George Ezra, Staying at Tamara’s « Musical Wrap-Up


The Musical Wrap-Up closes another file as we compile the album and single reviews in one place for ‘Staying at Tamara’s,’ the highly-anticipated sophomore album from George Ezra. Continue reading George Ezra, Staying at Tamara’s « Musical Wrap-Up

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Early 2016 Grammy Nomination Predictions – October Edition  


  The Grammy nominations don’t occur until December, but folks are already beginning putting their two cents into who will be nominated when the time arrives. Billboard has already dropped a list of potential nominees, and we did so at the end of August (big categories) and early September (specific categories). So here we go again – another stab at who might be nominated in … Continue reading Early 2016 Grammy Nomination Predictions – October Edition  

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25 Chart Takeaways: Jill Scott Earns Second Career No. 1 Album With ‘Woman’


  Is R&B back on an uptick? Too soon to say, but thanks to Jill Scott, at least the genre can lay claim to a second number one album. But that’s not the only takeaways on this week’s Billboard 200 charts. Here are 24 more takeaways where that one came from – or something like that! 1) Jill Scott scores her second #1 album with … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Jill Scott Earns Second Career No. 1 Album With ‘Woman’

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25 Chart Takeaways: Wale Lands Second #1 Album


It feels so good to be Wale and take a second album to the top of the charts! It’s not so bad being the Furious 7 soundtrack or Ludacris – just not as a good as being Wale! Those chart takeaways and many more in this week’ 25 awesome chart takeaways! 1) Wale may have released The Album About Nothing, but it definitely didn’t do … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Wale Lands Second #1 Album

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25 Chart Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar On Top Again


During a quiet week, Kendrick Lamar holds at number one. The highest debuting album comes by way of Action Bronson (Mr. Wonderful). Those and 23 more takeaways you won’t want to miss – with a dash of humor thrown in from your resident music nerd! 1) Kendrick Lamar spends a second week atop the Billboard 200. In other words, To Pimp A Butterfly ain’t going … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar On Top Again

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The Best Albums of 2015 – End of 1st Quarter Update


It is now April 2015 and the first quarter of the year has elapsed? How many big-time albums have been dropped between January 2015 and the end of March? The answer is several notable albums, with the top five definitely producing the heat. Here are 14 of the best albums of 2015 as of the conclusion of the first quarter!  1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp … Continue reading The Best Albums of 2015 – End of 1st Quarter Update

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Review: James Bay Proves To Be A Formidable Newcomer On ‘Chaos And The Calm’


James Bay • Chaos And The Calm • Republic • US Release Date: March 23, 2015 England continues to be a hotbed for talent making its way stateside. Deep-voiced singer/songwriter George Ezra was one of the first newbies to garner attention in 2015 with his dynamic LP Wanted On Voyage. Now Ezra is joined by another youthful standout, James Bay, who delivers a polished, enjoyable … Continue reading Review: James Bay Proves To Be A Formidable Newcomer On ‘Chaos And The Calm’

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25 Chart Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar Tops The Charts


Releasing To Pimp A Butterfly a week early certainly paid off for Kendrick Lamar. Not that it would’ve mattered as KL was destined for the number one spot. That takeaway along with 24 more! 1) Kendrick Lamar easily had the best week on the Billboard 200, taking To Pimp A Butterfly to that “Number One Spot” to quote Ludacris. 2) It’s continues to be a … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar Tops The Charts

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25 Chart Takeaways: Empire Bests Madonna!


What do you get when the soundtrack of TV’s hottest show goes head to head with an iconic pop star – A winner and a runner-up obviously! In this battle, it was the new, hot TV soundtrack that came out on top, besting the legendary pop star. That and more chart takeaways! 1) Empire: Original Soundtrack From Season 1 beats out Madonna’s Rebel Heart for … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Empire Bests Madonna!

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25 Chart Takeaways: Kelly Clarkson Earns Third #1 Album 


The first American Idol victor has been able to establish a career beyond the show. This week, Kelly Clarkson lands her third number one album. That and many more chart takeaways worth examining! 1) Kelly Clarkson scores her third number one album with Piece By Piece. The numbers – sales and overall impact – are down significantly from previous efforts. 2) Fifty Shades of Grey … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Kelly Clarkson Earns Third #1 Album