R & B

The Best Music Albums So Far This Year

7/11/2015 10:00am EDT
25 Best Albums Of 2015 (So Far)
As hard as it is to believe, albums still exist in 2015. No, CDs aren’t flying off of the shelves any more, and Billboard has a new formula that more accurately measures album consumption (or something like that), but the album is still “alive,” even if it’s not necessarily “well.” Sale woes aside, 2015 has delivered many terrific albums. Here are the 25 best albums of 2015 so far!

1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)

Who else could be number one? There have been a lot of terrific albums in 2015, but Kendrick Lamar has honors of the best locked down. No, To Pimp A Bu...
READ MORE

Meek Mill's 'Dreams' Come True

7/9/2015 9:56am EDT
Meek Mill Tops The Billboard 200 With 'Dreams Worth More Than Mo
So the music industry is changing once again – SHOCKER! New albums now are being released globally on Fridays. Since new albums are being released on a new date, the ever-changing Billboard 200 will have to shift its window of tallying ‘multi-metric consumption’ aka album sales, streams, and overall impact. What does all this mean? Well, this is the last Billboard chart update that takes place on Thursdays. So let’s all celebrate the final Billboard 200 update on Thursday with yet another artist celebrating his first #1 album.

Meek Mill put up some excellent numbers with his sophomor...
READ MORE

New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

7/7/2015 8:49am EDT
R5 And Tyrese Among Albums To Check Out This Week
Music lovers everywhere, we are in new, unfamiliar territory– there is a new global music release day! No longer is Tuesday THE new music day, *sigh. The new global music release day that has been adopted is now Friday – that’s right, go on and crank up Rebecca Black. So those of you who anticipate spending your hard earned money to enhance you music collections on Tuesdays will now have to get use to shopping on Friday.

Now the question is, will Friday’s releases be worthwhile? Well, there’s a lack of big names/highly anticipated releases you might say. Is there a reason for this? May...
READ MORE

Are These Songs On Your List For Best (So Far) This Year?

7/5/2015 11:00am EDT
25 Best Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Ah, the time has come to examine the best songs of 2015. In an age where records dominate as opposed to the albums themselves, there is always an abundance of terrific songs to choose from. But when it’s all said and done, one or more of those terrific songs is always going to get left off, no matter how long the list is, so if your favorite isn’t here, that might be the reason why. So here goes nothing – 25 of the best songs of 2015… so far! And by the way, if a song appears from 2014, it is because it blew up in 2015 or its parent album is from 2015.

1) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Fac...
READ MORE

50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”

...
READ MORE

5th Album Is A Charm For Breaking Benjamin

7/2/2015 8:56am EDT
Breaking Benjamin Becomes The Latest Musicians To Score First No
2015 must be the year of chart dreams realized – at least for some artists. Not everybody can boast of the chart glory (looking at you Ciara). For Breaking Benjamin, a band on their fifth album, reaching the penthouse on the Billboard 200 had eluded them four times before. Finally, the fifth time proved to be charm and Dark Before Dawn earned the band their first #1 album. The numbers are rock solid, as Dark Before Dawn shows no darkness whatsoever with 141,000 units, most of which were album sales. BB is certainly doing its thing – kudos boys, kudos.

Being the jam-packed week it was...
READ MORE

Some New Music Releases For Everyone This Week!

6/30/2015 8:45am EDT
Miguel & Meek Mill Among Albums To Check Out
June 2015 goes out with a bang! You know what that means don’t you? Hot new music releases with everybody and his brother (and/or sister) in mind! There’s a mix of R&B, rap, country, and rock to pick from. Among the most anticipated new releases hail from Miguel and Meek Mill, with newbies X Ambassadors and Vince Staples getting in on the action. Here are eight albums to check out this week.

1) Miguel, Wildheart (RCA)

After a near three-year hiatus, contemporary/alternative R&B singer/songwriter Miguel returns with his third album, Wildheart. Wildheart follows up Miguel’s critically ...
READ MORE

How Good Is Miguel's 'Wildheart'?

6/29/2015 9:59am EDT
Review: Miguel Delivers A Homerun On 'Wildheart'
In recent times, it seems that R&B needs an IV – intravenous fluids. 2015 hasn’t been very respectable from a commercial standpoint and in some regards critically for a once fiery genre. Miguel seeks to change the perceptions of R&B on his highly anticipated third album Wildheart, which follows his Grammy-winning sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream (Best R&B song for “Adorn”). Miguel’s eclectic brand of R&B – contemporary, alternative, dashes of rock and pop – makes Wildheart and album no one should sleep on.

Wildheart commences with “A Beautiful Exit,” a sound record showcasing pop sensi...
READ MORE

2015's Most Underrated Songs

6/28/2015 3:00pm EDT
25 Most Underrated Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Not every record ends up being a hit. In fact if you think about it, only a select few songs end up with the distinction of hit status. The songs featured on this list are terrific, but none of them have been profound in the commercial department. Arguably, the best way to describe these songs are ‘underrated’ – they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the year as well as their artist’s respective album. All deserve the same respect if not more than the hits, but they can always bask in their critical acclaim. These are the most underrated songs of 2015…so far.

The underrated songs chosen are ...
READ MORE

New Music This Week: Lots Of New Faces And Some Familiar Ones

6/23/2015 8:30am EDT
Breaking Benjamin And Kacey Musgraves Among Albums To Check Out
Last week, the music release world was graced with new albums from James Taylor, Adam Lambert, and the return of Hilary Duff – not to mention others. This week, music listeners everywhere have their most choice of who and what they want to purchase beginning Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The best way to describe this music release week is STACKED. No, Kanye West hasn’t dropped his new album, but a lot of new faces and some familiar ones make this week a captivating one.

1) Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood Records)

Fifteen years in the game, rockers Breaking Benjamin return w...
READ MORE