Rich Nieciecki

‘Mezmerize’ prized


"Mezmerize," the fourth album from L.A.-based righteous hard rockers System of a Down, became the American Recordings/Columbia band's second release to bow at No. 1, selling 453,000 copies in the…

Money for 50 cent


50 Cent has cashed in once again on the top of the album sales chart, as his latest Shady / Aftermath / Interscope disc, "The Massacre," bowed to massive sales of 1.14 million copies since its…

Review: ‘R.E.M.’


With the last presidential debate of 2004 concluding just moments before the kickoff of R.E.M.'s fall tour for "Around the Sun," its 13th album, the Greek Theater wasn't the place to be for escapism…

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