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The Music World Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana's "Nevermind"


It’s hard to believe that the album that rewrote the rules for popular music (at least for a few years) is now two decades old. Nevermind, along with Nirvana itself, was responsible for bringing alternative rock to a large mainstream audience, and critics subsequently regarded it as one of the best rock albums of all time. From its eye-catching cover of a baby bobbing for a dollar on a fishing hook , to the way each song hit you over the head, Nevermind became an instant music classic and launched Nirvana into rock superstardom. Released on September 24th 1991 with major hits such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “In Bloom”,  the monumental record has since sold more than 30 million copies and has spent 253 weeks on the Billboard 100 chart. In honor of the 20th anniversary, MTV News will be celebrating all week with videos, interviews, and so much more.

I think it would be appropriate for us all to take some time out of our “busy” days to sit back and listen to a legendary album that changed the music world forever. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.

~ ZG


With the success of Coldplay’s 2008 smash hit album “Viva la Vida”, many wonder if the superstars who wrote hits such as  as “Yellow”, “The Scientist”, the Grammy Award-winning “Clocks”,  can do it again. I’m almost positive they won’t disappoint. Considering they have not only sold over 50 million albums and singles worldwide, but have also succeeded in every album they’ve ever released being certified platinum, I’m pretty confident that we’re in for another classic Coldplay record.

The upcoming album, “Mylo Xyloto” is set to be released over a month from now. Regardless, it continues to climb the charts with pre-orders from the iTunes store (currently sits at #9) . According to MTV news, the band has already begun to debut new songs off of the album such as “Parachute” and the ballad “Up In Flames” which was played for the first time last night in Austin, TX. Sounds pretty good to me. Watch the video below to judge for yourself.

Check back for a review when the new album “Mylo Xyloto” drops October 24.

~Zach Grossman

T.I. is Halfway Home

After being brought back to a federal lockup on August 31, rapper T.I. has been cleared to conclude the remainder of his 11-month sentence in an Atlanta halfway house as originally intended. He’s set to be released  from the facility on September 29th.