R & B

How Does Gary Clark, Jr.'s 'The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim' Stack Up?

9/16/2015 9:19am EDT
Review: Gary Clark, Jr. Shows His Versatility On ‘The Story Of S
Who’s one of the hottest guitarists of the new generation? Why that ladies and gents is none other than Gary Clark, Jr. Is Clark, Jr. a household name? Not quite, but early into his career, he’s already won a Grammy! One thing’s for sure is that Clark, Jr. is a magnificent musician, something that he shows throughout the course of his second major label album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.

Clark Jr. kicks off The Story of Sonny Boy Slim soundly with “The Healing.” Initiating with a traditional gospel song, soon “The Healing” erupts into a bluesy, soulful joint. Expectedly, Clark Jr. keeps...

The Weeknd Holds Top Spot For 2nd Week

9/15/2015 9:46am EDT
The Weeknd Makes It Two Straight Weeks Atop Billboard 200
Ah, success is so sweet. Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd can attest to this as he sees his sophomore album Beauty Behind The Madness spend a second consecutive week atop the Billboard 200. Last week, Beauty Behind The Madness crashed onto the charts to the tune of 412,000 units and 326,000 copies sold respectively, easily among the year’s biggest debuts. While the ‘come down’ isn’t nearly as ‘beautiful,’ Beauty remains impactful to the tune of 145,000 units.

So, whose vibe did The Weeknd kill by keeping first place warm? – Five Finger Death Punch. The band has been close to topping man...

13 Songs About Girls

9/13/2015 2:00pm EDT
A Guy’s Perspective: 13 Songs About Girls
When it comes to girls, it’s pretty easy to get a guy’s attention. Perhaps the attention span is shorter for other things he doesn’t want to do, but when it comes to the ladies, he’s “all ears.” Just think how many songs guys have written/sung about girls – endless! These songs range from chivalrous and dedicated to ‘strip down and let’s make love.’ We could never hope to cover all the songs about girls written from a guy’s point of view, but here are 13 worthwhile ones that clearly speak to the power girls have upon guys.

1) Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (Songs About Jane, 2002)


14 Notable Songs That Pose Questions

9/12/2015 10:00am EDT
14 Recent Songs That Ask Questions
Ah, it’s time for a truly deep question: What makes a song a song? Plenty it turns out, and each and every song has its own unique characteristics. Some songs are exclamatory – assertive in title and equally assertive in substance. Some are jubilant, bursting with the exuberance of sharing “joy to the world” and earning a permanent spot in listener’s hearts. Others ask questions in their title and within their lyrics.

So are songs that ask questions questionable themselves? They could be, but ultimately the songs in question simply inquire, sometimes so inquisitively that a series of qu...

The Weeknd Dominates Billboard 200

9/8/2015 10:13am EDT
The Weeknd Blasts Onto The Billboard 200 With 'Beauty Behind The
This is the type of week on the charts that music industry nerds and execs everywhere live for! Ladies and gentlemen, this week’s Billboard 200 got a huge boost from one of 2015’s most ubiquitous musicians, The Weeknd. The Weeknd was expected to debut atop the Billboard 200 after landing three big-time hits with “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills.” He did not disappoint, blasting onto the Billboard 200 with a whopping 412,000 units according to Billboard.

Sure, Billboard’s new tabulation system adds ‘robustness’ to the numbers including tracks and ...

10 Songs That Treat People (Mostly Women) Like They're Pieces Of Meat

9/5/2015 6:00pm EDT
10 Songs That Take Objectification Way Too Far
Admit it – we’ve all been guilty of oogling, aka checking somebody else out. Ah, the art of objectification – treating a person like they’re an ‘object of pleasure’ as opposed to a human with legitimate emotions, etc. Most often, it seems this occurs at the hand of men, though Jennifer Lopez proved on “I Luh You Papi” that guys can be objectified as well. Still, objectification can cross the line into unquestionable misogynistic territory, and the songs on this particular playlist definitely trend “left of center.” Here are 10 songs that take objectification way too far.

1) Robin Thic...

Check Out These 12 Sobering Songs...Will They Make You Stop Drinking?

9/5/2015 2:00pm EDT
12 Songs All About 'Sobriety'
Demons are everywhere. Okay not literally, but metaphorically. One demon that often entices is the “bottle,” aka alcohol in some form or fashion. Don’t get it twisted – alcohol can be marvelous and incite fun times in moderation. That said it can also be destructive. When it becomes destructive or counterproductive, then the “sober up” has to happen – the hangover must end.

So what does any of this have to do with 12 Songs All About 'Sobriety'? Well now… Basically, these songs all approach sobriety from a variety of angles. Sometimes being sober is seen in a positive light, while o...

Disturbed Tops Billboard 200

9/1/2015 11:10am EDT
Disturbed Return To a Familiar Place – No. 1 On The Billboard 20
Disturbed shocked the world this week – NOT! The popular rock band debuted at #1 for a fifth straight time with Immortalized, their first new album in five years. The numbers weren’t sexy per se, but the 98,000 units were enough to seal the deal atop the Billboard 200. Still, isn’t it a shame that no album was able to move 100,000 units for a second straight week? It’s not 42,000 units level of tepidness that Descendants endured, but still.

Disturbed weren’t the only debuts to land within the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Country singer Kip Moore quietly bows fourth with Wild Ones to th...

Does The Weeknd's 'Beauty Behind The Madness' Live Up To The Hype?

8/31/2015 9:12am EDT
The Weeknd Steps Up His Game On 'Beauty Behind the Madness'
Talk about a dude with hella hype behind him in 2015! Many musicians would kill to be in the position that Canadian R&B singer Abel Tesfaye – better known as The Weeknd – finds himself in. With three top-five hits, including one chart topper on the Billboard Hit 100, it seemed pretty clear that there was no way that his highly anticipated album Beauty Behind The Madness could miss. Now the question is does the album live up to the gargantuan hype and meet expectations? Sometimes it does, while at others times it’s a smidgen less enthralling than the hype.

With a few notable exceptions, i...

These Songs Were About Musicians

8/30/2015 10:00am EDT
14 Songs About Or Named After Musicians
Is there anything better than when musicians compose songs about other musicians and/or name the song after the said musician? Wait don’t answer that! There indeed many be more stimulating, revolutionary things in the world as well as the music world but admittedly does it pique curiosity when musician A sings about musician B? Just nod your head So to satisfy curiosities running rampant, here are 14 Songs About Or Named After Musicians. Just let the sweet sounds of these songs permeate – or something like that!

1) Taylor Swift, “Tim McGraw” (Taylor Swift, 2006)

This song needs little...