The Numbers Don’t Lie – The R&B Album Is Dead (Commercially) 


As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” What pudding you ask – R&B album sales ladies and gentlemen. It’s one thing that album sales are down across all genres, but if you examine R&B albums themselves, you’ll see that R&B sales are nothing short of abysmal. Basically, the commercially successful R&B album seems…

Retrospective Playlist: 10 Memorable Rap Songs from 2004


As I get older, I find myself clinging onto my youth.  Sure, I’m not ancient by any means (though sometimes I wonder), but I can see my collegiate years slipping further and further away from recent times, sigh! 2004 was my senior year of high school/freshman year of college.  It was a huge music year…

Playlist: Favorite Songs From March Album Releases


March was a rich month for music releases.  After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout.  Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album).  After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a…

March Madness: Best Album Tournament for the 1st Quarter, 2014


  Ah, there is no better time of the year than March Madness… well maybe except for Christmas, LOL! It is a time where brackets continue to be devastated by college basketball teams many haven’t heard of upsetting highly favored giants.  As disappointing (when my John Wall-led UK Wildcats lost to WVU in 2010 in…

R&B: The Good & Bad Takeaways So Far in 2014


2014 has been a mixed year for R&B.  There’s been some good and there has also been so bad.  Even though R&B is still struggling, 2014 has allowed for R&B to have its moments.  Then again, it’s also had its bombs…big time bombs.  The Good 🙂 Beyoncé gave R&B a shot in the… well she…

Charts: Rick Ross Lands At Familiar Spot – No. 1


  Unsurprisingly, Rick Ross lands at a familiar spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, no. 1.  Mastermind becomes the rapper’s fifth album to debut in the penthouse, selling a respectable 179,000 copies.  All of Ross’ albums have sold solidly during their debut week – totals include 187,000, 198,000, 158,000, 176,000, and 218,000 with prior…

Review: Ashanti, ‘BraveHeart’


The long and oft-delayed BraveHeart is a much better album than expected…  Ashanti • BraveHeart • eOne/Written Entertainment • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 R&B Ashanti’s career began much more promising than it has been as of late.  Two number one albums, a Grammy win for best contemporary R&B album (now best urban contemporary…

Schoolboy Q Takes Oxymoron To No. 1


Ah, who doesn’t love a good ‘come-up’ story? Schoolboy Q has reason to celebrate as his third LP Oxymoron takes over the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  Apparently, them “Collard Greens” were pretty potent, as 139,000 people decided to add Oxymoron to their music collection.  139,000 copies isn’t the ‘end all…

Music Shopping List: 3 Albums To Consider, March 3, 2014


Ah, last week was chocked to the brim with fresh blood – aka new music releases.  Schoolboy Q, Dierks Bentley, St. Vincent, Beck, Romeo Santos, and a surprise release from Kid Cudi amongst them – sigh! This week, with new albums dropping on Monday March 3, 2014 (as opposed to the usual Tuesday release), three…