Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up – Review


Thomas Rhett Totally ‘Kills It’ on Tangled Up – #Winning Thomas Rhett • Tangled Up • Valory • Release Date: September 25, 2015 “And this is the verse where you don’t know the words / and you don’t give a damn cause it feels good.” Right on Thomas Rhett – right on! On album number…

Jordin Sparks, Right Here Right Now – Review


Jordin Sparks Steps Up Her Game on ‘Right Here Right Now’ Jordin Sparks • Right Here Right Now • 19/Sony • Release Date: August 21, 2015 The best way to describe Jordin Sparks’ music career is…mixed. On the one hand, Sparks did quite well for herself with her debut album Jordin Sparks thanks to inescapable…

Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’


 Derülo’s over-reliance on sex and swagger holds the album back at times Jason Derülo • Talk Dirty • Warner Bros • US Release Date: April 15, 2014 It has been a minute since “Whatcha Say” had this music enthusiast excited about new pop/R&B artist Jason Derülo. Nah, I wasn’t a ‘fan girl’ as any number…

Five Reasons Why Candice Glover ‘Might’ Have an Uphill Battle


Candice Glover wowed Americans everywhere, becoming the most recent victor on American Idol (Season 12).  However, after Glover was crowned the winner, the skepticism of how successful her July 16th release, Music Speaks, was growing, likely rightfully so.  That same skepticism came from me, a fan of Glover, who has been waiting for an ‘R&B’…

Examining American Idol Winner’s (and Some Runner-up’s) Singles


American Idol has produced better talent compared to its competitor shows by a mile.  Sure, I rant about all the issues with the aging juggernaut (there are plenty), but it has been much more effective in charting artists than The Voice or X Factor.  Where is Melanie Amaro’s debut album? How well did that Tate…

Review: Jessica Sanchez, ‘Me, You & The Music’


Jessica Sanchez⎟ Me, You & The Music⎟ 19/Interscope⎟⎟ US Release Date: April 30, 2013 Jessica Sanchez proved she had prodigious pipes as the runner-up of American Idol in 2012.  Only 17, Sanchez’s vocal skills are nothing short of phenomenal; her voice is riper than many twice her age.  While being the winner of American Idol…

Blake Lewis Back On A Major? Reversing Idol Fortunes?


Blake Lewis, the beat-boxing Idol contestant who lost the crown to Jordin Sparks back-when is doing something that other Idol contestants haven’t – getting back on his major label swag. WHAT?! Like many Idol alums, Lewis’s major label days were short and unsuccessful.  His debut album Audio Day Dream went nowhere on RCA records, leading his second album, the even…

Genre Series: 25 R&B Songs You Shouldn’t Miss From 2012


For all of my criticisms of today’s R&B movement, the year still managed to yield some memorable performances.  I had planned to cap of this list at 15 and then 20, but then I was reminded of my ‘soft spot’ for R&B and expanded the list to twenty-five cuts I enjoyed in 2012.  These are in no particular order ultimately. 1….

Evaluating Every Season and American Idol Winner


Yeah, maybe I’ve been on a tangent, but discussing the juggernaut that is American Idol is relevant to the music industry.  I have decided to note the highlights of each season as well as the chart performances of each winner. Season 1 Winner: Kelly Clarkson; Runner-Up: Justin Guarini; Finals Should’ve Been: Clarkson; Tamyra Gray The initial season featured Simon Cowell, Paula…