What Killed a King (Michael Jackson) and a Prince (Prince)?


Two of music’s saddest deaths occurred seven years apart.  Michael Jackson’s death at the age of 50 shocked the world on June 25, 2009.  Ask many folks, and they’ll remember where they were or what they were doing when the shocking news broke.  Personally, I was a camp counselor at the summer music camp hosted…

25 Chart Takeaways: Breaking Benjamin Take The Top Spot


Another musical act has earned a new achievement in their career – Breaking Benjamin scores its first #1 album! That awesome news and even more awesomeness via this week’s 25 chart takeaways! 1) Breaking Benjamin – like James Taylor, Muse, and Florence + The Machine before them – get over the hump, scoring their first…

25 Chart Takeaways: Muse Takes The Top Spot  


A veteran British alternative band FINALLY earns a #1 album. That long awaited achievement and 24 other fascinating, stimulating chart takeaways – or something like that! 1) 21-years into its career, Muse lands its first #1 album with Drones. 21 years is a long period of time, but better late than never right? 2) Taylor…

Is The Weeknd Poised For Breakout Success?


As of yet, 2015 seems to be The Weeknd’s year. Honestly, the R&B industry should be praying that it is indeed the year of Abel Tesfaye, as the genre hasn’t had its finest moments this year. All indications suggests that The Weeknd may be his most relevant within the bigger picture of the music industry…

25 Chart Takeaways: A$AP Rocky Makes It Two Straight #1 Albums


A$AP Rocky surprised everybody by releasing his sophomore album one week early. It’s a good thing – it earned him another #1 album. That and 24 more exceptional chart takeaways – you don’t wanna miss ‘em folks!!! 1) A$AP Rocky scores his second career #1 album with At.Long.Last.A$AP. Had A$AP Rocky NOT dropped his new…

Chart Takeaways: Taylor and Nicki Remain Numbers One and Two


25 chart takeaways – here goes nothing! 1) It’s all about girl power within the top two spots of the Billboard 200. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj keep the #1 and #2 spots warm this week. 2) One Direction’s Four rose from #7 to #4 this week – coincidence? 3) Sam Smith’s In The Lonely…

Overrated: Too Many Stars?


Sometimes we all get trigger happy right? Well, as a music critic, sometimes we can be too giving and too forgiving. Sure, music journalists have this reputation for being overcritical, but sometimes we actually don’t hold albums to the standard of classics because of a lack of innovativeness in the present age. In other words,…

Labor Day (And Beyond): The Playlist


My working compadres, in the spirit of work (and play), check out my grueling  12 ‘Work’ Songs For Labor Day And Beyond playlist, penned exclusively for starpulse.com.  Happy Labor day!!!  Keeping it short and sweet! Photo Credits: © Def Jam, © Warner Bros.