One Favorite from Each Keyshia Cole Album (Playlist)


R&B gets a lot of criticism, a lot of which is at the hand of a fan – yours truly.  Yes, though I’m skeptical of the future of the genre, it just might be my favorite.  Hard call of course, being a musician with too many albums to count…  But enough rambling, this post is…

G-Eazy Elevates His Game On ‘When It’s Dark Out’


G-Eazy • When It’s Dark Out • RCA • Release Date: 12.4.15 Gerald Gillum, better known as G-Eazy had a solid year in 2014, dropping a successful debut album, These Things Happen. What better to celebrate a breakthrough album than dropping another one while the fire is hot? G-Eazy does just that with When It’s…

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…

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…

Chart Takeaways from Billboard 200 (Released October 23, 2014)


The Billboard 200 Albums Chart has become the spawn of Satan – to many of its artists… Here’s some chart takeaways from last week’s chart, released October 23, 2014. 1) Unsurprisingly, Florida Georgia Line score their first #1 album with excellent sales – 197,000 copies of Anything Goes.  2) Sam Smith is back home –…

Jason Aldean Is the Hit, Everyone Else, Not So Much


Well folks, the fourth quarter has arrived – in the amount of new releases only… Read on… Breaking news – Jason Aldean is expected to top the Billboard 200 with Old Boots, New Dirt. Shocker, right – NOPE! Billboard prognosticates Aldean to sell in the 300,000 copies ballpark, also not the least bit surprising. But…

Ranking Keyshia Cole Albums and Favorite Songs


With a newly added sixth studio album to her discography, Keyshia Cole has built-up quite a body of work. For the most part, Cole has been extremely consistent, delivering big-voiced, authentic ballads like a champ throughout her albums. But “when the rubber meets the road,” there’s always a weaker link, and the same goes when…

Keyshia Cole’s ‘Point Of No Return’ Falls Short Of Best Work


Keyshia Cole • Point of No Return • Interscope • US Release Date: October 7, 2014 One of the most frustrating things when one is the ultimate fan of an artist (‘fan boy’ or ‘fan girl’) is when that artist totally lets you down. Keyshia Cole, as sad as it is to report, has committed…

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…

#SwagDown: 10 Artists With PR Problems in 2013


I am sure there are more artists than mentioned, but there have been some big time  artistic miscues by numerous musicians in 2013.  I have chosen fifteen, err..sixteen overall with ten to highlight, but I’m sure there are many more! Welcome to 2013’s Disastrous Musical Artists PR Tournament! Others with some PR problems: Brad Paisley/LL Cool…