November 6, 2015 Music Releases Set To Flop Commercially


Sigh, so much for the hype of the first week of a jam-packed November. According to Billboard’s early prognostications for next week, Chris Stapleton maybe having the second best week of his career. While we are happy for Stapleton’s “come up,” the prognosticated 100,000 units for Traveller are trouble…for the newbies that is. Billboard broke…

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…

56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions: The Big Four


Grammy predictions for Record of the year, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Broadcast takes place on Sunday, January 26th.   Previously, following the announcements of the nominations, I made predictions in regards to who I thought would walk out with statues.  After sitting on it…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Complete!


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 1 (#100 – 76)


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

‘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”,…

Thoughts on the 56th Annual Grammy Nominations


The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking…

Weekend Music News Round-up, December 5th – 8th, 2013


So some things went down in music this past weekend, as they always do.  But being December, it’s naturally busier within the holiday season, with more ‘hustle and bustling’ happening.  Some of the hustling and bustling was just too colorful not to mention, so watch me ‘go to work’ folks!     #1 Selena Gomez’s Bad…

‘NOW 48’ Epitomizes Both the Pros and Cons of the ‘Compilation Album’


Various Artists • NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 48 • UMG • US Release Date: November 11, 2013 In some respects, the term ‘compilation’ is synonymous to a swear word.  Maybe it’s not quite as obscene as the f-word itself, but it’s at least worthy of a baby-curse word, LOL.  Why? Because compilations – particularly music compilations –…