Thoughts: Fantasia, Ugly – Single


Not to relive the American Idol Series finale, but among new singles trapped in an overstuffed two-hour concert was Fantasia’s new single, “Ugly.” Yes, “Ugly” had to compete with a catchier, if ‘soon-to-be-forgotten’ new single from Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”) among others, but arguably, “Ugly” might be worth a second look, even if it…

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…

Regrettable Albums…Could it Be?


Sadly, not every album that saw the light of day in 2014 was a winner.  This is no reference to sales, but rather, a reference to releasing the ‘wrong’ album in regards to the material and quality of the album itself.  The 10 artists/albums in a recent starpulse.com post penned by ‘yours truly’ didn’t record…

The Plight That Is Albums Sales – Billboard Chart Takeaways


Brentmusicreviews has been quick to highlight how R&B music sales in particular have fallen tremendously. While the R&B plight continues throughout 2014 (no shade Mariah), a general takeaway from studying the Billboard 200 Albums Chart will reveal that the album sales decline isn’t genre-specific. A successful album in the ‘new normal’ of album sales has much…

Chart Blues for R&B Artists


Some artists triumph commercial, while others fail.  While 2014 has had its share of chart triumphs; there have been some big-time chart blues for some artists.  What makes chart failures even more painful is when the artist was previously successful.  Here are some observations from last week’s Billboard 200/upcoming prognostications.  Mariah Carey has the flop…

Summing Up J. Lo’s ‘A.K.A.’


Jennifer Lopez • A.K.A. • Capitol • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 “Just want you to know my name by the time we exit / wanna feel like I’m brand new.” Ooh la la – J. Lo, we already know your name, girl! After a three-year hiatus, Jennifer Lopez returns fiercely with new studio…

Lana Del Rey & Sam Smith Have Reason to Smile, J. Lo Not so much


Billboard prognosticates that three albums are expected to sell more than 100,000 copies this week.  This is something that the music industry desperately needs to happen, given the slow sales of 2014.  Those three artists and their respective albums expected to accomplish that feat are Lana Del Rey (Ultraviolence), Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour),…

Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ the Bright Spot in Slow Sales Week


In what ended up being a painfully slow sales week, Jack White’s Lazaretto was the only new album to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart this week.  According to billboard.com, White sold 138,000 copies of Lazaretto, which easily outpaced the second place album – last weeks top debuting LP Platinum (Miranda…