R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)  


  R&B is not dead. Yes, the topic of the ‘impact’ of R&B as a major player has been questioned and argued often on brentmusicreviews.com – maybe too much. But, R&B is ailing commercially. Part of the fuel for the argument against R&B’s role as a major player is how poorly the genre is performing…

Is R&B A ‘Major Player’ Anymore?


With each and every year, R&B seemingly continues to lose footing – yeah it’s the same old sermon preach year after year. Once a preeminent genre that was dominating radio, album sales, and overall market impact, R&B as a whole seems to have lost its way. While R&B has been cooling off for years, the…

25 Chart Takeaways: A$AP Rocky Makes It Two Straight #1 Albums


A$AP Rocky surprised everybody by releasing his sophomore album one week early. It’s a good thing – it earned him another #1 album. That and 24 more exceptional chart takeaways – you don’t wanna miss ‘em folks!!! 1) A$AP Rocky scores his second career #1 album with At.Long.Last.A$AP. Had A$AP Rocky NOT dropped his new…

Ciara Sixth Album ‘Jackie’ Flops  


Ciara just “dropped a bomb” in the most literal sense. Her latest studio album, May 2015 effort Jackie “failed to connect.” Without speaking in phrases, riddles, or metaphors, the album didn’t sale worth crap. Jackie managed to secure a top 20 album by landing at #17 on the Billboard 200, but the pure sales were…

25 Chart Takeaways: Mumford & Sons Score Second No. 1 Album


Shocking news: Mumford & Sons score their second #1 album! Of course they do – who expected otherwise? That totally predictable news and 24 other takeaways – some of which are much less predictable! 1) Mumford & Sons take their third album Wilder Mind to the penthouse aka #1. The numbers aren’t nearly as triumphant…

Ranking Ciara’s Albums from 2004 – 2015


In May 2015, pop-oriented contemporary R&B artist Ciara dropped her sixth studio album Jackie. The release of Jackie marks represents 11 years in the game, more than some R&B artists can boast of as of late. Though she is known most for her singles/records as opposed to being a dynamic vocalist with truly memorable albums,…

Labor Day (And Beyond): The Playlist


My working compadres, in the spirit of work (and play), check out my grueling  12 ‘Work’ Songs For Labor Day And Beyond playlist, penned exclusively for starpulse.com.  Happy Labor day!!!  Keeping it short and sweet! Photo Credits: © Def Jam, © Warner Bros.

Review [Highlights]: Future, ‘Honest’


Future’s second album proves to be much better than expected  Future • Honest • Epic • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 I’ll give credit where credit is due – Atlanta MC Future has stepped up his game on his second major label LP, Honest. That doesn’t mean that the content is the deepest ever…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Complete!


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 1 (#100 – 76)


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…