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25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Five Weeks At No. 1


The best way to summarizes this week’s charts? Adele. Yep – nuff said! 1) Adele makes it five weeks at #1 with 25. 25’s fifth week gave the album its third million-plus selling week and second best week overall, behind its 3.38 million start. 2) Justin Bieber remains the second most consistent artist on the charts behind Adele. Purpose stays put at #2 and has … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Five Weeks At No. 1

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25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Four Straight At No. 1


It was another great week for Adele. The same can’t be said for new releases – looking at you R. Kelly. 25 chart takeaways – let’s go! Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Four Straight At No. 1

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Chart Takeaways: Taylor and Nicki Remain Numbers One and Two


25 chart takeaways – here goes nothing! 1) It’s all about girl power within the top two spots of the Billboard 200. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj keep the #1 and #2 spots warm this week. 2) One Direction’s Four rose from #7 to #4 this week – coincidence? 3) Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour rises from #6 to #5, though J. Cole’s hot-selling … Continue reading Chart Takeaways: Taylor and Nicki Remain Numbers One and Two

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Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of 2014…maybe. 1) D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah  There was … Continue reading Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014

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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 to be dead as it is. Below are a list … Continue reading The Numbers Don’t Lie – The R&B Album Is Dead (Commercially) 

Pharrell Williams, G I R L © Columbia

Musicians I’m Most Thankful For in 2014


View this post on Instagram #ONLYVideo will be out soon. The Pinkprint arrives on 12.15.14 A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Nov 17, 2014 at 1:15pm PST 2014 has had plenty of excellent music released, even if the sales haven’t shown it – understatement. Sure, most CDs weren’t flying off he shelves, but there were some standout musicians I’m truly thankful graced my iPod … Continue reading Musicians I’m Most Thankful For in 2014

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Playlist: 45 Songs With the F-Bomb in Their Title


Don’t call this list profound, call it profane! Corny yes, but true! All of the songs on this list feature every college guy’s (and probably girl’s) favorite expletive in some form – that would be the f-word if you were confused. So, here goes the list! 1) 2Pac, “F*ck The World” (Me Against The World) 2) A$AP Ferg featuring A$ton Matthews, B-Real, Fredo Starr, Onyx … Continue reading Playlist: 45 Songs With the F-Bomb in Their Title

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Who Will Be Nominated for Best New Artist at Grammys 2015?


Recently, Billboard published an article where they weighed in on potential Best New Artist nominees at the upcoming Grammys. The list was interesting and eclectic, but being quite opinionated, some of the choices didn’t tickle my fancy. Sure I’m a powerless music journalist/blogger who doesn’t have a say in the Grammy nods, but I have some ideas of who has a shot. Sam Smith Sam … Continue reading Who Will Be Nominated for Best New Artist at Grammys 2015?

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The R&B Malaise Continues: Sales Continue to Sag


R&B sales just aren’t what they once were – there’s just no other way to state it. When a major label R&B album is released these days, the expectation – save for a select few artists – is that it’s not going to sell. Sure, that’s a hella pessimistic view, but what has dissuaded such a viewpoint as of late? Certainly, R&B album sales in … Continue reading The R&B Malaise Continues: Sales Continue to Sag

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Mock Grammys – in July!


Beyoncé, Beyoncé

It’s July, but it is never too early to predict which artists/albums might be nominated for Grammys come December. 2014 has some strong candidates for the big categories, but there is also plenty of uncertainty, meaning that albums released late within the eligibility period could very well ‘change the game.’ But as of July, see brentmusicreviews.com Mock Grammys.

Record of the Year

Pharrell Williams, G I R L

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

“All of Me,” John Legend

“Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus / “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

“Happy,” Pharrell Williams*

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

So far in 2014, a big-time rock record seems to be missing. Often, a rock (or alternative) record comes out victorious in this category. Urban records don’t usually win here, but some of the more notable records as of yet come by way of urban/pop artists. If this were the field, Pharrell Williams would be hard to bet against, with competition from Sam Smith. Legend is more suited for the “song” field.

Another note, you could make a strong argument for Ariana Grande’s inclusion with hit “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea. However, it seems unlikely Iggy Azalea would be nominated for both singles, and “Fancy” has mad more history on the charts.

Album of the Year

Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Beyoncé, Beyoncé

Jack White, Lazaretto

Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

Pharrell Williams, G I R L*

Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

There are a couple of albums omitted in the mock field that could be considered for various reasons with The Black Keys’ Turn Blue, Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, Katy Perry’s Prism, the Frozen Soundtrack, and Miranda Lambert’s Platinum among them. Honestly, Lambert’s album could knock one of the pop/urban artists out of the running – just depends on how voters see it. Additionally, once more, The Black Keys and Jack White could compete for the album of the year. There are also some long shots, also in the country field (Eric Church’s The Outsiders and Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am).

Based on this way-too-early field, Pharrell Williams’ G I R L could be a favorite, given how much of an impact he’s had between both 2013 and 2014. Still, Beyoncé’s self-titled album was a juggernaut, not to mention the buzz that surrounded Sam Smith’s In That Lonely Hour. G I R L wins now, but not by much.

Song of the Year

John Legend, Love in the Future

“Let It Go,” Idina Menzel

“All of Me,” John Legend*

“Happy,” Pharrell Williams

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

“Say Something,” A Great Big World

The songs category is usually reserved for ‘songs’ that stand out as opposed to records. However, remember that year that Beyoncé strangely won in this category for “Single Ladies” (it should’ve been considered for ‘record of the year’). This year, finding songs that have impacted audiences with some substance is difficult.

Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is well written, but lyrically, it isn’t the most complex number. John Legend seems like a shoe-in for a nomination and potential win, depending on if they deem “All of Me” itself eligible.

Best New Artist

Sam Smith*

August Alsina

Brantley Gilbert

Jhené Aiko

Choose a fifth nominee…

Two artists stand out in this mock field – Sam Smith and August Alsina. Likely, Smith would win if this were the real-deal. Scratch the “likely,” he WOULD win.

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