Quick Break

Hey Everyone,
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, life has gotten the best of me. I’m deciding to take a short break to focus on school a little more as things are heating up right now. I’ll post my thoughts on the Grammy’s either today or tomorrow, and I’ll being doing small posts here and there, but for the moment I’m going to cool things down.
I love this blog, but there are bigger things I need to focus on right now. This is not at all a goodbye, just a quick note. Make sure to keep stopping by though, every few days I’ll be posting something up. Thanks for all the love and support everyone. I really appreciate that people even want to hear what I have to say.
I’ll be back soon!
-Anthony

Nicki Minaj Hits Number 1

Nicki Minaj can finally rejoice as her debut album, Pink Friday, reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. The album, which debuted 11 weeks ago, sold 45,000 this week, showing a 18% increase. While the number is low the fact that she is gaining sales in this type of climate is very impressive.

Furthermore, the album pushes past one million copies this week selling 1,035,000 since it’s release. Some of you may remember that the album was certified platinum as few weeks ago, but that represents number of shipments rather than records actually sold.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Nicki is the top Continue reading

‘S&M’ Continues To Cause Problems

Controversy has always been a tool to gain attention. Artists have been shocking the world for years, and every time it has caused a reaction.

Last week Rihanna’s video ‘S&M’ cause problems worldwide, being banned in 11 countries. The sexually explicit video is even under consideration by MTV to be edited. Now the track itself is causing some issues as the song has been renamed ‘Come On’ in the UK after premiering on Radio 1 this week.

Now songs have been renamed before, and they will continue to be, but what’s most odd about this is that fact that Rihanna didn’t know. A fan tweeted the news and Rihanna seemed to react in a shocked manner. In all honestly I’m not terrible surprised because of the connotations that the title holds. It’s not exactly a innuendo or subtle in anyway.

Considering the lyrics ‘Come On’ actually makes more sense. The actually phrase S&M is only only chanted before the bridge and at the end of the song, with come on is used mainly in the hook. Still, the problem is that fact that the song is being tampered with, and while this could open a huge debate I’ll quickly give my opinion:

I think that it doesn’t matter because the songs is still being played.

Think about it, what if Cee-Lo was uptight because they re-named his song ‘Forget You’? I just think that the song is dirty, and while it’s not the worst thing out, it’s still pretty forward. That being said I understand how this is annoying but at the end of the day the song is getting airplay, which will only add to Rihannas recent success.

What do you think?

Do they have to right to change the song?

‘Fool For You’ – Cee-Lo feat. Melanie Fiona

Rating: B+

After the major success of his song ‘F*** You (Forget You)’, Cee-Lo has yet to have another radio smash to be even mildly successful. This brings us to his new radio single, which might have the potential to set him ablaze on the R&B stations.

‘Fool For You’ is a powerful love song featuring Melanie Fiona as a guest vocalist. The song is a pure throwback and both Cee-lo and Fiona capture that essence in their vocal performances.

Now the public clung on to the doo-wop sound of ‘F*** You’, but I don’t think that ‘Fool For You’ will have the same cultural affect. Continue reading

Trey Songz Starts Fifth Album

Billboard reported today that Trey Songz has already began work in his fifth album, with plans to release it this year.

Trey said,

“I want to release an album this year. We’re starting in the studio now. I’m always thinking about music. I’m in the studio whenever I can be. I’m not pressed or in a rush to make an album right now, but I always have a need to make music.”

This album would be Continue reading

‘Lasers’ Tracklist

Lupe Fiasco fans are getting closer and closer to the day they have fought for. With March 8th quickly approaching, Lupe Fiasco is gearing up to begin the promotional push for his third album Lasers.

On his official website Lupe announced the albums tracklist today. It’s been years since he has released an official album and I was surprised to see that Lasers has so many features on it. Not saying that it’s a bad thing, but I expected him to be running solo after being away for a while.

It looks like he has a strong Continue reading

Single Cover: ‘Beautiful People’

With his Urban single ‘Look At Me Now’ being released to itunes this week, the song is currently at number 3 on itunes, Chris Brown has released the artwork for his next top 40 single ‘Beautiful People’.

If you read my review of the song you would know that I’m not a huge fan of it, and weeks later I feel the same way. It’s too boring and bland for my taste, but I love the album artwork.

Visually I Chris is usually compelling with his artwork. It always has some type of graffiti involved. I just like the Continue reading

Skylar Grey’s ‘Love The Way You Lie’ Demo

Yesterday Rap-Up premiered some pictures of singer songwriter Skylar Grey, marking the first time that the singer/songwriter has shown her face. It was a strategic time to do since ‘I Need A Doctor’ and ‘Words I Never Said’, songs that she features on, were released this week.

As a frequent writer with producer Alex Da Kid, Skylar has yet to really prove herself. Today has brought the Continue reading

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