Fantasia, Ugly © RCA

Thoughts: Fantasia, Ugly – Single


Not to relive the American Idol Series finale, but among new singles trapped in an overstuffed two-hour concert was Fantasia’s new single, “Ugly.” Yes, “Ugly” had to compete with a catchier, if ‘soon-to-be-forgotten’ new single from Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”) among others, but arguably, “Ugly” might be worth a second look, even if it seemed ‘odd’ in the context of the show. In other … Continue reading Thoughts: Fantasia, Ugly – Single

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”

Justin Bieber, Purpose © Def Jam

Sales Duel – Will Justin Bieber or One Direction Win The Race for No. 1?


November 13 happens to be Friday the 13th. For those who are superstition, Friday the 13th is a nightmare – totally not a good day. For the music industry however, they aren’t the least bit concerned about Friday the 13th. If you naïve of the slate of releases, they include one British boy band sensation and one comeback pop star. That would be One Direction … Continue reading Sales Duel – Will Justin Bieber or One Direction Win The Race for No. 1?

Andy Grammer, Magazines Or Novels © S-Curve

Covers Friday: Watch Musicians & YouTube Cover Andy Grammer’s “Honey, I’m Good.”


One of my personal favorite songs from 2015 is pop musician Andy Grammer’s “Honey, I’m Good,” which actually came out in 2014. Back in 2011, I bought Grammer’s debut album, Andy Grammer, mostly because of a love for single, “Keep Your Head Up.” Did I stick with Grammer when Magazines Or Novels came out in later summer 2014? Well, no, but we all make mistakes, … Continue reading Covers Friday: Watch Musicians & YouTube Cover Andy Grammer’s “Honey, I’m Good.”

Maroon 5, V © Interscope

Maroon 5’s “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt” Is This Summer’s Ultimate Guilty Pleasure


First thing’s first, this guy is a Maroon 5 fan. Yes, since their days singing Songs About Jane, particularly horny “This Love,” Maroon 5 has ranked among not only my personal favorite pop group, but the sentiment has been clear across pop culture itself. However, following the underrated Hands All Over album, specifically upon the release of number one hit single “Moves Like Jagger,” the … Continue reading Maroon 5’s “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt” Is This Summer’s Ultimate Guilty Pleasure

Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea, Pretty Girls © RCA

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”

Robin Thicke, Paula © Interscope

Robin Thicke’s Up and Down Career


After being on top of the world (and the charts) in 2013, Robin Thicke’s world has come crumbling down in 2014. In other words, it’s been a crappy year for Thicke. Robin Thicke separated from wife/longtime sweetheart Paula Patton and even more shamefully released a lackluster album named Paula to “Get Her Back.” Eyes rolled worldwide, as no one was ‘buying’ Thicke’s tricks, or better … Continue reading Robin Thicke’s Up and Down Career

Sam Smith performs during the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Glasgow Glasgow 05/23/2014 © WENN

Thoughts: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”


 Sam Smith sets the tone for highly anticipated debut In The Lonely Hour Sam Smith • “Stay With Me” • In The Lonely Hour • Capitol • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 (album) Okay, let’s get this out of the way first; Sam Smith seems to be pop music’s next big thing. The 22-year old is the latest singer from Britain looking to breakthrough … Continue reading Thoughts: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”