New Look Country Has Widespread Crossover Appeal 


“The new guard’s so different from the old.” Ah, so true, so true. The context of this “new guard” here is that the country music of old is not what’s dominating the genre’s landscape. Sure, someone like Alan Jackson will always be a king in country music, but his heyday in the limelight have come…

25 Chart Takeaways: Future Takes The Top Spot on the Billboard 200


Yep, let’s just go on and address it – and it isn’t shade (or that much shade)! Future outperformed Ciara, big time. We’ll leave it at that! Here are 25 chart takeaways this week, with Future leading the pack with the biggest album of his career! 1) Atlanta MC Future lands his first career number…

25 Chart Takeaways: Tyrese’s ‘Black Rose’ Takes Top Honors


Finally, “There’s A Bright Side Somewhere”… for R&B. Thanks to Tyrese, delivering one/if not the best album of his career, gave R&B that elusive #1 album after a year of struggles. But that’s not the only takeaway on the latest edition of the Billboard 200 – there are 24 more where that came from! 1)…

25 Chart Takeaways: Breaking Benjamin Take The Top Spot


Another musical act has earned a new achievement in their career – Breaking Benjamin scores its first #1 album! That awesome news and even more awesomeness via this week’s 25 chart takeaways! 1) Breaking Benjamin – like James Taylor, Muse, and Florence + The Machine before them – get over the hump, scoring their first…

56th Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs and Fails


Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed.  As always, there were moments that thrilled me while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year.  Still, even being…

56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions: The Big Four


Grammy predictions for Record of the year, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Broadcast takes place on Sunday, January 26th.   Previously, following the announcements of the nominations, I made predictions in regards to who I thought would walk out with statues.  After sitting on it…

Musical Leftovers That Probably Shouldn’t Have Been Ignored


Being the human that I am, I couldn’t possibly review or analyze every single album – dang it!  Like Lil Wayne and Young Money once rapped, “I wish I could love every girl in the world…” (In amended form mind you). Well not that I wouldn’t want to “love every girl in the world”, but…

‘Way Too Early’ 56th Annual Grammy Winner Predictions


So the Grammy nominations just came out, and guess who is already putting his two cents in about who’s gonna win? This guy is! Yep it is technically ‘way too early’, but who cares? How about some December predictions for what’s gonna go down in January? The Big Four Record of the Year “Get Lucky”,…