25 Chart Takeaways: Fetty Wap Tops The Billboard 200


  Another week, another chart… Another week, another set of 25 chart takeaways. Some came up (Fetty Wap) and others came way down (Iron Maiden and Prince among ‘em). Here are 25 chart takeaways – read if you dare! 1) Fetty Wap takes his self-titled debut to the top of the Billboard 200. Although he…

Disclosure, ‘Caracal’ – Review


Disclosure Nails It on ‘Caracal’ Disclosure • Caracal • Capitol • Release Date: September 25, 2015 In recent times, electronic music has seen its profile greatly elevated. In a time where all genres seem to blend with others, electronic music has fit right in without a hitch. Don’t get it twisted – the music has…

Takeaways from Mary J. Blige’s, ‘The London Sessions’


It has been three years since the last Mary J. Blige album – well sort of. Blige was responsible for the Think Like A Man Too soundtrack, an effort that likely went largely unnoticed because it was a soundtrack. Even if The London Sessions is technically Blige’s second album of 2014, it is the most…

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: Sam Smith, ‘Nirvana EP’


Sam Smith’s Nirvana EP serves as a sound preview of his upcoming debut album  Sam Smith • Nirvana EP • Capitol • US Release Date: January 28, 2014 Every year there are a number of new artists looking for their breakthrough.  Sadly, only a few hopefuls have their dreams realized.  Sam Smith is the latest…