Now 49 Lands At No. 1


From one compilation to another, Now 49 debuts at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  In yet another sub 100,000 copies week, Now 49 sells 98,000 copies.  Frozen doesn’t fall too far from grace – it is no. 2 and managed to sell another 88,000 copies.  The big news on the charts is…

Thoughts: Super Bowl XLVIII’s Music Performances


2014 is all about trying new things, personally and professionally – or something like that.  Last year, I put my two cents in about the Super Bowl halftime show, but didn’t critique the other performances – “America The Beautiful” and of course “The Star Spangled Banner”.  Rather than merely focusing on what my boy Bruno…

Album Review: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience


Background Justin Timberlake dominated the music industry both as a member of boy band ‘NSync and as a solo artist.  Focusing on Timberlake’s solo career, both 2002’s Justified and 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds were gargantuan affairs. The success garnered commercially also paid off critically, as both efforts received multiple Grammy nominations and were also victorious within the…

Impressions: Bruno Mars Goes Bold In His Second Rodeo Unorthodox Jukebox


Introduction After a two-year hiatus, Bruno Mars releases his anticipated sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox via Atlantic Records.  A slim thirty-five minutes in duration, Unorthodox Jukebox is nothing short of a ‘trip.’ Mars oscillates between numerous established musical styles (Pop, R&B, Rock, Reggae, etc.) while pushing the envelope both lyrically and stylistically. Many of the experiments…