Let’s Play Catch-Up… Music Review Style!


Hello my wonderful blog followers! Wish I had a clever name for those who follow such an intellectually sound, somewhat crazy dude like myself, but alas I don’t. We’re going to play a game called catch-up Thursday – exciting right? Well, regardless of whether that title (or the game) tickles your fancy, this post is…

Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!


The busiest, most lucrative time of the year has arrived for the music industry – the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter is a big deal because it encompasses the holiday season, and what better than the gift of music, right? The Wire has a fantastic prediction post that everyone should check out that inspired my own post of…

Looking Ahead to September: 10 Most Anticipated Albums


View this post on Instagram Your face when your like wow that wasn't the best intro …. A post shared by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on Apr 12, 2014 at 6:13am PDT August is nearly done – thank goodness? Why ‘thank goodness’ you ask – well because the release weeks at times left much to be…

Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 Spends Second Week at No. 1


In a ‘down’ week for albums sales this week, unsurprisingly given a lack of star power bowing… no offense to those artists releasing albums mind you.  Eminem finds himself in a familiar spot once more as The Marshall Mathers LP 2 ascends to no. 1 after spending a week at no. 2 behind Lady Gaga’s…

November’s Playlist: The Best of October 2013


I’ll admit that during the month of October I missed out on a couple of albums (Pearl Jam, Scotty McCreery, Korn, Paul McCartney, etc.).  Alas, that is the life of a music journalist and music critic – you can’t listen to ‘em all.  Despite this, from the albums I did partake of, I’ve assembled a…

Review: Mary J. Blige, A Mary Christmas


Blige’s first holiday album is both pleasant and safe Mary J. Blige⎪ A Mary Christmas ⎪ Verve ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 15, 2013 Something about holiday/Christmas albums is truly irresistible.  Maybe it is because the music is so special and so familiar or maybe it’s just because there is only one season of the…

Chart Moves: Macklemore at no. 2, Maroon 5 Stay Put, Jason Aldean’s Got Next


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Garner Biggest Debut Mumford Close to Platinum Certification Three Weeks In So yeah, Mumford & Sons continue their little folk exploration thingy by ruling the Billboard Album chart for a third straight week.  Expected to sell about 90,000 copies, they sold 96,000 – Overachievers. They are expected to concede next week to country’s…

Chart Moves: Muse at No. 2, 1D Debut Big, and Macklemore’s ‘Got Next’


Muse, Miguel Make Splashes, Mumford Still Tops Mumford & Sons remain at no. 1 with Babel, though the album sells 431,000 copies less than it bowed with (it sold 169,000 copies this week, a 72% slide).  Big slides usually occur with every blockbuster.  Surprisingly, Mumford outsells a projected 75% slide, which would have kept the album firmly at no….

New Releases 10.9.12: MGK, Ellie Goulding, All Time Low Released among others…


Tuesday, October 9, 2012 features a couple of new album releases.  None of the releases gracing the music world this week are say humongous ‘blockbusters,’ but there are some interesting ones.  Kiss releases the follow-up to their comeback album, MGK ‘laces up,’ while Ellie Goulding claims “Anything Could Happen.”  MGK, Lace Up (Bad Boy/Interscope) MGK’s full-length debut materializes after hitting hard with “Wild Boy” featuring Waka…