R & B

Taylor Swift Fends Off 'Now 53' To Stay Number One

February 12th, 2015 10:25am EST
Taylor Swift Fends Off 'Now 53' To Stay Number One: This Week in
Taylor Swift has done it again – locked up the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Yawn, right? Right. It’s no shock, even though Swift beat compilation Now 53 for second place by 9,000 ‘units.’ Now 53 did sell a respectable 99,000 copies, which Billboard notes is equivalent to all measurements of the compilation’s impact under the new formula. There’s nothing wrong with being number two, particularly when you are right next to a juggernaut. And that ladies and gentlemen is what Taylor Swift is – a juggernaut.

After Now 53, familiar titles by Ed Sheeran (X) and Sam Smith (In The Lo...
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Does The 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Soundtrack Deliver?

February 11th, 2015 11:00pm EST
Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t just a book or a motion picture – it’s a movement! No the presence of Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t changing something of macro importance, but it certainly expounds upon sex in ways many have never experienced - understatement. That said, the relationship between Ana and Christian is not the focus here – it is the accompanying original motion picture soundtrack. Such a bold film requires a soundtrack to match, and overall, the ‘nifty’ Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack does the job.

Fifty Shades of Grey mixes old and new throughout its course. It opens soundly wit...
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Our Reaction To 57th Annual Grammy Awards Winners

February 10th, 2015 10:10am EST
Reaction To 57th Annual Grammy Awards Winners
The Grammy Awards are always interesting – at least in regards to who gets recognized with Grammys and who is snubbed. Coming into the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, the favorites were Beyoncé and Sam Smith. After the 57th Grammy Awards were finished, Sam Smith went home with four awards (three in big categories), Beyoncé left with only three, and Pharrell Williams pulled off two upsets, including one over Beyoncé. The biggest surprise came with Beck’s win for Album of the Year. Here are reactions to some of the most notable awards of the 57th Annual Grammys!

1) Record of the Year: Sam...
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The 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Soundtrack Leads Albums To Check Out

February 10th, 2015 8:22am EST
The 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Soundtrack Leads Albums To Check Out
The yield of new, show stopping albums in February 2015 is a bit slow as of yet. While there were a few notable releases last week, none of them were the ‘second coming’ to the music world. This week isn’t much different, finding that fiery new release to be hard to come by. Next week is when things ignite more, but one truly notable effort arrives this week, via the Fifty Shades of Grey original motion picture soundtrack.

1) Various Artists, Fifty Shades of Grey (Motown / Universal)

With the release of one of the more sensuous, controversial, and anticipated movies in recent memor...
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Review: Fifth Harmony Keep It Fierce On 'Reflection'

February 9th, 2015 2:30pm EST
Fifth Harmony - Reflection
The US version of X Factor certainly couldn’t be called a success, much to Simon Cowell’s chagrin. The first season victor, Melanie Amaro, never even dropped an album. What a mess! Regardless, the short-lived show did deliver one group with impressive potential in Fifth Harmony. After a hot single (“Bo$$”), debut album Reflection became victim to the delay bug. Even so in February 2015, Reflection finally saw the light of day, and the results are ‘fiercely’ good!

“Top Down” initiates Reflection, smothered in swag and something of a tongue in cheek approach. Riding with the top down i...
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57th Annual Grammy Awards Predictions

February 8th, 2015 12:00pm EST
57th Annual Grammy Awards: Predicting 10 Of The Most Coveted Awa
Victory, defeat, triumph, breakout, and upsets are some words that can be used to describe the Grammys. Like every awards show, there are winners and then there are losers who probably should have been winners. It goes with the territory, no matter how fortunate or unfortunate it is. The Grammys can be likened as a Super Bowl for musicians, even if being decorated in Grammys isn’t a necessity to cement musicianship or solidify artistic legacy – look at those who historically were never nominated or victorious. Still, writing off music’s most prestigious award is ludicrous in itself. Po...
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Taylor Swift Makes It 10 Weeks On Top: This Week In Music

February 5th, 2015 10:39am EST
Taylor Swift Makes It 10 Weeks On Top Of The Charts
Did you miss her at the top of the charts? Well, no need to worry as Taylor Swift returns to her perch atop the Billboard 200. 1989 is on its 10th week in the driver’s seat – nonconsecutive of course. Swift returns after Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy killed her vibe, keeping her in the bridesmaid spot otherwise known as second place. Apparently, Smith’s extended stay upon the Billboard 200 is “kind of a big deal.” Swift just won’t stop. Still when the sales of 1989 are considered outside of the streams used to compile the chart, well, Swift sold modestly – 71,000 copies.

If Tayl...
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Bob Dylan Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

February 3rd, 2015 10:34am EST
Bob Dylan Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
With January 2015 being a much more robust musical release month than expected (thanks Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy), surely February 2015 has to be chocked full of musical goodness. Can 2015 be a brighter year for album sales? Well let’s not jump to conclusions or get too excited, but February 2015 begins with some excellent musical choices to check out, led by veteran rock singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. He’s not alone, as he’s in good company with girl group Fifth Harmony, rapper Kid Ink, jazz vet Diana Krall, and a compilation of pop’s biggest hits in the latest installment of the Now...
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Review: Ne-Yo Lacks Inspiration And Punch On 'Non-Fiction'

February 2nd, 2015 4:30pm EST
Ne-Yo
One question – what happened to the old Ne-Yo? The R&B singer/songwriter had a magnificent run between debut album In My Own Words and third album, Year of the Gentlemen. Since Gentleman though, Ne-Yo has lost some of his luster. Sure, fourth album Libra Scale was sound, but didn’t receive the same recognition as previous efforts. Fifth album, Red would become the most flawed of his career, despite standouts like “Lazy Love” and “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself).” Similarly, sixth album Non-Fiction suffers from its share of flaws.

Non-Fiction begins in off-putting fashio...
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13 Songs With ‘Only’ In The Title (Volume 1)

February 1st, 2015 2:00pm EST
13 Songs With ‘Only’ In The Title (Volume 1)
Ah the beauty of ‘only’ songs – those classics that feature one pivotal word within their title. What word is it that is pivotal you ask? Well, that word is what one suspects – ONLY! Think about it, how many songs feature the ubiquitous, inescapable adjective, adverb, or conjunction? The answer is a lot. One list can’t house so many ‘only’ songs. That said the 13-featured songs of ‘Songs With ‘Only’ In The Title (Volume 1),’ is a starting place. After such a wacky, melodramatic intro, here are the ‘only’ songs in all their ‘only’ glory!

1) Sam Smith, “I’m Not The Only One” (In The Lonely...
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