Highlights: Various Artists, ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’


★★★★ Lin-Manual Miranda and a star-studded cast strikes gold with ‘The Hamilton Mixtape,’ a compilation of covers, reinterpretations, and newbies. Hamilton was kind of a big deal…just a little bit.  With the musical continuing to allure America, Lin-Manual Miranda and an all-star cast fittingly assemble a mixtape based upon it. The Hamilton Mixtape is by…

11 Songs Where the Innuendo is Out of Control


Selena Gomez told the world that she “couldn’t keep her hands to herself.”  Gomez’s lack of control perfectly captures the sentiment of the 11 songs selected on this playlist that lack control of their sexual appetites.

Disclosure, ‘Caracal’ – Review


Disclosure Nails It on ‘Caracal’ Disclosure • Caracal • Capitol • Release Date: September 25, 2015 In recent times, electronic music has seen its profile greatly elevated. In a time where all genres seem to blend with others, electronic music has fit right in without a hitch. Don’t get it twisted – the music has…

If the Grammys Were Held In September… [Part 2]


Pop, Rock, Urban & Country Categories  Let’s keep it short and sweet – if the Grammys were held in August, would these be the nominees. Here are some thoughts on specific categories, including pop, rock, R&B, rap, and country. Cheers! Pop Best Pop Solo Performance:  The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”…

25 Chart Takeaways: Luke Bryan Makes It Two Weeks At The Top


Nobody could stop him – Luke Bryan that is. He got a great fight though from Ed Sheeran of all people, who’s been dominating since 2014. Sigh, that’s the music industry for you. Here are 25 chart takeaways to check out this week! 1) Luke Bryan keeps the #1 spot warm for a second week….

TMI! 14 Songs That Reference ‘Riding Solo’


Before you read any further, this article has a dash of taboo controversy – fair warning! And to dispel any rumors or myths, this is not about the infectious Jason Derulo song where he’s “trying to get his sh*t together.” Just a friendly disclaimer! You could say that today, society is at a much more…

25 Chart Takeaways: Tyrese’s ‘Black Rose’ Takes Top Honors


Finally, “There’s A Bright Side Somewhere”… for R&B. Thanks to Tyrese, delivering one/if not the best album of his career, gave R&B that elusive #1 album after a year of struggles. But that’s not the only takeaway on the latest edition of the Billboard 200 – there are 24 more where that came from! 1)…

25 Chart Takeaways: Meek Mill Lands First No. 1 Album  


Unsurprisingly, Maybach Music came through – Meek Mill debuted in the top spot with his highly anticipated, delayed sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. Also unsurprising, Miguel debuted in the top two. Interestingly, within the last week, TWO Billboard 200 charts were released, as the music industry has embraced a new global music release…

R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)  


  R&B is not dead. Yes, the topic of the ‘impact’ of R&B as a major player has been questioned and argued often on brentmusicreviews.com – maybe too much. But, R&B is ailing commercially. Part of the fuel for the argument against R&B’s role as a major player is how poorly the genre is performing…