One Favorite from Each Keyshia Cole Album (Playlist)


R&B gets a lot of criticism, a lot of which is at the hand of a fan – yours truly.  Yes, though I’m skeptical of the future of the genre, it just might be my favorite.  Hard call of course, being a musician with too many albums to count…  But enough rambling, this post is…

25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Six In A Row  


  What more can you say – Adele! It’s all about Adele. Well it’s not “all” about Adele, but the chart is definitely top heavy thanks to her. 25 Chart takeaways, here we go! 1) Adele continues to kill the competition, spending her sixth week atop the Billboard 200 with 25. The numbers were her…

25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Five Weeks At No. 1


The best way to summarizes this week’s charts? Adele. Yep – nuff said! 1) Adele makes it five weeks at #1 with 25. 25’s fifth week gave the album its third million-plus selling week and second best week overall, behind its 3.38 million start. 2) Justin Bieber remains the second most consistent artist on the…

R&B Had A Difficult 2012


R&B had a difficult 2012. I know that those who heavily supported/continue to support  the genre are probably dismayed by that initial statement. I too am dismayed, but the statement couldn’t ring truer. The issues with R&B in 2012 lie within (1) commercial viability and (2) identity crisis.  Most issues within the genre fall within…

Brandy, Two Eleven: Album Analysis


Intro/Background Sportin’ Them Platinum Plaques Brandy Norwood had a popular run during the 1990s (1994’s Brandy and 98’s Never Say Never) and in 2002’s Full Moon. All three of the aforementioned albums share something notable: All were certified as platinum or better.  Brandy’s 90’s album were multiplatinum R&B gold while 2002’s Full Moon certainly did…

Genre Series: 25 R&B Songs You Shouldn’t Miss From 2012


For all of my criticisms of today’s R&B movement, the year still managed to yield some memorable performances.  I had planned to cap of this list at 15 and then 20, but then I was reminded of my ‘soft spot’ for R&B and expanded the list to twenty-five cuts I enjoyed in 2012.  These are in no particular order ultimately. 1….