25 Chart Takeaways: Drake Returns for 10th Week at No. 1


After being “kicked to the curb” by Blink-182, Drake returns to no. 1 on the Billboard 200. Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Drake Returns for 10th Week at No. 1

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Review: A$AP Rocky Aims Bigger on Sophomore Album ‘AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP’


 A$AP Rocky • AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP • RCA • US Release Date: May 26, 2015  After crashing onto the scene with a mixtape in 2011 and his major label debut in 2013, New York MC A$AP Rocky returns with his sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. While A$AP Rocky isn’t necessarily the deepest MC in the game (particularly referencing girls), on his latest album, at times the thoughts are deeper, … Continue reading Review: A$AP Rocky Aims Bigger on Sophomore Album ‘AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP’

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7 High Songs To Celebrate 420 Any and Everyday


Yes, this post may have arrived a day late, but some folks celebrate 4/20 – better known as the day to celebrate marijuana – every day. So, with that kept in mine, here are some songs that are guaranteed to “get you lifted” – some not necessarily from the ganja. 1) John Legend, “Let’s Get Lifted” (Get Lifted, 2004) Sorry weed lovers everywhere! The “high” … Continue reading 7 High Songs To Celebrate 420 Any and Everyday

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25 Chart Takeaways: Kelly Clarkson Earns Third #1 Album 


The first American Idol victor has been able to establish a career beyond the show. This week, Kelly Clarkson lands her third number one album. That and many more chart takeaways worth examining! 1) Kelly Clarkson scores her third number one album with Piece By Piece. The numbers – sales and overall impact – are down significantly from previous efforts. 2) Fifty Shades of Grey … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Kelly Clarkson Earns Third #1 Album 

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12 Hellish Songs


Nick Jonas said it best: “It’s my right to be hellish / I still get jealous.” Yes, “Jealousy” is certainly sinful and can land you in, well Hell. But this playlist-driven post really isn’t about jealousy, Biblical matters, or even as much about hell itself other than each song title features ‘hell’ in it (or in the case of Drake’s “HYFR,” it stands for the … Continue reading 12 Hellish Songs

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13 Best Rap Albums of 2014


With the year winding down, opinions –lists – begin being assembled detailing the year’s best albums. Rap hasn’t had the same kind of years it has had previously, but there have been some noteworthy releases. Consider the top of this best rap albums list to be truly top-heavy. Here are the best rap albums of 2014 as of November 2014. 1) Logic, Under Pressure (Def … Continue reading 13 Best Rap Albums of 2014

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Grammy Predictions: Who Wins in the Urban Categories?


The Grammy nominations have been announced. Now it’s time to dig in (early) and predict who wins within the urban categories – aka R&B and rap. Names to remember – Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Eminem. There are others, but wouldn’t many agree the three heavyweight vets have a great chance of being victorious?   Best R&B Performance: “Drunk In Love,” Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z (Beyoncé)* “New … Continue reading Grammy Predictions: Who Wins in the Urban Categories?