Thoughts: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”


 Sam Smith sets the tone for highly anticipated debut In The Lonely Hour Sam Smith • “Stay With Me” • In The Lonely Hour • Capitol • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 (album) Okay, let’s get this out of the way first; Sam Smith seems to be pop music’s next big thing. The 22-year…

Review: Pharrell Williams, ‘G I R L’


G I R L easily one-ups Williams’ 2006 debut, In My Mind Pharrell Williams • G I R L • Columbia • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 Arguably, no one had a better year in 2013 than Pharrell Williams.  A longtime veteran of the music game in a numerous capacities, things had become considerably…

The ‘Frozen Soundtrack’ and ‘The Grammys’ Are The Talk Of Charts


It’s been an awesome winter for the Frozen Soundtrack, as it spends yet another week atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  This week, the album sold another 94,000 copies according to Billboard.com.  On the one hand, it is good that there is an album that’s infusing the industry with some, well, sales.  On the other…

56th Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs and Fails


Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed.  As always, there were moments that thrilled me while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year.  Still, even being…