Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of…

Ranking 20 R&B Albums: January – April 2014


It’s near the end of April, and as a music journalist, I have been privy to listen to a number of albums in differing genres. Even so, I have a soft spot for R&B, but am also very hard on it. Despite my criticisms, R&B and I have a relationship like a Whitney Houston song…

March Madness: Best Album Tournament for the 1st Quarter, 2014


  Ah, there is no better time of the year than March Madness… well maybe except for Christmas, LOL! It is a time where brackets continue to be devastated by college basketball teams many haven’t heard of upsetting highly favored giants.  As disappointing (when my John Wall-led UK Wildcats lost to WVU in 2010 in…

The Frozen Soundtrack Remains Atop the Albums Chart


Beyoncé tried to reclaim the glory of being number one – something that she did for three consecutive weeks, but Disney’s popular Frozen film has also taken the music world a storm remaining atop the Billboard 200.  The numbers are ugly, but a number one album is a number one album right? Well, sort of……

Eight New Album Releases To Consider Buying – Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Are you suffering from the January blues? Has your music collection become mundane and hella boring? Well, there’s nothing to fear as there are several new albums arriving Tuesday, January 14 – sigh!  If Kid Ink’s My Own Lane didn’t suit your sensibilities in an incredibly quiet week, or you’ve spun Beyoncé’s surprise album as…

Chrisette Michele Maintains Classicism in R&B


In a previous post (Kelly Rowland: More Risqué Than Beyoncé (and Others)), I discussed how Kelly Rowland was pushing the boundaries for women in R&B with her play on innuendo and the sensual.  Chrisette Michele‘s agenda is different.  Michele seeks to keep the traditional, classic elements of R&B alive – something that she has been doing from day…