‘Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone’ [Review]


  ‘Nina Revisited’ is a Rarity – A Legitimately Exceptional Tribute Album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone • RCA • US Release Date: July 10, 2015 Tribute albums can be a music critic’s worst nightmare. Why? Because often, the artists paying tribute just don’t have that same “oomph” or don’t match the sensibilities…

Chart Takeaways: The ‘SremmLife’ is Upon Us At Number Five


It was a quiet week, but there are still takeaways to be made so HERE THEY ARE! 1) Taylor Swift makes it nine weeks at number one with 1989. Shocker right? 2) The new Billboard 200 tabulation formula has been great for Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, whose respective albums sit at #2 and #10…

Retrospective Review: Kanye West, ‘The College Dropout’


The College Dropout sounds as fresh as ever, ten years later.  Kanye West • The College Dropout • Roc-A-Fella • US Release Date: February 10, 2004 “Sometimes I feel no one in this world understands us / but we don’t care what people say.”  True that, true that.  The aforementioned quote from “We Don’t Care”…

Review: Janelle Monáe, ‘The Electric Lady’


Janelle Monáe Scores A Home Run on The Electric Lady Janelle Monáe⎪The Electric Lady⎪ Bad Boy / Wandaland ⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 10, 2013 Merely calling Janelle Monáe one of a kind would be a total understatement, like really.  Janelle Monáe is one of a handful of R&B artists who brings something truly different,…

#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…