R & B

Review: Leela James Keeps Soul Alive and Well on ‘Fall For You’

July 8th, 2014 9:00am EDT
Review: Leela James Keeps Soul Alive and Well on ‘Fall For You’
Some of the best R&B singers are those who receive noticeably less recognition. Additionally, those same artists seem to try the hardest to keep soul flourishing. Regardless of its popularity, Leela James has faithfully been delivering soul for years. Latest studio album Fall For You, the artist’s fifth, doesn’t let up off the gas, remaining as soulful as everything else James has released.

Fall For You opens in electrifying fashion with “Who’s Gonna Love You More,” encouraging head-nodding and foot tapping with its soulful groove. Early on, James establishes command and control, show...
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Shade Central: 10 Musicians Throwing Shade

July 6th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Shade Central: 10 Musicians Throwing Shade
Ah, that art of hating on others – shade. These days, any numbers of artists fight with one another, throwing shade left and right. With so much shade thrown, limiting the list to only ten artists makes the level of shade incredibly selective. This list contains the 'must-have shade' of some of today’s shadiest musicians.

1) Nicki Minaj

After winning the Best Female Rapper award at the BET Awards Sunday, June 29, Nicki during a colorful acceptance speech, Minaj cleverly threw shade, chiefly at Iggy Azalea: "...My point is – what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you...
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Review: Trey Songz Triumphs On 'Trigga'

July 4th, 2014 10:30am EDT
Trey Songz Trigga
"They say all I talk about is sex." Yep, that’s about the size of it, and it's pretty big – no pun intended. The quote comes from modern-day R. Kelly and libidinous R&B artist, Trey Songz. Although the aforementioned quote is excerpted from an earlier song "Unusual" (Passion, Pain & Pleasure from 2010), it perfectly describes the unapologetic, sexed-up affair that is Trigga.

Given its degree of being oversexed, Trigga should be an 'epic fail.' Surprisingly, it's the exact opposite, as Songz delivers the album R. Kelly wishes he'd recorded. Trigga may be is shallow, but it’s brilliantl...
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Ed Sheeran’s Excellent Chart Numbers: This Week in Music

July 3rd, 2014 9:40am EDT
Ed Sheeran’s Excellent Chart Numbers: This Week in Music
Ed Sheeran should be beaming "ear to ear." Why? According to billboard.com, Sheeran moved 210,000 copies of his sophomore album, X (pronounced 'multiply'). That’s a healthy sum, particularly given the new normal that is album sales. With 210,000 copies sold, the takeaway for the British singer/songwriter is that he truly has a shot – at gold and maybe platinum.

Sheeran wasn’t the only artist experiencing a 'come up.' Rapper G-Eazy took his cocky and confident These Things Happen to #3. The 46,000 copies isn’t exactly 'the second coming,' but it's not too shabby either. Compared to ot...
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Review: Robin Thicke Sounds Desperate On 'Paula'

July 2nd, 2014 8:00am EDT
Robin Thicke - Paula
Not even a full year after Blurred Lines dropped, R&B artist Robin Thicke returns with a follow-up album, entitled Paula. Paula, named after Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton (with whom he is currently separated from), serves the role of heartbreak, reconciliation, and anachronistic retro-soul album. In other words, Paula is a 'jack of all trades' and a 'master of none.' Honestly, the only thing Paula masters is being a desperate, bore-fest.

Paula begins off-putting with "My Fantasy," a mix somewhere between Latin-jazz and adult contemporary R&B. The sound isn’t far-fetched for Thicke; it...
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5 Albums to Check Out : This Week In Music

July 1st, 2014 3:00pm EDT
5 Albums to Check Out : This Week In Music
Previously on 'Albums to Check Out' (June 24, 2017), Ed Sheeran’s sophomore album X served as the most highly anticipated album release. X had been generating buzz for a minute – several technically! Big 'guns' dropping new albums this week are Robin Thicke and Trey Songz.

Thicke and Songz both lay claim to a number one album on their résumés (Blurred Lines and Chapter V). That said, latest projects Paula and Trigga seem to have lower expectations. Regardless, both lead a list of five albums to check out July 1, 2014.

1) Paula: Robin Thicke

(Interscope)

Robin Thicke quickly retu...
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Lana Del Rey Outruns Competition On Billboard 200 : This Week In Music

June 26th, 2014 8:18am EDT
Lana Del Rey Outruns Competition On Billboard 200 : This Week In
Put aside all the "I wish I was dead" controversy for the moment, as the ever-controversial Lana Del Rey has reason to celebrate this week. According to billboard.com, Del Rey sold a triumphant 182,000 copies of her sophomore album, Ultraviolence. Ultraviolence was expected to top, as prognosticators correctly predicted sells in the 180,000 copies ballpark.

Del Rey outran a loaded chart week, specifically trumping golden boy, British R&B newcomer Sam Smith, who also hit it big selling 166,000 copies of In the Lonely Hour. Smith has no reason to hang his head in the runner-up spot part...
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10 Musicians You Either Adore Or Loathe

June 24th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
10 Musicians You Either Adore Or Loathe
Musicians, artists, actors, and celebrities in general tend to have unique personalities. Some of those personalities are so strong that they can be considered divisive – "polarizing" if you will.

The list is long and filled with artists and bands from across all genres. But, there's no need to filter through the musicians to label the ‘offenders’ in your head. We've got the top ten right here, starting with...

#10 Kanye West

It seems no matter how fast Justin Bieber drives or how provocative Miley Cyrus becomes, no one can supersede the master of polarization – Kanye West. West...
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7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music

June 24th, 2014 10:00am EDT
7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, featured some of the more highly anticipated albums of the year, including new releases from Lana Del Rey (Ultraviolence) and Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour).

This week, with many albums being released ‘off-cycle’ on Monday, June 23 the album releases are a bit more ‘down to earth.’ Still, a highly anticipated sophomore effort from Ed Sheeran leads a list of 7 albums to check out.

1) X: Ed Sheeran

(Atlantic) The red-headed British singer/songwriter follows-up 2012 debut album +, which was led by Grammy-nominated hit "The A Team." Sheeran easily racks up the m...
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10 Great 80's Guilty Pleasure Songs

June 21st, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Loverboy
The 80's are back in style, for better or for worst, and few things define the genre quite as well as its music. The 80's was probably as a decade responsible for more cheesy pop classics than any other combined, and while some were truly great and classic (see anything from Paul Simon's "Graceland") much of it falls firmly in the "so bad it's good" category.

Here are ten songs that are undeniably catchy but you wouldn't want to admit to enjoying:

10. "All Night Long" Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie had struck radio gold many times in the 1970's, but he saved his most memorable hit for ...
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