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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!

Jadakiss Is Tough As Nail On Comeback Album

11/25/2015 1:18pm EST
Jadakiss Is Tough As Nail On Comeback Album ‘Top 5 Dead Or Alive
It’s been a while since the world heard from Yonkers, New York MC Jadakiss – 2009 to be exact. Despite releasing The Last Kiss in ‘09, Jadakiss’ last notable album is arguably Kiss Of Death from 2004, featuring #11 hit single “Why?” featuring Anthony Hamilton. After a six-year hiatus, Jadakiss returns with his fourth album, Top 5 Dead or Alive. Despite what could be considered an eternity out of the spotlight in the music biz, the brash, distinct voiced MC doesn’t miss a beat on his comeback album.

Over the course of Top 5 Dead or Alive, Jadakiss seems to collaborate with “everybody and h...

Three New Albums To Check Out

11/24/2015 1:12pm EST
The Vamps Lead Albums To Check Out This Week
Call November 27, 2015 what it is – the week after Adele took over the world. Basically, after weeks of highly anticipated releases from Adele, Justin Bieber and One Direction among others, this week falls short in the new release department. Why are there so few releases? It’s Thanksgiving weekend, not typically a good time to release prominent new albums. Next week, December 4, the new release steam picks up once more. The few albums listed here aren’t big-time releases by any means, but if Adele isn’t STILL captivating the listening rotation, here are three newbies to consider. Yes, you ...

Justin Bieber Beats Out One Direction For Top Spot

11/24/2015 8:17am EST
Justin Bieber Easily Tops The Billboard 200
It was expected to be a hard-fought battle – one comprised of scrapping, clawing and crazed tween girls! Ultimately, Justin Bieber handily outperformed British boy band One Direction for the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Both Justin Bieber and One Direction touted impressive, robust numbers, but the discrepancy between the two is shocking. Let’s break down the numbers, shall we?

Justin Bieber’s Purpose ended up impacting to the tune of 649,000 units, hence making Purpose the highest debuting album of 2015. Even considering that 80% of that total make up pure sales, that’s still a b...

'25' Is Another Superb Album By Adele

11/23/2015 11:45am EST
Review: Adele Delivers Another Stellar Album With '25'   
After four long years, big-voiced, British pop singer/songwriter phenomenon (mouthful) Adele returns with her highly anticipated third studio album, 25. In a short amount of time, the accolades that Adele has achieved in her career are remarkable: 10 Grammy awards, an academy award for best original song, and a diamond certified album (21). 25 seeks to continue the greatness which Adele seems to exemplify with ease. While following 21 is an arduous task, Adele picks right up where she left off on 25.

“Hello” rightfully initiates 25 in stellar fashion. Following up juggernaut singles that m...

Ranking Justin Bieber’s Albums -- Where Does New Album 'Purpose' Place?

11/20/2015 10:18am EST
Justin Bieber Tops The Billboard Hot 100 Chart -- How Do His Oth
In 2009 a teen pop heartthrob was born. Actually, he was born in 1994 in Canada, but his musical career truly took off in 2009.

That same heartthrob – Justin Bieber – returned in 2015 with his fourth studio album Purpose, (released Nov. 13).

Bieber just landed the top spot on the Billboard Artist 100 after 71 weeks on the list, which has been around for a little more than a year now, and he's poised to take over the Billboard 200 album chart next week.

Ultimately on Purpose, there were ample things to takeaway as a listener.

After adding Purpose to a discography also featuring many non...

Review: Chris Young, ‘I’m Comin’ Over’ 

11/19/2015 5:25pm EST
Chris Young Shines On Fifth Album ‘I’m Comin’ Over’ 
Country music is all over the map in 2015 – the movements are endless. Some country musicians opt for the traditional fare while others expand the palette of genre to include elements of pop, rock and hip-hop. For Chris Young, he sticks with country’s traditional means, and the results are superb on latest album I’m Comin’ Over. While Young never reinvents the wheel, or can be characterized as possessing ‘swag’ like some of his contemporaries, he delivers an enjoyable, consistent country effort the plays to his strengths.

“Heartbeat” kicks things off soundly, with Young’s rich baritone ...

Jeezy Gets 4 Stars For 'Church In These Streets'

11/18/2015 12:30pm EST
Jeezy Remains Street Smart On 'Church In These Streets'   
There are x number of rappers on the hip-hop scene in modern times. The palette of hip-hop has expanded exponentially, hence inviting a higher level of eclecticism. That said is there anybody who delivers a harder, brasher approach to rap than Jeezy? The answer to that question is very few, as Jeezy has “gone hard” from day one, his “Soul Survivor” days. On Church In These Streets Jeezy didn’t need to convert any souls, but he does nonetheless – in a musical way of course, not spiritually!

From the start, Jeezy is on…autopilot that is! “Grind State” opens with Jeezy proclaiming, “Sounds g...

Chris Stapleton Comes Up Big For Second Straight Week

11/17/2015 11:08am EST
Chris Stapleton Makes It Two Weeks Atop The Billboard 200   
Chris Stapleton sure came up – big time. After reentering the Billboard 200 with his critically lauded debut Traveller at number one, Stapleton keeps the top spot warm. Why is this surprising this week? There were several new albums, but none of them had the support to unseat the country singer/songwriter. Interestingly, Stapleton still had a big impact, to the tune of 124,000 units (78% of those were sales).

The newbies also couldn’t take the runner-up spot, with Eric Church’s surprise effort Mr. Misunderstood improving from #3 to #2 despite losing support. Still, with a modest 65,000 uni...

Adele’s Much Anticipated ‘25’ Leads Album Releases The Week

11/17/2015 10:50am EST
Adele Leads Albums To Check Out This Week -- See Full List
Following a jam-packed week including a showdown for the top spot on the Billboard between Justin Bieber and One Direction, this week is top-heavy. While the return of rapper Jadakiss is notable, the artist that makes this week top heavy is none other than Adele Adkins, better known as simply Adele. Ask anyone in the industry – everyone KNOWS Adele is a lock to sell a lot of albums and score her second consecutive number one album. Honestly, who would want to compete against a juggernaut?

1) Adele, 25 (Columbia)

After a four-year hiatus, British soul-pop chanteuse Adele returns with h...

One Direction Compel On Fifth Album ‘Made In The A.M.’

11/16/2015 4:40pm EST
One Direction’s Fifth Album ‘Made In The A.M.’ Has Chemistry And
On One Direction’s fifth studio album Made In The A.M. as the saying goes, “No Zayn Malik, no problem!” Well, there’s no such official saying, but with the former quintet reduced to a quartet, there is no significant drop-off. That isn’t to understate the impact of Zayn by any means, but Harry, Liam, Louis, and Niall carry on just fine on Made In The A.M. Here’s a little secret – even non-boy band enthusiasts just MIGHT enjoy Made In The A.M.

Folk-rock opener “Hey Angel” sets the tone, featuring a hint more personality from the collective. All four members aim big, which amplifies the edg...