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 4 (#25 – 1)


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 50 (+1) Best Albums of 2013


Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses.  2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed,…

Sound Advice For Five Teen-Pop Acts


I, the Brent Faulkner,  love my teen-pop acts, even if often times I’m critical and skeptical of them.  Maybe it’s fair and then again maybe it’s not and I’m just a ‘hater’, but nothing fuels my pen more than writing about the young-uns and their musical endeavors or lack there of.  Sometimes those endeavors are…

10 Memorable Tracks from November


Need ten jams to spin? Here’s my list of ten of November 2013’s hottest joints! 1)  Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly, “Do What U Want” (ARTPOP) “Applause” may have been a bust of sorts, but Gaga got herself together with the help of one of R&B’s most salacious presences, R. Kelly.  Playing on words, “Do What…

Review: Jake Bugg, ‘Shangri La’


Bugg’s second album has its moments, less thrilling than his debut…  Jake Bugg⎪ Shangri La⎪ Island ⎪⎪US Release Date: November 19, 2013 After his self-titled debut album appeared in the U.S. In 2012, Jake Bugg drew rave reviews as a the modern day Bob Dylan almost instantly.  Sporting an acoustically-driven sound with his distinct, if…

Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Hits No. 1


Unsurprisingly, Lady Gaga finds herself at no. 1 once more with latest album ARTPOP.  Selling 258,000 copies would be pretty impressive if it weren’t Lady Gaga.  Born This Way moved 1.1 million, and while a special discounting offer helped to seal the deal there, 258,000 copies seems like quite the fall off from her previous…

New Music: Jake Bugg, ‘Jake Bugg’


Jake Bugg ⎜Jake Bugg ⎜Mercury ⎜US Release Date: April 9, 2013 / UK: October 15, 2012 Producers: Iain Archer; Mike Crossey; Matt Prime; Jason Hart; Crispin Hunt Jake Bugg released his U.S. self-titled debut album on April 9, 2013 (via Mercury).  Bugg is a very different artist from the most popular British imports in similar age –…

Chart Moves, 4.24.13: Fall Out Boy, Kid Cudi, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Michael Bublé


Chart Rewind Last week (April 17), Paramore crowned the Billboard Albums chart with 106,000 copies sold of Paramore.  Settling for the runner-up spot was Brad Paisley, who sold 100,000 copies of Wheelhouse.  Outside of the top ten, there was some action I’d like to highlight. On last Thursday (April 18) when the full chart materialized, some newbies saw their efforts bow….

Chart Moves: Justin Timberlake, The Band Perry, Bruno Mars


Justin Timberlake Is the ‘Justin’ To Beat As of Late Who the man? JT the man! Justin Timberlake spends his third consecutive week at no. 1 with The 20/20 Experience selling another 139,000 copies.  Add up the numbers, and ole boy has sold more than 1.4 million copies in 3 weeks! Believe it or not, there used to be…