Beyonce – 4

Beyonce needs no introduction, so I won’t even attempt to give her one. Her name alone is all that is needed, and for each person it means something else. Whether you love her or hate her there’s no denying her star power, something she relies a lot on in her new album 4.

Following the major success of I am….Sasha Fierce, Beyonce goes for a more toned down sound on 4. It proves to work on a few songs, but sounds forced on others.

The album opens with ‘1+1’, an emotional love song dripping with sensuality. It’s one of the most romantic songs she’s done to date, even though the lyrics are immature. Continue reading

Flashback: Michael Jackson

With this past week marking the two year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing, I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate this edition of Flashback to him.

The man reinvented pop, paving the way for every single solo artist that is out today. What makes his legacy even more impressive is that he relied on his God given talents to rise to fame, rather than gimmicks.

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LOUD Tour: Cee-Lo Leaves/ Rihanna Down

Rihanna is currently on her summer LOUD Tour, which is receiving rave reviews and selling out arenas around the country. No tour is ever complete without a few bumps in the road though, and this week has brought a few.

First, Cee-Lo Green has pulled out of the tour unexpectedly according to Billboard via The New York Times. He claims that his commitment to The Voice, a new book, and a new album. Last week Green made headlines after having a public fight with a reporter who gave him a bad review. His spokesperson was quoted saying:

“He feels that he wouldn’t give his fans the show that they deserve.”

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Is Frank Ocean R&B’s Next Trend?

It’s hard to define what a true R&B artist is anymore with artists easily blending pop melodies and hooks into their sound. Chris Brown for example is not an R&B artist. He’s a pop artist who knows how to crossover to receive airplay on the R&B stations. Same holds true for Rihanna, and I’d argue Beyonce. But, all are considered R&B acts in award shows like the Grammy’s or the BET awards.

But Frank Ocean is different.

Traditional R&B is about soul. Songs have deep bass, a Continue reading

Billboard Update

As expected, Adele notches her seventh week at number 1 on the Hot 100. ‘Rolling in the Deep’ gained another 1% of audience impressions this week, bringing the song to 153 million audience impressions. Honestly, even with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ shooting to number 1 on itunes, Adele will be number 1 again next week. With the massive amount of radio support that increases each week, it’s going to be hard for anyone to dethrone Adele just yet.

The real chart news belongs to Katy Perry, who saw her single ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)’ advance from 31-5, giving Perry her fifth consecutive top 5 single from ‘Teenage Dream’. According to Billboard, the song saw a 259% gain in digital sales, Continue reading

‘Typewriter’ – Alicia Keys (1997)

Rating: A-

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Alicia Key’s debut album Songs in A Minor. To celebrate the occasion Keys is re-releasing the album on June 28, filled with new songs and footage.

Rap-Up posted ‘Typerwriter’ yesterday, a song that was recorded in Keys apartment in 1997. This was years before her debut album with J Records, so this is a nice look into the foundation of her career. Continue reading

‘Moves Like Jagger’ – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguleria

Rating: B

The Voice has been one of the biggest surprises of 2011. The singing competition seems to get bigger each week, even though the talent of the contestants is lacking for the most part.

Like American Idol, the show has thrust the celebrity judges back into the limelight. After Jennifer Lopez experienced the comeback of a lifetime this year, I’m sure the judges of the The Voice are hoping for similar success.

In all fairness Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 are not Continue reading

Performance Corner: Beyonce

Next week is going to be interesting to say the least with the release of Beyonces foruth album 4. In all honestly this is one of the worst handlings of an album in a long time, but this is not a post about that. This is about what Beyonce does best, performing.

This past week saw Beyonce promoting Continue reading

Chemistry is Everything

There is something to be said about the chemistry between an artist and their producer. When a producer and artist understand each other the results are phenomenal. They create a joint message through their work, and it’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially in this ‘fast food’ music industry.

I got to thinking about this when I was listening to Drakes newest offering ‘Marvin’s Room’. Continue reading

‘LOUD’ Re-Release Announced

It’s official: Rihanna is going to re-release her fifth album LOUD later this year.

Honestly the news does not come as a surprise to me considering that LOUD only has 11 tracks on it. Plus, with the massive amount of critical and commercial success, it would be unwise for her to move on to another era. After the mild success of Continue reading

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