R & B

10 Great 80's Guilty Pleasure Songs

June 21st, 2014 12:00pm EDT
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 ...

6 R&B Girl Groups That Should Reunite

June 21st, 2014 10:00am EDT
6 R&B Girl Groups That Should Reunite
Now that Destiny’s Child answered our prayers reuniting for Michelle’s “Say Yes” video that premiered this morning on “Good Morning America,” and Danity Kane’s comeback tour propelled us to dance down memory lane and make some new ones with the single “Lemonade,” we’ve compiled a full wish list of R & B Girl Groups that should make a return to the stage.

En Vogue

We’re holding on to the idea that the Oakland-based songbirds will once again come together like they did in 2008 with their 20th Anniversary Tour. The quintet has given us a laundry list of hits that have decorated their mantl...

Sam Smith Soulfully Depicts Unrequited Love On Debut

June 19th, 2014 4:30pm EDT
Sam Smith Soulfully Depicts Unrequited Love On Debut
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour – a review

Some of the most alluring pop and R&B of late hails from England. Britain has provided stateside listeners with an abundance of talent, including but not limited to Grammy-darling Adele, singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé, and recently full-throated soul machine John Newman. No British newcomer has more buzz behind him lately than Sam Smith, who anticipates a big-time breakthrough in the United States with debut LP In the Lonely Hour.

Smith's voice is indeed special – expressive and celestial in tone. Regardless of stylistic preference, Smith's instr...

5 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music

June 17th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
5 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music
Music Shopping List - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ah, there's something special about the third Tuesday music release date in June. Last year (June 18, 2013), the third Tuesday in June played host to three highly anticipated hip-hop releases (Kanye West's Yeezus, J. Cole's Born Sinner, and Mac Miller's Watching Movies With the Sound Off). Additionally the fourth release on that same date, Kelly Rowland's Talk A Good Game, was no slouch in itself. Those four albums debuted at numbers one through four respectively with three of four selling north of 100,000 copies.

This year's third Tuesday - c...

Mariah Carey’s 'The Elusive Chanteuse' Expected To Underperform

May 29th, 2014 11:30am EDT
Me. I Am Mariah
Unstoppable Ghost Stories…

As much as I hate to say it (and I do) Mariah Carey’s fortunes with latest LP Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse are looking grim… DUN, DUN, DUN! Billboard.com has already practically “signed, sealed, delivered” another chart-topping week for Coldplay, even if the erosion is near the 80% mark. Coldplay sold 383,000 copies this week to easily top the Billboard 200 Albums Charts, meaning even a sub-100K selling week in its sophomore frame is likely to keep it in that number one spot.

Mimi’s Misfortunes…

So how many copies is Carey’s first album in five y...

You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Talk Dirty To Me'

May 7th, 2014 12:24pm EDT
You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Ta
Youtuber 'Ten Second Songs' covers popular songs in a way that's maybe a little different than what you're used to. He takes a song as sings it in the style of different artists - sometimes artists whose styles varies greatly from that of the original singer. His most recent project takes Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty To Me' which he sings in styles that run from 'Slayer' and 'White Zombie' to 'Hootie and the Blowfish' and 'Cab Calloway.' Needless to say, he nails it on pretty much every rendition.

For more of Ten Second Songs really awesome renditions, you can check out his channel HERE. G...

Exclusive Clip From Robin Thicke's Feature Film Debut 'Making The Rules'

May 2nd, 2014 1:20pm EDT
Exclusive Clip From Robin Thicke's Feature Film Debut 'Making Th
Robin Thicke is making the move into movies. The "Blurred Lines" singer stars alongside Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl) in the new romance Making The Rules, and Starpulse has an exclusive clip from the film's special features to share with you.

Abby (played by Pressly) is a chef who seems to have it all, with a solid marriage and a successful career. However, that first part's not so accurate, because the return of an ex-boyfriend (played by Thicke) is described as giving her "a second chance at true love."

Check out the clip below to see writer/director Jimbo Lee talk about how the cast ...

'The Voice's' Nicole Nelson Shines On With New Dwight & Nicole Album

April 28th, 2014 2:20pm EDT
Dwight and Nicole
We all fell in love with Nicole Nelson when she was part of Team Adam in season 3 of NBC's The Voice, but as with all the artists on that series, that's just one part of her story. Nicole and her partner Dwight Ritcher just released their album Shine On last week, and she was kind enough to sit down with BFTV to discuss the record and how the Dwight & Nicole sound compares to what we heard on The Voice.

"I don't think there's any difference at all," she told us. "I don't know how to be anything other than myself, one hundred percent. My aim is always to be myself and always a better versio...

15 Songs That Will Make You Smile

April 4th, 2014 7:03pm EDT
15 Songs That Will Make You Smile
Sometimes, it is incredibly difficult to smile. Even for the most positive person, there are circumstances in life that sap the joy right out of you and supplant happiness with incredibly sadness. Being sad or worried is a big-time drag, but it’s nothing that a little “happy” music can’t rid of. Sure, a good song can’t erase the debt one has built up or that bad breakup over irreconcilable differences, but it can certainly be therapeutic. Here are 15 Songs That Will Make You Smile.



Pharrell Williams

From the album G I R L (2014)

There isn’t a song in 2014 that coul...

Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.



From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...