R & B

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)

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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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Teedra Moses Returns After 11-Year Hiatus

8/5/2015 2:00pm EDT
Review: Teedra Moses Shines On ‘Cognac & Conversation’ Following
Returning after an 11-year hiatus isn’t easy to say the least. Despite the odds being against her, New Orleans born Los Angeles bred R&B singer/songwriter Teedra Moses returns to the game in top-notch form. On sophomore album Cognac & Conversation, Moses picks up where she left off with 2004’s underrated, critically-acclaimed Complex Simplicity. The mark of a true artist is one who can return without a hitch. Teedra Moses does just that.

Over the album’s course, Moses seems to never miss. “R U Scared” opens the album soundly with an 80s sensibility and an adventurous harmonic scheme. N...
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8 New Albums To Check Out This Week

8/4/2015 9:57am EDT
Dr. Dre & Luke Bryan Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
August looks to start with a bang considering a jam-packed new music release week. In other words, Friday, August 7 should be an awesome time for music buyers, who have a lot to choose from. Luke Bryan ranks chief amongst new releases, but a surprise release from Dr. Dre – a LONG time in the making – cements the soundness of the first releases of August 2015. Here are eight newbies to check out this week!

1) Dr. Dre, Compton: A Soundtrack (Aftermath/Interscope)

After a 16-year hiatus, Dr. Dre releases his third studio album, Compton: A Soundtrack. So what happened to the long-await...
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Jill Scott’s 'Woman' Is A Triumph For R&B

8/4/2015 8:47am EDT
Jill Scott Makes It Two Consecutive No. 1 Albums On Billboard
R&B has triumphed atop the Billboard 200 for the second time this year! Is it a total change of pace for commercially ailing genre? Jill Scott follows her first #1 album, 2011’s Light Of The Sun with a second one with Woman. Woman didn’t match the higher-flying sales of Light Of The Sun, but Scott’s first album in four years certainly has performed better than most of her contemporaries’ R&B efforts. 62,000 units is by no means “the second coming,” but it’s respectable considering the number of albums that have tanked this year (yeah you Jamie Foxx and Ciara).

Jill Scott wasn’t the sol...
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Music Artist Who Were In A Bad Place When Writing These Songs

8/2/2015 4:00pm EDT
17 Most Depressing, Gloomy And Morbid Songs
OK, OK! There's no sugarcoating it! These songs totally SUCK….THE LIFE RIGHT OUT OF YOU! Well not literally, but metaphorically. Basically, these songs are gloomy, sad songs that definitely won’t lift your spirits. So if you’re already sad yourself – you may want to save this downer for a happier day.

1) Nina Simone, “Strange Fruit” (The Essential Nina Simone, 2003)

“Strange Fruit” satisfies all three characteristics necessary to make this playlist – it’s truly depressing, gloomy, and morbid. The morbid aspect is the most disturbing as the “Southern trees / bearing strange fruit / b...
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Jill Scott Has Lots To Offer On 'Woman'

7/28/2015 10:43am EDT
Review: Jill Scott Remains True To Herself On ‘Woman’
When Jill Scott comes to mind, one characterizes her as being a cool, calm, and collected modern soul singer with the ability to show off a dynamic, gritty, and funky side. On her fifth studio album Woman, she remains true to those characterizations, never fumbling. Woman arguably hasn’t been the most aggressively promoted album by Scott, but has plenty to offer.

Woman kicks off with a bang with “Wild Cookie,” a spoken word piece in which Scott sends a message warning women not to sleep with any and everybody due to desperation. “Prepared,” the set’s first full length joint proceeds in ...
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7 New Albums To Check Out This Week

7/28/2015 9:13am EDT
Joss Stone Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
July has had its moments in regards to new music releases (Future, Tyrese, and Jill Scott stand out), yet arguably, that gargantuan blockbuster album never materialized. The final release week in July won’t change that, as there are no high profile newbies this week. Still, British R&B singer Joss Stone is well established while Buddy Guy is nothing short of exceptional. Here are seven albums to check out this week.

1) Joss Stone, Water For Your Soul (Stone’d Records)

Joss Stone’s seventh studio album, Water For Your Soul arrives three-years after The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2, an effor...
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