Examining Rap Sales For 2014 – An Improvement Compared to R&B 


Urban sales are down – period. No one will dispute this truth, and the numbers support this. That said, one genre within urban circles has it better than others – rap. If R&B serves as the bottom dweller, hip-hop/rap is a clear step above. Here is a chart of 25 of the biggest rap releases…

Grammy Predictions: Who Wins in the Urban Categories?


The Grammy nominations have been announced. Now it’s time to dig in (early) and predict who wins within the urban categories – aka R&B and rap. Names to remember – Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Eminem. There are others, but wouldn’t many agree the three heavyweight vets have a great chance of being victorious?   Best…

Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Rises On Billboard 200


A new week, another Billboard 200 chart to analyze – Here it goes – enough said! 1) “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate,” but Taylor Swift keeps on selling like crazy. 1989 is the ‘second coming’ – of album sales that is. 2) Pentatonix continues to win America’s hearts as That’s Christmas To Me is…

Playlist: Bangers That Get It Poppin’ At The Club… (Part 2)


Who says that a twenty seven year old trained musician with a masters degree in music theory/composition can’t throw down to a banger? Nobody, so don’t judge me!  I have compiled a list of  twenty club bangers (not BANGERZ) and have divided it into two parts.  See you at the club snitches! 11 August Alsina…

Six of Today’s Most One Dimensional Artists


Some artists constantly change up their formula, while others are content.  There is nothing wrong with being content, but sometimes it puts your artistry into serious questioning.  There are many artists I could characterize as ‘one dimensional’, but I chose five who truly epitomize this description.  And yes, some of these are artists I highly…

Quick, But Sound Advice to 5 Male Artists for Future Albums…


Better a short post than none at all, right (especially on a Monday!)? Me, being Brent Faulkner is never short of opinions on the direction that artists should follow as well as those that they should avoid like the plague.  I’ve chosen five male artists who would benefit from my brilliant (LOL) opinion for their…

Progressive Themes Keep Pop Music From Being Post-innovative…


The acceptance of formerly taboo themes in music serves as a contrast to music of the past. An argument could be posed that musically, we live in a ‘post-innovative’ period.  What does  that big, fancy label mean in simple terms? It means that at least a majority of new musical ideas have already occurred and…

Three Rappers Who Must Step Their Game Up On Their Next Album


Sometimes in a ballgame, you just can’t get it done. The San Antonio Spurs were just so close to pulling an upset over a previously forgone conclusion that the Miami Heat would win a second consecutive championship.  The same could be said about the underdog Michigan Wolverines, who were electrifying from behind the arc to…

Quick Take: Tyga, Hotel California


Tyga ⎪ Hotel California⎪ Cash Money Classics⎪⎪ US Release Date: April 09, 2013 Rapper Tyga had a breakout hit with “Rack City”, one of the nastier rap tracks of 2011 and easily the MC’s biggest hit on Careless World: Rise of the Last King.  Rather than returning ‘later than sooner’, Tyga returns relatively quickly with that…