Billboard Takeaways | Logic No. 1 on the Billboard 200


Logic debuts at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 with ‘Everybody.’ Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber rise to no. 1 on the Hot 100 with “Despacito.”   Logic had an awesome week. He took his third album, Everybody, to no. 1 on the Billboard 200.  (247,000 units with 79% pure sales). Chris Stapleton…

Reactions: 86th Academy Awards Recognize Music In A Big Way


The Academy Awards was filled with a lot of predictability ultimately, but there were some interesting moments as well.  For the music world itself, there was plenty to rejoice about.  Jared Leto, who’s been more associated as the front man of 30 Seconds To Mars as opposed to acting as of late, won the Academy…

Review: Jay Sean, ‘Neon’


British-Asian pop and contemporary R&B artist Jay Sean continues to struggle to find an artistic identity stateside on his fourth studio album, Neon. Okay here’s the deal. British-Asian pop/R&B artist Jay Sean has never really established commercial grounding in the U.S.  Yes, “Down” was a no. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but his…

Review: Gogol Bordello, ‘Pura Vida Conspiracy’


Gypsy Punk Rules on Pura Vida Conspiracy Gogol Bordello⎪ Pura Vida Conspiracy ⎪ ATO Records ⎪⎪ US Release Date: July 23, 2013  Gogol Bordello are: Eugene Hütz (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion & fire bucket), Elizabeth Chi-Wei Sun (Vocals),  Pedro Erazo (vocals), Sergey Ryabtsev (violin), Pasha Newmer (accordion), Michael Bernard Ward (guitar), Thomas ‘Tommy T’ Gobena…

Review: Ace Hood, ‘Trials & Tribulations’


Ace Hood⎪ Trials & Tribulations ⎪ Cash Money (Republic) ⎪⎪ July 16, 2013 Executive producers: Khaled Khaled; Ronald “Slim Tha Don” Williams; Bryan “Baby Birdman” Williams; Dwayne “The President” Carter “I woke up in a new Bugatti”.  One of the more catchy, arguably ‘epic’ lyrics of 2013 you might say.  Why? That I dunno, but…

Single Review: Selena Gomez, “Come & Get It”


Selena Gomez⎟ “Come & Get It” [Single]⎟ Hollywood⎟ US Release Date: April 7, 2013 Selena Gomez has been quietly releasing albums for a couple of years.  Something about her latest single “Come & Get It” screams that she doesn’t want to quietly do anything any more.  Overall, “Come & Get It” is your typical, enjoyable, infectious…

New Music and Reviews: Spends Quality


Who is this ‘Spends’?  As southern MC T.I. might rap, “Big things [are] poppin’” on the west coast.  The west coast is known for numerous things, including Hollywood, its professional sports franchises (specifically those legendary LA Lakers), and of course the music.  Musically, west coast rap is definitely a movement and an important one at…