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Monarch Music Minute Archives * Mace and Crown

Monarch Music Minute – Winter 2018 Preview Edition

January 31, 2018 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Artist: Tech N9ne

Album: Planet

Release Date: March 2

Veteran rapper, songwriter and record producer Aaron Dontez Yates, better known as Tech N9ne, will soon drop his twelfth studio project, “Planet,” which will feature guest appearances by Machine Gun … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Asking Alexandria, G-Easy, N.E.R.D., Eminem

December 20, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Asking Alexandria ‘Asking Alexandria’ 💿  💿  💿 ½

British rock conglomerate Asking Alexandria has released their incendiary eponymous sixth studio album with the return of original frontman, Danny Worsnop. With “Into the Fire” and “Where Did It … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Luke Bryan, Juicy J, K. Michelle, Walker Hayes

December 20, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Luke Bryan ‘What Makes You Country’ 💿  💿  💿

Luke Bryan’s sixth studio album, “What Makes You Country,” highlights more of what makes his new LP successful within mainstream country pop. “Most People Are Good” and the … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Danielle Bradbery, Chris Stapleton, Andy Grammer, Neil Young & Promise of the Real

December 5, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Danielle Bradbery ‘I Don’t Believe We’ve Met’ 💿  💿  💿  💿

The soft and sensual vocal delivery of Danielle Bradbery’s sophomore effort takes country pop to new places. Effortless is “Sway” in its downhome themes of love … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Holiday 2017 Edition

December 3, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

The holiday season is here! Consider these new album releases by today’s top artists to add to your holiday playlist.

Sia – ‘Everyday Is Christmas’

This all-original set of tracks was written by Sia and longtime collaborator, … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Björk, Hopsin, Sufjan Stevens

December 1, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Björk – ‘Utopia’   💿  💿  💿  💿 

Björk, the multifaceted Icelandic singer-songwriter, actress, record producer and DJ, presents her tenth studio release, “Utopia.” The 14-track compilation is the follow-up to her 2015 “Vulnicura,” a dark and turbulent … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Mavis Staples, PnB Rock, Eric Johnson

November 22, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Mavis Staples – ‘If All I Was Was Black’ 💿  💿  💿  💿  💿 

In her eighth decade as a vocalist, Mavis Staples new 11-track collection, “If All I Was Was Black,” teams up with longtime friend and … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Derek Minor, Angel Olsen, Billy Ray Cyrus

November 13, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Derek Minor – ‘High Above’ 💿  💿  💿  💿  💿 

Formerly known as PRo, rapper Derek Minor’s “High Above” EP is the Christian hip-hop artist’s second installment to his “Up and Away” series. Following chapter one’s “Your Soul … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Grace VanderWaal, Kelsea Ballerini, Maroon 5

November 12, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Grace VanderWaal – ‘Just the Beginning’ 💿 💿 💿 💿 💿 

Thirteen-year-old singer-songwriter phenom Grace VanderWaal’s full-length debut studio album, “Just the Beginning,” is just that from the 2016 season 11 winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent competition … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Kelly Clarkson, Weezer and Hollywood Undead

October 30, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Kelly Clarkson – ‘Meaning of Life’ 💿💿💿💿💿 

Kelly Clarkson’s “Meaning of Life” is her eighth studio album and first with Atlantic Records. She successfully completed the terms of her recording contract with RCA Records in 2016, part of … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Niall Horan, Darius Rucker, We Came as Romans

October 23, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Niall Horan – ‘Flicker (Deluxe)’ 💿💿💿💿💿 

Irish singer-songwriter and One Direction member Niall Horan has released his first solo studio album, “Flicker.” Preceding his inaugural collection, “This Town” was released as the lead single. “Slow Hands” and “Too … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Gucci Mane, Dirty Heads, dvsn

October 17, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Gucci Mane – ‘Mr. Davis’ 💿💿💿

Enlisting a host of A-list artists including Migos, The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign, veteran rapper Gucci Mane’s eleventh studio set, “Mr. Davis,” follows on the heels of his “Droptopwop” mixtape he … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Marilyn Manson, New Politics, August Burns Red

October 12, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Marilyn Manson – ‘Heaven Upside Down’ 💿💿💿

Nearly two years in the making, Marilyn Manson, Tyler Bates, Twiggy and Gil Sharone have unleashed “Heaven Upside Down,” the group’s tenth studio album. Lead single “WE KNOW WHERE YOU F—ING … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: David Gilmour, Hoodie Allen, Pearl Jam

October 1, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

David Gilmour – ‘Live at Pompeii’ 💿💿💿💿💿

English rock musician David Gilmour returns to Pompeii after nearly four decades since 1971 during his time with Pink Floyd — when no audience was permitted and the show was … Read More

Monarch Music Minute – Fall 2017 Preview Edition

October 1, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Fall is upon us and as temperatures start to cool off, the music charts are on fire with new music. Check out these upcoming artist titles among the many new music releases through the fall holiday … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Kevin Gates, Macklemore, Matthew West

September 27, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Kevin Gates – ‘By Any Means 2’ 💿💿💿💿

Kevin Gates “By Any Means 2’s” title seems appropriate considering his current condition serving time in a Chicago prison after pleading guilty last year to felony gun possession. … Read More