On Billboard, R&B and Country Music & Respecting Black Art

A couple of days ago I was scrolling down my Twitter timeline, as one does. I came across a tweet from Billboard‘s official chart account. The tweet listed the top five titles on their Top R&B Albums chart for the week dated June 15, 2019: Free Spirit, Khalid Long Live Love, Kirk Franklin American Teen,…

Madonna Gets Back In The Game with ‘Madame X’

Is there a more iconic or influential musical artist alive than Madonna? Thirty years into an illustrious and historic career, the Queen of Pop’s fourteenth studio album, Madame X proves she still has more to offer. Madge’s last album, Rebel Heart, was plagued by leaks and an unclear theme. There were strong individual tracks, but…

Drake Drops A Celebratory Two-Pack

In case you missed it, the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title two nights ago (June 13). Although Drake isn’t a part-owner of the Raptors, just a proud Torontonian, in celebration of the historic win, Drake has dropped two new songs. There isn’t much that indicates that a Scorpion follow-up is imminent, but this…

Review: Little Mix Attempts to “Bounce Back” With New Single

For some reason, outside of the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Woman Like Me,” the songs from Little Mix’s spunky and fierce LM5 (read my review here) failed to properly connect. In a move that’s quite unlike them, the girls have quickly moved on to a new single: “Bounce Back.” “Bounce Back” is a bounce music-influenced summer jam….

Taylor Swift Has A Message: “You Need To Calm Down” (Review)

Admittedly, Taylor Swift’s latest album campaign got off to a rocky start. “ME!” was a clunky single that proved to be an easy target for vitriolic critics and disappointed many fans. In an effort to turn things around, during an Instagram livestream yesterday (June 13), Taylor announced the release of her newest single, “You Need…

The Jonas Brothers Make Grand Return with ‘Happiness Begins’

The Jonas Brothers are indisputable cultural icons. Nick, Kevin, and Joe are from that golden era of Disney Channel that was overflowing with talent and dominated every kid’s mind. From hits like “Burnin’ Up” and “Year 3000” to more somber cuts like “When You Look Me In the Eyes” and “Lovebug,” the JoBros have soundtracked…

Review: Miley Cyrus Returns with ‘She Is Coming’ EP

Before we launch into this review, I just want to make this clear. Younger Now was a solid album and I liked it. That album was unnescarily and unfairly hated. Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s break down She Is Coming. She Is Coming is the first installment of three…

Katy Perry Is “Never Really Over”

Katy Perry. She’s one of the most successful artists of all time and a defining figure of the modern era of music. Her last album, 2017’s Witness, was underwhelming for a multitude of reasons. The music wasn’t bad (there are plenty of great tracks), but the abysmal success rate of its singles and the overall…

Cardi B Takes on the “Press” with New Single

Multi-platinum and Grammy-winning recording artist, Cardi B, is one of the biggest stars on the planet. She is constantly a trending topic for some reason or another, and on her latest single, Cardi takes no prisoners as she puts her foot down: “Press, press, press, press, press/Cardi don’t need more press!” Cardi’s first standalone single…

Is Tyler, The Creator’s ‘IGOR’ Really That Good?

In short, yes, but contrary to popular opinion, I don’t find that it is his most accessible album. IGOR is an infinitely layered album of hazy vocals, disarming lyricism, and adventurous production. This is an album that demands care and attention during the initial listening period. It’s a summery record, not in the way of…