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Hi, I'm Brent – one of those eccentric musician types who live and breathe music. Kentucky bred (don’t judge). Besides being a certified music teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, I've been passionate about the music industry and music journalism for years. I've contributed to various music sites over the past five years – there's nothing better than being quoted!

How Does Selena Gomez’s New Album ‘Revival’ Stack Up?

10/12/2015 1:30pm EDT
Review: Selena Gomez Shows Growth On ‘Revival’
“I dive into the future / But I am blinded by the sun / I’m reborn in every moment / so who knows what I’ll become.” Okay Selena Gomez – whatever you say – after all it’s your Revival! That time has come once again – the time for a new Selena Gomez album. Stars Dance, Gomez’s 2013 album, was…um…so-so. The main issue was a lack of distinct personality coupled with unmemorable material. Some of the same can be said of new album Revival, but overall, Gomez does show growth.

Revival opens with the futuristic “Revival” (imagine that), which comes off as more sound than substance. Arguably t...

10 Powerful Songs To Admire

10/11/2015 11:00am EDT
10 Powerful Songs Relating To Confidence, Love And Sheer Ambitio
Ah, there’s nothing like being resolute, relentless, and powerful! To possess ‘power’ is, quite a powerful thing for a lack of better words. The 10 songs that grace this list all exemplify power, whether its in regards to confidence, love, or sheer ambition. In addition to being thematically powerful, ‘power’ is featured in some form of the word graces all 10 of the song titles. So power-hungry, music-loving folks everywhere sit back, relax, and let the sheer power of these songs overtake you!

1) Kanye West, “Power” (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 2010)

My Beautiful Dark Twist Fa...

Songs That Speak From The Heart

10/10/2015 2:00pm EDT
Incredibly Heartfelt Songs Of 2015, Vol. 1
People tend to relate to a person more of if they speak from the heart, hence adding more legitimacy and passion to their words. The same could be said about music – people relate more if the song is heartfelt. Over the course of 2015, there have been numerous heartfelt songs – too many to cover in just one article! The 15 songs that grace this list all have that personal, heartfelt touch, making them rise above other, less notably touching songs. Folks, prepare for those heartstrings to be tugged!

1) Jazmine Sullivan, “Forever Don’t Last” (Reality Show)

“I had high hopes for us bab...

Tamar Braxton Vs. Toni Braxton

10/7/2015 7:00pm EDT
R&B Divas Go Head To Head: Tamar Braxton Vs. Toni Braxton
38-year old Tamar Braxton-Herbert, best known as Tamar Braxton recently dropped her new studio album Calling All Angels. While the rollout for Calling All Angels hasn’t been the smoothest thanks to a delayed release, the final product was nothing short of well-rounded, enjoyable R&B album. Arguably, Tamar’s third album trumps her Grammy-nominated sophomore effort Love and War. Love and War was more high profile particularly given its phenomenal title track, but Calling All Angels shows tremendous artistic growth for Tamar.

What’s most impressive about Calling All Angels is Tamar’s voic...

The Game, Selena Gomez And Other Albums To Check Out This Week

10/6/2015 10:57am EDT
The Game Leads Albums To Check Out
The first Friday in October brought the comeback of one of music’s iconic artists, Janet Jackson. That is a big deal without question. This week, things are much quieter. This week is the “calm before the storm,” as the next couple of release weeks are jam-packed with newbies to add to the collection. Still, there’s a West Coast rapper and a pop star/actress leading the way this week.

1) The Game, Documentary 2 (Blood Money / Entertainment One U.S.)

The Game isn’t the heavy-hitter he once was – that’s just the way it is in the music industry. Still, The Game knows how to impact the...

Rap Newcomer Fetty Wap Takes Top Honors

10/6/2015 8:23am EDT
Fetty Wap Takes Top Honors On The Billboard 200
It’s a good week to be a “Trap Queen” – or something like that! Rap newcomer Fetty Wap sees his self-titled debut album take top honors on the Billboard 200. That’s right, Fetty Wap debuted at #1 on the big chart, to the tune of 129,000 units – not too shabby. Wait at minute – how much did Fetty Wap actually sell? 75,000 copies – 54,000 copies less than it impacted when streams and tracks are considered. But first place is first place, right?

Fetty Wap wasn’t the only story of the Billboard 200 this week. Don Henley lands in third place with Cass County, selling more copies than Fetty...

Janet Jackson Proves She Still Has It

10/5/2015 10:45am EDT
Janet Jackson, Unbreakable © Rhythm Nation / BMG
There used to be a time when a new Janet Jackson album was “kind of a big deal.” Since the infamous Super Bowl incident in 2004, things cooled off for “Miss Jackson.” Sure, she continued to have chart-topping albums, but arguably, they failed to have staying power beyond the initial buzz. Whether or not Jackson’s comeback album Unbreakable can “get past this hump” to quote Erykah Badu is debatable, but her first LP in seven years is definitely worth listening to.

“Unbreakable” commences Unbreakable exceptionally, sounding vintage. Jackson sounds best on the chorus, where her upper-regi...

These Battle Songs Will Help You Persevere

10/4/2015 1:00pm EDT
12 Songs That Will Have You Ready For Battle
Ladies and gentlemen, get prepared to put on your armor – we’re going to battle! No, not really, but the songs featured in this article all center around battles, with some expanding to full out war. These battle songs all have a common thread – resolve – the willingness to persevere even if there are “scars” when it’s all said and done. Enjoy these 12, mostly uplifting battle songs! “Fight” songs weren’t included; only battle and war songs.

1) Bullet For My Valentine, “You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War)” (Venom, 2015)

“I will not take this anymore / these words will never be ignore...

Shady Music Moments From 2015

10/3/2015 1:00pm EDT
When The Shade Hits The Fan: 9 Shady Music Moments From 2015
Musicians have been “throwing shade” at each other for years – understatement. In fact, before it was known colloquially as throwing shade, the esteemed classical composers were literally ripping each other apart with their harsh critiques of one another. Each and every year, new shade is thrown into the hands of the media, which in turn is presented to the people for their entertainment pleasure.

1) Empire (Season 2, Episode 1) Vs. Donnie McClurkin

Even gospel artists – those singing for “the glory of God” are subject to shade. In its disjointed second season premiere, hip-hop soa...

Fetty Wap Has Arrived, How Does His Debut Album Stack Up?

9/30/2015 11:30am EDT
Review: Fetty Wap Shows Promise On Self-Titled Debut Album
Perhaps had Future not arrived before him, the views on rap newcomer Fetty Wap would be different. Future and Fetty Wap aren’t “one and the same,” but there are some clear similarities. Both rappers incorporate more pitch into their respective flows, at times nearly sounding like singers as opposed to rappers. This was off-putting about Future early in his career, but he’s definitely grown on the detractors. This quasi-rap/sung approach is definitely part of the allure of Fetty Wap. His debut album Fetty Wap isn’t ‘the second coming’ by any means, but there’s clearly something there with...