The Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)


Numerous albums have been released in 2014.  That said, finding the true gems of the year means separating the best from the worst and the truly elite from the best.  It was no easy task, but below you’ll find the link to my best estimation (so far) of “The 25 Best Albums of 2014.”  Make…

The Plight That Is Albums Sales – Billboard Chart Takeaways


Brentmusicreviews has been quick to highlight how R&B music sales in particular have fallen tremendously. While the R&B plight continues throughout 2014 (no shade Mariah), a general takeaway from studying the Billboard 200 Albums Chart will reveal that the album sales decline isn’t genre-specific. A successful album in the ‘new normal’ of album sales has much…

12 Best R&B Albums of 2014 (Mid-Year)


It’s mid-year (or slightly past), and it’s time to catch up with some of the year’s best R&B albums. R&B is not dead, even if the Nielsen Soundscan numbers might lead you to believe otherwise. Previously, in April 2014, an early list of the best R&B albums was published. There are some noticeable changes and…

10 of the Best Underrated Albums of 2014


Some albums have huge buzz surrounding them, such as Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories or Brantley Gilbert‘s Just As I Am, both among the most successful albums of 2014. Others, like this list of 10 albums, weren’t nearly as highly touted, underperforming despite their quality or massive potential. Some of the names appearing on the list are…

August Alsina Finds His ‘Testimony’ Stuck Behind Frozen at No. 2


No one can stop the unstoppable Frozen Soundtrack – it grows sales to a whopping 259,000 copies! It’s nearly May, but the winter hit continues to be the much-needed gift that keeps on giving to the music industry, keeping it afloat.  August Alsina sells 67,000 copies of his full-length debut album, Testimony.  To be the…

Ranking 20 R&B Albums: January – April 2014


It’s near the end of April, and as a music journalist, I have been privy to listen to a number of albums in differing genres. Even so, I have a soft spot for R&B, but am also very hard on it. Despite my criticisms, R&B and I have a relationship like a Whitney Houston song…

“Where Is the Love” in R&B Music? 


Contemporary R&B music has explicit physical pleasure covered, but what about genuine emotion and relationships? An up and coming voice in R&B by the name of August Alsina released his full-length debut album entitled Testimony. Testimony is street-savvy, sporting titles including “Porn Star”, “Fml”, “Ghetto”, and “I Luv This Sh*t”. Rightfully, Alsina, a rough-and-tumble artist with…

Review: August Alsina, ‘Testimony’


R&B newbie August Alsina shows tremendous potential on full-length debut Testimony  August Alsina • Testimony • Def Jam • US Release Date: April 15, 2014 The moment has finally arrived for up and coming New Orleans contemporary R&B singer August Alsina to take center stage. Sure, the 21-year old represents the new generation who prefer…

Frozen Proves to be the Shining Moment on an ‘Ice Cold’ Albums Chart


Well, another week and another chart and guess who’s on top – yep you guessed it, the Frozen Soundtrack. While sales aren’t exactly hot across the board, the additional 133,000 copies that the unstoppable soundtrack sold are solid, particularly compared to the rest of the albums.   How sound is 133,000 copies? Well according to Billboard,…

Review: Kid Ink, My Own Lane


The Kid’s Got Potential…  Kid Ink • My Own Lane • RCA • US Release Date: January 7, 2014 The breakthrough rapper of January 2013 was A$AP Rocky, who riskily released his first notable album, Long. Live. A$AP during the dead of January.  The move boded well for A$AP, who easily debuted atop the Billboard…