57th Annual Grammys Scorecard (Take 2…)


The official cut-off date for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is September 30, 2014. The end of September is filled with albums that are certainly looking to compete for music’s most prestigious awards. That said, there are also notable albums released after last year’s cutoff date that can’t be written off. From my perspective,…

Best Available: 57th Annual Grammys Scorecard


The official cut-off date for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is September 30, 2014. The end of September is filled with albums that are certainly looking to compete for music’s most prestigious awards. That said, there are also notable albums released after last year’s cutoff date that can’t be written off. From my…

Mock Grammys – in July!


It’s July, but it is never too early to predict which artists/albums might be nominated for Grammys come December. 2014 has some strong candidates for the big categories, but there is also plenty of uncertainty, meaning that albums released late within the eligibility period could very well ‘change the game.’ But as of July, see…

The Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)


Numerous albums have been released in 2014.  That said, finding the true gems of the year means separating the best from the worst and the truly elite from the best.  It was no easy task, but below you’ll find the link to my best estimation (so far) of “The 25 Best Albums of 2014.”  Make…

The Plight That Is Albums Sales – Billboard Chart Takeaways


Brentmusicreviews has been quick to highlight how R&B music sales in particular have fallen tremendously. While the R&B plight continues throughout 2014 (no shade Mariah), a general takeaway from studying the Billboard 200 Albums Chart will reveal that the album sales decline isn’t genre-specific. A successful album in the ‘new normal’ of album sales has much…

Lana Del Rey Wins, Ed Sheeran on Deck


This week, Lana Del Rey ‘came up’ as Ultraviolence  beat out stiff competition (Sam Smith‘s In the Lonely Hour namely) to bow atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  Del Rey’s dark, pessimistic Ultraviolence is arguably the singer/songwriter’s best work to date, following full-length debut Born to Die and EP Paradise.  Other artists weren’t nearly as successful experiencing  dips in their sales.   You…

Lana Del Rey Hauntingly Captivates on ‘Ultraviolence’ 


Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence – a review Lana Del Rey • Ultraviolence • Interscope • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 “He hit me and it felt like a kiss.” Depressing, depressing, depressing! The aforementioned lyrics are the norm throughout alternative singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey’s latest album, Ultraviolence. The album is an incredibly moody affair…

Lana Del Rey & Sam Smith Have Reason to Smile, J. Lo Not so much


Billboard prognosticates that three albums are expected to sell more than 100,000 copies this week.  This is something that the music industry desperately needs to happen, given the slow sales of 2014.  Those three artists and their respective albums expected to accomplish that feat are Lana Del Rey (Ultraviolence), Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour),…

Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ the Bright Spot in Slow Sales Week


In what ended up being a painfully slow sales week, Jack White’s Lazaretto was the only new album to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart this week.  According to billboard.com, White sold 138,000 copies of Lazaretto, which easily outpaced the second place album – last weeks top debuting LP Platinum (Miranda…