances filmed during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Her fourth EP, titled Beyoncé: More Only was digitally released alongside the box set, offering the newly released material as an individual collection. The EP debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200, selling 43,000 copies in its first week, but also garnered an additional 28,000 in album equivalent units. The release was promoted with the release of "Flawless Remix" in the United States as the lead single from the box set on August 12, 2014 followed by "7/11" on November 25, 2014
Stars Dance is the debut solo studio album by American singer Selena Gomez. It was released on July 19, 2013, by Hollywood Records. Gomez began planning the project in 2012, at which time she announced that her band Selena Gomez & the Scene would be taking an indefinite hiatus, and continued work into 2013. She has cited artists such as Britney Spears and Skrillex as influences on the record, which stylistically features EDM and electropop music. Elements of dubstep, techno, disco and worldbeat have been noted on the album. Gomez worked with producers such as Rock Mafia and The Cataracs on the album.
Upon its release, Stars Dance received generally mixed reviews from music critics. While some complimented both Gomez's maturing image and the album's content both lyrically and vocally, the album was criticized for its electronic-heavy and somewhat "generic" production. It is her first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. The album sold 97,000 copies in its first week of release in the country, making it her highest selling debut at the time. This was later surpassed by her second studio effort, Revival, which sold 117,000 units in its first week.
Prism is the fourth studio album by American singer Katy Perry. It was released by Capitol Records on October 18, 2013. While the album was initially planned to be "darker" than her previous material, Prism ultimately became a prominently dance-inspired record. The singer worked with several past collaborators, while enlisting new producers and guest vocals. Much of Prism revolves around the themes of living in the present, relationships, and self-empowerment. The album garnered generally positive reviews with critics praising its lyrical content for being more "mature" and personal, while others considered Prism to be more formulaic than her previous material.
The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with 286,000 copies sold, becoming Perry's best opening week to date. The album also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Prism became Perry's fastest-selling album, the second best-selling album in Australia in 2013, and the second best-selling album released by a woman in the United States in 2013.
Yours Truly is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande. It was released on September 3, 2013, by Republic Records. Incorporating R&B, Yours Truly was influenced by Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, amongst Grande's other idols. Grande describes the album's first half as a "throwback" to the R&B music of the 1990s, and the second half being "very unique and very special that I've sort of written" which is completely original. On the album, Grande co-wrote six out of the twelve tracks. Contribution by Harmony Samuels, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Patrick "J. Que" Smith and Victorious co-star Leon Thomas III, as well as others, handling the production on the album. Grande recorded a number of songs on this album over a three-year period. The collaborations are with Big Sean, Mika and Mac Miller, in addition to The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, who features on the song "Almost Is Never Enough" which was also included on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack. Occasionally, the album dips into other genres such as adult contemporary music and dance music.
Sorry I'm Late
Sorry I'm Late is the second studio album by English recording artist Cher Lloyd. It was released on 27 May 2014, by Epic Records, Syco Music, and Mr. Kanani. Lloyd herself co-wrote five songs on the album, working with new producers and songwriters such as Beth Ditto and Tove Lo. It is her last album released through Epic and Syco.
Sorry I'm Late received generally positive reviews during its US release, with many critics praising Lloyd's personality and vulnerability on the album, and commenting on the maturity in comparison to her debut studio album, Sticks and Stones. The album was preceded by the singles "I Wish" and "Sirens", both of which received equally positive reviews. The album was described as "fun" and "sweet but sharp" by critics.
Baby Don't Lie
Broke with Expensive Taste
Broke with Expensive Taste is the debut studio album by American recording artist Azealia Banks. In 2011, Banks started working on the album despite not having signed to a record label at that time. A year later, she signed a contract deal with Interscope and Polydor Records to work on the album. However, she felt dissatisfied with the labels' representatives and consequently, she ended the contract with the labels in July 2014 and signed to Prospect Park. After being delayed for over two years, Broke with Expensive Taste was released on November 7, 2014 by Banks herself and Prospect Park via Caroline Records without any prior announcements at all.
Broke with Expensive Taste was described as a hip house and dance-pop record which incorporates elements from a wide range of genres, including punk, trance, trap, R&B and UK garage. The album received positive reviews from music critics, who praised Banks' musical diversity and opined that the album was "worth the wait". The record spawned four singles: "Yung Rapunxel", "Heavy Metal and Reflective", "Chasing Time", and "Ice Princess".
Pure Heroine (Extended)
Pure Heroine is the debut studio album by New Zealand singer Lorde, which was released through Universal, Lava, and Republic Records on 27 September 2013. After several unsuccessful sessions with songwriters, Lorde was paired with Joel Little by A&R representative Scott Maclachlan, who assisted with the album's production. Recording took place at Golden Age Studios in Auckland. Pure Heroine has been described as a dream pop, electronica and electropop album with minimalist production, deep bass and programmed beats.
The album received positive reviews from most critics, many of whom praised its songwriting, production, and Lorde's vocal delivery. It appeared on several year-end critics' lists, and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Pure Heroine deals with themes of youth and critiques mainstream culture, exploring wealth, fame, consumer culture and social status. The album is known for its impact and influence on contemporary pop music and its challenge to modern-day artists.
Lorde released Pure Heroine's lead single, "Royals", to critical and commercial success; it was followed by "Tennis Court", "Team" and "Glory and Gore".
I Love Money
Chanel West Coast
A.K.A. is the eighth studio album by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez. It was released on June 13, 2014, by Capitol Records. Lopez started working on the album in February 2013, after the end of her first worldwide tour, the Dance Again World Tour. Originally scheduled to be released in November 2013, Lopez postponed the album release to 2014. Undecided between Same Girl and A.K.A. as the album's title, Lopez eventually chose the latter as the title.
Initially, A.K.A. was to be executively produced by RedOne, with the producer claiming the album was going to mix many styles, having a blend of her previous musical background: urban pop, dance-pop and Latin. However, Cory Rooney and Benny Medina, her longtime collaborators, later became the album's executive producers, along with herself, bringing a more pop, EDM and R&B sound to the album. In early 2014, Lopez released two urban-infused tracks as the album's promotional singles: "Girls" and "Same Girl". Besides frequent contributor and personal friend Pitbull, the album also features collaborations with French Montana, T.I., Iggy Azalea, Rick Ross, Nas, Jack Mizrahi and Tyga.
Sorry (Explicit Version)
Scream & Shout (Hit-Boy Remix)
The Dutchess is the debut studio album by American singer Fergie. It was released on September 13, 2006 through A&M Records and the will.i.am Music Group as her first solo album since the break from her band The Black Eyed Peas. The album was recorded between The Black Eyed Peas' tour in 2005, and the songs were written throughout the last eight years that preceded its release. While developing the album, Fergie wanted to create an autobiographical album that would be more intimate between her and the listener. By doing so, the album experiments with different music genres, including pop, hip hop, R&B, reggae, punk rock and soul. Lyrically, The Dutchess has themes about love and critics, while also dealing with her drug abuse and addiction.
Upon its release, The Dutchess received mixed reviews from music critics, with many praising its production, calling it one of the most eclectic and adventurous albums of 2006, but some criticized the album's lyrical content and believed the material was not strong enough for her voice.
Reflection is the debut studio album by American girl group Fifth Harmony. Syco Music and Epic Records released it on January 30, 2015. Lyrically, the album discusses themes of female-empowerment, romance, heartbreak and confidence, and this pop album showcases synthpop, "grungy" hip hop and R&B sounds. The album features guest appearances by American rappers Kid Ink and Tyga, as well as American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, and collaborations with several producers including Ori Kaplan, Dr. Luke and Stargate.
The album received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Commercially, the album entered the Billboard 200 at number five, earning the group their first top-five entry in the United States with sales of 80,000 equivalent units—62,000 of those coming from traditional album sales. Reflection entered the top twenty in the United Kingdom, after peaking at number eighteen, and charted within the top ten in countries such as Canada, New Zealand and Spain. The album charted within the top thirty in ten other countries.
Aquarius is the debut studio album by American singer Tinashe. It was released on October 3, 2014, by RCA Records. In 2011, after the disbandment of the girl group The Stunners, Tinashe announced that she would begin pursuing a solo career. The following year she released her debut mixtape In Case We Die. After raising her profile with the mixtape, Tinashe met with RCA Records where she subsequently signed a recording contract. Following her signing a record deal, Tinashe immediately began working on the album. During the recording process for the debut album, she released two other mixtapes, Reverie and Black Water.
Aquarius was titled after Tinashe's zodiac sign. The album incorporates several genres including R&B, alternative R&B, and pop. The album's production was characterized as being synthetic, with atmospherics and minimalist beats and electronics. The album's composition drew comparisons to a variety of artists including The Weeknd and Aaliyah. Most of the songs were written by Tinashe herself, who also served as the album's executive producer alongside Mike Nazzaro.
Salute is the second studio album by British girl group Little Mix. It was released in the UK on 11 November 2013. The group began recording the album in June 2013 and concluded in September 2013. Throughout the recording process, Little Mix worked with several producers, including TMS, Future Cut, Fred Ball, Duvall and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The album was largely co-written by Little Mix, who stated that they were more involved in the development of this album than with their debut. Sonically, the album retains the pop sound of their debut album DNA, while also delving deeper into a more mature R&B sound.
The album debuted at number seven in the Irish Albums Chart and number four on the UK Albums Chart. It was released in the US on 4 February 2014. The album became their second top ten in North America, debuting at number six on the US Billboard 200 and selling an estimated 40,414 copies in its first week.
The album's lead single, "Move", made its radio premiere on 23 September 2013 and was released on 3 November 2013. It charted at number three on the UK Singles Chart and number five on the Irish Singles Chart.
Trouble is the second studio album by English singer Teddy Sinclair under the name Natalia Kills. It was released on 3 September 2013 by Cherrytree Records through will.i.am Music Group and Interscope. Recording for the album started in early 2012 and took place in Los Angeles and New York. During that time, Sinclair was accompanied by producers including Jeff Bhasker, who served as Trouble's executive producer and handled the production, instrumentation and songwriting.
In comparison with the sound and lyrical content of Sinclair's debut album Perfectionist, Trouble has a heavier atmosphere driven by electric guitars and strong percussion. The lyrics were largely co-written by Sinclair and Bhasker and explore Sinclair's difficult childhood and adolescence. Sinclair designed the album's cover art, which symbolizes its main themes. Upon release, music critics commended the album's cohesion and perceived an evolution in Sinclair's songwriting.
The album was announced with the release of a music video for "Controversy" in September 2012. Three singles were commissioned from Trouble; they were accompanied by respective music videos.
Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence is the third studio album and second major-label record by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey, released on June 13, 2014 by UMG Recordings. Despite originally dismissing the possibility of releasing another record after her major-label debut Born to Die, Del Rey began planning its follow-up in 2013. Production continued into 2014, at which time she heavily collaborated with Dan Auerbach to revamp what she initially considered to be the completed record. The project saw additional contributions from producers including Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, Daniel Heath, and Rick Nowels, and features a more guitar-based sound than Del Rey's previous releases.
Ultraviolence received positive reviews from music critics. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 182,000 copies, becoming Del Rey's first number-one album on the chart and the best-selling debut week of her career. Ultraviolence was preceded by the digital release of five singles, the top 20 hit "West Coast", "Shades of Cool", "Ultraviolence", "Brooklyn Baby" and "Black Beauty".
Zendaya is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer and actress Zendaya, released on September 17, 2013 by Hollywood Records. After acting in the Disney Channel series Shake It Up, Zendaya signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records, in which she began recording her debut in late 2012. Zendaya consists of 12 songs; musically, the album is a electropop album that incorporates urban pop, R&B and dubstep. Lyrically, the album discusses issues of heartbreak and love. Zendaya co-wrote all the songs on the album.
Upon its release, it was met with general positive reviews from music critics, who praised the album's production. Commercially, the album debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number 51, selling over 10,000 copies in its first week. The album's lead single "Replay" was released on July 16, 2013, and its music video premiered on August 15, 2013 on VEVO and Disney Channel. The single became Zendaya's highest charting song at the time, charting within both the top forty of the US and New Zealand. To further promote the album, Zendaya performed on a variety of television shows and set out on a North American tour entitled the Swag It Out Tour.
Matangi is the fourth studio album by English-Sri Lankan recording artist M.I.A.. It was released on 1 November 2013 on her own label, N.E.E.T. Recordings, through Interscope Records. Songwriting and production for the album were primarily handled by M.I.A. and longtime collaborator Switch, with additional contributions from Hit-Boy, Doc McKinney, Danja, Surkin and The Partysquad. The album's title is a variant of M.I.A.'s real first name and also references the Hindu goddess Matangi. Themes relating to Hinduism, including reincarnation and karma, feature in the lyrics, and the music blends western and eastern styles. The album was recorded in various locations around the world and allegedly featured input from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The first single to be taken from the album, "Bad Girls", was released nearly two years before the album and became one of M.I.A.'s most successful singles. Three other songs from the album were released as singles in the run-up to its eventual release. The album received highly positive reviews from critics, with many citing it as a return to form compared to its predecessor.
Fuck U Betta
Lotus (Deluxe Version)
On a quest to redeem herself after the 2010 flop Bionic, Christina Aguilera puts her powerful pipes back to work on Lotus. ''Spin around in circles on my middle finger," Aguilera taunts on the chorus of "Circles," and she stays in defense mode for much of the album, from "Army of Me" to ''Make the World Move,'' a duet with fellow Voice coach Cee Lo Green on which she demands "turn down the hate." Empowerment anthems aside, it's when Xtina lets her guard down, like on the sexy lead single "Your Body" and the Sia-penned ballad "Blank Page," that her vocals start to soar.
Trouble - EP
Too Cool To Dance
Journals is the second compilation album by Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The album was only released digitally through online platforms, such as iTunes, on December 23, 2013 by Island Records. A ten-week digital download campaign entitled Music Mondays, in which one new song was released every Monday night, was held from October 7, 2013 to December 9, 2013. In addition to the songs released on "Music Mondays", Journals is also composed of five other previously unreleased songs. The recording sessions took place while Bieber was on his Believe Tour, which generated one or two songs a day throughout the entire tour.
To achieve a more mature sound, Journals sees Bieber working with a variety of different R&B producers, such as Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Maejor, Andre Harris, D.K. the Punisher, Soundz, The Audibles as well as his previous producers Chef Tone, T-Minus, Diplo, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Sir Nolan, while collaborating with R&B and hip-hop artists and rappers, such as Future, R. Kelly, Chance the Rapper, Big Sean and Lil Wayne. A pop album, Journals mostly deals with themes of heartbreak and forgiveness in a romantic relationship.
Boss Ass Bitch
Pretty Taking All Fades
The Night The Sun Came Up
Often considered a less raunchy Ke$ha, Dev sets out to show that she's her own woman on her debut. Her ballsy attitude carries her sing-talk raps, while production duo The Cataracs set the electropop backdrop. Discovered on MySpace, Dev's known for breakout hits "Booty Bounce" and her first official single, "Bass Down Low." Heavy on AutoTune, The Night the Sun Came Up features similar club-ready sounds, including the single "In the Dark" and "Naked," a forbidden love duet with Enrique Iglesias made for dancing the night away. On the electro-party track "Lightspeed," Dev attempts to quiet her critics: "Fuck the haters, give me some love/ don't be so pretentious/ I fit gold like a dentist."
Put Your Graffiti On Me
Dirty Gold (Deluxe)
Dirty Gold is the debut studio album by American rapper Angel Haze. It was released on December 30, 2013, by Island Records and Republic Records. The 12-song effort features production from Markus Dravs, Mike Dean, Greg Kurstin, Malay, Rudimental and A Tribe Called Red, and a track written by Australian singer-songwriter Sia. The album was supported by two singles: "Echelon" and "Battle Cry" featuring Sia; along with the promotional single, "No Bueno".
Lemonade (feat. Tyga)
Talk Dirty (en Español)
Wrecking Ball (Henao & Jet Set Vega Remix)
Play It Again
Play It Again is the debut extended play by American singer Becky G, released for digital download through RCA Records and Kemosabe Records on July 13, 2013.
Its was preceded by two promotional singles, "Play It Again", which was released in early 2013 and the second single "Built for This", released in December 2013 with a music video on her YouTube account. Its official lead single, "Can't Get Enough", was released in 2014 and features Cuban-American rapper Pitbull.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles during 2012 and 2013. Dr. Luke served as the album's executive producer with additional production and songwriting by Max Martin, Will.i.am, Pitbull, the Jam and the Cataracs.
Shakira. (Expanded Edition)
Shakira is the tenth studio album by Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira, released on 21 March 2014 by RCA Records. It is her first English-language album since her eighth studio album, She Wolf. Shakira revealed in November 2011 that she had begun work on the album, which continued into 2013. The album was initially set to be released in 2012, but was delayed because of Shakira's pregnancy and scrapped most of those songs and started making new ones. Since starting the album, Shakira departed Epic Records, signed a new management deal with Roc Nation and subsequently signed to Epic's sister label, RCA Records.
A multi-genre album, Shakira has a diverse musical style that incorporates a range of genres such as reggae and rock, as well as dance and country elements. Its production is characterized by lean, tender verses and muscular, ecstatic choruses, that incorporate swirling, crashing sounds. The album's lyrics explore motherhood, the complexities of romantic relationships, stages of love and the search for personal happiness. Most of the album was written by Shakira, along with Nasri and Adam Messinger, with all the previous predominantly producing the album.
Around The World
Natalie La Rose
Chains (Dan Farber Remix) (Dan Farber Remix)
That's Me Right There
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