2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The Pop Field

Best Pop Vocal Abum Best Pop Vocal Album is one of the most highly contested categories each year at the Grammys. This year is no different, there are two or three albums that seem to be definite nominees, but there are a plethora of records that all make strong cases for a nomination. Let’s get to it. Taylor Swift’s reputation (read my review here) and Ariana Grande’s Sweetener (read … Continue reading 2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The Pop Field

Does Cardi B Benefit from Colorism?

A commonly accepted definition of colorism: “Discrimination based on skin color, also known as colorism or shadeism, is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color.” (Source) Cardi B’s meteoric rise to the top of the rap game has been nothing short of historic and inspirational. Her first entry on the U.S. … Continue reading Does Cardi B Benefit from Colorism?

On ‘LM5,’ It’s a “Woman’s World” and Little Mix Rules (Review)

Little Mix is something of an anomaly. They’re one of the biggest stadium acts in the United Kingdom and Europe, but they have barely made a dense Stateside. With their fifth full-length, LM5, Little Mix ties The Saturdays for most studio albums from a girl group in the modern era. Formed on the X Factor UK in 2011, Little Mix has consistently impressed with their formidable … Continue reading On ‘LM5,’ It’s a “Woman’s World” and Little Mix Rules (Review)

Zayn and Nicki Disappoint on “No Candle No Light”

Source: http://hiphop-n-more.com/2018/11/zayn-no-candle-no-light-feat-nicki-minaj-new-song/ The road to Zayn’s sophomore album has been confusing and frustrating. From singles with big budget videos (“Dusk Till Dawn,” read my review here) to random tracks (“Sour Diesel,” read my review here) and half-hyped collaborations (“Too Much (feat. Timbaland)”), Zayn has been all over the place. A lot of the music has been great, but this recent track is a clear miss. … Continue reading Zayn and Nicki Disappoint on “No Candle No Light”

Mariah Carey Delivers Best Album in a Decade with ‘Caution’

The most successful female songwriter of all time, the songbird supreme, the eternal queen of Christmas: Mariah Carey is back with her first album in four years. Caution, introduced by the sublime buzz single, “GTFO,” (read my review here) and the gorgeous lead single, “With You,” is mature, succinct, and triumphant. While Mariah’s last album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, was mired with messy singles … Continue reading Mariah Carey Delivers Best Album in a Decade with ‘Caution’

Normani & 6LACK Wow with “Waves”

Normani has had a blockbuster year for someone who has yet to release a debut project. From her highly-successful collaboration with Khalid, “Love Lies,” (read my review here) to her funky guest verse on Jessie Reyez’s “Body Count” remix (read my review here), Normani has provided a specific strain of R&B that is both modern and flirtatious yet classic and restrained. Her soft vocals have … Continue reading Normani & 6LACK Wow with “Waves”

Why Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Is One of the Most Important Songs of 2018

Just months after dropping one of the most intelligent and acclaimed pop albums in recent years with her fourth studio album, Sweetener, Ariana Grande surprise-released “thank u, next” following her breakup with SNL comedian, Pete Davidson. On a number of levels “thank u, next” challenges the current parameters for pop music in the current landscape and songwriting from the female perspective. The song has also proved … Continue reading Why Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Is One of the Most Important Songs of 2018