Review: Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire (Deluxe)


Empire Cast • Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire • Columbia • US Release Date: March 10, 2015 One of the hottest new shows on television, Empire, released its first season soundtrack on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. In the stores for those who still partake of the physical CD, only the standard edition of…

Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of…

The Numbers Don’t Lie – The R&B Album Is Dead (Commercially) 


As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” What pudding you ask – R&B album sales ladies and gentlemen. It’s one thing that album sales are down across all genres, but if you examine R&B albums themselves, you’ll see that R&B sales are nothing short of abysmal. Basically, the commercially successful R&B album seems…

Grammy Predictions: Who Wins in the Urban Categories?


The Grammy nominations have been announced. Now it’s time to dig in (early) and predict who wins within the urban categories – aka R&B and rap. Names to remember – Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Eminem. There are others, but wouldn’t many agree the three heavyweight vets have a great chance of being victorious?   Best…

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard – Take 2!


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven 12 of those albums have sales figures (one still in progress), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris Brown, X (RCA,…

Chart Takeaways from Billboard 200 (Released October 23, 2014)


The Billboard 200 Albums Chart has become the spawn of Satan – to many of its artists… Here’s some chart takeaways from last week’s chart, released October 23, 2014. 1) Unsurprisingly, Florida Georgia Line score their first #1 album with excellent sales – 197,000 copies of Anything Goes.  2) Sam Smith is back home –…

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven of those albums have sales figures (one going off of official prognostications), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris…

The Newfound Appeal of the F-Bomb in Pop Music 


Nick Jonas becomes the latest former teen-pop star to turn to the dark side. In other words, he dropped the bomb – the f-bomb (cue foreboding, twisted music now)! For the millennial and younger folk, most of us don’t give a flying ‘you-know-what’ about the f-word. In fact, eavesdrop on a high school or college…

10 Urban Joints To Close September


September has come to a close boys and girls… sorry, thought I was still teaching my music classes. Got your attention, right? Well September is concluding, and there were some notable urban albums and songs that were unleashed upon the world. Sure, everyone is crying over their album sales, but at least there a good…