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…

Regrettable Albums…Could it Be?


Sadly, not every album that saw the light of day in 2014 was a winner.  This is no reference to sales, but rather, a reference to releasing the ‘wrong’ album in regards to the material and quality of the album itself.  The 10 artists/albums in a recent starpulse.com post penned by ‘yours truly’ didn’t record…

Ranking Robin Thicke’s Albums


Paula has been nothing but bad news for Robin Thicke, and no that statement isn’t referencing Paula Patton herself. Examining Robin Thicke’s discography – excluding A Beautiful World credited to ‘Thicke’ – Paula certainly ranks at the bottom. That said, what about the remainder of Thicke’s works as a whole? Based on his output up…

Robin Thicke’s Up and Down Career


After being on top of the world (and the charts) in 2013, Robin Thicke’s world has come crumbling down in 2014. In other words, it’s been a crappy year for Thicke. Robin Thicke separated from wife/longtime sweetheart Paula Patton and even more shamefully released a lackluster album named Paula to “Get Her Back.” Eyes rolled…

The Plight That Is Albums Sales – Billboard Chart Takeaways


Brentmusicreviews has been quick to highlight how R&B music sales in particular have fallen tremendously. While the R&B plight continues throughout 2014 (no shade Mariah), a general takeaway from studying the Billboard 200 Albums Chart will reveal that the album sales decline isn’t genre-specific. A successful album in the ‘new normal’ of album sales has much…

Chart Blues for R&B Artists


Some artists triumph commercial, while others fail.  While 2014 has had its share of chart triumphs; there have been some big-time chart blues for some artists.  What makes chart failures even more painful is when the artist was previously successful.  Here are some observations from last week’s Billboard 200/upcoming prognostications.  Mariah Carey has the flop…

Ed Sheeran Comes Up, Trey Songz’s Got Next


As expected, Ed Sheeran had a fantastic sales week for sophomore album X.  The British singer/songwriter ended up selling 210,000 copies.  Compared to the numbers the #1 album the same week from last year moved (Wale‘s The Gifted sold 158,000 copies),  Sheeran outperformed.  Last week, I composed a review for Sheeran’s X at starpulse.com, which you can read here.  Other artists debuting…

Review: Robin Thicke Sounds Desperate On ‘Paula’ – Starpulse.com


Unfortunately for Robin Thicke, his latest album Paula ends up being the train wreck I personally thought it would be.  Boring, blasé, over the top, and old-fashioned (in a bad way), Paula ranks at the bottom of Thicke’s discography.  To read my full thoughts on Thicke’s latest album, check out the link below: Review: Robin Thicke Sounds Desperate On ‘Paula’…

Note-taking: Robin Thicke, “Get Her Back”


Thicke’s ‘make-up’ single is…umm…underwhelming… Robin Thicke • “Get Her Back” (Single) • Star Trak / Interscope • Single Release Date: May 19, 2014  Robin Thicke has been in the headlines in 2014 for a couple of different reasons, namely his split with wife Paula Patton.  Rumors have swirled the breakup was on old boy, potentially…