'Viva la Vida'
RELEASED: June 17
MY THOUGHTS: For Coldplay fans, this new album is a must. It debuted in the U.S. at No. 1 and sold more than 700,000 copies in its first week. The music behind the lyrics is really nice and intense. The title song is a true Coldplay original, with a steady tempo and soft, mellow strings. Cemeteries of London sounds really good (I like the guitar and drums here). Also worth a listen are 42, Lost and Life in Technicolor.
MY GRADE: A+
-- William Fleming
'I Love Money'
WHEN: 9 p.m. Sundays on VH1
MY THOUGHTS: All of your favorite (and least favorite) VH1 castoffs are back with a vengeance in this reality game show. This season features rejects from Flavor of Love, I Love New York and Rock of Love in Mexico competing for cash.
So far this season, cast members -- complete with their stupid nicknames from their original VH1 shows -- have already split into two teams, formed intricate alliances, and created interesting and sometimes disgusting love triangles (and squares and pentagons).
THE VERDICT: Very entertaining and -- let's face it -- who doesn't love reality TV?
MY GRADE: B+
-- Lauren Kellems