Thoughts: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”


 Sam Smith sets the tone for highly anticipated debut In The Lonely Hour Sam Smith • “Stay With Me” • In The Lonely Hour • Capitol • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 (album) Okay, let’s get this out of the way first; Sam Smith seems to be pop music’s next big thing. The 22-year…

56th Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs and Fails


Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed.  As always, there were moments that thrilled me while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year.  Still, even being…

‘Way Too Early’ 56th Annual Grammy Winner Predictions


So the Grammy nominations just came out, and guess who is already putting his two cents in about who’s gonna win? This guy is! Yep it is technically ‘way too early’, but who cares? How about some December predictions for what’s gonna go down in January? The Big Four Record of the Year “Get Lucky”,…

2013 Chart Trends: 5 Underachievers and 5 Overachievers


“You win some and you lose some.” At least, that’s what they say.  That’s the case with numerous albums in 2013.  I have chosen five albums that exceeded sales expectations and five albums that fell short of expectations.  Let’s see who made my list… The Overachievers  Honorable Mention(s): Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience (no. 1…

Chart Moves, June 6, 2013: Daft Punk Still Tops


Chart Rewind Last week, Daft Punk debuted loftily at no. 1 with Random Access Memories selling a strong 339,000 copies.  Darius Rucker found himself in the runner-up slot with True Believers, outperforming expectations with 83,000 copies sold.  The National confirmed their indie-darling status by bowing at no. 3 with 75,000 copies sold of Trouble Will Find Me. French Montana did better than expected, even if…

Review: Daft Punk, ‘Random Access Memories’


Daft Punk⎥ Random Access Memories ⎥ Columbia⎥⎥ US Release Date: May 21, 2013 Cutting right to the chase, Random Access Memories must easily be electro act Daft Punk’s most highly anticipated album.  The hype machine went full throttle weeks before Random Access Memories dropped, thanks to one superb single with Pharrell Williams entitled “Get Lucky”. …