Prince, ‘HitNRun Phase One’ – Short Take Review


Prince’s Eccentricity Lives On Via ‘HitNRun’ Despite Imperfections Prince • HitNRun Phase One • NPG • Release Date: September 14, 2015 Ah, the return of “The Purple One.” These days, Prince doesn’t seem too concerned about a fancy rollout of new material. Then again, who does seem to care about intensive promo? Because of a…

Bilal, In Another Life [Track By Track Review]


Bilal Delivers Killer Throwback Soul Album On ‘In Another Life’ Bilal • In Another Life • eOne • US Release Date: June 30, 2015  When Bilal drops an album, you know it is FIRE. What, excuse me? Why so confident there music reviewer fellow? The confidence is because it’s true. Not everybody may be on…

The ‘Middle Ground’ Of Censorship In Music


For many on the youthful side of the fence called life, we consider censorship to be complete and total f**king bulls**t – hey that’s the explicit ‘speak’ of new generation. That viewpoint, hence, characterizes the younger generation as a group of liberal rebels – nothing but heathens to the ‘old guard.’ Maybe unfairly the young…

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….

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…

Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of…

The Numbers Don’t Lie – The R&B Album Is Dead (Commercially) 


As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” What pudding you ask – R&B album sales ladies and gentlemen. It’s one thing that album sales are down across all genres, but if you examine R&B albums themselves, you’ll see that R&B sales are nothing short of abysmal. Basically, the commercially successful R&B album seems…

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard – Take 2!


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven 12 of those albums have sales figures (one still in progress), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris Brown, X (RCA,…

Chart Takeaways from Billboard 200 (Released October 23, 2014)


The Billboard 200 Albums Chart has become the spawn of Satan – to many of its artists… Here’s some chart takeaways from last week’s chart, released October 23, 2014. 1) Unsurprisingly, Florida Georgia Line score their first #1 album with excellent sales – 197,000 copies of Anything Goes.  2) Sam Smith is back home –…