Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer © Bad Boy

Janelle Monáe, ‘Django Jane’ & ‘Make Me Feel’ | Single Review


Announcing her third studio  album, ‘Dirty Computer’ (April 27, 2018), Janelle Monáe releases two promo singles, “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane.” Continue reading Janelle Monáe, ‘Django Jane’ & ‘Make Me Feel’ | Single Review

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Is Shawn Mendes’ ‘Treat You Better’ Hit or Miss?


Shawn Mendes • Treat You Better – Single • Island • Release Date: 6.3.16 Shawn Mendes has had a big year, spanning 2015 and 2016.  Think about it – how many 17 year olds can boast at having just a smidgen of the success Mendes has had.  One hit single – One “Stitches” – would’ve been enough to have made Mendes one to watch.  But no, … Continue reading Is Shawn Mendes’ ‘Treat You Better’ Hit or Miss?

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Thoughts: Meghan Trainor, “Better” featuring Yo Gotti


Meghan Trainor has released another single from her forthcoming, highly anticipated, sophomore album, Thank You. This time, she’s not saying “No,” but rather asserting she’s deserves “Better.” So, after listening to the relatively brief cut, how does it stack up? It’s interesting. “Better” has a dash of tropical influence, definitely something that we didn’t hear from Trainor on Title. Often, when tropical/reggae-infused pop comes into … Continue reading Thoughts: Meghan Trainor, “Better” featuring Yo Gotti

Corinne Bailey Rae, The Heart Speaks in Whispers © Virgin

Quick Thoughts: Corinne Bailey Rae Returns Capably on “Green Aphrodisiac”


She’s back! Who you ask? Corinne Bailey Rae of course – who else? It has been TOO long since the world heard from the Grammy-winning British adult contemporary R&B/neo-soul artist. Finally after a six-year hiatus between albums, Bailey Rae releases her third LP, The Heart Speaks In Whispers via Virgin Records. While we’ll have to wait until May for the album, single “Green Aphrodisiac” is … Continue reading Quick Thoughts: Corinne Bailey Rae Returns Capably on “Green Aphrodisiac”

Selena Gomez in the 'Good For You' music video (Interscope, YouTube)

Selena Gomez’s “Good For You” Is ‘Average for You’ At Best


Should Gomez leave the whole music thing along? Methinks. Selena Gomez • “Good For You” (feat. A$AP Rocky) • Interscope • Release Date: June 22, 2015 There are many times when being an objective music critic/journalist is tough – let’s keep it totally real people! Going into a new Selena Gomez single/song/album is particularly arduous, mainly because she just doesn’t appeal to me personally. While … Continue reading Selena Gomez’s “Good For You” Is ‘Average for You’ At Best

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Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea Misfire On “Pretty Girls”


Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea • Pretty Girls – Single • RCA • Release Date: May 4, 2015 There’s really just one question to ask – have Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea lost their minds? YES (not YAAASS)! Listening to the pair’s corny new single, the question is DEFINITELY a rhetorical. “Pretty Girls” is nothing short of a hot mess – strike that – a … Continue reading Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea Misfire On “Pretty Girls”

Miguel, Coffee © RCA

Miguel’s Sensual Single “Coffee” Continues An ‘Explicit’ Trend  


Miguel featuring Wale • Coffee – Single • RCA • US Release Date: May 4, 2015  Do innocent songs exist anymore? The answer is a resounding NO. Well, technically there are songs that are innocent, but so many of today’s songs are drenched in sexual innuendo and profanity. Miguel, one of contemporary R&B’s very best doesn’t buck this newfound embracement of explicitness that characterizes popular … Continue reading Miguel’s Sensual Single “Coffee” Continues An ‘Explicit’ Trend