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…

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…

The R&B Malaise Continues: Sales Continue to Sag


R&B sales just aren’t what they once were – there’s just no other way to state it. When a major label R&B album is released these days, the expectation – save for a select few artists – is that it’s not going to sell. Sure, that’s a hella pessimistic view, but what has dissuaded such…

30 Simply Filthy R&B Songs!


Love hasn’t faded from R&B completely, believe it or not. That said sex is definitely in its trendiest position ever within the genre. Folks, parental advisory labels are popping up everywhere these days and for good reason. Basically, “Darling Nikki” would barely qualify the explicit label these days. Some R&B songs are just simply filthy….

Marsha Ambrosius’ Risqué Return


Tuesday, July 15th saw the return of British R&B singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius.  Following a three-year hiatus, the former Floetry member released her sophomore album Friends & Lovers.  While Ambrosius was steamy on her debut Late Nights & Early Mornings, she ups the ante this go-round.  Of course, when you see a song titled “69,” that indicates this is no ‘PG’ or…

10 Takeaways from Marsha Ambrosius’ ‘Friends & Lovers’


Marsha Ambrosius • Friends & Lovers • RCA • US Release Date: July 15, 2014 British R&B artist Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of Floetry)released her sophomore album Friends & Lovers on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Friends & Lovers follows up Ambrosius’ 2011 debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, which was led by singles “Hope She Cheats…

Review: Daley, ‘Days & Nights’


 British singer Daley delivers an enjoyable, modern R&B debut with Days & Nights  Daley • Days & Nights • Republic • US Release Date: February 11, 2014 Call 2014 the year of British soul.  The U.S. has been blessed by the gifts of John Newman (Tribute), Sam Smith (Nirvana EP), and now one Daley Gareth…

Review: Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio 2’


Black Radio 2 may not supersede the original, but is still quite the exceptional listen Robert Glasper Experiment⎪ Black Radio 2⎪ Blue Note ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 29, 2013 After a successful first installment of Black Radio (the album received a Grammy for Best R&B Album earlier this year), the Robert Glasper Experiment returns…

Playlist: A ‘Relationship’ Soundtrack for 2013 (Or Something Like That)


Love songs can be so touching and certainly can propel any relationship (and in some cases hookups…).  I have constructed a list of 12 ‘love’ songs that have the emotional and physical connection between lovers in mind… or something like that!  I attempted to make some narrative, but like most soundtracks, they’re all over the…