Is Shawn Mendes’ ‘Treat You Better’ Hit or Miss?


Shawn Mendes • Treat You Better – Single • Island • Release Date: 6.3.16 Shawn Mendes has had a big year, spanning 2015 and 2016.  Think about it – how many 17 year olds can boast at having just a smidgen of the success Mendes has had.  One hit single – One “Stitches” – would’ve been…

Ranking Beyoncé’s Albums (2016 Update)


Once more, Beyoncé shocked the world by releasing her sixth album, Lemonade unannounced. Now the question is, how does Lemonade fit in the context of Beyoncé’s discography? Re-examining Beyoncé’s studio albums here is how I would rank them. Remember, this is one person’s subjective opinion.

58th Annual Grammys Miss Bigger Statement With Album Of The Year


Ah another Grammys has come to a close. Overall, the 58th Annual Grammys were pretty predictable without many questionable awards. That said the biggest quibble comes with the album of the year (AGAIN) with Taylor Swift winning her second AOTY with 1989. Wait a minute – hold up? Why is a big, popular album like…

Is Carrie Underwood Fading?  


On October 23, 2015, Pop/Country superstar Carrie Underwood released her fifth studio album, Storyteller. Storyteller represented Underwood’s first new album of originals in three years, following no. 1 bowing Blown Away (2012). It would seem that the return of Carrie Underwood would usher in yet another no. 1 album, marking her fourth to debut atop…

Surprise Albums Work – Sometimes…


  Lately, there is less and less fanfare about releasing albums – has anybody noticed this? There was a time when the ‘hot’ new album dropping was truly a gargantuan thing. Nowadays, albums drop – sometimes with lackadaisical promotion – and it’s just not that big of a deal. Sometimes it seems as if the…

6 Artists Who Have Lost Their Luster


It happens to many artists – they lose their ‘luster.’ As Maroon 5 once sang, “Nothing Lasts Forever,” and the same could be said about sustained commercial success and general relevance within the music industry. Many of the artists that are featured on this list are established, veteran artists who ultimately have little to prove….

Quickie: Three Sound Pieces of Advice For Your Comeback, Justin Bieber


In a recent Billboard article, Jason Lipshutz laid out a compelling list of considerations that Justin Bieber should make, given the ‘belief’ that the embattled artist will make a comeback in 2015. Through and through, the author makes thoughtful points that the ever-rebellious pop singer is sure to ignore. That said, after reading the list,…

Who Were The Biggest Breakthrough Musicians of 2014?


Ah, it is time for those wonderful compiled year-end lists. Yours truly is hard at work putting some finishing touches on a couple of those time-consuming, yet rewarding things. One of the fruits of my hard labor can be found via Starpulse, entitled Biggest Breakthrough Musicians of 2014. And yes if you’re asking, it’s no…