25 Chart Takeaways: The Weeknd Tops The Billboard 200


The Weeknd was destined to break through, right? Right! He takes two spots in this week’s 25 Chart Takeaways. Don’t fret though – there are still 23 more takeaways to read! 1) Unsurprisingly for anyone who’s kept up with pop culture as of late, ubiquitous R&B artist The Weeknd debuted BIG atop the Billboard 200…

Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall – Review


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‘Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone’ [Review]


  ‘Nina Revisited’ is a Rarity – A Legitimately Exceptional Tribute Album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone • RCA • US Release Date: July 10, 2015 Tribute albums can be a music critic’s worst nightmare. Why? Because often, the artists paying tribute just don’t have that same “oomph” or don’t match the sensibilities…