Thoughts: Fantasia, Ugly – Single


Not to relive the American Idol Series finale, but among new singles trapped in an overstuffed two-hour concert was Fantasia’s new single, “Ugly.” Yes, “Ugly” had to compete with a catchier, if ‘soon-to-be-forgotten’ new single from Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”) among others, but arguably, “Ugly” might be worth a second look, even if it…

Is Carrie Underwood Fading?  


On October 23, 2015, Pop/Country superstar Carrie Underwood released her fifth studio album, Storyteller. Storyteller represented Underwood’s first new album of originals in three years, following no. 1 bowing Blown Away (2012). It would seem that the return of Carrie Underwood would usher in yet another no. 1 album, marking her fourth to debut atop…

Jordin Sparks, Right Here Right Now – Review


Jordin Sparks Steps Up Her Game on ‘Right Here Right Now’ Jordin Sparks • Right Here Right Now • 19/Sony • Release Date: August 21, 2015 The best way to describe Jordin Sparks’ music career is…mixed. On the one hand, Sparks did quite well for herself with her debut album Jordin Sparks thanks to inescapable…

Review: Caleb Johnson Shows Off Mad Pipes on ‘Testify’


Caleb Johnson • Testify • 19 Records • US Release Date: August 12, 2014 There was once a time when winning American Idol was prestigious and could elevate a dreamer’s record career to reality with respectable results. Unfortunately, like Nelly Furtado once sang, “why must all good things come to an end?” Caleb Johnson became…

Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant Michael Johns Dies


Reality television becomes incredibly ‘realistic’ when one of its contestants – particularly a prominent contestant passes away. American Idol, up until Friday, August 1, had eschewed tragedy happening to a notable contestant – a contestant who advanced within the top 10, 12, or 13 that is. But then Saturday, one of season seven’s most talented…

Thoughts: Nicki Minaj, “Pills N Potions”


Minaj’s “Pills” Contrasts edgier, more controversial single “Lookin’ Ass”  Nicki Minaj • “Pills N Potions” • Cash Money • Single Release Date: May 21, 2014 “Pills n potions / we’re overdosin’ / I’m angry but I still love you,” sings Nicki Minaj on the hook of her latest single, “Pills N Potions”. She continues singing…