After gaining recognition early last year with the internet release of his mixtape as well as a guest spot on Kanye West's latest release, 808's and Heartbreak's, Kid Cudi released his major label debut entitled Man on the Moon: The End of Day late last year. Man on the Moon seems to pick up where 808's left off, bringing hook heavy songs driven more by the futuristic synths than the beats themselves. This is no surprise as Kanye provided Exec. Producer credits to the album, no doubt in support of his label's newest investment, Cudi. It's hard to classify this as a hip hop album as there is more rap-singing than actual rapping involved in most of these songs. There is really nothing about the beats themselves that stand out, but mixed with Cudi's melodic vocals and catchy hooks songs such as "Day N' Night" and "Pursuit of Happiness" that show Mr. Solo Dolo's talent in the studio. Compared with the more beat heavy hip hop albums that have been released the past few years, this is a fresh deviation and could be the beginning of a trend the internet is calling "emo rap".

Despite sometimes being known as "the guy from Cleveland not named Lebron", I think Kid Cudi has a great career ahead of him if this album is the beginning of things to come. He has a great mentor in Kanye West who again shares his producing genius and was able to lean on talents such as Common, who lent his vocals as narrator and guest vocalist on "Make Her Say", that will help usher this young talent into the mainstream.

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Original Release Date: July 14, 2009

Release Date: July 14, 2009

Label: Warner Bros.

Copyright: 2009 Third Man Records, LLC. Exclusively licensed to Warner Bros. Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company.

Genres: Rock/General

The freshman album from the Dead Weather's really hit the ground running. The album is a good solid rock album with a driving percussive sound. The really nice thing about the album is the use of an older sound mixed with back up synthesizer. The mix of different sounds makes the album easy to a whole and not just for singles. As with most Jack White side projects they always come out on top and The Dead Weather's are no different.

With a gritty female lead singer and old recorded sound makes this album great. Alison Mosshart's lead vocals and Jack White's back ups make the album what it is. The great thing about the album is how it still has radio appeal. I hear the song for sporting event commercial and even heard it as Muzak at the grocer store.

The album will give you everything you might be looking for in a rock album. It will also show you how truly great a musician Jack White is.

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Original Release Date: January 1, 2010

Label: RCA Records Label

Copyright: (P) 2009 RCA/Jive Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Genres: Pop/General

Ke$ha's first album "Animal" has taken off like a rocket with her hit single "Tik Tok". She has a good voice and the album sounds like a Lady GaGa part 2. Now this doesn't take away from the album in any way. She does make the album sound very different and unique. The album flow leaves a little to be desired for a pop album. There is a vast difference between the first half of the album and the second.

Listening to the album it has a wide range of songs and how they make you feel. Stephan shows what her vocals could possible be all rapped up in a stalker-ish song. She does make the album fun and interesting but for now it's a pretty good pop album.

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Original Release Date: October 26, 2009

Release Date: October 26, 2009

Label: Geffen

Copyright: (C) 2009 Geffen Records

Genres: Pop/General

Orianthi Panagaris - (Orianthi) is an Australian born female rocker. She is more currently know as one of the lead guitarist from Michael Jackson's lost tour "This is It". She has been in the spot light since she was 15 doing duets with such artist such as Steve Vai and Santana. With the 80's/90's in voig not only in fashion bur also in culture; Orianthi fills the Lita Ford void. The lead single "According to You" has very well on iTunes and Amazon. The album is a great rock pop album with really great guitar riffs. Watching her in the "This is It" documentary she seems a little harder of a rocker than the album shows. Some of the songs in the album actually have an underling southern rock feel. The song "Think Like A Man" has more of the sound her style would be. The song has a really great driving rock sound with the solos laid on top. The album is a good buy for any one who enjoys rock/pop.

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Original Release Date: November 20, 2009

Label: RCA Records Label

Copyright: (P) 2009 19 Recordings Ltd. under exclusive license to RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Genres: Pop/General

The Adam Lambert album is a very different but interesting album. It has a wide range of musical styles. It has the normal American Idol pop songs but it also has very different sound on others. He does have a broadway esk sound to a few of the song but it doe not take away from the bigger picture of the album. The album ranges from greatly controlled ballads to mild rock songs. The album lay out leaves something to be desired. If you listen to the album beginning to end you will feel a little out of whack. If you actually let you Mp3 player shuffle it it comes out much better.

Will the album stand the test of time as a classic to go back to and listen over and over? It truly depends a lot on his Sophomore album and how he handles the fame of being an American Idol. Adam Lambert was the runner up for American Idol season 8 and has made a big name for himself. He has great star power and has the ability to be one of the biggest of the male American Idols.

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