Chart Takeaways: Nicki Minaj Comes In Second


Since Nicki Minaj didn’t top the Billboard 200, don’t we know he did? 25 Chart takeaways – take it away! 1) You already know who’s number one this week… Should’ve left this one as a “Blank Space.” 2) Yes, people are “looking a Nicki Minaj’s butt” – just not enough to make her sell/impact more…

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…

Chart Takeaways: J. Cole’s Scores Third #1 Album


Two words – CHART ACTION – Let’s get it! 25 Takeaways – GO!  1) It would take a special album to unseat Queen Taylor Swift. It finally happened (for a second time) when J. Cole sold a robust 354,000 copies (375,000 “units”) to hit #1 for the third time in his career. 2) Poor Taylor…

Rick Ross’ ‘Hood Billionaire’ Pales in Comparison To His Best 


Rick Ross • Hood Billionaire • Def Jam • US Release Date: November 24, 2014 “Quarter key got me livin’ like I’m Don King / heavyweight, I’m in the ring n*gga ding ding…” Rick Ross may not be throwing any right hooks, but the elephantine rapper does release his second album of 2014, Hood Billionaire….

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.  …

Will R&B Ever Recover From Sales Inconsistencies?


On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, I felt reassured about the output of R&B music.  As perused the CD aisle at the local Best Buy, I felt excited to see the majority of new releases were R&B (Neko Case and Nine Inch Nails among exemptions).  That observation should be shocking in itself.  This included established artists…

Playlist: Favorite August Tracks To Launch You Into September


As September approaches, we all need some good tunes to jam to, right? I have prescribed ten that tickled my fancy (or came pretty darn close to doing so) in August 2013. Sure, Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” made a fair share of noise, but others rule the roost on my list. Enjoy!…

Chart Moves August 28, 2013: Luke Still Rules as Mayer Underperforms


Chart Rewind  The big news was Luke Bryan, who dominated the Billboard Albums Chart with a 528,000 bow with Crash My Party. The bridesmaid? K. Michelle’s Rebellious Soul, which sold a respectable 72,000 copies. Luke Fends Off Mayer To Retain Top Spot Luke Bryan manages to remain atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with another…

Review: K. Michelle, ‘Rebellious Soul’


There’s little wrong with K. Michelle’s rebellious spirit…for the most part K. Michelle⎪Rebellious Soul⎪Atlantic ⎪⎪ US Release Date: August 13, 2013 K. Michelle can sing…like really sing.  The problem with the ‘rebellious soul’ singer is that she’s just that – rebellious.  Sure, R&B has become accustomed to some colorful words and of course more graphic…