Taylor Swift, 1989 © Big Machine Records

58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Pop Categories!


The Grammy nominations will be unveiled before we know it. Before they are, here’s a look at who might snag nominations in the pop categories. Yes, that means Taylor Swift is a factor. Here we go! Best Pop Solo Performance  Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” (1989) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” (Beauty Behind the Madness) Meghan Trainor, “Lips Are Movin” … Continue reading 58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Pop Categories!

Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb © Odd Future

TMI! 14 Songs That Reference ‘Riding Solo’


Before you read any further, this article has a dash of taboo controversy – fair warning! And to dispel any rumors or myths, this is not about the infectious Jason Derulo song where he’s “trying to get his sh*t together.” Just a friendly disclaimer! You could say that today, society is at a much more liberal place than it has been in the past. Sure, … Continue reading TMI! 14 Songs That Reference ‘Riding Solo’

John Legend, Love in the Future © Columbia

8 ‘Genesis’ Songs 


No not the band silly – but rather “in the beginning!” Honestly, some of these songs have little to do with beginning, but whatever. “It is what it is” as the old saying goes. 1) Eminem, “We Made You” (Relapse, 2009) “We Made You” really has nothing to do with “the beginning” – just Eminem going H.A.M. as always. Genesis lyric: “You’re a rock star … Continue reading 8 ‘Genesis’ Songs 

Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell © Asthmatic Kitty

10 Songs That Possess Overwhelming Emotions


Some songs are “empty,” while others are “full” – or something like that! The 10 songs compiled on this list are all “full” of emotion and depth. Each song has a deeper meaning or larger purpose which makes it truly unique, special, and memorable. Here are 10 songs that possess overwhelming emotions. 1) Father John Misty, “Holy S**t” (I Love You, Honeybear, 2015) Despite the … Continue reading 10 Songs That Possess Overwhelming Emotions

Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood © Atlantic

7 High Songs To Celebrate 420 Any and Everyday


Yes, this post may have arrived a day late, but some folks celebrate 4/20 – better known as the day to celebrate marijuana – every day. So, with that kept in mine, here are some songs that are guaranteed to “get you lifted” – some not necessarily from the ganja. 1) John Legend, “Let’s Get Lifted” (Get Lifted, 2004) Sorry weed lovers everywhere! The “high” … Continue reading 7 High Songs To Celebrate 420 Any and Everyday

Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell © Asthmatic Kitty

2015’s Most Eyebrow-Raising Lyrics, Vol. 1


So much time is spent examining entire albums or merely analyzing singles or songs off of those albums. A lot can be gained from being more analytical and isolating key lyrics from a song. Sure, this is micromanagement – total music nerd shit – but there’s greatness that can be unveiled. Throughout 2015, there have been many eyebrow-raising lyrics that raise larger issues or have … Continue reading 2015’s Most Eyebrow-Raising Lyrics, Vol. 1

John Legend & Common, Glory © Paramount

Examining Academy Award-Winners for Original Song Over The Past Decade (2005 – 2015)


On Sunday night, Common and John Legend joined elite company, becoming the recipient of the Academy Award for Original Song in a motion picture. While there was much said about a lack of black talent being nominated at the 87th Academy Awards – specifically David Oyelowo (as MLK, Jr. in Selma) and director Ava DuVernay (Selma as well), Common and Legend’s song “Glory” was a … Continue reading Examining Academy Award-Winners for Original Song Over The Past Decade (2005 – 2015)

Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour © Capitol

57th Annual Grammy Notes


So, I spent the better part of my Sunday night watching the 57th annual Grammys – better known as wasting my time. Why do I indulge in music’s Super Bowl every year when I know that there’s always going to be Grammys given to the wrong folks? I guess it’s the hunger to see how the Recording Academy votes, even if I know the album … Continue reading 57th Annual Grammy Notes

John Legend & Common, Glory © Paramount

Review: Selma’s “Glory” Is Highly Deserving of the Oscar For Original Song


Selma – Music from the Motion Picture • Paramount/Pathé • US Release Date: January 6, 2015 “One day, when the glory comes / it will be ours.” If there is one Academy Award-nominated original song that everyone should rooting for at the Oscars, it is “Glory,” a moving song performed and penned by John Legend and Common. “Glory” hails from the motion picture, Selma. Selma … Continue reading Review: Selma’s “Glory” Is Highly Deserving of the Oscar For Original Song

Mary J. Blige, The London Sessions © Capitol

Favorite R&B Albums From 2004 – 2014


The time has come for the unveiling of my favorite R&B album of 2014. But first, how about examining some of my favorite R&B albums over the past 10 years. In 2004, I graduated from high school and began college in the fall – I’m so old. Anyways, staying on script, here are some favorite R&B albums from 2004 to 2014. 2004:  2004 was a … Continue reading Favorite R&B Albums From 2004 – 2014