This CD cover image released by RCA shows "X" by Chris Brown. (AP Photo/RCA)

Brown captures attention from the get-go, opening “X” with the chilly first lines of his title track: “If you’re only as good as the company you keep/Then I’ma blame you for what they say about me,” he sings, taking listeners on a slow, dark cruise that eventually erupts into a crush of dubstep and electronic stylings from track producer Diplo.

This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows "Partners," by Barbra Streisand. (AP Photo/Columbia Records)

Streisand sings with a stellar list of partners on her 34th studio album, including the awesome and unexpected: Andrea Bocelli, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (who co-produced the album), Blake Shelton and Elvis Presley.

This CD cover image released by Big Machine Records shows "Sundown Heaven Town," by Tim McGraw. (AP Photo/Big Machine Records)

At age 47, McGraw hits home with reflective songs about love and modern life — especially those of a mature Southern man seeking balance between the past and present.

LITTLETON | Arapahoe County has denied an appeal from a three-day music festival to again hold the event near the small town of Byers. KUSA-TV reports ( ) that the county Board of Adjustment unanimously denied an appeal that would have given Riot Fest the permit it would need to stay. Last month, Arapahoe County denied the three-day […]

President Barack Obama was awarding the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 22 recipients in an East Room ceremony also being attended with first lady Michelle Obama.