A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP © RCA

Rap 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)


Last week, Brent Music Reviews was ‘blessed’ with R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far). This week, enjoy the more fruitful Rap 2015, By the Numbers (So Far). The differences in the streaming and sales impact of rap in 2015 are dramatic. That said everyone knows that hip-hop has been one/if not the most successful genre of the year on the Billboard 200 this … Continue reading Rap 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)

Leon Bridges, Coming Home © Columbia

R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)  


  R&B is not dead. Yes, the topic of the ‘impact’ of R&B as a major player has been questioned and argued often on brentmusicreviews.com – maybe too much. But, R&B is ailing commercially. Part of the fuel for the argument against R&B’s role as a major player is how poorly the genre is performing on the Billboard 200. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been … Continue reading R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)  

Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind © Glassnote

Most Forgettable Albums of 2015 (So Far)


Not every album is memorable – in fact many albums can be like “watching paint dry.” Yeah that’s harsh, but true. Some of the albums on this list have earned their title as the most forgettable albums of 2015, while others are forgettable with some redeeming qualities. Regardless, these albums could’ve stood to have stepped their game up just a bit. 1) Chris Brown & … Continue reading Most Forgettable Albums of 2015 (So Far)

Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood © Atlantic

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

Wale, The Album About Nothing © Atlantic

25 Chart Takeaways: Wale Lands Second #1 Album


It feels so good to be Wale and take a second album to the top of the charts! It’s not so bad being the Furious 7 soundtrack or Ludacris – just not as a good as being Wale! Those chart takeaways and many more in this week’ 25 awesome chart takeaways! 1) Wale may have released The Album About Nothing, but it definitely didn’t do … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Wale Lands Second #1 Album

Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece © RCA

2015 Albums With Disappointing Sales


Some big names have dropped albums in 2015. Some have been successful (Drake tops that list), while others have seen much less enthusiasm in the sales front. Here are nine albums that have yielded disappointing numbers commercially. Some of these are solid albums, but a great album doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to sell well. 1) Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show It is hard to stay … Continue reading 2015 Albums With Disappointing Sales

Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece © RCA

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 

Chris Brown & Tyga, Fan of a Fan the Album © RCA : Cash Money

Review: Chris Brown & Tyga Aim Low On Collaborative ‘Fan Of a Fan The Album’


 Chris Brown / Tyga • Fan Of A Fan The Album • RCA / Cash Money • US Release Date: February 24, 2015 Sometimes you should really listen to your gut. Honestly, collaborative album Fan of a Fan The Album is one of those times when saying “no” to purchasing it could’ve saved both money and a ‘cruel’ listening experience. It’s not that Chris Brown … Continue reading Review: Chris Brown & Tyga Aim Low On Collaborative ‘Fan Of a Fan The Album’

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic © Def Jam

Playlist: 45 Songs With the F-Bomb in Their Title


Don’t call this list profound, call it profane! Corny yes, but true! All of the songs on this list feature every college guy’s (and probably girl’s) favorite expletive in some form – that would be the f-word if you were confused. So, here goes the list! 1) 2Pac, “F*ck The World” (Me Against The World) 2) A$AP Ferg featuring A$ton Matthews, B-Real, Fredo Starr, Onyx … Continue reading Playlist: 45 Songs With the F-Bomb in Their Title

Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’


 Derülo’s over-reliance on sex and swagger holds the album back at times Jason Derülo • Talk Dirty • Warner Bros • US Release Date: April 15, 2014 It has been a minute since “Whatcha Say” had this music enthusiast excited about new pop/R&B artist Jason Derülo. Nah, I wasn’t a ‘fan girl’ as any number of YouTube personalities might put it, but I did think … Continue reading Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’