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25 Chart Takeaways: David Bowie’s First No. 1 Album  


On the Billboard 200, specifically the “number one spot” Bowie’s legacy lives on with his first ever chart topper. Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: David Bowie’s First No. 1 Album  

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Best of the Rest: 50 Songs That Just Missed The ’40 Best Songs Of 2015′


With main attraction ’40 BEST SONGS OF 2015′ appearing on Starpulse.com, here’s my list of the best of the rest (in no particular order). Continue reading Best of the Rest: 50 Songs That Just Missed The ’40 Best Songs Of 2015′

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Adele Could Rewrite Music History Commercially


  Everybody knew that the return of Adele would make the music biz goes wild. Indeed, said wildness has occurred as Adele’s third studio album 25 looks to break sales records. Basically, 25 is on pace to rewrite history and if it succeeds, that’s huge. Also huge is that the key word is pure sales as 25 wasn’t featured on streaming sites. 25, hence, will … Continue reading Adele Could Rewrite Music History Commercially

Ty Dolla $ign Delivers Compelling Debut Album With ‘Free TC’


Ty Dolla $ign • Free TC • Atlantic • Release Date: 11.13.2015 What’s the best way to stylistically categorize Ty Dolla $ign? Ultimately, the Los Angeles bred musician is a blend of R&B singer and rapper. This balance is reflected on Ty’s full-length debut album, Free TC. Why is the effort entitled Free TC? It references the musician’s incarcerated brother TC, who happens to appear … Continue reading Ty Dolla $ign Delivers Compelling Debut Album With ‘Free TC’

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The Chronicles of the Underrated: Angie Stone


In every genre of music, there are three big tiers of artists. The top tiers of artists are those that are commercially/relatively commercially successful and often beloved or at least respected by critics. The bottom tiers are those who have been unable to make it and generally are loathed by critics. Then there’s that middle tier – the underrated who haven’t been able to achieve … Continue reading The Chronicles of the Underrated: Angie Stone

Adele, 25 © XL/Columbia

Adele Makes Pitch Perfect Return With “Hello”


  Adele • 25 • XL/Columbia • Release Date: November 20, 2015 (album) One of the most arduous tasks following an extended hiatus is returning with the same vigor and fire that you once had. For Adele, it’s understandable that she not follow up 2011 diamond-certified effort 21 quickly – there was no reason to. Adele allowed one of the finest albums of the 10s … Continue reading Adele Makes Pitch Perfect Return With “Hello”