Highlights: Various Artists, ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’


★★★★ Lin-Manual Miranda and a star-studded cast strikes gold with ‘The Hamilton Mixtape,’ a compilation of covers, reinterpretations, and newbies. Hamilton was kind of a big deal…just a little bit.  With the musical continuing to allure America, Lin-Manual Miranda and an all-star cast fittingly assemble a mixtape based upon it. The Hamilton Mixtape is by…

New Playlist: 14 ‘House’ Songs


Rather than having the traditional social life that a late twenty-something should on a Friday night (July 1st was the time of this unfortunate happening), I composed and compiled a new playlist entitled 14 ‘House’ Songs More Thrilling Than Chilling at the House.

25 Chart Takeaways: Rihanna Takes ‘Anti’ To The Top


Despite its ‘anti’ minded rollout, Rihanna’s Anti ascends to the no. 1 spot after debuting 27th following its nontraditional release. It’s not all about Rihanna this week though – there are 24 more takeaways that DON’T include Ms. Fenty! 1) Rihanna’s ANTI takes top honors on the Billboard 200 to no one’s surprise. Yes there…

25 Chart Takeaways: Drake Scores Fourth Number One Album 


Taylor Swift slipped to #5 on the Billboard 200! Isn’t that fact enough to make you want to read these chart takeaways? It should BE!  1) Drake hit the big time for the fourth time in his career. Surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late debuts commandingly atop the Billboard 200. Was there…

Chart Takeaways: The ‘SremmLife’ is Upon Us At Number Five


It was a quiet week, but there are still takeaways to be made so HERE THEY ARE! 1) Taylor Swift makes it nine weeks at number one with 1989. Shocker right? 2) The new Billboard 200 tabulation formula has been great for Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, whose respective albums sit at #2 and #10…

Review – Now 51 Gets It Right? It Couldn’t Be!


Various Artists • Now 51 • Legacy • US Release Date: August 5, 2014 Breaking News: Now 51 may have actually gotten the contemporary music compilation, right. Yes, it’s shocking, but Now 51 may be the ‘breakthrough’ for the ever-popular series in recent times. No, Now 51 is not perfect – there are still a…

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…

Review: ‘Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film: The Great Gatsby’


Various Artists ⎢Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film: The Great Gatsby ⎢Water Tower / Interscope ⎢US Release Date: May 7, 2013 Constructing a soundtrack that not only creates a solid musical backdrop for the film as well as doubling as an enjoyable compilation is no easy task.  Because of this, soundtracks themselves often get mixed reviews,…

American Idol: Epitomization of a Train-wreck?


American Idol, Reality TV’s vocal juggernaut, continues to age – and NOT gracefully.  You could argue having the somewhat annoying (I’m being kind) Nicki Minaj adds some spice to the judging panel – or not. Regardless, watching Thursday night’s (February 28, 2013) Sudden Death round with the last remaining guys was a testament to how weak…