Madonna raves in her "Bitch I'm Madonna" music video (Interscope, YouTube)

Madonna Shows The World She Still Has Shock Value in “B–ch I’m Madonna” Video


Raise your hand if you were one of those terrible souls to write off Madonna’s career as of late – just admit your sins and ask for forgiveness. Truthfully, a lot of people probably would raise their hands to such a question it posed, and for good reason. Rebel Heart is a terrific album, but despite its quality, folks didn’t buy it and the album’s … Continue reading Madonna Shows The World She Still Has Shock Value in “B–ch I’m Madonna” Video

Miley Cyrus in Wrecking Ball music video © RCA

Miley Cyrus’ Crazy Antics Continue, But Her “Nightmare” Is Tame (Review)


For all the fanfare of a recent NSFW spread for Paper Magazine (remember when Kim Kardashian broke the internet?), Miley Cyrus’ new song, entitled “Nightmare,” is much more conservative than one might envision. No “dancing with Molly” (“We Can’t Stop”) or coming in “like a wrecking ball” (“Wrecking Ball”) this time. Nope, just simply “trying, to wake up from this / from this nightmare / … Continue reading Miley Cyrus’ Crazy Antics Continue, But Her “Nightmare” Is Tame (Review)

Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour © Capitol

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 the Recording Academy votes, even if I know the album … Continue reading 57th Annual Grammy Notes

Nick Jonas, Nick Jonas © Island

The Newfound Appeal of the F-Bomb in Pop Music 


Nick Jonas becomes the latest former teen-pop star to turn to the dark side. In other words, he dropped the bomb – the f-bomb (cue foreboding, twisted music now)! For the millennial and younger folk, most of us don’t give a flying ‘you-know-what’ about the f-word. In fact, eavesdrop on a high school or college students conversations in particular, and what’s generally considered ‘salty’ language … Continue reading The Newfound Appeal of the F-Bomb in Pop Music 

Mary J. Blige, The London Sessions © Capitol

What’s the News, B? – ‘Splits-ville,’ Mary’s London, Miley and More


Now booking Summer shows! Check the calendar to see if I'm coming to your area.#ShakaZulu #concert #tour CoolioWorld.com/tour-dates 💯 A photo posted by Coolio (@coolio) on Jun 4, 2014 at 12:36pm PDT Column “What’s the news, B?” picks out news that stands out during the week. 1) Amber Rose is divorcing Wiz Khalifa  While I’d love to say I’m surprised by this news, I’m not … Continue reading What’s the News, B? – ‘Splits-ville,’ Mary’s London, Miley and More

Miley Cyrus, BANGERZ © RCA

The Case Against Miley…


quick change selfie A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Sep 12, 2014 at 5:38am PDT To say I have never been critical or judgmental of Miley Cyrus in the past would be a flat out lie – I’ve stated strong opinions towards Cyrus. Yes, that popular song about climbing a mountain (“The Climb”) irked me like no other, and don’t get me started … Continue reading The Case Against Miley…

Beyoncé, Beyoncé © Sony

MTV VMAs: A Reflection


A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:01am PDT So on Sunday night, that famous (or infamous) show known as the VMAs took place on MTV. It’s sort of funny you know? At one time, MTV actually played true to its name – music television. Not that music videos aren’t broadcast at all, but for a network whose platform seemed to … Continue reading MTV VMAs: A Reflection

Pharrell Williams, G I R L © Columbia

If The Grammys Were in May, Who Might Be Nominated?


“It’s never too early”, is the old saying, whether it’s in sports, political campaigns, or the Grammy field. It is May, and at this point, some possibilities for Grammy contenders have began to rear their heads. The field isn’t complete mind you – still plenty of time to go – but some potential darlings have established a solid case for themselves (and some surprises as … Continue reading If The Grammys Were in May, Who Might Be Nominated?

3 Quick Musical Takeaways for Tuesday May 12, 2014


Takeaway #1 Solange went all ‘angry black woman’ on Jay-Z, while Beyoncé maintained her normal demeanor as her man was being attacked… Hmm, so much for having “99 Problems and a b**ch ain’t one”.  Apparently, the younger Knowles is the feistier one of the two, unleashing her inner firecracker for the entire world to see. Takeaway #2 Miley Cyrus’ shock value knows no end!  She … Continue reading 3 Quick Musical Takeaways for Tuesday May 12, 2014

Review: Various Artists, ‘Now 50: That’s What I Call Music’


Now 50 makes better musical choices compared to previous ‘Now’ compilations Various Artists • Now 50 • UMe • US Release Date: May 6, 2014 Another ‘glorious’ Now That’s What I Call Music compilation has graced the music industry – Yippee (*says in a sarcastic voice*)! The series to its credit does a great job of filling the more casual, big-thinking music lover’s collection with … Continue reading Review: Various Artists, ‘Now 50: That’s What I Call Music’