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…

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…

Review: Joe Keeps Things Grown & Sexy on ‘Bridges’


Joe, Bridges – a review  Joe • Bridges • Plaid Lover / BMG • US Release Date: June 23, 2014 R&B singer Joe is incredibly prolific in his output, particularly as of late. Once an extremely successful multiplatinum major label artist, following 2007 album Ain’t Nothin’ Like Me, Joe has released new albums, independently distributed,…

Lana Del Rey Wins, Ed Sheeran on Deck


This week, Lana Del Rey ‘came up’ as Ultraviolence  beat out stiff competition (Sam Smith‘s In the Lonely Hour namely) to bow atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  Del Rey’s dark, pessimistic Ultraviolence is arguably the singer/songwriter’s best work to date, following full-length debut Born to Die and EP Paradise.  Other artists weren’t nearly as successful experiencing  dips in their sales.   You…

25 Best R&B Albums of 2013


It truly saddens me to see R&B, a personal favorite style of music, in a state of uncertainty.  2013 found the numbers of R&B down considerably, a trend that is consistent year in and year out. Save for a select few commercial bright spots (led by an unexpected Beyoncé album), R&B only dented the charts.  …

Playlist: Songs of Thanks… Some of ‘Em


There are so many things to be thankful for in life, or at least I think so.  What better during Thanksgiving and the holiday season then to have a playlist filled with ten ‘songs of thanks’ to spin?  Exciting huh? The artists featured on this playlist are thankful for various things in life – some…

Playlist: 15 Tracks To Spin Heading Into August


So August 2013 has arrived…ugh! Where did summer go? SMH! Well, whether life is in a state of “earthquake weather” because you were an a-hole to your girl, or you see a hot girl and you just want to ask her out for “dinner and a movie”, well music can help you out with that. …

Chart Moves, July 10, 2013: Hip Hop Rules, Joe Top Debut


Chart Rewind Last week on the charts (July 3, 2013), Wale debuted at no. 1 with The Gifted, selling a respectable 158,000 copies.  J. Cole remained at no. 2, though sold 72% less with 84,000 copies sold of Born Sinner.  Kanye West fared much worse compared to an ‘overperforming’ J.Cole, dropping a steep 80% in second week sales and falling from no….

Chart Moves, July 3, 2013: Wale Tops, Mr. West Drops


Chart Rewind Kanye West claimed his sixth no. 1 album (fifth as a solo artist) with Yeezus at 327,000 copies.  J. Cole gave him some competition with Born Sinner, but ended up settling for no. 2 with 297,000 copies sold.  Mac Miller had to play little brother, but his numbers weren’t ‘childish’ as Watching Movies With the Sound Off sold a respectable…