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Review: Iggy Azalea, ‘The New Classic’

Review: Iggy Azalea, ‘The New Classic’

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Aussie newcomer Iggy Azalea shows potential on her debut rap LP

Iggy Azalea • The New Classic • Island • US Release Date: April 22, 2014

Iggy Azalea-20131010-57“Oh what, a white girl with a flow ain’t been seen before?” Um, well, not really – at least not that much?  Fact – you can name how many Australian rappers are killing the game stateside – yeah, few NONE come to mind.  Newbie Iggy Azaleahopes to breakthrough…

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August Alsina Finds His ‘Testimony’ Stuck Behind Frozen at No. 2

August Alsina Finds His ‘Testimony’ Stuck Behind Frozen at No. 2

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51Q2c-T9xKL._SL500_AA280_No one can stop the unstoppable Frozen Soundtrack – it grows sales to a whopping 259,000 copies! It’s nearly May, but the winter hit continues to be the much-needed gift that keeps on giving to the music industry, keeping it afloat.  August Alsina sells 67,000 copies of his full-length debut album, Testimony.  To be the closest to Frozen (no. 2)is to be “oh so far away” as it wasn’t even a close…

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Review: Asher Roth, ‘RetroHash’

Review: Asher Roth, ‘RetroHash’

51ehHeonFjL._SL500_AA280_It’s pretty safe to say Asher Roth is one high mellow dude on RetroHash

Asher Roth • RetroHash • pale fire • US Release Date: April 22, 2014

Asher Roth-20111215-34“That party last night / was awfully crazy, I wish we taped it / I danced my a** off / and had this one girl completely naked,” sings Roth on one of the more memorable songs of 2009, “I Love College”.   Yep, “I Love College” was Roth’s ‘ace in the hole’…

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Estelle Shocks A Little Too Much on “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)”

Estelle Shocks A Little Too Much on “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)”

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Estelle • “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)” • BMG Rights Management • US Release Date: April 15, 2014

Something has clearly happened to my girl Estelle.  Even that statement is an understatement. Estelle’s new single “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)” is nothing short of shocking and I do mean NOTHING short.  Estelle has fooled around (no pun intended) with being risqué on songs such as “Wait A Minute (Just…

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Music Shopping List: Albums for Your Consideration, April 22, 2014

Music Shopping List: Albums for Your Consideration, April 22, 2014

NeonTrees-100510-0004 Keeping things 100, April hasn’t been the best month of new music releases.  While April has saved my budget, still I’d love to see a gargantuan week of new music releases – “Do it for the music industry!”  This week’s releases (new release day being Tuesday, April 22) don’t have any monumental releases necessarily, but does have some interesting albums to check out.

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Ranking 20 R&B Albums: January – April 2014

Ranking 20 R&B Albums: January – April 2014

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It’s near the end of April, and as a music journalist, I have been privy to listen to a number of albums in differing genres. Even so, I have a soft spot for R&B, but am also very hard on it. Despite my criticisms, R&B and I have a relationship like a Whitney Houston song written by Dolly Parton: “I Will Always Love You”. That said, after listening to a number of R&B albums, I ranked 20 from…

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"Where Is the Love" in R&B Music? 

“Where Is the Love” in R&B Music? 

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Contemporary R&B music has explicit physical pleasure covered, but what about genuine emotion and relationships?

81cg4cMMqIL._SL1500_An up and coming voice in R&B by the name of August Alsina released his full-length debut album entitled Testimony. Testimony is street-savvy, sporting titles including “Porn Star”, “Fml”, “Ghetto”, and “I Luv This Sh*t”. Rightfully, Alsina, a rough-and-tumble artist with a difficult…

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Review: August Alsina, ‘Testimony’

Review: August Alsina, ‘Testimony’

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R&B newbie August Alsina shows tremendous potential on full-length debut Testimony

 August Alsina • Testimony • Def Jam • US Release Date: April 15, 2014

August Alsina-PFR-010102The moment has finally arrived for up and coming New Orleans contemporary R&B singer August Alsinato take center stage. Sure, the 21-year old represents the new generation who prefer boldness to subtlety, but ultimately the brasher style suits…

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Frozen Proves to be the Shining Moment on an ‘Ice Cold’ Albums Chart

Frozen Proves to be the Shining Moment on an ‘Ice Cold’ Albums Chart

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Well, another week and another chart and guess who’s on top – yep you guessed it, the Frozen Soundtrack. While sales aren’t exactly hot across the board, the additional 133,000 copies that the unstoppable soundtrack sold are solid, particularly compared to the rest of the albums.   How sound is 133,000 copies? Well according to Billboard, Pharrellascended back to his peak position (no. 2) this…

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Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’

Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’

51Q2c-T9xKL._SL500_AA280_ Derülo’s over-reliance on sex and swagger holds the album back at times

Jason Derülo • Talk Dirty • Warner Bros • US Release Date: April 15, 2014

Jason Derulo2-20140225-49It has been a minute since “Whatcha Say” had this music enthusiast excited about new pop/R&B artist Jason Derülo. Nah, I wasn’t a ‘fan girl’ as any number of YouTube personalities might put it, but I did think ole boy had something fresh about him.…

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