Jazmine Sullivan Picks Up Where She Left Off on ‘Reality Show’ 


Jazmine Sullivan • Reality Show • RCA • US Release Date: January 13. 2015 Things don’t feel right when there’s a void do they? Throughout R&B music, voids are felt quite frequently. How about the extended hiatuses that both Maxwell and D’Angelo partook of between albums? When both artists reasserted themselves, they fulfilled something that…

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard


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 of those albums have sales figures (one going off of official prognostications), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris…

Aretha Franklin Tackles Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”


Aretha Franklin • “Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)” • RCA • Single Release: September 29, 2014 Who better to cover a diva than a diva herself? Makes logical sense right? On her new album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, Aretha Franklin covers the ‘great’ Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” A piece…

Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!


The busiest, most lucrative time of the year has arrived for the music industry – the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter is a big deal because it encompasses the holiday season, and what better than the gift of music, right? The Wire has a fantastic prediction post that everyone should check out that inspired my own post of…

Spotlight on Anthony Hamilton: Top 10 Favorites


View this post on Instagram Thank you for having me last night New York! Check out more photos from Theatre at Westbury on @everydaylavan's Gallery http://EverydayLaVan.com #AnthonyHamilton #HamFam #NewYork #NYC #Tour A post shared by Anthony Hamilton (@anthonyhamiltonofficial) on Jul 17, 2014 at 10:56am PDT Anthony Hamilton epitomizes consistency – period. Although the Grammy-winning soulful…

10 Takeaways from Marsha Ambrosius’ ‘Friends & Lovers’


Marsha Ambrosius • Friends & Lovers • RCA • US Release Date: July 15, 2014 British R&B artist Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of Floetry)released her sophomore album Friends & Lovers on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Friends & Lovers follows up Ambrosius’ 2011 debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, which was led by singles “Hope She Cheats…

Review: Magic! are Pleasant, Sometimes Magical on Debut


Magic! • Don’t Kill the Magic • RCA • US Release Date: July 1, 2014 “Why you gotta be so rude? / Don’t you know I’m human too?” The aforementioned lyric is arguably not only one of the schmaltziest, but also one of the most infectious and addictive. Apparently, a breezy, reggae-pop amalgam can do…

Mali Music Delivers on R&B Effort ‘Mali Is’


Mali Music • Mali Is… • RCA • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 Sometimes, R&B artists wish to record gospel, while gospel artists want to record R&B. Throughout history, there has often been this urge to oscillate between both genres. Mali Music, a contemporary gospel artist, joins the ‘dark’ side on his third album,…