Rap 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)


Last week, Brent Music Reviews was ‘blessed’ with R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far). This week, enjoy the more fruitful Rap 2015, By the Numbers (So Far). The differences in the streaming and sales impact of rap in 2015 are dramatic. That said everyone knows that hip-hop has been one/if not the most…

25 Chart Takeaways: Shawn Mendes Tops The Billboard 200


It was a big week for one young man – a really young man by the name of Shawn Mendes. 16 years old don’t normally score #1 albums, but don’t tell that to SM – he just did this week! That an more captivating, juicy, and succulent chart takeaways. Too much? 1) 16-year old Canadian…

Five Music Takeaways from 2013…


Ah, there is always plenty to write about the music industry and the number of trends that come and go, as well as those remaining constant.  2013 was another interesting year, whether merely for its pleasant surprises or its disappointments.  Many observations will and can be made of the year musically and pop-culturally in regards…

Playlist: Favorite August Tracks To Launch You Into September


As September approaches, we all need some good tunes to jam to, right? I have prescribed ten that tickled my fancy (or came pretty darn close to doing so) in August 2013. Sure, Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” made a fair share of noise, but others rule the roost on my list. Enjoy!…

Chart Moves August 28, 2013: Luke Still Rules as Mayer Underperforms


Chart Rewind  The big news was Luke Bryan, who dominated the Billboard Albums Chart with a 528,000 bow with Crash My Party. The bridesmaid? K. Michelle’s Rebellious Soul, which sold a respectable 72,000 copies. Luke Fends Off Mayer To Retain Top Spot Luke Bryan manages to remain atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with another…

Chart Moves, August 21, 2013: Luke Crashes Onto the Albums Chart


Chart Rewind – Quick Highlights Last week, The Civil Wars landed at number one with The Civil Wars selling 116,000 copies.  Now 47 found itself debuting at number two with 82,000 copies. Asking Alexandria debuted at number five with 41,000 copies of From Death to Destiny sold.  Tye Tribbett broke through the top ten with…

Review: Earl Sweatshirt, ‘Doris’


Earl Sweatshirt impresses on Doris Earl Sweatshirt⎪Doris⎪Odd Future / Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: August 20, 2013 Underground rap as a style has plenty of virtues.  It tends to offer an additional element of uniqueness that contrasts more mainstream, commercial rap styles.  That isn’t to say that underground rap supersedes the styles, but it offers…

Review: Mac Miller, ‘Watching Movies With the Sound Off’


Mac Miller⎪ Watching Movies With the Sound Off ⎪ Rostrum ⎪⎪ US Release Date: June 18, 2013 Official Website: www.macmillerofficial.com Introduction “In kindergarten, used to put some condoms in my cubby / in case one of these hoes tryna f**k me…” Hmm, not sure how a five-year old accomplishes that, but sure.  That’s Mac Miller; brash and filled…

Review: Tyler, The Creator, Wolf


Tyler, The Creator ⎪ Wolf ⎪ XL ⎪⎪ US Release Date: April 02, 2013 Intro & Background Underground artist Tyler, The Creator may very well be the most controversial rapper of recent times. That may be a tall assertion considering  Miami rapper Rick Ross has been drawing the ire of critics for a poorly chosen allusion…