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10 Hot 100 Takeaways: The Weeknd Takes ‘Starboy’ to No. 1


The Weeknd, assisted by Daft Punk, finally ascends to no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with single, “Starboy.” Rae Sremmurd and “Black Beatles” falls to no. 2. Continue reading 10 Hot 100 Takeaways: The Weeknd Takes ‘Starboy’ to No. 1

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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 no means a carbon copy of the soundtrack, but features … Continue reading Highlights: Various Artists, ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’

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25 Best Rap Songs of 2015


After flexing my muscles (writing, not biceps) and compiling the best songs and best albums of 2015, how about diving into genres? Here’s a quickie – 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015. Are there some ‘best’ songs that didn’t get loving from yours truly? Probably, but that’s life, and life’s a five-letter word that rhymes with witch at times. Enough rambling – you don’t need … Continue reading 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015

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‘Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone’ [Review]


  ‘Nina Revisited’ is a Rarity – A Legitimately Exceptional Tribute Album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone • RCA • US Release Date: July 10, 2015 Tribute albums can be a music critic’s worst nightmare. Why? Because often, the artists paying tribute just don’t have that same “oomph” or don’t match the sensibilities of the artist they are celebrating. Also, a tribute album … Continue reading ‘Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone’ [Review]

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Is R&B A ‘Major Player’ Anymore?


With each and every year, R&B seemingly continues to lose footing – yeah it’s the same old sermon preach year after year. Once a preeminent genre that was dominating radio, album sales, and overall market impact, R&B as a whole seems to have lost its way. While R&B has been cooling off for years, the genre was still hot in the 00s with gargantuan albums … Continue reading Is R&B A ‘Major Player’ Anymore?

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Watch Musicians & YouTube Cover D’Angelo’s Steamy “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”


Lots and lots of great R&B songs have been written and performed over the years. No, we’re not referring to some of the uninspired, recycled tunes that has the genre in a state of flux today. We’re referring to the goods – the classics. Sure, neo-soul standout D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” isn’t revered on the level of say Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” or Sam … Continue reading Watch Musicians & YouTube Cover D’Angelo’s Steamy “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”

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10 Songs That Possess Overwhelming Emotions


Some songs are “empty,” while others are “full” – or something like that! The 10 songs compiled on this list are all “full” of emotion and depth. Each song has a deeper meaning or larger purpose which makes it truly unique, special, and memorable. Here are 10 songs that possess overwhelming emotions. 1) Father John Misty, “Holy S**t” (I Love You, Honeybear, 2015) Despite the … Continue reading 10 Songs That Possess Overwhelming Emotions

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6 Artists Who Have Lost Their Luster


It happens to many artists – they lose their ‘luster.’ As Maroon 5 once sang, “Nothing Lasts Forever,” and the same could be said about sustained commercial success and general relevance within the music industry. Many of the artists that are featured on this list are established, veteran artists who ultimately have little to prove. Yet, these artists are still releasing new music, much of … Continue reading 6 Artists Who Have Lost Their Luster

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57th Annual Grammy Notes


So, I spent the better part of my Sunday night watching the 57th annual Grammys – better known as wasting my time. Why do I indulge in music’s Super Bowl every year when I know that there’s always going to be Grammys given to the wrong folks? I guess it’s the hunger to see how the Recording Academy votes, even if I know the album … Continue reading 57th Annual Grammy Notes

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7 Songs That ‘Get Your Blood Boiling’ in 2014


 Sometimes, you just have to get down and dirty – get the blood boiling with filth. Yes, that filth is sex, fantasies, and metaphors for sex. Some artists have a knack for nastiness. These seven songs definitely have the bedroom in mind. One artist even makes an appearance twice – can you guess whom? Here are 7 songs that “got my blood boiling” in 2014. … Continue reading 7 Songs That ‘Get Your Blood Boiling’ in 2014