Review: Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire (Deluxe)


Empire Cast • Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire • Columbia • US Release Date: March 10, 2015 One of the hottest new shows on television, Empire, released its first season soundtrack on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. In the stores for those who still partake of the physical CD, only the standard edition of…

57th Annual Grammy Notes


So, I spent the better part of my Sunday night watching the 57th annual Grammys – better known as wasting my time. Why do I indulge in music’s Super Bowl every year when I know that there’s always going to be Grammys given to the wrong folks? I guess it’s the hunger to see how…

25 Chart Takeaways: Fall Out Boy Score Third #1


For a second week, Taylor Swift has been held at bay! Fall Out Boy gets it done to secure the top spot, hence holding Swift in the runner-up slot. That said here’s my weekly, sometimes humorous 25 chart takeaways. 1) Fall Out Boy had a terrific week as American Beauty/American Psycho bowed atop the Billboard…

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…

25 Chart Takeaways: “No New Friends”


The theme of this week’s chart takeaways – “No New Friends.” Why “No New Friends” you ask? Because there are no new debuts of note on the Billboard 200 – it was a quiet week. 1) Taylor Swift and Nick Minaj remain atop the Billboard 200. This marks Swift’s eighth nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard…

Chart Takeaways: Nicki Minaj Comes In Second


Since Nicki Minaj didn’t top the Billboard 200, don’t we know he did? 25 Chart takeaways – take it away! 1) You already know who’s number one this week… Should’ve left this one as a “Blank Space.” 2) Yes, people are “looking a Nicki Minaj’s butt” – just not enough to make her sell/impact more…

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…

Chart Takeaways: J. Cole’s Scores Third #1 Album


Two words – CHART ACTION – Let’s get it! 25 Takeaways – GO!  1) It would take a special album to unseat Queen Taylor Swift. It finally happened (for a second time) when J. Cole sold a robust 354,000 copies (375,000 “units”) to hit #1 for the third time in his career. 2) Poor Taylor…

D’Angelo’s Triumphant ‘Black Messiah’ Reenergizes R&B


D’Angelo and the Vanguard • Black Messiah • RCA • US Release Date: December 15, 2014 Arguably, an artist ‘out of the game’ for 14 long years has made the album to beat, right at the tail end of 2014. A comeback from one of neo-soul’s visionaries has long been rumored but to continual disappointments….

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…