25 Best Rap Songs of 2015


After flexing my muscles (writing, not biceps) and compiling the best songs and best albums of 2015, how about diving into genres? Here’s a quickie – 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015. Are there some ‘best’ songs that didn’t get loving from yours truly? Probably, but that’s life, and life’s a five-letter word that rhymes…

25 Chart Takeaways: Luke Bryan Makes It Two Weeks At The Top


Nobody could stop him – Luke Bryan that is. He got a great fight though from Ed Sheeran of all people, who’s been dominating since 2014. Sigh, that’s the music industry for you. Here are 25 chart takeaways to check out this week! 1) Luke Bryan keeps the #1 spot warm for a second week….

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…

Beyoncé Rules The Charts For A Second Consecutive Week


Beyoncé spends a second consecutive week at the top of the charts with her self-titled, fifth studio effort.  After moving an impressive 617,000 copies (all courtesy of iTunes mind you), Beyoncé moves another 374,000 copies, this time with physical albums included in the totals.  In two weeks, Mrs. Carter falls just short of the ‘milli’…

Beyoncé Makes It Five Number One Albums in a Row


Beyoncé tops the Billboard 200 chart with her fifth studio album, the self-titled Beyoncé.  This is huge news, considering the week was initially expected to be a bit slower with Garth Brooks, R. Kelly, and Childish Gambino stealing the notable headlines. Released just Friday, December 13 exclusively to iTunes (CDs are on their way save…

Review: B.o.B., ‘Underground Luxury’


  B.o.B. • Underground Luxury • Atlantic • US Release Date: December 17, 2013 B.o.B. delivers a so-so effort on third LP Underground Luxury B.o.B. had a hot start off to his rap career back in 2010 when The Adventures of Bobby Ray debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts, eventually being certified…

Ranking Ten New Singles (From Week of May 20, 2013)


So, I chose ten singles of varying genres to review and rank, released mostly from the week of May 20, 2013 (give or take, etc.)  The rank is “10” being my least favorite and “1” being my champion single… or something like that. no. 10  The-Dream, “High Art” featuring Jay-Z (from upcoming album IV Play) [Island] “I…