R & B

Janet Jackson Makes History On Billboard 200

10/13/2015 8:30am EDT
Janet Jackson Takes 'Unbreakable' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
In relatively unsurprising news, comeback queen Janet Jackson debuts atop the Billboard 200 with Unbreakable, her first new studio album in a whopping seven years. Despite being somewhat underwhelming commercially in the 00s, Jackson was consistently good for topping the chart (four top-two debuting albums), including number one debuts with All For You (2001) and Discipline (2008). According to Billboard, Unbreakable gives “Ms. Jackson” a historic seventh no. 1 album. Props are definitely due to the iconic pop/R&B artist.

So much ado is made about Jackson’s seventh no. 1 for good reason, b...

Janet Jackson Tops Billboard Chart

10/12/2015 6:01am EDT
Janet Jackson Tops Billboard Chart With 7th Number One Album 'Un
Janet Jackson's hasn't released an album in over seven years, but it seems she still has the golden touch. The singer's new release, "Unbreakable" topped the Billboard charts, debuting at number one.

According to Billboard, Jackson is only the third act to achieve number one albums in each of the last four decades.

"Unbreakable," released on Oct. 2, is Jackson's first studio album since 2008’s "Discipline," which also debuted at the top of the charts.

Jackson also hit number one with "All For You" (2001), "The Velvet Rope" (1997), "janet." (1993), "Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814" (19...

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...

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...

Janet Jackson’s First Album In Seven Years & More

9/29/2015 12:40pm EDT
Janet Jackson Leads Albums To Check Out
The first release new music release date of October is upon us! Is it chocked full of surefire hits? Eh, not specifically, but it is top heavy with the return of Miss Jackson aka Janet Jackson. Additionally, Tamar Braxton, Avicii, Trivium, and Matt Nathanson all return following two-year breaks. None are quite as anticipated as Jackson’s albums, but they also aren’t slouches either. Here are five newbies to check out!

1) Janet Jackson, Unbreakable (Rhythm Nation / BMG Rights Management)

Unbreakable marks Janet Jackson’s first album in a whopping seven years. Unbreakable interesting...

Drake And Future Take Top Honors

9/29/2015 9:02am EDT
Drake And Future Take ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ To No. 1
Lana Del Rey could practically taste her second no. 1 album – that is until Drake and Future totally ‘killed her vibe’ with surprise mixtape, What A Time To Be Alive. Expectedly, the superstar hip-hop collaboration was too much for the moody, alt-pop singer to overcome. In other words, her Honeymoon in the ‘penthouse’ wasn’t meant to be. Okay, okay, enough puns!

Drake and Future took top honors on the Billboard 200, to the tune of 375,000 units – WOW! This doesn’t outpace Drake’s earlier no. 1 album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late or the juggernaut that was The Weeknd’s Beauty Behin...