R & B

Luke Bryan Stays At No. 1

8/25/2015 9:14am EDT
Luke Bryan Makes It Two Weeks Atop Billboard 200
It’s hard to topple a king, and that’s exactly what country singer Luke Bryan is this week. After dropping Kill The Lights with robust numbers last week, Bryan manages to keep the top spot warm for a second consecutive week. No, he couldn’t score another 345,000 units, but he was good enough for another 99,000. Sophomore week blues happen to everybody, even when you’re a “Country Man” like Bryan.

So with Luke at the top once more, were there any newbies that debuted in the top 10? Yes. Melanie Martinez entered at #6 with her unique debut effort Cry Baby moving 40,000 units. The numbe...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

8/25/2015 8:20am EDT
The Weeknd in Concert on NBC's
Ah, it’s the final release week in August, and it’s top-heavy – very top heavy. No, there’s no one-two punch with Luke Bryan or Dr. Dre this time around, but there is one Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, who has been racking up the hits in 2015. Face it – doesn’t everybody know The Weeknd is the favorite this week? C’mon! Still, there are six others joining him for your purchasing consideration!

1) The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness (Republic)

Recently, it seems R&B has regained a bit of its footing. After a slow start in 2015, Tyrese and Jill Scott proved that the cooli...
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Review: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

8/24/2015 11:20am EDT
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Go Retro On Self-Titled De
Singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff is not new to the game – he’s dropped two albums ahead of 2015’s Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Even so, Rateliff isn’t exactly a household name. After listening to his third album and the debut by the collective as a whole, perhaps Rateliff’s stock will rise. The “sweat” is real on Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – the energy is crazy. It’s imperfect, but it’s definitely an album with some great moments.

“I Need Never Get Old” gets the LP off to a rollicking, fast start. A mix of retro-soul a la Motown (and Stax) with a dash of c...
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Happy Or Sad, These Songs Will Bring You To Tears

8/23/2015 2:00pm EDT
14 Songs That’ll Bring You To Tears
Sometimes you’ve just got to break down…crying that is. Tears can be therapeutic in both depressed and jubilant circumstances. The 14 songs that grace this list all encompass tears in different capacities, whether the context is happy or sad or the “tears” themselves are more metaphorical. Regardless, these songs need to be spinning on any and everybody’s tearful playlist!

1) Faith Evans, “Tears Of Joy” (R&B Divas, 2012)

Faith Evans indeed has “tears of joy” on her moving song of the same title. This is not a sad song in the least as Evans doesn’t reference pain, but jubilance, exu...
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New Albums Releases To Check Out

8/18/2015 11:14am EDT
Disturbed Lead Albums To Check Out This Week
Last week was a quieter week on the new music release front – not diminishing the works from the musicians who dropped new music of course. After a bang occurred with new albums from Luke Bryan and Dr. Dre, things cooled down. This week, things heat back up with a dash of rock, country, and pop. Here are six albums to check out this week.

1) Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)

Metal band Disturbed return after a five-year hiatus with their sixth studio album, Immortalized. Immortalized serves as the follow-up to 2010’s Asylum, which debuted at a familiar spot for the band, number one....
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What Makes These 21 Songs So Manly?

8/16/2015 3:00pm EDT
21 Of The Manliest Songs – Sort Of!
What makes a song manly? Is it courage, resolve, or being hard-nosed? Maybe it’s chugging beer, playing/watching football, and “wearing the pants” in the household. Well in the case of this manly list – 21 of the Manliest Songs – Sort Of! – the only requirement to be manly is to have some form of the word “man” in the song title. Ah, the "all-inclusiveness" is so impressive. No, not every “man” song graced this – that mean’s you Mulan soundtrack standout “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” – but there’s plenty of manly selections to pique your machismo!

1) Michael Jackson, “Man In The Mirr...
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Here’s Our Take On Alicia Keys Best Songs

8/15/2015 2:00pm EDT
15 Best Alicia Keys Songs
Not every contemporary artist could be said to possess an illustrious career. Just because you release multiple albums and are prolific in the quantity of output doesn’t make you “illustrious.” In the case of Alicia Keys, she has indeed headed an illustrious career filled with commercial and critical success. Songs In A Minor and The Diary of Alicia Keys both rank as seminal albums of the 00s not solely in R&B circles but overall. With so many gems to her name, which Alicia Keys songs are the best? Here’s what we think are the 15 best.

1) “Fallin’” (Songs in A Minor, 2001)

There...
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5 New Album Releases To Check Out

8/11/2015 9:35am EDT
Melanie Martinez Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, the second release week of August. Is it as high-flying as the first week, which included new albums from Dr. Dre and Luke Bryan? Well not quite, but face it, we were spoiled week one! Still, there’s some interesting new listens, including one of the most high-profile The Voice alumni releases that comes to mind. But even if you don’t see your “cup of tea” this week, next week has a bit more punch. But until then, here are five albums to check out this week!

1) Melanie Martinez, Cry Baby (Atlantic)

Distinctive sounding The Voice alum Melanie Martinez drops her major label debut a...
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Why Is A Disney Album Tops On The Billboard 200?

8/11/2015 8:32am EDT
Disney's 'Descendants' Soundtrack Takes Top Honors On The Billbo
Let’s just cut right to the chase – it was a BAD week for album sales. Honestly, record companies should NEVER let a week like this happen again. Unless you’re a total Disney TV movie fanatic, this week’s number one album will totally surprise because of its unfamiliarity. The soundtrack to the Disney TV movie Descendants takes the top honors on the Billboard 200. Go ahead and let the gasping commence...

Even though Descendants managed to “score” where peak position is concerned, its impact and sales are tepid to say the least. Descendants mustered up just 42,000 units and that doesn...
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Why On Earth Were These Album Covers Even Made?

8/9/2015 2:00pm EDT
Worst Album Covers Ever
Sometimes, the album artwork usurps the album. Sometimes, that’s a good thing and other times it’s plain horrendous. In the case of these 30 albums, this particular article isn’t about the content of the albums. No, this is about what’s on the surface – an eye-popping, head-shakable cover. Prepare to be scarred for life along with a dose of sarcastic, humorous, and outraged commentary. Here comes the worst!

1) Millie Jackson, Back to the S..t (RCA, 1989)

Millie Jackson has always been edgy – that might be an understatement. Back in the 70s, there were few artists who could/would...
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